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


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  • Margo Bronstein appears at her arraignment in Torrance Superior Court on Dec. 19, 2014. (Credit: pool)

    Driver in Redondo Beach Crash Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

    A 56-year-old Redondo Beach woman pleaded not guilty to five felony counts Friday in connection with her having plowed through a red light and into a crowd of pedestrians leaving a church Christmas concert, killing four people including a 6-year-old boy. Margo Bronstein was charged Friday with four counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and one count of driving under the combined influence of a drug causing injury, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. She appeared briefly […]

  • Jason Kealoha is seen in a booking photo provided by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

    Church Group Leader Arrested After Having Sex With Teen: San Bernardino Sheriff’s Dept.

    A volunteer group leader at a church in Victorville was arrested for allegedly having a year-long sexual relationship with a 17-year-old male, authorities announced Friday. Deputies began investigating Joseph Kealoha, 26, after the victim’s father called the Victorville Sheriff’s Station Monday to report that his son was engaging in sexual intercourse with the man, a news release from the San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department stated. Kealoha met the teen at High Desert Church, where he mentored and assisted adolescents in small […]

  • Power was out in a portion of Sun Valley on Dec. 19, 2014, after a Chevrolet Avalanche crashed into multiple power poles and a fire hydrant. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Driver Plows Into Power Poles and Fire Hydrant in Sun Valley, Leaving Thousands Without Power

    Thousands of people in Sun Valley were without power early Friday after a driver crashed into multiple power poles and a fire hydrant, sending several hundred feet of water over power lines. A Chevrolet Avalanche was traveling at a high rate of speed in the 8100 block of Lankershim Boulevard (map) around 1 a.m. when the collisions occurred, according to Officer Alvarez with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they were unable […]

  • Candles, flowers and stuffed animals were left on a corner in Redondo Beach Dec. 18, 2014, a day after a fatal crash at the site. (Credit: KTLA)

    Victims Remembered at Site of Deadly Crash Outside Redondo Beach Church

    Flowers and candles were placed Thursday night at the intersection in Redondo Beach where an alleged DUI driver plowed into families who had just attended a school Christmas program, killing three women and leaving nine others injured, including five children. Margo Bronstein of Redondo Beach was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, police said Thursday. The 56-year-old was jailed after being treated at a local hospital for minor injuries. The deadly collision occurred about 8 p.m. Wednesday when […]

  • Ryan Aprea was captured on video recently hearing his mother's voice for the first time. (Credit: The Aprea Family/Spray Pal)

    Video Captures Huntington Beach Toddler Who Was Born Deaf Hearing Mother’s Voice for First Time

    A 2-year-old Huntington Beach boy who was born deaf got to hear his mother’s voice for the first time recently after receiving a cochlear implant. When Ryan Aprea was born more than two months premature in March 2012, he weighed in at less than two pounds, according to a page on Spray Pal, a company run by his parents that makes a spray for cloth diapers. He spent seven months in the hospital’s NICU. Last month, Ryan received a cochlear […]

  • A black sports fire was one of three vehicles that had been set on fire in downtown Los Angeles on Dec. 18, 2014. (Credit: OnScene TV)

    Man Arrested After 3 Vehicles Set on Fire Within Minutes in Downtown LA: Police

    A man has been arrested in connection with a trio of vehicle fires that broke out within minutes of each other in downtown Los Angeles early Thursday, police said. The first blaze was reported shortly before 3 a.m. at 11th and Main streets, according to Ed Kinney with the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Division. A short time later, a second car was reported to be on fire two blocks away at 11th and Hill streets. A third vehicle in […]

  • Video posted to YouTube on Dec. 15, 2014, captured a deer suddenly jumping into the road and colliding with a bicyclist in the Bay Area. (Credit: Silas Patlove/YouTube)

    Caught on Video: Deer Jumps Guardrail, Slams Into Bicyclist Near Golden Gate Bridge

    Heart-stopping video captured the dramatic and startling moment when a deer collided with a Bay Area bicyclist near the Golden Gate Bridge. Silas Patlove said he was traveling on Alexander Avenue toward Sausalito Sunday when the animal suddenly jumped over a guardrail and directly into his path, according to the caption on the YouTube post for the video. The footage was recorded with a GoPro-like Fly6 camera, according to Patlove. The force of the collision knocked Patlove off his bike. He […]

  • Victor Carnio Martinez is shown in a booking photo released by the Azusa Police Department on Oct. 24, 2014.

    Man, 48, Convicted of Sexually Molesting, Sodomizing 10-Year-Old Girl in Azusa: DA’s Office

    A 48-year-old Azusa man faced 25 years in prison after he was convicted of sexually molesting a 10-year-old girl, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Wednesday. Victor Martinez pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony counts including sodomy of force on a victim under the age of 14, sexual penetration by a foreign object, committing a lewd act upon a child and dissuading a witness from reporting a crime, a release from the DA’s office stated. The incident occurred […]

  • All eastbound lanes of the 91 Freeway through Anaheim Hills were closed on Dec. 17, 2014, after a mudslide. (Credit: KTLA)

    91 Freeway Reopens in Anaheim Hills Area Following Rain Triggered Rockslide

    The 91 Freeway reopened Wednesday afternoon after a rock and mudslide triggered by heavy rainfall prompted a partial closure through the Anaheim Hills area ahead of the morning rush-hour commute, snarling traffic in the area. All eastbound lanes were shut down for hours on the freeway near Green River Drive after the flood of mud and rocks came off the hillside just before 2 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s incident log. A SigAlert was issued around 2:30 a.m., and all […]