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San Gabriel Valley: Two Local Shooting Deaths Under Investigation

Staff Reports


SGV – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the apparent gang-related shooting death of a young male that was discovered on Fri., Dec. 19.

At approximately 11:38 a.m. in the 700 block of Millbury Avenue in the city of La Puente, Detectives learned that a 17-year old victim was standing in the driveway of a residence with several acquaintances when two suspects approached them on foot.  One of the suspects shot the victim in the upper torso with a handgun.

The suspects were last seen driving away in a blue or green vehicle, in an unknown direction. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

In another incident on Sun., Dec. 21, Officers of the Pomona Police Department responded to the 1500 block of Sheridan Avenue regarding a shooting victim.  Upon arrival, an adult male was found to be suffering from a gunshot wound to the upper torso.

According to the Pomona Police Department, the victim was riding his bicycle when the suspect vehicle pulled alongside him and fired.

The victim was treated at the scene by L.A. County Fire and airlifted to an area hospital in critical condition.  The victim died as a result of his injury.

The motive for this shooting is unknown at this time.  Pomona Police Department Detectives are actively working the case and are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact them at (909) 620-2085.

If you prefer to provide information anonymously for either of these crimes, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.



La Puente: 6th Annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback


(Photo Courtesy: Aldabella Scarpa)

(Photo Courtesy: Aldabella Scarpa)

La Puente – Right before school officially began this year, 300 elementary school girls walked down a red carpet to receive sweet surprises: designer shoes, backpacks filled with school supplies, free haircuts, cup cakes, and much more at the 6th Annual Aldabella Scarpa Shoe Giveback Event. The invitation-only event was held on Fri., Aug. 15 at Villacorta Elementary in La Puente.

An outpouring of community support allows Aldabella Scarpa, owned by alumna Monica Gonzales, to give back to La Puente schools in the Rowland Unified School District. Community members donated school supplies for the backpacks courtesy of California Credit Union, and in addition to the designer shoes, students received free haircuts from Supercuts West Covina, tacos from Taco Nazo, took part in craft activities thanks to Home Depot in City of Industry, enjoyed cupcakes from The Cake Mamas, entertainment by Hot 92.3 FM, dental kits from Tri-City Smiles in Hacienda Heights, and were able to visit additional sponsor-booths from SpeedZone, East Valley Health Center at Villacorta School, and Friends of the Heart for school supplies. Additional event sponsors were Walmart City of Industry, Global Processing System, OMG Hair Accessories, Krispy Kreme (off Azusa Blvd. in City of Industry), Starbucks and Stater Brothers (off Amar Rd. in West Covina).

“We want these young girls to have an amazing, positive experience and not allow circumstances in their lives to create limits. Our community supports them and we want them to dream big,” said Gonzales.

Students were pre-selected by school staff from Hurley, Northam and Villacorta Elementary Schools, part of RUSD. For more information visit www.RowlandSchools.org, download the free RUSD mobile app for iOS and Android devices, or follow on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/RowlandUSD.

Aldabella Scarpa™ is an entrepreneurial endeavor by Monica Gonzales in an effort to design the most fashionable and classic footwear and accessories with a purpose. Aldabella Scarpa donates a pair of shoes to a child in need for every pair of shoes purchased. Call (626) 967-0066, visit www.aldabellascarpa.com, or follow them on Facebook.



La Puente: Local Girl Runs For Charity


Blanca Ramirez at the Great Wall of China (Photo Courtesy: Operation Smile)

La Puente – 12-year old Blanca Ramirez is running for charity. She has a goal to become the youngest person ever to run seven marathons on seven continents…before her next birthday.

It sounds more than ambitious, but Ramirez is nearly half way there already. She has run marathons in Africa, Asia and the United States, and is looking forward to running in South America this month, Australia in November, and Europe in early 2015. That just leaves Antarctica, which is scheduled next March.

Ramirez took to running as a family affair, but then she had the idea to globalize her running for charity. She runs to benefit Operation Smile, one of the largest surgical organizations in the world, and also the largest volunteer-based medical charity providing free cleft surgeries. They have provided over 220,000 free surgical procedures to children with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Every three minutes a child is born with one of these conditions, which makes it difficult to eat, speak, hear and breathe properly.

Ramirez’ effort to raise awareness for such a worthwhile cause is definitely something to smile about. You can follow her journey and find out more about Operation Smile by visiting Team Blanca at http://teamblancausa.com/#operationsmile.