Sunday, October 30, 2011

ALFREDO CAMPOS, JR: Suspect Arrested for Murder in Pico Rivera Hit and Run

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Los Angeles County Sheriff's DepartmentImage via Wikipedia Homicide Investigators from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department are continuing their investigation into the hit and run death of a 38-year old man in Pico Rivera.  Deputies arrested Alfredo Campos, Jr., a 38 year-old male resident of Rancho Cucamonga, for murder following this incident. 
A deputy assigned to the Pico Rivera Sheriff's Station was on patrol in the area of Passons Boulevard north of Telegraph Road, Pico Rivera, just as the event happened at 1:19am Sunday. Witnesses directed the deputy's attention to the suspect, who was fleeing the scene, and the deputy followed the suspect while requesting paramedics to respond to help the victim. 
Pico Rivera sheriff's deputies stopped the car at Slauson Avenue and Boer Street in the unincorporated county area of Whittier and detained Campos, who was then identified by witnesses as the suspect. 
Sheriff's Homicide investigators learned Suspect Campos and the victim were involved in an altercation at a nearby location. According to witnesses, immediately following the altercation, Campos got into his vehicle and purposely ran over the victim while he was in the street. 
The victim suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics from the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Homicide Bureau investigators at 323-890-5500. If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website
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Friday, October 28, 2011


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BARRY BRUCE:  Way Out of Control
By Randy Economy
Los Cerritos Community News

Hawaiian Gardens Councilman Barry Bruce lashed out his critics this week during a city council meeting by stating that “it really hurts when we have been helping people in the community for 30 years” and to see “so many people now are turning their backs on him” and his church known as the Way Out Ministries.
Bruce, who is a Pastor at WOM went on to blast longtime Hawaiian Gardens resident Nidia Matos by calling her a “liar” and “not worthy” during a lengthy and sometimes rambling response to community members at Tuesday’s Hawaiian Gardens City Council Meeting.
Bruce has been critical of several longtime residents and community leaders during the past two years since he won election to the city council.  He has been filmed by Los Cerritos Community News calling residents “fat,” “stupid,” “dumb,” “drunks,” and has even called some residents “deaf and blind.”
On Tuesday, Bruce claimed that his Way Out Ministries has a formal “partnership” with Cerritos College that helps funds scholarship for “smart kids” from Turner High School in order for them to get a college education.
Tom Jackson, the current President of the Cerritos College Board of Trustees is also the longtime Chair of the Advisory Board for Way Out Ministries.  When asked by Los Cerritos Community News on Thursday to explain WOM formal association, Jackson said that “there is none.”
LCCN has obtained documents from Cerritos College that shows that between September 18, 2008 and June 30, 2009, Way Out Ministries did provide for a “Facility Use Agreement” that sub leased space at Way Out for the use of a classroom to conduct a course in child development. The agreement for the facility use fee was waived by both parties, according to Cerritos College document.
In a review of past scholarship recipients, LCCN has learned Jackson served on both boards at the time, but claims that no conflict of interest was broached.

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James Grzeslo: Charged in Beverly Hills Murder of Cathy Ann Carrasco-Zanini

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This map shows the incorporated areas in Los A...Image via WikipediaLOS ANGELES – A 54-year-old man was charged today with murder for allegedly killing his girlfriend with a knife at her Beverly Hills apartment. James Duane Grzeslo (dob 01/08/57) is charged with one count of murder. The complaint alleges that Grzeslo personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, and that the offense warrants a state prison term. Grzeslo of Los Angeles is expected to be arraigned this afternoon in Department 1 of Beverly Hills Superior Court. He is charged in case No. SA079092. Deputy District Attorneys David Zygielbaum and Linda Loftfield will prosecute the case. Cathy Ann Carrasco-Zanini, 58, was murdered on the morning of Oct. 26. The defendant and the victim were in dating relationship, prosecutors said. Grzeslo’s bail is recommended at $1.020 million. If convicted as charged, Grzeslo faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. The Beverly Hills Police Department investigated the case.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

GEORGE SOSA: Funeral services for murdered Norwalk High School student set for Friday, Saturday

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By Randy Economy
Los Cerritos Community News

Funeral services for slain Norwalk High School student George Sosa will be held on Friday and Saturday, and the investigation into the 16 year olds murder continues by law enforcement.
Sosa, 16, a popular student from Norwalk High died last Friday after being stabbed several times as he walked home from the campus with a group of friends along a tree lined street along Harvest Avenue, on his way home from school. 
A viewing will take place on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at Rachel’s Funeral Home located 5708 S. Broadway in Los Angeles.
A Catholic Funeral Mass and Burial will commence beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday at St. Columbille Catholic Church located at 6315 South Main Street also in Los Angeles. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City at 5835 West Slauson Avenue.
Donation boxes for the family have been placed at the Norwalk High School Front Office.
One suspect, also a minor, was questioned and was placed under arrest just hours after the grizzly crime took place.
Another Norwalk High School student, who was apparently walking home with Sosa, was also stabbed in the altercation.  His name has not been made public, but Los Cerritos Community News has been told by several sources that he sustained serious stab wounds.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

BREAKING: Hawaiian Gardens City Council meeting ends before any city business is conducted. Ugly argument ERUPTS before Mayor walks out....

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By Randy Economy Reporter
October 25, 2011
10:28 p.m.

Hawaiian Gardens MAYOR MIKE GOMEZ: 


It was one of the most emotionally charged meetings in recent memory and tonight taxpayers and residents in Hawaiian Gardens are scratching their collected heads after Mayor Mike Gomez abruptly adjourned Tuesday's city council meeting before any official business was conducted.

An argument erupted between Gomez, and combative city council members Barry Bruce, and Reynaldo "Rey" Rodriguez at the tail end of the oral communications portion of the meeting when emotions reached a boiling point between city council members.

Gomez, literally walked out of the meeting with Vice Mayor Michi Canada and Councilman Victor Farfan in toe after ruling the meeting "adjourned" before any of the city's business agenda could be done.

Los Cerritos Community News was the only media outlet at the meeting, and LCCN Editor Jerry Bernstein will have a complete update at on Wednesday.   Even former HG Gardens Mayor Kathy Navejas got into the fray.  Yep.  The sideshow continues on Carson Street.  MORE TO FOLLOW.   CHECK BACK AND TUNE INTO LOS CERRITOS COMMUNITY NEWS! 
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Jacqueline Gelfand: Former InsideOUT Executive Charged with Grand Theft

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Current Seal of the County of Los Angeles, Cal...Image via WikipediaLOS ANGELES – The former executive director of a non-profit organization that imparts life skills to at-risk youth was charged today with grand theft for allegedly taking more than $119,000. Jacqueline Gelfand, 61 (dob 3/25/50), is expected to appear for arraignment this afternoon in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. Gelfand, charged in Case No. BA390220, faces one felony count of grand theft of personal property. The criminal complaint alleges that Gelfand unlawfully took money and personal property totaling $119,568 from InsideOUT Writers, Inc. The alleged theft took place between May 14, 2008, and November 24, 2009. InsideOUT Writers offers programs for youth impacted by the criminal justice system, including creative writing classes for youth in Los Angeles County juvenile detention centers and re-entry services for students released from detention. Prosecutors have recommended the defendant’s bail be set at $119,568. If convicted as charged, Gelfand faces a maximum sentence of three years in county jail.  The website for the group is
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Hews, Economy Featured on The Tim Conway Jr. Show on KFI Los Cerritos Community Newspaper Publisher Brian Hews and Reporter Randy Economy were featured on KFI AM 640 on the Tim Conway Jr. Show on Thursday, October 17 to discuss the arrest of Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez, Property Tax Agent Ramin Salari and Assessor Major Property Appraiser Mark McNeil on dozens of felony charges. The segment was broadcast live to millions of listeners throughout the Western United States. LCCN will post additional interviews by Mr. Hews and Mr. Economy in the future.

WATCH: LCCN, Randy Economy featured on Fox News

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Los Cerritos Community Newspaper’s exclusive groundbreaking coverage into the corruption probe at the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office is now the focal point of a multi part series that began airing Wednesday night on Fox News 11 in Southern California.

LCCN was the first media outlet to break the story about the massive criminal investigation that has now gripped the entire Los Angeles County Hall of Administration. “We thank Fox News for recognizing featuring Los Cerritos Community Newspaper in their coverage,” said Brian Hews, President and Publisher of Hews Media Group.

“LCCN has been working with dozens of media outlets across the country on this massive scandal for the past eight months,” Hews said.

Featured in this report is LCCN Investigative Reporter Randy Economy who tells about how the community newspaper was able to “piece the puzzle together” that has resulted in the arrest of one former property appraiser, and the recent departure of Assessor John Noguez on a “paid leave of absence.”

Look for more segments on Fox News 11 during the next several days and weeks. Reporter Gina Silva is featured in this segment.

Randy Economy appears on NBC News Non Stop California with Colleen Williams

Randy Economy appears on California Non Stop with Colleen Williams from NBC News. Randy Economy appeared on NBC New's Non Stop California in June, 2012. This is what NBC said about Randy and Los Cerritos Community Newspaper. "Los Cerritos Community Newspaper recently published hundreds of e-mails between Los Angeles County Assessor John R. Noguez and several property tax agents. The emails were obtained by the newspaper through a series of public document requests. This is the second set of documents published by the community newspaper that has been at the forefront of reporting and exposing the alleged pay to play activities between tax agents and Noguez for the past two years. Reporter Randy Economy joins Colleen Williams on Nonstop News LA to discuss how their investigation began on June 25, 2012.”

Hear Randy Economy on the David Cruz Show!

Reporter Randy Economy on The David Cruz Show during the week of June 25, 2012 on KTLK AM 1150 in Southern California. The segment begins at the 56:00 part in this clip and lasts for thirty minutes.

Randy Economy on CBS 2 News KCAL 9 with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan

Los Cerritos Community Newspaper featured CBS News with Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan CBS/KCAL Investigative Reporter Dave Bryan interviews Randy Economy and Brian Hews from Los Cerritos Community Newspaper the day more than 300 law enforcement officials raided 12 different locations in the political scandal that is consuming Los Angeles County. Thanks CBS News for acknowledging the hard work of LCCN!