Gunman sought in Pico Rivera 7-Eleven robbery

PICO RIVERA >> A gunman escaped with cash and lottery tickets after robbing a Slauson Avenue convenience store Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The heist took place about 3:52 p.m. at 7-Eleven, at Slauson Avenue and Passons Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Alex Villanueava said.
Two clerks were working when the robber entered the store, brandished a semi-automatic handgun and demanded money, the lieutenant said.
He obtained money from two registers, as well as lottery scratcher tickets, before fleeing, Villanueva said.
The robber was last seen getting driving away in a black vehicle, he said.
Deputies described the robber as a Latino man between 30 and 35 years old, short and heavyset, wearing a green long-sleeved T-shirt, black pants, a green Army-style hat and sunglasses.

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Two dead in Rosemead — murder/suicide

A man and a woman were found shot and killed in Rosemead on Wednesday. Police are not looking for a suspect.

Authorities responded to the 2600 block of Earle Avenue just after midnight and found a male and a female, both in their 20s, shot in the head. The female victim was declared dead at the scene. The male victim was taken to a local hospital, where he later died.

According to authorities, the couple dated and broke up a few months ago, but they still kept the lines of communication open. The young woman came to the home on Tuesday to pick up the man to go out for the day, and when they returned, things seemed fine.

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Busy day in the SGV

Deputies shoot a burg suspect in Azusa;

Shooting in Rosemead leaves six injured; one gravely;
Dead woman turns up in Morris Dam; Sheriff’s dive team headed up Highway 39 to search for second car
Housekeeper accused of burg string that extends over a decade;
Monrovia man arrested in connection with San Bernardino County homicide;
Suspected “Baby Boomer” Bandit caught in Pasadena.
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Crime’s down … just not around here

Call this a round-up of sorts…

Sheriff Lee Baca says crime is down county-wide, except near Industry where homicides are up. 
Here’s a snippet:
Despite the mostly good news, there remain problems in some areas patrolled by the Sheriff’s Department. Most notably in the communities serviced by the Industry Station, violent crime is on the rise.

Moving on… Women have been targeted by robbers in Azusa and Baldwin Park.

Authorities said the same car was used in a robbery of an ice cream vendor in West Valinda and a 16-year-old boy in Rosemead on Monday.

The notorious Avenues gang gets hit again in a federal raid.

Pico Rivera’s fifth homicide is a whodunnit …just like the other four this year.

And, finally DNA catches a man suspected of raping a blind Norwalk woman in May. Here’s how he was caught:

DNA led to the arrest of a suspect in the May 1 rape of an 82-year-old legally blind woman, authorities said Monday.

Antonio Durell Freeman, 31, of Norwalk was booked Friday on suspicion of rape, kidnapping and burglary. He is being held at the sheriff’s Century Station in lieu of $1 million bail. He has a court appearance today at Bellflower Superior Court.

Freeman appeared in the DNA database after Long Beach Police arrested him July 11 on suspicion of spousal assault and took a DNA sample from him, according to Maxwell.

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Back from Spring Break

Looks like crime in the Valley soared over Easter Week. Shootings in La Puente, Rosemead and a guy in West Covina beat and sliced up his wife, according to the cops.

Ladies getting ready for Easter even had to be careful in a Rowland Heights nail salon.
Oh, and apparently Centinelhas returned to the Foothill Cities Blog.
Such is life in the SGV. I wouldn’t trade it for any thing else though.
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Thursday fish wrap

Octomom update: She’s out of the hospital and news crews are fleeing toward her home in Whittier. State wants to know how she got so pregnant..

Landlord wants rent from massacre victim. Local media picked this one up…interesting take on Fox 11 this a.m. — reporter led with “This story, if accurate, …”

Another teen attacked in Baldwin Park..

Jerry Brown speaks at the Quiet Canon. He thinks federal bailout money should be applied to criminal justice programs in California.

Suspect hits deputy with vehicle in Rosemead after dispute over iPOD.

Woman has her purse taken as she stands in front of home.

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Sheriff Baca to host media Friday

Esotouric has its Blood and Dumplings tour of SGV crime scenes, so I guess it should come as no surprise that Sheriff Lee Baca wants to work dumplings into his discussion of SGV crime stats Friday. This from an invitation sent to reporter Rebecca Kimitch:

On Friday, February 6, 2008, from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sheriff Lee Baca will be meeting with various media sources to talk about crime stats
in the San Gabriel Valley and would like to invite you to this important event.  Local Sheriff’s Stations Captain, Cities Mayors, Managers and
Los Angeles Chinese American Sheriff’s Advisory Council will be at the event as well.  A press advisory will follow.

The press conference will be held at: 888 Seafood Restaurant, 8450 Valley Blvd., Rosemead, CA 91770. 

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