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Los Angeles man charged with raping woman in Whittier |Jun 16, 2017

WHITTIER >> Authorities on Friday filed charges against a Los Angeles man accused of raping a woman earlier this week in Whittier. Carlos Roberto Rivas, 43, was charged with one count of rape, one count of forcible oral copulation and three counts of domestic violence, according to the criminal complaint.

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Whittier checkpoint nets 1 arrest, 16 citations |Jun 17, 2017

WHITTIER >> Police arrested one suspected drunken driver and issued 16 citations during a checkpoint in Whittier late Friday and early Saturday, police said. The checkpoint was held along Mulberry Drive, just east of Santa Fe Springs Road, at the southwest edge of the city, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.

22 Vagos gang members arrested in raids across Southern California |Jun 16, 2017

Federal agents on Friday arrested 22 reputed members of the Vagos Motorcycle Club in the Inland Empire and elsewhere in Southern California — as well as Northern California and other states — accusing them of committing violence against rival gang members, and even their own, and building their territory through crime and intimidation.

Why Pico Rivera is giving a nearly $800,000 subsidy to bring Don Chente restaurant to town |Jun 19, 2017

PICO RIVERA >> The city will give a nearly $800,000 subsidy, with about $250,000 in the form of a loan, to bring a Don Chente Bar and Grill to the Village Walk shopping center at the southwest corner of Paramount and Whittier boulevards.

Brothers robbed and attacked at motel near Whittier |Jun 19, 2017

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.

Why Montebello is giving a hotel/condo developer more time to purchase city property |Jun 16, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> A developer, who promised a hotel on Whittier Boulevard, but missed a March deadline to complete the purchase of about 35,000 square feet of city-owned land, has been given more time.

Officials: Woman shot by Montebello police after charging at officer, boyfriend with car |Jun 17, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> Police shot and killed a woman they say drove a car toward an officer and her boyfriend as police were investigating a report of a domestic dispute at a motel in Montebello on Saturday afternoon.

East Whittier City School District breaks ground on Measure R and Z bond projects |Jun 17, 2017

WHITTIER >> Mayor Joe Vinatieri joined along East Whittier City School District board members, officials, students and representatives from Congresswoman Linda Sanchez’s office, Assemblymember Ian Calderon’s office and Sen.

Santa Fe Springs’ financial future looks ‘cloudy’ |Jun 16, 2017

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Santa Fe Springs has a budget problem, but city officials say they have no plans to cut services. The city’s expected revenues are down about $2 million in its $62.

Love them or hate them, ficus trees lining city streets are dying from a new fungal disease |Jun 17, 2017

Tens of thousands of mature street trees in Southern California are susceptible to a new, deadly fungal strain that kills at alarming speeds and threatens to destroy the urban forest in older cities known for their tree-lined streets, scientists say.

Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in deadly Pico Rivera home-invasion robbery |Jun 20, 2017

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.

Suspect wounded in Montebello police shooting |Jun 17, 2017

MONTEBELLO >> Police shot and wounded a suspect in Montebello on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Few details were initially available regarding the officer-involved shooting, which took place about 4:05 p.

Local community things to know and do for the Whittier area for June 17, 2017 |Jun 16, 2017

LA MIRADA Dem congressional candidate to speak Phil Janowicz, a Democratic candidate for the 39th Congressional District seat currently held by Republican Rep. Ed Royce, will speak at the 6:30 p.

Gunman robs La Puente Aldi supermarket |Jun 16, 2017

LA PUENTE >> An armed man robbed a local supermarket and fled with an estimated $900 Thursday night. Sgt. Eddie Lopez of the sheriff’s Industry station said no one was injured during the robbery at the ALDI supermarket.

How does Vagos Motorcycle Club operate? |Jun 16, 2017

It was founded in San Bernardino in the 1960s, but the Vagos Motorcycle Club has since grown into an international enterprise with at least 87 chapters in seven countries and an estimated 900-plus members, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Friday.

2 men and dog burned in fire at alleged ‘honey oil’ lab at South El Monte motel |Jun 18, 2017

SOUTH EL MONTE >> Two men and a dog suffered burns when a fire broke out at a hash oil extraction lab operating out of a South El Monte motel early Sunday, authorities said. A third, possibly injured suspect was believed to be at large.

How schools in Alhambra do instant security checks on visitors |Jun 18, 2017

Alhambra >> Visit the campus of Garfield Elementary School, and the first thing you’ll be asked to do is hand over your driver’s license. You’ll get it back a minute or so later and, if all goes well, you’ll also get a sticker ID badge that includes the photo off your license and your name.

Elon Musk winning over LA politicians for underground tunnel network |Jun 19, 2017

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, famous for altering the realms of space travel and cars with SpaceX and Tesla, is winning political support in Los Angeles for his next innovation. Musk’s plan to build a near-supersonic, environmentally friendly Hyperloop mass transit system beneath Los Angeles County is getting a thumbs-up from local political leaders, he

LA park rangers warn visitors: Stop feeding the coyotes! |Jun 17, 2017

When Jose Rodriguez came to Griffith Park last week to enjoy an afternoon with his family, he said he knew better than to feed coyotes who roam the area. “They’re wild animals, at the end of the day.

Here are the reading and math achievement gaps in 15 Southern California districts |Jun 19, 2017

California’s new funding formula sends more money to districts with foster youth kids learning English and students from low-income families. But significant gaps remain between their

Monrovia man accused of kidnapping, sexual assault has 2013 charge for luring minors |Jun 19, 2017

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.

New app for nature play: Educational or just more staring at your phone? |Jun 17, 2017

As a father who loves nature, naturally I made it my goal to pass that passion along to my children. While family camping, we’d join the docent’s nature walks. We’d quiz them on the information given on those placards stuck in the ground next to the specific plants.

DUI suspect surrenders to police in the nude following pursuit from Monrovia to Covina |Jun 18, 2017

A Covina man allegedly high on drugs led Monrovia police on a pursuit before driving home, barricaded himself inside, taking a shower, then surrendering to police in the buff on Saturday night, authorities said.

After cocaine bust at LA day care, authorities reveal ‘amazing’ drug operation |Jun 20, 2017

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.

LA County Fair is hiring 1,200 people, how to be one of them |Jun 17, 2017

POMONA >> The L.A. County Fair is coming and with it its bringing more than 1,000 jobs.

Mega Millions ticket sold in West Covina wins more than $900,000 |Jun 17, 2017

WEST COVINA >> A Mega Millions ticket sold in West Covina won the lucky owner nearly a million dollars in Friday night’s drawing, California Lottery officials said. The ticket was sold at Chevron,

Foster youth celebrate quinceañeras in Alhambra |Jun 18, 2017

Since leaving her grandmother in Honduras to travel to the United States for a better education, 16-year-old Heidy’s life has been a battle of uncertainty. Without parents or a home, Heidy was placed in the Los Angeles County foster care system, living in a group home with strangers.

LA County leaders may spend millions to defend immigrants facing deportation |Jun 18, 2017

Six months after Los Angeles city and county leaders proposed a legal defense fund to help people facing deportation, the Board of Supervisors is expected to vote Tuesday to authorize contributing $3 million to the collection over the next two years.

Fire scorches commercial building in Industry, sends up massive smoke plume |Jun 16, 2017

INDUSTRY >> A fire broke out in a commercial building in Industry on Friday afternoon. The fire was first reported at 1:34 p.m. as a machine on fire inside a Triangle Trophies, in the

Rapper 40 Glocc shot while attending funeral in San Bernardino, expected to survive |Jun 16, 2017

Colton rapper 40 Glocc was shot Thursday while attending a funeral at San Bernardino’s Mt.

Details of Carrie Fisher’s cause of death revealed |Jun 16, 2017

“Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnea and other undetermined factors, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said in an autopsy report released Friday.

LA grieves for firefighter who died during training drill |Jun 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES >> Kelly Wong’s influence was on full display Friday outside the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels as numerous firetrucks from San Francisco to Las Vegas lined the nearby streets in his honor.

2017 College World Series Baseball Team Preview |Jun 16, 2017

A look at the eight teams competing in the College World Series, which starts today at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb. OREGON STATE (54-4) Coach: Pat Casey (843-444-5, 23 years at Oregon State; 1,014-553-6, 30 years overall) Road to Omaha: Won Corvallis regional: beat Holy Cross 8-2, beat Yale 11-0, beat Yale 8-1.

Parents, remember to thank your school principals |Jun 17, 2017

Dear Mr. Carroll, if you receive more ties this Father’s Day, you won’t have to sacrifice them in the name of education come Catholic Schools Week. Students loved paying for the privilege of cutting your tie, and we parents admired your courage in letting gleeful 5-year-olds come at you with scissors.

Meet the El Monte director who cast locals for indie film ‘Varsity Punks’ |Jun 18, 2017

EL MONTE >> When independent film director Anthony Solorzano decided to make his first feature film two years ago, he wrote it about two things he knows well —running and El Monte. His new movie, “Varsity Punks,” tells the story of a high school star quarterback who suffers an injury and is forced to join the “punk” cross-country running team in order to keep competing athletically.

Flex Alert declared as dangerous heat continues in Southern California |Jun 20, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Advisories warning of extreme heat were in effect throughout Los Angeles County today as the region’s heat wave turned a week old, leading authorities to issue a Flex Alert as power grids were strained across the state.

Holcomb fire burns 1,200 acres, remains 10 percent contained |Jun 20, 2017

BIG BEAR LAKE >> Tensions and a spot fire flared as the Holcomb fire burned for a second day, prompting fire officials to briefly evacuate an area northeast of Big Bear Lake. Residents were warned to remain vigilant in case the winds shift again.

El Monte man arrested after high-speed chase, standoff |Jun 19, 2017

BUENA PARK — An El Monte man was arrested late Sunday, June 18, after leading law enforcement agencies on a high-speed pursuit over more than 100 miles eventually ending in a standoff, police said.

Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island reopens at Disneyland |Jun 16, 2017

Rafts were making the journey with visitors again from the mainland at Disneyland to Pirate’s Lair on Tom Sawyer Island.The island was closed in early 2016 as the park worked on shortening the route for the Rivers of America in Frontierland to make room for the 14-acre “Star Wars” land project.

Los Angeles County leads the state in clean-energy jobs |Jun 19, 2017

An estimated 519,500 Californians are working in clean-energy industries, and Los Angeles County is leading the way, according to a report released Monday.

How the heat wave could impact planes, trains, cars and more |Jun 19, 2017

It’s hot outside. Really hot. So hot, the National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for areas of Southern California, specifically the Inland areas through Wednesday, when temperatures could reach 112 degrees.

‘Triple heat whammy’: Explaining why it’s so miserably hot |Jun 19, 2017

Blacktops, freeways, the urban mall. Global warming, too, but that’s not all. “And Mother Nature with this stationary high-pressure system,” adds Bill Patzert, climatologist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, explaining why it’s going to continue to be unreasonably hot for several more days.

Southern California’s heat wave is baking up a lot of smog |Jun 16, 2017

Regional air quality officials are warning people to avoid strenuous activities this weekend because much of Southern California will experience “very unhealthy” air pollution as the

Addiction treatment: The new gold rush. ‘It’s almost chic’ |Jun 18, 2017

To fully appreciate the money flowing into addiction treatment, consider the size of the bill Tara Richards ran up during a five-month attempt to achieve sobriety at a rehab center in San Clemente — $416,050.

After thefts of police cars, LAPD’s Chief Beck says equipment ‘too accessible’ |Jun 19, 2017

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.

How long will heat wave last in Southern California? |Jun 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The region’s heat wave entered its second week today, with highs again forecast to hit triple-digit territory in some L.A. County communities, and forecasters said the above-normal heat would extend into next week.

Here’s what astronaut Mae Jemison told Caltech’s 2017 graduates |Jun 16, 2017

Astronaut and icon Mae Jemison urged Caltech’s 123rd graduating class on Friday to live their lives fully and to stay inspired to make the world a better place. Though it can be easy sometimes as bills pile up, or deadlines loom, to forget where you started and why you worked so hard, Jemison told the graduates to simply “look up” whenever they need to reconnect with the universe.

Hacienda Heights Library reopens with $3.3 million in improvements. |Jun 19, 2017

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Officials and residents celebrated the reopening of the Hacienda Heights Library with a ribbon-cutting Monday. The library had been closed during a $3.3 million renovation project.

Mistrial declared in Bill Cosby case after jury deadlocks again |Jun 17, 2017

NORRISTOWN, Pa. >> Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that nevertheless helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian’s image as “America’s Dad.

Navy confirms 7 died in USS Fitzgerald collision off Japan |Jun 18, 2017

YOKOSUKA, Japan >> The U.S. Navy has identified the seven sailors who died when their destroyer collided with a container ship off Japan on Saturday. Seven crew members were unaccounted for after the collision flooded berths with seawater.