Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Julio Anaya, 47, appears in a booking photo released by Thousand Oaks police on June 19, 2018.

    Fugitive Charged With Molesting Young Girls in Ventura County Is Captured After 18 Years on the Run

    A man who was on the run for nearly two decades after being charged with molesting girls as young as six years old in Ventura County has been found by authorities and arrested in Maryland, the Thousand Oaks Police Department said Tuesday. In April 2000, Julio Anaya posted $250,000 bail a month after appearing in court to face felony charges, police said. He was accused of molesting five girls between 6 to 11 years old. But after posting bail, he […]

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    Newport Beach Doctor Who Sent ‘Sexually Motivated’ Texts to High School Cheerleaders Is Charged: DA

    A doctor in Newport Beach is facing charges after he was accused of sending “sexually motivated” text messages to cheerleaders at a high school where he volunteered, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release Tuesday. The DA’s office has not provided a more specific description of those messages or said whether graphic images are involved. Charged with two misdemeanor counts of child annoyance, 51-year-old David Haller faces a maximum sentence of two years in county jail […]

  • Police respond to the scene in a Corona neighborhood where two people were found dead inside a home on June 18, 2018. (Credit: Loudlabs)

    2 People Shot Dead Inside Corona Home; No Outstanding Suspect: Police

    Police are investigating after two people were found dead inside a home in Corona Monday afternoon, authorities said. Someone called police to report that shots were fired inside a residence in the 400 block of Roosevelt Street just before 3:30 p.m., the Corona Police Department said in a news release. Both the victims discovered there were men, officials said. Seven to nine other people who were inside the house at the time were cleared, said Corona Police Lt. Paul Mercado. No suspects […]

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    27-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 365 Days in Jail, 3 Years Probation After Fatally Shooting His Friend in Norwalk

    A 27-year-old man pleaded guilty on Monday to fatally shooting his friend while showing him a rifle in Norwalk earlier this year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. David Kirk Vergara has been convicted of one felony count of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced to 365 days in jail and three years of formal probation, the DA’s office said. The deadly shooting happened on Jan. 28., when Vergara was hanging out with his friend David Bernal at a home in Norwalk, […]

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    Man Convicted After Stabbing Ex-Girlfriend In Front of Their Son at Her West Covina Home

    A man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend after breaking into her West Covina home — stabbing her repeatedly in front of their son — pleaded no contest to attempted murder and other charges on Monday, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Eduardo Marin was convicted after also pleading no contest to counts of assault with a deadly weapon, first-degree burglary and cruelty to a child by endangering health. On the night of Oct. 13, 2016, Marin broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home and […]

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    LAPD Detectives Seek Tips in Deadly Stabbing Investigation in North Hollywood

    Just hours after a 25-year-old man was stabbed to death in North Hollywood early Monday morning, detectives with the Los Angeles Police Department are seeking the public’s help in identifying the killer. Police responded to a call about a stabbing near the intersection of Magnolia Boulevard and Tujunga Avenue at around 2:50 a.m., LAPD officials said. There, officers discovered a man bleeding from his upper torso while lying in a grassy area. Once paramedics arrived, the man was rushed to a […]

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    Former CHP Officer in Lancaster Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail for Possessing Hundreds of Images of Child Porn

    A former California Highway Patrol officer was sentenced to 180 days in jail on Friday for possessing more than 600 images of child pornography, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Robert Tamayo, 38, was also ordered to service five years of probation, register as a lifetime sex offender and complete a counseling program for sex offenders, the DA’s office said. He pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child porn on May 15. Tamayo was a CHP officer at […]

  • During an interview on June 14, 2018, Maria Gonzalez displays bruises left on her face after being struck by a hit and run driver in Santa Ana. (Credit: KTLA)

    Victim Calls for Perpetrator to Come Forward as Police Release Video of Santa Ana Hit-and-Run

    Video showing the moment a van struck a woman walking across the street in Santa Ana was released by police on Thursday as the search for the hit-and-run driver continues. The victim, Maria Gonzalez, was in the crosswalk when a white van driving east on McFadden Avenue struck her and slammed her to the ground as he turned right onto Orange Avenue just after 2 p.m. on June 7, police said in a news release. According to Gonzales, she still […]

  • Robert Blackburn, 53, is seen in a booking photo released by the Ventura County Sheriff's Office on June 14, 2018.

    Suspected Drug Dealer Arrested After 26-Year-Old Woman Dies From Overdose in Thousand Oaks

    A man who authorities believe sold drugs to a 26-year-old woman who died from an overdose in Thousand Oaks in late April has been arrested, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday. Robert Blackburn, 53, was arrested on May 22 — nearly a month after the death of Lyndsay Binkowski. On April 24, Binkowski was found unresponsive at her home by family members, authorities said. After being rushed to Los Robles Hospital in critical condition, she was found to have fentanyl transdermal […]