Brian Day is a digital news producer at KTLA. He has covered news in Los Angeles County for more than a decade. He’s a graduate of California State University, Fullerton and Cerritos College in Norwalk. He’s a news junkie, a dog lover, a drone pilot and a part-time science geek with an unfortunate predilection for puns.


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  • Police seized two guns, a Taser, batons, a bullet proof vest and other items from the vehicle of a man arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer in Rancho Cucamonga on Jan. 17, 2020. (Credit: San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department)

    Man Accused of Impersonating Police Officer After Pulling Over Driver in Rancho Cucamonga

    Deputies arrested a man and seized guns, a taser a bulletproof vest and other items after they say the man used a security vehicle to pull over another driver in Rancho Cucamonga on Friday. Avelardo Estavillo, 35, of Rancho Cucamonga was booked on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and false imprisonment in connection with the incident, which unfolded shortly before 1 a.m. at Golden Oak Road and Morning Breeze Drive, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a […]

  • Authorities investigate the circumstances the death of a woman who was found near Almansor Park in Alhambra on Jan. 17, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Body Found in Alhambra Identified as Missing San Gabriel Woman With Dementia

    Coroner’s officials on Saturday identified a woman whose body was discovered in a drainage ditch near an Alhambra golf course Friday afternoon as a 71-year-old woman with “severe dementia” and other medical problems who went missing from her San Gabriel home earlier this week. Shu Lan Chao was reported missing after her daughter noticed she was not at home about 7 a.m. Wednesday, according to the San Gabriel Police Department. She was last seen at the home the previous night. […]

  • A bicycle part police say was held by a man when a Los Angeles Police Department officer mistook it for a gun and fatally shot him in Culver City on Jan. 11, 2020. (Credit: Los Angeles Police Department)

    Man Fatally Shot by LAPD Sergeant in Culver City Wielded ‘Bicycle Part,’ Not Gun: Officials

    A man shot and killed by a Los Angeles Police Department sergeant who was responding to reports of a “man with a gun” on the border between Culver City and Los Angeles’ Palms neighborhood was holding a bicycle part in his hand when he was shot, not a gun, as initially believed by the officer and witnesses, police said Friday. The police shooting took place about 12:40 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the area of South Sepulveda Boulevard and South […]

  • The 1400 block of Long Beach Boulevard in Long Beach, as pictured in a Google Street View image.

    Deadly Long Beach Shooting Stemmed From Argument Over Bicycle: Prosecutors

    A deadly attack in which a man was shot in the face in Long Beach resulted from an argument over a bicycle, authorities said Friday. Junior Alexander Munguia, 21, of Long Beach, has been charged with murder for the Sept. 17, 2018, killing of Fernando Rodriguez of Long Beach in the 1400 block of Long Beach Boulevard, according to the Long Beach Police Department and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. He’s also accused of personally using a handgun in […]

  • Sexy Vegan, 37, of West Hollywood is seen in a still from a video posted to his Instagram on Aug. 27, 2019.

    WeHo Man, Sexy Vegan, Convicted of Disturbing Peace After Alleged Dog Sex Assault Posted on Social Media

    A West Hollywood man named Sexy Vegan who was arrested last year on suspicion of sexually assaulting his pit bull in a video posted to social media pleaded no contest Friday to a charge of disturbing the peace, prosecutors said. Vegan, also known as Hansel DeBartolo III, 37, was immediately sentenced to two years of summary probation and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service, as well as a 52-week sex offender program, according to the Los Angeles County […]

  • A weapons cache seized at Steven Ponder's Temple City home is shown at a downtown L.A. news conference on Feb. 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Temple City Man, Daughter Convicted for Possession of Illegal Weapons Cache

    A man and his daughter pleaded no contest Friday to charges related to the discovery of an illegal weapons cache, including untraceable “ghost guns” and fully automatic assault weapons, during a raid at their Temple City home nearly two years ago, authorities said. Steven David Ponder, 59, was convicted of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and unlawful assault weapon activity, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Riley Elizabeth Ponder, 29, was convicted of being an […]

  • The intersection of Victoria Avenue and 12th Street in Riverside, as pictured in a Google Street View image.

    Man Shot to Death in Riverside

    Detectives are searching for the killer of a man who was found fatally shot in a residential neighborhood in Riverside on Wednesday night, officials said. Emanuel Reggie Herrera, 33, of Riverside died following the 11:02 p.m. shooting at Victoria Avenue and 12th Street, according to the Riverside Police Department. Calls reporting gunfire first drew police to the neighborhood, where they found Herrera suffering from “multiple gunshot wounds,” police said in a written statement. He was taken to a hospital. “Lifesaving […]

  • Residents discuss homelessness-related issues during a meeting in Venice on Jan. 16, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Venice Residents Gather to Discuss Homelessness Issues, New Restrictions

    Venice residents gathered at a meeting Thursday to demand action on what they say are growing problems related to homelessness. The Venice Neighborhood Council’s Homeless Committee was scheduled to consider legislation to limit people “sit, lie or sleep,” within the city. The motion to change Venice’s municipal code calls to prohibit sitting, lying and sleeping in circumstances including when within 15 feet of an entrance, exit driveway or loading dock; when restricting passage; and when within 500 feet of a […]

  • Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Detective Amber Joy Leist, pictured in undated photos provided by the sheriff's department.

    Off-Duty L.A. County Sheriff’s Detective Fatally Struck by Vehicle After Helping Pedestrian in Valley Village

    An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s detective died after being struck by a vehicle in Valley Village on Sunday, authorities said. Detective Amber Joy Leist, a 41-year-old, 12-year veteran of the department assigned to the West Hollywood station, died following the collision, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. The incident took place about 11:05 a.m. at Riverside Drive and Whitsett Avenue, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was driving through the area when she noticed two pedestrians crossing the street […]

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