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Mark Mester is a general assignment reporter for KTLA 5 News. He joined the team in May 2014.

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He was born in Budapest, Hungary, and immigrated to America in 1986. He’s called Pennsylvania, New York City, Connecticut, Florida and beautiful California home.

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  • Fire crews were called to an apartment fire in Port Hueneme on Feb. 24, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Father, Son Killed in Port Hueneme Apartment Fire; Mother, Daughter Survive

    A father and son were killed when a fire broke out in an apartment building in Port Hueneme Friday morning. The fire was reported at an eight-unit, two-story building in the 200 block of East C Street at about 4:10 a.m., Ventura County Fire Department information officer Steve Swindle said. Fire crews found an upstairs corner apartment well involved with flames when they arrived, Swindle said. A man, about 25-years-old, and his son were found inside the building, Swindle said. “Why […]

  • Police respond to a shooting in South Los Angeles on Feb. 23, 2017.

    Unborn Baby Dies After Pregnant Woman Shot Multiple Times in South L.A.

    A pregnant woman’s unborn baby was killed and she was left in critical condition following a shooting in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles Thursday morning. Police responded to the 1300 block of West 77th street to investigate a report of a shooting about 1:41 a.m. The victim, identified as a 19-year-old pregnant woman, had been shot multiple times in the upper body, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Chris Barling said. Authorities had originally said they believed the woman […]

  • Police respond to a barricade situation in Cerritos on Feb. 17, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Gunman Dead After Opening Fire on SWAT Officers Attempting to Serve Search Warrant in Cerritos: Police

    A gunman who allegedly opened fire on SWAT officers as they attempted to serve a narcotics-related search warrant in Cerritos Friday morning has been killed, police said. The initially gunfire occurred as Long Beach Police Department SWAT officers approached the home near Carmenita Road and 183rd Street about 4:45 a.m. to serve a warrant regarding a narcotics investigation, Long Beach Police Department Sgt. Brad Johnson said. Officers returned fire, but it was at first unclear if the gunman was hit, Johnson […]

  • National Security Adviser Michael Flynn sits before U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe hold a joint press conference at the White House on Feb. 10, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    Trump’s National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, Resigns Amid Controversy Over Contacts With Russia

    Embattled White House national security adviser Michael Flynn resigned Monday night, two sources tell CNN. His departure came just after reports surfaced the Justice Department warned the Trump administration last month that Flynn misled administration officials regarding his communications with the Russian ambassador to the United States and was potentially vulnerable to blackmail by the Russians. “I inadvertently briefed the Vice President-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phonically with the Russian ambassador. I have sincerely apologized to the […]

  • U.S. President Donald Trump (right) and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participate in a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 13, 2017 in Washington, D.C.  (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Trump Defends Travel Ban During White House Meeting With Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

    President Donald Trump offered an unapologetic defense of his travel ban during a joint news conference Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, saying the U.S. “cannot let the wrong people in.” Trudeau, meanwhile, made clear that he holds a different view of the issue but said it was not his place to come to the U.S. and “lecture” Trump on the controversial policy. “I’m just doing what I said I would do,” Trump said. The moment came as the […]

  • President Donald Trump took executive action on curbing access visas and limiting refugees coming to the US. (Credit: CNN)

    Judges Consider Extending Temporary Restraining Order on Trump’s Travel Ban

    The challenge to President Donald Trump’s refugee order has escalated toward an epic showdown over presidential power, judicial authority and American identity. By their questions in a hearing Tuesday, three US appeals court judges made plain that even at this early procedural stage they are concerned about the administration’s potential targeting of Muslims along with possible risks to national security. The judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals also expressed unease with how quickly they were being pressed to […]

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    High School Shooting Plot Uncovered in Fullerton; 2 Students Arrested

    Two Troy High School students were arrested on Wednesday after Fullerton police received information about a possible school shooting plot on campus, authorities said. A school resource officer was told that the two 16-year-old students were discussing their plan to “shoot up” the school at an athletic event on Tuesday. The tipster also told police that they overheard the students discussing different types of firearms and the firearms’ effectiveness during a potential shooting. The students said they wanted the shooting to be […]

  • The front door to Vince is boarded up after the business was vandalized on Feb. 1, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Luxury Boutiques Vandalized on Melrose Place in Beverly Grove

    Three luxury boutiques were vandalized on Melrose Place in Beverly Grove early Wednesday morning, police said. The windows of three businesses were broken sometime after midnight in the 8400 block of Melrose Place, Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Mike Lopez said. Video from the scene showed a side window had been smashed at a business called Frame. Adjacent to Frame, the front door of another business, Vince, was boarded up after it had been broken in the early morning incident. […]

  • Authorities investigate a double shooting in South Los Angeles that occurred on Jan. 31, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Double Shooting Leaves 2 Dead in South L.A.; Gunman Sought

    Authorities are searching for a gunman Wednesday after two people were found shot to death in the Vermont Knolls neighborhood of South Los Angeles the night before. The shooting was reported in the 900 block of West 74th Street about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Eric Crosson said. Arriving officers found two Hispanic men down in the street that were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, Crosson said. Both victims, who have not been identified, died as […]