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

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    Woman With Last Name of Crook Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Underwear From Alhambra Kohl’s Store

    A woman with the last name of Crook was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary Friday after she allegedly stole ladies undergarments from a Kohl’s department store in Alhambra, police said. Josephine Crook was accused of concealing the items in an empty purse and failing to pay for them, according to an Alhambra Police Department Facebook post. The 49-year-old woman was taken into custody around 7: 15 p.m. and booked at the Alhambra Police Department, Los Angeles County inmate records […]

  • Costumed Chewbacca and Freddy Krueger intervened after two characters started fighting on Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 21, 2014. (Credit: FilmOn.com)

    Caught on Video: Character Brawl Erupts on Hollywood Blvd; Chewbacca, Freddy Krueger Try to Break It Up

    A brawl that recently broke out between multiple characters outside a popular tourist attraction on Hollywood Boulevard and was captured on video was being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, authorities said Wednesday. The incident occurred outside the Hollywood and Highland entertainment complex and in front of the TLC Chinese Theatre sometime Tuesday afternoon. In the video, which was posted to website FilmOn.com, people dressed as the characters Mr. Incredible and Batgirl appeared to have been involved in a […]

  • Brandon Hitchcock, 30, was arrested Friday in connection with allegations he had a sexual relationship with a student.

    Downey High School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Charges That He Had Sex With Student

    A 30-year-old Downey High School teacher and coach on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges related to an alleged sexual relationship he had with a student. Brandon James Lee Hitchcock was taken into custody last Friday by Downey police detectives on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, according to a news release from the city of Downey. The arrest came about a week after an investigation began into allegations that he possibly had an […]

  • A big rig carrying molasses was involved in a chain-reaction crash on the 5 Freeway to the 10 Freeway transition road on Oct. 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    East L.A. Freeway Interchange Closed After Big Rig Spills Molasses All Over Roadway Following Crash

    A chain-reaction crash involving a big rig forced the closure of the southbound 5 Freeway transition road to the westbound 10 Freeway just ahead of the Wednesday morning rush hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers initially responded to the heavily traveled freeway connector shortly after 5:45 a.m. to a report of a big rig carrying molasses colliding with a gold Chevy truck and a black SUV, the CHP’s incident log stated. Aerial video appeared to show that at […]

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    Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Special Needs High School Student in Palmdale: Sheriff’s Dept.

    A 28-year-old long-term substitute teacher at Highland High School in Palmdale was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a student enrolled in a special needs program, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Wednesday. Aaron Alvidrez was taken into custody on Tuesday, one day after detectives with the department’s Special Victims Bureau began looking into a  child molestation allegation between a teacher and student at the school, authorities said. School officials contacted the Sheriff’s Department after the 17-year-old victim reported that […]

  • Riverside Sheriff's Sgt. Terry Jones was arrested on multiple charges stemming from an incident earlier this month, authorities said. (Credit: Riverside County Sheriff's Department)

    Riverside Sheriff’s Sergeant Arrested on Assault, Kidnapping Charges

    A sergeant with the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department was arrested on several charges, including assault and kidnapping, after allegedly getting into a fight with his girlfriend and then attacking a female friend who was with them, authorities announced late Tuesday. Sgt. Terry Jones was accused of getting into a physical altercation with his girlfriend after a night of drinking with three other people at an establishment in Old Town Temecula earlier this month, according to Sgt. Mike Manning, a public […]

  • Surveillance video showed thieves gaining access to a Garden Grove wireless store on Oct. 21, 2014.

    Up to $100,000 Worth of iPhones, iPads Stolen in Garden Grove Smash-and-Grab: Store Owner

    As much as $100,000 worth of new iPhone 6’s and iPads were stolen early Tuesday during a burglary at a wireless store in Garden Grove, according to the business owner. The heist occurred at Oztec Wireless, which is located in the 10700 block of Westminster Avenue, shortly after 2 a.m., a Garden Grove Police Department news release stated. Surveillance video from the store showed three people wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and gloves breaking into the business before they smashed glass […]

  • A sheared fire hyrdant caused the canopy at a Chevron gas station to collapse on Oct. 21, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles News Group)

    Water From Sheared Fire Hydrant Causes Gas Station Roof Collapse in Ontario

    A sheared fire hydrant caused the roof of a Chevron gas station to collapse on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident began around 7 a.m. when a large dump truck backed into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Holt Avenue and Mountain Street (map), according to Jeff Higbee from the Fontana Police Department. Water from the sheared hydrant shot up into the air and filled the canopy covering the station, which caused the roof to collapse on top of […]

  • Giant, Puppy-Sized ‘Goliath Birdeater’ Spider Found in South America

    An entomologist was out walking in the Guyana Forest in South America recently when he made a frightening find: a giant spider that was roughly the size of a puppy. The tarantula is known as the South American Goliath Birdeater, according to Piotr Naskrecki, who took the photos. The story went viral after photos of the unusually large arthropod were picked up by numerous media outlets. Naskrecki — who describes himself as an entomologist, photographer and author based at the […]