Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • The booking photo for Joseph James DeAngelo, the suspected Golden State Killer, was released by the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department on April 25, 2018.

    Police Believe Suspected Golden State Killer Was Behind 2 1980s Rape-Slayings in Irvine

    Irvine police released information on two brutal rapes and slayings of women in the city during the 1980s that the man suspected of being the Golden State Killer was charged in on Wednesday. On Wednesday, prosecutors and law enforcement officials from multiple counties came together to announce the arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo, 72, in Sacramento. He is alleged to be the Golden State Killer, accused of killing a dozen people across California and raping some 50 women. Irvine police said […]

  • Bruce Harrington speaks at a news conference in Sacramento about the arrest of the man accused of killing his brother and sister-in-law, along with 10 other people and 51 rapes, on April 25, 2018. (Credit: KTXL)

    Brother of Victim of Suspected ‘Golden State Killer’ Calls for Ballot Initiative Expanding DNA Database

    As prosecutors and law enforcement officials spoke of the arrest of the suspected ‘Golden State Killer’ Wednesday, one man made a plea to the state’s voters to expand collection of DNA. The arrest of Joseph James DeAngelo as the man accused of 51 rapes and 12 homicides across the state — after a 40-year search involving the FBI — came about through DNA evidence linking him to dozens of brutal crimes. It’s a point Bruce Harrington drove home as he spoke […]

  • Police investigate the scene at a target store where an ATM was burglarized in Orange County on April 24, 2018. (Credit: OC Hawk)

    ATMs at 2 O.C. Target Stores Burglarized in 1 Day; Officials Investigating Whether Incidents Are Connected

    ATMs at two Target stores in Orange County were burglarized Tuesday and law enforcement officials are investigating whether they are connected considering the similar circumstances. The first burglary was committed at the Foothill Ranch Target store in Lake Forest at around 3:30 a.m., when the money-dispensing machine was smashed and burglarized of an unknown amount of cash, officials said. Surveillance footage shows a trio of people dressed in all black making their way into the store before crowding around an […]

  • A march on the anniversary of the Armenian genocide brought thousands of people to Hollywood on April 24, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands Gather for L.A. Marches to Demand Recognition of Armenian Genocide

    Thousands of people are expected to march through different parts of Los Angeles on Tuesday to demand recognition of the Armenian genocide more than 100 years ago. Two different marches have been organized by advocacy groups working to get the U.S. and Turkey to recognize the tragedy as a genocide. It left one and a half million Armenians dead, according to the Armenian National Institute. Turkey refuses to say the mass deaths were a genocide, maintaining there was no “systematic […]

  • A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

    SoCal ICE Agent Convicted of Helping Entry of Legal U.S. Resident Barred From Re-Entering Country

    A United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agent has been convicted of four felony counts in connection with the assistance he gave to a Mexican national with a criminal record to re-enter the U.S., the California Department of Justice announced Tuesday. The ICE agent, 44-year-old Felix Cisneros Jr. of Murrieta, has been suspended from the agency and was found guilty of the charges on Monday. The man he was helping get into the country, Santiago Garcia-Gutierrez, was actually a lawful permanent […]

  • A man is taken into custody after a standoff with sheriff's deputies in Hacienda Heights on April 24, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Allegedly Armed Man in Standoff With Sheriff’s Deputies in Hacienda Heights Taken Into Custody

    An allegedly armed man was sitting on top of a Hacienda Heights home Tuesday afternoon as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies swarmed the scene and eventually took him into custody, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. Law enforcement officials were called to the scene in the 16600 block of Carriage Place at about 2 p.m. as a crisis negotiation team was also called in, officials said. The man was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun, officials said. It […]

  • A courtroom gavel is seen in a file photo. (Credit: Brian A. Jackson/Thinkstock)

    Lynwood Doctor Sentenced for Prescribing Powerful Opioids With No Medical Purpose to People Paying Cash

    A Lynwood doctor who wrote thousands of prescriptions for powerful painkillers that served no medical purpose — from Norco to Xanax — was sentenced to five years in prison, the California Department of Justice announced Monday. People seeking the opioids would travel from places like Victorville and Palmdale to see Dr. Edward Ridgill, 65, at his Lynwood clinic,  prosecutors said. By issuing illegal prescriptions often paid for in cash, the doctor was able to work just three hours a day and rake in $175,000 […]

  • Stanley Williams, 53, is seen in a booking photo published by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office on April 23, 2018.

    Man Sentenced to 110 Years in Prison for Sexual Assault of 13-Year-Old Girl

    A man who sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl who lived in his San Bernardino apartment complex has been sentenced to 110 years in state prison, the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said. Stanley Williams, 53, was found guilty of four felony counts of lewd act upon a child and one count of unlawful sexual intercourse on Feb. 26, the DA’s office said. The crimes stem back to 2012, when Williams moved into an apartment complex in San Bernardino, prosecutors […]

  • L.A. County Firefighters Do ‘Live’ Training Exercises to Keep Sharp

    Los Angeles County firefighters keep up their skills through intensive “live” training exercises that involve putting out synthetic fires and doing other activities that mimic real-life firefighting in Santa Clarita. KTLA news photographer Phillip Ige compiled this story.