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Articles by Brian Day
Prosecutors filed murder and other charges Wednesday against a La Habra man accused of breaking into a South Whittier home and stabbing the elderly resident to death last week in a seemingly random attack.
Kaszey Noel Encarnacion, 25, was charged with one count of murder, two counts of burglary and one count of attempted mayhem in Los Angeles County Superior Court, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials and booking records. (more)
Homicide detectives sought help and urged vigilance Wednesday as they continued seeking a man who they say stabbed an elderly man to death inside a South Whittier home on Tuesday afternoon, as well as assaulted another elderly man two blocks away.
The deadly assault took place about 3 p.m. in the 15300 block of Goodhue Street in South Whittier, while the other attack took place minutes before at a home in the 15500 block of Fernview Street in Whittier, authorities said during a press conference.
“We believe there is a public safety risk,” Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said. “This individual has committed at least two violent assaults on at least two elderly individuals.” (more)
A man died at the scene of a stabbing inside a South Whittier house on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Deputies first responded about 3 p.m. to a report of an “assault with a deadly weapon” in the 15300 block of Goodhue Street in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Information Bureau. (more)
A boy died and a man suffered wounds when gunfire erupted in the parking lot of a Walmart in La Habra on Friday night, authorities said.
The deadly shooting took place about 8:35 p.m. in the parking lot at the southeast corner of Imperial Highway and Beach Boulevard, according to the La Habra Police Department. (more)
La Mirada~A teenage boy was being held in connection with the deadly stabbing of a 49-year-old woman in her La Mirada home last week, officials said Thursday.
The suspect, whose identity was withheld due to his age, was detained shortly after the fatal stabbing of Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez on the morning of June 4, according to Lt. Daniel Vizcarra of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau. He declined to discuss the relationship between the suspect and victim. (more)
Coroner: La Mirada woman died from stab wounds; ruled a homicide
La Mirada~A woman found dead in her La Mirada home last week died as the result of a stabbing and her death has been ruled a homicide, authorities confirmed Wednesday.
Maria Guadalupe Rodriguez, 49, was pronounced dead on the morning of June 4 at a home in the 13300 block of Marlette Drive, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner’s officials. (more)
Developer of proposed ‘sustainable commercial center’ seeks changes to La Mirada’s zoning ordinance; public hearing planned Thursday
The La Mirada Planning Commission will host a public hearing Thursday to discuss zoning ordinance changes that have been requested by the developer behind a proposed 12,000-square-foot, sustainability-focused mixed-use commercial center.
YF Synergy, which is working to build The Grand at La Mirada project at 13525 S. Beach Blvd., has asked the city to make several amendments to Title 21 of the city’s zoning ordinance.
Billed as the city’s “most sustainable commercial project to date,’ the two-story commercial center would include restaurants, retail shops, an express vehicle washing facility, office space, eight electric vehicle charging stations and ample bicycle parking, according to a statement from the developer. (more)
A nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing housing availability in California has filed legal action against La Mirada, as well as eight other Southern California cities, accusing officials of dragging their feet in implementing state-required plans to expand housing.
Californians for Homeownership, which is sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, filed a petition for a writ of mandate last month against La Mirada, as well as Fullerton and Claremont, according to the organization and court documents.
The group has previously filed similar legal action against the cities of Vernon, South Pasadena, Manhattan Beach, Laguna Hills, La Habra Heights and Bradbury. (more)
A candidate’s forum ahead of next month’s Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Governing Board election took a contentious tone as candidates questioned the questions they were being asked by a controversial event moderator, which largely centered around topics of critical race theory, abortion, birth control and gender identity.
The forum with the eight candidates was hosted Sept. 15 by the La Mirada Chamber of Commerce and was broadcast live on La Mirada Blog TV. Those competing in the election are incumbents Norma Amezcua, Narcis Brasov, Rob Cancio and Jorge Tirado, as well as challengers Casey Chattle, Becky Langenwalter, Rudy Miranda and Lorena Vidaurre. (more)
City to declare Sarega winner of District 2 race and reorganize at next meeting
The La Mirada City Council is scheduled to declare election results final next week and re-administer the oath of office to incumbent Andrew Sarega following his narrow victory in the race for the District 2 council seat.
Three votes separated Sarega from his nearest challenger, Chris Pflanzer, in the June 7 election, which was held in conjunction with the statewide primary election. The final count certified by the Los Angeles County Registrar's Office last week listed 570 votes, or 34.34%, for Sarega and 567 votes, or 34.16%, for Pflanzer. (more)