Club Optimista Honra Jóvenes Voluntarios

October 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ayudando a otros les viene naturalmente a Jasmine Serbin y Jestin Jiménez, quienes fueron honrados el sábado por el Club Optimista del este de Los Ángeles-Monterey Park durante el Inaugural de Premios de Apreciación Juvenil de la organización sin fines de lucro en El Encanto Hall en Monterey Park.

Para Serbin, una estudiante de último año de la preparatoria Garfield en el este de Los Ángeles, es importante ayudar a personas de todas las edades.

Como miembro dedicado del Club Power of Change (Club del Poder del Cambio), el trabajo voluntario de Serbin incluye distribuir comida en Skid Row, visitar a ancianos en asilos y ayudar a alegrar a los niños a través de los programas navideños del White Memorial Medical Center.

El trabajo voluntario de Jasmine Serbin y Jestin Jiménez (sentados, con sus certificados) fue reconocido el sábado 30 de septiembre en un desayuno organizado por el Club Optimista del este de Los Ángeles-Monterey Park.

El trabajo voluntario de Jasmine Serbin y Jestin Jiménez (sentados, con sus certificados) fue reconocido el sábado 30 de septiembre en un desayuno organizado por el Club Optimista del este de Los Ángeles-Monterey Park.

Voluntariado con los niños es especialmente gratificante para Serbin, quien dice que planea estudiar para convertirse en una médica especializada en niños con necesidades especiales.

Jiménez, graduado en 2017 de la escuela preparatoria de Mark Keppel, es actualmente estudiante de primer año en el colegio de Rio Hondo. Él está especialmente dedicado a ayudar a veteranos y familias necesitadas en Montebello, el este de Los Ángeles y Pico Rivera. Aunque aún joven, es un voluntario “de largo tiempo” con grupos como Heart of Compassion (Corazón de Compasión), Rotary, Lions y Kiwanis Clubs de Montebello.

Durante los últimos cuatros años, Jiménez también ha estado activo en el Programa Explorador del Departamento de Bomberos de Monterey Park, que es una combinación perfecta para su objetivo de convertirse en bombero.

Serbin y Jiménez fueron seleccionados para este reconocimiento por sus destacadas contribuciones a la comunidad, el miembro del Club Optimista Jaime Rodríguez le dijo a EGP.

Amigos y familiares de Serbin y Jiménez asistieron a la ceremonia del desayuno del sábado, orgullosos de tener en cuenta el impacto positivo que los dos jóvenes están haciendo en sus comunidades.

SUV Strikes Pedestrians at Bus Stop

November 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

An SUV hit three pedestrians Friday near a bus stop in Monterey Park, leaving a woman dead and two other people critically injured.

The pedestrians were struck about 8:10 a.m. on Garfield Avenue near Garvey Avenue, the Monterey Park Police Department reported.

The woman died at the scene. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives. The survivors were transported for hospital treatment, police said.

According to the preliminary investigation, an SUV hit the three pedestrians, and then struck a vehicle that was pushed into a third vehicle, NBC4 reported.

All of the victims were believed to be in their 70s.


Schurr High School Coach Arrested, Accused of Sexual Abuse

September 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A tennis coach at Schurr High School in Montebello was arrested Monday after being accused of having a sexual relationship with a student that lasted three years.

Van Phuoc “Timothy” Dang, 26, of West Covina, was charged Wednesday with 12 felony counts of meeting a minor for lewd purposes, oral copulation of a person under 18, unlawful sexual intercourse and sodomy of a person under 18, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Van Phuoc “Timothy” Dang, 26, a tennis coach at Schurr High School is accused of sexually abusing a student. (Monterey Park Police Department)

Van Phuoc “Timothy” Dang, 26, a tennis coach at Schurr High School is accused of sexually abusing a student. (Monterey Park Police Department)

He was arrested Monday by detectives from the Monterey Park Police Department after a concerned citizen alerted school police about an alleged sexual relationship between the tennis coach and a student.

According to authorities, Dang had an inappropriate sexual relationship with the unnamed female student that began when she was 14 years old. Investigators determined the majority of the crimes occurred in Monterey Park.

He is being held at the Monterey Park Police Department Jail on $100,000 bail but prosecutors will ask that bail be set at $690,000.

Authorities believe there may be other victims. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Monterey Park Police Department Investigations Bureau at (626) 307-1236.


Update: Sept. 15 11:10 a.m. including information from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office.


Man Faces Life in Prison for Shakey’s Stabbing

July 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A Bakersfield man is facing up to 16 years to life in prison for fatally stabbing a man at a Monterey Park pizza parlor, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Friday.

Jose De Jesus Ruiz, 26, was convicted Thursday of second-degree murder for the Oct. 6, 2012, killing of Patrick Raymond Ortega, 25, of Monterey Park, who was stabbed 15 times at a Shakey’s restaurant at 1955 S. Atlantic Blvd.

“To stab an unarmed person so many times and in such a vicious manner is unfathomable. No one should have been killed that day,” Deputy District Attorney Theodore Swanson said after the verdict.

Ruiz, who testified that he killed Ortega in self-defense, is due back in a Burbank courtroom on Sept. 1 for sentencing.

Soldier From Monterey Park Dies at Fort Hood

June 9, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A decorated Army soldier from the San Gabriel Valley was identified Sunday as the ninth victim of a drowning disaster during training at Fort Hood, as Texas was hit by flooding last week.

Spc. Yingmin Sun, 25, of Monterey Park, was killed in the training accident Thursday, the Pentagon announced.

Sun was a heavy equipment driver who drowned as a truck washed down the rain-swollen Owl Creek on the sprawling Army base in Central Texas.

During his Army career, which started in 2013, he had been awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Korea Defense Service Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon

Eight other soldiers were killed and three injured in the mishap.

An Army investigation is underway.

Monterey Park Officer Accused of Sexual Assault

May 17, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

A Monterey Park police officer is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of sexually assaulting or detaining three women while on duty, forcing each of them to expose themselves and touching two of them.

Israel Sanchez, 40, was arrested Monday and is facing three counts of false imprisonment, one count of bribery, two counts of assault under color of authority and four counts of sexual battery by restraint, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

He faces more than eight years in prison if convicted, according to prosecutors. Sanchez is scheduled to be arraigned in downtown Los Angeles this afternoon.

According to prosecutors, Sanchez detained three women between July 28, 2014, and Aug. 15, 2014, and forced each of them to expose themselves. In two instances, he allegedly touched the women after they exposed themselves.

Upon receiving a complaint in 2014, Israel Sanchez was placed on administrative leave, according to the Monterey Park Police Department.

The case was then investigated by Long Beach police at the request of the Monterey Park Police Department. The investigation was then turned over to the D.A., which filed ten felony counts against the department’s three-year veteran.

“The Monterey Park Police Department and the City of Monterey Park are taking this situation extremely seriously,” said Police Chief Jim Smith. “As public servants we hold ourselves to the highest ethics and standards and have a zero tolerance policy for conduct that is not in-line with those standards.”

Hillary Clinton Brings Campaign to Los Angeles

May 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton brought her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination to Los Angeles Thursday, attending fundraisers and courting black and Latino voters by vowing to raise the national minimum wage and create jobs.

Clinton met with local black leaders during a stop at the California African American Museum in Exposition Park, where she touted her lead over her competitor, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

“I am 3 million-plus votes ahead of Senator Sanders, right?” Clinton told the crowd. “I am nearly 300 pledged delegates ahead of Senator Sanders.”

Among those in the crowd at the event were Reps. Maxine Waters and Karen Bass, both D-Los Angeles, and Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson.

Later in the day, she attended a boisterous rally at East Los Angeles College, where she again derided presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump as a “loose cannon” and a “risk we cannot afford.”

“Now as president, creating good jobs and raising income will be my number-one priority,” she said. “And we will follow the lead of California and raise the minimum wage.”

Clinton also vowed to guarantee equal pay for women.

“And we’re also going to follow California’s lead and make sure we have paid family leave for working families,” she said. “I will do everything I can to make the economy work for everybody, to help more people lift themselves out of poverty, lift themselves into the middle class and go as far as their hard work and talents will take them.”

Hillary Clinton supporters waited in line for hours to see her at East LA Community College. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

Hillary Clinton supporters waited in line for hours to see her at East LA Community College. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

At least two other presidential candidates have spoken at East Los Angeles College and gone on to be elected—John F. Kennedy in 1960 and Clinton’s husband, Bill, in 1992, according to Maria Iacobo of the Los Angeles Community College District.

Members of Union del Barrio, MEXA of East Los Angeles College, LA Brown Berets and several other student and community-based organizations held a march through Monterey Park to East Los Angeles College to protest what organizers called Clinton’s attacks on working-class communities of color and her 2002 vote as a senator in favor of the resolution authorizing military action against Iraq.

“This event is to let Hillary know that she is not welcomed in Los Angeles and to raise community awareness of what she really represents. We will let the community know that either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton would make terrible presidents,” said organizer Ron Gochez.

People gathered outside of the ELAC auditorium to protest against Hillary Clinton. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)

People gathered outside of the ELAC auditorium to protest against Hillary Clinton. (EGP photo by Jacqueline Garcia)


(EGP photo by jacqueline García)

“This action is strictly to protest against Hillary Clinton and not in support of any party and/or candidates.”

There was no response to an email sent Wednesday night to the Clinton campaign seeking comment.

Ninio Fetalvo, spokesman for the Republican National Committee, said Clinton is faltering in her effort to win over Latino voters.

“Hillary Clinton is scrambling to win a nomination she should have locked down months ago,” he said. “Worse, the more Bernie Sanders campaigns in California, the more it looks like he will once again turn Clinton’s false Latino firewall claim on its head.”

Clinton also attended a series of fundraisers, including one at the home of City Councilman Jose Huizar, who called himself a long-time Clinton supporter.

“Hillary Clinton is by far the most qualified candidate for U.S. president who brings with her a wealth of experience, toughness, tenacity and compassion,” he said.

Tickets for the event were $2,700, the maximum individual contribution under federal law to a candidate seeking a party’s presidential nomination, according to Political Party Time, a website that tracks political fundraisers.

Both Sanders and Trump held rallies in Charleston, West Virginia, Thursday, five days before its primary.

Clinton’s Southland swing came amid news that several of her aides—including Abedin—have been interviewed by the FBI as part of an investigation into whether classified information was mishandled by Clinton’s use of a private email server as secretary of state. Clinton has denied any wrongdoing and said she would cooperate with federal investigators.

Reince Priebus, chairman of the Republican National Committee, called the FBI interviews evidence of “gross negligence” by Clinton, saying her use of a private email server was a “reckless attempt to skirt government transparency laws” that “put our national security at risk.”

Breves de la Comunidad

April 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Monterey Park

Kam Hing Wong, 63, se presentó en la corte el martes para escuchar sus cargos por supuestamente atacar a su esposa mientras se bañaba y apuñalarla más de 30 veces.

Wong supuestamente atacó a su esposa con unas tijeras cuando se estaba bañando el jueves pasado, luego la cortó y la apuñaló con un cuchillo de carnicero y un cuchillo regular mientras la perseguía por la casa, de acuerdo con el subprocurador de Distrito, Presciliano Duran.

Wong fue detenido en el patio trasero de la casa de la pareja.

Su lectura de cargos fue pospuesta para el 26 de abril en un delito grave por intento de homicidio, herir a su cónyuge y por causar amenazas criminales.

Si es declarado culpable de los cargos, enfrenta cadena perpetua en una prisión estatal.


South Gate

Una mujer que fue apuñalada en su casa murió el lunes en un hospital, y un hombre fue detenido como sospechoso de su muerte y por el apuñalamiento de una niña de 6 meses de edad que fue hospitalizada.

El ataque se informó alrededor de las 7:10pm el domingo en el bloque de 5200 Pendleton Ave., de acuerdo con la oficina del alguacil.

Alicia Williams, de 32 años, que vivía en el lugar, murió en un hospital acerca las 6:55am del lunes, dijo el subjefe del forense Ed Winter.

El nombre del sospechoso no fue revelado inmediatamente. Las autoridades no pudieron confirmar de inmediato informes de difusión que el sospechoso era el marido de la mujer, y que también apuñaló a la pequeña hija de la pareja.

Detectives del alguacil ayudan a la policía de South Gate en la investigación.

Suspect Arrested for Killing a Man in Monterey Park

April 4, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A suspect was jailed in lieu of $1 million bail Friday for allegedly shooting a 30-year-old man whose decomposing body was found in a car trunk in Monterey Park, authorities said.

The body of Min Gu was found about 6 p.m. March 21 in the trunk of a newer-model black sedan in the 200 block of South Lincoln Avenue, according to sheriff’s officials. He had been shot in the head, the coroner’s office determined.

On Thursday, detectives arrested 37-year-old Andy Chen of San Gabriel on suspicion of murder, sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Rouzan said.

“Detectives believe the motive for the murder was a financial dispute,” Rouzan said.

Sgt. Bill Cotter of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said people told Monterey Park police a strong odor was emanating from the vehicle, leading to the discovery of the remains.

Chen was being held at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station and is due in court in Alhambra on Monday, according to the sheriff’s online inmate records.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives, who are assisting Monterey Park police in the homicide investigation, asked anyone with information about the case to call them at (323) 890-5500. Tips can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.

Breves de la Comunidad

March 24, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Monterey Park

Detectives de homicidios del Alguacil del Condado de Los Ángeles investigan las circunstancias que rodean el descubrimiento de un cuerpo encontrado el lunes dentro de un auto.

El sargento Bill Cotter del Departamento de Homicidios dijo que personas informaron de un fuerte olor a la policía de Monterey Park. Cuando llegaron a la cuadra 200 South Lincoln Ave alrededor de las 7:30pm descubrieron el cuerpo de un hombre en estado de descomposición.

El auto no fue reportado como robado, según Cotter.

Las autoridades no dijeron si habían determinado la causa de la muerte, y si el hombre había sido identificado. Cualquier persona que tenga información puede llamar al (323) 890-5500.


Este de Los Ángeles

El presidente de una lavandería industrial en Gardena se declaró culpable de cargos relacionados con la supervisión de la malversación de más de $8 millones de dólares de su compañía.

Luis Mariano Rodríguez, 48, del Este de Los Ángeles, admitió en la corte que él y otros tres hombres de negocios participaron en un esquema que presentó facturas fraudulentas para su compañía, CM Laundry, que pagó los billetes falsos, con las ganancias siendo compartidas por los cuatro hombres, según la fiscalía.

Rodríguez está programado para ser sentenciado el 20 de junio. Se enfrenta a un máximo de una sentencia de 20 años en prisión federal.

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