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

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  • The Rancho Palos Verdes coastline is seen in a Google Map Satellite View.

    20-Year-Old Swimmer Drowns After Rescue Off of Rancho Palos Verdes

    A 20-year-old man died and a second swimmer was injured in an incident that prompted an ocean rescue off the coast of Rancho Palos Verdes on Thursday, fire officials said. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted shortly before 2:30 p.m. that they were rescuing two possible divers off the 5300 block of Palos Verdes Drive. County fire officials later clarified that the rescue involved swimmers, and not divers. One of the swimmers was rescued near a cave by an […]

  • Lottery scratchers are seen in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Arrested After Allegedly Stealing $5,000 in California Lottery Scratcher Tickets from Hesperia Store

    A 37-year-old Victorville man has been arrested more than two weeks after allegedly stealing about $5,000 in California Lottery scratcher tickets, according to the Hesperia Police Department. The theft occurred the morning of July 10 at a store in the 16800 block of Main Street in Hesperia, police said in a news release. The person reporting the commercial burglary told authorities that the glass front door was broken and the inside of the store appeared to have been ransacked, the […]

  • Adrian Jerry Gonzalez made his first court appearance on July 30, 2015. (Credit: KRON)

    Teen Accused of Killing Madyson Middleton Allegedly Tied Up, Beat, Raped and Strangled Her: DA, Report

    As the 15-year-old Santa Cruz boy accused of killing and sexually assaulting Madyson “Maddy” Middleton made his first court appearance on Thursday, disturbing new allegations have surfaced about the brutal crime. Adrian Jerry Gonzalez has been charged with murder, rape and other sex-related offenses in the 8-year-old girl’s death, according to a news release from the Santa Cruz County District Attorney’s Office. He is being prosecuted as an adult. The charges were based on allegations that that the teen lured […]

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    Victorville Father Arrested on Murder Charge in Death of 6-Month-Old Girl

    A 19-year-old Victorville man whose baby girl died after sustaining serious injuries to her head and body has been arrested on suspicion of murder, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department announced Thursday morning. An investigation began last Saturday night when deputies responded to the Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville to a suspected child abuse call, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Department. Medical personnel told deputies that the victim, 6-month-old Layla Thomas, was unresponsive and had no pulse […]

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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 […]

  • 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 Canceled 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. As of 10 p.m. all warnings had been canceled or downgraded. 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 […]

  • 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 […]