Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • The scene of a crash on the 110 Freeway in South L.A. after a police pursuit ended there Sept. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Car on Fire After South L.A. Pursuit of DUI Driver Ends in Crash on 110 Freeway, With Lanes Now Closed

    A car was on fire on the 110 Freeway in South L.A. after Los Angeles Police Department officers were in pursuit of a DUI driver before the chase ended in a crash, according to authorities. The suspects ran from the crash, which happened along the northbound 110 Freeway at about 10:36 p.m., according to an emergency alert about the incident. Two ambulances were called for officers involved and the pursuit car was a Nissan Maxima, Officer Tony Im of the […]

  • Julie Shepherd appears in a photo her family provided to KTLA.

    Family of West Covina Woman Killed by West Nile Virus Speak Out After Infection Claims 6 Lives in California This Year

    Just as Ventura County health officials warned of mosquitoes found infected with West Nile Virus on Wednesday, a family a county away in West Covina spoke out about the illness killing one of their own. Julie Shepherd, 84, was a lively grandmother who loved aerobics and Tai Chi before she became infected with West Nile Virus, her daughter told KTLA. She was hospitalized for two weeks, never even realizing she was bitten by a virus-laden mosquito, before she died just […]

  • The scene of an explosion in West Hills is seen on Sept. 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Cause of Explosion at House in West Hills, Which Damaged 6 Homes, Still Being Investigated

    An explosion at a house in West Hills that left six homes damaged and debris scattered around the neighborhood is still being looked into as officials from SoCalGas assist in the investigation, officials said. The explosion prompted a criminal investigation and emergency response from the Los Angeles Fire Department. It occurred at around 3:04 p.m. in the 7500 block of North Sale Avenue. The Los Angeles Fire Department initially said the incident occurred in the neighboring Canoga Park area. Nearly five […]

  • Police respond to a homicide in Huntington Beach on Sept. 19, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police Investigate Possible Homicide in Huntington Beach

    A man was found injured in Huntington Beach Tuesday evening, lying on the ground with blood on his face, before he died a short time later in what police say may be a homicide. Police responded to a call about a man needing help in the 7800 block of Ellis Avenue at about 5 p.m. and soon discovered a man lying on the ground there, officials said. A person who contacted KTLA about the incident said it appeared as if […]

  • Isaac Sabbah is seen in a photo posted to the GoFundMe page raising money for his family after his death.

    Victim Killed in 5 Freeway Crash Near Sun Valley Is ID’d as 30-Year-Old Father of Two

    A family member has identified the person killed in a crash on the 5 Freeway near Sun Valley on Sept. 15 as Isaac Sabbah, whose 30th birthday is said to be the day he died. The multi-vehicle crash was reported at about 3:10 a.m. near the transition to the southbound 170 Freeway, and it also involved two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officials said. A flyer emailed to KTLA said a fundraising event for Sabbah’s family will […]

  • Samuel Robert Duran Jr. walks into Airport Courthouse for his arraignment on April 16, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

    Culver City Man Sentenced for Sexually Abusing 15-Year-Old Girl With Autism During 3-Week Period at His Home

    A Culver City man who sexually abused a 15-year-old girl with autism over a three-week period, during which she was kept inside his home, was sentenced to 24 years in state prison on Tuesday, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said. Samuel Duran, 36, kept the teenage girl — who police said was diagnosed with autism — inside his home and sexually abused her for weeks during the spring of 2015, prosecutors said. The girl disappeared from her Mar Vista […]

  • An officer aims a firearm at a dog in Pico-Union on Sept. 19, 2017. (Credit: Milagro Castaneda)

    Dog Shot by LAPD Sergeant After 3 People Are Injured in Pico-Union Canine Attacks

    A call about a vicious dog in Pico-Union Tuesday morning ended in three people injured by dog bites and one dog shot by a Los Angeles police officer trying to control the animals, authorities said. A police sergeant responded to a call about vicious animals attacking schoolchildren at about 10:45 a.m. and found the dogs near Toberman and 20th streets, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Michael Mabie said. Three people were found in the neighborhood injured by dog bites, though […]

  • The victim of a stabbing attack is seen in Fullerton on Sept. 13, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

    Man Stabbed From Behind by 2 Men in Fullerton While He Is Crossing The Street

    A man was stabbed by two other men in Fullerton when he was walking across the street in broad daylight Wednesday morning, officials said. The attack happened at about 10:30 a.m. near the intersection of North Cornell and East Commonwealth Avenues, officials said. The victim, a man in his 30s, told authorities he was simply crossing the street when two men started stabbing him from behind. The two attackers are both described by police as Hispanic men in their early 20s. […]

  • The scene of a crash involving an LAPD patrol car on Sept. 13, 2017 is seen here. (Credit: KTLA)

    LAPD Patrol Car Crashes Into 3 Other Vehicles While Responding to Shooting in South L.A.

    An LAPD patrol car slammed into three other vehicles while responding to an active shooting in the Vermont Square neighborhood of South L.A., officials said. The crash happened while police were responding to a “shooting in progress” shooting near Western Avenue and 45th Street, officials said. Two officers were transported for medical treatment and a driver in one of the other cars was taken to a local hospital, officials said. The three other vehicles involved the crash include a pick-up […]