Tuesday, May 30, 2017

McCoy Rigby Entertainment announces lineup for LM Theatre's 40th Season


The production team of Cathy Rigby and Tom McCoy kick off the 2017-18 professional theatre season at La Mirada Theatre on September 15 with Ain't Misbeehavin' starring Frenchie Davis.

The former American Idol star Davis leads a production recapturing the Harlem music scene of the 1920's and 30's.

'End of the Rainbow' debuts on October 27 tells the story of the last year of Judy Garland's life.

Cabaret, Newsie's and a yet to be named production will complete the 25th year Rigby and McCoy have been producing their much-acclaimed shows in La Mirada.

McCoy Rigby has added two special events featuring Country music superstar Clint Black April 13-14, 2018 and comedian Rita Rudner on May 19, 2

Deepening marine layer could cause fog and heavy drizzle during morning commute

LA MIRADA-   Tues May 30,

Memorial Day is accepted by many as the unofficial start of the summer season, but a low pressure trough moving in from the north will bring several days of cool overcast days, overnight patchy fog, and drizzle.

This morning the marine layer will begin a gradual burn off after 11 A.M. and we could see a sunny late afternoon and a high today about 71.

The marine layer will return overnight with a again of patchy fog and heavy drizzle, and a breezy chilly low of 59.

Wednesday will be a replay of today, high 70,, and warmer beginning Thursday, reaching into the low 80's by Friday.

Monday, May 29, 2017

La Mirada Crime Blotter- May 29, 2017

Wednesday May 10 

3:23 a.m.   A knife was used in an assault reported at Alondra Blvd and Stage Road.

2:10 p.m.    A man was arrested for shoplifting at the Arco AM/PM at 15700 Valley View Avenue.  The suspect reportedly stole items, and helped himself get himself arrested after returning to the store to retrieve a backpack he left behind.

3:15 p.m.    A vehicle break-in was reported at the Fairway Village Apartment complex at 4501 Beach Blvd.

Thursday May 11

1:30 a.m.    A vehicle break-in was reported in the 14700 block of Jalisco Road.

4:51 p.m.    An vehicle was reported stolen from the 14400 block of Alondra Blvd.

7:25 p.m.    An arrest was made for felony DUI after an injury accident in the 13900 block of Imperial Highway.

8:01 p.m.    A business in the 14200 block of Firestone Blvd reported receiving counterfeit currency

Friday May 12

6:45 p.m.    A vehicle was stolen from the 15200 block of Rosecrans Avenue.

8:20 p.m.     A residential break-in was reported in the 13800 block of Monterey Lane,..

Saturday May 13

1:27 a.m.     A DUI arrest was made at Biola Avenue and Imperial Hwy.

2:50 a.m.    A shoplifting arrest was made at the Arco AM/PM at 15700 Valley View Avenue.

Monday May 15

5:15 a.m.     A business in the 15000 block of La Mirada Blvd was burglarized.

9:40 p.m.     An arrest for possession of a controlled substance was made at Alondra Blvd and Valley View Avenue.

Tuesday May16

1:00 a.m.     A theft of auto accessories was reported in the 14100 block of Rosecrans Avenue.

3:00 a.m.     Deputies responding to a burglar alarm in the 15300 block of La Mirada Blvd discovered a break-in had occurred, with suspects already gone.

10:15 a.m.    A theft from a church in the 15100 block of Cordova Road was reported.

2:00 p.m.      An arrest for possession of a controlled substance was made at La Mirada Blvd and Civic Center Drive.

4:30 p.m.      A physical assault of a child was reported in the 14100 block of Angell Street.

Thursday May 18

1:15 p.m.   A shoplifting arrest was made in the 15200 block of Rosecrans Avenue.

5:30 p.m.    A theft of auto accessories was reported in the 15800 block of La Pena Avenue.

9:15 p.m.    An arrest for possession of a controlled substance was made at Glengarry Drive and Highpoint Drive.

9:25 p.m.    An arrest was made for possession of a controlled substance at Imperial Hwy and Valley View Avenue.

Friday May 19     

1:00 a.m.   An arrest in the 15000 block of Imperial Highway was made for possession of a controlled substance.

10:30 a.m.   An arrest in the 12800 block of La Mirada Blvd was made alleging possession of a controlled substance.

News Briefs:Santa Gertrudes Wall and Parkway project approved

LA MIRADA- The La Mirada City Council selected a contractor at it's last meeting will be doing the work for the long-awaited Santa Gertrudes Wall and Parkway Improvement Project.

The $1.33 Million project replaces the compromised and leaning wall along the east sidewalk between Alicante Road and Rosecrans Avenue, as well as replacement of the uneven walkway.  A city report suggests the current condition in that section of Santa Gertrudes Avenue is just as much a hazardous as it is an eyesore..

A new irrigation system will also be installed as well as new trees.

The project is being funded by proceeds from the Prop C transportation sales tax and is schedules to get underway early this summer.

Norwalk educator named to vacant NLMUSD board seat

NORWALK-   Jude Cazares, a Norwalk father of four was selected by the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified school board to the seat vacated by Margaret Rios after winning a seat on the Norwalk City Council in March.

Cazares a history teacher for 13 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District bested three La Miradans for the post including Diego De Lama who was ranked the highest in the initial phase of the selection process.

Monday, May 22, 2017

28 years to life sentence in 1992 La Mirada Creek Park murder

NORWALK-   Leon Andrew Martinez, 44, received a 28 years to life prison term after being convicted in March 2015 for the murder-for-hire of a woman at Creek Park on July 23, 1992 City News Service first reported.

The sentence was handed down by Judge Robert Higa at Norwalk Superior Court today.

Martinez was hired by Morrad Ghonim, 44, to kill his 17 year-old wife, Victoria Ghonim to stage a robbery gone bad while the couple sat in their car in the park parking lot with their one-year old son.

A Sheriff's criminalist in the Scientific Services Bureau DNA section re-examined evidence in 2009 gathered from the crime scene and came up with a match on Martinez.

It wasn't until after the arrest of Martinez that detectives learned of the plot.

Detectives were able to locate Ghonim after more than four years remarried and living on the Caribbean island of Aruba. He was extradited back to Los Angeles County in May 2015, several weeks after Martinez had already been convicted for being the trigger man.

Martinez ultimately received a lighter sentence after agreeing to testify against

Despite his claims of innocence Ghonim was found guilty of his involvement in November 2016 by a  jury that heard Ghonim's second wife corroborate some of Martinez's testimony. Ghonim received a life sentence without parole.

More: http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Hired-Hitman-Sentenced-to-28-Years-to-Life-Behind-Bars-in-2-Decade-Old-Murders-423710814.html

Excellent coverage from Ruby Gonzalez of Southern California News Group  http://www.whittierdailynews.com/general-news/20170522/hit-man-gets-28-years-to-life-for-killing-la-mirada-mother-in-1992?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

NLMUSD Board Vacancy Candidate interviews tonight

NORWALK-  The Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District board will interview candidates tonight during it's regular meeting tonight at 6:30 P.M. at the District Offices at 12820 Pioneer Boulevard in Norwalk.

The five candidates were selected from the 14 residents that originally applied after their applications were examined and ranked as most qualified by board members.

Three of the five are from La Mirada including Diegi De Lama, the only candidate to receive the highest marks by each of the board members

The other La Mirada residents invited back for the oral interview are Irene Salazar and Jorge Tirado.

Norwalk residents Norma Amezcua and Jude Cazares are the other two finalists.

Diane Gramajo, who placed second in the La Mirada Council, District One vote in March, was not invited back for the  final interview.

The board is expected to select the successful candidate during the meeting.

Also tonight board members will hear the results of a committee report on a proposal to rename the Softball Field at LMHS in honor of gold medal Olympian Jennie Finch.