Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • O.C. College Baseball Coach, His Daughter and Wife Among 9 Killed in Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash

    The longtime head baseball coach at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa was among those killed in the Calabasas helicopter crash that also claimed Kobe Bryant’s life Sunday, the school said. John Altobelli, 56, was aboard the aircraft with his daughter Alyssa Altobelli and wife Keri Altobelli, Orange Coast college confirmed. Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter Gianna Bryant is also among the nine who died, sources confirmed to the Associated Press. Gianna and Alyssa were teammates at the Mamba Academy and were […]

  • The shake map for a magnitude 4.6 quake that hit north of Barstow on Jan. 24, 2020, is seen in an image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake Rattles Barstow Area

    A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck north of Barstow Friday evening, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The quake hit the Mojave Desert at about 7:03 p.m. with an epicenter just over 17 miles northeast of Barstow and a depth of roughly 2.4 miles, USGS said. The quake felt like a “good jolt,” but there were no reports of damage or injuries, San Bernardino County sheriff’s spokeswoman Cynthia Bachman said in an email to the Associated Press. USGS says a ShakeAlert […]

  • Video Shows Struggle Outside Lake Balboa School Campus Where 2 Suffered Stab Wounds; 1 in Custody

    Two people were hospitalized with stab wounds, and one of them was in custody, after a brawl outside a middle school in Lake Balboa Thursday afternoon, authorities said. The incident was reported shortly after 3:10 p.m. in the 17100 block of Vanowen Street, said Officer Tony Im with the Los Angeles Police Department. A fight broke out in front of Mulholland Middle School after classes were done for the day, officials said. Cellphone video shows a person holding a sharp object […]

  • From left, Sekope Tuitavuki, Jordyn Kolone and William Satuala are seen in booking photos released by the Torrance Police Department.

    3 Charged in Violent Torrance 7-Eleven Robbery That Left Clerk in a Coma

    Three people have been charged in a 7-Eleven robbery that left the Torrance store’s clerk in a coma after one of the thieves beat him, prosecutors said Thursday. Sekope Tuitavuki, 26, and William Sione Satuala aka Baby Loc, 20, both of Long Beach, and Jordyn Kiane Kolone aka Jojo Kolone, 19, of Harbor City are each facing a second-degree robbery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Satuala is additionally accused of dissuading a […]

  • Syed Ali lies in a hospital bed in this undated photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    2 More Suspects Arrested in Torrance 7-Eleven Clerk Beating; Victim Remains in Coma: Police

    Two suspects who remained on the loose in the brutal beating of a 7-Eleven clerk in Torrance are in custody following the capture of their alleged accomplice last week, officials confirmed Wednesday. Two males were arrested Monday in the Jan. 11 assault that left the store employee in a coma, Torrance police Sgt. Alexander Martinez said. Martinez said officers would have more details on the new arrests Thursday, as detectives were still conducting interviews Wednesday evening. Last Friday, 19-year-old Jordyn […]

  • Big John’s Liquor in Long Beach is seen in a Google Maps Street View image.

    Man Charged in Fatal Beating of 2-Year-Old Boy Outside Long Beach Liquor Store

    An Inglewood man on Wednesday was charged with murder in the fatal beating of a 2-year-old boy outside a liquor store in Long Beach last summer, prosecutors said. Charles Davis, 32, also faces an assault charge in the death of William Meeks III, who was found unconscious after being left alone with the defendant in a car parked outside Big John’s Liquor at 10th Street and Daisy Avenue, according to the Long Beach Police Department and the Los Angeles County […]

  • Investigators search for evidence at the scene of a deadly shooting in Lynwood on Jan. 21, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Shot Dead Inside Parked SUV in Lynwood; Homicide Detectives Investigating

    Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was shot dead on a residential street in Lynwood Tuesday afternoon. The gunfire was reported at about 1:20 p.m. on the 11100 block of Duncan Avenue, near Will Rogers Elementary School, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Deputies previously said the shooting occurred around 1:45 p.m. The victim was targeted while sitting inside a vehicle. He sustained multiple wounds and died at the scene, according to sheriff’s Lt. […]

  • Officials Seek Girls Across CA Contacted Online by Ex-Marine Charged in 16-Year-Old’s Death

    Authorities believe a former Marine from Oceanside killed a 16-year-old Central Valley girl he met online last year and left her body in a field, and they’re now searching for other girls across the state he contacted on social media. Codi Slayton, 19, appeared in a Madera courtroom Tuesday to face a first-degree murder charge in the death of Josephine Jimenez, according to KTLA sister station KGPE in Fresno. Jimenez was found dead Oct. 22, on an agricultural property in […]

  • Two vehicles stand gutted outside an Oxnard home on Jan. 20, 2020, in a photo released by the Oxnard Police Department.

    Woman Burned as Fire Guts Vehicles in Oxnard Driveway; Police Investigating

    Police are investigating after two vehicles were charred in an Oxnard driveway Monday, sending a woman to the hospital with burn injuries, officials said. Authorities were called shortly after 2 p.m. about someone trapped inside a burning vehicle outside a home on the 2100 block of Isabella Street, Oxnard police said in a news release. The location is just west of Shopping At the Rose commercial complex along the 101 Freeway. A sedan and SUV were being consumed by flames […]

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