Eric Spillman, KTLA 5

Eric Spillman


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Eric:

Snow causes 20-car pileup, other problems in Inland Empire

A powerful winter storm has brought snow, as well as ice and sleet in some parts of Southern California, including the Inland Empire where drivers are feeling the effects. In Yucaipa, a 20-car pileup on the 10 Freeway sent eight people to the hospital overnight. The crash occurred in westbound lanes near Wildwood Canyon Road […] → Read More

LAPD pursuit ends in crash in Northridge; innocent driver killed

An innocent driver was killed when two suspects fleeing police ran a red light and crashed into another vehicle in Northridge early Thursday, authorities said. → Read More

Cold temperatures grip Southern California; snow shuts down Grapevine

Parts of Southern California experienced some dangerous winter conditions Wednesday morning. The Grapevine portion of the 5 Freeway was closed by snow overnight, though it reopened early Wednesday morning. Additionally, the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning for the Inland Empire The cities of Riverside, San Bernardino, Ontario, Moreno Valley, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga and […] → Read More

Quake aid pours into Turkey, Syria as death toll soars above 6,200

Search teams and international aid poured into Turkey and Syria on Tuesday as rescuers working in freezing temperatures and sometimes using their bare hands dug through the remains of buildings flattened by a powerful earthquake. The death toll soared above 6,200 and was still expected to rise. But with the damage spread over a wide area, the […] → Read More

Potential mass shooting thwarted in Hollywood: man arrested, ‘high-powered’ weapons seized

Los Angeles police officers seized several high-powered weapons from a man accused of making criminal threats Tuesday, averting what authorities believe could have been a mass shooting in the planning stages. → Read More

‘We’re all Tyre’: Family prepares to lay Nichols to rest

The family of Tyre Nichols plans to lay him to rest Wednesday, three weeks after he died following a brutal beating by Memphis police after a traffic stop. In those three weeks, harrowing video of the beating was released, and five police officers have been fired and charged with murder. Their specialized unit was disbanded. Two more officers have been suspended. Also fired: […] → Read More

Memphis braces for release of video in Tyre Nichols’ arrest

The city of Memphis and the nation on Friday awaited the release of a police video depicting five officers viciously beating Tyre Nichols, a Black man whose death prompted murder charges against the cops and outrage at the country’s latest instance of police brutality. The officers were charged Thursday with murder and other crimes in […] → Read More

Alec Baldwin, ‘Rust’ armorer to face involuntary manslaughter charges in fatal shooting

Actor Alec Baldwin and a crew member on the set of the Western film "Rust" will each face two counts of involuntary manslaughter after the on-set shooting that killed a cinematographer and wounded a director, New Mexico prosecutors announced Thursday. → Read More

Heavy rain prompts PCH closure in Orange County, floods Los Angeles area intersections

Heavy rain from a "bomb cyclone" is falling on Southern California Thursday morning, causing several streets to be flooded from Orange County to the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. → Read More

Winter storm adds uncertainty to holiday season’s strong travel demand

Concerns about illness or inflation aren’t stopping Americans from hitting the roads and airports this holiday season. But a massive winter storm might. Forecasters predict an onslaught of heavy snow, ice, flooding and even tornadoes from Thursday to Saturday in a broad swath of the country, from the Plains and Midwest to the East Coast. A surge […] → Read More

3 dead in Louisiana as volatile U.S. storm spawns Southern tornadoes

A vast and volatile storm system ripping across the U.S. killed at least three people in Louisiana, spinning up tornadoes that battered the state from north to south, including the New Orleans area where memories of 2021’s Hurricane Ida and a tornado in March linger. Elsewhere, the huge system hurled blizzard-like conditions at the Great Plains. Several […] → Read More

Warnock or Walker? Georgia set for runoff to settle last Senate seat

Georgia voters on Tuesday are deciding the final Senate contest in the country, choosing between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican football legend Herschel Walker after a four-week runoff blitz that has drawn a flood of outside spending to an increasingly personal fight. This year’s runoff has lower stakes than the two in 2021, when victories by Warnock […] → Read More

California lawmakers discuss penalty for big oil’s high gas prices

Furious about oil companies’ supersized profits after a summer of record-high gas prices, California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday will formally start his campaign to punish big producers by asking the Legislature to fine them and give the money back to drivers. State lawmakers will briefly return to the state Capitol on Monday to swear in new […] → Read More

Rose Bowl gives in, clears way for 12-team College Football Playoff in 2024

Rose Bowl game organizers cleared the way for the College Football Playoff to expand to 12 teams starting in the 2024 season, informing CFP officials Wednesday they are willing to alter agreements to accommodate a new format to decide the national champion. A person with knowledge of the discussions between game organizers and CFP officials […] → Read More

UC workers go on strike amid demands for increased pay

Thousands of workers at the 10 University of California campuses went on strike Monday. Picket signs were piled up on the sidewalk an hour before the strike began at 8 a.m. Nearly 48,000 teaching assistants, researchers, post doctoral scholars, readers and tutors walked off campus demanding a significant pay increase. The members say some receive […] → Read More

Black-Latino tensions exposed by Los Angeles City Council racist comments scandal

Cross-cultural coalitions have ruled Los Angeles politics for decades, helping elect both Black and Latino politicians to top leadership roles in the huge racially and ethnically diverse city. But a shocking recording of racist comments by the City Council president has laid bare the tensions over political power that have been quietly simmering between the Latino and […] → Read More

Los Angeles gas prices reach record high for 2nd consecutive day

Gas prices hit a new record high in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area for the second consecutive day Tuesday. The price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline rose about 2 cents overnight to $6.49, according to the AAA website. One week ago, Los Angeles residents were paying $5.96 per gallon. One year ago, the […] → Read More

LAUSD begins school year with new start times, relaxed COVID rules

Thousands of Los Angeles Unified School District students are returning to class with new start times and relaxed COVID protocols. “This is the best day of the year,” LAUSD Superintendent Alberto Carvalho said just hours before the start of the new school year Monday. The nation’s second largest school district will see roughly 560,000 students […] → Read More

Nurse suspected in Windsor Hills crash that killed 6 due in court

A 37-year-old nurse suspected of killing six people and injuring eight others when her speeding Mercedes-Benz plowed into several vehicles in a Windsor Hills intersection last week is scheduled to be in court Monday. Formal charges could also be filed Monday against the driver, identified as Nicole Linton, who was working in Los Angeles as […] → Read More

Jan. 6 takeaways: White House chaos, unmovable Trump

The House Jan. 6 committee closed out its set of summer hearings with its most detailed focus yet on the investigation’s main target: former President Donald Trump. The panel on Thursday examined Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, as hundreds of his supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol, guiding viewers minute-by-minute through the deadly afternoon to show how long […] → Read More