Erika Martin is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Authorities respond to the scene where a horse fell on and injured two children in Lake View Terrace on July 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Children Injured, 1 in Grave Condition, After Horse Falls on Them in Lake View Terrace: LAFD

    One child was pulseless and another was injured after being pinned by a horse at in Lake View Terrace on Tuesday, authorities said. Officials responded to the Lake View Terrace Recreation Center at 11075 Foothill Blvd. shortly before 8 p.m. after the horse was reported to have fallen on the children, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. One child was not breathing and was being taken to the hospital in grave condition, LAFD said. The other was […]

  • Zsa Zsa, an English bulldog, is seen in an undated photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Zsa Zsa, the English Bulldog Recently Crowned ‘World’s Ugliest,’ Dies at 9

    An English bulldog who sent tongues wagging just last month at the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest in Petaluma has died, her owners confirmed Tuesday. She was 9. Zsa Zsa’s owner, Megan Brainard of Anoka, Minnesota, announced the death on Facebook and said the beloved pooch died in her sleep. The brown marbled bulldog named after Zsa Zsa Gabor won over judges at the famous Sonoma-Marin Fair competition with her pronounced underbite, a swaggering tongue that was usually seen lolling several inches […]

  • Damien Ventura is seen in an undated photo posted to a GoFundMe page on July 7, 2018.

    Authorities Investigating Death of 2-Year-Old Boy Who Was in Mother’s Boyfriend’s Care in Westchester

    Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old boy who had been placed in his mother’s boyfriend’s care, officials said Tuesday. Damien Ventura died at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood a week ago, on July 3. Authorities responded to the hospital around 9:30 p.m., the Los Angeles Police Department said in a news release. Before his death, the toddler was being cared for by his mother’s boyfriend at the family’s home near the […]

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    Additional Victims Sought as Upland Man Faces New Charges in Alleged Immigration Services Scam

    Investigators are looking for potential additional victims to come forward after an Upland man accused of running a fraudulent immigration services business for more than 10 years was hit with additional charges on Tuesday, officials said. Augusto “Tito” Gonzalez De La Cruz, 57, now faces a total of 36 felony counts of grand theft after 16 new counts were filed in an amended complaint, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release. Gonzalez De La Cruz […]

  • Officials Investigating Death of Postal Worker Found in Truck in Woodland Hills Amid Scorching Heat Wave

    A 63-year-old postal worker was found dead in her mail truck in Woodland Hills as temperatures pushed toward 120 degrees last Friday, her family members said. Peggy Frank of North Hills had worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 28 years and was nearing retirement. She had just returned to work for the first time in months on Friday after suffering a broken ankle, according to loved ones. Frank was pronounced dead at the scene on the 4800 block of […]

  • An unidentified woman wanted on suspicion of grand theft at a Studio City nail salon is seen in an image released by Los Angeles police on July 9, 2018.

    LAPD Searching for Woman Caught on Video Stealing Wedding Ring at Studio City Nail Salon

    Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a woman seen on surveillance video swiping another patron’s ring at a nail salon in Studio City. The woman went into a nail spa on the 12100 block of Ventura Boulevard on the afternoon June 20, a Wednesday, to get a manicure and pedicure, the Los Angeles Police Department said. While sitting in the salon chair, she can be seen on surveillance footage eyeing a wedding and engagement ring that were left […]

  • Dava Denise Webster appears in court for her arraignment on a felony child endangerment charge on July 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Mother Accused of Abandoning 6-Year-Old Son at Union Station Charged With Child Endangerment

    A Walnut Creek woman seen on surveillance footage with a young son she is accused of abandoning at Union Station was charged with child endangerment on Monday, L.A. County prosecutors said. Dava Denise Webster, 31, faces a felony charge of child endangerment after her 6-year-old son, whose name authorities have not released, was found alone at the downtown Los Angeles train depot last Wednesday evening, on the Fourth of July. Webster pleaded not guilty on Monday, the Los Angeles Times reported. […]

  • Police Seek Hit-and-Run Suspect Accused of Intentionally Striking Victim Using Stolen Vehicle in Simi Valley

    A 40-year-old man is on the run after using a stolen car to ram another man who was exiting his vehicle in Simi Valley, police said Monday. Lawrence Huhne is accused of deliberately driving a Toyota Camry into another a man getting out of a car parked near the corner of Hartley Avenue and Hollister Street. He had fled the scene by the time authorities arrived around 3 p.m. on Sunday, the Simi Valley Police Department said in a news […]

  • Man Killed by Police After Fatal Stabbing at Cal Poly Pomona ID’d as Campus Custodian

    The man fatally shot by police after he allegedly stabbed a university security employee to death on the Cal Poly Pomona campus also worked at the school, officials said Monday. Rodney Lee Hunter Jr., 27, was identified as the slain suspect following an autopsy, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Investigators believe Hunter, a custodian, is responsible for fatally stabbing Public Safety Specialist Mark Manlapaz, 37, as Manlapaz sat in his truck in an undeveloped […]