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

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    CHP Officer Uses Sign Language to Help Woman Apply for ID After Report of Disturbance at South L.A. DMV

    A California Highway Patrol officer is credited with going above and beyond to assist a woman with a hearing impairment get an ID at a DMV in the Historic South-Central area, officials said Tuesday. CHP was initially called out to a report of a disturbance at the Department of Motor Vehicles office at 3615 S. Hope Street, according to the agency. Officer Rodriguez responded to find a visibly distraught woman. He quickly learned the woman was upset because she was […]

  • Bella, a 5-year-old miniature pinscher mix, is among dozens of dogs at spcaLA looking for a forever home.

    L.A. County Animal Adoption Center to Waive Fees on Dogs, Cats and Rabbits This Saturday

    If you’re ready to get a furry, four-legged friend this holiday season, this weekend may be the perfect time to do it. That’s because the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty Animals Los Angeles is waiving adoption fees at its three L.A. County locations Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., qualified adopters can visit their local adoption center and choose a pet, according to the nonprofit animal welfare organization’s website. As of Tuesday, spcaLA was caring for over 200 dogs, […]

  • Drone video from Mammoth Mountain shows the resort covered in snow on Dec. 9, 2019.

    Mammoth Mountain Gets 2 More Feet of Snow, Has More Terrain Open Than Any Other U.S. Ski Resort

    A series of storms that walloped California over the past couple weeks has been a boon to Mammoth Mountain, which now has the most open terrain of any ski resort in the U.S., officials said Monday. All but two of the mountain’s 25 lifts are operating, while skiers and riders can access 154 of the 161 trails, according to Mammoth’s website. The popular Eastern Sierra resort has seen a promising start to its 2019-2020 ski and snowboard season. Since opening […]

  • P-63 is captured on camera in Tarzana on Dec. 8, 2019. (Credit: Jeff Shulman)

    Video Captures Mountain Lion P-63 Roaming Residential Street in Tarzana

    A mountain lion captured on a home surveillance camera in Tarzana early Sunday has been identified as P-63, a young male who is among the pumas being tracked by the National Park Service, officials said Monday. P-63 was spotted in the area of Rosita Street and Mirador Place around 4:45 a.m., according to resident Jeff Shulman. The security footage, provided by Shulman, shows the big cat pacing the sidewalk outside the house in the predawn darkness The mountain lion is […]

  • The Simi Valley Police Department released a photo of the mountain lion, seen left, while Ilene Dondlinger released a photo of her dog Pumbaa, seen right.

    Simi Valley Woman Speaks Out, Warns Neighbors After Mountain Lion Kills Her Dog

    A Simi Valley woman who tried to save her miniature schnauzer from a mountain lion attack is speaking out Friday to warn other residents a day after her dog was killed. Ilene Dondlinger told KTLA that around 2 a.m. Thursday, she went to let 10-year-old Pumbaa out into her home’s backyard because he was barking and she thought he had to go to the bathroom. When Dondlinger opened the door, she was unaware there was a cougar the yard. The […]

  • A map shows flu activity in California for the week of Nov. 10 through Nov. 16, which is when DDPH released its last report.

    16 Flu-Related Deaths Reported in California as Widespread Influenza Activity Is Seen Across State: CDPH

    Flu activity in California is already widespread and has reached levels not normally seen until later in the season, state health officials said Friday. Sixteen people, including two children, have died of influenza-released causes since the season began Sept. 29, according to the California Department of Public Health. The last influenza report issued by the department in mid-November showed elevated activity of flu in every county around the state except for Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Imperial counties. […]

  • A surveillance image shared with KTLA shows the mountain lion believed to be involved in the Simi Valley attacks.

    Simi Valley Neighborhood on Alert After Mountain Lion Attacks Leave 1 Dog Dead, 2nd Injured

    A Simi Valley neighborhood is on high alert Thursday after a pair of mountain lion attacks left one dog dead – despite its owner’s efforts to fight the big cat off – and a second canine injured. Officers responded to two calls overnight reporting puma sightings in the 5400 and 5500 blocks of Evening Sky Drive, Simi Valley Police Department Sgt. Keith Eisenhour said. Around 2 a.m., a woman was letting her 10-year-old miniature schnauzer named Pumba out of her […]

  • Snow falls on Big Bear on Dec. 4, 2019. (Credit: Big Bear Mountain Resort)

    Big Bear Mountain Shatters November Snowfall Record With 54 Inches; More Snow Forecast This Weekend

    Big Bear Mountain Resort is off to its snowiest start ever, with 54 inches of fresh powder falling last month alone thanks to a major storm during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The amount shatters the previous record set in 1964 of 38 inches for total natural snowfall in a November, according to the resort’s website. It’s all about half of the average winter snowfall of 100 to 110 inches. Most of the snow accumulated at Bear Mountain and Snow Summit […]

  • Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore at KTLA on Dec. 5, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘I’m Disgusted’: LAPD Chief Discusses Officer Accused of Fondling Dead Woman’s Breasts

    Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore said Thursday that he is “disgusted” by the allegation that an officer fondled the breasts of a dead woman. The incident came to light during a random inspection of body-worn camera video that purportedly showed the inappropriate touch, spurring an investigation into potential criminal wrongdoing, Moore told KTLA. The unidentified officer has been assigned home, and his badge and firearm have been confiscated. “Let me first and foremost apologize to the family,” the […]

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