Tuesday, July 16, 2019

La Mirada family dispute turns into a skirmish leaving three injured

Updated   5:00 p.m. 
(see below)

La Mirada-  Local deputies were sent scrambling Monday evening after deputies from Orange County at a family disturbance inside at a home became involved in a brawl putting out a call for help.

Multiple Sheriff's patrol units from La Mirada and South Whittier responded to the emergency call for help 8100 block of Barrington Lane at 9:39 p.m.

Two Orange County deputies and a suspect were injured in the melee that was quickly brought under control when Norwalk Station deputies arrived en masse followed by officers from Buena Park and La Habra. 

The extent of the injuries is unknown. Paramedics were called to the scene.

The incident occurred in a small pocket of unincorporated Orange County behind the Rose Beach Apartments between the Coyote Creek and east of Stanton Av and receives police services from the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

La Mirada deputies respond regularly to urgent and emergency calls in the area to restore order until Orange County deputies can arrive and can take over.  OCSD usually will have an extended response time with their closest patrol area having full-time coverage being West Anaheim and Stanton.

**Updated 7:00 a.m.**

An Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesperson confirms both of the injured in last night confrontation were hospitalized with moderate injuries as well as the suspect a man in his 30's.  La Mirada Newsbeat does not identify suspects involved in incidents such as this.

La Mirada NewsBeat has learned that deputies responded to the home on Barrington Lane last Wednesday evening (July 10) to quell a family disturbance.  

After the July 10th encounter, the parents of the man that fought with deputies last night went to court to have a judge issue a restraining order naming the son.

Then last night one of the parents phoned 911 stating there was another disturbance involving their son who resides at the residence and they wanted assistance with serving the son with the stay-away order.

The son confronted deputies when they arrived and a fight broke out that resulted in the officer needs help call to be sent out to deputies from Norwalk Station at 9:39 p.m.

It's unclear what charges will result from the incident.

**Update Tues 5 PM**

The two injured Orange County deputies have been treated for their injuries and sent home according to an OC Register report.

OCSD is obviously going to go at this guy hard via the District Attorney's Office as demonstrated by their Crime Lab still processing the crime scene well after sunrise this morning

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Burgerim grand opening coming soon in late July

La Mirada-  The new Burgerim franchise that is currently under development in the La Mirada Theatre Center will open near the end of this month the owner told La Mirada NewsBeat Saturday morning. 

The eatery will be located about midway between the AMC Theatres and CVS at 15272 Rosecrans Ave.

Based in the San Fernando Valley where it got its start three years ago, Burgerim is the fastest expanding burger chain in the nation. They expect to open its 500th eatery in early 2020.

Click on this link to check out the Burgerim menu.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Arrest announced in deadly shooting of local teen at West Covina party in May

Dennis Bracamonte
La Mirada Crime News

Charges have been filed in the murder of a La Mirada teen who was gunned down after a fight broke out at a West Covina party on May 31, 2019.

Authorities believe the 17 year-old suspect is the person shot and killed Dennis Anthony Bracamonte, 18, and wounded Bracamonte's younger brother and another male that were hospitalized with gunshot wounds in the legs. A fourth victim, a female also suffered unspecified injuries in the backyard brawl that involved six or more people. 

Sheriff's officials received numerous tips after detectives released photos of the suspects.  The arrest was made on June 6th after the suspected shooter arrived at a local hospital with injuries received in an unrelated shooting incident according to sgvcitywatch.com which first reported the arrest.

Authorities have not disclosed the name of the suspect in custody because he is a juvenile, but have confirmed he has been charged with murder, two counts of attempted murder, and a charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The second suspect remains at large.

The suspect in the black hat remains wanted. The
suspect in the red hat was arrested June 6th.
Photo Courtesy: LASD/Homicide

Monday, July 1, 2019

Three hospitalized after Imperial Highway 4-car collision

La Mirada NewsBeat photo

La Mirada- At least three people were taken to area hospitals Monday afternoon from injuries suffered when four cars collided at on Imperial Hwy. at Santa Gertrudes Ave.

Additional resources were sent to the accident reported at 3:26 p.m. including an extra engine company and rescue squad as well as three ambulances. An early report that there had been people trapped in the wreckage proved untrue.

Traffic was snarled in the area for close to 90 minutes as firefighters performed the rescue operation and treated the injured followed by removal of the wreckage and debris by Hadley Tow operators. Traffic was moving again in all directions by 5 p.m.

No further details were immediately available, however, none of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening,

*Note: Updated at 5:15 a.m. Changed to indicate four vehicles were involved and the third picture added.

La Mirada NewsBeat Photos

Friday, June 21, 2019

Things To Do: Last chance to see "Beauty and the Beast' on stage, and family nights at Splash! La Mirada

Last chance to see Beauty and the Beast

This weekend is your last chance to see the highly-acclaimed  'Beauty and the Beast'  live on stage at the La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts as the 2018-19 season Broadway series from McCoy-Rigby Entertainment closes out.

Good seats are still available for the five remaining shows including matinees and evening performance on Friday and Saturday with the final show on Sunday.

McCoy Rigby will launch their 2019-20 season with the first of five productions on September 20, with 'Grumpy Old Men: The Musical. 

Season tickets for the 2019-20 season go on sale July 15.

For additional information or online ticket sales click on this link.

It's a Pirate's Party at Buccaneer Bay Friday Family Night

Each Friday evening through August 2nd, Buccaneer Bay at Splash! La Mirada Aquatics Park invites you to come and enjoy a special night of family fun featuring a new theme each week.

This week's theme is a Pirate's Party night from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $18 and free for season pass holders. 

For more information contact Splash! at 562) 902-3191 or go to their website at splashlamirada.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Things To Do: La Mirada concert in the park and night market

La Mirada- The city's annual summer concert series and Night Market
Source: City of La Mirada
continues this evening and continuing each Thursday through August 8, 2019, except on July 4th there will be no show due to the holiday.

Tonight Salsa and Latin themed music will be performed by Salsa Caliente a Los Angeles based group featuring vocalist Alberto Gonzalez and musicians from around the globe beginning at 6:30 p.m. at La Mirada County Regional Park.

The park is located at 13701 Adelfa Drive.

The market also returns for its second year with vendors selling prepared food, produce and crafts  The market starts in advance of the concert each week at 4 p.m. continuing until 8:30 p.m.

The entire concert series schedule can be found at http://www.cityoflamirada.org/home/showdocument?id=14106

Monte Vista High grad made sure no Mustang will be forgotten

Patty Gray, Class of 77 and Jay Dee Wise, class of 75
pictured with the MVHS Memorial Tree in 2014

La Mirada- The last thing 
Patty Gray could have imagined when she learned of the passing of a friend is that her need to honor the memory of a close friend would launch a tradition that brings hundreds together each year to remember alumni from her former Alma Mater.

Gray wanted to remember Ray Kirby, a lifelong friend who passed away in 2014 in a special way and after praying she came up with the idea of planting a tree in his memory.

Kirby and Gray were both students at Monte Vista High School in South Whittier during the 1970s, at a time when Creek Park was a popular spot for kids that went to the school and it is here where Gray thought it would be perfect to plant that tree.

Jay Dee Wise (Jay), also an alumnus of Monte Vista liked Conrad's idea so much that he took the lead in all that needed to be done at City Hall obtaining the approval the approvals that would be needed to proceed.

In the meantime, Gray had gone to work on another project to begin a yearly memorial to remember each former student, faculty and staff member that had passed away over the past year.  followed by a reunion for all classes.

With the oak tree finally in place, on June 22, 2014 a modest group of about 50 gathered on a grassy slope to remember friends and faculty 

Each year the number of people attending has grown reaching about 300 last year including four former faculty members that come from all over the country to attend.  Event organizers are hoping for an even bigger turnout this year.

What: 6th Annual 2019 Monte Vista High School Memorial and all Classes Reunion.

When:  Saturday, June 22, 2019


The Memorial 1:00 p.m. La Mirada Creek Park 12021 Santa Gertrudes Ave. On the sloping lawn near the Santa Gertrudes parking lot.  This year's Memorial will feature a candlelight vigil that will see a candle lit in honor of each departed Mustang as their name is read.

All Classes Reunion  3:30 p.m.  Bigs in Fullerton 323 N State College Blvd. (Between Chapman and Nutwood, just off the 57 Freeway)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Dramatic overnight rescue frees victim from wreckage after box truck plows into tanker truck

Source: La Mirada NewsBeat phoo

La Mirada-  The driver of a delivery box truck transported in critical condition to a local trauma center after being freed during a dramatic rescue effort overnight after the box truck collided with and became wedged under a tanker truck carrying liquid nitrogen.

The collision occurred when the box truck traveling north on Valley View Ave hit the side of the tanker that was pulling out from a driveway on the east side of the street at about 12:15 a.m. just south of Stage Rd.

Firefighters first on the scene determined that this would not be a typical traffic accident, and put in a call for additional resources including the ladder truck from Station 15 on Santa Gertrudes Ave and Urban Search and Rescue Team 103 in Pico Rivera to respond with the heavy rescue wrecker that would be needed for the first of a two-part rescue.

The force of the collision, as well as the weight of the tanker sitting on top of the crumpled cab of the box truck, prevented firefighters from reaching the victim trapped inside.

The rescue team used the wrecker to carefully pull the trapped box truck from underneath the tanker, then part two of the rescue began.

After the vehicle was dislodged from under the tanker truck, firefighters cut apart the crumpled box truck in order to free the victim who was taken to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange about 1;30 a.m. after being trapped for well over an hour.

Several units from the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department were also at the scene assisting with the rescue effort and Whittier PD assisted deputies with the task of closing the street from Stage Rd and Gannet St for just over two hours.

The nitrogen in the tanker was never thought to be in danger of leaking during the incident, and its driver was uninjured in the crash.

The accident is still under investigation by Sheriffs officials.

This final photo is from LASD/Norwalk Facebook, photos above are La Mirada NewsBeat photos.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Local deputies recognized for drunk/drugged driving enforcement efforts

Source: LASD/Norwalk

Four local deputies and a sergeant from Norwalk Sheriff's Station were honored earlier this evening at an awards ceremony recognizing their efforts enforcing drunk and drugged driving laws on area roadways. 

The five receiving honors for exemplary performance by Mothers Against Drunk Driver (MADD) at tonight's Los Angeles Deputy Sheriff's (ALADS) Awards Banquet were Sergeant C. Hinojosa, and Deputies S. Sass, A. Ballesteros, R. Nazaroff, and C. Conger.

Deputy Nazaroff is currently assigned to the La Mirada night DUI enforcement car and Deputy Ballesteros is a traffic investigator that works on incidents occurring in both La Mirada and Norwalk.  

Thursday, June 6, 2019

2019- 6th annual Monte Vista High Memorial and Reunion to be held June 22

La Mirada- 

Former Alumni of Monte Vista High School in Whittier, California of all graduation classes are invited to attend two special events on June 22.

The 6th annual Monte Vista All-Class Memorial and Reunion kicks off at La Mirada Creek Park at 12021 Santa Gertrudes Av. in La Mirada at 1 p.m. 

 Attendees will gather near the end of the Santa Gertrudes parking lot and then proceed to a special unmarked tree nearby to remember the more than 60 former students that have departed over the past year. 

The tree was planted as a symbol keeping the memory of departed classmates alive and only became reality after two former alumni, Patty Gray and JD Wise fought through months of red tape before finally getting the nod from City Hall.  to create what has now become a special gathering point for hundreds of people each year,

Not only is the area around the Memorial Tree a place to remember, it has also become a place special to hundreds of alumni that gather here each year to catch up with old friends.

Last year about 300 attended this special event including four former teachers.

You can view a video of the 2016 Memorial on Facebook by clicking here

A reunion in Fullerton will be held after the memorial at Bigs in Fullerton at 323 N State College Blvd.  Bigs is located just off the 57 Freeway, use the Chapman Ave exit.

The organizers have secured a great room rate at the  Fullerton Marriott at CSU, located less than a mile from the venue hosting the reunion at a special Alumni-only rate of $129 a night good for any night starting Weds. June 19, through Tues. June 25.  A check today of the best available online rate to the public booking 7-days in advance is $161 a night.

To get this special room rate you must act fast. You must secure your room by this Friday, June 7th, to get the special rate. To get this special Monte Vista alumni rate click on this link.

The Fullerton Marriott is located just west of the 57 freeway at 2701 E. Nutwood Ave and is close to a number of restaurants and is also close to area attractions offering only a 10 minutes drive to reach both the Disneyland Resort area and thriving Old Town Orange, and five minutes away from one of the best nightspots around, Downtown Fullerton.

Creek Park Memorial parking tips.

Additional parking can be found near the memorial site on Golden Lantern Lane on the north side of the park by continuing northbound on Santa Gertrudes Ave. 1/4 mile past the park to Lemon Dr, making a left turn. Make another left at the first street onto Kibbee Ave which will take you to the park. The event will be just across the creek from where Kibbee ends at the park. 

You can also enter 12099 Kibbee Avenue as a destination on a mapping app.

Additional parking can also be found a short walk away near the old Charles T. Samuel School off Imperial Hwy near the intersection of La Pomelo Av and Surrey Ln where you will also find a greenbelt at the corner that will lead you into the park. Take the stairs down the hill, then take a right onto the sidewalk going uphill to the area near the parking lot.

Entering 15699 Surrey Lane on a mapping app will lead you to this spot.

Additional street parking can also be found on Silvergrove Dr east of Santa Gertrudes, in a residential area behind the Savers thrift store. A recently installed traffic signal will allow you to cross Santa Gertrudes Ave. safely.

For more information on either event, follow this link to the MVHS Alumni Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1025264044338716/

The Monte Vista Alumni group Facebook page can be found at this link

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Light pole toppled during morning accident on La Mirada Blvd.

Photos by La Mirada NewsBeat

La Mirada-  Both lanes of northbound traffic on La Mirada Blvd at Rosecrans Ave was closed for a short time during the morning commute today after a center median light pole fell into the street when two cars collided shortly before 7 a.m.  

No one was injured in the collision at La Mirada Blvd and Badlona Dr after one of two cars that had collided in the intersection was sent careening out of control into the pole, sending it crashing to the ground leaving the pole and debris into both northbound lanes as well as one of the southbound lanes too.

One of the northbound lanes was reopened after the debris from the light pole was cleared from most of the curb lane allowing traffic to resume moving past the accident scene slowly.

Traffic remained restricted to one lane of travel in each direction on La Mirada Blvd after the accident was cleared due to the ongoing work is occurring along that stretch of roadway replacing the center median landscaping.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Photos released of suspects that shot and killed a La Mirada man

 Dennis Anthony Bracamonte seen in this undated photo.
Tue June, 4 

Detectives have released photos of two men sought in connection with last Friday's shooting that killed a La Mirada man and injured three others at a West Covina flyer party.

The shooting that killed Dennis Anthony Bracamonte, 18, occurred shortly after a fight broke out involving Bracamonte and several others in the rear yard of a home in the 300 block of Willow Ave, in the northern section of the city.

Bracamonte's 16-year-old brother was reportedly one of the three others that were also injured in the shooting.  All three survivors sustained injuries deemed to not be life-threatening.

About 30 mostly teens were at the home rented for one day through Airbnb for the purpose of holding the flyer party that charged admission and made 'nos', better known as nitrous oxide, or laughing gas available to partygoers.

Anyone with information is asked to call Sheriff's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500

A complete summary and update can also be found at the KTLA.com by following this link

At the end of this post, a chronological archive of media coverage of the crime can be found.

An image of one of the suspected shooters from
last Friday's incident
Courtesy:LASD/Homicide Bureau

This is the second man suspected in Friday's shooting.
Photo Courtesy: LASD/Homicide

For further information on last Friday's tragic events in West Covina archived coverage from several sources can be seen below.

KTLA's early coverage of the incident from Sat June 1

Reaction from family, and party attendees from KNBC dated Sat June 1.

KTLA coverage of the vigil outside the West Covina home where the shooting occurred from Sun. June 2

KTLA coverage of Monday's developments in the investigation. Dated June 3.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

La Mirada man killed, 3 more injured in West Covina shooting

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office announced late Saturday that a La Mirada teen was the man shot and killed while attending an alleged 'noz' party in West Covina Friday night.

The victim was identified as Dennis Anthony Bracamonte, 18, died in the shooting that also sent three others to local hospitals at a home where the use of 'nitrous oxide' aka laughing gas was being used according to a KTLA report.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau is leading the investigation.

All the details can be found at this link at KTLA.com


KNBC has posted a very compelling video with reaction from Mr Bracamonte's aunt,  statements from several teens that were at the party as well as video just moments after the shooting of teens fleeing from the home.


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Judge frees man that stabbed woman last month with time served

Norwalk-  A 45 year-old La Mirada man was ordered released from jail Wednesday after agreeing to make a plea of no contest to the lesser of two felony charges that were filed after a stabbing incident at a condo near Creek Park on April 27.

Monish Bandodkar was arrested after deputies sent to investigate an incomplete 911 call at the Creek Park Condos at 12203 Santa Gertrudes Ave found a person with stab wounds in front of one of the condos on their arrival that occurred during a domestic dispute.

Bandodkar had a change of heart during the second day of a preliminary trial that would have determined if there was enough evidence to proceed to a criminal trial. 

The deal struck freed him from custody the same day included a 66-day sentence which with time credits worked out to an actual 33 days to be served which coincidentally just happened to be the same number of says Bandodkhar had already been in jail.

 The deal also came with three years of formal probation, no fine, and a more serious charge of assault with a deadly being dismissed.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

One person suffered minor injuries and one arrest in violent La Mirada crash

A La Mirada News photo

La Mirada- One person was injured and a man was arrested as a result of a late Friday accident that stunned local residents by the extent of the wreckage that occurred on a residential street.

Deputies from La Mirada and four County Fire units rushed to Lemon Dr and Mayes Dr on the La Mirada/East Whittier border near Creek Park at about 11:54 p.m. after a 911 dispatcher received a report that a car had collided with a pole.

Extra, resources were sent by L.A. County Fire dispatchers in anticipation that there might be a physical cut and rescue needed and instead found on their arrival that the only pole that had been involved was a stop sign post. (This happens a lot, better safe than sorry)

After seeing the extent of the wreckage several bystanders commented that people involved were fortunate that just one person sustained minor injuries requiring hospitalization.

Speeding appears to be an obvious contributor to the accident after one of the drivers was overheard telling a family member that they had been doing 40 mph. (The speed limit is 25)  

Deputies arrested a man for suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol.  Witness statements leave open the possibility that factors in addition to DUI are also a factor into the cause of this accident which is still under investigation.

Several blocks of Lemon Dr were closed for about 90 minutes until the wreckage which included a third car that had been parked on the street could be cleared from the roadway.

After seeing the damage caused by the collision several nearby residents told La Mirada News that they troubled by the escalating traffic issues along Lemon Drive involving speeding cars and want action taken.

Three parked cars have been hit over the past year parked along a one-block stretch west of Mayes Drive including two that involving hit-and-run drivers.  CHP arrested one of the drivers after a witness followed home to a home nearby on Scott Ave.

A traffic study commissioned by the city several years ago rejected the suggestion that speed was an issue on the street, determining there were no safety issues of concern on Lemon Drive.

La Mirada News photos

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Chick-Fil-A: Anxiously awaited, Finally arrived

The La Mirada Chick-Fil-A on the eve of their
Grand Opening Weds May22 
La Mirada-  The waiting is finally over.  With all the expected hype, promotion, pizazz one expects, and yes the food giveaway campout, La Mirada has joined the ranks of the have's and away from the have nots' at 6:00 a.m. this morning, May 23rd when the newest Chick-Fil-A opened its doors for business.

The restaurant is located across from the Holiday Inn next to the northbound I-5 Freeway Valley View exit ramp on Firestone Blvd North next to Northwoods on the site of the former Elephant Bar.

The eatery has built a remarkable cult-like following with their grand opening food giveaway promotions and La Mirada was no exception.

A 12-hour campout was held from 6 p.m. last night with 100 successful campers being treated to a free chicken sandwich meal each week for 52 weeks.

They must be off to a good start because and too busy to respond to a La Mirada News inquiry regarding how many campers made it through the night.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Meet the man, well one of them anyway, that has been breaking into cars overnight

La Mirada News has been reviewing a series of video taken by homeowners of the Ring security system and are able to attribute a series of thefts from unlocked vehicles to at least two men early this morning.

A Toyota pickup driven by our suspects can be seen in this first video after a motion sensor detected movement near a home near the second video in East Whittier in the area of Homeland Dr and Garydale Dr.  The second video taken seven minutes later in the same immediate area is the clearest video so far of the suspect and the truck he drives.



It appears the suspects eventually head west which makes appears to implicate them in a vehicle break-in near Stamy Rd and Midcrest Dr.

At 3:20 a.m. it appears they are now further west into South Whittier near Archway Dr and Mulberry Dr (one block west of La Mirada Blvd) rattling doors in hopes of finding a car unlocked. 

As the suspect leaves the driveway and is behind the car you can see a quick image of a second person crossing his path and appears to be an accomplice. 


11 minutes later we can see the man from 2;47 a.m. clearly in the final video after having just broken into a vehicle near Archway Dr and Anola St as he leaves the car he just pillaged.


The truck appears to be an older-model Toyota pickup with an Xtra cab and is either a light gray, silver, or champagne color.

I welcome your remarks, opinions, or observations.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Felony charges filed in La Mirada domestic violence stabing

Prosecutors filed two felony charges in court this week against a local man in connection with the stabbing incident last weekend at a La Mirada townhome in the 12200 block of Santa Gertrudes.

Monish Bandodkar, 45, was arrested after deputies responded to an incomplete 911 call on Saturday about 12:45 p.m. and found a victim that had been stabbed in front of the home. 

The victim told deputies that suspect was a boyfriend and was still inside the home. After deputies surrounded the home, Bandodkar surrendered to deputies after making a loudspeaker announcement to exit the home was made without further incident.

Bandodkar entered a plea of not guilty Tuesday on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, and of causing traumatic injury to a spouse or cohabitant and will appear again in court to be arraigned at Norwalk Superior Court on May 14.  

Bandodkar is being held at Men's Central Jail in Downtown Los Angeles with bail set at $100,000.

The injuries to the victim were not life-threatening.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Updated: Pedestrian critically injured after being struck by motorist survives

Updated Apr. 26 4:45 p.m.

La Mirada-  A pedestrian attempting to cross a dark area of highway mid-block suffered life-threatening injuries after being hit by a passing vehicle late Wednesday night.

The man was struck in the southbound lanes about 200 feet north of Imperial Hwy near the point where the driveway where AutoZone is located.

Paramedics rushed the man to the trauma unit at UCI Medical Center in Orange in critical condition. 

Both traffic lanes of southbound La Mirada Blvd will remain closed for several more hours to allow sheriff's traffic investigators to process the scene.

***Update Apr 26***  Rushed with life-threatening injuries to a local trauma unit the man has put up a successful fight to survive after undergoing emergency surgery shortly after arriving at the hospital according to a sheriff's spokesperson. 

Paramedics quickly assessed the unidentified man's condition and rushed him to UCI Medical Center the regional trauma center closest to La Mirada located on City Drive/State College Blvd just off Interstate-5.

The man arrived at the hospital about 35 minutes after the accident which is well within the 'golden hour' standard where that offers the best chance of survival.

The accident remains under investigation.