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Courtney Friel


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Past articles by CN:

Mega Millions jackpot grows to $830 million for Tuesday’s drawing

The drawing for what is now the third largest Mega Millions jackpot in the game’s history will take place Tuesday night. No one won the grand prize after Friday’s drawing, prompting the jackpot to grow to $810 million by Tuesday morning. That number jumped again later in the morning to $830 million according to the […] → Read More

‘Quick reaction force’ mobilizing for fire season in SoCal

Multiple agencies on Tuesday showed off their new fleet of helitankers at a joint forces training base in Los Alamitos. Officials say the firefighting aircraft will be a game changer this fire season. The “Quick reaction force” fleet that will be available to L.A., Orange, and Ventura county firefighters to battle wildfires. Courtney Friel reports for the KTLA 5 News at 1 on July 5, 2022. → Read More

July 4 fireworks displays 2022: Where to watch in L.A., Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura counties

Looking for a place to watch fireworks this Fourth of July? There are dozens of displays planned across Southern California, including many free events. Find a list of July 4 fireworks events in your county by scrolling down or clicking the following: Los Angeles County Orange County Riverside County San Bernardino County Ventura County Los […] → Read More

Dramatic video: Smoke shop worker, would-be robbers exchange fire in deadly shootout

The suspects entered the location and pointed their handguns at the employee behind the counter, video released by authorities shows. → Read More

Young woman fatally struck by vehicle in Buena Park

A young woman was fatally struck by a vehicle in Buena Park early Tuesday, police said. The crash occurred about 6:05 a.m. near the intersection of Western Avenue and Fillmore Drive. The victim died at the scene, Buena Park police said. The driver who struck her stayed at the crash site and is cooperating with […] → Read More

Armed suspects hit 2 more mini-marts amid series of SoCal robberies

Police are searching for the armed robbers responsible for a pair of mini-mart holdups Monday night in the Eastside region of Los Angeles. A clerk at an El Sereno 7-Eleven store located in the 5500 block of Valley Boulevard said two males entered the location around 10:40 p.m. The men were armed with at least […] → Read More

Security guard found dead in Malibu parking lot after possible assault: LASD

A security guard was found dead in a Malibu parking lot Tuesday morning after a possible assault overnight, authorities said. Deputies responded to the 30000 block of Pacific Coast Highway about 7:15 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The call from an employee in the area came in as an unresponsive man […] → Read More

Crime in West Hollywood up 137%: LASD

Crime in West Hollywood is up 137% from the same time last year, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. In February 2022, nearly 250 “Part One” crimes — which include acts of murder, rape, burglary, aggravated assault, arson and human trafficking — were reported, compared to 105 incidents in February 2021. “The only reason […] → Read More

Teenage brothers dead after crash in Huntington Beach: Police

Two brothers who were students at Edison High School died after a car crash in Huntington Beach on Monday, police said. The crash at Yorktown Avenue and Newland Street involved a 2018 Chevrolet Silverado owned by the city of Newport Beach, so the Irvine Police Department will be investigating, the department announced in a news […] → Read More

2 armed men sought in Studio City home invasion

Two men are being sought in connection with an armed home invasion in Studio City Monday morning, police said. The incident occurred about 8:30 a.m. along the 4200 block of Babcock Avenue. Two men entered the home and later fled in a silver BMW 5 Series with a paper license plate that read “pacific,” according […] → Read More

L.A. County expected to drop indoor mask mandate Friday

Los Angeles County will likely stop requiring people to mask up at most indoor settings on Friday, the county’s health director announced. The county is currently categorized as having high COVID-19 risk by the CDC, but it’s expected to move to the low risk category on Thursday, L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer told county […] → Read More

California to drop school mask mandate after March 11

California will drop school masking requirements after March 11, leaving the decision up to districts and local jurisdictions, state officials announced Monday. Currently, California students and teachers have to mask up indoors at K-12 schools statewide, regardless of vaccination status. After next week, masks will be recommended but not required by the state at schools and child […] → Read More

L.A. County gives businesses option to let vaccinated people remove face masks indoors

Los Angeles County revealed its modified Health Officer Order Wednesday, allowing establishments, businesses and venues that verify vaccination status to make masking indoors optional for fully vaccinated people. → Read More

Rams Championship Parade: How to stream the victory celebration

The Super Bowl champion Rams are hosting a Championship parade and rally in Los Angeles on Wednesday to celebrate their victory against the Cincinnati Bengals. KTLA will have live coverage of the event starting from 11 a.m. Wednesday. Viewers will also be able to watch the parade here on, the KTLA 5 News app, […] → Read More

3 hurt after car slams into restaurant in East Hollywood

Three people were injured when a car slammed into a restaurant in East Hollywood Wednesday. The car stuck and injured two people believed to have been restaurant patrons in the 4600 block of Hollywood Boulevard, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in an alert. A man and woman, both 27 years old, were taken to […] → Read More

L.A. County COVID-19 vaccine sites prioritizing people getting 2nd doses this week amid scarce supplies

With COVID-19 vaccine supplies still scarce, Los Angeles County residents can only make appointments to get their second doses at the large county-operated sites for the rest of the week, officials said. Starting Tuesday, only those with proof of getting the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be inoculated at the Pomona Fairplex, the […] → Read More

1 in 145 L.A. County residents can infect others with COVID-19: ‘Situation is getting worse each day’

It could be your neighbors, or the man who brushed past you at the grocery store. Maybe it’s the last-minute addition to Thanksgiving dinner, or the friend who pulled their mask off next to you at the gym. Throughout Los Angeles, COVID-19 is closer than ever. One out of every 145 people in L.A. County […] → Read More

‘False sense of security’: L.A. County officials urge residents not to get tested for coronavirus just to socialize

Desperately seeking to find a seemingly responsible way to hold dinner parties, some people have started to get tests for the coronavirus as a way to clear themselves to attend dinner parties without needing to wear masks or keep their distance. That’s absolutely the wrong thing to do, according to Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s […] → Read More

Gov. Newsom holds a news conference as California faces possible new wave of COVID-19 restrictions

With coronavirus again surging across California, officials are faced with a narrowing number of options to slow the spread. Weekly coronavirus cases have doubled in the last month around the state, and Los Angeles County recorded more than 6,800 cases over the weekend, an alarming spike that has officials talking about more restrictions. The most immediate concern is the […] → Read More

Woman arrested in Westlake Village crash that killed 2 boys

A woman has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed two boys in Westlake Village Tuesday night, officials said. The crash occurred about 7:10 p.m. at the intersection of Triunfo Canyon Road and Saddle Mountain Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. The boys were crossing the street when they were […] → Read More