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Tracy Bloom is a digital news producer for KTLA.com in Los Angeles.

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  • Aerial video showed debris from the Virgin Galactic rocket that crashed in the Mojave Desert near Cantil on Oct. 31, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    1 Dead, 1 Injured After Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo Crashes in Mojave Desert

    At least one person was killed and another suffered “major” injuries Friday after a spaceship crashed in the Mojave Desert during a test flight, authorities said. The fatality was reported after Virgin Galactic confirmed its SpaceShipTwo experienced a “serious anomaly” shortly before 10:15 a.m. that resulted in the loss of the vessel during a test flight in the Mojave Desert. The aircraft was reported down in the Cantil area, just east of Red Rock Canyon, according to California Highway Patrol Officer […]

  • Michael Pebley is seen a photo posted on a GoFundMe fundraiser page.

    Man Charged in Killing of Well-Known North Hollywood Tattoo Shop Owner

    A 31-year-old Sylmar resident has been charged in connection with the killing of a well-known North Hollywood tattoo shop owner, the Los Angeles Police Department announced on Friday. Robert Falcon was arrested on Tuesday, an LAPD news release stated. He was accused of fatally shooting Michael Pebley, who went by the name Trigz, on Oct. 9 outside the 5150 Tattoo & Body Piercing near Laurel Canyon and Victory boulevards. Pebley owned the business, according to his niece. The confrontation between […]

  • Kevin Hogrefe, 25, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

    Alleged DUI Driver Accused of Fatally Striking Ventura Sheriff’s Deputy Released on Bail

    A suspected drunk driver charged in the killing of a Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputy on the 101 Freeway in Camarillo was released from jail Friday after posting bail, inmate records showed. Kevin Hogrefe, a 25-year-old resident of Camarillo, was driving under the influence of alcohol early Tuesday when he struck Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko and fled the scene, according to Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten. The 41-year-old deputy had just finished conducting a traffic stop on the side of […]

  • Officer Shaun Diamond was a 16-year veteran of law enforcement. (Credit: Pomona Police Department)

    SWAT Officer Critically Wounded Serving Warrant in Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Case

    A Pomona SWAT officer was shot and critically wounded during a joint law enforcement operation in San Gabriel early Tuesday related to an investigation into outlaw motorcycle gangs, police said. The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. at a residence in the 100 block of San Marino Avenue, according to a news release from the Pomona Police Department. Officer Shaun Diamond was the first one through the door when SWAT made entry into the location and was immediately hit by a […]

  • Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko was fatally struck by a suspected DUI driver on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (Credit: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office)

    Deputy Killed in Hit-and-Run During Traffic Stop in Camarillo; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested

    A Ventura County Sheriff’s Office deputy was killed by a suspected DUI driver on the 101 Freeway while conducting a traffic stop in Camarillo early Tuesday, authorities said. Deputy Eugene Kostiuchenko was struck in the area of the 101 Freeway and Lewis Road around 1:15 a.m. by a motorist who fled the scene, according to a news release from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. Kostiuchenko, 41, had just released the traffic violator who had been stopped and was walking back […]

  • Muffin the kitten is seen in a photo posted to a fundraising page on YouCaring.com that is devoted to raising funds for his corrective surgery.

    Kitten Paralyzed During Apparent Botched Microchip Procedure Undergoes Corrective Surgery

    A six-week old kitten named “Muffin” who became paralyzed after getting a microchip procedure underwent corrective surgery at a Culver City animal hospital on Tuesday. “Muffin survived the surgery and the microchip is out,” according to a post on a fundraising page for the kitten on YouCaring.com.  “It will be a little while before we know how much mobility he will have, but the neurosurgeon is optimistic.” ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital confirmed Monday in an emailed statement that the orange kitten […]

  • Flames erupted at a Taco Bell restaurant in San Bernardino on Oct. 28, 2014. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    Fire Inside Taco Bell in San Bernardino Prompts Arson Investigation

    An arson investigation was underway after a two-alarm fire ripped through a Taco Bell in San Bernardino Tuesday, authorities said. The blaze broke out at the fast food restaurant in the 200 block of East Redlands Boulevard (map) around 1:30 a.m., according to Robb Mascis, an engineer and spokesman with the San Bernardino Fire Department. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they discovered “a fair amount of fire” inside the kitchen extending to the ceiling and through the roof, Mascis […]

  • American Airlines is seen in a file photo.

    ‘Al-Qaeda Free Terror Network’ WiFi Connection Prompts American Airlines Flight Delay at LAX

    An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles International Airport to London was delayed late Sunday after a concerned passenger reported finding a wireless connection called “Al-Qaeda Free Terror Network” before the plane took off, according to the LAX Police Department. The incident was reported at Terminal 4 around 9:30 p.m. Sunday, LAXPD spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado said in a statement. Flight 136 was preparing to depart when an unidentified male passenger searching for a wireless network discovered the connection. He reported […]

  • Herbert Granados Calderon, suspected of vehicular manslaughter and DUI, is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Alleged DUI Driver in Crash That Killed Teen, Injured 5 Others Had Suspended License: Santa Ana Police

    A suspected drunk driver who was arrested over the weekend following a chain-reaction crash in Santa Ana that left an 18-year-old man dead and five others injured was driving with a suspended license, police said Sunday. Herbert Granados Calderon’s license had also previously been suspended for driving under the influence, a news release from the Santa Ana Police Department stated. The 23-year-old Santa Ana resident was traveling southbound in a Lexus on Bristol Street on Saturday night when he allegedly […]