Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.

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  • A parking structure located in the 500 block of East Harbor Boulevard appears in this image from Google Maps.

    Man Shot to Death in Ventura; Possible Suspects Lead Officers on Pursuit

    Three people were detained Saturday after a fatal shooting in Ventura led to California Highway Patrol officers chasing a vehicle believed to be involved, authorities said. The shooting was reported to authorities at 2:43 a.m. on the top level of a parking structure along the beach in downtown Ventura, located in the 500 block of East Harbor Boulevard, according to police. Responding officers found a male victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim, whose age has not been released […]

  • Oxnard Street School in North Hollywood appears in this undated photo. (Credit: KTLA)

    Former North Hollywood Teacher Assistant Admits to Sexually Abusing Students

    A former North Hollywood teacher assistant admitted Friday to sexually abusing students at the elementary school where he worked, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Lino Cabrera, 27, pleaded no contest to charges including continuous sexual abuse and lewd act upon a child under 14 and four misdemeanor counts of child molestation. Cabrera worked in the computer lab at Oxnard Elementary School when he was charged with inappropriately touching 10- and 11-year-old girls. The crimes spanned from […]

  • A GoFundMe page was established for Ximena Meza, who was shot and killed Oct. 22, 2014.

    2 Men Sentenced to 55 Years to Life for Shooting 9-Year-Old Girl to Death in Anaheim

    Two men were sentenced Friday to 55 years to life in prison for shooting a 9-year-old girl in the chest, killing her as she played with friends in front of her apartment complex in Anaheim, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Ximena Meza was shot in the chest by gang cross-fire in the the 2300 block of West Greenacre Avenue on Oct. 22, 2014. In May 2019, Alfredo Aquino, 24, of Anaheim and Ricardo Cruz, 23, of Buena […]

  • Anthony Iniguez appears in a photo his mother provided to KTLA. He was shot to death in Harbor City on June 17, 2017.

    ‘Your Heart Can Never Be Fixed’: Mother Begs for Help Finding Her Son’s Killer in Harbor City

    The mother of a 20-year-old man shot to death while bicycling in Harbor City nearly three years ago pleaded for help Thursday finding her son’s killer. With the offer of a $10,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest and conviction, his mother is begging for anyone with information to come forward. She said that since the killing, she cries daily as she struggles with a seemingly endless pain. “My life has completely changed. It is not the same — […]

  • Los Angeles Police Department Robbery-Homicide Division Detective Ysabel Villegas, left, and Central Division Senior Lead Officer Danny Reedy, right, are seen in undated photos. (Credit: @LAPDCentral on Twitter/@LAPDOCB on Twitter)

    Retired LAPD Officer Charged With Assaulting and Using Revenge Porn Against Fellow Officer

    Prosecutors charged a Los Angeles Police Department officer with extortion and assault against a fellow officer months after she sued the force over allegedly ignoring her reports of revenge porn and other abuse. Detective Ysabel Villegas accused retired Officer Danny Lee Reedy of rape, physical assault and other violence over the course of their on-off relationship between 2013 and 2017. In March 2019, she sued the department over failing to address her reports of the abuse — among them the […]

  • A still from a cellphone video provided to KTLA shows a man brandishing a firearm outside the Surfside bar in Venice.

    Man Who Shot and Critically Wounded Bar Patron in Venice Beach Gets 20 Years in Prison

    Prosecutors announced Wednesday that a man charged with shooting and critically wounding a bar patron in Venice Beach was sentenced to 20 years in state prison. Robert Leo Mewhorter, who authorities describe as a 48-year-old transient, pleaded no contest to attempted murder on Jan. 10. He admitted to firing a handgun at the victim following an argument on March 7, 2018, at the now-closed Surfside bar located at 23 Windward Ave. along the highly trafficked Venice boardwalk. Prosecutors later said […]

  • Frankie's Smoke Shop in Victorville appears in an undated image from Google Maps.

    Teenage Boy Among 4 Accused of Robbing Victorville Smoke Shop at Gunpoint

    Three men and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbing a smoke shop in Victorville at gunpoint, authorities said Wednesday. Three of the suspects are accused of going into Frankie’s Smoke Shop, located on Village Drive, and demanding money from employees while holding them at gunpoint last week, according to the Victorville Police Department. Officials said they entered the store around 6:40 p.m. on Jan. 8. Police have not said how much money they stole but they managed […]

  • Edward John "Jay" Castaldi appears in a photo released by the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department on Jan. 15, 2020.

    Big Bear Lake Man Charged With Sex Crimes Against Teens; Other Potential Victims Sought

    Detectives are searching for other possible victims of a Big Bear Lake man who has been charged with a series of sex crimes against teenage boys, authorities said Wednesday. Edward John “Jay” Castaldi was arrested earlier this month after being accused of sexually assaulting two teenagers who were 14 years old at the time, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. Since then, another underage boy has accused him of sexual abuse. Castaldi, 50, was driving near North Bufflehead […]

  • The 16000 block of Pebble Beach Drive in Victorville appears in this image from Google Maps.

    Detectives Investigate Fatal Shooting of 27-Year-Old Man in Victorville

    Homicide detectives are investigating the fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man who was gunned down in Victorville on Christmas Eve, authorities said Thursday. Deputies responded to multiple calls about gunfire in the 16000 block of Pebble Beach Drive at 1:11 a.m. Tuesday, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. There, they found Richard Ambriz unresponsive and lying face down in the street, sheriff’s officials said. He was suffering from gunshot wounds when deputies arrived and was pronounced dead at […]

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