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World War II Veteran and Last Charter Member of VFW Post 9148 Celebrates His 100th Birthday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:46

The Markel family with La Mirada resident and World War II veteran Arthur Markel celebrating his 100th birthday this past Sunday at the VFW Post 9148.

La Mirada~Friends, family and guests gathered this past Sunday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148 in La Mirada to celebrate the 100th birthday of resident and member Arthur Markel.

A La Mirada resident, Arthur is the last surviving charter member of the La Mirada based post that was chartered on May 23rd, 1959 and originally met at Gardenhill School.

Arthur is a 54-year resident and is the devoted husband to Jean Markel, who is no longer with us. They were married for over 60 years.

Arthur served in World War II as a tank operator and named his tank "Jenny" after his beloved wife.

FBI Raids La Mirada Home Connected in Credit Card Fraud Ring; Arrests Made Throughout Area PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Tuesday, 23 May 2017 21:06

La Mirada~Authorities served a federal warrant on a home in La Mirada this morning in connection with an alleged credit card fraud ring and methamphetamine distribution operation.

Shortly after 6:00 Tuesday morning, residents told us they heard a loud boom as authorities used a flash-bang device to gain access to the home located in the 13800 block of Mansa Drive.

Agencies involved in the raid included the California Highway Patrol, Huntington Beach Police Department and the FBI as we first reported at 6:41 a.m. local time on our Twitter feed with exclusive photos and video.

Other arrest and search warrants were served in the southeast cities area in connection with the scam as reported by KTLA and the Cerritos Patch.

The La Mirada residents indicted in the case are still at-large at last report.

La Mirada Crime Summary May 1-7 PDF Print E-mail
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The La Mirada crime summary, as provided by the city, for May 1-7, 2017.

Notable Arrests-Six suspects were arrested throughout La Mirada for outstanding warrants and narcotics violations. Two male suspects were arrested for an assault with a BB Gun that occurred last month at the 7-11 located at Stage Road and Alondra Boulevard.

Other Structure Burglary-A tablet was stolen during an overnight door-smash burglary on the 15800 block of Imperial Hwy. An early morning burglary was reported on the 14200 block of Rosecrans Ave.  The exact loss is yet to be determined. An overnight door-smash burglary was reported on the 15100 block of Rosecrans Ave.  The exact loss is yet to be determined.

Vehicle Burglary-Clothing was stolen during an overnight burglary on the 14700 block of Firestone Blvd. A GPS unit was reported stolen during an overnight burglary on the 14500 block of Gardenhill Dr.

Grand Theft-Jewelry was reported stolen on the 15000 block of Rosalita Dr. A wallet and other personal items were stolen during a daytime theft on the 13800 block of La Mirada Blvd.

Phantom Projects Presents #TheWall at La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts PDF Print E-mail
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Entertainment & Arts

"We need to be present today with our kids, it's not OUR generation...but we still have influence in shaping THEIR generation"

La Mirada~Shining a light on the emotional turmoil caused by cyber-bullying, #TheWall examines a new method of perpetuating one of the oldest teen issues known to society, Thursday May 18th at 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m at the La Mirada Thetare for the Performing Arts.

The themes include real-life stories picked right out of the ashes of tragedy, depicting actual accounts involving teen suicides brought upon by cyber bullying, catfishing and the posting of sexually exploitative photos, which when posted, live on forever. This show focuses heavily on short-term actions, which levy very long term consequences.

Teens and families alike will absolutely resonate with the stories told, and through the medium of performing arts, will gain a heightened awareness of the world in which young people are growing up. There are many lessons to be learned from this play, and given many tragic stories of late, this feels timely.

Watch a behind-the-scenes video here. Listen to an in-depth with Director Steve Cisneros, as he chats about #TheWall with LA Talk Radio here. Enter an opportunity drawing to see Hamilton at The Pantages Theatre here.

#TheWall tickets start at $10 (Backstage Tour VIP Tickets start at $37). Purchase here.

La Mirada Weekly Crime Report PDF Print E-mail
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Weekly crime summary for La Mirada April 24-30, 2017

Notable Arrests- Male and female suspects were arrested for the armed robbery listed below on the 14000 block of Valley View.  A male suspect was arrested for possession of narcotics with intent to sell on Imperial Hwy and Valley View.

Homicide- A victim was fatally shot near the intersection of Santa Gertrudes and Alicante Rd. Two suspects have been arrested on unrelated charges, and the incident is still being investigated for their involvement.

Robbery-Two suspects robbed a convenience store at gunpoint on the 14000 block of Valley View Ave.  No injuries were sustained during the incident. The suspects were later arrested.

Aggravated Assault- During a domestic incident on the 15300 block of Tacuba Dr. a victim was assaulted and sustained non-life threatening injury to the head.  The suspect was arrested for the incident. A victim sustained a gunshot wound the arm on the 15000 block of Imperial Hwy.  Two suspects have been arrested on unrelated charges, and the incident is still being investigated for their involvement.  The victim was treated for his injury.

Two Shootings in La Mirada After Pico Rivera Carjacking PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tony Aiello   
Saturday, 29 April 2017 17:38

La Mirada~Two separate shooting incidents occurred in town earlier today after a carjacking in Pico Rivera.

Two suspects still at large driving green SUV. We will have further shortly.

Get the latest including our live Pericasts on our Twitter feed here.

UPDATE: 18:30-04/29/17: Receiving reports that one victim from La Mirada shooting has died.

UPDATE: 19:15 04/29/17: Vehicle used in shootings has been found at Mayberry Park in Whittier, unoccupied, suspects still at-large.

UPDATE: 06:20 05/03/17: Although not officially announced, our sources tell us and we reported on Twitter the suspects, identified as 21-year-old Alejandro Lazo and 26-year-old Reyna Gomez, have been detained after the incident at the Budget Inn at the 5 freeway and Carmenita Road in Santa Fe Springs that evening. They were apparently shot, but not by law enforcement. A look at LASD records indicates both Lazo and Gomez have extensive criminal records. Both are expected to be arraigned Tuesday May 5th at 8:30 a.m. at Downey Superior Court.

"4 La Mirada Kids" Carnival May 5-7 at Benton PDF Print E-mail
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The annual “4 La Mirada Kids” Community Carnival is fast approaching and pre-sale tickets are now on sale. Tickets may be purchased for $15 by contacting local schools and athletic groups or by visiting the La Mirada Resource Center. A percentage of the proceeds collected from ticket sales will be returned to local schools and other organizations.

The carnival will take place from Friday May 5 through Sunday, May 7 at Benton Middle School, located at 15709 Olive Branch Drive. Guests can expect a fun-filled weekend with family and friends enjoying amusement park rides, food, and entertainment. Exciting rides and amusements will be available for those seeking thrills. Milder rides for younger children will also be offered.

The “4 La Mirada Kids” Carnival is sponsored by the La Mirada Community Foundation to raise funds for youth groups and community organizations that provide educational, cultural, and extracurricular opportunities in La Mirada.

Individuals or organizations wishing to volunteer or become event or booth sponsors at the Community Carnival should contact Community Services at (562) 943-7277.

OBITUARY: Mark "Pick" Pickering PDF Print E-mail
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Mark “PICK” Pickering

10/04/1959 - 03/23/17

Mark John Pickering was born to John T. Pickering out of Ojai, California and Dolores Flores from Merced, California. They wed at age of 16 and shortly after started a family. Mark is followed by his sister Kathy Wilkinson in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and Brother, Steve Pickering also from Lake Havasu City, Arizona. Mark cherished family time, always would give his nieces and nephews, Derek Clark, Lynnette Pickering, Tyler WIlkinson, Bre-Ana Wilkinson, and Caitlin Pickering, “Life” talks every time he saw us. We couldn’t wait for them to be over so that we didn’t hear how bad we were messing up or what we could improve on. “You’re not wrong but you’re not right.” was his favorite for me. Over the years Mark and I, Tyler, had grown apart, and to be perfectly honest I hadn’t even noticed until my mom called me one day telling me he had went in for back surgery to get that squared away. It had been bothering him for years, it was about time he took care of it. It wasn’t until that moment, that it all started clicking and coming together. I suddenly could put action to all the words he said to me, I could see the way. While that realization is going on, I am half ass listening to my mom tell me to text him or call him he needs it, but not too much because he needs his rest and or is out of the room and doesn’t answer. Later that night I text him, “Thinking about you! Wishing for a fast recovery. Love you big guy!” Next day I woke up to that, “Thank you Doug and Heather for the flowers appreciate them”. I thought it was comical at the time. Now I think it’s sad because he didn’t know I was thinking about him. That how I realized how much him and I did have in common and the list goes on and on. It was too soon for me to let him go. He is gone, that I cannot change. But he is not forgotten. We are collecting pictures and memories of Mark, you can send them to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or share them here.

Northbound I-5 Alondra Boulevard/Freeway Drive On-Ramp Permanently Closed PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:55

La Mirada Resident Killed in Crash

Alexis Barragan of La Mirada, 22, was killed this past early Sunday morning after the vehicle she was travelling in crashed near Valley View and Katella Avenues.

The driver, Nicolas Sanchez-McCormick, 22, of Whittier was arrested on vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges. He was the driver of the vehicle and reportedly ran a red light.

Valley View Interchange Project Update

The northbound I-5 on-ramp at Freeway Drive/Alondra Blvd is now closed.

Motorists will now be detoured to proceed west on Alondra Boulevard, then north on Carmenita Road to access the northbound I-5 on-ramp. Heavy traffic and delays in the area are expected. Motorists are urged to use alternative routes whenever possible.

Starting Sunday, April 16 through Thursday, April 20 crews will be performing work in the median island along northbound and southbound I-5 between Artesia Boulevard to Alondra Boulevard.  In order to complete this work, there will be partial lane reductions on I-5 and the northbound and southbound I-5 Valley View Avenue on- and off-ramps may be closed nightly between 7:00 p.m. and 5:45 a.m. 

Pile driving and shoring activities are ongoing on the south side of Valley View Avenue. This work will be conducted weekdays during the daytime between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.


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