Sunday, September 8, 2019

La Mirada car prowler caught on video

La Mirada- Images of a young man that is believed to have taken a wallet from an unlocked vehicle parked in the driveway of a La Mirada residence overnight early Sunday was captured on home security video.  

The crime on this video was captured on a Ring security system about 1:20 a.m. at a home in the area of La Fortuna Dr. and La Fonda Dr. which is just north of the Post Office.

The suspect can be seen checking door handles on two other cars in the driveway in an apparent attempt to find one unlocked.

Advances in the home security system marketplace have raised awareness of how common these crimes appear to be in the area.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Early morning crash into telephone pole injures one near Creek Park

Photos by La Mirada NewsBeat
East Whittier-  One person was hospitalized after rear-ending another motorist then striking a telephone pole on Lemon Dr near La Mirada Creek Park early this morning. 

A man suffered only minor injuries in the crash reported at 7:20 a.m. in the 15600 block of Lemon Dr just west of Mayes Dr

The force from the impact caused the pole to shift and will need to be reset into a safe and stable position.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the accident that occurred in the westbound direction of travel at the bottom of a hill that has seen at least five accidents in just over a year in a one-block section from Mayes Dr to Hartdale Ave. 

Note to readers:  The remainder of this post is shamelessly opinionated. 

Three of those accidents involved vehicles that were parked and the driver fled and the fourth involved an intoxicated driver and a motorist allegedly driving at a high rate of speed in May sending one person to the hospital with minor injuries. One of those hit-and-run drivers was arrested after fleeing to his home nearby on Scott Ave.

A traffic safety study conducted for the City of La Mirada denied a request for yellow lane striping to calm speeding down the hill. The study conducted for the La Mirada Public Safety Commission stated safety issue did not exist on the street. The commission denied the request based on the study.


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Commentary: A way must be found to let the kids to play.


 The following was not an action taken by the La Mirada City Council.  It also must be said that the viewpoint of those on the Athletic Council has not been heard publicly, and the only side I present is that of 850 kids.

As many in the community are learning after several years of political bickering over infractions the La Mirada Soccer Association has been kicked off the La Mirada Athletic Council just as the season gets underway.

The result is the 850 kids that are registered to play no longer have access to the fields at the Behringer Park Athletic Facility with the end result being their season was over before it started.

This community stands at a crossroads and the direction this takes will be very telling about what kind of community La Mirada really is.

Yes, adherence to the rules is important, but this should have been handled in a more timely fashion with regards to the when the membership was being canceled.

Politics should not prevail. Somehow a way must be found quickly that allows these kids to play.

I have always felt our city leaders and those active in community organizations have held the same unwritten core value that decisions are made 'In the interests of the community'.

It is my belief that a way to have the kids play soccer this year will be found

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Don't miss the last 2019 Concert Under the Stars/ National Night Out event

The City of La Mirada will hold it's annual National Night Out event in conjunction with the last remaining installment of the Concert Under the Stars summer series and Night Market this evening Thursday, August 8, 2019, at La Mirada Regional Park.

Entering its 36th year, National Night Out events are held across the country to enhance the effectiveness of anti-crime programs through community building as well as stronger relationships with local law enforcement.

Members of the La Mirada policing and public safety teams from the Sheriff's Department and La Mirada Public Safety including representatives from Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will attend the event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The community can find out about the many anti-crime and public safety programs as well as view exhibits, ask questions, learn how to form a neighborhood watch, or just chat with local public safety members. Child identification fingerprinting will be available, 

Named the #1 local band in 2017 by Inland Empire Magazine, Arnie Newman's 'Country Club Band' will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. in the final installment of the Summer 2019 'Concert Under the Stars' series with Country & Western music.

The Night Market also returns today featuring vendors selling food, refreshments, crafts and more opens at 4 p.m.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Car prowler seen disabling security system in Creek Park area crime

La Mirada- The images of a pair of thieves were captured on home security video as they entered cars at a handful of homes near La Mirada Creek Park overnight early Tuesday.

Around 3:30 a.m. a security camera on Penford Dr began
recording two individuals that were on both sides of the street checking cars on both sides of the street including those parked on driveways. Both suspects were reportedly wearing white hoodies.

A man who appears to have a device that sends a signal to the key fob controlling the locks and alarm system is seen opening the door of a car a fraction of a second after both the front and rear lights on the vehicle turning on. The man then begins to search through the contents of the car then walk over towards a residence on Hartdale Ave. 

About 15 minutes after the video was taken a nearby resident reported seeing two persons on bikes one with a white shopping bag ride northbound towards Lemon Dr and out of sight. 

The resident that posted the video spoke to the neighbor about the incident this morning and was told nothing had been taken and the car had been locked because it is equipped with a self-locking and self-arming security system.

The incident was reported to deputies stating the area would receive more overnight patrols. Further details were unavailable about other incidents that may have been reported in the area.

(Video Source: Ring Neighbors App)

Friday, July 26, 2019

***Breaking News** Robbery suspects tracked to Norwalk home

Deputies are currently in the 11400 block of Fairford Ave in the City of Norwalk and have surrounded a home where a vehicle that was used earlier this afternoon in an armed robbery at the La Mirada Home Depot was found parked.

A nSHeriff's copter is overhead making loudspeaker announcement for the occupants of the home near Studebaker Rd and Firestone Blvd. to exit.

Earlier today the man robbed the store in the 12300 block of La Mirada Blvd. at about 3:15 p.m. while waving a knife at an employee in a threatening manner.

The man fled the location in a Honda driven by a second suspect. 

Not finding the car at the address it was registered at in Santa Fe springs a detective doing some quick work uncovered information that led them to the home in Norwalk.

***Update 4:49 p.m.*** Deputies have three detained so far with loudspeaker announcements being made.

**Update 5:06 p.m.**  This is going to be a long process including an interior check of the home after safeguarding cop un-friendly dogs inside the home. The witnesses will hopefully be found to identify and more tasks.  It will be a while for a disposition.

**This is a developing story

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Things to do: La Mirada's Stroll in the Park tonight 7/25/19

Vocal group 'Kulayd' seen here at a previous
'Stroll in the Park' returns this year
Photo Courtesy: City of La Mirada
'Concerts Under the Stars' makes a venue change this week moving to Creek Park tonight becoming for the always popular yearly 'Stroll in the Park' from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tonight's entertainment will feature three performances including the return of 'Kulayd', a vocal harmony group that will perform hits from 50's Doo Wop, 60's Motown, 70's disco and 90's harmony groups.

Also, tonight Latin hits will be performed by 'Latin Nation Band' and jazz music fans can enjoy the 'Amanda Castro Band'.

Local businesses and community organizations will offer food and refreshments for sale, and information about the services they provide.

Creek Park is located at 12021 Santa Gertrudes Ave. 

For additional information contact La Mirada Community Services at (562) 943-7277.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

**Exclusive**South Whittier man believed to have stabbed wife to death dies

The victim in last Saturday's apparent murder-suicide was identified as 83 year-old Marjorie Arnett is believed to have been stabbed to death by her husband Robert Arnett, 89 has died at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

Follow this link to the La Mirada NewsBeat Facebook page to read the exclusive update.

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 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

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

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:

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 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.