Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • A video still shows a car as it launches into the second floor of a building in Santa Ana on Jan. 14, 2018. (Credit: Orange County Transportation Authority)

    New Dashcam Video Shows Sedan Launch Into Air as It Hurls Into 2nd Floor of Santa Ana Building

    The moment a sedan catapults off a center median and shoots into the side of a second-story dentist’s office in Santa Ana was captured on new dashcam video released Monday. The crash occurred early Sunday morning after the white Nissan, which had apparently been speeding down French Street, hit the center median and launched into the air, smashing into a dental office at 319 E. 17th St. The car’s two occupants both suffered only minor injuries, according to the Orange […]

  • UC San Diego ‘Dreamer’ From Israel Arrested After Roommate Makes Wrong Turn Into Mexico

    Update:  A University of California San Diego student who was arrested by border officers after a wrong turn at the U.S.-Mexico border has been released from custody, his lawyer said. Read KTLA’s latest story here.  A UC San Diego student is in the custody of federal authorities and faces possible deportation after a wrong turn at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to KTLA sister station KSWB in San Diego. Orr Yakobi, 22, has been in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement […]

  • UCLA Police Arrest 39-Year-Old Man Accused of Masturbating in Front of Several Women Near Campus

    A 39-year-old man was arrested near the UC Los Angeles campus after several indecent exposure reports were filed with university police over the past year, officers said Friday. Jason Kirk Lanning, a man not affiliated with the university, was arrested Thursday on suspicion of 10 counts of indecent exposure and one count of lewd conduct, the UCLA Police Department said in a news release. Lanning is accused of driving up to women in Westwood and other areas near the college […]

  • Customers line up to get into Sam's Club in Sylmar as the store offers discounts ahead of its closing. (Credit: KTLA)

    Line Spills Out the Door in Sylmar as Sam’s Club Offers 25 Percent Off Most Items Ahead of Store Closures

    The Sam’s Club in Sylmar, one of three locations in Southern California that will permanently close their doors, is offering 25 percent on most products from Friday through at least Sunday. A lengthy line extended out the door to get into the store on Foothill Boulevard when KTLA visited it on Friday afternoon. The announcement the locations would close was handed down just the day before and came as a surprise to club members and employees alike. The other two […]

  • A firefighter sprays water at the remains of an apartment complex destroyed by the Thomas Fire on Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura. (Credit: Mario Tama / Getty Images)

    Thomas Fire, Largest in Modern California History, Reaches Full Containment as Santa Barbara County Remains Mired in Mud

    The largest wildfire on record in California, the Thomas Fire, reached full containment on Friday more than a month after it began schorching homes and hillsides across Ventura and Santa Barbara counties. But the coastal communities scarred by the fierce inferno are continuing to grapple with its aftermath. The blaze charred a total of 281,893 acres, or about 440 square miles, and claimed at least two lives after breaking out in the early morning hours of Dec. 4, according to […]

  • A body is carried on a stretcher following a police shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Jan. 11, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Shoot Man in South L.A. After Responding to Reports of Man With a Knife

    Los Angeles police shot a man after responding to reports of a man with a knife in South Los Angeles on Thursday, officials confirmed. The shooting took place near the intersection of 40th Place and Menlo Avenue, between Hoover Street and Vermont Avenue, in the Vermont Square neighborhood, according to Sal Ramirez, a public information officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. Police originally told KTLA they responded to the area around 11 a.m. after a juvenile placed a 911 […]

  • A Toyota Prius careens down a Burbank street during a mudflow on Jan. 9, 2018. (Credit: Burbank Firefighters Local 778)

    Man Whose Car Was Whisked Away in Caught-on-Video Burbank Mudflow Recounts Terrifying Ordeal

    A local resident whose vehicle was seen in a widely shared video sliding on top of a wave of mud down a Burbank street spoke out about the incident on Thursday, saying he wasn’t sure if he and his girlfriend were going to survive the wild ride. Dallas native Desionne Franklin said he’d never experienced anything like the deluge that hit the home where he is staying in Burbank.  He first became worried about the weather conditions when he got […]

  • Blaze Bernstein is seen in an undated photo shared by his family.

    Ivy League College Student Found Dead in O.C. Park Where He Went Missing; Case Being Investigated as Homicide

    A University of Pennsylvania student who disappeared in an Orange County park while visiting his hometown during winter break has been found dead, officials announced Wednesday, and a vigil was held for him later in the evening. Homicide investigators have been called in to handle the case, which was opened after 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein was reported missing after a visit to Borrego Park in the Foothill Ranch area of Lake Forest, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. […]

  • Crews were working to clean up roads in Montecito on Jan. 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    14 Dead as Powerful Storm Triggers Flooding, Mudslides in SoCal; 6 Montecito Homes ‘Completely Wiped Away’

    At least 14 people have died as Southern California’s first major rainstorm of the year comes on the heels of the most devastating wildfire season the state has seen in modern history. Thirteen of the fatalities occurred in Santa Barbara County, where conditions are particularly catastrophic, according to Santa Barbara County officials. A fourteenth person died on the 5 Freeway when a big rig overturned near Los Feliz in an incident being blamed on inclement weather, the Los Angeles Times reported. At […]