Hombre Detenido Después de Una Muerte “Sospechosa”

September 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WHITTIER

(CNS) – Un hombre fue detenido el miércoles bajo la sospecha de haber matado a una mujer cuyo cuerpo fue encontrado en el complejo de apartamentos de Whittier en donde ella vivía.

Rafael Castillo, de 56 años, fue arrestado bajo la sospecha de homicidio el martes por la noche, según la policía de Whittier, pero los detalles del crimen no estaban disponibles de inmediato. Fue nombrado anteriormente una persona de interés en la investigación.

Oficiales fueron enviados al bloque 11700 de la avenida Floral alrededor de las 7:30 de la mañana.

El martes, en respuesta a un reporte de un “hombre caído” encontraron el cuerpo de Sandra Polanco, de 54 años, según la oficina del forense y el oficial de policía de Whittier, John Scoggins.

Una autopsia estaba pendiente para determinar la causa de la muerte.

“En este momento, la Oficina de Investigaciones de Policía de Whittier está manejando el caso como una muerte sospechosa”, dijo Scoggins.

Automovilista Muere en un Accidente

August 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

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Un automovilista de 22 años murió el martes en un accidente de un solo vehículo en un área no incorporada cerca de Whittier.

El conductor fue identificado después como Manuel Vázquez de El Monte, según la Patrulla de Carreteras de California y el investigador Rudy Molano de la oficina del forense.

El Departamento de Bomberos del Condado de Los Ángeles fue enviado a las 2:13 de la mañana al bloque 3888 del sur de Workman Mill Road en respuesta a un reporte de un vehículo que se estrelló contra una pared, dijo el supervisor de despacho del departamento, Ed Pickett.

Vázquez estaba manejando con exceso de velocidad hacia el norte en Workman Mill Road y perdió el control de su Honda Civic 2004 mientras se movía a lo largo de una curva en la carretera, reportó la Patrulla de Carreteras de California.

El automóvil giro a la derecha y golpeo el borde de concreto levantando que bordea la carretera, dijeron los oficiales de CHP. El Honda continuo sobre la acera y golpeó una cerca de lazo de cadena, luego un gran ladrillo y pilar de hormigón.

Vázquez fue declarado muerto en la escena, dijo Pickett.

Incendio de Montebello Causa Trafico y Corta Electricidad

August 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Armen Bagramryan, dueño de la barbería Oilers, le dijo a EGP que escuchó una fuerte explosión poco después de la medianoche del martes, pero no pensó en nada hasta que empezó a recibir llamadas telefónicas de familiares y amigos. Ahí es cuando dice que se enteró de una explosión que había ocurrido en el Centro de Colisión de Seidner (Seidner’s Collision Center), la tienda de autos ubicada al lado de su barbería.

“Fue un ruido fuerte, pero nada que me alarmo”, dijo de su reacción inicial.

Cuando las llamadas comenzaron a entrar, “colgué el teléfono y me dirigí a mi barbería”, dijo Bagramryan, que vive a unas tres cuadras de distancia cerca del Hospital de Beverly (Beverly Hospital). “La policía había bloqueado las calles”, y no pudo acercarse a su tienda, dijo.

La explosión en la tienda de dos pisos fue reportada alrededor de las 12:30 de la madrugada en el bloque 300 del bulevar Whittier, según el Departamento de Bomberos de Montebello.

Un incendio de dos alarmas durante la noche del martes en un taller de reparación de automóviles en Montebello, destruyo coches en el sitio y forzó el cierre del bloque 300 del bulevar Whittier durante varias horas. (EGP Foto por Carlos Alvarez)

Un incendio de dos alarmas durante la noche del martes en un taller de reparación de automóviles en Montebello, destruyo coches en el sitio y forzó el cierre del bloque 300 del bulevar Whittier durante varias horas. (EGP Foto por Carlos Alvarez)

Cuando los bomberos llegaron, encontraron el edificio envuelto en llamas y “una línea eléctrica explotando”, informo ABC7 News. La electricidad tuvo que ser cortado a cientos de residentes, según el departamento de bomberos.

Varios residentes cercanos fueron evacuados temporalmente, según informes de prensa.

El bulevar de Whittier fue cerrado por varias horas entre la 3ra calle y la 4ta calle mientras que los bomberos trabajaron para detener las llamas pesadas, aprovisionadas de combustible por los productos químicos usados por el negocio. La parte posterior de la estructura se derrumbó y varios coches en la estructura fueron destruidos por completo.

Esperando lo peor, Bagramryan le dijo a EGP que estaba aliviado al descubrir que el único problema en su barbería era que no había electricidad.

Alrededor de 160 clientes perdieron su electricidad, de acuerdo con el sur de California Edison (Southern California Edison), que esperaban tener su electricidad totalmente restaurado a mediados de la tarde el miércoles.

Bagramryan abrió su barbería hace unos dos años y le dijo a EGP que esta es la segunda vez en tantas semanas que el fuego le ha causado preocupación. Dijo que nunca fue capaz de averiguar la causa de ese incendio, solo a tres edificios desde su ubicación.

La causa del incendio de talleres no se conoció de inmediato, dijeron los funcionarios de bomberos. Todavía está bajo investigación.

No se reportaron lesiones.

Man Charged With Killing Ex-Wife and Injuring Her Boyfriend

July 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A contract employee at the Montebello jail was charged with murder and attempted murder charges Wednesday.
Efrem Ruben Lozoya, 38, of Pico Rivera was accused of fatally shooting his ex-wife and seriously
injuring her boyfriend during a child custody exchange at her apartment in Whittier.

Lozoya faces up to 75 years to life in state prison if convicted of murdering Nereida Villanueva, 33, from whom he had been divorced for several years, and trying to kill her boyfriend, whose name was withheld.

Lozoya allegedly shot the victims about 11:10 a.m. Saturday after arriving to drop off one of his two children with his ex-wife at her apartment in the 13900 block of Coteau Drive.

He turned himself in about 5 p.m. that day at a local police station.

Lozoya, who appeared in a courtroom in Downey, was ordered to be held in lieu of $5 million bail while awaiting arraignment July 18.

Reputed Gang Member Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ In Slaying of Whittier Cop

May 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A reputed gang member charged with killing a Whittier police officer and wounding the officer’s partner after gunning down his own cousin in February pleaded not guilty Monday during an arraignment hearing in Norwalk.

Michael Christopher Mejia, 26, appeared in court in connection with the Feb. 20 killings of Officer Keith Boyer, 53, and his own cousin, 47-year-old Roy Torres, in East Los Angeles earlier the same day.

Mejia is charged with two counts of murder, which include the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer in the performance of his duties, murder for the purpose of avoiding arrest and multiple murders.

After entering his pleas, Mejia was ordered to return to court May 30 for a preliminary hearing meant to enable a judge to decide whether there’s enough evidence to warrant a trial.

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Prosecutors have not yet decided whether to seek the death penalty against Mejia, who is also charged with one count each of attempted murder of a peace officer, carjacking and possession of a firearm by a felon with two prior convictions — second-degree robbery in 2010 and grand theft auto in 2014.

The charges include allegations that Mejia personally and intentionally discharged a handgun and that he committed the crimes “for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang.”

Boyer — the first Whittier officer killed in the line of duty in about 37 years — was fatally shot when he responded shortly after 8 a.m. Feb. 20 to a report of a traffic collision near Colima Road and Mar Vista Street in which Mejia had allegedly been involved.

Mejia allegedly pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and fired at Boyer as well as Officer Patrick Hazell, who was shot in the abdomen but survived. Mejia was shot in the back during the shootout.

About 5:30 that morning, Mejia allegedly gunned down his cousin and took the victim’s car, which he crashed into two other vehicles in Whittier.

Thousands of law enforcement officers, friends and family members attended Boyer’s funeral on March 3. He was remembered as a dedicated public servant who had been with the police department for 27 years, a talented drummer, loving friend and even a “goofy” father of three adult children.

Whittier police Chief Jeff Piper broke down in tears as he concluded his remarks at Boyer’s funeral at Calvary Chapel Downey.

“Keith’s memory will live forever in the halls of our department and in the minds of everyone who knew him, for you see Keith was a hero, and they say heroes never die, they live forever,” the police chief said.

Mejia had recently been released from jail. Piper and Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell have both suggested that Mejia was back on the streets due to recent voter-approved propositions that reduce criminal penalties and allow for early release of inmates. Los Angeles County began investigating parole and probation records for Mejia after his arrest in February.

 

Whittier Police Officer Killed; Second Officer, Alleged Gunman Wounded

February 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A veteran police officer was shot and killed today and another officer was wounded by a suspected 26-year-old gang member, who had been driving a stolen car and may have been involved in a murder related to the early morning car theft before the fatal gunfire, authorities said.

An emotional Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper told reporters today that the officer killed was Keith Wayne Boyer. Sheriff Jim McDonnell (back) lamented new laws that allow the early release of convicted criminals. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

An emotional Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper told reporters today that the officer killed was Keith Wayne Boyer. Sheriff Jim McDonnell (back) lamented new laws that allow the early release of convicted criminals. (EGP photo by Fred Zermeno)

Paramedics dispatched at 8:17 a.m. to Colima Road and Mar Vista took the two police officers to UCI Medical Center, according to a county fire department dispatcher.

The officer who was shot and killed was Keith Wayne Boyer. Boyer joined the force in 1989 and became a full-time police officer in 1990, Whittier police Chief Jeff Piper told reporters today at a news conference outside the Whittier police station.

The wounded officer was identified as Patrick Hazel, a three-year department veteran, Piper said. He last was reported in stable condition.

Boyer was a divorced father of grown children, a drummer who played in bands for non-profit events and a “personal friend of mine for 25 years,” Piper said.

“He was the best of the best,” Piper said. “He was humble, smiling, positive. He was a great guy and recently talked to me about retiring.”

The impact of this shooting will “last for years. But we’re gonna get through it. This makes us stronger. And everyone needs to know what these officers face on a daily basis,” Piper said as he broke down in tears.

“We have been grieving since 10 a.m. this morning,” Piper said. “I didn’t think I had any more tears left to cry but obviously I do.”

Gathering himself, Piper took aim at laws which have allowed early release of convicted criminals on parole.

“Enough is enough,” Piper said. “We keep passing laws that keep raising crime. We have to think about what we are doing to our communities and officers by putting these kinds of people back on the street.

“You have no idea how things have changed in the last four years,” Piper continued. “People don’t want to follow rules, don’t care about people.”

Piper’s concerns were echoed by Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell who spoke about the passage of new laws that put convicted criminals like today’s shooter out on the street with an early parole.

“AB 109 provides for some early releases. Prop 47 stops people from entering the system and Prop 51 accelerates their release,” McDonnell said.

“County jail has become a default state prison,” McDonnell said. “But people need to be rehabilitated before they get released on to the streets.

There also needs to be drug treatment and treatment for mental illness first. Right now, we are putting people on the streets who are not ready to be on the streets.”

Sheriff’s Lt. John Corina, who is heading up the investigation in the deadly shootout, declined to release the name of the gunman who remains hospitalized in an intensive care unit this afternoon

“It looks like he’s gonna live,” Corina told the assembled reporters.

Corina also said that witnesses have identified the shooter as the possible gunman involved in a murder early this morning involving the stolen car the gunman was driving through Whittier before he had his accident.

However, Corina did not provide any details on that homicide and car theft, which he said occurred in East Los Angeles early this morning.

The shootout began shortly after the unnamed suspect had rear-ended some motorists, disabling the vehicle he was driving. He then asked people in the car he struck to help him move the disabled vehicle, according to Corina.

Police were called to the location, in the area of Colima Road and Mar Vista Street, at 8:04 a.m., according to a Whittier PD watch commander.

Officers arriving at the scene were told by motorists that the suspect was around the corner with the disabled car, Corina said.

When officers approached the suspect, he was sitting in his car. As they asked him out of the car and prepared to pat him down for weapons, he pulled out a semi-automatic handgun and began firing at the officers, Corina said.

The sheriff’s lieutenant said the suspect was Hispanic, a resident of Los Angeles, had been out of prison on parole for about two weeks and was driving a vehicle stolen in East Los Angeles.

The suspect’s gun was recovered at the scene, Corina said.

“Here you have a case where two officers walk up on a vehicle where they believe someone needs medical assistance and they end up in a gunbattle fighting for their lives,” McDonnell told reporters.

A Whittier Police SUV was observed at the scene with a shattered driver’s side window.

Boyer’s body was taken from UCI Medical Center to the Orange County Coroner’s Office this afternoon in a 10-minute motorcade surrounded by police cars and other public safety officers showing their respect.

Traffic was held while the motorcade passed through Orange County streets.

 

Updated: 6:24 p.m.

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