The feed is over

That’s all for today. Thanks for watching. I’m probably going to try again tomorrow afternoon with a different equipment set up.

In teh meantime, I just learned that the California Highway Patrol was called to the DMV in West Covina to quell angry customers who were turned away at 3 p.m. by office workers who said they couldnt’ handle the case load due to budget cuts.

Photographer Mike Mullen was there and took some excellent shots, which will likely be displayed in a gallery later tonight.

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Live video

Later on this afternoon, we will stream some live video from the newsroom to the Crime Scene blog.

The stream is a test of a plan I’m trying to work out for some court coverage.

My idea is that if we can make it work effectively, there might be some trials we could cover here or elsewhere on the SGVN Web site via streamed Internet Video. Got any ideas?

Let me know.

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Caution children


Ice cream trucks sometimes freak me out. Years ago I wrote a story about a La Puente ice cream man who was also the neighorhood molester. He got busted and we ran the story way inside for politically correct reasons.

Anyway as I was driving home Wednesday night I got behind this ice cream truck and it’s large warning that read CAUTION CHILDREN.

I was wondering about the lack of puncuation. Should it read Caution, children. Or Caution. Children.




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Welcome to West Covina, now clean up!

If the person who decorated this wall on Orange Avenue in West Covina gets caught, he or she will be responsible for the clean up, according to a law signed by Gov. Arnold Wednesday.  This from LAist:

13196-wc13-thumb-300x300.jpgWhen a tagger gets sentenced, it’s up to the judge whether or not being on a clean up crew is part of the punishment or not. Soon, it will be mandatory after Governor Schwarzenegger signed some new graffiti legislation sponsored by Los Angeles that forces part of their punishment to be cleaning graffiti. City officials say graffiti has increased significantly in the past few years, from “25 million square feet of graffiti-stained surfaces in 2005 to 31.7 million in the year that ended June 30,”

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Weird twist in shooting case

This is what we’ll be reporting:

Brett Nichols, who admitted to shooting a Rosemead man then dumping his body in nearby hills, is out of custody. The person he shot, 22-year-old David Rotela, may now face charges.

Here’s a little more information on the story, which ran on the front page of today’s Tribune.

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July 28, 1769

This comes from an account of the Spanish exploration of California under Gaspar de Portola, the first governor of California.

As the expedition entered Orange County on July 28, 1769, they experienced a series of violent earthquakes that changed the course of the Santa Ana River. They prayed and watched the native Indians do the same. As a result the account notes that:

Father Crespi later wrote that at that very moment a violent earthquake struck and the river was thus proclaimed Rio de Los Dulcime Nombre de Jesus de Los Temblores.

An earthquake Web site cataloging earthquakes through history notes:

The earthquake history of California serendipitously begins with the first overland expedition through the State in 1769. In response to the perceived threat posed by Russian expansion into the northern Pacific and growing British presence in the northwestern Pacific, Spain embarked on the colonization of present-day California through the establishment of a series of Franciscan missions, supported by military garrisons at San Diego and Monterey. In the summer of 1769, Gaspar de Portola led the first expedition from San Diego to establish a land route to Monterey.

On July 28, while camped along the Santa Ana River, about 50 km southeast of Los Angeles, a sharp earthquake was felt that “*** lasted about half as long as an Ave Maria.”

From the diaries of three members of the expedition, we know that earthquakes were felt on nearly a daily basis through August 3, as the party traveled northwestward to near San Gabriel and then westward across Los Angeles to the Pacific. The diary of Fray Juan Crespi (Bolton, 1927) mentions no fewer than a dozen aftershocks, some described as violent. After August 4, no further earthquakes were mentioned as the expedition traveled into the San Fernando Valley and exited to the north.

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From the (New York) Times

I didn’t understand where the LA Times was going with it’s earthquake story this morning. Even though the story had A1 placement, the lede was long and convoluted. The photos were beautiful though. Especially the image of a worker cleaning glass from a broken window at Pomona City Hall.

The story didn’t even crack A1 in the New York Times, instead it led with the indictment of U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska. The quake (and another nice photo of Pomona City Hall) story is on A11.

Interestingly, the NY Times quake story cites Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby, of the Walnut Diamond Bar substation as a source.

They should have called him months ago. — He’s known among reporters in this newsroom for famously saying: “Nothing’s going on. But I’m waiting for the big one. It’s coming any day now. I’m sure you’ve read about it in Bible.”

Well Lt. Saleeby, nice call. But there are those who still claim the temblor wasn’t a “Big One” just moderate


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Rosemead robbery nets diamonds

We heard this go down over the scanner Tuesday afternoon. It’s an interesting story especially when paired with the tale of a homicide in Century City.

Here’s some of the Rosemead tale:  

ROSEMEAD – A man was stabbed and robbed of a briefcase full of diamond engagement rings Tuesday, authorities said.

The crime was reported about 5:20 p.m. in the 3600 block of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angles County sheriff’s Lt. Mike O’Shea said.

A man was approached by three Latino men wearing bandanas over their faces and dark hooded sweat shirts, O’Shea said.

One of the suspects pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in his left arm and the robbers grabbed his briefcase, which was filled with diamond engagement rings, O’Shea said.

The victim is believed to be either a jewelry dealer or maker who stopped for dinner on his way to meet clients, he added.

Then there’s this story from Century City: 

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The lost posts and more quake news

When the server died Tuesday, posts on Crime Scene disappeared with it.

I saved the posts and some photos from the quake, which are posted here.

Some buildings at Mt. SAC remain closed this morning, officials said. Damage assesment teams continue to sift through the rubble to determine the suitability of several structures on campus. But classes remain open.

Pomona City Hall reopened this morning, officials there said.

We’re on the story again today.

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