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


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  • The El Super supermarket in South Los Angeles remained closed and barricaded by shopping carts on Aug. 25, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    South L.A. Market Reopens After Vermin Investigation; Mouse Found on Food at Other Location

    The El Super grocery store in South Los Angeles reopened Thursday after it was shut down by county health officials due to a vermin investigation, according to online L.A. County Department of Public Health records. The supermarket, located at 1301 E. Gage Ave., was closed Tuesday, the record indicated. It showed four violations of California’s Healthy and Safety code — including one “high risk” — that were all related to vermin infestation. There was a mandatory 48-hour closure on the store. The store […]

  • Salvador Esparza is shown in a photo displayed at a sheriff's news conference on Aug 25, 2016. He was fatally shot in Altadena on July 5, 2016.

    Mom Issues Tearful Plea Amid Search for Person Who Killed 4-Year-Old Son in Altadena; Reward Offered

    A mother whose 4-year-old son was shot to death in Altadena last month issued a tearful plea for the public’s help in finding his killer as a reward was offered in the case Thursday. Salvador Esparza III, of Monrovia, was visiting with family friends on July 5 when he was fatally shot at a home in the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive around 10:40 p.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. A 27-year-old man was also shot and […]

  • Michelle Martens is seen after she was arrested following her daughter's killing on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: KOAT)

    Police: New Mexico Girl, 10, Was Drugged, Sexually Assaulted, Killed; Mom, 2 Others Arrested

    A 10-year-old girl was drugged, sexually assaulted and killed Wednesday in what the Albuquerque Police Department called one of the worst cases in the department’s history. Police have arrested three people in the case: Michelle Martens, 35, the victim’s mother; 31-year-old Fabian Gonzales, the mother’s boyfriend; and his cousin, 31-year-old Jessica Kelley. Martens and Gonzales allegedly confessed to injecting the 10-year-old daughter with meth “to make her calm down so they could do what they wanted with the little girl,” police said, according to […]

  • Police were investigating a suspected murder-suicide in the Turtle Rock Community of Irvine on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: Google Maps Street View)

    Son Killed Mother Before Fatally Shooting Himself at Irvine Home: Police

    A son allegedly shot and killed his mother at a home in an upscale Irvine neighborhood before turning the gun on himself, police said Thursday. The suspected murder-suicide took place around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday in a residence on Hexham in the Turtle Rock Community, according to an Irvine Police Department news release. Officers responded to the home where they found a man and woman deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, the release stated. Authorities have not released their names, but the preliminary […]

  • Joshua Robertson and Brittany Humphrey are shown in photos from a LASD wanted poster distributed Aug. 23, 2016.

    3 Kids Whose Mother Was Found Dead in Gorman Area Are Located; Couple With Toddler Still Sought

    Three young children whose mother was found dead on a Gorman-area road were located safe Wednesday afternoon after they were kidnapped, but the two people suspected of taking the kids have a fourth child with them and remain on the run, authorities said. Joshua Robertson, 27, and Brittany Humphrey, 22, were last seen fleeing California with Kimberly Harvill’s three children, who were found to be safe at a motel in Albuquerque, New Mexico, after a good Samaritan contacted local police. Robertson […]

  • A motorcyclist died after a crash in Reseda on Aug. 24, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Young Man on Motorcycle Killed in Hit-and-Run Crash in Reseda; Driver Sought: LAPD

    A 19-year-old motorcyclist was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Reseda Wednesday morning, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. The collision occurred around 6:45 a.m. in the 19300 block of West Vanowen Street, at the corner of Tampa Avenue. Erwan Mckeown, of Agoura Hills, died at the scene. His body was covered in a pink sheet on the sidewalk, next to a stoplight and not far from the motorcycle wreckage, Sky5 aerial video showed. Police are searching for the hit-and-run […]

  • The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has released this booking photo of Robert Becker.

    Sex Offender Suspected of Recording Girl, 10, in Wal-Mart Bathroom Near San Diego: Sheriff’s Dept.

    A registered sex offender was arrested after allegedly taking cellphone video of a 10-year-old girl as she used the restroom inside a Wal-Mart store in unincorporated El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. The young victim told deputies a man followed her into the women’s bathroom last Wednesday at the Wal-Mart located at 13487 Camino Canada, a sheriff’s news release stated. He then went into the stall next to her, took out his cellphone and used it […]

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    Dog Dies at Grooming Store in Michigan After Being Placed in Closet for Barking Too Much, Owners Say

    A 7-year-old dog in Michigan who was placed in a closet at the groomer’s, apparently because he was barking too much, died after chemicals spilled, his grief-stricken owners recently told a Detroit-area television station. Dennis and Maureen St. Clair took their beloved rescue pet, named Max, for a routine grooming appointment at the Shaggy Dog Puppies and Supplies in Shelby Township last Thursday, WJBK reported. The dog, a poodle and cocker spaniel mix, was healthy prior to be taken to the […]

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    Touching Video of WWII Veteran Being Honored at L.A.-Area Home Goes Viral

    Emotional video of a World War II veteran “having one of the best days of his life” after being honored by chief selects in front of his Gardena home recently has touched many people after being widely viewed and shared online. The veteran in the video, Ernest Thompson, served on the USS Missouri during the second world war, according to Jonathan Williams, the CEO of the Battleship Iowa Museum and the man’s grandson. Williams recalled in a Facebook comment under the viral video that Thompson […]