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Kareen Wynter


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Past articles by Kareen:

California sues Huntington Beach for limiting housing development

California Attorney General Rob Bonta followed through on a threat Thursday, filing legal action against Huntington Beach over that city’s efforts to block state affordable housing laws. “No one gets to pick and choose the laws they want to follow,” Bonta said during a virtual news conference to announce a lawsuit and motion for a […] → Read More

KTLA 5 News Special: Honoring Black History in Southern California

This KTLA special broadcast is dedicated to sharing the stories and the impact of Black history in Southern California, including Black women in Hollywood, musicians, athletes, chefs, surfers and educators. → Read More

Cars could lead to mountain lions’ extinction, study finds

As Southern California continues to mourn the passing of famed mountain lion P-22, the surviving pumas face a dangerous reality. According to a study released Thursday, cars might be killing cougars faster than they can reproduce. “Southern California is the undisputed capital of freeways and car culture,” Fraser Shilling, director of the road ecology center […] → Read More

Is AI writing your child’s homework? California schools fight new tech used for cheating

New software powered by artificial intelligence is the latest technology shaking up school campuses. In November, a San Francisco-based research laboratory called OpenAI launched ChatGPT, which has the unique ability to generate human-like text on command. From drafting fictional stories to churning out essays, ChatGPT cranks out responses to questions, making homework and […] → Read More

New details emerge in ‘catfishing’ abduction, triple homicide in Riverside

A memorial continues to grow outside of a Riverside, California home where three people were murdered on Friday, allegedly by a man who had traveled across the country to meet a teenage girl. → Read More

Cerritos man charged with running organization that sold fentanyl on darknet

A Cerritos man faces federal charges for running a large-scale operation that sold fentanyl on the darknet, U.S. Department of Justice officials announced Monday. Christopher Hampton, 36, was named in an 11-count indictment charging him with numerous narcotics and weapons offenses that could result in a life sentence in federal prison. Hampton was allegedly active […] → Read More

Armed robbery victim struck by suspect’s vehicle in West Hollywood

A terrifying scene unfolded in West Hollywood Friday morning when a man was robbed at gunpoint in a parking lot, and then moments later was run over by the suspect's vehicle. → Read More

County health officials ease masking rules on public transit, in airports

Los Angeles County health leaders announced on Thursday that face coverings will no longer be recommended on mass transit, at airports and several other locations. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said the county was aligning with state guidelines on masking as COVID infection and hospitalizations continue to decline across the Southland. “Given how […] → Read More

2 teens arrested in high school student overdoses; victim identified

Police have arrested two teenagers in connection with the overdose death of a Bernstein High School student and the overdoses of several other students who survived, authorities announced Thursday. The first suspect, a 15-year-old boy who attends Academic Performance Excellence Academy on the same property as Bernstein H.S., was taken into custody Thursday morning, LAPD […] → Read More

L.A. District Attorney George Gascón on crime, Kobe photos, re-election, and more: unedited interview

KLTA reporter Kareen Wynter sat down with embattled Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascón for a rare one-on-one interview Thursday, covering topics including the Kobe Bryant crash photos lawsuit, his approach to juvenile justice, increasing violent crime, and whether he intends to run for another term. → Read More

‘I trusted them not to do these things’: Vanessa Bryant testifies helicopter crash photos turned grief to horror

Vanessa Bryant testified Friday that she was only beginning to grieve the loss of her husband basketball star Kobe Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna when she was faced with the fresh horror of learning that sheriff's deputies and firefighters had shot and shared photos of their bodies at the site of the helicopter crash that killed them. → Read More

2 wounded in ‘ambush’ of armored vehicle at Hustler Casino; suspects at large

Two guards were wounded during in the brazen robbery of an armored van at the Hustler Casino in Gardena Thursday morning, officials said. The guards were ambushed as they were getting out of the vehicle, Gardena police Lt. Christopher Cuff said during a news conference. Multiple shots were fired and at least two suspects got […] → Read More

Family of man who died after soccer game brawl in Oxnard demands justice

The family of a man who died following a brawl at an Oxnard soccer field earlier this month is demanding justice. Misael Sanchez, 29, died more than two weeks after a fight erupted at Oxnard High School over a referee’s decision during a July 10 game between adult soccer teams. The brawl apparently involved players […] → Read More

L.A. County moves into ‘high’ COVID community level, triggering possible return of indoor mask mandate

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Los Angeles County on Thursday moved from a medium community spread of COVID-19 to a “high” level, triggering the possible return of universal indoor masking in the region. If the county remains in the high community level for two consecutive weeks, through July 28, the masking mandate would return the following […] → Read More

‘Operation Safe Travel’: New Metro safety program begins Wednesday

“Operation Safe Travel” begins Wednesday in Los Angeles County in an effort to increase public safety on transit. The program includes high visibility L.A. County Sheriff Department patrol on Metro platforms and trains. Homeless people will no longer be allowed to live along the platforms or loiter on trains. But there are provisions in the […] → Read More

Downtown L.A. rally held in support of abortion rights

Demonstrators rallied in support of abortion rights in downtown Los Angeles Thursday afternoon. The rally was held days after a leaked draft opinion suggested the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade protecting a woman’s constitutionally protected right to abortion. Protesters clashed with police during a demonstration in downtown on Tuesday. […] → Read More

Torrance car wash fined more than $800K over allegations of wage theft

A car wash in Torrance has been cited and fined more than $800,000 over allegations of wage theft, the California Labor Commissioner’s Office’s announced this week. Managers and owners failed to pay more than two dozen workers what they were owed, an investigation found. Workers were apparently only paid for partial hours during some pay […] → Read More

LAPD addresses spike in shootings

Los Angeles Police Department Chief Michel Moore this week addressed a spike in shootings and homicides in the city. He said the increase in the month of April and the past week alone is “troubling,” and that the shootings are mostly tied to gang rivalries in one area of L.A. More patrol units and community […] → Read More

LAPD officers who saved down pilot from train crash praised for bravery

In January, pilot Mark Jenkins nearly lost his life twice, first when his plane crashed onto train tracks in Pacoima, and again when a Metrolink train slammed into the aircraft. However, with only seconds to spare, Jenkins was pulled from the wreckage by Los Angeles Police Department officers. On Saturday, Jenkins and the Condor Squadron […] → Read More

L.A. law enforcement focused on bus, rail stations after NYC subway attack

Local law enforcement agencies took to social media Tuesday to let the public know that they are keeping a close eye on Los Angeles’ bus and rail stations following a subway attack that left at least 16 people wounded in New York City. “@LASDHQ offers our deepest condolences to the families touched by tragedy of […] → Read More