Marissa Wenzke is a digital news producer at KTLA.


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  • 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 […]

  • A man suspected of ransacking a Beverly Hills synagogue is seen on surveillance video on Dec. 14, 2019. (Credit: Beverly Hills police)

    Man Pleads Not Guilty to Vandalizing Beverly Hills Synagogue in Suspected Hate Crime: Police

    A man accused of vandalizing a Beverly Hills synagogue earlier this month in a suspected hate crime pleaded not guilty to charges Monday, according to police. Anton Nathaniel Redding, 24, was charged with breaking into Nessah Synagogue and ransacking the building, leaving furniture flipped over and damaging Jewish relics and holy books, according to police and prosecutors. Redding, a resident of Millersville, Pennsylvania, pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of vandalism of religious property and second-degree burglary, in […]

  • Andrew Temple appears in a booking photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Dec. 22, 2019.

    Temecula Man, 28, Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Another Man

    Authorities arrested a 28-year-old Temecula man suspected of killing another man on Saturday, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Andrew Temple was taken into custody the same day sheriff’s deputies found David Deschepper, 34, unresponsive in the 41000 block of Moreno Road in Temecula, authorities said. They were called to the area around 2 a.m. about a reported assault with a deadly weapon. First responders tried to save Deschepper’s life but he was pronounced dead at the scene, sheriff’s […]

  • Alfonso Villegas, 25, appears in a photo released by the Riverside County Sheriff's Department on Dec. 20, 2019.

    Authorities Find 50 Pounds of Weed and Altered AR-15 in Raid of Allegedly Illegal Menifee Dispensary

    Sheriff’s deputies discovered 50 pounds of weed and an AR-15 rifle with an altered serial number when they raided an allegedly illegal dispensary in Menifee, authorities said Friday. Alfonso Villegas, 25, was arrested on suspicion of drug charges, possession of an assault rifle and possession of an assault rifle with altered serial numbers following the bust, according to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies with the department’s Lake Elsinore station started receiving complaints about a possibly illegal dispensary at the […]

  • The suspect in a series of acts of vandalism appears in a still from video released by the Los Angeles Police Department on Dec. 18, 2019.

    Suspect Arrested in Vandalism Targeting Bel-Air Jewish Schools and Vehicles Around West L.A.

    Officers arrested a man suspected of spray painting three Westside Jewish schools and several vehicles in what police have described as a hate crime. Israel Herrera Perez, 44, was taken into custody Thursday on suspicion of vandalizing the schools and cars in the neighborhoods of Beverlywood, Calabasas, Pico-Robertson, Brentwood, Bel-Air and Westwood, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Friday. The schools targeted are located in the 15000 block of Mulholland Drive, and all the acts of vandalism were committed between […]

  • Mini dresses sold by Fashion Nova are displayed on the retailer’s website on Dec. 19, 2019.

    Under Fire for Labor Policies, SoCal-Based Fashion Nova Settles $1.75M Lawsuit Over Shipping Delays and Returns

    Fashion Nova, the Vernon-based fast-fashion retailer known for a heavy Instagram presence backed by celebrities like Cardi B, reached a $1.75 million settlement Thursday with local prosecutors over its returns policy and shipping delays. The consumer protection lawsuit was settled just days after the New York Times published an investigation revealing illegal labor practices uncovered by federal officials. The report found factory workers in the Los Angeles area get paid illegally low wages to produce Fashion Nova’s bodycon dresses and […]

  • The intersection of Archwood Street and Fulton Avenue appears in an image from Google Maps.

    LAPD Seeks Help Solving Fatal Shooting of 18-Year-Old Woman in Valley Glen

    The Los Angeles Police Department asked for the public’s help Thursday in solving the fatal shooting of an 18-year-old woman in Valley Glen. The victim, a San Fernando resident who has not been publicly identified, was found suffering from a gunshot wound inside a vehicle near Archwood Street and Fulton Avenue last week, according to LAPD. Officers responded to reports of a shooting there around 9:07 p.m. Saturday. First responders tried to save the woman but she was taken to […]

  • Rony Castaneda Ramirez, left, and Josue Castaneda Ramirez are seen in undated booking photos released on Dec. 16, 2019, by the Chino Police Department.

    2 Brothers Arrested on Suspicion of Killing Man in Chino

    A pair of brothers was arrested Sunday on suspicion of killing a man in Chino just hours earlier, authorities said. Rony Aristides Castaneda Ramirez, 28, and Josue Daniel Castaneda Ramirez, 19, were taken into custody around 12 hours after Joe Steven Melgoza was found suffering from blunt force trauma to the head, according to police. Melgoza, 30, was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Authorities said officers were responding to reports of a fight around […]

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