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

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  • Adam Valles is seen in a photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    Man Who Tried to Break Up Fight Dies After Being Sucker Punched in Downtown Riverside: Police

    A man who family members said came to the aid of a stranger after he was jumped by four men in downtown Riverside has died, several days after the incident left him injured and in a coma. Police believe the victim, Adam Valles, tried to break up a fight before he was sucker punched in a separate altercation early Saturday. The incident began shortly after 2 a.m., when an altercation that started inside a bar spilled out onto a street […]

  • A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

    O.C. Man Charged After Allegedly Impersonating Navy Veteran, Lying Under Oath About Being War Hero

    A 54-year-old man accused of falsely representing himself as a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and war veteran has been charged with multiple offenses, including perjury and impersonating a veteran, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. Pete Kalamaris, of Corona del Mar, faces two counts each of perjury and forgery, one count of falsifying documents and a count of impersonating a veteran to defraud, according to a DA’s news release. Kalamaris allegedly used his purported education and military background […]

  • Lyndi Fisher is shown in a picture from a GoFundMe page.

    Female Technician Killed While Working at Lancaster Home Was Strangled; Suspect Charged With Murder: DA’s Office

    A technician who was killed after going to a home in Lancaster to repair an appliance had been strangled, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Friday in announcing charges against the suspect. William Franklin Hughes III, 30, has been charged with one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder, according to a DA’s news release. Hughes was also convicted of making criminal threats in 2013, according to an allegation in the felony complaint. He is scheduled to be […]

  • A man died after falling from a crane he climbed at the Port of Los Angeles following a police chase on Aug. 16, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    23-Year-Old Man Who Fell to His Death From Port of L.A. Crane After Wild Pursuit ID’d by Coroner’s Office

    A man who died after falling 160 feet from a crane at the Port of Los Angeles following a multi-city police pursuit was identified by authorities on Thursday. Lt. Smith of the L.A. County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 23-year-old James Llamas. A city of residence was not immediately known. Llamas died Wednesday night after falling off a crane located at Berth 100, which he had climbed up following a reckless chase that involved multiple law enforcement agencies. It […]

  • Benjamin Whitten, left, and Jeryn Johnson, right, are seen in booking photos released by Murrieta police.

    Murrieta Sailor, Girlfriend Arrested on Suspicion of Torture After 5-Year-Old Boy Hospitalized in Grave Condition

    A U.S. Navy sailor father and his girlfriend face multiple possible charges, including torture, after an alleged case of child abuse in Murrieta left a 5-year-old boy hospitalized in grave condition, police said Wednesday. Police and fire personnel were dispatched to an emergency call at 24001 Verdun Lane shortly after 10 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a child in medical distress, according to a Murrieta Police Department news release. When first responders arrived, they located a 5-year-old boy with “severe” […]

  • Handcuffs on top of a fingerprint form are shown in this file photo. (Credit: Blake David Taylor/Thinkstock)

    Mother Arrested After 1-Year-Old Girl Falls From Window of Victorville Home: Police

    The mother of a 1-year-old girl who was injured when she fell out of an open window at a Victorville home has been arrested on suspicion of child cruelty, police said Wednesday. Deputies responded to a report of a found child in the 14400 block of Chamberlain Driver around 9 a.m. Monday, according to a Victorville Police Department news release. The woman who called authorities told the deputies she was inside her house when she heard a child crying. She […]

  • Angenai Terlouw is seen in a GoFundMe page.

    Stockton Man Accused of Killing Woman in Front of Her 2 Children, Throwing Body in Garbage

    A man accused of killing a woman he was dating in front of her children in Stockton and then throwing her body in a trash can made his first court appearance on Tuesday. Daniel Winkler, 36, has been charged with a count of murder in connection with the homicide of 37-year-old Angenai Terlouw, according to the San Joaquin County District Attorney. Terlouw’s body was found “wrapped up” in a garbage can in the 9000 block of Don Boriga Way about […]

  • Driver Sought After Video Captures Violent Crash That Left BMW Stuck Under Semi on 10 Fwy in I.E.

    California Highway Patrol officials are searching for the driver of an Infiniti that was caught on video causing a violent crash that left a BMW pinned under a big rig on the 10 Freeway in the Colton area earlier this week. The collision occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday on the westbound 10 between the Riverside and Pepper avenues exits, according to a Facebook post from Alan Parcero, whose mother was driving the BMW. Madis Tolentino, the driver of the BMW, […]

  • ‘You’re Not Dying on My Watch’: Canadian Vets Help Save Neglected Dog Covered in 100,000 Fleas

    A dog infested with tens of thousands of fleas is on the mend after being treated recently at a Canadian veterinary hospital, and the disturbing case has sparked an animal cruelty investigation. When 14-year-old Rascal was brought to the Nanaimo SPCA in British Columbia in late July, his small body was covered in fleas — about 100,000 — as well as flea dirt and flea eggs, veterinarians told CTV Vancouver Island earlier this month. His health was deteriorating rapidly, and […]