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

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  • Samuel Robert Duran Jr. walks into Airport Courthouse for his arraignment on April 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Accused of Raping Mar Vista Teen, Holding Her for 3 Weeks Pleads Not Guilty

    The 33-year-old man accused of raping a 15-year-old Mar Vista girl with autism while allegedly holding her in his home for three weeks made his first court appearance on Thursday. Samuel Robert Duran Jr. appeared at the Airport Courthouse, where he pleaded not guilty to a dozen counts in connection with the case. He waived his rights to a speedy preliminary hearing and was expected to return to court on May 13. Duran was charged with three counts of rape, six counts of forced […]

  • A man allegedly claiming someone was trying to kill him was caught on surveillance camera trying to break into a North Hollywood home using a porch bench as a battering ram.

    Man Tries to Break Into North Hollywood Home Using Porch Bench As Battering Ram

    A man who was shouting that someone was trying to kill him was captured on a surveillance camera early Wednesday trying to break into a North Hollywood home using a porch bench as a battering ram. Jose Nunez was sleeping when he was woken up around 12:45 a.m. to the sounds of a “crazy guy screaming” outside his house. The aggressive man was charging at the front door and ramming it with his shoulder, all the while yelling, “They’re coming […]

  • Officers fatally shot a man after a police chase ended in collision in Houston on April 15, 2015. (Credit: KPRC)

    Father of 3 Shot, Killed by Police After Wild Pursuit Ends in Multi-Vehicle Crash in Houston

    Officers fatally shot a driver after a police chase ended in a multi-vehicle collision in Houston on Wednesday, according to a report The pursuit began around 10:40 a.m. when officers attempted to pull over the driver — identified as 41-year-old Frank Shephard — for making unsafe lane changes, CNN affiliate KPRC reported. At some point during the chase, the driver called 911 and allegedly told dispatchers he had a child in the vehicle and threatened to harm them if police […]

  • Newly released surveillance video captured a man being violently assaulted in El Monte on April 6, 2015.

    Bicyclist Brutally Beaten, Stabbed on El Monte Street, Video Shows; 5 Sought

    El Monte police on Wednesday evening released surveillance video of a violent assault in the hope that the public could help them catch those who attacked the man and left him with life-threatening injuries. Shortly after midnight on April 6, a man was riding his bicycle westbound on Elliott Avenue from Tyler Avenue when a vehicle also headed westbound passed him, according to the El Monte Police Department. A passenger in the car yelled something at the victim as they […]

  • Joseph Slater died after being detained at this Valero gas station in Highland on April 15, 2015. The gas station is seen in an image from Google Map Street View.

    Man Dies in Custody After Deputy Uses Pepper Spray, ‘Force’ at Highland Gas Station

    A 28-year-old Highland man died on Wednesday after a deputy used pepper spray and “force” while detaining him at a gas station for an alleged vandalism, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. The Highland Police Department was dispatched to the Valero Gas Station located at 27767 Base Line Rd. (map) shortly after 1 a.m. to a report of a “suspicious subject damaging the property,” a Sheriff’s Department’s news release stated. Minutes later, a deputy arrived and found Joseph […]

  • Thomas Snider is seen in a photo provided by the Torrance Police Department.

    Torrance High School Wrestling Coach Charged With Lewd Acts Involving 25 Male Students: Police

    A teacher and wrestling coach at Torrance High School has been charged with multiple counts of child annoyance and lewd acts involving as many as 25 male students, police announced Wednesday. Thomas Joseph Snider, 47, turned himself in and was arrested without incident following a three-month investigation, a news release from the Torrance Police Department stated. Brian Araiza, a captain on Torrance High School’s wrestling team, reacted like many of his classmates Wednesday. “I think they’re shocked and … everyone […]

  • Winds toppled a tree in Lake View Terrace on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Santa Ana Winds, Low Humidity Forecast to Hit SoCal, Prompting High Fire Danger Warning

    Firefighters were on high alert Wednesday as strong winds, warm temperatures and low humidity were forecast to hit Southern California over a two-day period, prompting forecasters to warn of  extreme fire danger in the region. In anticipation of the “dangerous” weather conditions and the potential  threat they bring, the Los Angeles Fire Department will be “putting more resources out in the field,” LAFD Capt. Daniel Curry said. A red flag warning was in effect as gusty Santa Ana winds were […]

  • A bomb squad robot approaches a suspicious vehicle at LAX on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.

    ‘Suspicious’ Vehicle Near LAX Prompts Temporary Suspension of Metro Green Line Service

    A suspicious vehicle near Los Angeles International Airport prompted authorities to temporarily shut down a Metro station and a portion of the Green Line on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Deputies and a K-9 unit were dispatched to the Aviation/LAX station around 8:10 a.m. after a passerby reported seeing a suspicious-looking vehicle in the parking lot, according to Ramon Montenegro, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Transit Division. An arson explosives team responded to the area after the […]

  • Beech-Nut recalled jars of CLASSICS sweet potato & chicken baby food after a small piece of glass was found inside the product. (Credit: Beechnut.com)

    Beech-Nut Recalls 1,920 Pounds of Baby Food After Piece of Glass Found in Product

    Beech-Nut has recalled approximately 1,920 pounds of baby food amid concerns the product may be contaminated with shards of glass, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The New York-based company found out about the problem after a consumer recently called to complain about a small piece of glass they found in a jar of baby food, the department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service stated on USDA’s website Tuesday. The affected product is the company’s 4-ounce glass jars of “Stage […]