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Monterey Park Woman Arrested for Injecting Botox Illegally

(EGPNews) –Monterey Park police yesterday announced they have arrested Monterey Park resident Donna Ching-Fang Kao, 60, for allegedly practicing medicine without a license by injecting clients with “Botox” in her home. The investigation began after a former client suffered severe trauma to her face after being injected by Kao at her home several months ago, according to the city’s news release.

A search warrant was served at Kao’s home at the time of arrest. She is currently free on bail and is scheduled for arraignment in Alhambra Superior Court on Dec. 12, 2012.

Kao is not licensed to provide any type of medical treatment, according to the news release.

Armed Robbery Suspects Arrested in Boyle Heights

(EGPNews)—Four armed robbery suspects were arrested in Boyle Heights on Monday after allegedly robbing a jewelry store in downtown Los Angeles.

Four male blacks entered a jewelry store at 11:15 a.m. in the 800 block of Broadway and stole some jewelry, then fled in a black Cadillac, according Officer Rosario Herrera, of LAPD media relations.

Officers responding to a call located the suspects in Boyle Heights, a perimeter search was established near Soto Street, south of Fairmount, she said.

Two handguns and a third of the jewelry stolen was recovered, Herrera said.

The crime occurred in the LAPD Central Division but the arrests took place in the Hollenbeck Division, she said.

Man Found Dead in Cypress Park Driveway

(CNS) – Police on Tuesday sought the public’s help to solve the apparent gang-related killing of a young man gunned down in the Cypress Park area of Los Angeles.

Juan Carlos Alquisira, 20, was shot several times about 8:20 p.m. Monday in the 3200 block of Division Street. Paramedics took Alquisira to a hospital, where he died.

No arrests were reported, and no description of the suspect or suspects was released.

Anyone with more information on the crime was urged to call Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives at (323) 344-5744, or (877) LAPD-247.

Former LA Housing Official Sentenced for Conspiracy and Bribery

(CNS) – A former Los Angeles housing official, who spent two years living as a fugitive in Guatemala while his brothers were prosecuted for their roles in a scheme involving contracts for non-existent construction projects, was sentenced Monday to 51 months in prison.

Victor Taracena, 42, who worked for the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles from 2003 to 2007, pleaded guilty in August to arranging for contracts to be awarded to sham companies created by his siblings, Assistant U.S. Attorney Bay Gilchrist said.

Along with the prison term, U.S. District Judge Percy Anderson ordered Taracena to pay restitution of about $526,500 and serve three years under supervised release after he leaves prison, Gilchrist said.

After the phony firms received checks totaling about $526,000 from the Housing Authority, the brothers kicked back more than $100,000 to their sibling, prosecutors said.

His brothers, Bennett A. Taracena and Diego L. Taracena, were each sentenced in June to 21 months in prison for their parts in the scheme after pleading guilty to federal conspiracy charges.

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