Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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    Beverly Hills Man Sentenced to 14 Years for Embezzling $2.4 Million from Company Where He Was an Exec

    A former executive at a wall art reproduction company in El Segundo was sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison for embezzling $2.4 million from the business, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday. Adam Reed Zucker of Beverly Hills embezzled the money from Artissimo Designs through fraudulent licensing agreements he made while working as the company’s executive vice president for sports licensing, according to prosecutors. On Aug. 27, he pleaded no contest to 35 felony […]

  • From left to right: Carlos Castaneda, 35; Tommy Antonio Navarette, 19; and Salvador Duran Castaneda, 72, are seen in undated booking photos. (Credit: Orange County District Attorney's Office)

    2 Eastside Buena Park Gang Members, 1 Other Suspect Charged in Connection With Fullerton Killing: DA

    Following a five-month investigation, two Eastside Buena Park gang members and another suspect have been arrested and charged in connection with a gang-related killing in Fullerton, authorities said Tuesday. Two of the suspects — Carlos Castaneda, 35, of Buena Park and Tommy Antonio Navarette, 19, of Anaheim — are facing murder and street terrorism charges, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. They allegedly committed the crime as part of their activities in the Eastside Buena Park gang, according […]

  • The 300 block of East Nugent Street in Lancaster is seen in a Google Maps Street view image on March 16, 2019.

    Man Stabbed to Death in Lancaster Domestic Dispute Identified by Coroner

    A man who authorities say was stabbed to death in a domestic dispute in Lancaster last week was identified by coroner’s officials Sunday. Lawrence Calvin George died from stabbing wounds he sustained in an altercation at a home located in the 300 block of East Nugent Street on Thursday, authorities said. Officers responded to the scene just after 4 p.m. George, 41, of Lancaster was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital about 1:50 a.m. on Saturday, according to authorities. He […]

  • The area of Ventura where a 14-year-old boy was struck by a hit-and-run driver on March 16, 2019, is seen in this undated image. (Credit: Google Maps)

    Driver Sought After 14-Year-Old Skateboarder Struck, Injured in Ventura Hit-and-Run

    A 14-year-old boy riding a skateboard was struck by a vehicle that fled the scene in Ventura Saturday night, leaving him injured as police continue searching for the driver, authorities said. A 911 call about the hit-and-run in the 10900 block of Darling Road came in at 10:16 p.m., according to a Ventura Police Department news release. The teenage victim was found suffering from moderate injuries not believed to be life-threatening. He was treated by first responders at the scene […]

  • Shoppers leave Westfield Century City after reports of a man with a gun at the mall on March 15, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)

    Century City Mall Reopens After ‘Suspicious Package’ Deemed Safe, No Gunman Found

    The Westfield Century City shopping center has reopened following an evacuation triggered by a suspicious package later deemed safe and reports of a gunman who was never found Friday afternoon, authorities said. Despite initial reports of an armed man, LAPD officials later said they were responding to a package inside the Amazon store. Authorities have since said there was no evidence of an active shooter, no injuries have been reported and the package was inspected and determined to not be […]

  • This still from animated footage released by Los Angeles International Airport shows what a train shuttling in and out of the airport will look like upon its expected completion in 2023.

    New LAX Train Would Bring Passengers Directly to Terminals, Officials Say at Groundbreaking

    A new train would carry passengers from L.A. Metro lines directly to terminals at Los Angeles International Airport, easing traffic at an airport considered one of the busiest in the world, officials said during a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday. Dubbed the “Automated People Mover,” the transit system is expected to be complete by 2023 and would allow the roughly 10,000 people coming in and out of LAX each day to avoid sitting in heavily congested arriving and departing lines, officials said. […]

  • The area of the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu near where a man was found dead on March 11, 2019, is seen in this undated image from Google Maps.

    Homicide Detectives Investigating After Homeless Man Found Shot Dead in Malibu, Authorities Say

    Homicide detectives are investigating after a man was found shot dead in Malibu earlier this week, authorities said Thursday. Miguel Ernesto Guardado Jr., 42, was found in the 25600 block of the Pacific Coast Highway just after 4 p.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. He was pronounced dead at the scene after deputies responded to the scene. Guardado is believed to be homeless, coroner’s officials said. The death has been ruled a homicide since […]

  • Jesse Perez Torres and Norma Lopez are seen in file photos from KTLA.

    Man Convicted in 2010 Kidnapping, Slaying of 17-Year-Old Girl That Shook Community of Moreno Valley

    The man accused of kidnapping and killing a 17-year-old girl in Moreno Valley was found guilty of murder Wednesday, nearly a decade after the crime shook the small Riverside County community. It took more than a year for authorities to arrest Jesse Perez Torres after he abducted Norma Lopez as she walked from summer school to a friend’s home on July 15, 2010. Five days after she disappeared, her decomposed body was found in a dirt field just two miles […]

  • Flames from the Thomas Fire burn in the hills above homes in Montecito on Dec. 11, 2017. Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the area on Dec. 16, 2017. (Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

    SoCal Edison Power Lines Hit by Winds Caused Deadly Thomas Fire, Investigators Say

    Southern California Edison-owned power lines hit by high winds caused the deadly Thomas Fire that tore through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties in late 2017, authorities said Wednesday. The wildfire broke out on Dec. 4, 2017 before burning through more than 280,000 acres, killing two people and destroying hundreds of homes over the course of 40 days. In Santa Barbara County, areas left scorched by wildfire were overrun with mudslides weeks later that killed 21 people in the affluent neighborhood […]

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