Forget about Pechanga or Vega$ there’s slots right here in the SGV

Who knew?

This from reporter Ben Baeder, who chronicles a growing trend right here int he San Gabriel Valley — illegal slot machines:

It’s the long arm of the law versus the one-armed bandits.

Area police are increasingly finding illegal gambling machines at area businesses, such as restaurants, liquor stores and laundromats.

Officers in El Monte and Covina have confiscated 11 machines since Dec. 6.

The discoveries have officers wondering how widespread the practice is.

“We weren’t really looking for them, but after these last couple weeks, we are now,” Covina Police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.

Covina police since Dec. 6 have confiscated four slot machines, including two last week at a laundromat on Azusa Avenue.

And El Monte Police on Tuesday found seven video games converted into gambling machines. The games were llegal gambling machines seized by El Monte Police from businesses.


Even children’s games that give out redemption tickets are technically forbidden. If they desired, officials could enforce the law at Chuck E. Cheese’s or similar establishments.

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UPDATE: Killer of El Monte auto racer remains at large

The cops say there was a struggle. They say there was no robbery. 
It appears that El Monte racing legend Hector Urias had recently installed a surveillance camera at his business on Santa Anita Avenue.

There are going to be a lot of angles to consider and paths to follow for Sheriff’s Detectives investigating the shooting death of Urias.
One thing seems certain, he had a lot of friends and will be missed in the community.
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Hector Urias, El Monte auto racing legend, shot to death

Hector Urias, known around El Monte and at the Irwindale Speedway for his fast cars has been shot to death at his shop in El Monte, officials said Wednesday morning. The shooting occurred about 6:30 a.m. in the 3500 block of Santa Anita Avenue.

Urias was close to the El Monte Police Department and there are several Internet videos of his funny car made out to look like an El Monte cop car.

Wikipedia: El Monte is a residential, industrial, and commercial city in Los Angeles County, California, United States.

El Monte Police Drag Car

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FBI seeks 20 Questions Bandits

Press release from Laura Eimiller at the FBI:


FBI Agents and detectives with multiple law enforcement agencies in three counties are seeking the public’s assistance in learning the identity of the “20 Questions Bandits,” a group of at least four unidentified men believed to be responsible for eleven takeover bank robberies in Ventura, Orange and Los Angeles Counties.

U.S. Bank, East West Bank, Cathay Bank and several Bank of America locations were targeted by the bandits. Bank of America is offering a reward of up to $100,000* in exchange for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for these robberies.

During the various robberies, the bandits were extremely violent and, in some cases, displayed weapons. Witnesses have described four black males, in some cases armed with guns, who have forced bank employees and customers inside the bank to comply with their demands for cash and to follow their instructions.

In some cases, the bandits also robbed victims of personal belongings. During the initial robberies linked to this group, the suspects asked several questions while inside the bank, according towitnesses and were, therefore, nicknamed the “20 Questions Bandits.”

The most recent robbery attributed to the “20 Questions Bandits” occurred on April 2, 2010 at a Bank of America in the city of Newport Beach.

The group is also believed responsible for robberies in El Monte and Rowland Heights, Eimiller said.

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Counsel general says travel to Mexico is safe despite Salcedo slaying

This from KPCC


Mexican consul general in Los Angeles Juan Marcos Gutierrez-Gonzalez said that the investigation’s taken on high priority in Mexico. “I spoke to several members of the community of El Monte, that communicate to me the concern and I immediately talked to the ambassador of Mexico in the United States, who at the time was in Mexico City. That helped and the undersecretary, at the maximum level.”

Mexican authorities have said they believe the killings were the work of area drug cartels. On Monday, thousands of people attended a candlelight vigil at which Salcedo’s brother urged those in attendance to pressure Mexican officials to find the gunmen.

Consul Gutierrez-Gonzalez said that the slaying, while tragic, should not discourage travelers from visiting his country as long as they take precautions about their surroundings. “You can travel to Mexico. We invite you to visit Mexico but once there, take your precautions. I’m not saying the Salcedos didn’t take their precautions. I think they are victims of something else we don’t know yet.”

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Many questions, few answers in death of El Monte educator Salcedo

Rep. Judy Chu came out swinging Friday — demanding answers from the Mexican government in  the death of Bobby Salcedo. 

On Friday Chu’s office issued a statement urging Mexican authorities to solve the slaying. So far, there has been no official response from Mexico.
Here’s Chu’s statement:

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