Wednesday, September 8, 2021

La Mirada News in Brief 090821 A pursuit, West Nile, new Starbucks, Pepe's and more

 Sunday vehicle pursuit

A suspect was taken into custody Sunday evening after a nine-minute pursuit that went through parts of La Mirada took an interesting twist near the end.

About 7:04 p.m. the suspect driving a 99 Brown Chevy near Rosecrans Av and Carmenita Rd fled when a deputy attempted to stop him for suspicion of reckless driving while under the influence. 

The chase entered La Mirada a few minutes later on Valley View Av at Imperial Hwy moving southbound to Rosecrans Ave.  The suspect then went east to Biola, then south to Stage Rd, and west to Norwalk again.  

The pursuit came to a sudden stop at Firestone Blvd and San Antonio Dr when the suspect collided with another vehicle and the center divider. The occupants of the other vehicle were not seriously hurt.

The man then took off on foot in a futile attempt to escape with a Sheriff's Department air unit overhead. 

After hopping the wall to the Vernola's Tow storage yard the suspect appeared to surrender to the helicopter loudspeaker order to spread eagle on the ground and wait to be taken into custody.

After gaining entry to the tow yard after an employee opened the gate the suspect suddenly bolted out the gate in a second attempt to escape and again hopped another wall, this time into a storage yard for Norwalk Transit buses at Sproul St and Clarkdale Ave.

The suspect became trapped without a way down after he climbed up on the roof of one of the buses and was taken into custody without further incident.

Virtual Neighborhood Watch meeting Sept. 15

The La Mirada Public Safety unit is holding an online Neighborhood Watch meeting on Zoom next Tuesday, September 15 at 10 a.m.

The following information is needed to gain access to the live stream Meeting ID #890 6873 0258  Passcode 585975.

For more information contact Public Safety Officer Mary Cipres at

West Nile infected mosquito found in LM

The Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District in Santa Fe Springs has reported the first mosquito infected with the West Nile Virus has been located in La Mirada.

Four were found in the city last year.

The district asks residents to not have standing water where the breeding of mosquitos can occur.  

The public can report significant issues or potential breeding spots of standing water they observe by calling (562) 944-9656.

Local Engine on Northern California fire lines

The Los Angeles County Fire Department engine from Station 194 located on Beach Blvd near Hillsborough Dr has been on the fire lines in Northern California since July.

Engine 194 is part of a strike team consisting of five engines and a battalion chief that were dispatched to the Dixie fire shortly after it broke out on July 14. It is likely they were sent to the Caldor Fire in August.

County Fire has six strike teams on loan to the California Office of Emergency Services and will be compensated with disaster funds once they become available for costs incurred.

The personnel on the strike teams are usually relieved after two weeks with fresh personnel.

A fully-staffed reserve engine is now deployed at Station 194 24 hours a day until Engine 194 returns.

A New Starbucks coming to LM?

A notation in a recent city report noted that a new Starbucks would be opening a new coffee shop in the shuttered former Jack-in-the-Box at Beach Blvd and Hillsborough Dr.

No opening date was given.

New Pepe's Restaurant opens on Beach Blvd

Many of you fans out there of Pepe's located at Telegraph Rd and Lakewood Blvd in Downey will be pleased to find out that you will not have to make the trip over there any longer to enjoy their excellent food.

The have opened up a new location in the former Taco Bell in La Habra on Beach Blvd north of Imperial Hwy next to the Tommy's. 

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