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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.

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  • South Pasadena Middle School was one of three campuses locked down June 29, 2016, after a series of crimes. (Credit: KTLA)

    3 Sex Assaults, 5 Home Burglaries in South Pasadena Lead to Arrest of L.A. Man

    A 22-year-old Los Angeles man has been arrested in connection a string of sex assaults and residential burglaries that occurred in South Pasadena Wednesday morning, police said. The suspect, who was not identified, was arrested in a stolen car about 2:20 p.m. in the area of Olympic Boulevard and Soto Street in Boyle Heights, according to South Pasadena Police Department Capt. Brian Solinsky. The crimes began about 7:30 a.m., when the man accosted and assaulted a juvenile girl walking to South Pasadena High School, […]

  • A sign for the Crestline hang glide launch is shown in a photo tweeted by the San Bernardino County Fire Department on June 29, 2016.

    Hang Glider Dies After Crashing Into Tree in Crestline: Fire Dept.

    A hang glider died after taking off from a launch area in Crestline and crashing into a tree on Wednesday, authorities said. The adult man glided for a short period of time after leaving the glider launch near Playground and Crest Forest drives, according to the San Bernardino County Fire Department. Fire Capt. Dan Nelson said witnesses described the pilot making a 180-degree turn after briefly gliding, then crashing into a lone tree on the side of a hill. The […]

  • A Firestone location in West Los Angeles that was named in a state fraud complaint is shown on June 29, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firestone Auto Shop Locations in SoCal Accused by State of Fraud

    Eight Southern California Firestone locations are among more than 20 in the state that were cited in a complaint accusing the Tennessee-based auto repair chain of fraud, making misleading statements and other violations. The Bureau of Automotive Repair in the California Department of Consumer Affairs filed a 64-page accusation against the company. Beginning in 2013, undercover agents with the bureau took vehicles into the locations listed in the complaint for various basic services such as tire replacement and smog checks. One shop, […]

  • A vehicle stopped in Hancock Park took off, crashing into a deputy's SUV on June 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in Custody After Car Flees Sheriff’s Stop, Hits Deputy’s SUV in Hancock Park

    A stolen car that was pulled over by deputies in the Hancock Park area took off Tuesday afternoon, striking another deputy’s vehicle before two occupants got away, prompting a search, video from Sky5 showed. Several Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department vehicles had stopped the vehicle at what appeared to be Mansfield Avenue and Clinton Street just before 4:30 p.m., aerial video from Sky5 showed. The driver and passenger each had both of their hands out of the window — when the […]

  • A police pursuit ended with a helicopter crew member tackling a suspected burglar in Houston on June 28, 2016. (Credit: KPRC)

    Police Helicopter Crew Member Tackles Burglary Suspect in Houston Pursuit

    A pursuit in Texas came to a dramatic end Tuesday when a burglary suspect was struck by a police vehicle and then tackled by a police helicopter crew member. A burglary call from a home in north Houston prompted the chase, Houston television station KPRC reported. Two suspects fled from the pursuit vehicle on foot, with one of them running into a grassy field. There, he was struck by a Houston Police Department SUV, video from KPRC’s news helicopter showed. […]

  • A man is taken into custody following a pursuit that ended in Los Feliz on June 28, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man in Custody After Freeway Pursuit Ends in Crash in Los Feliz

    The driver of a truck that may be stolen was pursued from the San Fernando Valley and taken into custody near Griffith Park Tuesday afternoon. California Highway Patrol Officer Julia Bond said the call initially came from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and the chase began about 2:30 p.m. at the 5 Freeway and Hasley Canyon Road in the Castaic area. The white pickup truck was heading southbound on the 5 Freeway near the 170 Freeway about 2:45 p.m. The vehicle crashed […]

  • A blue whale is shown, apparently entangled in some kind of fishing line, off the coast of Dana Point on June 27, 2016. (Credit: Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari)

    80-Foot Blue Whale Entangled Off Dana Point Prompts Rescue Effort

    A rescue effort is underway Monday for a blue whale, believed to be some 80 feet long, that was spotted off the coast of Dana Point apparently entangled in fishing line. The whale is about 3 to 4 miles off the coast of southern Orange County, according to Mike Milstein, a spokesman for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The whale appears to have a line or rope from a crab trap wrapped around its tail, Milstein said. The animal […]

  • A home is destroyed by wildfire in Lake Isabella on June 23, 2016. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

    2 Dead, About 30,000 Acres Burned in Erskine Fire in Lake Isabella; Gov. Brown Issues State of Emergency

    An out-of-control, wind-driven wildfire burning in the Lake Isabella area of Kern County has left two people dead, destroyed about 100 homes and has grown to about 30,000 acres in less than a day, prompting Gov. Jerry Brown to issue a state of emergency in the area. The two fatalities were confirmed by the Kern County Fire Department about noon Friday. A man and a woman were found outside one of the homes that burned down, and it appears that they were trying to get […]

  • Kenani Kaimuloa is shown in a photo from a GoFundMe page for her family.

    SoCal Woman Dies After Collapsing at Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas

    A 20-year-old Southern California woman has died after being hospitalized amid extreme heat at the end of the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Kenani Kaimuloa had taken drugs at the overnight dance music festival, but her father Dane Kaimuloa of Temecula, told the Associated Press on Friday that he believes she died of heat stroke and dehydration. His daughter was pronounced dead Wednesday. Her cause of death has not been determined, according to the AP. “She is the sweetest […]