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


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  • Danny Nickerson is seen in a Facebook photo.

    Family of Boy With Inoperable Brain Cancer Asks for Help to Fulfill His 6th Birthday Wish

    A five-year-old boy battling inoperable brain cancer has just one simple wish for his upcoming birthday: a mail box full of birthday cards with his name on it. Danny Nickerson, who will turn 6 on July 25, was diagnosed last October with a “dangerous” and “aggressive”  tumor on his brain stem called Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, according to a blog run by the boy’s aunt. Since then, young Danny had been undergoing radiation and chemotherapy to treat his illness, and […]

  • Rakshannah Ranney, 40, was arrested after allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old female, authorities said. (Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department/Hesperia Police Department)

    Substitute Teacher, 40, Arrested After Allegedly Engaging in Sex Acts With Teen in Hesperia

    A 40-year-old substitute teacher was arrested after he was allegedly caught engaging in sexual activity with a 16-year-old female in a parked BMW, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department and the Hesperia Police Department announced on Wednesday. The discovery was made while a sheriff’s deputy was conducting a suspicious vehicle check in the area of Ivy Avenue and Alder Street (map) in Hesperia early Sunday, a joint news release from the departments stated. The man, later identified as 40-year-old Rakshannah […]

  • Mariah Salguero, 2, was allegedly taken from court by her biological parents after her maternal grandmother was granted custody of her on July 23, 2014, police said. (Credit: LAPD)

    Child Abduction Alert Issued After Biological Parents Take Toddler From Court: LAPD

    Los Angeles police detectives were asking for the public’s help in locating a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted on Wednesday by her biological parents, authorities said. Mariah Salguero’s maternal grandmother had just been granted temporary custody of the toddler in L.A. Superior Court at about 11:30 a.m. when her parents allegedly took her from the court room, a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department stated. She was last seen walking with her parents and several family members, […]

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    Victims ID’d in Wrong-Way Crash on 210 Freeway That Left 3 Dead, 2 Injured

    Three people were killed and two others were injured after an alleged wrong-way driver collided head-on with another vehicle on the 210 Freeway in Rancho Cucamonga early Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol. A male driver was allegedly going westbound on the eastbound lanes of the freeway at Beech Avenue when the collision occurred shortly after 2 a.m., CHP Captain Joe Flores said. The CHP had received reports that a dark-colored Hyundai Elantra was seen in the carpool lane […]

  • These were some of the 61 dogs rescued from a house fire in Woodcrest on July 19, 2014. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

    61 Dogs Rescued, 3 People Displaced After Riverside County House Fire

    Dozens of dogs were impounded on Sunday after being rescued when a fire broke out at a single-family home in Woodcrest, Riverside County authorities said. More than two dozen firefighters responded to the blaze in the 16400 block of Pick Place (map) at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday and found smoke coming from the attic, according to the Riverside County Fire Department incident page. Fire crews were able to extinguish the flames, and no injuries were reported. The American Red […]

  • An investigation was underway into a crash on the 15 Freeway in Corona that left two people dead on July 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Killed in Fiery High-Speed Crash on 15 Freeway in Corona; Suspected DUI Driver Arrested

    Two people were killed when a car burst into flames after being rear-ended by another vehicle driving at a high-rate of speed on the 15 Freeway in Corona early Sunday, authorities said. A vehicle was traveling southbound on the 15 Freeway at about 1:15 a.m. when it crashed into a car just north of the 91 Freeway, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher who did not give her name. The car caught fire, killing the two occupants inside, the […]

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    1 Dead After Shooting in Pomona Motel Parking Lot; Gunman at Large

    An investigation was underway after a 48-year-old man was shot and killed outside of a Pomona motel early Sunday, police said. Officers responded to the parking lot of the Autolodge (map) after someone called 911 to report hearing gunshots there just before 1 a.m., according to a Pomona Police Department news release. When police arrived, they discovered a man lying on the ground who had been shot in the chest, the release stated. The unidentified man was pronounced dead at […]

  • A fire truck was parked near where a small brush fire had broken out underneath the 60 Freeway on July 20, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    60 Freeway Reopened After Brush Fire Shuts Down All Lanes, Backing Traffic Up

    All lanes on the 60 Freeway were temporarily shut down in both directions at Whittier Boulevard following a small brush fire, the California Highway Patrol said. The fire broke out underneath the roadway in an embankment just before 10:30 a.m., according to the CHP log. A SigAlert went into effect at 10:40 a.m. and all lanes on both sides of the freeway were initially closed, the log stated. Two lanes in each directions were reopened at about 11 a.m., and […]

  • Pickett, 2, was expected to be euthanized after biting a child at least twice in the face and the arm. (Credit: Riverside County Animal Services)

    Dog Surrendered for ‘Humane Euthanasia’ After Biting Riverside County Boy, 5, on Face and Arm

    A dog was expected to be euthanized after biting a five-year-old boy at least twice in Thermal, according to Riverside County authorities. The incident occurred Friday shortly before 4 p.m. on a ranch-style property in the 88300 block of Avenue 57 (map), Riverside County Animal Services spokesman John Welsh said in a news release. The boy was playing in a discarded weed-eater box that he had turned into a costume when the two-year-old male German shepherd mix named Pickett approached […]