Tracy Bloom is a digital news producer for KTLA in Los Angeles.


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  • Alhambra Babysitter Charged After Allegedly Leaving 6-Year-Old Boy in 120-Degree Van for More Than 1 Hour

    A 60-year-old woman accused of leaving a young boy she was babysitting inside a hot van on a sweltering June day in Alhambra has been charged with child abuse, authorities announced Friday. Helen Law, of Alhambra, pleaded not guilty to the felony count during her arraignment, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Law allegedly left the 6-year-old boy inside the locked vehicle for more than an hour on June 12 as she ate […]

  • Victorville police released this image of the items found at the juvenile's home during a probation check.

    Teen With History of Posing as Law Enforcement Officer Arrested Again in Victorville: Police

    A 14-year-old boy with a history of pretending to be law enforcement personnel was arrested again in Victorville after authorities found numerous items at his home indicating he was again impersonating a peace officer, officials said Thursday. Deputies were called out to the 12400 block of Kirkwood Drive late Wednesday morning at the request of San Bernardino County probation officers, according to a Victorville Police Department news release. While conducting a probation check at the residence, officers uncovered uniform shirts […]

  • The Griffith Observatory was evacuated as a small brush fire burned precariously close to the historic building on July 10, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Forward Progress Stopped on Griffith Park Brush Fire That Prompted Evacuation of Observatory: LAFD

    Firefighters have stopped forward progress after a small brush fire spread to cover 25 acres in the Hollywood Hills area near the Griffith Observatory on Tuesday afternoon. The Griffith Park Fire broke out northwest of the observatory just before 2:10 p.m., burning within a quarter-mile of the iconic structure, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. Within 20 minutes, the flames had charred about two acres as the blaze burned through grass and light vegetation, an LAFD alert stated. But […]

  • Blaze Giving Out Free Pizzas in Los Angeles Area to Celebrate Arrival of LeBron James

    Blaze Pizza is celebrating the arrival of new L.A. Lakers player LeBron James by throwing a “pizza party” in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, complete with — of course — free pizza. “Let’s welcome #LAbron to LA the only way we know how!” a post on Blaze Pizza’s Facebook page announcing the promotion stated. Under the deal, guests who visit dozens of participating locations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday can get one free build-your-own pizza, according […]

  • Thomas Man Kim made his first court appearance on July 9, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Arraignment Postponed for Man Accused of Killing Long Beach Fire Capt. Dave Rosa, Injuring 2 Others

    The arraignment for the man accused of fatally shooting a Long Beach fire captain and injuring another firefighter as they responded to a blaze at a senior housing complex in the city last month was postponed on Monday, authorities said. Wearing what appeared to be a hospital gown and seated in a wheelchair, Thomas Man Kim made his first court appearance in Long Beach. Kim’s attorney requested the arraignment be postponed till Aug. 15, noting her client had medical issues […]

  • Police tape blocks off a Burger King in Burbank on June 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspect Dies After Customer Stopped His Alleged Stabbing Attack on Diner at Burbank Burger King: Police

    The man accused of stabbing a diner at a Burger King in Burbank has died after a customer came to the victim’s aid after the initial attack late Tuesday morning, police said. He has been identified by police as 36-year-old James Rey Richard Kagaoan, a transient with his last reported address in Sun Valley. Officers were dispatched to the fast-food restaurant in the 500 block of North Victory Boulevard just after 11 a.m. after receiving a call of an assault with a […]

  • Kayla Huerta and her daughter are seen in a photo provided to KTLA by her family.

    Family ID’s Victim Found Fatally Shot Inside Car in San Pedro as 17-Year-Old Mother

    A female victim who was found with a gunshot wound inside a crashed vehicle in San Pedro early Monday has been identified by her family as a 17-year-old mother of a young daughter. Kayla Huerta’s body was discovered in the car near the intersection of West Sepulveda Street and Cabrillo Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Authorities responded to the area after receiving reports of a traffic collision, said Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. James Talamage. Officers arrived to find the light-colored car […]

  • Owner Sought After 29-Pound Cat — Dubbed ‘Chubbs’ — Rescued From Busy Altadena Street

    The Pasadena Humane Society is looking for the owner of a 29-pound cat, one of the largest ever on record to be taken to the shelter, the organization said Thursday. The 10-year-old Himalayan mix — now affectionally nicknamed “Chubbs” — was found wandering along a busy street in Altadena earlier this week by a good Samaritan, who took the feline to the Humane Society. “He is 29 pounds of love,” said Julie Banks, the organization’s president and CEO. Once at […]

  • A car was dangling from a Santa Monica parking structure on June 11, 2018. (Courtesy Merle Stadnyk)

    Tourist Rescues Driver From Car Dangling Over Edge of Santa Monica Parking Structure: Fire Dept.

    A tourist rescued a woman from her car as it dangled precariously off the side of a multi-story parking garage in Santa Monica late Monday morning, officials said. The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. in Parking Structure 5, which is located in the 1400 block of Fourth Street, according to the Santa Monica Fire Department. The structure is adjacent to the Third Street Promenade and roughly across the street from Santa Monica Place. Fire Capt. Patrick Nulty told KTLA the […]