This comes from Jan Williams, whose son and grandsons were killed last summer at their home in Rowland Heights. Manling Williams, wife and mother of the victims, is awaiting trial for slayings, and could face the death penalty. Here’s Jan’s commentary:
Jan Williams, whose son and grandsons were killed last August at their home in Rowland Heights, will be participating in a rally supporting Marcy’s Law, described as a bill of rights for victims of violent crimes. The press conference will take place outside the condo where Neal, Devon and Ian were slain. Here’s the top of the press release:
The Board of Supervisors doubled the $10,00 reward being offered for information in the slaying of a 90-year-old Altadena woman. This comes from one of our wire services:
The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction was originally posted a
few days after the body of Evelyn Mosely was found on May 8 in her home, which had
been deliberately set on fire.
Firefighters who quickly extinguished the blaze at 3225 Lincoln Ave. discovered her
body in the kitchen, and investigators found signs of a struggle.
A housekeeper was booked on suspicion of murder hours later but was quickly exonerated and set free.
Anyone with information about Mosely’s death was asked to call sheriff’s homicide Lt.
Liam Gallagher at (323) 890-5500.
Although we initially reported the unidentified man who was killed in this incident was from an unidentified street gang, officials now say the dead man was a member of the Azusa 13 Gang.
From Brian Day’s story:
AZUSA – A man was shot to death early Sunday in a gang-related attack, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 1:15 a.m. in an alley in the 100 block of Newburgh Street, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Rick Pedroza.
The dead man was initially described only as a 23-year-old Azusa resident pending notification of family members, said Los Angeles County
Department of Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben.
He is believed to have been a member of a local street gang, Deputy Derrick Thompson said.
The man died at the scene after being shot several times in the “upper torso,” said Deputy Derrick Thompson.
Twelve-year-old Albert Garcia and his father Juan were buried in Riverside Monday at a private ceremony.
Montebello police continue to badger the family about talking to the media, while they are apparently making little progress in their investigation. I received this note from a family member regarding police pressure in the case:
The cops told (the family) to not talk to the press because we were going to ruin the case.
I wonder if this is the sort police communication with citizens that Montebello’s new city council approves of?
This comes from reporter Amanda Baumfeld:
Didn’t know if you’d like to post some juicy details about the El Monte barricade but it got kinda crazy.
So Watchara had the brilliant idea of having us walk around to a side street. We got a front seat view of everything. It broke down like a movie. As were walking towards the house we heard the SWAT team get on a loud speaker, “This is the U.S. Marshall and El Monte Police Department. We know you’re in there. Come out with your hands up.”
Then all of a sudden we see them just bust out the front windows and then pop two things of tear gas in the home. But the noise was so loud it definitely sounded like gunshots. A group of people claiming to be related to German Palacios, a person of interest in the April 12th murder of Jack Edward Hicks, stood right by us crying and waiting to see what was happening.
One more shot of tear gas before officers emerged from the home with Palacios in custody.
This comes from reporter Amanda Baumfeld. It’s the details of a shooting that occurred Wednesday afternoon in South El Monte:
SOUTH EL MONTE – Detectives are searching for a suspect who gunned down and killed a businessman in his office Wednesday, officials said.
Lam Michael, 39, was shot several times when a male suspect walked into his office at Fashion Icon Inc., a garment business at 2459 Merced Ave., said Lt. David Coleman of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The shooting occurred around 2:30 p.m. and Michael was pronounced dead at the scene about 20 minutes later, officials said.
“We don’t know the cause or reason for the shooting,” said Coleman. “It could be a myriad of reasons.”
The suspect is described as an Asian male, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, between the age of 20 and 25, according to Coleman. Police believe he ran from the scene.
There were about 20 workers inside Fashion Icon at the time of the killing, Coleman said. No one else was injured.
Repeated calls to the business for comment went unanswered Thursday.
It does not appear to be a gang-related shooting, Coleman said.
“He was just a businessman who was shot,” Coleman said. “It is probably safe to assume it was related to some specific incident.”
Some evidence has been recovered from the scene, as well as surveillance video, Coleman said.
It was business as usual Thursday afternoon on Merced Avenue where the garment manufacturer is among a variety of companies. The only remnant of a crime scene was tattered yellow police tape behind.
Many workers at surrounding businesses were unaware of the crime.
Oscar Serrano, owner of Art & Design Installations Inc. located down the block, said he heard there was shooting but knew no details.
“It’s not a good neighborhood but it’s not a real bad neighborhood,” Serrano said. “It’s strange that the shooting happened during the day, you normally hear about them at night.”
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed Tuesday to postpone a preliminary hearing for a woman accused of killing her husband and two children.
The move is one of several delays in the case since Man-ling Williams was arrested in connection with slaying of her husband Neal and children Ian and Devon.
This small note comes from Jan WIlliams, mother of Neal grandmother of Ian and Devon. Jan attends each hearing in the case and reports to Crime Scene readers on the state of the case:
At a hearing today it was determined that they need to set another date in order to set a date for the preliminary. Next check in hearing date is June 26. Jan
My comment: Sounds like something from the court of the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland.
About 24 hours before Wednesday’s expected swearing in of a new police chief in Baldwin Park, another resident got murdered.
In a drive-by shooting to be exact. It occurred just blocks from the police department. Remarkable because it’s the city’s fifth homicide in 2008.
By comparison, at this time last year, Baldwin Park recorded just one slaying.
Welcome to Baldwin Park, “Hub City of the San Gabriel Valley.”
A stiff ocean breeze blew in from the Pacific Wednesday. Purple blossoms blew off the Jacarandas and bunched up in the gutter. Dust kicked up and made the intersection of Ramona Boulevard and Merced Avenue seem like an apparition from the Wild West.
It must have sounded like something out of a Clint Eastwood movie about 6:15 p.m. Tuesday evening.
A car with two women and a man approached the intersection from the west and stopped at the light. Another car pulled alongside. Shots rang out. Gunfire struck the man in the stopped car at least once.
By 7 p.m. he was dead and laid out on a slab in a local hospital waiting for relatives to identify him. By all accounts there was no immediate provocation for the slaying.
“But who knows what happened before?” asked Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dan Rosenberg.
Even so, “There were indicators to suggest there were local gangs involved,” Rosenberg said. “My guess is that when this all pans out that will be the case.”
The upswing in homicides comes as Baldwin Park is in the midst of remaking itself.
Whole blighted neighborhoods that were once filled with seedy pay-by-the-hour motels and ramshackle motor home courts have been torn down.
The fences, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers and parolees have moved on to greener pastures. Families have started taking over affordable housing options that line Ramona and Baldwin Park boulevards.
Recent news stories suggest despite resistance from longtime shop owners, at least one developer holds high hopes for plans to revitalize the city’s core via eminent domain and redevelopment.
And yet, as if they lived in a town straight out of a spaghetti western, residents still cower in fear of the gangs that seemingly run the real city.
What usually happens in those old films is that the town’s lone sheriff or marshall leaves town and is replaced by a “shoot first, ask questions later” kind of lawman.
The hired new muscle drives out the bad guys and everybody lives happily ever after.
As for the new muscle in Baldwin Park?
Her name is Lili Hadsell, but you can probably call her chief.
Hadsell, who began the year as a lieutenant, likely takes over as the county’s third female municipal police chief. After many years working for the Baldwin Park Police Department, Hadsell told reporter Amanda Baumfeld she’s ready for the challenges — even as the town’s homicide rate continues to soar and residents remain fearful.
“I am not new to the community,” Hadsell said. “Our gang unit has helped with violence and the city is not what it was like 10 years ago. It is relatively safer now. We have a stronger police presence on the street.”
In “High Plains Drifter,” a bad guy tells new sheriff Clint Eastwood: “Life here’s a little too quick … Maybe you think you’re fast enough to keep up with us, huh?”
To which Eastwood responds, “A lot faster than you’ll ever live to be.”
If only things were that simple in Baldwin Park.