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

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  • A scuba diver was treated at the scene following a lightning strike in Venice, @Venice311 tweeted. (Credit: @Venice311)

    1 Person Dies, 7 Others Hospitalized After Venice Beach Lightning Strike Electrifies Water Near Pier

    One person died and seven others were hospitalized after being hit by lightning at Venice Beach on Sunday afternoon amid a rare series of thunderstorms in Southern California, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The strike occurred at about 2:50 p.m. in the 3500 block of South Ocean Front Walk (map), LAFD spokeswoman Katherine Main said. A powerful bolt of lightning apparently hit the water near the pier, electrifying it and zapping swimmers and surfers who were in the […]

  • A tow truck driver was found shot to death on July 27, 2014 after friends say he was chased by another motorist over a repossession. (Credit: KTLA)

    Tow Truck Driver Was Followed, Fatally Shot in South Gate Over Repossessed Car, Sheriff’s Dept. Says

    Multiple people were being sought after a tow truck driver was fatally shot in the South Gate area of Los Angeles over a repossessed a car, authorities said. The incident started at a 7-Eleven parking lot in Compton when the tow truck driver was trying to repossess a vehicle in the early morning hours on Sunday, said George Williams, a friend of the driver’s. “I don’t really know exactly what happened, as far as with the repo…I just know that […]

  • A Fullerton couple was handcuffed in the Brea Mall parking lot after their daughter was found alone inside their hot car. (Credit: First In)

    Parents Arrested After Leaving Girl, 3, in Hot Car While They Went to Mall: Brea Police

    A Fullerton couple faced charges after allegedly leaving their 3-year-old daughter inside a hot parked car outside a local mall on Sunday, police said. Officers responded to the parking lot outside the Brea Mall (map) at about 4:45 p.m. after someone reported that a small child had been left inside a vehicle, according to a Brea Police Department news release. When police arrived, they found the girl inside a black Nissan Quest van and successfully instructed her how to get […]

  • A lightning bolt struck a home in Redono Beach on July 27, 2014. (Credit: SHP)

    Lightning Strike in Redondo Beach Damages Home, Leads to Evacuations; Hundreds Without Power

    A lightning strike that damaged a home, knocked down power lines and started a fire led to the evacuation of two residential blocks in Redondo Beach on Sunday afternoon, according to the fire department. The lightning bolt, which came amid stormy weather in the Southern California area, hit in the 1600 block of Hayes Lane (map) at about 1:30 p.m., Redondo Beach Fire Department Division Chief Mark Winter said. It struck one house and knocked down several power lines, including […]

  • Lionel A. Morones is seen in a booking photo provided by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

    Lake Elsinore Man Arrested After Allegedly Sexually Assaulting 11-Year-Old Girl

    A 47-year-old Lake Elsinore man has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl, and authorities were looking for any possible additional victims, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said on Friday. Lionel A. Morones was arrested following an investigation that began this month into the sexual assault of a child in Lake Elsinore, a news release from the Sheriff’s Department stated. He was booked into the Southwest Detention Center on charges of sodomy with a person under 14, […]

  • Xinran Ji was killed while walking back to his off-campus apartment near USC on July 24, 2014.

    Slain USC Grad Student Mourned as Police Search for His Killers

    While police searched for the three people who killed a Chinese USC graduate student as he was walking home from a study group, friends and classmates devastated by the death of 24-year-old Xinran Ji placed flowers outside of his off-campus apartment on Friday. “He just finished his study, group study, and goes from his friend’s home to his home, and on the way he was attacked,” USC student Rui Feng Zhang said, standing in front of Ji’s apartment building. Ji […]

  • A teen was arrested after allegedly threatening violence at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach, police said. (Credit: KTLA)

    Teen Arrested After Alleged Terrorist Threat Against U.S. Open of Surfing on Social Media: Police

    A 16-year-old boy was arrested after he allegedly took to social media to make a threat of violence at the U.S. Open of Surfing, Huntington Beach police announced on Friday night. Police received a tip from another law enforcement regarding the threat on Friday at about noon, a news release from the Huntington Beach Police Department stated. The alleged threat was made on social media the day before, police said. After investigating, police said they determined the threat to be […]

  • Surveillance video captured Santa Ana police officers beating a burglary suspect on June 20, 2014.

    Surveillance Video Captures Santa Ana Police Beating Burglary Suspect

    Santa Ana police were looking into a recent arrest that ended with officers using physical force on a burglary suspect, authorities said on Friday. Surveillance video captured the beating, which occurred on June 20 in the front yard of a home located in the 400 block of Sycamore Street, the Orange County Register reported. The video showed the suspect, identified as Miguel Vargas, putting his hands up and lying face-down on the ground, appearing to surrender as police officers move […]

  • Gus Adams, left, and Andrea Miller, right, are seen in photos provided by the Long Beach Police Department.

    Suspected Burglar Killed By Elderly Homeowner in Long Beach Was Not Pregnant; Accomplice Charged, His Mother Arrested

    On the same day that the coroner’s office confirmed an alleged burglar who was fatally shot was not pregnant, her accomplice was charged Friday in the Long Beach incident and the accomplice’s mother was arrested, authorities announced on Friday. Police had previously said the Los Angeles County coroner’s office was trying to determine whether Andrea Miller, 28, was pregnant when she was shot and killed during a confrontation with 80-year-old Tom Greer during an alleged home-invasion robbery in the Bixby […]