Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • 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 […]

  • Suspect Roberto Ocampo, left, and victim Neri Ramirez Chalo are seen in photos released Nov. 4, 2019, by the Los Angeles Police Department.

    Suspected Hit-and-Run Driver, 21, Sought in Alleged Street-Racing Crash That Killed Pedestrian in Van Nuys

    The Los Angeles Police Department on Monday urged a 21-year-old man accused of fatally striking a pedestrian in Van Nuys to come forward as authorities revealed he was allegedly engaged in illegal street racing. Two white cars were speeding northbound down Sepulveda Boulevard around 10:30 p.m. Friday when one of them slammed into a pedestrian crossing eastbound on Sepulveda, just south of Hatteras Street , according to LAPD. The victim, 22-year-old Neri Ramirez Chalo, appeared to see the cars just […]

  • A police tape is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Man Found Fatally Shot Inside Illegal Weed Grow in Anza: Sheriff

    Deputies found a man fatally shot inside a suspected illegal weed grow in Anza, authorities said Monday. They responded Sunday morning to a shooting at a home located in the 39000 block of El Toro Road, which was later “deemed an illegal marijuana cultivation site,” according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was dead by the time deputies arrived just after 7:30 a.m., authorities said. A homicide investigation has since been launched. The sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication Team responded […]

  • William Calderon, 37, was fatally shot in Riverside on Sept. 1, 2019. This photo was released by the Riverside Police Department on Nov. 4, 2019.

    Riverside Police Seek Tips in Unsolved Killing of Neighborhood Handyman

    Riverside police on Monday urged anyone with information about the unsolved killing of a neighborhood handyman to come forward. William Calderon was a husband and father from Moreno Valley found shot to death on Sept. 1 inside the driver’s seat of a vehicle in the 7400 block of El Sol Way in Riverside, according to police. Officers responded about 9:44 p.m. the area, a cul-de-sac in the Casa Blanca neighborhood just 4 miles from downtown Riverside. Calderon, 37, has no […]

  • A police tape is seen in this file photo. (Credit: Getty Images)

    Death of BASE Jumper in Riverside Quarry Described by Authorities as ‘Suspicious’

    The death of a BASE jumper whose body was found Sunday morning in the Riverside Quarry has been described by authorities as “suspicious.” Deputies were called at 7:23 a.m. to the quarry near Sierra Avenue and 30th Street, where the man’s body had apparently been overnight, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mike Vasquez. Investigators believe he died sometime the night before, after jumping off some sort of base. His body was still in the quarry an hour after […]

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