Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • Charleo Egland is seen speaking to KTLA on July 22, 2018, a day after she says her cousin led LAPD on a pursuit that ended in a deadly standoff at a Trader Joe's grocery store in Silver Lake. (Credit: KTLA)

    ‘I Can’t Believe He Did It’: Family of Suspect in Deadly Silver Lake Trader Joe’s Shootout Speaks Out

    The family of a man accused of leading police on a chase and deadly shootout outside a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s, before taking dozens of people in the store hostage, spoke out on Sunday. According to police, 28-year-old Gene Atkins took more than 40 customers and employees hostage at the grocery store on Hyperion Avenue on Saturday afternoon. Police would later confirm a store manager died in the shootout with police, while Atkin’s grandmother was initially left in critical condition […]

  • Pictured is a block in Riverside where an officer-involved shooting at around 1 a.m. on July 22, 2018, left a man in critical condition. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Man Critically Injured in Officer-Involved Shooting Just Outside UC Riverside Campus

    A man was left in critical condition after he got into an officer-involved shooting just outside the UC Riverside campus during the early morning hours Sunday, police said. Just before 1 a.m., police received a call about gunshots being heard in the 600 block of West Blaine Street, which is located in a neighborhood behind the UC Riverside campus, according to police. A student worker also called police about hearing shots fired. Once officers arrived to the scene, they saw […]

  • Police are seen outside a Silver Lake Trader Joe's store, where a possible hostage situation was reported on July 21, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Woman Killed in Standoff at Silver Lake Trader Joe’s; Others Injured, Suspect Arrested

    The 28-year-old armed man who ran into a Silver Lake Trader Joe’s after a shoot-out with police surrendered to officers at the scene Saturday — ending an hourslong standoff that left one woman dead, two other women injured with gunshot wounds and another six people taken to the hospital. People inside the grocery store were faced with gunfire and a scene of chaos earlier in the afternoon, when the suspect entered the store just after 3 p.m. He allegedly held multiple […]

  • The Skyline Fire burns near Corona on July 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    Evacuations Lifted in Corona After 250-Acre Skyline Fire Reaches 30% Containment

    With the 250-acre Skyline Fire in Corona reaching 30 percent containment by Friday evening, authorities lifted mandatory evacuations in the area. Evacuations orders for the communities of Mabey Canyon and Orchard Glen were lifted by 3 p.m., fire officials said. Many residents had been told to leave the area the night before as the fast-moving wildfire blazed through more than 200 acres. By 7 p.m. on Friday, fire officials said it was 30 percent contained. They said the fire is […]

  • Daniel Gutierrez, 39, is seen in a photo provided by CHP on July 20, 2018. He was killed in a crash along the 60 Freeway just 10 days earlier.

    $5K Reward Offered in Search for Big Rig Driver After 60 Freeway Crash Kills Riverside Father

    When a big rig collided with a car while changing lanes, it sent off a series of crashes resulting in the death of a Riverside father who was driving his motorcycle along the 60 Freeway on his way home from work earlier this month. But the driver of that big rig never stopped, and on Friday, the victim’s family made an emotional plea for the public’s help in finding him or her — with the offer of a $5,000 reward. […]

  • The area of Montecito near where a man was fatally struck by an Amtrak train on July 19, 2018, is seen here. (Credit: Google Maps)

    50-Year-Old Man Fatally Hit by Amtrak Train in Montecito ID’d by Authorities

    The man who fatally struck by an Amtrak train traveling through Montecito was identified by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office on Friday as a 50-year-old Santa Barbara man. Rogelio Perez was hit by the train just east of Olive Mill Road at around 6:45 a.m. on Thursday, officials said. The Sheriff’s Office said his death has been ruled an accident. The train was traveling northbound when its engineer noticed a man walking along the side of the tracks, officials said. He […]

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    After 4 Heat-Related Deaths in Riverside County, Health Officials Tells Residents to Take Precautions

    After the deaths of four people in Riverside County earlier this month, all of which are believed to be heat-related, health officials are telling local residents to take extra precautions. With triple-digit temperatures seen in the county this summer, four people died in the month of July alone, health officials said. The area is currently under an excessive heath watch from July 24 to 25, according to the National Weather Service. The ages of the victims range from 37 to […]

  • Investigators look through the scene of a robbery in Atwater Village on July 19, 2018. (Credit: KTLA)

    2 Suspects in Custody After String of Armed Street Robberies, Including in Atwater Village

    A string of armed street robberies — targeting at least five victims — resulted in the arrest of two suspects in Atwater Village on Thursday, authorities said. About 11:45 a.m., police officers responded to a call about a robbery near Atwater Avenue and Fletcher Drive in Atwater Village, Los Angeles Police Department Officer Jeff Lee said. Investigators later learned the suspect was in the process of doing street robberies and had targeted at least five different victims during four separate incidents, […]

  • A truck dumps thousands of guns for melting in Rancho Cucamonga. (Credit: KTLA)

    Thousands of Guns Melted Down in Rancho Cucamonga Will Help Create 6-Story Angel Statues

    More than 3,500 guns, many of which obtained during criminal investigations and probation seizures, are being melted down in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday to be used for infrastructure such as buildings and bridges as well as toward a sculpture project promoting peace. For this year’s 25th annual gun destruction project, some of the metal will be used to cast massive angel statues as part of the Peace Angels Project, an ongoing sculpture series that melts down street weapons to turn them […]