Gunman robs Hacienda Heights cell phone store

A masked man with a handgun robbed a cell phone store Saturday afternoon, officials said.

The heist was reported just before 6 p.m. at Bell Star Wireless, in the 16400 block of Colima Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said.

The robber entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint, Boese said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, and was last seen running north on Punta Del Este Drive.

A man and woman working at the store were not injured, he added.

Deputies described the robber as a white or Latino man in his 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds. He wore all-dark clothing and a mask.

The robbery was being investigated by detectives from the sheriff’s Industry Station.

Walnut opposes new Mt. Sac parking garage

By Steve Scauzillo, Staff Writer

Opponents of a proposed 2,200-space, five-level parking garage at Mount San Antonio College have gained a powerful ally: City Hall.

What started with one member of the City Council having some concerns in July grew into full-fledged opposition last week by the entire council to the construction of a concrete garage directly across from the Timberline neighborhood at Mountaineer Road and Edinger Way.

In a letter addressed to Mt. SAC Board President Fred Chyr and in a three-page resolution both passed on 5-0 votes, the City Council objected to the location, saying it would lower property values, bring congestion, air pollution and result in public safety hazards to Walnut residents.

Both documents are “urging the relocation of the proposed parking structure” and are asking the college board to find alternative locations for a parking garage within the sprawling, 420-acre Walnut campus.

In addition, the City Council demanded the Mt. SAC Board of Trustees hold a joint meeting on the topic. So far, Mt. SAC President William Scroggins has agreed to allow two trustees to meet with the Walnut City Council, a gesture that was rejected during the Aug. 28 Walnut City council meeting.

“It is imperative for us to meet with all of them,” said City Councilman Tony Cartagena. Councilwoman Mary Su said she wanted at least a majority of the seven-member Mt. SAC board to sit down with the City Council. “Two won’t represent the full board,” she said.

Walnut City Manager Rob Wishner and his staff are reportedly in discussions with Scroggins regarding some kind of joint meeting.

Scroggins said Thursday he was talking with Wishner about a meeting of three Mt. SAC board members with two Walnut city council members. “It is in the discussion stages,” Scroggins said. No dates have been announced.

Read more in Steve’s story GARAGE.

L.A. County Fair salutes Diamond Bar, Walnut

 By Monica Rodriguez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin

High school marching bands, parades and a chance to honor outstanding residents from communities across the Inland Valley and beyond are some of the features of the Los Angeles County Fair’s Community Days.

A total of 16 cities plus Los Angeles County will have a day dedicated to them. Diamond Bar will march in on  Sept. 11, followed by Walnut on Sept. 26.

As part of the Community Days program, residents are able to purchase tickets for $5 when they present their city’s Community Day coupon at the ticket booth on the day their city is being honored. Tickets can also be purchased online.

 

 

“That’s a great value,” said Fair spokeswoman Renee Hernandez.

Each city’s celebration is organized with the involvement of its Community Committee, she said.

At each city’s celebration residents are recognized for their contributions during Community Heroes ceremonies.

The cities’ high school marching bands participate in Community Day parades as do service organizations, nonprofit groups and other members of the community.

Local businesses also participate through Business Expos organized on a city’s day of recognition.

 

 

Community Days are part of nurturing community spirit, Hernandez said.

Nine of the cities that are part of the Fair’s Community Day program also participate in the Big Yellow Bus Partnership Program.

With the help of this program, school districts in the nine cities receive assistance to pay for transportation to take their students to the Fair, Hernandez said.

Once at the Fair students can take part in the FairKids Field Trip Program, which is open to all schools free of cost as well as to students who are home-schooled.

Rep. Ed Royce “disgusted” by killing of American journalist

 Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued this statement following the purported killing of American journalist Steven Sotloff:
 
“I am disgusted by what appears to be another horrendous killing of an American journalist at the hands of ISIS.  My thoughts and prayers are with Steven Sotloff’s family.  Sadly, ISIS is bringing this barbarity across the region – beheading and crucifying those who don’t share their dark ideology.  The threat from this group seems to grow by the day.  Working with key allies, the United States needs to be acting urgently to arm the Kurds on the ground who are fighting them, and targeting ISIS from the air with drone strikes.”

Former Diamond Bar teacher gets 15 years in prison for molestation

 By Brian Day, Staff Writer

A judge sentenced a former Diamond Bar middle school teacher to more than 15 years in prison Thursday for carrying on a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student, officials said.

Ex-Carl Lorbeer Middle School teacher Steven Shane Andrews, 43, of Anaheim, received the maximum sentence of 15 years and 18 months in state prison from Pomona Superior Court Judge Mike Camacho, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

A jury convicted Andrews in March of 17 felony counts related to the a sexual relationship he had with a student between May 2011 and his his Sept. 20, 2011, arrest, authorities said.

Camacho additionally ordered Andrews to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, Ardalani said.

Andrews first met his victim at school when she was 13 years old, investigators said. “The defendant taught the victim for about a year before the sexual misconduct began,” Ardalani said in a written statement. “Initially, the incidents transpired at the school, but later also occurred off-campus.”

The crimes came to light when another teacher at the school became suspicious of Andrews’ interactions with the girl and notified the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, she added.

Andrews was placed on leave from the Pomona Unified School District a day before his arrest when school officials learned of the allegations, district officials said. He was fired in December of 2012.

The investigation was handled by the Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau.

Man convicted of fatal stabbing in Rowland Heights

By Rudy Gonzales, Staff Writer

A jury convicted an Ontario man of the Aug. 17, 2013 fatal stabbing of his girlfriend’s brother in Rowland Heights, officials said Wednesday.

Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said jurors on Tuesday found 31-year-old Albert Camacho guilty of voluntary manslaughter and of assault. They acquitted him of four counts of dissuading a witness, she added.

Camacho will be sentenced Oct. 3 at Pomona Superior Court.

Sheriff’s detectives said Camacho and Benjamin Cervantes were arguing on Aug. 17, 2013 at Cervantes’ home in the 1400 block of Gloriosa Avenue in Rowland Heights.

The dispute escalated. Deputies said Camacho stabbed Cervantes several times with a foot-long Asian ornamental knife. Cervantes later died at a hospital.

According to detectives, Camacho allegedly threatened to harm neighbors who witnessed the stabbing if they called authorities. He left the scene. Camacho later turned himself in to the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station.

Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea releases 10th album

After 15 years of Mariachi music experience and two GRAMMY Awards, the Mariachi Divas de Cindy Shea celebrate the production and distribution of their 10th album, 15 Aniversario, with a special concert at the House of Blues Anaheim.

The 15-woman band will be celebrating a trajectory of music-making spanning 15 years of Mariachi music imbued with flavors from not only Los Angeles and Mexico but many Latin American and other countries that these women are from.

The concert will take place  Aug. 29 starting at 7 p.m. at the House of Blues Anaheim, 1530 Disneyland Drive and is open to all ages. Seating is first come, first serve.

The multifaceted ensemble, founded in 1999 by Cindy Shea of Hacienda Heights and under the musical direction of GRAMMY award-winning Alberto “Beto” Jimenez Maeda, is a unique group of musically talented women showcasing the true flavor of Los Angeles and the diversity of music found in this city.

In their 15th year, the group recently released their 10th album, 15 Aniversario, a compilation of special songs and a potpourri of classic sounds and lyrics of Mariachi music, including:  a new composition by Beto Jimenez and Ismael Gallegos titled “Estampas de Mi Tierra”, and an inspiring composition and collaborative effort by Beto Jimenez and Latin GRAMMY winner, Paulina Aguirre, titled “Mirando Hacia Arriba”.

“Every day we perform, we see how our music affects our audience.  They are happy; they sing with us; and they dance.  This is why celebrating 15 years of making Mariachi music is so special to me,” said Shea, trumpet player and founder of Mariachi Divas.

“I am delighted to be celebrating 15 years of mariachi music with our fans and the women that have made this group so successful.”

The group has been represented by women from many different backgrounds, from Japanese and Argentinean to Colombian, Cuban and Guatemalan.

 

 

Their second GRAMMY Award was received in 2014 for their 9th album, A Mi Manera, and it made history as it marked the first time any mariachi group ever received two GRAMMYs. Their first GRAMMY Award in 2009, for Canciones De Amor, marked the first time in the history of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences that an all-female mariachi group had been a nominee and a winner.  They have received a total of six GRAMMY nominations and one Latin GRAMMY nomination for Best Regional Mexican Song of the Year for their song, “Ay Mi Mexico”, on their album titled Oye.  This year, they also received the Premios Fox Music USA 2013 Award for Best Mariachi and their musical director, Alberto “Beto” Jimenez Maeda, received the Best Male Composer Award.

St. Lorenzo Ruiz holding summit on marriage and family life in Walnut

The changing world poses some great challenges to families today. St. Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic Church in Walnut is responding to the challenge by spearheading a Summit on Today’s Marriage and Family Life on Sept. 12-14.
The local church hopes to reach hundreds of men and women from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and nearby dioceses. A free Praise Concert will open the summit on Friday night from 5pm to 11pm.
The Summit Proper on Saturday, from 7am to 10pm, will be highlighted by talks and open forums with Bishop Emeritus Ted Bacani from the Philippines as keynote speaker. A group wedding at 3:30 pm culminates the weekend followed by closing ceremo-
nies from 5pm to 6pm.

Tickets for Saturday’s activities are priced at only $25 each, meals and snacks included. For tickets and information, please call the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Office at (909) 595-9545 or Honchee Natividad at (909) 576-4991

Community library opens today at Nogales High School

The Nogales High School Community Library hours opens today to serve the community with a variety of programs and resources for all ages. The community may park in the school lot, enter through the “H” building pass way, to the library located on the left. (Nogales High School is located at 401 S. Nogales Street, La Puente, CA 91744).

  • Free homework help 3 pm – 5 pm for students grades k-6 (parents must accompany students)
  • Free computer lab (all ages)
  • Check out books (all ages)
  • Story Time / Activity Thursdays 4 pm – 5 pm
  • Quiet places to meet, work or conduct small events

Hours :    Monday-Friday, 3 pm – 7 pm (except school holidays)

For more information, call Louise Garnica (626) 965-3437 ext. 3666