Suspect on remand for murder of “Pastor Chrissy”

first_imgAfter almost a year and a half on the run, the man accused of killing Christopher Warton, called “Pastor Chrissy”, was on Friday slapped with a murder charge.Bryan Mohan is accused of killing Warton on November 18, 2015, at North Ruimveldt, Georgetown.On Friday, the unrepresented man was also slapped with two other charges; narcotics possession and possession of an illegal firearm.The prosecution is contending that on March 3, 2017, at North Ruimveldt, Georgetown, Mohan was in possession of a .32 Taurus pistol, along with 10 live rounds of matching ammunition, without being the holder of a firearm licence.Warton, who denied the latter charges was nonetheless remanded to prison until March 30.last_img read more

Youth soccer program gets City Council’s OK

first_imgThose options could mean looking for another soccer organization, Councilman Pete Dames said. “The banner may not be AYSO, but there will be youth sports programs,” Dames said. “It’s the No. 1 priority in the city.” Nearly 100 people – coaches, parents and even young athletes – were present at the meeting that was moved from the City Hall conference room to the council chambers. The AYSO has 1,029 kids in its La Mirada program. The council’s decision means that AYSO teams can resume practice at North and South Behringer parks, and Benton and Los Coyotes middle schools. Opening day will be Saturday, with actual competition beginning a week later. John Schneider, regional AYSO commissioner, said he was pleased with the council decision. “I look forward to doing what we can to meet the (city’s requirements),” he said. Schneider said the AYSO board is locally run. “We handle all matters, including our finances,” he said. We have never been micromanaged (by the national organization). Our board is responsible to the residents of La Mirada.” The city requirement that the organizations be La Mirada based, guarantees there is local control, City Manager Andrea Travis said. “We want to ensure the goals and priorities are aligned with the communities,” Travis said. Several parents and coaches asked the council to allow the season to continue. “Who cares if it’s local or national,” said Mia Ursen, who has had two sons play and now has a daughter playing. “What should I tell my daughter? She doesn’t know what the problem is. This is about the kids.” But others said the La Mirada AYSO has had problems. But even they asked the council to allow the season to be held. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – City Council members Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the American Youth Soccer Organization to play this fall, but also set a Jan. 1 deadline for it to comply with city rules over its nonprofit status. The city’s rules require that to use its fields, the local groups must be La Mirada based. But AYSO’s nonprofit charter has a Hawthorne address, where its national organization is based. “We’re saying, `We’ll let you play,”‘ Councilman Hal Malkin said. “It never was a question of whether we would let you play soccer,” Malkin said. “(But) by Jan. 1, (AYSO) has to have a facility-use agreement. If they don’t comply, this gives us time to look for other options.” last_img

If you left Leeds for Norwich, you’re not coming in!

first_img1 Each week, a leading band or artist takes our special Starting XI Q&A. Up this week, Cian Morrin from Hometown…Who would be the most rock ‘n’ roll signing your club could make?Rock ‘n’ roll for Leeds? Realistically? Bring back Jermaine Beckford I say.If your club was a song or a lyric, what would it be?Falling Slowly.Which football stadium would you most like to play a gig at (that’s not your club’s home ground)?Craven Cottage, I like the look of the stadium. Which footballer has the most potential to be a rock star?Potential? Let’s go for Raheem Sterling.Brit award or Premier League trophy?Brit award.When you were a kid, which football and music posters did you have on your wall?Alan Smith, and Green Day.Elvis was the king of rock ‘n’ roll, Michael Jackson the king of pop… Who’s the king of football?Diego Maradona is the king.If you were in charge of your club’s dressing room stereo, what tunes would you put on before a big game and why?Fall Out Boy – Suger We’re Down; 30 Seconds to Mars – Kings and Queen.Which signing got you most excited and which player’s departure broke your heart?Most excited, probably El Hadji Diouf! Haha! Rio Ferdinand leaving was a bit of heartbreak. Which footballer would you refuse complimentary tickets to one of your gigs?Any player that left Leeds for Norwich. I’ll need plenty of security.What’s the best football song ever recorded?Marching on TogetherCheck out Hometown’s debut single ‘Where I Belong’ on YouTube right here If you left Leeds for Norwich, you’re not coming in! – Hometown’s Cian Morrin takes our Starting XI Q&A last_img read more

Bus crash hurts 2 motorists

first_imgMotorist Alicia Smith, 21, of Lancaster, whose 2003 Volkswagen Beetle was stopped among other vehicles when it was hit by the bus, was described as in critical condition when firefighters freed her from the wreckage. But after she was flown by helicopter to Providence Holy Cross Hospital Medical Center, officials said her injuries were not life-threatening. The bus also hit a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by Kathleen Stenback, 21, of Lancaster, but she escaped with what authorities described as minor injuries. She was taken to a hospital by ambulance.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – Two motorists were injured when an Antelope Valley Transit Authority bus driven by a rookie driver went out of control at an intersection, jumped a median and slammed into cars stopped for the traffic signal. Empty except for its driver, the AVTA bus failed to straighten out after turning left from eastbound Rancho Vista Boulevard onto northbound 10th Street West, deputies said. Instead the bus kept going in an almost 180-degree turn, plowing through stopped vehicles on the other side of the street until it hit a tree and landscaping adjoining the Antelope Valley Mall, deputies said. “Her claim is she lost the brakes,” Deputy Jeff Perkins said of the bus driver. “There’s a witness who said the bus’ left-side wheels were off the ground.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system Deputies impounded the bus and will have California Highway Patrol investigators who specialize in heavy duty commercial vehicles examine it for mechanical problems, they said. AVTA spokeswoman Pamela Holland said agency officials viewed bus security camera footage and believe the crash was the fault of the bus driver, who had been driving for the agency for fewer than three months. Neither Holland nor deputies identified the bus driver, who was taken to a hospital after the crash with what deputies described as minor injuries. “From what we can see on the videotape it’s pretty clear to us it’s driver error,” Holland said. A preliminary check on the bus’ brakes at the crash scene found “no significant issue,” Holland said. AVTA records indicated the bus had received the proper maintenance and the AVTA fleet within the last month passed its annual CHP inspection, though Holland said she did not know if this bus was inspected individually. last_img read more

Nonprofit aids injured soldiers

first_imgGLENDORA – With a large, though uncounted, number of soldiers returning home from the Iraq war because of disabling head injuries, one recovering soldier’s family has created a nonprofit geared toward helping this growing group of veterans. Heroes with Head Injuries was created by Jarod Behee’s family after the Glendora resident was shot in the head in Iraq. He survived, but struggled to regain the ability to speak, eat and walk. He also struggled to get the military to cover some of the medical costs of his therapy. The Behee family’s new nonprofit holds it first fundraiser today to raise money to help other military families find high-quality head-injury treatment. Head trauma has become the “signature injury” of the Iraq war, said Behee’s wife, Marissa. The concussive force of roadside bombs and the proliferation of improvised explosives is partly to blame, Behee said. But credit is also due to better medical procedures that allow the army to keep alive soldiers with injuries that would have killed them a few years ago, she added. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“So it’s great – it’s great – that they’re coming home. But the army needs to take care of their recovery, too,” Behee said. “If you’re going to save their lives, you need to also save their quality of life.” Heroes with Head Injuries will work to raise awareness of the number of soldiers coming home with head injuries, and also hopes to raise enough money to purchase an apartment building near Casa Colina, the rehabilitation center that helped Jarod Behee. “Our goal is to bring families to Casa Colina and provide housing for them close to the hospital,” said Marissa Behee’s father, Dick Szymanski. The organization’s fundraiser, a donation-only carwash, begins at 8 a.m. today in a strip mall on the southwest corner of Glendora Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. alison.hewitt@sgvn.com last_img read more

Deed scam leaves residents in limbo

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’On Oct. 26, a grand jury indicted Jesus Duran Aguayo and his wife, Sofia Aguayo, both 52, on 22 counts of burglary, vandalism, forgery and other crimes stemming from what authorities call a squatter scam. The two were originally held in lieu of $1.4 million, but a judge set the husband’s bail to $650,000, and the wife’s to $200,000. Attorneys for the Aguayos did not return phone calls seeking comment. A receptionist at the Law Offices of James T. Duff, Sofia Aguayo’s attorney of record, said there is a gag order in the case. It isn’t the first time the Garcias have had to fight for their home. The couple successfully battled the Los Angeles Unified School District two years ago when it nearly used eminent domain in their neighborhood to make room for a school. “I love it here. I was raised here,” Elva Garcia said. “I grew up in this home. Then to have something like this \ – I mean I’m old. I don’t think my heart can take much more of this.” The Garcias were notified by mail that their home was one of about 130 that the Aguayos may have targeted. On Nov. 1, a judge appointed attorney David Pasternack to act as a receiver for the homes the Aguayos are accused of stealing, then renting out to tenants. Pasternack said it is likely the Garcias’ home will be released from receivership once his office does its research. “Some \ may be legitimately owned,” Pasternack said. Most of the 130 properties are occupied. They stretch across three counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Riverside. The Aguyaos are accused in the indictment of throwing out the victims’ personal belongings, such as family photographs and paintings. Authorities say the Aguayos searched property tax delinquencies, scoped out the homes and moved in if no one seemed to live there. Most of the alleged victims are elderly or infirm in hospitals or nursing homes, officials at the California Department of Justice said. “Those shut-ins don’t know,” said Victor Garcia Jr., the Garcias’ son. “They \ zeroed in on all these people who are shut-ins.” Anita Zapata of La Puente is also facing an uncertain future. She had lived in a house on Inyo Street for about 20 years. Every month, an older man she called Mr. Baxter would collect the rent. About five or six years ago, Mr. Baxter stopped coming around, she said. Around the same time, the Aguayos inquired about the house to neighbors, she said. The couple then informed her they were the new owners and she would be paying rent to them. They came in and started fixing up the house, she said. The news of their arrest shocked Zapata, who said her home is now in limbo. She doesn’t know where to turn. “When I saw \ on TV for the first time I wanted to cry. I got to where I was liking these people,” Zapata said. “I just feel bad it turned out this way. I feel worse that other people got swindled.” The property owners listed for the home are not the Aguayos, according to county records, which show that Sofia Aguayo arranged it so all mail from the county Assessor’s Office regarding the property be sent to her post office box in Downey. “We don’t consider her as one of the owners,” said Robert Knowles, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Assessor’s office. The people listed as owners of the home could not be reached for comment. They have owned the home since 1968 and own two other properties in the San Gabriel Valley, according to a records search. The Aguayos’ next court date is scheduled for Thursday. They each face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on all the charges, authorities said. “I’m still in shock,” Zapata said. “To me, they were like the sweetest couple. But I was deceived.” christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES – Victor and Elva Garcia take pride in their East Los Angeles home, with its carefully cut lawn and blooming rose bushes in the front yard. It holds more memories than Elva Garcia, 70, could count – it is, after all, the place where she grew up. And for Victor Garcia, a look at the walls and tile reminds him of the hard work he put in, practically remodeling the place with his own hands. “I know where every nail is in here,” the 69-year-old said. But the fate of their house is unknown. They recently learned the place where they raised their three sons may have been illegally usurped by a Monterey Park couple. The suspects are accused of filing phony deeds with the county to take ownership of other people’s homes without their knowledge. last_img read more

Transfer Talk: Celtic Caulker move, Neymar going nowhere

first_imgCeltic may be preparing for the second leg of their tie against Linfield but Brendan Rodgers’ plans beyond the match at Celtic Park could include a new signing in the coming days.Interest in QPR defender Steven Caulker is well-documented but it is now being reported that formal talks have begun to take the player to Glasgow.One player who was linked with a return to Celtic Park was Patrick Roberts, who starred for the treble winners during his loan spell. It looks like the winger’s future lies elsewhere with Southampton planning a loan move, though only once he has been through pre-season with Pep Guardiola. Over at St Johnstone, former PSG player Romain Habran has been training under Tommy Wright and the manager seems keen on offering a deal after Habran impressed in a closed-doors game against Rangers.Kilmarnock have made another addition, snapping up free agent Chris Burke, while Rangers bid goodbye to Matt Crooks after a year at Ibrox.The biggest transfer story of the summer might well fizzle out though. Reports that Neymar is about to make a surprising move to PSG have been met with firm denials from Barcelona.last_img read more

Southwest moves on Hawaii

first_imgSouthwest has big plans for lesisure routes Airline services to and within the Hawaiian Islands are set for major upheaval as Southwest, which starts services next year, signals that it is looking at more than mainland US flights to the holiday islands.Add to the mix the final withdrawal of ultra-low fare Allegiant which stopped its last Boeing 757 flights in October, and the demise of Island Air there are the ingredients for a fascinating competitive cocktail.Read: World’s Best Airlines 2018Southwest Airlines will use 737 MAX 8s on routes to Hawaii and tickets will go on sale early next year, although no dates have been set yet on when flights might begin, or on what specific routes.The 737-MAX8 has a nonstop range of 3,515 nautical mile / 6,510-kilometer range, which puts cities in the western U.S. as far away as Denver within range of the islands.Before flights can begin, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has to give the go-ahead for Southwest’s LEAP 1B-powered aircraft to ply the long overwater ETOPs (extended operations) routes.Southwest Chairman and CEO Gary Kelly says, “Hawaii is an important place for Southwest Airlines because so many people count on us to take them everywhere they want to go reliably and affordable. We’re ready and excited to address a request we’ve heard for years.”On the inter-island services, no final decisions have been made according to Mr Kelly.“Step one, of course, is getting from California to Hawaii,” Kelly said in a conference call with media and investors in October. “It [Inter-island service] has been down our priority list, but we will have serious consideration of that.”Southwest is the master of short flights and quick turn times – perfect for the inter-island flights and operating these flights would greatly strengthen the airline’s appeal.But Southwest will have plenty of competition from existing carriers.The Big Three legacy carriers—United, America, and Delta all have well-established service to Hawaii from their hub cities.United has been operating Mainline – Hawaii flights for 70 years and this past summer it upped the ante to 40 daily nonstops.Resurgent Hawaiian Airlines flies nonstop to 11 U.S. gateway cities, relying heavily on Honolulu as both an O&D (origin and destination) and a connection point for the state’s ‘Neighbor Islands.’Also making a strong bid for largely leisure business is Alaska Airlines, which operates ETOPs-certified Boeing 737NGs (next generation) aircraft from the West Coast to Hawaii.How long all of these airlines can continue to co-exist and make money flying from the Mainland to the islands is very much up in the air, especially given Hawaii’s history.In February 2000, Aloha began Mainland flying, helping pioneer the use of ETOPs-certified Boeing 737-700s from Honolulu, Kahului and Kona to a number of West Coast cities. Fuel prices, the September 11th attacks and SARS worked in concert to prompt Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004. Aloha emerged from Chapter 11 protection in 2006, only to re-enter it two years later. This time the culprit was a withering fare war.last_img read more

How Zimbra Went From Web 2.0 Poster Child to $350M Yahoo! Acquisition, in 2 Years!

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Last week Read/WriteWeb editor Richard MacManus interviewed Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO. The result is a 30 minute podcast available on Read/WriteTalk (transcript included). The following post is highlights from the discussion, which focused on Zimbra’s journey from October 2005 Web 2.0 Conference launch to September 2007 acquisition by Yahoo! for $350M.In September 2007 Web Office startup Zimbra was acquired by Yahoo! for $350M. As I noted at the time, it seems like only yesterday that Zimbra was the buzz of the 2005 Web Conference (which incidentally was the first Silicon Valley conference I attended). Yet in just under 2 years from launching, Zimbra went from Web Office poster child (one of them at any rate) to a company worth $350 million. How did it happen? What lessons can aspiring entrepreneurs learn from Zimbra, as they attempt to create a multi-million dollar business too? For me there was only one way to find out: interview Satish Dharmaraj, Zimbra co-founder and CEO.The entire interview is up on our podcast show, Read/WriteWeb. Here are some of my favorite bits:Question: who came up with the idea for Zimbra and when did that happen?Satish: “While we were brainstorming on ideas – and we cycled through a lot of them – we always kept coming back to: What are the big things that people do on a computer? Well, they search and they web browse and they read email. We started believing that people spend more time on email than search or web browsing, and so we said, ‘Man, that’s huge.’ It seems so evident but that was basically the genesis. Well Google is tackling search and, obviously, Firefox and IE are tackling the web browsing issue, and then we have Outlook or Thunderbird or Entourage for email. Well, that seems really broken. […]Then at the same time, we were thinking about technologies and how the web browser is becoming the predominant platform of modern day computing. Do we really need to have a desktop app and can we do everything on the server side? That’s something to break into.”Question: […] What was the initial reaction to the product when you launched in October of 2005?Satish: “Peoples reactions to it was unanimously: ‘I can’t believe this is a web browser. I can’t believe that this can be done all inside of Ajax and all with a server that’s not hosted or with data that resided remotely.’ Our goal was to basically blow the pants away of Outlook or any other client in terms of user interactivity, even though it was inside of a web browser. I think when we launched, we successfully got that kind of a reaction from people who were just totally wowed with it. They were all extremely excited that somebody was putting up such a huge and competitive product in the mail landscape which people had thought had been written off.Then, for us, we knew in our hearts, and we didn’t want to be a web 2.0 company that’s just all hype and glam. We knew that we had planned all of this carefully with our board. We had always wanted to start making money. It has happened. As soon as we launched in October, back before we started making money, before we sold to Yahoo, we were handsomely cash flow positive. So we’re always proud of what we went through as a company: got a lot of bugs, got a great product but at the end of the day, we were making money. That was basically the difference that set us apart.”Question: One thing that web 2.0 critics often derive about the current generation of web apps is that they are features and not businesses. Also, the web 2.0 startups have too large a reliance on M&A as the end goal. This is something we constantly hear from critics of web 2.0. Zimbra was obviously a very successful buyout. Was that your plan from the start or did you start out with the aim of being a viable standalone business? Back in October of 2005, what was your end goal for Zimbra at that point?Satish: “Honestly, I can say this. We set out to build a great company with a real business behind it. That’s what I think people should do when they start a business. They [have] got to think about: How do I make this an independently successful cash flow self-sustaining business? Then, there’ll be very interesting M&A opportunities that will come and knock on the door. If instead we started a company thinking that there is going to be a quick flip, [in] 90% of the cases that does not work out because no one is interested in buying – or they want to buy you off really cheap. We were not thinking of an ideal nor were we thinking of an M&A. We were just thinking: Let’s go and create a compelling product and create some real business in specific markets. That’s what we started out to do and that’s what we did.”Listen to the full podcast for more insight into the growth of Zimbra and some of the tactics they employed to build their ultimately successful web 2.0 business. richard macmanus 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Cartoon: Talking Web

first_imgThe word on the street this month is speech. (Which makes it the spoken word on the street.) Speech-based iPhoneapps are just a throat-clearing for the stream of oratory that IBM says we can expect from computer users within the next five years.It may finally be time I did something about that compulsive swearing issue, unless I want some seriously skewed search results. But that may only be the beginning.Just as a lot of us have sore arms, shoulders and necks from using mice and keyboards, we may find unexpected consequences from training our voices to use precise diction, simple sentences and clear directives. For instance, we may all end up sounding like voice-mail systems in real life. (“Darling, will you marry me?” “It sounds like you’re asking me to marry you. I can help you with that.”)My biggest fear, though, is that we’ll lose something far more precious than the nuance and subtlety of the human voice – and that’s the ability to yell at a recalcitrant device with impunity. There’s profound satisfaction in telling your computer to go screw itself, without worrying that it might attempt to comply with the instruction. More Noise to Signal 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… rob cottingham Tags:#Cartoons#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more