Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Evin Adonis Ortiz, Rene Ramirez charged with Murder of Grandson

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VAN NUYS – Two men were charged today with capital murder in the Jan. 9 shooting a 24-year-old man after he tried to help his grandfather during a robbery, the District Attorney’s office said. Evin Adonis Ortiz, 22 (dob 1-23-89), and Rene Ramirez, 29 (dob 5-16-82), were charged in case LA069901 with one count each of special circumstance murder, attempted murder, assault with a firearm and second-degree robbery, said Deputy District Attorney Daniel Akemon with the Hardcore Gang Division. The complaint also includes gang and gun use allegations. In addition, Ramirez is charged with possession of a firearm by a felon. Ortiz is scheduled to be arraigned after 2:30 p.m. today at Van Nuys Superior Court, Department 100. Ramirez is due to be in court Wednesday, same department, for arraignment. Each is being held without bail. Ortiz, of Valley Glen, and Ramirez, of Panorama City, are charged with the special circumstance murder of Danilo Estuerdo Morales and the attempted murder and second-degree robbery of his 68-year-old grandfather, Manuel Flores. On Jan. 9, just before 7 p.m., three men allegedly jumped Manuel Flores and robbed him after he parked his car in the 8100 block of Coldwater Canyon Avenue. As the men fled, Flores screamed for help and his grandson rushed to his aid and chased the suspects. One of the three fired at Danilo, killing him. The special circumstance of murder for robbery makes this a potential death penalty case. Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty. An investigation is continuing. The third suspect has not been identified.
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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!