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Shooting in La Puente


La Puente -Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide detectives continue to investigate the shooting of a male adult that occurred on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at approximately 7:13 p.m., on the 200 block of N. 2nd Street, La Puente.

Deputies from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department – Industry Station, responded to the 200 block of N. 2nd Street, in the city of La Puente regarding an assault with a deadly weapon/gunshot victim call.

The victim was standing in front of a residence when the suspect(s), driving a sedan of unknown color, shot him and drove off in an unknown direction.

There is no suspect description at this time and the weapon has not been recovered.

The victim in this incident succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on Wednesday, October 3, 2018.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org


Manhunt for Paul Erwin Black Jr.

Staff Reports

La Puente – Sought in Distribution of Child Pornography, Frequents Areas of La Puente, West Covina

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Human Trafficking Bureau detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Paul Erwin Black, Jr.  He is a 49 year-old male, White transient, who is known to frequent the West Covina and La Puente areas.

Suspect Black was involved with the downloading and distribution of images of child pornography on the internet.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Suspect Paul is described as 5’09” tall, 210 lbs., with short, blond hair and blue eyes.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Suspect Black is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Human Trafficking Unit, Deputy French at (323) 526-5156.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org

Authored by:
Deputy Dangelo Robinson
Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Hall of Justice – First floor
211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Cal State LA student from La Puente receives CSU Trustees’ Award

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La Puente – Cal State LA student from La Puente receives CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding AchievementAnthony Robles never imagined that he would attend a university. As a youth, he was arrested and faced a seemingly bleak future.

But Tuesday, Robles was one of 23 students to receive the 2017 California State University (CSU) Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement—the CSU’s highest recognition of student achievement and scholarship.

A sociology major and Chicano studies minor at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA), Robles was honored during the September 19 CSU Board of Trustees meeting in Long Beach. He was presented with an $8,000 award and named a Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson ​Scholar.

“I am deeply humbled and appreciative to receive this award,” said Robles, 24, who lives in the La Puente neighborhood of San Gabriel Valley. “This scholarship, besides being an awesome and a very needed financial reward, represents transformation and possibility. It is a testament that anything is possible no matter where you are at in life or what you might have been through.”

Robles’ family has struggled to make ends meet. His father, who works in a warehouse, was an undocumented immigrant and deported three times. His mother battled cancer.

As a teenager, Robles had run-ins with police and was arrested. He found himself facing a possible sentence of two years for carrying contraband into a police station. That experience changed his life, Robles recalled.

He wanted to help his family and make his parents proud. He set a goal to complete high school and go to college. He earned a high school diploma and was accepted to Rio Hondo College. In 2016, he enrolled at Cal State LA.

Now, Robles is in his senior year and has a 3.7 GPA. He is on his way to becoming the first in his family to earn a university degree. His goal is to become a professor. He wants to help transform the lives of young people through education, just as his life was transformed.

“We’re proud of Anthony and what he has overcome on his path to a university education,” Cal State LA President William A. Covino said. “His dedication to his community and social justice are unwavering. He is poised to become a scholar whose research will shed fresh light on matters impacting youth and immigrants.”

Robles’ life challenges have motivated him to pursue a degree in sociology with a focus on immigration, criminal justice and environmental justice.

Having experienced first-hand the impact of immigration on his family, Robles is writing a book chapter on the criminalization of immigration. He also helped create an immigrant detention visitation and pen pal program at Cal State LA called the Migrant Liberation Collective.

For his senior thesis, he is examining prosecutorial discretion and racialized decision-making in the criminal justice system. He also organized a club that serves as a support network for students who have been incarcerated.

“Academia has taken me from a destructive environment to a positive environment full of possibilities and opportunities to help transform others’ lives,” Robles said. “Because of the transformative experiences I have had in college, I now live an inspired life filled with hope rather than calamity and despair.”

Robles finds time to mentor high school students in East Los Angeles and to volunteer at Habitat for Humanity, the L.A. Food Bank and Earth Peace. He is a member of Project Rebound, a university program that assists incarcerated students. With determination and drive, Robles is committed to helping young people in his community.

“Everything I accomplish is with those who are marginalized in mind because success is not personal for me. It is mutual, reciprocal and shared,” he said. “It is meant to uplift others.”

The CSU Trustees’ Award program was originally established by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation as an endowed scholarship fund to honor William Randolph Hearst, founder of the Hearst newspaper chain. In 1999, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation partnered with the CSU Board of Trustees to supplement the endowment with contributions from CSU Trustees, CSU Foundation Board of Governors, and private donors. Today, more than 120 donors have supported the program.

Photo: Anthony Robles. (Credit: J. Emilio Flores/Cal State LA)


Holiday Getaway At Comfort Suites

Photo Courtesy: Comfort Suites Comfort Suites in La Puente.

Comfort Suites in La Puente.

Staff Reports

La Puente – The holidays are quickly approaching, with Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner.  With all the planning, cooking, shopping and cleaning at hand now might be a good time to take a little mini vacation and recharge your batteries to stay productive.  You may not have the time to make major travel plans, but staying local at Comfort Suites might be the perfect solution.

If you are planning to have family and friends join you from out of town for the holidays, why not have them stay at the nearby Comfort Suites?  Comfort Suites is always dedicated to making your visit enjoyable, and they will make sure you and your guests are happy with their stay.

With a welcoming atmosphere and friendly service, Comfort Suites can make you feel as comfortable as if you were at home. With a three-diamond rating from AAA, the Comfort Suites’ staff ensures that guests are always satisfied with their stay (AAA is one of the most widely respected information sources for travelers throughout the United States and recommends hotels on a 1 to 4 scale).

Comfort Suites offers a wide variety of amenities including free Wi-Fi, cable/satellite on a flat screen plasma TV, a fitness center, 100 percent smoke-free hotel, and every guest can enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast each morning.  And don’t forget, every room is a beautiful suite.

Maria Mendoza, General Manager of Comfort Suites, personally invites you to come enjoy your stay at their hotel and take advantage of the unique opportunity to experience the area’s rich history, culture and urban energy. Visitors of every age and interest can enjoy a wide range of activities. La Puente Comfort Suites is located near the Irwindale Speedway, Industry Hills Expo Center, Raging Waters, the beautiful Huntington Library, and much more.

Located at 753 Glendora Avenue in La Puente, Comfort Suites can be reached at 626-330-0030, or visit their website at www.industryhillshotel for more information and photos of their site.  Be sure to check out their ad on page 8 of this publication.


La Puente Barricad Suspect Death

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La Puente – On Sun., June 14, at approximately 12:25 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Industry Station personnel received a “possible domestic violence – welfare check” call for service.  Additional information led responding Deputies to contact the wife of the suspect at an undisclosed location.  The wife informed Deputies that she had been assaulted by her husband, that he was armed with a rifle, and that he had threatened to kill her and himself.

Deputies quickly formulated a plan and responded to the couple’s residence located in the 900 block of Willow Avenue in La Puente.  At the location, Deputies observed the male suspect walking around the garage area of the residence with a rifle.  As a safety precaution, containment of the residence was established and neighboring residents were immediately evacuated.

Despite several verbal commands from Deputies, the suspect refused to cooperate and surrender peacefully.  He then barricaded himself inside the residence – beginning a 12-hour standoff.

LASD Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB) Special Weapons Team, along with LASD Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) personnel were on scene.  CNT made dozens of attempts over the course of the entire incident to establish communication with the suspect; however the suspect was unresponsive to the communication efforts.  Additionally, SEB introduced gas into the residence and utilized a distraction device in order to gain compliance from the suspect.

After an extensive and constant effort by SEB, Industry Station Deputies and CNT making all attempts to bring about a peaceful resolution, SEB deputies made entry inside the residence and located the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The suspect’s rifle was recovered and no Deputies were injured. The suspect’s wife was treated for minor injuries sustained during the assault.

The identity of the deceased suspect will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact LASD Industry Station at (626) 330-3322.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, 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.

Assemblyman Hernández Recognizes Local Athlete

La Puente’s Blanca Ramirez receives this year’s Dynamic Youth Award


Photo Courtesy:  Javiera Cartagena                Assemblyman Roger Hernández with Blanca Ramirez

Photo Courtesy: Javiera Cartagena Assemblyman Roger Hernández with Blanca Ramirez

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La Puente – On Mon., May 4, Assemblyman Roger Hernández (D-West Covina) – representing the 48th District – joined members of the Latino Legislative Caucus to honor distinguished Latinos from across the State making an impact in their communities at the 14th Annual Latino Spirit Awards Ceremony.  Blanca Ramirez from the City of La Puente was awarded this year’s Dynamic Youth Award.

Blanca Ramirez is a 12-year old marathon runner who recently earned a world record for the youngest girl to complete a marathon on each of the world’s seven continents. A third generation Mexican-American, Blanca has lived in La Puente since the age of 4. Blanca tried various sports and clubs before ultimately discovering her love of running.

“Blanca’s discipline and steadfast determination is motivating individuals around the globe to complete their own marathons no matter the age.  She is living proof that you are never too young to make a difference and pursue your dreams. We are incredibly proud to recognize her accomplishments today,” stated Hernández.

While researching world records, Blanca discovered the title for the youngest girl to complete a marathon on each of the seven continents was held by a 14-year old girl. At that moment, Blanca’s journey to break that record began. She completed her feat in Antarctica on Feb. 19, after having run marathons in the United States, Rwanda, New Zealand, Paraguay, China, and France. Through her running, she hopes to bring awareness to Operation Smile, a non-profit that provides free surgeries to repair cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

Established in 2002, the Latino Spirit Awards honors individuals in a variety of categories that range from athletics/sports, to public service and human rights.  Many of the honorees are pioneers in their professions and have overcome tremendous obstacles, rising to become role models and community leaders.  They serve as a reminder of the talent within the state’s diverse Latino community and are a source of inspiration to all Californians.  Blanca Ramirez was among seven honorees.

Hernández proudly serves the cities of Azusa, Baldwin Park, Bradbury, City of Industry, Covina, El Monte, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, West Covina and the unincorporated communities of: Bassett, Charter Oak, East Arcadia, Ramona, Royal Oaks and Valinda.  Hernández also serves as Chair of the Assembly Labor and Employment Committee.