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

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  • Abel Castellanos is seen in photo provided to KTLA by his daughter.

    Community Mourns Monterey Park Crossing Guard’s Death

    A 76-year-old crossing guard who was fatally struck by a car near two schools in Monterey Park was mourned by the community on Wednesday. Abel Flores Castellanos was sitting in a folding chair at the corner of Garfield and Elmgate avenues Tuesday around 3:40 p.m. when a driver lost control of his 2004 Ford Mustang — possibly swerving to avoid another vehicle — then jumped the curb and hit him, according to the Monterey Park Police Department and the California Highway […]

  • A blaze that began in one El Monte home spread to another before fire crews extinguished it on Jan. 28, 2015, the Los Angeles County Fire Department said. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    24 Residents Displaced, 1 Injured After Fire Burns Through 2 Homes in El Monte

    At least 24 residents, including several children, were displaced after an intense fire ripped through two residences in El Monte early Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. The blaze broke out in the 3900 block of Arden Drive (map) around 3 a.m. and spread to a neighboring house, the Fire Department said. Video from the scene showed one of the two single-story, single-family structures fully engulfed in bright orange flames as thick smoke poured out from the […]

  • Dashcam video released by Center Township police showed a handcuffed woman leading police on a high-speed pursuit in Pennsylvania. (Credit: CNN)

    Caught on Video: Woman Steals Police Car With Hands Cuffed Behind Her Back in Pennsylvania

    A suspected shoplifter who had her hands cuffed behind her back was somehow able to steal a police car and lead officers on a high-speed chase, newly released dashcam video showed. The incident occurred just north of Pittsburgh on Jan. 14th, CNN reported. Roxanne Rimer was tied in handcuffs when she stole the patrol car after crawling through its glass partition, police said, according to the cable news channel. She rammed her own vehicle before driving away and reaching dangerous […]

  • Bart the cat receives a sedative in this undated photo. (Credit: Tampa Bay Humane Society)

    ‘Zombie Cat’ Bart Climbs Out of Grave 5 Days After Being Hit by Car (Warning: Graphic Images)

    A cat named “Bart” was being called a “miracle” after he survived mistakenly being buried alive by his Florida owner, according to the Tampa Bay Humane Society. Bart’s owner thought the 2 or 3-year-old cat had died when he discovered the feline’s apparently lifeless body after he had been hit by a car, a news release from the animal organization stated. He later buried the cat in his yard. But five days later, Bart dug, clawed and climbed his way […]

  • Villa Park is seen in a Google Street View.

    50-Year-Old Man Killed After Double Shooting at Pasadena Park

    One man was killed and another person was injured after being shot Tuesday night at Villa Parke in Pasadena, according to police. Officers responded to the park, which is in the area of Marengo Avenue and Villa Street, at around 10:20 p.m. after receiving a “shots fired” call, a Pasadena Police Department news release stated Wednesday. They discovered that the unidentified man, who was in his 50s, had been shot and killed, according to the release. Shortly after, a second […]

  • A Gardena woman recorded what looks and smells like "black sludge and sediment" coming her water faucet.

    Gardena Family ‘Disgusted’ by Black, Foul-Smelling Water Coming From Tap

    A family in Gardena said Monday they were concerned about the safety of what looked and smelled like “black sludge and sediment” coming out of their water faucet. Diane Morita took video of the black water coming from her tap and posted to it YouTube.  The video also showed clear toilet water turning black as it was flushed. She said it had happened several times before. “It’s disgusting,”  Morita said of the dark liquid. “It looks like there’s charcoal in […]

  • A burglar got away after striking a mall security guard in the knee as he fled the scene. (Credit: KTLA)

    Eagle Rock Mall Security Guard Attacked During Burglary at Macy’s

    A mall security guard was injured early Tuesday after interrupting a burglary at a Macy’s department store at Eagle Rock Plaza, police said. The security guard was patrolling the mall, which is located in the 2700 block of Colorado Boulevard (map), after hours when he encountered the burglar coming out of the store around 12:30 a.m., according to Sgt. Tiffany Ljubetic with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Northeast Division. The thief struck the security guard’s knee with some type of […]

  • The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released these two photos of a man who they say burglarized a Florida BBQ restaurant.

    Florida Man Steals $4,000 Worth of Food, Empty Cash Register From BBQ Restaurant

    Authorities were asking for the public’s help in finding a man who recently stole thousands of dollars worth of food and an empty cash register from a Jacksonville, Florida BBQ restaurant. The burglary occurred on Jan. 21 at Jerome Brown BBQ, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Wednesday. A man gained entrance into the restaurant by prying open a side door. He then stole $4,000 worth of chicken, ribs, fries and wings and an empty cash register, […]

  • A 4-year-old Fresno girl died after getting her head stuck between metal security bars that covered her bedroom's window. (Credit: Fresno County Sheriff's Office)

    Fresno Girl, 4, Dies After Getting Head Stuck in Metal Bars; Autopsy Scheduled

    An autopsy was set to be conducted Tuesday on a 4-year-old Fresno girl who died over the weekend after getting her head stuck in metal security bars that covered a window at her family’s home, authorities said. Estefanie Duque had been left alone inside her room for 30 minutes Sunday afternoon when a relative outside the house noticed the girl’s head was stuck between the bars, according to a news release from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said she […]