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Lauren Lyster


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Lauren:

Los Angeles City Council to consider accepting dog-like robot for LAPD use

The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday will consider accepting a donation for the Los Angeles Police Department to receive a dog-like robot, though critics worry about expanding police surveillance. The robot — a quadruped unmanned ground vehicle called Spot — is valued at about $280,000, which the Los Angeles Police Foundation plans to donate, […] → Read More

Cases continue to be dismissed in Riverside County over judge shortage

Criminal cases continue to be dismissed in Riverside County due to an ongoing judge shortage. In less than a week, three separate child sexual assault cases have been dismissed, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. In one of the cases, the Riverside County Superior court announced there were no judges available to hear […] → Read More

14 people rescued from flooded homeless encampment in Ventura

At least 14 people were rescued from a homeless encampment in the riverbed of the swollen Ventura River Monday afternoon as heavy rain soaked the region. The rescue took place near the intersection of Main and Peking streets around 3 p.m. Ventura firefighters used a ladder and rope system to reach the stranded people. A […] → Read More

Protesters interrupt L.A. City Council vote to expand homeless ordinance

Protesters on Tuesday interrupted a Los Angeles City Council vote on a controversial homeless encampment ordinance. The council ended up voting 11 to 3 to prohibit encampments near schools and daycare centers. Another vote on the matter will take place next week. Protesters carrying signs could be seen outside City Hall Tuesday, and eventually made […] → Read More

Officials announce 2 arrests in deadly robbery spree in SoCal

Two men were arrested Friday in connection with a series of robberies at Southern California 7-Eleven stores that left two people dead and three wounded. Police said the men are suspected in another killing and other crimes in the region. A half-dozen 7-Elevens and a doughnut shop were robbed within five hours early Monday in […] → Read More

L.A. County moves into ‘high’ COVID community level, triggering possible return of indoor mask mandate

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Los Angeles County on Thursday moved from a medium community spread of COVID-19 to a “high” level, triggering the possible return of universal indoor masking in the region. If the county remains in the high community level for two consecutive weeks, through July 28, the masking mandate would return the following […] → Read More

3 dead, 3 injured in Boyle Heights shooting

Three people are dead and three others are hospitalized following a shooting at an underground party in Boyle Heights. Los Angeles police officials believe multiple people opened fire inside a building on the 1400 block of South Lorena Street around 12:40 a.m. Sunday. The scene sprawled a large swath of the neighborhood with crime scene […] → Read More

Early voter turnout appears dismal with 15% of ballots cast

Tuesday is Primary Election Day in California and so far, early voting turnout has been dismal, data shows. As of Monday, about 15% of the state’s registered voters had cast their ballots, according to Political Data Intelligence. That’s down from roughly 34% around the same time in last year’s gubernatorial recall, and 18% at the […] → Read More

Video: Drivers throw punches after fender bender in Torrance

A Torrance fistfight caught on camera appears to have started as a case of road rage. The altercation began Tuesday with a fender bender near Torrance Boulevard and Elm Avenue, according to the Torrance Police Department. “One of the vehicles cut the other one off and then slammed on brakes and that caused other vehicle […] → Read More

Cost of Super Bowl snacks the latest victim of rising inflation

You can expect inflation to be an uninvited guest at your Super Bowl party this year. The price of food, especially meat products, have jumped by double digits as inflation reaches a 40-year high. Lauren Lyster reports for the KTLA 5 News at 5 on Feb. 10, 2022. → Read More

LAPD releases new video of suspect wanted in woman’s killing at Hancock Park furniture store; $50k reward offered

Police released new video of a man wanted in the killing of Brianna Kupfer, who was stabbed to death while working alone at furniture business Croft House. A $50,000 reward is being offered for information. → Read More

Newsom plans more investments on homelessness, but quick fixes prove elusive

Gov. Gavin Newsom wants to do more to help combat homelessness, especially in people with severe mental illness. “We’re spending more money than we’ve ever spent, more press conferences, you see these groundbreakings, and you see governors come in and sign budgets,” Newsom said. “You’re like, ‘Why the hell are the streets not getting cleaned […] → Read More

Bears break into Sierra Madre home, enjoy a finger lickin’ good feast

Sierra Madre resident John Holden received the shock of his life when he got home for lunch last week. “I came home and my front door was open, and I could just hear the chaos, like my house was being ransacked,” Holden said. But it wasn’t burglars Holden interrupted — at least, not human ones. […] → Read More

Hopeful storms in forecast for drought plagued California

Mired in an historic drought, California is set to get its first significant soaking of the season this week, with storms forecasted to dump up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain in parched parts of the state. But the rain, which comes after wildfires have collectively burned more than 3,898 square miles (10,096 square […] → Read More

UC students prepare to head back to campus for in-person instruction

University of California students are preparing to return to campuses for in-person learning this week. This year, all faculty staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless they have an exemption. Other pandemic-related policies will also remain in place. Lauren Lyster reports from UCLA for the KTLA 5 Morning News at […] → Read More

L.A County Sheriff’s Department member dies in crash that also injured passenger in Temple City

A 33-year-old employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was killed in a crash that also injured his passenger in Temple City early Thursday morning, officials said. The one-vehicle collision happened around 2:20 a.m. in the area of Santa Anita Avenue and Freer Street, according to California Highway Patrol. The Sheriff’s Department employee was […] → Read More

Long Beach warns of road closures, traffic as Biden and Newsom visit to campaign against California recall

President Biden heads to Long Beach to campaign with Gov. Newsom against the California recall, prompting city officials to warn of street closures leading to traffic delays. → Read More

California teacher investigated after joking about pledging allegiance to pride flag instead of American

A Costa Mesa, California, teacher has been removed from the classroom after posting a widely shared TikTok video about taking down the American flag and telling students they could pledge allegiance to a gay pride flag hanging in the room instead. The Newport-Mesa Unified School District said it became aware of the video teacher Kristen […] → Read More

Anti-camping law approved by L.A. City Council

The law is intended to help the city clean up homeless encampments, especially those that block sidewalks and are near specific areas. → Read More

More than $1B worth of marijuana seized in ‘historic’ California bust

Authorities seized 65 vehicles -- including two water trucks -- $28,000 in cash and made 131 arrests, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said during a news conference announcing the bust Wednesday. → Read More