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


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  • Children's toys could be seen outside a home where a 3-year-old boy was stabbed on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Arrested on Suspicion of Attempted Murder After Allegedly Stabbing 3-Year-Old Son in Cudahy

    The mother of a 3-year-old boy who was critically injured after being stabbed in Cudahy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced Tuesday. Michelle Betancourt, 23, was taken into custody and booked at the sheriff’s East L.A. Station Tuesday morning, according to sheriff’s deputy Kelvin Moody. The arrest came more than 12 hours after deputies found the injured toddler in the 3800 block of Walnut Street (map) on Monday night. He had […]

  • Faulk and her son, Josiah Duncan, 5 years old, were eating dinner at a local Waffle House in April, 2015 when they spotted a man with his bike holding a bag outside the Restaurant. This was Josiah's first time learning with the word "homeless" meant and he decided to feed him. (Credit: Ava Faulk via CNN)

    5-Year-Old Alabama Boy’s Act of Kindness Moves Homeless Man, Restaurant Patrons to Tears

    A 5-year-old boy’s simple act of kindness toward a homeless man moved customers at an Alabama restaurant to tears and garnered media attention recently. Josiah Duncan and his mother Ava Faulk went out to eat a few weeks ago when the little boy started questioning his mom about a man’s appearance inside the restaurant, according to CNN affiliate WSFA. “There was a man standing inside who was real dirty and had his bag,” Faulk told the television station over the […]

  • A man was in custody following a high-speed chase that ended in the Pico-Union area near downtown L.A. on May 19, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    High-Speed Pursuit Ends With Break-in Attempt Near Downtown L.A.; Four in Custody

    Four people were in custody after a wild police pursuit ended with a break-in attempt in the Pico-Union neighborhood early Tuesday, according to LAPD and witnesses. The high-speed chase began shortly before 2:30 a.m. About 45 minutes later, it came to an end when the occupants fled the vehicle after it exited the 110 Freeway and stopped near Albany Street and Olympic Boulevard, a Los Angeles Police Department official at the scene said. After bailing from the car, one male […]

  • Pasadena police say Tayla Thompson -- seen in this photo they released -- hasn't been seen since she left John Muir High School on May 15, 2015.

    Pasadena Girl, 14, Goes Missing After Leaving John Muir High School; Public’s Help Sought

    Pasadena police on Monday asked for the public’s help in locating a 14-year-old girl who vanished after leaving John Muir High School late last week. Tayla Thompson left the campus — which is located at 1905 Lincoln Ave. — around 11 a.m. Friday and has been reported missing, according to an alert from the Pasadena Police Department. She is described as African-American, standing 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, police said […]

  • Cellphone video captured police using a Taser during an arrest on May 14, 2015.

    Man Claims Upland Police Unjustly Used a Taser on Him During Caught-on-Video Arrest

    An investigation was underway after a 26-year-old man claimed Monday that police unjustly used a Taser on him during a recent arrest in Upland that was recorded on cellphone video. The incident occurred just before noon May 14 right outside the driveway of Johnathan Trefrey’s home. He told KTLA that officers from the Upland Police Department had arrived at his residence with an arrest warrant and tried to take him into custody. “I wanted to know what the warrant was […]

  • A man surrendered after a police pursuit ended in a crash in Azusa on May 18, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Pursuit That Spanned 210 Freeway, Surface Streets Ends in Crash in Azusa

    A pursuit involving the West Covina Police Department ended in the San Gabriel Valley after the vehicle they were chasing crashed into a pole on Monday afternoon. Several police patrols cars were following the light-colored car as it appeared to travel at a high-rate-of-speed, at times jumping sidewalks, running red lights and driving on the wrong side of the road at around 3:40 p.m., video from Sky5 showed. At one point, the car jumped a curb and ran over the […]

  • After helping rescue one of the motorists, John Spurrell grabbed his cellphone and started shooting the aftermath of the catastrophic collision in Chatham County, North Carolina.

    Army Captain Hailed as Hero After Rescue Following Fiery Head-on Crash in North Carolina

    An Army captain who stopped to help rescue a trapped couple after they were seriously injured in a fiery head-on collision in North Carolina on Sunday was being called a hero, according to a report. The crash occurred around 3 p.m. near Highway 751 in Chatham County when a silver Chrysler SUV traveling left of center collided with a red Acura sedan, television station WNCN reported. The Chrysler burst into flames, which nearly spread to the Acura where two occupants […]

  • Christy O'Donnell, left, discusses her illness with her 20-year-old daughter Bailey sitting beside. O'Donnell is the lead plaintiff suing the state of California for the right to have medical aid in dying. The video was released by Compassion & Choices on May 18, 2015.

    Terminally Ill Single Mother From Santa Clarita Sues for Right to Die in California

    A terminally ill Santa Clarita woman is among three plaintiffs who recently sued the state of California for the right to end their lives, according to a news release from Compassion & Choices, a non-profit aiming to expand choice at the end of life. The lawsuit, filed Friday in California Superior Court in San Diego County, asserts that the state’s constitution and current laws should allow terminally ill adults who are mentally competent to request prescription medication in their final […]

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    Naked Pursuit Suspect in Custody After Rescue Off Redondo Beach: Police

    A pursuit suspect had to be pulled from the ocean in┬áRedondo Beach Thursday night after he fled his vehicle, ran into the water, removed all of his clothing and fought off rescuers, authorities┬ásaid. The incident began when officers in the area of Catalina Avenue and Emerald Street observed a driver running a right light, according to Sgt. Beck of the Redondo Beach Police Department. Officers turned on their lights and sirens, but the driver did not pull over, Beck said. […]