PICO RIVERA - A man broke into a home of an elderly couple but was discovered hiding in a closet Sunday night. John Anderson of the sheriff's Pico Rivera station said a couple in their 80s arrived home and found the place ransacked. Corey Vargas, 40, of Pico Rivera was arrested on suspicion of burglary. He is being held at the sheriff's Pico Rivera station jail on $50,000 bail. While the online booking system doesn't show a court date for Vargas yet, Anderson said the Pico Rivera man will be arraigned Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court.
A man fatally shot by deputies after carjacking a woman in West Whittier, firing shots and taking hostages inside a Downey barbecue restaurant last week was also being sought for questioning in connection with the slaying of a woman found dead inside her burning East Los Angeles home in August, authorities said. The hostages were freed unharmed. John Corina of the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau said. "He was a person we wanted to talk to," Corina said. Tapia's city of residence was unclear. No arrests in have been made in Vasquez's slaying.
Four restaurants and markets in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to public health hazards. 13, facilities in the region had their health permits suspended for cockroach infestations and a lack of hot water, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Location: 11885 Whittier Blvd., Whittier CA 90601 Closure reason: cockroaches Closure date: Sept. Beverly Blvd., Montebello, CA 90640 Closure reason: cockroaches Closure date: Sept.
KCAL9's Serene Branson visited such a channel in Pico Rivera. It's a story that is Only On 9. "We captured about 358 million gallons -- that's enough for about 8,000 people for a year," said Bob Spencer with the LA County Public Works Department. "Unfortunately, the storms were not a drought buster," Spencer said, "but we are hoping when El Nino hits, gentler, and a lot longer that that will serve us well.' From the mountains and catch basins, the water flows to dams like Rubber Dam No. Other local and federal agencies capture water, too.
PICO RIVERA >> A Whittier man was sentenced Monday to six years and four months in prison for killing a pedestrian in Pico Rivera last year. Martinez took a plea deal in July. Pilar Pantoja, 48, was crossing the street July 4, 2014, in the 9400 block of Beverly Road in Pico Rivera when a sport utility vehicle struck her and fled. The Pico Rivera woman died shortly after at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Officials said Martinez told deputies he had hit a dog on Beverly Road but blood found on the SUV matched Pantoja.
District and college officials agreed that the center will bring higher education closer to home for thousands. "Our mission at Rio Hondo is to support our community by providing access to college education opportunities," said Rio Hondo President Teresa Dreyfuss. "It's highly rewarding to know that by creating campuses of convenience, we're also delivering the promise of a higher education to a larger share of our community," said Rio Hondo Board of Trustees President Madeline Shapiro.
Beilke's lawsuit claims he was fired as assistant general manager because he engaged in whistle-blowing, a protected activity, while he was employed by Central Basin. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, both of whom have been indicted on federal corruption charges. On legal grounds," said Elkins. "All of the claims are false and fabricated," she said. Beilke was convicted on two misdemeanor conflict of interest charges for voting on two city contracts related to the improvement of Rosemead Boulevard, near the location of his former business.
Six restaurants in the San Gabriel Valley were temporarily closed last week due to major public health hazards. Restaurants and markets whose permits are suspended must close until another inspection determines the problems have been fixed. Lincoln Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91754 Closure reason: cockroaches Closure date: Sept. Lincoln Ave., Monterey Park, CA 91755 Closure reason: cockroaches Closure date: Sept. Location: 10472 Garvey Ave., South El Monte, CA 91733 Closure reason: cockroaches Closure date: Sept.
A wild police pursuit that began in the Whittier area came to an end in Downey, where the apparently armed suspect crashed his allegedly stolen car and fled into a crowded barbecue restaurant Thursday evening. The pursuit kicked off shortly before 7 p.m. in the Whittier area, according to Los Angeles County sheriff's officials.
SANTA FE SPRINGS - Authorities chased an armed suspect around Monterey Park, Pico Rivera and East LA Thursday evening. At the culmination of the chase, back in the Downey area, the suspect jumped out of the vehicle apparently holding a weapon.
NORWALK >> A Whittier gang member received a prison sentence of more than 25 years Wednesday after admitting charges connected to the stabbing of his uncle in Pico Rivera in late 2013, as well as a stabbing and hammer attack on a former friend in South Whittier two days later, authorities said. In a negotiated plea arrangement, Alfred Tapia, 36, pleaded “no contest” to two counts of attempted murder in connection with the attacks , which took place Dec. 3, 2013 and Dec. 5, 2013, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
1, 2010 fatal shooting of a Pico Rivera man. The Sheriff's Homicide Bureau released a composite of the duo. Detective Steve Blagg said the men are potential suspects or witnesses. He wasn't a gang member. Blagg thinks Lamas was in the wrong place at the wrong time. One of the men spotted running after the shooting was described as a Latino with brown curly hair, between 18 and 20, 5 feet 7 inches tall and 140 pounds. Anyone with information about the two men is asked to call Detectives Steve Blagg or Jeff Cochran at 323-890-5500.
PICO RIVERA >> Three Rivera 13 gang members were sentenced Friday for their roles in a 2012 case where a man who owed them a debt was imprisoned and tortured in a garage for five days. The three Pico Rivera residents took a deal and didn't go to trial. Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said Acuna, 35, pleaded no contest on May 6 to assault likely to produce great bodily injury. The victim was then kept in the Pico Rivera garage. Deputies said the man was taken to Montebello and ordered to cash a check.
LOS ANGELES - A Superior Court judge Friday took under submission a request to dismiss former Pico Rivera Councilman Ron Beilke's wrongful-termination lawsuit against Central Basin Municipal Water District. Beilke's lawsuit claims he was fired because he engaged in whistle-blowing, a protected activity, while he was employed by Central Basin. Hess listened to arguments from sides for more than 90 minutes. He said he was inclined to allow Beilke's case filed under disability law but questioned whether he can sue the three directors.