Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • From left to right, John Titow, 59, and Leonard Martinez, 32, are seen in booking photos released by Riverside police on Aug. 17, 2018.

    Second Suspect Arrested After Child Prostitution Is Reported at Riverside Adult Store: Police

    Another man who authorities believe was involved in prostituting a child in Riverside has been arrested, police said Friday. Leonard Martinez Jr., 32, was found and arrested in an unincorporated area of Mira Loma on Thursday, police said. He was tracked down through an investigation into the alleged prostitution of a girl under 16, according to a statement by Riverside police. Detectives started looking into the reported crime on July 7. On that day, police got a call about a […]

  • The sketch of a suspect believed to be involved in an armed robbery in El Monte on Aug. 15, 2018, was released by the El Monte Police Department on Aug. 16, 2018.

    2 Men Try Posing as Officers While Robbing Woman at Gunpoint in El Monte: Police

    A sketch of one of two men suspected of robbing a woman at gunpoint in El Monte — while attempting to pose as officers — was released by police on Thursday. They managed to steal about $600 in possessions and money from the woman, robbing her while pointing a handgun at her just after 1 a.m. on Wednesday, police said. Despite trying to pose as police, the men were actually driving an unmarked Toyota truck at the time and the woman didn’t […]

  • Fred Taft, 57, was shot dead inside a restroom at a park in Long Beach on July 21, 2018. His family believes it was a racially motivated hate crime. (Credit: David Malonson)

    Long Beach Police Seek Public’s Help Solving Black Man’s Killing, Which Some Believe Was a Hate Crime

    The killing of a 57-year-old man at a park in Long Beach, believed by his family and others to be a hate crime, is still being investigated as detectives called for the public’s help solving the crime on Thursday. While celebrating a family reunion at Pan American Park, Fred Taft left to use the restroom on July 21, his family perviously told KTLA. Still inside the bathroom, he was shot in the back moments later by a suspect who police have […]

  • High surf pounds the Los Angeles County coast in this file photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Beachgoers Warned of Dangerous Rip Currents, Higher Surf Across Ventura, L.A. and O.C. Coastlines

    Strong rip currents and bigger waves are expected to hit beaches across Ventura, Los Angeles and Orange counties through Friday evening, as forecasters warn swimmers of increased drowning dangers. Higher surf conditions and potentially dangerous currents will rip across the SoCal coastline, according to the National Weather Service. While waves are expected to be a little bigger than usual, forecasters are most concerned with the threats of strong currents — issuing beach hazards statements in all three counties. “There is an […]

  • The parking lot along Central Avenue in Chino where a dead body was found on Aug. 16, 2018, is seen here. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Dead Body of Man Found Inside Trailer at Chino Parking Lot

    After police received a call about a strong odor and flies just outside a trailer in Chino, officers found a dead body inside the vehicle Thursday afternoon. The body was found after officers got a call about 12:25 p.m., Tarrin Olden, a police spokesperson said. Police do not currently suspect foul play and the man’s cause of death is not known. Upon arriving to the parking lot, located just outside an Albertson’s grocery store along Central Avenue, police officers went […]

  • Anthony Vargas is seen in an image posted at a memorial in East Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 2018.

    21-Year-Old Fatally Shot by Deputies Responding to Robbery in East L.A. Was Armed, Sheriff’s Department Alleges

    A 21-year-old man who was fatally shot by deputies responding to a robbery in East L.A. was armed when he got into a fight with them, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said Monday. The family of Anthony Vargas has been adamant he was not involved in criminal activity nor part of the robbery authorities responded to around 2 a.m. Sunday. “He will not go down as this criminal out on the streets,” Vargas’ mother, Lisa, said hours after learning […]

  • Ex-L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy Pleads Guilty to Helping Smuggle Meth, Cocaine and Weed for Payments as High as $250K

    A former deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to smuggle drugs across state lines for payments as high as $250,000, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Kenneth Collins, a former deputy sheriff who lives in Chino, promised his co-conspirators he would use his position as a law enforcement officer to move massive amounts of methamphetamine, cocaine and marijuana securely and without detection, the DOJ said. An FBI sting led to his arrest […]

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    Man Serving 25-Year Terrorism Sentence Gets Another 20 Years For Trying to Kill Victorville Prison Warden

    A man serving a 25-year sentence for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism against the United States was sentenced to another 20 years Monday after trying to kill a Victorville prison warden with a homemade shank, the U.S. Department of Justice said. During a hearing on Monday, Fazliddin Kurbanov admitted to using a shank he made himself to try slitting the throat of the warden at the Federal Correctional Institute-II two years earlier, federal prosecutors said. The admission was made as […]

  • Anthony Vargas is seen in an image posted at a memorial in East Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 2018.

    Man Killed in East L.A. Deputy-Involved Shooting After Robbery Call; Search Underway for 2 Suspects: LASD

    After a man died in a deputy-involved shooting in East L.A. early Sunday morning, his family said they are thinking about hiring an attorney in a search for answers about his death. The man — identified by family members as 21-year-old Anthony Vargas — was struck by gunfire shortly after 2 a.m. in a housing complex located on the corner of North Mednik Avenue and Floral Drive, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Authorities […]