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


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  • The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has released this booking photo of Robert Becker.

    Sex Offender Suspected of Recording Girl, 10, in Walmart Bathroom Near San Diego: Sheriff’s Dept.

    A registered sex offender was arrested after allegedly taking cellphone video of a 10-year-old girl as she used the restroom inside a Walmart store in unincorporated El Cajon, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday. The young victim told deputies a man followed her into the women’s bathroom last Wednesday at the Walmart located at 13487 Camino Canada, a sheriff’s news release stated. He then went into the stall next to her, took out his cellphone and used it […]

  • Fire Engineer Ryan Osler is seen in a photo released by the Ventura County Fire Department.

    Ventura County Firefighter Killed in Rollover Crash While Headed to the Canyon Fire

    A 38-year-old Ventura County firefighter was killed Wednesday morning in a rollover crash while driving to the 12,300-acre Canyon Fire on the Central Coast, authorities said. Two firefighters assigned to the massive blaze were in a water-tender truck when it crashed around 6:20 a.m. on Highway 246 at Purisima Road in the Lompoc area, according to a Ventura County Fire Department news release. The passenger became trapped in the vehicle after it rolled over multiple times and died, local authorities […]

  • Hank and Helen Kawecki are preparing to leave the Thousand Oaks residence they've called home for more than 50 years. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousand Oaks Couple in Their 80s Loses Home After Allegedly Being Scammed by Grandson

    A couple in Thousand Oaks has given up fighting an eviction from the home they’ve lived in for nearly six decades after their grandson allegedly mortgaged it away and sold it without their knowledge. Helen and Hank Kawecki are scheduled leave their home this Saturday. They will move in to a mobile home in a senior living community in nearby Newbury Park, thanks to the generosity of the community and neighbors who helped raise nearly $125,000 on their behalf. The Kaweckis, both […]

  • Sharla Joseph is seen in a booking photo released by the Glendale Police Department.

    Glendale Mom Arrested After Allegedly Running Over Son, 7, While Intoxicated in Ralphs Parking Lot

    A 46-year-old mother who allegedly drove over her young son in a Ralphs supermarket parking lot in Glendale over the weekend is suspected of being under the influence of alcohol at the time, police said Wednesday. Sharla Joseph was leaving the grocery store at 1200 N. Central Ave. around 5 p.m. Saturday when she started arguing with her two sons over their behavior, according to a Glendale Police Department news release. Joseph allegedly threatened to leave the two boys behind and […]

  • A police chase resulted in a fatal crash in Long Beach on Sept. 20, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Driver in High-Speed Pursuit Dies After Crash in Long Beach, Authorities Say

    A driver who led personnel from multiple law enforcement agencies on a high-speed chase died after he was ejected from his vehicle in a Long Beach crash Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident began around 5 a.m. when a Los Angeles Police Department team conducting surveillance on “potentially known suspects that were involved in burglaries” allegedly observed them committing a commercial burglary in Bellflower, according to Capt. Mike Thatcher of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. An LAPD air unit […]

  • An In-N-Out burger is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Tommaso Boddi/ Getty Images for John Varvatos)

    Thousands Sign Petition Calling for In-N-Out to Introduce a Veggie Burger

    An online petition calling for Southern California-based In-N-Out to put a veggie burger on its menu has received thousands of signatures since being launched a week ago. The change.org petition, started by the Good Food Institute, asks In-N-Out CEO Lynsi Snyder to put a meatless option on the immensely popular fast-food restaurant’s menu. Currently, fans of the franchise looking for a vegetarian option can order a “grilled cheese,” essentially a cheeseburger without the hamburger patty. The petition seeks to add a meat alternative to […]

  • The Motel 6 in Pomona is seen in a Google Street View photo.

    Man Who Removed Girlfriend’s Lung While She Was Alive at Pomona Motel Sentenced to Life in Prison: DA

    A 28-year-old Pomona man was sentenced to life in prison Monday for “brutally” killing his girlfriend and cutting out her lung while she was still alive, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Alexander Anthony Clever, who pleaded no contest to a first-degree murder charge in July, will not be eligible for parole, the DA’s office said in a news release. In addition to the no contest plea, the defendant also admitted to special circumstance allegations of torture and […]

  • Long Beach police released this image of a man being sought in the Aug. 6, 2016, fatal shooting of a mother and daughter.

    Police Release Surveillance Video of Man Sought in Fatal Shooting of Long Beach Mom, 4-Year-Old Daughter

    Long Beach police released surveillance video Monday showing a man being sought in the unsolved shooting of a mother and her 4-year-old daughter, who were killed last month. Carina Mancera, 26, and her daughter, Jennabel Anaya, were shot to death at close range near East Ninth Street and Locust Avenue as they returned home from the grocery store on the night of Aug. 6, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Mancera, who was shot multiple times, died at the scene. […]

  • Police investigate a home-invasion robbery in Van Nuys on Sept. 19, 2016. (Credit: KTLA)

    Apparent Marijuana Grow Found After Home-Invasion Robbery in Van Nuys: LAPD

    Police investigating a home-invasion robbery in Van Nuys Monday morning discovered as many as 150 marijuana plants in the house, triggering a narcotics investigation, according to LAPD. Officers responded between 5:45 and 6 a.m. to a report of a home-invasion robbery in the 7800 block of Peach Avenue, Los Angeles Police Department Detective Ben Herskowitz said. A male resident told police he had been threatened at gunpoint and beaten with a metal pipe. The victim was transported to a local hospital […]