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


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  • Kyler and Kaylee Jackson are seen in a flier provided by relatives to KTLA sister station KTXL.

    Missing Father’s Body Found in Sacramento Co. Waters; Search for 1-Year-Old Daughter Continues

    The body of a father who was reported missing nearly a week ago was recovered in the Walnut Grove area late Saturday as the search for his 1-year-old daughter continued, authorities said. Kyler Jackson had not been seen since last Sunday night when he and his daughter Kaylee left Antioch for Sacramento, according to KTLA sister station KTXL. The little girl still has not been found. Jackson’s body was located Saturday after two local fire departments were dispatched to a water […]

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    ‘Critically-Endangered’ Gorilla Shot Dead After Boy, 4, Slips Into Cincinnati Zoo Exhibit

    A “critically-endangered” gorilla was fatally shot after a 4-year-old boy fell into his enclosure in the Cincinnati Zoo on Saturday afternoon, officials said. The incident began around 4 p.m. when the little boy crawled through a barrier and landed in a moat. He was then picked up by the 400-pound gorilla and dragged around for some 10 minutes. “Harambe, our 17-year-old gorilla male who is a great big animal … went down and got him, carried him into moat and […]

  • An experimental plane crashed in an orchard in Ventura County, killing two people on May 28, 2016. (Credit: Ventura County Air Unit)

    ‘Homebuilt’ Aircraft Crashes, Bursts Into Flames Near Ventura; 2 Dead

    Two people were killed when a “homebuilt” experimental aircraft crashed in an orchard north of Ventura Saturday afternoon and burst into flames, authorities said. The fatal crash occurred around 3:15 p.m. in the 1600 block of Aliso Canyon Road, according to a Ventura County Fire Department dispatcher. The location is in an unincorporated area of the county between Santa Paula and the city of Ventura. Fire crews arrived at the scene and found the aircraft fully engulfed in flames, the […]

  • Los Angeles police were investigating a hit-and-run that left two females injured in Granada Hills on May 28, 2016. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Juvenile Arrested in Granada Hills Hit-and-Run That Left Woman, Teen Injured: LAPD

    An arrest was made Saturday in connection with a hit-and-run crash in Granada Hills the previous night that left a woman and teen girl injured, according to LAPD. The juvenile suspect was with relatives when he turned himself in about 3 p.m.; he was arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after being interviewed by investigators, said Los Angeles Police Department Detective Bill Bustos. His name has not been released. The collision occurred about 9:50 p.m. Friday as the victims were crossing […]

  • Police say the woman seen in these surveillance images is a "person of interest" in the case. (Credit: Huntington Beach Police Department)

    Girl Scout Troop’s Funds Taken After Responding to O.C. Craigslist AD; Person of Interest Sought: Police

    Huntington Beach police are asking for the public’s help to identify and locate a “person of interest” after a someone apparently stole funds from a girl scout troop that had responded to a Craigslist ad, authorities said Friday. The troop’s leader responded to the ad on Feb. 2, inquiring about a vacation rental in Huntington Beach for the their end of the year party, the Police Department stated in a Facebook post. “The girls voted to have the party at […]

  • Alex Bestler and a friend were on a morning hike in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, when without provocation, a large swarm of hostile bees attacked.  (Credit: KPHO)

    Young Man Dies After Being Stung by 1,000 Bees While Hiking Arizona Trail: Sheriff’s Office

    A 23-year-old man died Thursday after being swarmed by bees and stung 1,000 times while hiking in Usery Mountain Park in Arizona, authorities said. Alex Bestler and a friend were on the Merkle Trail when a large swarm of bees descended on them “without provocation or warning” shortly before 9 a.m., according to a Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office news release. The victim’s friend — identified only as Sonya — managed to escape by seeking shelter in a restroom, but Bestler […]

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    Search for Missing Teen Continues as Amber Alert Suspect Killed in Solvang Shootout Is Positively ID’d

    The man who was fatally shot by deputies during a shootout in Solvang the day after allegedly kidnapping a 15-year-old Bay Area girl was identified by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office on Friday. Fernando Castro, 19, was the person killed in the Thursday gunbattle, the Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a news release. Castro was named a suspect in the abduction of Pearl Pinson, whose disappearance triggered an Amber Alert hours before the deadly shooting. Pinson hasn’t been seen since Wednesday […]

  • Pearl Pinson is seen in a photograph provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on May 26, 2016.

    Suspect in Bay Area Amber Alert Fatally Shot in Standoff in Solvang; Victim Still Missing

    After an Amber Alert was issued Thursday afternoon for a 15-year-old girl who was abducted the previous day and last seen in the Vallejo area bleeding and yelling for help, the suspect in her disappearance was fatally shot in a confrontation with authorities, a sheriff’s spokeswoman said. A vehicle connected to 19-year-old Fernando Castro, identified as a suspect in the disappearance of Pearl Pinson, was spotted on the freeway near Los Alamos about 3:10 p.m., Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman […]

  • A burning body was discovered in a San Bernardino dumpster on May 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man, 2 Teens Arrested After Burned Body Found in San Bernardino Trash Can: Police

    A man and two teen boys have been arrested nearly a week after a man’s partially-charred body was found in a garbage can that was set on fire in San Bernardino, the Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday. Enrique Jimenez Sr., 46, and the two unnamed juveniles were initially taken into custody last Friday after a pursuit that began when authorities witnessed several males dumping something near trash cans on Sixth Street near Sterling Avenue shortly after midnight, a sheriff’s news release […]