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


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  • KTLA's camera atop Snow Summit near Big Bear Lake shows a storm moving across the area on July 29, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Flash-Flood Warnings Extended as Storm Moves Through Inland SoCal

    Flash-flood warnings were issued for the Antelope Valley and parts of San Bernardino and Riverside counties Wednesday afternoon, amid an extended period of high temperatures and increased humidity. Flooding was reported just after 2 p.m. along Highway 18 southeast of Lucerne Valley, with parts of the road were washed away and several vehicles were stuck, according to the National Weather Service. A flash-flood warning was issued through 5:30 p.m., in Apple Valley and Lucerne Valley. The warning for the eastern Antelope […]

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    Man, Woman Found Dead Inside Moreno Valley Home With Apparent Gunshot Wounds

    An investigation was underway in Moreno Valley after a man and woman were found dead inside a home with apparent gunshot wounds, police said Wednesday. Officers were dispatched to the 11000 block of Miners Trail to an assault with a deadly call about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a news release from the Moreno Valley Police Department. When nobody inside the home answered the door, police — fearing someone inside may have been injured — forced their way inside, the […]

  • Dangerous rip currents on Tuesday prompted a mass rescue operation in Venice where at least 28 swimmers were pulled from the water. (Credit: LACFD Lifeguards)

    Amid Warning of Strong Rip Currents, Lifeguards Rescue Hundreds at L.A. County Beaches

    Lifeguards rescued more than 400 swimmers at L.A. County beaches on Tuesday, including 18 in a “blitz” rescue off Venice Beach, as the region was hit by a combination of high surf and strong rip currents. The blitz rescue occurred Tuesday afternoon after dangerous rip currents rolled into the area, catching many swimmers and surfers in the ocean off guard. “Within minutes of seeing that, the lifeguards kind of went on high alert and all of a sudden there was […]

  • Ezeoma Obioha is shown in a closeup of a photo posted on his Facebook page on Dec. 28, 2014.

    Man Charged With Murder in Hollywood Shooting of Carrie Jean Melvin Over Business Dispute

    The 31-year-old man who allegedly shot and killed a woman in Hollywood over an apparent financial dispute was charged with capital murder on Tuesday. Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha entered a not guilty plea Tuesday afternoon at the downtown L.A. criminal courthouse. He was ordered held without bail. Obioha was arrested Friday and booked on suspicion of murder in the death of 30-year-old Carrie Jean Melvin. In addition to capital murder, he faces special circumstances allegations of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, according […]

  • Madyson Middleton, 8, is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

    Teen ‘Lured’ 8-Year-Old Santa Cruz Girl Into Apartment Before Killing Her, Dumping Body in Recycling Bin: Police

    A teenage boy arrested in the death of an 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl who went missing over the weekend allegedly lured the child into his apartment before killing her and dumping her body in a recycling bin, police said Tuesday. The 15-year-old boy — who lived in the same complex as the victim — has been arrested on suspicion of murder in the case, according to Santa Cruz Police Department Chief Kevin Vogel. “Investigators have located evidence that links the […]

  • Firefighters responded to a blaze that erupted overnight at the No Name Cafe restaurant in San Bernardino on July 28, 2015. (Credit: Newspro News)

    Arson Destroys San Bernardino Cafe; Man Seen Leaving Restaurant Is Sought

    A third-alarm fire that ripped through the No Name Cafe restaurant in San Bernardino late Monday was believed to have been set on purpose, and fire officials were looking to find a man seen walking away from the blaze. Flames erupted just after 11:45 p.m. at the restaurant, which is located in the 1400 block of East Highland Avenue. It quickly turned into a third-alarm fire, Capt. Jason Serrano of the San Bernardino Fire Department said Tuesday morning. By the […]

  • A SWAT team was called to a home in South Los Angeles after a man barricaded himself inside a home on July 28, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Barricaded Inside South L.A. Home, Prompting SWAT Standoff; Dozens Evacuated

    Dozens of residents in the Vermont-Slauson neighborhood of South Los Angeles neighborhood were temporarily evacuated early Tuesday after a man brandished a shotgun against his neighbors before locking himself inside a home, according to LAPD. Officers were called to the 6900 block of Estrella Avenue around 11:30 p.m. Monday after receiving a call regarding the armed man, according to Capt. Mark Reina of the Los Angeles Police Department. When police arrived, the man locked himself inside his home and refused […]

  • Fire crews were at the scene of a reported fire at the Pasadena Courthouse on July 27, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Firefighter Injured After Fire Erupts at Pasadena Courthouse; Hazardous Materials Found

    Fire crews found various hazardous materials containers while responding to a small blaze in a storage room at the Pasadena Courthouse early Monday, prompting a HazMat response that temporarily shut down the surrounding area, authorities said. The fire was reported about 1:30 a.m. on the courthouse’s third floor, according to Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian of the Pasadena Fire Department. When fire crews arrived at the courthouse — which is located at 300 E. Walnut St. — they made their […]

  • Madyson Middleton, 8, is seen in a photo provided by the Santa Cruz Police Department.

    Body Found in Dumpster Believed to Be Missing 8-Year-Old Santa Cruz Girl; Teen Arrested

    The search for a missing 8-year-old girl who disappeared while riding her scooter in Santa Cruz on Sunday ended Monday night with the discovery of a body in a dumpster, according to police. The Santa Cruz office of the California Highway Patrol tweeted, “Our hearts are broken and our deepest sympathy to the family of Madyson Middleton. We are grieving with the entire Santa Cruz community.” A detective discovered the body of a young girl around 7:55 p.m., according to […]