Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • An officer holds a young child who was rescued from a Sun Valley home where a man and woman were found shot dead on Aug. 19, 2019. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    2-Year-Old Rescued After Man, Woman Found Shot Dead in Sun Valley: LAPD

    A man and woman were found fatally shot in a Sun Valley home Monday in an incident being investigated as a murder-suicide, police said. The shooting on the 11200 block of Covello Street was reported shortly after 7 p.m., said Los Angeles Police Officer Mike Lopez. Officers who responded to the scene found a man with a gunshot wound and a handgun and a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead, police said. Officers also found a 2-year-old […]

  • Sex Offender Convicted of Kidnapping, Child Abuse in Wild RV Pursuit Across L.A. and Kern Counties

    A convicted sex offender was found guilty Monday of kidnapping his two young children and injuring their mother while leading authorities on a chase from Los Angeles County to the Bakersfield area in a motor home, prosecutors said. A jury deliberated two hours before convicting 48-year-old Stephen Merle Houk on two counts each of kidnapping, child abuse, injuring a spouse and child detention, and one count each of assault with a firearm, criminal threats, fleeing pursuing peace officers and being […]

  • Male sexual enhancement pills distributed by a Walnut business owner are seen in photos released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February 2018.

    San Gabriel Valley Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Marketing High-Dose Male Enhancement Pills as Herbal Medicine

    A San Gabriel Valley man was sentenced Monday to 100 months in federal prison for smuggling pharmaceutical-grade erectile dysfunction pills from China and making $11 million by marketing them as herbal remedies, prosecutors said. The pills sold by 41-year-old John Seil Lee of Walnut contained the active ingredient in Cialis, and taking them caused some men permanent injuries, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Central District of California. The court also ordered Lee to pay […]

  • Authorities respond after two men were shot in North Hollywood on Aug. 16, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Wounded in North Hollywood Shooting

    Two men were hospitalized after being shot in North Hollywood Friday, officials said. The gunfire was reported just after 6 p.m. outside the U-Haul rental location at 11666 Victory Blvd., according to Los Angeles Police Officer Jeff Lee. Responding officers found two men suffering from gunshot wounds, Lee said. Aerial video from Sky5 showed the victims being loaded onto the stretchers and into ambulances. LAPD confirmed both men were hospitalized, but could not provide information on what condition they were […]

  • Kevin Martin is seen at left, and at right is the composite sketch of a child annoyance suspect released May 23, 2019, by the Corona Police Department.

    Corona Man Says He Was Assaulted at Bar After Being Mistaken for Child Predator

    A Corona man says he fears going outside after being attacked Thursday at a bar in Norco by men who mistook him for the perpetrator in a child annoyance case. Corona police have confirmed Kevin Martin is not the man who made sexual comments to an 11-year-old girl the morning of May 22. When investigators released a computer-generated composite sketch of the suspect the day after the incident, Martin commented on a social media post from the department saying it […]

  • Jeffrey Andrade is seen in two booking photos released by the Westminster Police Department. The one at right is from 2017, and at left from Jan. 20, 2019.

    4th Suspect Sought After Arrests in Beating Death of Westminster Homeless Man

    Authorities are searching for a fourth suspect after three males in their late teens and early 20s were arrested in the beating death of a homeless man in Westminster. Officials found the body of 45-year-old Duc Le after a citizen reported a man down and bleeding on Locust Street, south of Westminster Boulevard, shortly after 10 p.m. June 20, Westminster police said in a news release. Investigators determined Le, who was known to sleep in the area, was assaulted by […]

  • Surveillance video of the deputy-involved-shooting that killed Ryan Twyman, seen on the right, was released by LASD on June 20, 2091.

    Unarmed Man Killed by Deputies in Willowbrook Was Shot 6 Times, With Half of Wounds to Back: Coroner’s Autopsy

    An unarmed man killed by sheriff’s deputies in Willowbrook earlier this year was shot six times, with three of the bullets entering his back, a coroner’s report released Thursday shows. The fatal shooting of 24-year-old Compton resident Ryan Twyman sparked outrage in the community and on social media, including an Instagram post from rapper The Game calling on Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to provide answers in the case. Twyman was also shot in his jaw, right flank and through […]

  • Maricela Mercado appears for her arraignment in a Torrance courtroom on Aug. 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Captured After Amber Alert Denies Kidnapping, Killing Man Found in Carson Parking Lot

    A woman arrested last month after months on the run pleaded not guilty Thursday to working with her ex-husband to kidnap and kill a man whose body was found outside a business park in Carson, prosecutors said. Maricela Mercado, 40, faces one count each of murder and kidnapping in the April 16 slaying of 32-year-old Jeffrey Appel of Las Vegas, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Her ex-husband, 39-year-old Hawaii resident Roman Cerratos, is […]

  • Anti-Trump Protester Sentenced for Slapping Man When MAGA Rally Descended Into Brawl on O.C. Beach

    A 23-year-old anti-Trump demonstrator has been convicted of slapping a man at a Make America Great Again rally in Orange County in 2017, prosecutors said Thursday. A jury found Jessica Aguilar of Sacramento guilty Wednesday of one misdemeanor count of battery after she struck a man across the face twice at the event that descended into violence at Bolsa Chica State Beach on March 25, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Aguilar was subsequently sentenced […]

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