Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • An area of Highway 39 north of Azusa is seen in an undated image from Google Maps.

    Man Found Fatally Shot Inside BMW Along Highway 39 North of Azusa

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were called Friday morning to a vehicle along Highway 39 in an area north of Azusa, where they found a man inside a black BMW suffering from a fatal gunshot wound. They were called to the scene at 9:48 a.m. after a forestry firefighter came across the car in a turnout on the highway, according to L.A. County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Mark Skaggs of the San Dimas station. Authorities are looking at some shell casings […]

  • Police officers stand guard at John C. Fremont High School in the Florence neighborhood of the South L.A. area after multiple fights were reported at the campus on Nov. 12, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Police, Paramedics Respond to Fremont High School in South L.A. Area Amid Reports of Fights

    Multiple fights were reported Tuesday at John C. Fremont High School in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles, drawing a major police response and multiple ambulances. No injuries were reported by the Los Angeles Police Department as authorities responded just before noon. LAPD Officer Rosario Cervantes said rocks and bottles were thrown in altercations at the campus, located at 7676 San Pedro Street. Authorities later said a group of girls were fighting and the conflict grew from there. Sky5 […]

  • Fundraiser Launched for Pregnant Wife of Huntington Beach Hiker Found Dead in Eastern Sierra

    The wife of a Huntington Beach man found dead after going on a hike in the Inyo National Forest is pregnant with their first child, according to a fundraising page launched Friday. The remains of Alan Stringer, 40, were found on a glacier in the Eastern Sierra beneath Mount Darwin around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the Inyo County Sheriff’s Office said. He was reported missing Monday evening after he went for a hike Sunday and never returned. “A good friend of […]

  • Three men appear in surveillance video breaking into a Macy's store in Santa Ana on Nov. 8, 2019. (Credit: Santa Ana Police Department)

    Video Released of Burglary at Santa Ana Macy’s Store in Search for 3 Suspects

    The Santa Ana Police Department released video Friday of a burglary at a Macy’s store in Santa Ana in its search for three suspects. They are all described as men who were wearing hoodies and possibly bandanas covering their faces as they broke into the department store about 7:53 p.m. on Thursday, according to police. Surveillance video shows them rummaging through glass cases in the store’s fragrance section, carrying black duffel bags as they ran out of the store. A […]

  • Five people were killed after a fire tore through this building in the Westlake district of Los Angeles on June 13, 2016. (Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

    Man Sentenced to Life Without Parole for Murdering 5 People in Westlake Building Fire

    A 25-year-old man convicted of killing five people by setting fire to a vacant building in the Westlake district was sentenced to prison without the possibility of parole Friday, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Johnny Josue Sanchez was found guilty of five counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder last November, with special allegations of multiple murders and arson murder also found true, prosecutors said. Prosecutors have described Sanchez as a transient who set […]

  • An Upland home was gutted after plane crashed into it and caught fire on Nov. 7, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Pilot Dies After Single-Engine Plane Crashes Into Upland Home and Sets It Ablaze

    A pilot died after crashing a single-engine plane into a home in Upland, setting it ablaze Thursday morning as two people inside managed to escape unharmed, authorities said. The plane was leaving Cable Airport in Upland when it collided into the house, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. At 10:56 a.m., authorities were called to a fire at the home, located in the 1200 block of West Overland Court, according to fire officials and police. Firefighters managed to get the […]

  • A gavel is seen in a courtroom in this file photo. (Credit: iStock / Getty Images Plus)

    Man Admits to Murder in South L.A. Home Invasion; Victim Was Left Bedridden 5 Years Until He Died

    A man who bound and gagged a robbery victim during a home invasion in South Los Angeles pleaded no contest to second-degree murder Wednesday. The victim, Harvey Sumpter, was 80 years old when he died five years after the Aug. 13, 2005, incident. The attack left him with injuries that kept him bedridden until his death on Feb. 19, 2010, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Harry Leon Neely Jr., 45, is expected to be sentenced to […]

  • This image of a man suspected of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old in the South L.A. community of Willowbrook on Nov. 5, 2019, was released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department the same day.

    Authorities Seek Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping of 14-Year-Old in Willowbrook

    Update: Authorities on Thursday said that the teen in this incident fabricated the that a man tried to kidnap her. An update can be found here. Authorities are searching for a man accused of trying to kidnap a 14-year-old in the South Los Angeles community of Willowbrook on Tuesday. The teenager was walking northbound along Willowbrook Avenue near East 120th Street when the man tried to pull the victim into an apartment complex around 6:20 a.m., according to the Los […]

  • From left to right: Omar Awaida, 3, appears in a photo with his parents Joseph and Raihan Awaida. The image was provided to KTLA.

    Cal State Long Beach Remembers Family of 3 Killed in Suspected DUI Crash While Trick-or-Treating

    A mother, father and their three-year-old son were remembered during a vigil held at Cal State Long Beach Tuesday evening, less than a week after they were struck by a suspected DUI driver on Halloween night. The family of three was returning home from trick-or-treating and walking along a sidewalk when they were hit by a 22-year-old man suspected of driving under the influence, according to police. They all eventually died from their injuries — each a day apart. On […]

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