Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Michael Pollard, left, is seen in a photo provided to KTLA, and Devaughn Kemar Carter is seen in a photo posted to his Facebook page.

    Mourners Hold Vigil Outside Recording Studio Where 2 Men Were Killed in Arson Blaze in Studio City

    Friends and family gathered outside the charred remains of Top Notch Recordings, nearly a week after two men were killed in an arson fire inside the Studio City business, to honor their lives on Friday. Devaughn Carter, 28, and 30-year-old Michael Pollard were burned alive and two others were left critically injured in the April 14 blaze inside the recording studio at 3779 Cahuenga Blvd. Efrem Zimbalist Demery, 28, has been charged with purposefully setting fire to the single-story building […]

  • A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy and civilian were involved in a crash in Duarte on April 20, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Sheriff’s Deputy Treated for Injuries After 2-Car Crash in Duarte

    Authorities are investigating after a sheriff’s deputy was involved in a traffic collision with another car in Duarte on Friday. The crash occurred as both vehicles were traveling south on Buena Vista Street, just south of the 210 Freeway, around 4:50 p.m., the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The deputy was responding to a call for service when a civilian’s vehicle collided with the patrol car, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The deputy was transported […]

  • Jaime King attends HBO's Post Emmy Awards Reception at The Plaza at the Pacific Design Center on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

    Man Accused of Vandalism in Beverly Hills Incident That Left Actress Jaime King’s Son Injured Faces New Charges

    The man accused of vandalizing cars in Beverly Hills, injuring actress Jaime King’s young son who was sitting inside one vehicle, faces upgraded charges, officials said Thursday. Paul Francis Floyd, 47, allegedly damaged three vehicles in total and assaulted the woman caring for the child while out on bail on April 4, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. After being originally charged with one felony and three misdemeanors, he is now facing one felony […]

  • Irvine Man Charged With Hate Crimes After ‘Kill Lists’ of Jewish Community Members, Anti-Semitic Literature Found in His Home

    An Irvine man has been charged with hate crimes after anti-Semitic literature and lists detailing his desire to kill Jewish community members and target places or worship were found in his home, officials said Thursday. Nicholas Wesley Rose, 26, was also found to be in possession of .22 ammunition and “kill lists” of prominent members in the Jewish community when police searched his home on Tuesday, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said. The stash of violent and offensive material […]

  • Montebello Woman Hit With 64 New Charges in Alleged Fraudulent Immigration Services Scheme

    A Montebello woman accused of operating a phony immigration services business was charged with 64 additional felony counts Thursday after new victims came forward, prosecutors said. The new charges stem from 49 additional victims who approached authorities after 48-year-old Romina Aida Zadorian was originally charged in October, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. The case now involves a total of 82 victims, who prosecutors said she defrauded of $630,817 by providing fraudulent services with […]

  • Los Angeles City Hall is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Bob Carey / Los Angeles Times)

    Woman in Custody After Breaching Security Outside Mayor’s Office in L.A. City Hall

    A woman was taken into custody after she entered a restricted area of Los Angeles City Hall and threatened officers there on Thursday, police said. The woman was screaming for help outside the building before officers stationed inside opened the doors to an entrance on the Spring Street side around 6 p.m., said Officer Mike Lopez with the Los Angeles Police Department. The woman has not been publicly identified, but police described her as a black woman in her 30s […]

  • City Worker Runs Over Woman Lying in Sand on Newport Beach: Police

    A woman was taken to a hospital after being run over by an on-duty city worker while she was lying in the sand on Newport Beach Thursday afternoon, officials said. The employee was driving a city-owned GMC Canyon pickup just east of lifeguard tower 20 when he struck the woman around 1:15 p.m., said Jennifer Manzella, the public information officer for Newport Beach police. The truck had been driving at slow speeds just south of the pier toward the ocean […]

  • Authorities Searching for Man Accused of Fatally Stabbing Woman Outside West Compton Church

    Deputies are seeking the public’s help in locating a man who they believe stabbed his ex-girlfriend to death in a church parking lot in West Compton, an unincorporated region of Los Angeles County. The victim, Patricia Harrison, was found with multiple stab wounds, lying the ground outside the church on the 14500 block of South San Pedro Street around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Harrison, a 50-year-old resident of Lynwood, was taken […]

  • Fire crews worked to extinguish a blaze at a Bel-Air home and surrounding brush fire on April 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAFD Puts Out Large Blaze at Bel-Air Home

    Crews were able to extinguish a large blaze at a home in Bel-Air after an 80 minute firefight on Thursday, officials said. Firefighters first responded to the residence in the 11500 block of Thurston Circle around 4:40 p.m. and declared a knockdown at about 6 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Brush near the house had also been involved, according to LAFD, but crews dropped water on the area and prevented it from spreading from two homes it […]