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

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  • A memorial for Eiden Cortez is seen in this photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    Suspected DUI Driver Charged in South L.A. Crash That Left Toddler Dead: DA’s Office

    Charges have been filed against a suspected drunken driver in a crash that killed a 3-year-old boy who was walking with his mother in South L.A. over the weekend, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday. Gardena resident George Edward Milton Jr., 32, has been charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury in connection with Sunday’s deadly […]

  • Eiden Cortez is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    Family ID’s 3-Year-Old Boy Fatally Struck by Vehicle While Walking With Mother in South L.A.

    Family members on Monday identified a 3-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a vehicle in the Vermont Vista neighborhood of South Los Angeles the previous evening. Eiden Cortez was walking with his mother on a sidewalk in the area of West 92nd and South Figueroa streets around 5 p.m. Sunday when, according to a woman who witnessed the crash, a driver lost of control of the vehicle and hit the child. She said the force of the collision […]

  • SoCal Man Wins 4 Lottery Prizes — Including Ones Worth $5 Million and $1 Million — Within Months

    A lucky lottery player from Southern California has won more than $6 million in prizes in the past six months, including one worth a staggering $5 million, state lottery officials announced Friday. Antulio Mazariegos recently walked into the California Lottery’s Van Nuys District Office with the $5 million-winning scratchers ticket. Mazariegos had purchased the winning ticket at Liquor Bank, located at 16925 Vanowen Street in Van Nuys, according to a California Lottery news release. He explained there were only three […]

  • Riverside City College Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis; Testing Urged for 200 Others: Public Health Officials

    Riverside City College students are being urged to get tested for tuberculosis after a student was diagnosed with an active case of the illness, county health officials announced this week. The student, who has not been identified, is recovering after being treated, according to a news release posted on the Riverside County Public Health Department’s website. County health officials are working with the school to identify any others who may have been exposed to the illness. To that end, a […]

  • Explosion at Aliso Viejo Day Spa Believed Intentional; Victim ID’d as 48-Year-Old O.C. Woman

    A deadly explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo is believed to have been an intentional act and is being investigated as a crime, authorities said Wednesday. One woman was killed and three others were injured in the blast, which occurred about 1:10 p.m. in the first floor of the two-story building at 11 Mareblu, according to the Orange County Fire Authority. The victim has been identified as 48-year-old Ildiko Krajnyak of Trabuco Canyon, and she is believed […]

  • 4 People Injured, 1 in Critical Condition, After Being Swarmed by Bees in Palm Desert

    Four people have been injured, including one critically, after they were attacked by a swarm of bees in Palm Desert on Tuesday morning, authorities said. Firefighters were dispatched to the 200 block of Strada Nova just before 9 a.m. after receiving a report of four people being swarmed by bees, according to an incident information fact sheet from the Riverside County Fire Department. Multiple bees were still at the scene when first responders arrived, but two of the victims still […]

  • Officers responded to a call of a possibly armed man at Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana on May 15, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Global Medical Center Lockdown Lifted After Call Regarding Man With Gun Prompts Police Response

    Orange County Global Medical Center in Santa Ana was placed on lockdown for more than two hours as officials investigated a call regarding a man armed with a gun in the hospital, police said. The lockdown was subsequently lifted just after 11 a.m. after the hospital was rendered safe following an intense search, according to Santa Ana Police Department Chief David Valentin. Officers initially responded to the building, located in the 1000 block of North Tustin Avenue, about 8:15 a.m. […]

  • The twins, Maya and Makayla, are seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe account.

    Toddler Dies, Twin Sister in Critical Condition After Both Fall Into Backyard Pool in Moreno Valley

    A 17-month-old girl has died and her identical twin continues to fight for her life after the two toddlers fell into a pool in Moreno Valley and suffered traumatic brain injuries about two weeks ago, the family said Monday. Their parents have barely slept as they cope with the loss of one child and pray for the recovery of the other. “We’re not able to fully grieve because we have to be strong for┬áMakayla. She’s here and she’s fighting,” said […]

  • Ventura County sheriff's deputies arrest Todd Kates as authorities collect American alligators and a number of snakes, some venomous, at a Thousand Oaks home on July 6, 2017. (Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

    Thousand Oaks Man Charged Nearly 1 Year After Seizure of Numerous Venomous Snakes: Officials

    Charges have been filed against a Thousand Oaks man about 10 months after dozens of venomous snakes and other exotic animals were seized from his properties, authorities announced Monday. Todd Kates, 56, was charged Friday with 14 felony counts of animal cruelty and 26 misdemeanor Fish and Game Code and California Code of Regulations counts related to the care and housing of animals, according to a news release from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office. On July 6, 2017, authorities […]