BREAKING: SB 5 Freeway to 10 Freeway Transition Road Closed After Chain-Reaction Crash
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Tracy Bloom is a digital news producer for KTLA.com in Los Angeles.


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  • A big rig carrying molasses was involved in a chain-reaction crash on the 5 Freeway to the 10 Freeway transition road on Oct. 22, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Chain-Reaction Crash Involving Big Rig Prompts Closure of 5 and 10 Fwy Interchange; Traffic Jammed

    A chain-reaction crash involving a big rig forced the closure of the southbound 5 Freeway transition road to the westbound 10 Freeway just ahead of the Wednesday morning rush hour, according to the California Highway Patrol. Officers initially responded to the heavily traveled freeway connector shortly after 5:45 a.m. to a report of a big rig carrying molasses colliding with a gold Chevy truck and a black SUV, the CHP’s incident log stated. Aerial video appeared to show that at […]

  • Brandon Hitchcock, 30, was arrested Friday in connection with allegations he had a sexual relationship with a student.

    Downey High School Teacher Pleads Not Guilty to Charges That He Had Sex With Student

    A 30-year-old Downey High School teacher and coach on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to more than a dozen charges related to an alleged sexual relationship he had with a student. Brandon James Lee Hitchcock was taken into custody last Friday by Downey police detectives on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, according to a news release from the city of Downey. The arrest came about a week after an investigation began into allegations that he possibly had an […]

  • Surveillance video showed thieves gaining access to a Garden Grove wireless store on Oct. 21, 2014.

    Up to $100,000 Worth of iPhones, iPads Stolen in Garden Grove Smash-and-Grab: Store Owner

    As much as $100,000 worth of new iPhone 6’s and iPads were stolen early Tuesday during a burglary at a wireless store in Garden Grove, according to the business owner. The heist occurred at Oztec Wireless, which is located in the 10700 block of Westminster Avenue, shortly after 2 a.m., a Garden Grove Police Department news release stated. Surveillance video from the store showed three people wearing hooded sweatshirts, masks and gloves breaking into the business before they smashed glass […]

  • A sheared fire hyrdant caused the canopy at a Chevron gas station to collapse on Oct. 21, 2014. (Credit: Los Angeles News Group)

    Water From Sheared Fire Hydrant Causes Gas Station Roof Collapse in Ontario

    A sheared fire hydrant caused the roof of a Chevron gas station to collapse on Tuesday morning, authorities said. The incident began around 7 a.m. when a large dump truck backed into a fire hydrant at the intersection of Holt Avenue and Mountain Street (map), according to Jeff Higbee from the Fontana Police Department. Water from the sheared hydrant shot up into the air and filled the canopy covering the station, which caused the roof to collapse on top of […]

  • Giant, Puppy-Sized ‘Goliath Birdeater’ Spider Found in South America

    An entomologist was out walking in the Guyana Forest in South America recently when he made a frightening find: a giant spider that was roughly the size of a puppy. The tarantula is known as the South American Goliath Birdeater, according to Piotr Naskrecki, who took the photos. The story went viral after photos of the unusually large arthropod were picked up by numerous media outlets. Naskrecki — who describes himself as an entomologist, photographer and author based at the […]

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    LA Deputy City Attorney to Register as Sex Offender After Pleading No Contest to Child Porn Charge: DA’s Office

    A Los Angeles deputy city attorney was ordered to register as a sex offender after entering a no contest plea to a child pornography possession charge Tuesday, the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office announced. In addition to registering as a sex offender for life, 57-year-old Christopher Garcia was placed on probation for five years by L.A. County Superior Court Judge Robert Vanderet, according to a news release from the DA’s office. He would also receive sex offender counseling and would […]

  • Graphic surveillance video showed a red pickup truck hitting two women while they walked along a Northern California street on Oct. 18, 2014. (Credit: KGO via CNN)

    California Man Arrested After Allegedly Running Over Ex-Girlfriend With Truck (Warning: Graphic Video)

    A Northern California man faced several charges, including attempted murder, after graphic surveillance video allegedly showed him running over his ex-girlfriend and her relative over the weekend, according to a Bay Area television station. The two women were walking along a street in Vallejo on Saturday afternoon when a red pickup truck suddenly hit them, surveillance video from the scene showed. They were rushed to a hospital after being found lying on the street, according to KGO. Both suffered moderate […]

  • LAPD investigators scoured through evidence in Sun Valley in the early hours of Tuesday, October 21, 2014 (Courtesy: KTLA)

    Search Underway for Driver After Stolen Items Thrown From Vehicle in Sun Valley: LAPD

    A search was underway for a driver after two people allegedly threw stolen items out of vehicle early Tuesday, according to the┬áLos Angeles Police Department said. Officers were called out around 3:15 a.m. after receiving a report of a theft from a vehicle in the 7300 block of Tujunga Ave., LAPD Sgt. Season Nunez said. When they arrived, officers found two people throwing items out of their windows while driving. The vehicle was traveling too quickly for police to try […]

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    Grandmother Stabbed to Death in East L.A. Home; Grandson Arrested

    A 23-year-old man has been arrested after his grandmother was found fatally stabbed inside her East L.A. home, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced late Monday. Deputies responded to the victim’s residence in the 100 block of North Gage Avenue (map) at about 11:45 a.m. for a “check the welfare” call and found her dead, a news release from the Sheriff’s Department stated. The woman, whose identity has not been released yet, had been stabbed multiple times in the […]