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


Recent Articles
  • CHP officers, LAPD officers and paramedics held up a vehicle to rescue a trapped driver who was screaming for help after a rollover crash on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: Rick McClure, RMc Video)

    First Responders Hold Up Car to Rescue Trapped Driver After Rollover Crash in Sylmar

    A group of first responders from multiple agencies banded together to help rescue a woman who was trapped in her car after being involved in a rollover collision in Sylmar early Tuesday, according to the California Highway Patrol. The female driver began screaming for help after the 2 a.m. crash on the 210 Freeway, prompting officers to take action before the fire department could get to the scene, a CHP news release stated. A photo from the scene captured multiple […]

  • A tree fell on a truck after wild weather hit the Inland Empire on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘Dangerous Storm’ Brings Rain, Lightning and Flooding to Parts of SoCal; Possible Funnel Cloud Spotted

    As the region suffered through a fourth day of triple-digit temperatures, wild weather swept through parts of Southern California late Tuesday afternoon, causing flooding and damage in areas of the Inland Empire. Southwestern Riverside County and eastern Orange County — including Riverside, Temecula, Corona, Hemet and Mission Viejo — were among the areas affected by the sudden summer storm, which included heavy rain, lightning and hail in the afternoon hours. One of the areas hardest hit by the severe weather […]

  • Lifeguards had to rescue several swimmers and surfers off of Venice Beach on Sept. 16, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

    Lifeguards Rescue Nearly 200 Swimmers as Dangerous Rip Currents Hit Beaches

    Nearly 200 people had to be rescued by Los Angeles County lifeguards amid ocean conditions that included strong rip currents and rough surf on Tuesday. In total, 187 ocean rescues were made throughout the day, according to a tweet from the L.A. County Lifeguards account. Aerial video captured multiple swimmers and surfers being rescued in the waters off Venice Beach. County lifeguards later stated that 88 rescues were made at Venice Beach during the day. According to a the National […]

  • Surveillance video captured a man snatching a purse from an elderly woman's hands on Sept. 9, 2014.

    Surveillance Video Released in Pair of Thousand Oaks Robberies; Man Sought

    Police in Thousand Oaks were asking for the public’s help Tuesday in locating a man they believed was involved in two separate daytime robberies that were captured on surveillance video, authorities said. The latest incident occurred last Tuesday in the parking lot of a business located in the 1800 block of East Thousand Oaks Boulevard around 4:10 p.m. An elderly woman was returning to her vehicle when a man approached her, snatched the woman’s purse out of her hands and […]

  • A goldfish named George underwent brain surgery to remove a tumor. (Credit: CNN)

    10-Year-Old Pet Goldfish Undergoes Brain Surgery to Treat Tumor

    A 10-year-old goldfish that was suffering from a brain tumor was on the mend after having micro-surgery at an Australian animal hospital. Because of the tumor, the goldfish named “George” was having trouble eating and getting around,  Seven News in Australia reported. His owner also claimed that George was being bullied by other fish. The owners spent hundreds of dollars to have the large growth removed from their beloved goldfish’s head in an hour-long procedure at Lort Smith Animal Hospital. Water […]

  • Thousands were without power amid a Southern California heat wave on Sept. 15, 2014.  (Credit: KTLA)

    Power Outages Reported Amid All-Time High For Electricity Demand During SoCal Heat Wave

    Thousands of Southern California residents were without power Monday night as dangerously hot weather prompted an all-time high for electricity demand. More than 6,000 Los Angeles Department of Water and Power customers were without power in the service area Monday night, according to spokeswoman Mary Anne Pierson. Roughly 2,000 customers in the Valley Glen area were impacted, she added. Southern California Edison had also reported some outages in a number of its service area, including Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Inglewood […]

  • Gloria Ortiz, who was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver in Highland Park on Sept. 14, 2014, is seen in a photo provided to KTLA.

    Woman Killed in Highland Park Hit-and-Run Had Just Passed Her Citizenship Exam, Was Celebrating With Family

    A hit-and-run driver who struck and killed a much-loved mother and grandmother in Highland Park over the weekend never stopped to render aid to the victim as she lay dying in the street, authorities said Monday. Gloria Ortiz, 57, was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of Avenue 50 and San Marcos Place on Sunday night when she was hit by an older model Honda Civic, a news release from the Los Angeles Police Department stated. […]

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    Man Shot to Death in Norwalk; Shooter Sought

    An investigation was underway Monday night after a man was fatally shot in Norwalk, authorities said. Homicide detectives responded to the 12700 block of Rexton Street (map) around 3:45 p.m. to investigate the shooting, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department news release stated. Witnesses told detectives they heard arguing and then the sound of gunfire coming from a residence. The victim was seen walking from the rear of the residence and onto the street. He made it about a block […]

  • Police officers caught this reptile roaming the streets of Huntington Park on Sept. 15, 2014. (Credit: Huntington Beach Police Department)

    ‘Very Aggressive’ Reptile Roaming Streets of Huntington Park Captured by Police

    A “large” and “very aggressive” reptile that was on the loose in Huntington Park was captured by police Monday morning. Officers from the Huntington Park Police Department quickly responded after receiving a call from a resident regarding an “alligator” roaming a neighborhood street, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Three officers were able to catch the 3-foot long reptile, which was then taken to a local animal shelter, the post stated. The reptile was “not native” to […]