Melissa Pamer, KTLA 5

Melissa Pamer


Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Melissa:

In advance of briefing, Orange County reports 3 new coronavirus deaths, bringing total to 25

Following the daily release of new figures showing case counts and deaths, Orange County authorities are expected Thursday afternoon to provide their update on the county’s coronavirus outbreak and response. The latest available figures show 1,425 confirmed cases in the county, with 25 deaths, three of which were reported Thursday. The county has 51 new […] → Read More

Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Once Had Same Power as Mexican President, López Obrador Says

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López Obrador closed out 2019 with a parting shot at his predecessors, saying imprisoned drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán Loera had had the same power as the country's president. → Read More

Hill Fire in Jurupa Valley Now 15% Contained After Burning 628 Acres, Evacuations Lifted

Evacuation order were lifted as firefighters made progress battling the Hill Fire as it burned through 628 acres Wednesday, stopping the wildfire's forward rate of spread in Jurupa Valley by evening, according to Riverside County fire officials. The Hill Fire was reported just before 10 a.m. → Read More

30-Acre Brush Fire Erupts in L.A.’s Sepulveda Basin as Wildfires Burn Across SoCal

A 30-acre brush fire was burning in Los Angeles' sprawling Sepulveda Basin Thursday, filling San Fernando Valley skies with smoke on a day with critical fire dangers. → Read More

Northbound 5 Freeway Shut Down Due to Old Fire; 14 Freeway Off-Ramps Closed in Tick Fire

Freeways are being shut down due to fires breaking out in the area surrounding Santa Clarita on Thursday afternoon. The 5 Freeway is affected by the Old Fire burning in Castaic, the California Highway Patrol announced. → Read More

Soto Hill Brush Fire Grows to 40 Acres in Los Angeles’ El Sereno Area

Los Angeles firefighters battled a grass fire that was described at one point as threatening homes in the El Sereno area on Friday, at the same time as a massive blaze at the city's northern reaches had burned 11 square miles. The El Sereno fire was reported about 11:30 a.m. → Read More

‘Avoid the Entire San Fernando Valley Region,’ Caltrans Warns as Freeways Are Shut Down Due to Saddleridge Fire

Some 16 hours after multiple freeways were closed due the Saddleridge Fire raging in the northern reaches of Los Angeles, a CHP official said lanes would begin reopening Friday evening. → Read More

Timeline of Key Events, Contacts Between Trump Team and Ukrainian Officials

President Donald Trump's acknowledgment that he discussed former Vice President Joe Biden in a July call with Ukraine's president has intensified scrutiny on his interactions and decisions on Ukraine. → Read More

Earthquake Centered in Remote Mojave Desert Area Known for ‘Robust’ Aftershock Sequences

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that rocked Southern California on Fourth of July was centered in an area of the Mojave Desert known for "robust" aftershock sequences but remote enough to prevent damage in more heavily populated areas, famed former USGS seismologist Lucy Jones said Thursday. → Read More

Seminole Springs Mobile Home Park, Next to Iconic Rock Store, Devastated by Woolsey Fire

Much of the Seminole Springs mobile home park along scenic Mulholland Highway appears to have burned as the Woolsey Fire left a path of destruction through the Santa Monica Mountains. → Read More

Mandatory Evacuation in West Hills Marks 1st Within L.A. City Limits for Woolsey Fire

Los Angeles authorities on Friday evening ordered the mandatory evacuation for part of West Hills, the first neighborhood within L.A. city limits to be affected by such an order in the growing Woolsey Fire. → Read More

Woolsey Fire Leaves Homes Destroyed in Calabasas Neighborhood, Residents ‘Stunned’

A washing machine standing alone, the walls that once stood around it burned to the ground. A see-through dining room, surrounded still-rising smoke, charred vegetation and pools of water. A pickup truck charred in a driveway, apparently ready to evacuate. → Read More

Western Town at Paramount Ranch, Filming Location Since 1927, Burns in Woolsey Fire: NPS

The Woolsey Fire has destroyed a tourist icon in the Santa Monica Mountains: Paramount Ranch, a Western-style town in Agoura where many films and televisions shows were shot. The National Park Service announced just before noon Friday that the "Western Town" burned. → Read More

1,200 Homes Evacuated as Hill Fire Burns Near Camarillo Springs in Ventura County; 101 Fwy Shut Down

A wildfire has burned 8,000 to 10,000 acres in the Santa Rosa Valley near Camarillo Springs Thursday afternoon — triggering mandatory evacuations of some 1,200 homes and the closure of the 101 Freeway in both directions. → Read More

Thousand Oaks Vigil Underway for 12 Killed in Borderline Shooting

The city of Thousand Oaks is asking residents to gather as a community for a vigil Thursday night in honor of the 12 people killed when a gunman opened fire in a bar where many local college students were at a weekly country music n... → Read More

John McCain, Vietnam War Hero and Long-Serving Senator From Arizona, Dies at 81

John McCain – the long-serving senator from Arizona, Vietnam War hero and two-time presidential candidate often called a “maverick” – has died. He was 81. "Senator John Sidney McCain III died at 4:28pm on August 25, 2018. → Read More

Dodgers on KTLA: 5 More Games to Air on Channel 5 This Summer

Dodger fans will be able to watch five more games on KTLA this summer under a deal with Spectrum Networks announced Tuesday morning. Dodger games are normally viewable on TV only on SportsNet LA, which is available esclusively to Spectrum customers. → Read More

Suspect Bought Gasoline, Lit Fire to Music Studio, Targeting 2 Acquaintances in Fatal Studio City Blaze: LAPD

The man accused of intentionally setting a fire at a music studio in Studio City knew the two men who died in the blaze, and the three had been involved in a dispute hours before the blaze, Los Angeles police said Monday. Efrem Zimbalist Demery Jr. → Read More

Magnitude 5.3 Earthquake Strikes Off Channel Islands, Shaking SoCal

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck near the Channel Islands early Thursday afternoon, jolting residents in the Los Angeles area and beyond as Southern California saw its largest quake in more than four years, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. → Read More

Topanga Canyon Blvd. to Be Closed for Days Due to Mudslide as Storm Moves Through SoCal

Rain and snow fell in Southern California Thursday morning, making for difficult driving conditions and prompting a mudslide that has forced the dayslong closure of Topanga Canyon Boulevard east of Malibu. → Read More