San Dimas check cashing business robbed

SAN DIMAS — An armed robber fled with an undisclosed amount of money after robbing a check cashing business Friday, officials said.
The crime occurred about 1 p.m. at a business in the 800 block of West Arrow Highway, Lt. J. Cummins of the sheriff’s San Dimas Station said.
The robber was only described as a white man, he said.
He entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded cash, the Cummins said.
The robber was last seen fleeing the area on foot, he added.

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Two men wounded in Norwalk shooting

NORWALK — Two men were shot and wounded Friday in an apparently gang-related attack, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 12:40 p.m. in front of Ty’s Liquor Store, 16024 Pioneer Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Renteria said.
Wounded in the attack was a 39-year-old man investigators believe was the intended target of the shooting, as well as a 19-year-old man who was believed to be a bystander, the sergeant said.
The victims were standing near the store when two Latino men witnesses said looked like gang members approached in a gold foreign compact car, Renteria said.
After a brief exchange of words, the shooters opened fire from inside their car, he said.
The older man was shot in the back, Renteria said, and the younger man was shot in the neck. Both men were expected to survive.

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Monrovia man to appear in court in torture, murder case

From the Associated Press:

MONROVIA — A self-proclaimed preacher who was on the “America’s Sexiest Bachelor” pageant will be arraigned next week for allegedly torturing and murdering an ex-porn actress.
Brian Lee Randone was charged last week with beating and suffocating Felicia Lee at their Monrovia home. He faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted.
The 45-year-old Randone remained jailed Friday on $2 million bail. Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison did not know whether he had an attorney.
Prosecutors say Randone killed his 31-year-old girlfriend on Sept. 11. No motive has been released.
Lee had bits parts in several movies, including “Rush Hour 2” and made several adult movies under the name Felicia Tang.
Randone appeared on the pageant nine years ago on Fox.

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It’s a girl: Fallen firefighter’s daughter born

LANCASTER — Fire officials Friday announced the birth of fallen firefighter Arnaldo Quinones’ baby girl, Sophia Grace Quinones.
Quinones, 34, of the Los Angeles County Fire Department died Aug. 30 along with fellow firefighter Capt. Tedmund Hall, 47, when the truck they were driving went off a mountain road while battling the Station Fire.
Quinones’ widow, Lori Quinones, gave birth to Sophia Tuesday at Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said in a written statement.
She weighed in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces and was 21 inches long, officials said. Both mother and baby are doing very well.
“At Fire Station 82 in La Canada Flintridge, where Arnie Quinones once worked, there has been an influx of gifts sent in from online baby showers,” the statement said.

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National Day of Remembrance

Today — I took the details from Facebook

Victim Organizations in SoCal
Friday, September 25, 2009
11:00am – 2:00pm
Hall of Adminstratin Building
500 W. Temple St
Los Angeles, CA


Flyer – 

Law Enforcement agencies, politicians, homicide victims and survivors groups have united together to put on this event for Murdered Victims in Southern California.

Our mission is to send a powerful message that we as a Nation, remember our murdered victims, honor their courage and vow to do whatever we can to prevent another murdered victim.

This event is also to remind people that murder impacts each and every one of us, and every community nationwide and that people are murdered every single day in this country.

Our Guest Speakers are The Attorney General Jerry Brown and The Former U.S. Director of Office Of Vicitms of Crime John Gillis.

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Manson follower Susan Atkins dead at 61

From Linda Deutch, Associated Press:


LOS ANGELES — Susan Atkins, a follower of cult leader Charles Manson whose remorseless witness stand confession to killing pregnant actress Sharon Tate in 1969 shocked the world, has died. She was 61 and had been suffering from brain cancer.

Atkins’ death comes less than a month after a parole board turned down the terminally ill woman’s last chance at freedom on Sept. 2. She was brought to the hearing on a gurney and slept through most of it.

California Department of Corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton said that Atkins died late Thursday night. She had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 2008, had a leg amputated and was given only a few months to live.

She underwent brain surgery, and in her last months was paralyzed and had difficulty speaking. But she managed to speak briefly at the Sept. 2 hearing, reciting religious verse with the help of her husband, attorney James Whitehouse.

She had been transferred to a skilled nursing facility at the California Central Women’s Facility at Chowchilla exactly one year before she died.

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Man suspected in La Puente armed robbery

LA PUENTE — Officials jailed a man Wednesday on suspicion of taking part in an armed robbery, authorities said.
Allen Parra, 24, of La Puente was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Hiroshi Yokoyama said.
Three other men believed to be involved in the robbery remained at large, he said.
A deputy was flagged down about 10:15 p.m. near Nelson and Orange avenues by a 26-year-old La Puente man who told them that four young men had just used a knife to rob him of his cell phone and wallet, the lieutenant said.
The deputy spotted several men running in the area and was able to capture one of them, Yokoyama said, who was later identified as Parra.
The suspects who were not caught were described as Latino men in their early- to mid-20s, Yokoyama said. They were between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 2 inches tall and between 110 and 180 pound, and all wore black clothes.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Parra is due in El Monte Superior Court for arraignment Friday.

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Friday marks “National Day of Remembrance for Murder Victims”

LOS ANGELES — Hundreds of family members and friends of homicide victims are expected to gather Friday in Los Angeles to remember and honor loved ones lost to murder.
The gathering is for the third annual “National Day of Remembrance For Murder Victims,” organizers said.
The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. behind the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 W. Temple Street.
Speakers will include California Attorney General General Jerry Brown, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and others.
In Los Angeles, the event is being hosted by the organization Justice For Murdered Children, and will be attended by a host of organizations benefitting family members of homicide victims.

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