Wes Woods II is a digital news producer at KTLA in Los Angeles. Before joining KTLA, Wes worked as a breaking news reporter at the Los Angeles Daily News.

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  • A woman is shown being hosed off by a man wearing a Los Angeles Fire Department hat on May 25, 2018, in Studio City. (Credit: Christina Pascucci/KTLA)

    2 Men Wanted in Pepper Spray Robbery of Studio City Jewelry Store Where Owner Fired Handgun

    Two men doused a Studio City jewelry store in pepper spray in a robbery attempt on Friday before an employee was able to ward them off by firing a handgun, authorities said. But several of the shop’s patrons were harmed when the incident unfolded around 2:40 p.m. inside Dana Kathryn Jewelry, in the 12600 block of Ventura Boulevard, said Los Angeles Police Department Officer Tony Im. Footage from the scene showed paramedics racing to wash industrial-strength pepper spray off women who […]

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

    L.A. Man Sentenced to 170 Years to Life for Killing His Friend, Shooting Nephew

    A 51-year-old Los Angeles man who was found to have fatally shot his friend and separately shot his nephew in South Los Angeles was sentenced on Friday to 170 years to life, authorities announced. Floyd Odell was sentenced to state prison after a jury found him guilty on April 17, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Odell shot Charles Wilson multiple times before he died on May 18, 2015 in the victim’s home at the 700 […]

  • A robbery suspect in West Hollywood is shown in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on May 23, 2018.

    Authorities Seek to ID Assailant Caught on Video Punching Man, Stealing His Cellphone at Best Buy in West Hollywood

    Police are hoping to identify the perpetrator after a man was caught on surveillance video punching another man from behind and stealing his cellphone inside of a Best Buy in West Hollywood, authorities said Thursday. The robbery occurred around 7:50 p.m. Monday inside the Best Buy at the West Hollywood Gateway, on the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The assailant was seen pacing throughout the […]

  • Capt. Bill Monahan gives Hunter a kiss at the search dog's farewell picnic in Fullerton on May 25, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    L.A. County Fire Rescue Dog Being Put Down Receives Hero’s Farewell After Long Career Saving Lives

    Hunter, a longtime L.A. County Fire Department rescue dog who has helped find numerous people in disasters in California and abroad, was honored on Thursday with a hero’s farewell. Hours later, Hunter was put down. He was terminally ill with acute kidney failure and experiencing seizures and in a lot of pain, his family said. His partner of many years, fire Capt. Bill Monahan, choked up as he described Hunter’s service as a live-find search dog. “He made his mark,” Monahan […]

  • Dale Brewster is shown in a booking photo released by the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office on May 24, 2018.

    Arizona Man Convicted of Murder of 39-Year-Old Phelan Man Found Buried in the Desert

    A 47-year-old Arizona man was recently convicted in the killing of a Phelan man who was beaten, tied up, had duct taped placed over his mouth, and was ultimately strangled and buried in the desert, authorities said Thursday. A jury on May 11 found Dale Brewster guilty of first-degree murder in the 2015 death of 39-year-old Allan Godfrey Jr., the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement. Godfrey had lived in a trailer on Brewster’s property in Phelan, […]

  • A man wanted in connection with grand thefts from Target stores in Southern California is shown in side-by-side photos released by the Los Angeles Police Department on May 21, 2018.

    Police Seek to ID Man Who’s Stolen $25K Worth of Home Electronics From More Than 30 Target Stores Across SoCal

    Police are hoping to identify a man caught on surveillance video committing theft at more than 30 Target stores throughout three Southern California counties, authorities said Monday. The man is accused of stealing approximately $25,000 worth of merchandise in the form of Dyson and iRobot vacuums and Nest products such as thermostats and smoke detectors, according to Detective Joseph Hampton with the Los Angeles Police Department. He’s targeted locations in Ventura, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, Hampton said. In one surveillance […]

  • A neighborhood of apparently single-family homes in seen in the block of Tustin where a woman's dead body was found by police as they were trying to contact her about a man involved in a deadly crash earlier that day on March 29, 2018. (Credit: Google Maps)

    75-Year-Old Driver Arrested After Fatally Striking Pedestrian During Suicide Attempt: Tustin Police

    A 75-year-old man has been arrested after a Tustin police investigation found he deliberately turned his car off the road in a suicide attempt that ended up killing a pedestrian, authorities said Monday. Jian Qiao of Tustin was arrested May 16 on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter in connection with the March 29 crash and pedestrian death, the Tustin Police Department said in a statement. Qiao is accused of deliberately turning his BMW from Newport Avenue into the wall of a […]

  • Jared Black is shown in an undated photo released on May 18, 2018. (Credit: CNN)

    SoCal Family, Friends Mourn Jared Black, 17-Year-Old Victim in Texas School Shooting

    Jared Black, who was killed in a shooting rampage at a Texas high school, is being mourned in Southern California, where he has friends and family. Jared turned 17  just three days before the shooting, and had planned to celebrate with a birthday party Saturday, according to his stepmother Damita Kilgore. He was among the 10 killed at Santa Fe High School, southeast of Houston, on Friday. At least 13 others were wounded. “It’s hard,” said Nick Black, Jared’s brother, […]

  • Fire officials speak with a man involved in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Irvine on May 16, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Suspected DUI Driver Crashes Into Family on Foot in Irvine, Leaving Woman Dead, 3 Others Injured: Police

    A woman was dead and three of her family members were injured after an allegedly intoxicated driver crashed into them as they were on foot in Irvine Wednesday night, authorities said. The crash was reported just before 8 p.m. near the intersection of Ridgeline and Turtle Rock drives, said Capt. Tony Bommarito with the Orange County Fire Authority. It’s unclear what led to the crash, but Bommarito said the vehicle had gone over the side of the road. A 45-year-old […]