A memorial to Sammantha


This is the makeshift memorial outside the apartment building where Sammantha Salas, 16, was shot to death Saturday night. The building itself is pockmarked with bullet holes. The owner of a nearby drive-thru dairy told me that Salas was killed in a hail of “machine gun ” fire, which he head.

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Update on Monrovia shooting

Here’s what we’re hearing about the latest violence in Monrovia:

Sheriff’s homicide detectives who are handling the case say the two teenage victims in Saturday’s Peck Road shooting were Hispanic. The suspects are believed to be African-American.

Not that we didn’t already have a hunch, but officials confirm they think this is more MNV vs. Duroc violence. And now, detectives say they are on edge because retaliation is likely.

Reporters at the Star-News are handling this one. Look for more in tomorrow’s paper.

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Teen is latest casualty of Monrovia gunfire

This from reporter Brian Day on the Trib cop desk: The sheriff’s Department isn’t saying much about the case. The victim hasn’t been identified according to the coroner’s office. And LASO hasn’t even posted an update on their website.


MONROVIA A 16-year-old girl was killed and another teenaged girl
wounded in a shooting Saturday, officials said.
The incident was reported about 9:15 p.m. in the 2500 block of Peck
Road, said Los Angeles County sheriffs Deputy Bill
The deceased girls name was not released Sunday pending notification
of her family, said Los Angeles County coroners Lt. Cheryl
The girls were standing in front of the location when they were
approached by two males, Brauberger said.
The males opened fire on the girls and fled north on Peck Road on
foot, he said.
Both wounded teenagers were taken to a local hospital (Arcadia Methodist) where the
16-year-old girl was pronounced dead, said Brauberger.
The other girl was listed in stable condition, he said.
No further details were available.
Thanks to Common Sense for the heads up…. Much appreciated

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The Real KFI

If you spend anytime on the road switching radio channels in LA, you’ve probably listened to KFI, which brodcasts from a tower in La Mirada. I’ve listened to the station since at least 1988, and remember the days of Tom Leykis, Joe Crummey,  Phil Hendrie and the attempted Political Human Sacrifice of U.S. Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas..

When Hendrie was replaced with John Ziegler I wasn’t going to listen, but I did — and liked what I heard.

Well if you don’t know it by now, let me break the news — Ziegler is gone. Apparently a pretty nasty divorce.

Zig has put up a page that tells his side of the story.

Here’s the intro:

This website is dedicated to telling the totally true story of John Ziegler’s experience at KFI in Los Angeles. John realizes that the creation of this website probably ends any chance that he will ever again hit the highest levels of talk radio and may very well end his talk radio career totally. But he is at peace with that potential consequence because he feels there are certain truths that are worth the risk to tell, especially when you are really the only person in the world in a position to do so.

This website is devoted to one of those truths. Specifically, that the talk radio industry (and particularly KFI) is dominated by freaks, fakes, frauds and phonies who tend to make crack whores seem respectable and reputable by comparison ….

There’s plenty more packed into a dense four-page read….

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Accused trashcan killer appears in court

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Issac Campbell, accused of killing his girlfriend, stuffing her body in a trashcan and dumping the can in a friend’s backyard appeared in court in Alhambra Friday ostensibly to enter a plea in the case.

There was no plea. Instead there was some in chambers discussions about the case, before Campbell was removed from court and returned to jail.

Campbell is accused fo killing Liya Jessie Lu, a nursing student who he met at PCC. Lu’s family and friends have been following the case closely in both the local Chinese media and through the PCC student newspaper.

The photo is by Star-News staffer Walt Mancini. If you steal it, credit him.


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