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

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  • 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 […]

  • LAPD officers were investigating after five people shot in two separate shootings that occurred within an hour of each in Watts on Oct. 26, 2014. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    5 Shot, 1 Fatally, in 2 Separate Shootings in Watts Within an Hour; Gunman at Large

    One person was killed and four others were injured in two separate shootings that occurred just clocks apart within an hour of each other in Watts late Sunday, police said. Three of the victims — two women and a man — were hit by gunfire and wounded in the first shooting, which occurred at 8:30 p.m. near the intersection of East 115th Street and Mona Boulevard (map), according to Sgt. Stevens with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Southeast Division. The […]

  • Brittany Maynard is seen in a family photo. (Courtesy: Brittany Maynard)

    Days Before Her Planned Death, Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard Fulfills Bucket List Dream

    Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill 29-year-old woman who has gained nationwide attention in her plight to expand right-to-die laws in the United States, fulfilled a bucket list wish when she visited the Grand Canyon just days before the date she’s chosen to end her life. Maynard was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January, shortly after getting married. Initially given up to 10 years to live, doctors gave her more devastating news a few months later when they told her […]

  • Four people were injured after a crash involving up to six vehicles on the 405 Freeway in Sherman Oaks on Oct. 27, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    6-Vehicle Crash Leaves 4 Injured, Prompts Multiple Lanes Closures on 405 Fwy in Sherman Oaks

    A crash involving up to six vehicles left four people injured and temporarily led to multiple lane closures in the Sepulveda Pass hours ahead of the morning commute on Monday. The multi-vehicle collision occurred on the northbound 405 Freeway near the connector to the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks shortly after 1:45 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. Four people were injured in the crash and taken to local hospital, according to CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos. Their […]