How to Help Those Affected by SoCal Brush Fires

Wes Woods II is a digital news producer at KTLA in Los Angeles. Before joining KTLA, Wes worked as a breaking news reporter at the Los Angeles Daily News.


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    Fifth Victim Files Civil Lawsuit Against AYSO After Lancaster Coach Sentenced to 130 Years in Prison for Molestation

    A fifth person has filed a civil lawsuit against the American Youth Soccer Organization after a Lancaster coach was sentenced to 130 years in prison for molesting 15 children in 2014. “AYSO has to be responsible for its actions,” said Paul Mones, an attorney for the unnamed person identified as John Doe 5 on Tuesday at a news conference in Torrance. Renoir Vincent Valenti was sentenced in April 2014 after he molested 14 boys and a young girl between 1995 and […]

  • Kenneth Collard, 51, is seen in a Torrance courtroom on July 17, 2018.

    Arraignment Continued for LAPD Officer Charged With Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Girl in Torrance Home

    Arraignment was postponed for a Los Angeles Police Department officer charged with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl in her Torrance home. Kenneth Collard, 51, made an appearance in the Torrance branch of the Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. His arraignment was continued to Aug. 3, according to a court spokesperson. Collard was charged with three counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of sexual penetration by foreign object, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s […]

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    Aliso Viejo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud, Running $6 Million Scheme to Defraud Investors in Resale of Tickets

    A 49-year-old Aliso Viejo man pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud and running a $6 million scheme to defraud investors promised money from Super Bowl and World Cup tickets to be resold. Professional poker player Seyed Reza Ali Fazeli, who operated Summit Entertainment located in Las Vegas, made the plea, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California on Tuesday. Summit Entertainment operated under the names onlinetickets.com and packertickets.com, according to the U.S. […]

  • A chemical spill has resulted in the closure of the north and south lanes of North Glassell Street between Meats and Grove Avenue in Orange on July 16, 2018. (Credit: Orange Police Department Twitter account)

    Chemical Described as Skin and Eye Irritant Spills, Closes North Glassell Street in Orange

    A chemical described as a skin and eye irritant was spilled Monday and resulted in the closure of the north and south lanes of North Glassell Street in Orange, authorities said. A call was received about 12:25 p.m. about a “hazardous release” or spill from a truck, which carried the chemical Isocyanate, that was stopped in a parking lot, said Ian MacDonald of the City of Orange Fire Department. The spill was described as a “limited amount of liquid” and […]

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    Former Congressional Aide Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison After Shakedown of Compton Marijuana Dispensary

    A 45-year-old Santa Clarita man and former staffer for then-Rep. Janice Hahn was sentenced to 18 months in prison for demanding and accepting $5,000 to stop a Compton marijuana dispensary from closing, authorities said. Michael Kimbrew was sentenced on Monday for the bribery and attempted extortion of the dispensary, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The conversations with the dispensary began in March 2015 when Kimbrew worked out of Compton City Hall, according to the L.A. Times. Hawn’s spokeswoman also told the […]

  • Firefighters respond to a fatal crash on the 605 Freeway in Norwalk on July 16, 2018. (Credit: OnScene.TV)

    2 Killed, 4 Injured in DUI Crash on 605 Freeway in Norwalk: CHP

    Two people were killed, and four others injured, in a DUI crash that temporarily closed the northbound 605 Freeway in Norwalk early Monday morning. The identities of the two deceased were withheld pending notification of their next of kin, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.  They were described as a 52-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman both from Paramount who were inside a 1999 Ford Windstar. A 31-year-old man from Norwalk, Alex Barragan, was arrested on suspicion of […]

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    41-Year-Old Norwalk Motorcyclist Dies After Pursuit in Bell Gardens and South Gate Ends in Crash: Police

    A 41-year-old motorcyclist from Norwalk died after he led police on a pursuit through Bell Gardens and South Gate and crashed into three vehicles, authorities said on Saturday. Francisco Montoya Jr. died on Friday night after he lost control of his motorcycle and crashed into three vehicles on Firestone Boulevard at the 710 Freeway in South Gate, the Bell Gardens Police Department said in a news release. Pursuit Fatal Collision https://t.co/60t3jIcd7V — Bell Gardens Police (@BellGardens_PD) July 14, 2018 The […]

  • Authorities are shown trying to help a swimmer on July 14, 2018 at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach. (Credit: Laguna Beach Police Department Public Information Officer Sgt. Jim Cota's Twitter Account).

    Swimmer Dies After He Was Pulled Unconscious From Water in Laguna Beach

    A swimmer died on Saturday after he was pulled unconscious from the water at 1000 Steps Beach in Laguna Beach, authorities said. An adult man was pulled from the beach just before 11:30 a.m. at the 31900 block of Coast Highway, said the Orange County Fire Authority in a Tweet. Lifeguards administered CPR in the area known as 1000 Steps Beach until the fire department and paramedics arrived and took over, said Orange County Lifeguard Jason Young. The Orange County Fire Authority’s […]

  • The Los Angeles County Fire Museum opened on July 14, 2018.

    L.A. County Fire Museum in Bellflower Opens to the Public

    The Los Angeles County Fire Museum in Bellflower opened to the public on Saturday and featured stars from the 1970’s television show “Emergency!” The museum is located at the Mayne Events Center 16400 Bellflower Boulevard. Phil Ige reports for the KTLA 5 News at 6 on July 14, 2018.