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

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  • Michael Christopher Mejia is seen in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

    ‘Known Gang Member’ Suspected of Killing Police Officer in Whittier, Cousin in East L.A.

    The man suspected of killing a police officer in Whittier and his own cousin in East Los Angeles was identified on Tuesday afternoon as 26-year-old Michael Christopher Mejia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Mejia, who was released from Pelican Bay State Prison last April, is suspected of fatally shooting Whittier Police Department Officer Keith Boyer and 47-year-old Roy Roger Torres in two separate incidents that happened hours apart on Monday, according to the department. Torres was shot to death […]

  • Jonah Hwang is seen in an undated photo provided by his family on Feb. 21, 2017.

    8-Year-Old Boy Killed in Apparent Drive-by Shooting Was Visiting Pomona Home With His Family: Police

    Homicide detectives are asking for the public’s help Tuesday as they continue their search for the assailant who opened fire on a home in Pomona, shooting and killing an 8-year-old boy before getting away. Jonah Min Hwang was fatally struck by gunfire during an apparent drive-by shooting that occurred around 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 1100 block of West 11th Street, according to police. The bullet hit the child in the head, the Los Angeles Times reported. Jonah was transported to a […]

  • The suspected gunman in a fatal police shooting is taken away in an ambulance on Feb. 20, 2017. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Man Who Fatally Shot Whittier Police Officer Is Suspected in Another Killing in East L.A. Hours Earlier: LASD

    One Whittier police officer has died and another officer was wounded following a Monday morning shootout with a recently paroled “known gang member” who is suspected of the fatal shooting of another man hours earlier, authorities said. The police shooting, which also left the suspect injured, occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in Whittier, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The officer killed was identified Monday afternoon as Keith Boyer, a veteran […]

  • Pedro Basua Jr., left, and Teresa Basua, right, are seen in photos posted on a GoFundMe account set up for the family's behalf.

    Coroner’s Office IDs 2 Children Killed in Victorville Crash

    Two children who died after a multivehicle car crash in Victorville over the weekend have been identified by the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. Pedro Basua Jr., 12, and Teresa Basua, 10, both of Adelanto, sustained “traumatic” injuries after two cars collided near the intersection of Amethyst Road and Mojave Drive about 8:35 p.m. Saturday, according to a coroner’s news release. Both died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office. Five others — four adults and a child — were […]

  • A stretch of the northbound 101 Freeway had to be shut down on Feb. 17, 2017, due to heavy rain and mud, authorities said. (Credit: Ventura County Fire Department)

    Northbound 101 Freeway Closed Near Ventura as Mud Floods Roadway: CHP

    As torrential rain moved through Southern California Friday afternoon, a stretch of the northbound 101 Freeway had to be shut down north of Ventura after part of the roadway became inundated with several feet of mud, CHP said. All northbound lanes are closed on the 101 at Highway 33 because of mud and debris flows near the La Conchita area, according to the Ventura Police Department. The flooding began shortly after 1 p.m., and by 2:50 p.m., the northbound lanes around […]

  • A Southwest passenger jet pulls in to a gate at Los Angeles International Airport on April 5, 2011. (Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

    Southwest Airlines Cancels Hundreds of Flights in and Out of California, Including SoCal Airports

    Southwest Airlines has canceled some 250 flights in and out of California as a “dangerous” storm forecast to bring torrential rain and powerful winds moved through the state on Friday. All Southwest flights out of Bob Hope Airport in Burbank and John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana have been canceled as of 10 a.m., according to the airline. It was not immediately known when they would resume. In addition to cancellations, the airline warned that scheduled service may be disrupted […]

  • A woman holding an umbrella walks through Downtown L.A. amid a rainstorm in December 2016. (Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

    ‘Shaping Up to Be Nasty’: Storm Barreling Toward SoCal Likely Strongest to Hit Region in Years, Forecasters Says

    A “dangerous” storm that could be the strongest to hit the area in years is forecast to move through Southern California from Friday into Saturday, bringing heavy rain, strong winds and the potential for flash flooding and mudslides, according to the National Weather Service. With moderate to heavy rain expected for prolonged periods of time, some areas could be looking at record-setting rainfall totals on Friday, the weather service tweeted. As much as 6 inches of rain is expected in coastal […]

  • A rainstorm is expected to hit Southern California by Friday, possibly the strongest one yet of the season, according to forecasters. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    L.A. Area Could Receive Up to 4 Inches of Rain as Possibly Strongest Storm of the Season Forecast to Hit SoCal Friday

    A strong storm, possibly “the most significant” one of the season so far, is barreling toward Southern California and is expected to bring heavy rain to the area Friday, according to the National Weather Service. Light to moderate rain will likely begin falling in the southwest part of California Thursday as a weakening cold front approaches, but the heaviest precipitation isn’t expected until the following day, forecasters said. “The Friday storm in particular could in fact become the strongest of […]

  • The 11000 block of Citrus Drive in Ventura is seen in this image from Google Maps street view.

    Suspect in Fight, Hit-and-Run at Ventura Circle K Parking Lot Dies After Being Ejected From Car Following Crash: Police

    A man suspected of being involved in a fight and a subsequent hit-and-run in a Circle K parking lot in Ventura died after being ejected from his vehicle following a solo-vehicle crash, police said Wednesday. Officers first responded to the 11000 block of Citrus Drive around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday after someone called 911 to report a fight involving “an intoxicated subject” in the Circle K parking lot, according to a Ventura Police Department news release. Without provocation, a man had […]