El Monte school teacher accused of showing pornographic images to kids in classroom

EL MONTE >> Police arrested a teacher at Columbia School in El Monte Friday on suspicion of showing pornographic images to children in a classroom, authorities said.
Jeff Minh Ha, 42, was booked for exhibiting harmful matter in the presence of a minor, a felony, according to El Monte police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
In a written statement, El Monte police Sgt. Jason Chao said Ha displayed the inappropriate images to “a small group of minors inside a classroom.” The victims were described as about 12 years old.
Police arrested Ha at the school “without incident” about 1:50 p.m., Chao said.
El Monte City School District officials were fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation, Chao said.
No further details were released Friday.
According to the school’s website, Ha teaches the 6th grade at the campus, which instructs kindergarten through 8th grade.
Ha was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
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Wanut doctor accused of continuing to write prescriptions pending trial

LOS ANGELES >> A doctor from Walnut awaiting trial on accusations of over-prescribing powerful painkillers were re-arrested this week on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bail by continuing to issue prescriptions, district attorney’s officials said.
John Dimowo, 56, of Walnut was arrested during a court appearance Friday, ahead of the planned April 24 start of his trial on eight counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
“Dimowo, who was out on $60,000 bail on a restricted prescribing license, wrote dozens of prescriptions to his patients in violation of the court’s orders, prosecutors alleged in the motion,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bail pending his trial, authorities said. He’s accused of prescribing Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam to undercover investigators at his Wilmington office without providing appropriate examinations between 2012 and 2013.

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Man carjacked in Covina

COVINA >> A gunman carjacked a man in Covina, ordered the victim to drive him a short distance, then fled with the victim’s car early Friday, police said.
The crime took place about 12:15 a.m. after a South Bay man in his mid-30s had just dropped off a friend in the 1100 block of North Sunflower Avenue, Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said. The victim was returning to his vehicle, a white, 2012 Kia Sportage SUV, when the carjacker approached and asked for a ride.
When the victim refused, the carjacker pulled a handgun and got into the SUV’s passenger seat, the sergeant said. When the SUV reached the area of Citrus Avenue and Covina Boulevard about two miles to the west, the gunman ordered the driver out of his SUV. The victim’s wallet and cell phone were also stolen.
The carjacker fled in the vehicle as the victim walked to a nearby business to call for help.

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Drive-by shooting reported in Altadena

ALTADENA >> Deputies are seeking an attacker or attackers who shot at two teenagers from a passing car late Thursday, officials said.
No injuries were reported in connection with the shooting, which took place shortly after 7 p.m. near Lincoln Avenue and Mendocino Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Cruz Solis said.
The victims, a girl of about 16 and a boy of about 18, were walking when someone opened fire from a passing vehicle, described only as a dark-colored car resembling a Dodge Charger, the lieutenant said.
Neither victim was believed to have gang ties, he said.

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Whittier police plan checkpoint Friday

WHITTIER >> Police will check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Friday, authorities said.
The checkpoint will take place between 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Whittier, Whittier police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, DUI-related crashed in Whittier have resulted in three deaths and 188 injuries, Sgt. David Elizarraras said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Home, cars struck by gunfire in La Mirada drive-by shooting

LA MIRADA >> Bullets pierced an occupied house and three cars in a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood Thursday, but injured no one.
Deputies received reports of gunfire about 11:20 a.m. in the 11900 block of Dilworth Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
A dark-colored sedan passed by and someone fired about 12 shots, striking a house with six people inside and three cars parked nearby, the lieutenant said.
The motive in the shooting remained under investigation.

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Man shot to death in Santa Fe Springs

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> A man died after a confrontation escalated into gunfire late Wednesday, police said.
The fatal shooting took place just before 7 p.m. in the 9900 block of Painter Avenue, near Barton Circle, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The victim, described as a Whittier man in his 20s, died at the scene, the lieutenant said. His name was not released pending notification of family.
He was walking north along Painter Avenue when a silver compact car came to a stop near him, Ellis said.
A passenger exited the car and began arguing with the victim, he said. The argument turned into a fight.
“The suspect pulled out a handgun and fired numerous times, striking the victim,” Ellis said.
The killer then got back into the car, which sped off, he said.

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South Pasadena teens admit to planning mass shooting; sentenced to probation

SOUTH PASADENA >> Two teenage boys were sentenced to probation Wednesday after admitting they planned a mass shooting at South Pasadena High School in August.
The teens, now 17 and 18, admitted to one felony count of making criminal threats for the plot against their school last year, which was discovered three days before the start of the school year.
The confessions came on what was scheduled to be the first day of trial.
South Pasadena police Detective Sgt. Robert Bartl, who has worked the investigation since the beginning, said he was pleased to see the case come to an end.
“I’m just very happy to see that there’s a resolution to this, and that there were some consequences to their actions,” he said. “I think it’s important for the students and administrators at the school to see the end of this… that they are safe.”
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Pico Rivera bank branch robbed


PICO RIVERA >> A man fled with cash after robbing a Whittier Boulevard bank branch Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The bank robbery occurred about 1 p.m. at the Bank of the West, at Whittier and Rosemead boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Scott Chapman said.
A man handed a teller a note demanding money before fleeing with an unknown amount, the sergeant said.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man of about 40 years old, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and of medium build. He had a salt and pepper mustache and a tattoo on his left neck and shoulder area. He wore a black and blue Yankees cap, sunglasses, a white T-shirt and blue jeans. He was last seen on Rosemead Boulevard on foot.

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Woman robbed at gunpoint outside West Covina grocery store

WEST COVINA >> A man robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint in the parking lot of a grocery store at the Eastland Center early Sunday, police said.
The robber drove up to the 53-year-old woman about 9:35 a.m. as she walked in the parking lot of Albertons, located inside the shopping center at Workman Avenue and Citrus Street, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
While still seated in the driver seat of his car, the robber brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded the woman’s purse, Patton said. “Out of fear, she complied.”
The woman suffered no injuries, Patton said. A detailed description of the robber or his car was not available.

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