Breaking News

Suspected killer of Whittier police officer described shootout to detectives: ‘I know I smoked this one’

By Joshua Cain and Sandra T. Molina|

Miramonte Elementary teacher accused of inappropriately touching students

@RubyGonzales2, @hemdash on Twitter SOUTH EL MONTE >> A 54-year-old Miramonte Elementary School teacher was arrested Wednesday for allegedly inappropriately touching girls at the school. The alleged incidents occurred in a classroom...

By Hayley Munguia and Ruby Gonzales|


  • Crime

    Man caught with bag of powerful weapons while publicly urinating at Pasadena Gold Line station

    PASADENA >> What began as an investigation into public urination at a Pasadena Gold Line station on Wednesday led deputies to seize two guns, high-capacity magazines, suppressors and a machete from the suspect’s duffel bag, authorities said. Deputies first approached a man about 9 a.m. after spotting a man relieving himself in a planter along the sidewalk outside the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station at

    Brian Day

  • Shootings

    Driver shoots at other car in El Monte, kills man, wounds boy

    @RubyGonzales2 on Twitter EL MONTE >> A driver fatally shot a man and wounded a boy in another car late Tuesday night. Deputies said the boy is in stable condition at a hospital. Authorities said occupants from both cars exchanged words before the shooting. The coroner’s office has not released the name of the dead man pending notification of his relatives. Coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter said the man died at Greater El Monte Community Hospital in...

    Ruby Gonzales

  • Automotive accidents

    Driver in Uptown Whittier plows into three parked cars, sparks blaze

    WHITTIER >> A man driving through Uptown Whittier hit several parked cars Wednesday, causing one to burst into flames and singeing the side of a business. The crash occurred in the 6500 block of Greenleaf Avenue around 1:30 p.m. Officer John Scoggins, a spokesman for the Whittier Police Department, said the man was driving northbound on Greenleaf Avenue when he veered to the right and struck four parked cars. The blaze started in one car, then spread to the other...

    Ruby Gonzales

  • Local governments

    After ‘change of heart,’ LA convictions of immigrant dad detained by ICE settled

    Attorneys have settled a pair of criminal cases against a father who was detained by federal immigration officials while dropping off his daughter at school and are now considering their next steps in trying to secure his release. Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, 49, has been held at the Adelanto Detention Facility in San Bernardino County since February. He was picked up by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials after he dropped off his daughter at a Lincoln Heights school. The...

    By Elizabeth Chou @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Drug-related crime

    After cocaine bust at LA day care, authorities reveal ‘amazing’ drug operation

    Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer announced Tuesday he is working to shut down a Highland Park day care facility where a multi-agency law enforcement task force recently seized about $430,000 worth of cocaine that was allegedly being delivered to the home-based business. Feuer filed a civil lawsuit against Felipe and Prodigios Garcia Talamante seeking the closure of their multi-unit residence at 5215 Marmion Way, not far from Monte Vista Street Elementary School and the Metro Gold...

    By Elizabeth Chou @reporterliz on Twitter|

  • Legal proceedings

    Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in deadly Pico Rivera home-invasion robbery

    NORWALK >> A man pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree murder for his role in a deadly 2014 Pico Rivera home-invasion robbery orchestrated by the victim’s son. Jesus Rafael Adame, 21, is expected to be sentenced on July 7 to 15 years to life in prison. Co-defendant Sergio Anthony Gutierrez — who was 17 at the time of the crime — was found guilty last year of first-degree murder and two counts of home-invasion robbery stemming from the Sept. 20,...

    City News Service|

  • Sexual assault

    Monrovia man accused of kidnapping, sexual assault has 2013 charge for luring minors

    A Monrovia man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting women across the San Gabriel Valley faced charges in 2013 for trying to lure three teenage girls into his vehicle in El Monte, court records show. Jason Chung Chien Yu, 41, faces two counts each of sodomy by use of force, assault to commit rape and false...

    Stephanie K. Baer

  • Law and order

    After thefts of police cars, LAPD’s Chief Beck says equipment ‘too accessible’

    Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department has begun a review of equipment and checkout procedures as part of a larger examination of the department’s youth mentorship program after three teenage police cadets were arrested in connection with stealing at least two police cruisers. “We’re doing a top-to-bottom review of our equipment checkout procedures, which are much advanced over what they have been in the past,” Beck told reporters...

    Wes Woods

  • Breaking News

    Brothers robbed and attacked at motel near Whittier

    A man armed with a gun on Monday robbed and pistol-whipped two brothers from Finland who were staying at a local motel. Lt. Alex Villanueva of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station said the 33-year-old and 18-year-old tourists suffered lacerations to the head and were taken to a hospital. The station received calls at 12:12 p.m. about a robbery at the Motel 6 at 8221 Pioneer Blvd. which is located in the unincorporated county area near Whittier. When the victims...

    Ruby Gonzales

  • Juries

    Alternate juror on Bill Cosby trial ‘probably’ would have voted to convict

    NORRISTOWN, Pa. — An alternate juror in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case said Monday he “probably” would have voted to convict and was “ridiculously sick” when he found out the main jury couldn’t reach a verdict. A mistrial was declared Saturday after jurors said they were hopelessly deadlocked. Prosecutors plan to retry the 79-year-old star on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004. As an alternate, Mike McCloskey heard...

    By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK Associated Press|

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