Salina Nasir was the KTLA digital team’s intern for the summer of 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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  • Blaze Bernstein is seen in an image provided during a news conference on Jan. 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    O.C. Fatal Stabbing Was ‘Hate Crime Murder’; Blaze Bernstein Killed Because of His Sexuality: DA

    The man accused of fatally stabbing 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein allegedly killed the teen because he was gay, Orange County prosecutors said Thursday as they announced a “hate crime murder” sentencing enhancement against the defendant. The enhancement was in an amended criminal complaint against the defendant, 21-year-old Samuel Woodward, who was a former classmate of Bernstein at the Orange County High School of the Arts in Santa Ana. Additional analysis of Woodward’s laptop, cellphone and social media posts revealed images that authorities […]

  • Crews respond to the St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood on July 25, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Accused of Vandalizing North Hollywood Catholic Church Pleads Not Guilty to Charges of Arson, Burglary

    The man accused of vandalizing one of the Los Angeles areas’ best-known Catholic churches was charged Wednesday, authorities said. Russel Congleton, 58, pleaded not guilty two counts each of arson of property and vandalism, and one count each of arson of a structure and second-degree commercial burglary, according to a news release from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office. On July 25, Congleton allegedly broke into St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood, shattered stained glass windows, damaged religious statues […]

  • Treasure Hunter Finds Olympian’s Missing Ring on Huntington Beach

    A metal detector’s unlikely find on the shores of Huntington Beach helped an Olympic gold medalist locate his lost, commemorative ring Wednesday. Leon Jones of Buena Park found the Olympic ring early this week during one of his usual outings with his metal detector, during which he scans for unique finds. Jones, who records all of his treasure hunts with his GoPro and goes by the nickname Doctor Rings & Things, discovered that the ring is engraved with the name […]

  • Child Predator Arrested in Fontana After Soliciting Underage Girls for Sex: Police

    A Fontana man was arrested Tuesday after an investigation revealed he was planning on having sex with underage girls, authorities announced. The investigation began on April 5 after the Fontana Police Department received a tip from a parent stating that 31-year-old Matthew Oliva was attempting to correspond with his or her young daughter on Facebook, according to a department news release. The tip prompted police to open an investigation, during which detectives posed as 12-year-old girls and corresponded with Oliva, […]

  • Crime scene tape is seen at the site of a fatal shooting in Westlake on July 5, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Seeks Help Finding Shooters Who Killed 3 Teens Outside 4th of July Party in Westlake

    Authorities on Tuesday asked for the public’s help to find those responsible for killing three young adults, including a pregnant woman, during a family’s Fourth of July celebration in the Westlake district. The shooting occurred near the 1600 block of West Second Street about 12:30 a.m. on July 5, according to a Los Angeles Police Department news release. The victims — 19-year-old Junior Salinas; his 18-year-old girlfriend, Abril Onofre; and their 18-year-old friend, Ruben Alcantara — were outside the party when […]

  • A man is detained after two people were found with stab wounds in Sherman Oaks on July 24, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Charged With Attempted Murder in Sherman Oaks Double Stabbing of Adoptive Parents

    A 21-year-old man was charged with attempted murder after allegedly stabbing his adoptive fathers earlier this week in Sherman Oaks, authorities announced Thursday. Matthew Boulet is suspected of attacking the victims on Tuesday, stabbing one victim multiple times on the neck, torso, arms and face, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. When the second victim tried to stop Boulet, he also sustained stab wounds to his arms, torso and face. The incident occurred […]

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    8 Arrests Made in Connection With a Coachella Valley Drug Trafficking Ring: DOJ

    A two-and-a-half-year investigation into a drug trafficking ring came to an end Wednesday when federal authorities arrested eight individuals in Coachella Valley, officials said. More than 50 pounds of methamphetamine were seized, as well as four firearms, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. The investigation, which relied heavily on wiretapped conversations, targeted a wholesale methamphetamine distribution network that sold to both local and out-of-state customers, the department said. It was […]

  • USC freshman receiver Joseph Lewis (1) runs downfield to cover a punt during a game against Western Michigan on Sept. 2. (Credit: Shotgun Spratling / Los Angeles Times)

    USC Football Player Charged With Injuring Girlfriend Just 12 Days After Being Released from Jail

    A former USC football player was charged with attacking his girlfriend just weeks after being released from jail for another domestic violence conviction, authorities announced  Wednesday. Joseph Lewis, 18, faces one felony count of injuring his girlfriend during a July 18 dispute, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Lewis allegedly punched, scratched and strangled her just 12 days after being released from jail. Earlier this year, Lewis was arrested, charged and convicted for […]

  • The interior of a Tiki bar build by a Cal Fire assistant chief by on-duty employee without authorization is seen in an undated photo from the California State Auditor's report released July 24, 2018.

    Workplace Naps, Playing Hooky and a Clandestine Tiki Bar: State Employee Misconduct Cost California $200K

    A few state employees’ “economically wasteful” activities last year — including sleeping on the job and getting paid while missing work — cost taxpayers an approximate $200,000 in inappropriate spending, according to the findings of a state investigation made public Tuesday. Officials discovered seven cases of serious misuse of the state’s time and money after investigating some 86 reports of improper conduct brought to the State Auditor’s Office under the California Whistleblower Protection Act. The agencies where egregious misdoings were found include the […]

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