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

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  • Obdulia Sanchez is seen in booking photos from the Stockton Police Department, left, and the Merced County Sheriff's Department, right.

    Stockton Woman Who Livestreamed DUI Crash That Killed 14-Year-Old Sister Is Arrested After Police Chase

    The Stockton woman pleaded no contest to a livestreamed DUI crash that killed her 14-year-old sister two years ago has been arrested again after allegedly leading police on a chase early Thursday, authorities said. Obdulia Sanchez, 20, was allegedly driving in the area of Rosemarie Lane and Piccardo Circle around 1:30 a.m. when officers tried to pull her over for a vehicle code violation, according to a Stockton Police Department news release. Sanchez didn’t stop, prompting police to initiate a […]

  • Lynwood High School Teacher on Leave After Video Captures Alleged Abuse of Student in Class: LASD

    A child abuse investigation is underway on Wednesday after video surfaced purporting to show a student being physically abused by a teacher at Lynwood High School, authorities said. The teacher allegedly abused the 15-year-old boy around 9 a.m. last Thursday in a classroom on the campus, which is located at 4050 E. Imperial Highway in Lynwood, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In a statement, the Lynwood Unified School District said that two students were apparently involved in […]

  • Allison Wendel is seen in an undated photo posted to a GoFundMe page.

    Santa Ana Police Investigating If Possible Bullying Was a Factor in 10-Year-Old Girl’s Apparent Suicide

    An investigation has been launched into whether a 10-year-old girl who apparently killed herself at a home in Santa Ana was the victim of bullying, officials said Tuesday. Officers responded to the residence after the child was discovered dead by her 9-year-old sister on Sunday night, according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. Her death appeared to be a suicide, Bertagna said. He added that to his knowledge, she did not leave a note. Family identified the girl […]

  • A booking photo of Francisco Javier Lopez was released on Oct. 15, 2019.

    DNA From Suspect’s Female Relative Helps Lead to Arrest in 2012 Kidnapping, Rape of 6-Year-Old Girl in Santa Ana: Officials

    DNA from a female relative of the suspect accused of kidnapping and raping a 6-year-old girl in Santa Ana helped lead to an arrest and charges in the case, Orange County authorities announced Monday. Francisco Javier Lopez, 45, of Montebello, is accused of kidnapping the victim in the 1400 block of South Townsend Street on July 15, 2012, according to the Santa Ana Police Department. He allegedly forced the child into a Honda Civic in broad daylight, then took her […]

  • The California State University San Bernardino campus is seen in this Google Maps Street View image.

    Cal State San Bernardino Closes Due to Power Shutoff by SoCal Edison Amid Wildfire Threat

    Cal State San Bernardino closed on Thursday because of an electricity outage aimed at mitigating the threat of wildfires amid dry, windy conditions in Southern California. All classes were canceled and business operations suspended for the day on the San Bernardino campus after Southern California Edison ordered the power shutoff, according to the university’s website. The closure won’t affect the school’s Palm Desert campus, which remains open. Thousands of customers had their power turned off on Thursday, while more than […]

  • A bat is seen in an undated image. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    Third Rabid Bat Found in Orange County, This One Near Entrance of Kohl’s Store in Seal Beach

    A live bat found near the entrance of Kohl’s department store in Seal Beach is the third in the past month in Orange County to test positive for rabies, officials said Thursday. The discovery was made at the Kohl’s located at 12345 Seal Beach Blvd. about 8 p.m. Sunday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. It’s at least the third bat in the county to test positive for rabies in less than a month. The first rabid bat […]

  • Jace Pletcher, left, and Eric Truman, right, are seen in photos released by the Kern County Sheriff's Office.

    Missing 2-Year-Old Boy Found Safe Near Bakersfield; Kidnapping Suspect Arrested: Sheriff’s Office

    A 2-year-old boy allegedly kidnapped from his home near Bakersfield has been found safe, and the suspect was arrested, authorities said. Authorities located Jace Pletcher about 11 a.m. Thursday in the 800 block of Roberts Lane, according to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office. He has been taken to a hospital for a medical evaluation. Jace was taken from his home on Wednesday, allegedly by 37-year-old Eric Truman Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said. Truman is related to the boy’s father, but was not […]

  • A press image of the Lisa Frank hotel room in downtown L.A. (Credit:

    Lisa Frank’s Rainbow-Colored Designs Come to Life at Limited-Time Hotel Room in Downtown L.A.

    A hotel room in downtown Los Angeles will bring the colorful world of pop culture icon Lisa Frank to life this month. From Oct. 11 through 27, some lucky fans of the eponymous 90s brand will be able to fulfill their rainbow dreams at the Lisa Frank Flat at the Barsala. The limited-time experience showcases some of the iconic designs that made Lisa Frank a favorite among school children; think of the bold animal prints and colorful characters that were once […]

  • A fire truck and ambulance are parked at Fire Station 13 in Pico-Union on Oct. 9, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Young Mother Safely Surrenders Hours-Old Baby Girl to LAFD Station in Pico-Union, Officials Say

    A 21-year-old woman safely surrendered her newborn to a fire station in Pico-Union on Tuesday evening, Los Angeles fire officials said. The woman brought the baby to Fire Station 13, located at 2401 W. Pico Boulevard, shortly after 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert. She came up to the apparatus door and banged on it. Someone who heard the noise opened the door and discovered the young mother with an approximately 2-hour-old baby girl, LAFD […]

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