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

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  • Signs of water ponding along East Valley Road near San Ysidro Creek in Montecito on March 22, 2018. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Evacuations Lifted in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties Amid Strong Spring Storm

    Evacuations in the burn areas of the Thomas Fire in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties were lifted Thursday as a powerful spring storm continued to bring strong showers in some coastal areas. A flash food advisory was issued for western Santa Barbara County until 10 p.m. because of brief heavy downpours and a slight chance of thunderstorms in that area, the National Weather Service (NWS) tweeted. During the evening, a mudslide was reported along the 192 Freeway near Toro Canyon. […]

  • Some Evacuation Orders Lifted as a Second Round of Rain Hits L.A. County

    Lighter than expected rainfall Wednesday prompted officials in Los Angeles County to lift some of the mandatory evacuation orders in place for the region’s burn areas, despite another round of showers rolling through Thursday. Mandatory evacuations for Kagel Canyon, Lopez Canyon, and Little Tujunga, which were to begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, have been canceled, according to the county’s information website. The good news did not, however, spread to residents in the La Tuna Canyon area, where mandatory evacuations remained […]

  • Dog Reported Dead by Owner Found Alive at Riverside Home, but Infested With Maggots and ‘Severely Neglected’: Authorities

    An animal cruelty investigation is underway in Riverside after a “severely neglected” dog was found infested with maggots, officials said Wednesday. The Riverside County Department of Animal Services was initially contacted by the dog’s owner, who called the agency on Monday afternoon to have them retrieve his “dead” 8-year-old Lhasa Apso. But when officers arrived they discovered the dog wasn’t deceased — she was alive, hiding under a bush against the house, but suffering from severe neglect, according to a […]

  • A photo of Cole Micek was displayed at a news conference where authorities announced a reward for information leading to the arrest of two hit-and-run drivers who fatally struck him on March 3, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Family Pleads for Help Finding 2 Hit-and-Run Drivers Who Fatally Struck 24-Year-Old Bicyclist in Long Beach

    Authorities and family members asked for the public’s help in locating the two drivers who fled after fatally hitting a 24-year-old bicyclist in Long Beach as a $25,000 reward was announced in the case. Cole Micek was struck by two cars as he was cycling along the Terminal Island Freeway at Pier A Way in the early morning hours of March 3. Both motorists sped away from the scene and neither called to report the incident, Los Angeles County Supervisor […]

  • Police are investigating the circumstances of a woman's death after her body was found in a Santa Fe Springs parking lot on March 20, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman’s Body Found in Santa Fe Springs Parking Lot, Prompting Investigation

    An investigation is underway into the death of a woman whose body was discovered in a parking lot in Santa Fe Springs early Tuesday, police said. About 1:15 a.m., officers responded to the 13500 block of Rosecrans Ave. after receiving a call of a “female down,” according to a post on the Whittier Police Department’s Facebook page. When they arrived at the location, officers found the woman on the ground in the parking lot, police said. She was pronounced dead […]

  • Surveillance Video Shows Brutal Attack That Left South L.A. Street Vendor Badly Injured

    Warning: The video contains graphic and disturbing content, and viewer discretion is advised.  A South Los Angeles business released surveillance video on Monday showing a local street vendor being beaten after he was robbed over the weekend in the Historic South-Central neighborhood. Pedro Daniel Reyes was preparing to sell peanuts and other items in the area of South San Pedro Street and East 31st Street before dawn on Sunday morning when a group of six to seven people approached him […]

  • Sleeping Woman Dies After Vehicle Crashes Into Her Moreno Valley Home, Authorities Say

    A female resident was killed when a vehicle crashed into a Moreno Valley home and slammed into her while she was sleeping early Monday morning, authorities said. Shortly before 5:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a vehicle into a residence in the 16000 block of Lake Victoria Drive, according to a statement from the Cal Fire / Riverside County Fire Department. The first engine company to arrive found the victim beneath the under vehicle. She died instantly, first responders […]

  • A sticker with the Uber logo is displayed in the window of a car on June 12, 2014 in San Francisco. (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Pedestrian Dies After Being Struck by Self-Driving Uber Vehicle in Arizona

    A woman was struck and killed by a self-driving Uber vehicle as she crossed a street in Arizona, police said on Monday. The deadly crash occurred during the overnight hours near Mill Avenue and Curry Road in the city of Tempe, which is just east of Phoenix. The Uber car was in autonomous mode when it struck the woman, who was walking outside the crosswalk, Phoenix television station KNXV reported, citing the Tempe Police Department. She was taken to an area […]

  • Joshua Tree Parents Charged After 3 Children Found Living in Makeshift Shelter Will Soon Get New Home

    Weeks after being arrested and charged with child abuse following the discovery that they were living in a makeshift shelter amid squalid conditions with their three children, a Joshua Tree couple will soon move into a new home thanks to the generosity of friends and strangers. Daniel Panico, 73, and Mona Kirk, 51, saw the property for the first time on Tuesday, according to Palm Springs television station KMIR, which spoke with the parents outside the house that same day. […]