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Melissa Pamer is a senior digital news producer for KTLA. She joined the station in 2013.

She previously worked as a digital media producer for KNBC, and as a newspaper reporter covering local government, education and the environment for the Los Angeles Daily News, the Daily Breeze and other Los Angeles-area papers.

She has a master’s degree in print journalism from the University of Southern California

Recent Articles
  • Covina police Officer Jordan Corder is shown in a photo posted to the city's website. He died Sept. 30, 2014.

    Covina Motorcycle Police Officer, 28, Dies After Crash; Other Motorist Hospitalized

    A 28-year-old Covina police motorcycle officer died after a traffic collision Tuesday afternoon that sent another motorist to the hospital, authorities said. The crash occurred at West Puente Street and North Citrus Avenue (map) just before 2 p.m., according to Sgt. Gregg Peterson with the Covina Police Department. Office Jordan Corder, 28, was killed, Covina Mayor Peggy Delach said early Tuesday evening. The officer’s father is a retired Covina police sergeant, Delach said. “The Covina police department family and community […]

  • Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo is shown at an event in November 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mayor of Bell Gardens Fatally Shot in Domestic Dispute; Wife Questioned and Released

    The mayor of Bell Gardens was fatally shot Tuesday afternoon in a dispute with his wife, who was briefly detained, authorities said. Authorities on the scene of the shooting told reporters that 45-year-old Mayor Daniel Crespo died after being shot multiple times in the torso by his wife, who was identified as Levette Crespo, 43. Their 19-year-old son tried to intervene in an argument between the couple in their bedroom at about 2:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Steve Jauch said. As father […]

  • Garrett Smith of Oxnard was arrested on suspicion of arson and prowling in connection with the Foothill Fire. He is shown in a booking photo released Sept. 30, 2014. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff's Office)

    Oxnard Man Arrested on Suspicion of Arson in Ventura-Area Foothill Fire

    An Oxnard man was arrested on suspicion of arson in connection with a brush fire that burned near Ventura, prompting the evacuation of a school and road closures, authorities announced Tuesday. The Foothill Fire broke out about 1:30 p.m. Monday and was fully contained by about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, a Ventura County Fire Department spokesman said on Twitter. The blaze, which fire officials said had burned 50 to 75 acres, was expected to be fully “controlled” by 7 p.m. Garrett Smith was taken […]

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    Indicted Mother Pleads Not Guilty in Stabbing Death of 3 Daughters Under Age 3

    A 30-year-old Torrance-area mother pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Monday in the stabbing death of her three daughters, who ranged in age from 2 months to 2 1/2 years. The children were found in a pool of blood May 20 in the home the woman shared with her husband in an unincorporated area between Torrance and Carson. Carol Coronado was naked and holding a knife when sheriff’s deputies entered the residence, investigators said at the time. Coronado’s mother […]

  • A helicopter drops water on the Foothill Fire in Ventura on Sept. 29, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Significant Progress’ Made on Foothill Fire in Ventura

    A brush fire burning in Ventura prompted the evacuation of a school and threatened six structures Monday afternoon, but firefighters were able to make significant progress against it, authorities said. Dubbed the Foothill Fire, the blaze was reported about 1:30 p.m. in the area of Foothill and Kimball roads (map), according to the Ventura County Fire Department. By about 7 p.m., it had burned 50 acres and was 75 percent contained, with forward progress halted, the department stated. Firefighters were slated […]

  • Firefighters responded to a Home Depot in Covina on Sept. 29, 2014. (Credit: DM News)

    Pepper Spray Deployed in Fight at Covina Home Depot Sends 4 to Hospital

    Sixteen people were treated, including four who were hospitalized, after being affected by pepper spray deployed during a fight at a Home Depot in Covina Monday, authorities said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to some type of chemical spill at the store about 3 p.m., according to a spokesman. Covina police were on scene at 963 W. Badillo St. (map), along with the Fire Department, after the pepper-spray incident, a tweet from a spokesman stated. Fernando Rivera, […]

  • Carmen Montelongo is shown in a 2011 booking photo distributed by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.

    Riverside Woman Who Stabbed Boyfriend 24 Times Then Dismembered Him Is Sentenced: DA

    A 54-year-old Riverside woman who was found pushing a trash can containing her boyfriend’s body parts down the street was sentenced Monday to 26 year to life in state prison. Carmen Montelongo was convicted Aug. 29 of first-degree murder in the 2011 stabbing death and dismemberment of her 62-year-old boyfriend, Samuel Wiggins, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office. More than five weeks after Wiggins, of Diamond Bar, was reporting missing by his family, Montelongo was caught by police officers […]

  • Actress Amanda Bynes is seen in a police booking photo April 6, 2012. Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in West Hollywood. (Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images)

    Amanda Bynes Arrested on Suspicion of DUI After Sherman Oaks Incident: CHP

    Actress Amanda Bynes was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after she allegedly ran a red light and stopped her Mercedes SUV in the middle of a Sherman Oaks intersection, the California Highway Patrol announced Monday. CHP officers saw the SUV fail to stop at the limit line at a red light on Riverside Drive at Van Nuys Boulevard about 3:45 a.m. Sunday, according to a news release from the department. The vehicle instead came to […]

  • The downtown L.A. skyline as seen Sept. 29, 2014, from the rooftop helipad of the AT&T Tower building at Olive and 11th streets. (Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. to Allow Spires, Slanted Roofs Atop Skyscrapers, Ending 40-Year-Old Helipad Requirement

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti heralded a rule change Monday that will allow the construction of skyscrapers with spires or slanted roofs — revising a longstanding regulation that forced builders to make flat-topped structures. The decades-old rule was meant to ensure fire safety by requiring helicopter landing pads atop tall buildings. No other large city in the country has such a rule, according to city officials. Now, with new technology and design techniques being used to keep Angelenos safe during […]