Cops determine man in chimney isn’t Santa

First some photos:
Then, the text of Brian Day’s story on a hapless Santa, who arrived too early this year.

A would-be burglar was captured early Sunday after he tried to climb into a house through the chimney and became stuck about 10-feet down, officials said.
The suspect, a 32-year-old La Puente man, was booked on suspicion of burglary after firefighters partially dismantled the chimney to free him, said West Covina police Sgt. Dario Aldecoa.cq
A family member living in the home heard faint calls of help me and got up to investigate about 4:50 a.m. at a house in the 2100 block of Anson Way, police and fire officials said.

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PV vs BxA : Gang war in Pico Rivera

Whittier Daily News reporter Ruby Gonzales put together a nice piece on the rise of the Brown Authority gang in Pico Rivera, which ran in Sunday’s paper. The competitor put together a piece of their own that ran today with a look at Brown Authority; it’s rise from humble origins, the gangs’ ongoing power struggle with Pico Vieja; and ties to the community at large in Pico Rivera.

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Really old dude picked up on coke charges

Durham, North Carolina police picked up a 93-year-old man on suspicion of trafficking in cocaine.
From the story:

Durham police have arrested a 93-year-old man on cocaine-trafficking and related charges.
William C. Tinnen was arrested Thursday during a raid at 204 Teel St., police said in a news release issued today. Police spokeswoman Kammie Michael said she assumed police had a tip that drug activity was taking place there.

In addition to trafficking, Tinnen is charged with possession of cocaine with the intent to sell or deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia and maintaining a dwelling for the sale of drugs. Officers also confiscated three firearms from the house.

Tinnen’s bond was set at $200,000.

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Gritty Pico Rivera revisited

Got this email from Anthony Martinez. He doesn’t like my description of Pico Rivera. (BTW, the photo comes from an interesting website take a look

Here’s Mr. Martinez’s letter:

Main Entry: gritty
Pronunciation: ‘gri-tE
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): grittier; -est
1 : containing or resembling grit
2 : courageously persistent : PLUCKY (a gritty heroine)
3 : having strong qualities of tough uncompromising realism

Good Afternoon Sir.

I beg to differ with your description of the City of Pico Rivera. I was raised in The City of Pico Rivera and I am currently living in Whittier near Uptown. Gritty does not come to mind when I think of Pico Rivera. Pleasant…

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Store owner takes action against armed robbers.

I have no idea where this happened, but it’s a fun surveillance video.
Here’s part of the attached story:

Shop owner Gurmukh Singh, 26, decided to take matters into his own hands when two armed robbers entered his Gagi’s Market, at 401 S. Warman Ave. on the Westside, shop this week.

Swinging a baseball bat, Singh, chased two armed robbers…

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Hate crime punished in Federal Court with $5.6 million judgment

If the Hate Crime DAs are successful in their prosecution of the May stabbing outside Carl’s Jr. In Temple City, could federal civil charges be far off for CJ Mitcheltree and his buddies in the “Brown Side” gang?
A group of self-professed supremacists in Temecula just got hit with a huge judgment in a similar case that took place eight years ago.
Food for thought.

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Finger pointing after Ebony

Columnist Shirlee Smith has her own take on the aftermath of the Ebony Huel murder in Northwest Pasadena last Friday.
I find the distinction she makes between the “colored” side of town and the “non-colored” side of town a bit simplistic. In fact I’m hard pressed to remember even hearing the “C” word uttered since the early 70s.
That said, the underlying story in this senseless murder isn’t about class and race divides, but about economic divides and the fear all parents have about where their teens are at night.
That’s my spin.

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