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Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • Fire officials respond after a hazardous substance was found at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana on Jan. 17, 2018, in photo released by the Orange County Fire Authority.

    Deputy Among 3 Taken to Hospital After He Opened Cardboard Box Left in Santa Ana Courtroom

    Four people became ill after a sheriff’s deputy opened a small cardboard box found in a courtroom in Santa Ana on Thursday, officials said. The deputy and two others were subsequently taken to a hospital for further evaluation, but their symptoms were not life-threatening, Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Larry Kurtz said. A bomb squad and hazardous material team responded after the incident was first reported at the Central Justice Center on Civic Center Drive in Santa Ana around 2:30 p.m., […]

  • Lockdown Lifted at College of the Canyons’ Valencia Campus; Threat Cleared

    A lockdown was lifted at the College of the Canyons’ Valencia campus Wednesday after officials determined there was no armed woman at the school. Students were told they could leave campus just before 6:45 p.m., about an hour and a half after the lockdown was put in place. 6:42 The Valencia Campus lockdown has been lifted. If you are sheltering in place, you may now leave the campus. All evening classes at the Valencia campus are still cancelled. Canyon Country […]

  • Police respond to investigate a home-invasion robbery in Downey on Jan. 15, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    Downey Couple Tied up During Home Invasion Robbery; Police Investigating

    Police are searching for the perpetrators after a Downey couple was tied up by suspects who broke into their home before dawn Tuesday. The incident, which was reported around 2 a.m. in the 9600 block of Clancey Avenue, is being investigated as a home invasion robbery, Downey police said in a news release. Investigators have determined that multiple people forced entry into the residence through a rear door. They then tied up the victims before going through various rooms, ransacking […]

  • Teen Feared Dead After Falling Into Marine Geyser on Ocean Cliff North of Big Sur

    A teen who tumbled into a blowhole along a coastal cliff in Monterey County was believed to be dead on Tuesday, four days after authorities began searching for his body. On Saturday, the 18-year-old was with a group hiking along trails at Garrapata State Beach, between Carmel and Big Sur, when they came across a marine geyser. When he leaned in closer to inspect the crevasse, he slipped and fell through it, according to Monterey County sheriff’s officials. A Coast […]

  • LAPD Releases Photo of Pedestrian Killed by Casino Tour Bus in University Park in Search for His Family

    Police have identified a man killed after being run over and dragged by a motor coach that then fled the scene in University Park last week. Louis Jude Otero, 78, was previously described by Los Angeles police as a transient, and the department said in a news release Tuesday that it was distributing his photo in hopes of locating his family. Otero was fatally struck last Thursday, Jan. 10, near the corner of Flower Street and Adams Boulevard by a […]

  • A guest house in Encino is seen after it was pushed off its foundation by a heavy mudflow on Jan. 14, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Large Mudflow Pushes Encino Guest House Off Foundation; Surrounding Homes Under Voluntary Evacuation

    A voluntary evacuation order was issued in an Encino neighborhood where a heavy debris flow triggered by powerful rains damaged a residence on Monday, officials said. Fire crews first responded to the 17900 block of Boris Drive around 4:55 p.m. after around 200 feet of mud pummeled into a home and guest house there, the L.A. Fire Department said in an alert. “An entire hill came down” and the mud pushed through the guest residence before impacting the main home, […]

  • Man Charged in Cold Case Rapes of Woman and 9-Year-Old Girl, Accused of Sexually Abusing 3rd Victim: O.C. DA

    A man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl and 31-year-old woman in Lake Forest in the ’90s was charged in both assaults Monday, along with the sexual abuse of a third victim uncovered during the investigation, prosecutors said. Kevin Konther, a 53-year-old Highland resident, was arrested last week in the initial two cold-case rapes after being identified through DNA evidence, according to Orange County sheriff’s investigators. District attorney’s officials did not say that DNA evidence also linked Konther to the […]

  • Erick Alvarez Hernandez, 27, of Santa Ana, is seen during his arrest on Jan. 10, 2019. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Man Charged With Trying to Forcibly Rape Woman in Violent Assault at Santa Ana Bus Stop

    A Santa Ana man is facing four felony charges, including attempted forcible rape, after he was caught on video sexually assaulting a 52-year-old woman at a bus stop, prosecutors said Monday. Erick Alvarez Hernandez, a 27-year-old Santa Ana resident, was also charged with kidnapping to commit a sex offense, forcible oral copulation and assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, Orange County district attorney’s officials said in a news release. Hernandez was arrested last Thursday in connection with […]

  • Lady Justice is shown blindfolded on a judge's desk in a file image. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    L.A. Mother Convicted of Murder in Death of 19-Day-Old Son, Found ‘Limp and Pale’ in Bassinet

    A 24-year-old woman pleaded no contest Monday to murder in the 2016 death of her infant son, who succumbed to multiple injuries consistent with abuse, prosecutors said. Calixta Landa of Los Angeles was originally charged in July 2016, four days after family members said they saw 19-day-old Sebastian Landa “limp and pale” in his bassinet, L.A. County district attorney’s officials said in a news release. Sebastian had injuries to his brain and neck. The relatives took him to a hospital, […]