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Sex, betrayal, rage mark testimony in death of Bell Gardens mayor

He was hardly discreet about his affairs.Daniel Crespo, the mayor of Bell Gardens, bought one girlfriend a ring during a trip to Las Vegas for a faux wedding. He sent his wife an audio recording of him bragging to a co-worker about his dalliances. He rented out a six-bedroom home he owned, but...

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    Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish

    Summer may be almost over, but that stubborn Southern California sun isn't going anywhere. For better or worse, Los Angeles is stuck with stunningly perfect weather, a perfect excuse to eat ceviche every day. Ceviches are in the same category as tacos and sushi: foods that our city absolutely excels...

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    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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    Five Chinese restaurants where MSG isn't on the menu

    Monosodium glutamate: Love it or hate it? Some people are convinced it’s toxic, though there isn't much science behind that claim. Others compare it with table salt. Regardless of which camp you fall into, it’s no secret that MSG is used heavily in restaurants – especially in traditional Chinese...

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    Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo fatally shot at home; wife released

    Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Sheriff's Department officials told The Times. Crespo, 45, was shot about 2:30 p.m. at his home in the Vinas la Campana condominium complex in the 6300 block of Gage Avenue ...

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    A federal appeals court unanimously overturned a Southern California man's second-degree murder conviction Tuesday, ruling that a Los Angeles prosecutor improperly struck a prospective juror because she was a Latina. The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said Anthony Castellanos, convicted of second-degree...

  • Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish

    Ceviche in Los Angeles: 8 great spots for the cool fish dish

    Summer may be almost over, but that stubborn Southern California sun isn't going anywhere. For better or worse, Los Angeles is stuck with stunningly perfect weather, a perfect excuse to eat ceviche every day. Ceviches are in the same category as tacos and sushi: foods that our city absolutely excels...

  • Program helps L.A. County foster youths become high school grads

    Program helps L.A. County foster youths become high school grads

    Family and friends of the 600-some graduating Bell Gardens High School seniors poured into the bleachers at East Los Angeles College on Thursday night. They carried — against the directives of school officials — balloons, signs spelling out congratulatory messages, giant teddy bears, confetti and...

  • Attorney on alleged 10-year captive: 'Why is she coming forward now?'

    Attorney on alleged 10-year captive: 'Why is she coming forward now?'

    The attorney for the man accused of kidnapping a Santa Ana girl when she was 15, raping her and holding her captive for 10 years vigorously denied the charges this week, questioning why the now 25-year-old woman would wait until now to come forward. "Practically everybody connected to the family...

  • Kidnapping claims conflict with neighbors' view of Bell Gardens couple

    Kidnapping claims conflict with neighbors' view of Bell Gardens couple

    The young woman and her husband lived what looked like a normal life in Bell Gardens, working long hours, celebrating birthdays, even taking trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios with their young daughter, neighbors say. But authorities say the man who went by the name of Tomas Medrano abducted...

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    Kidnapping suspect, woman seemed to live normal lives, neighbors say

    The young woman and her husband lived what looked like a normal life in Bell Gardens, working long hours, celebrating birthdays, even taking trips to Disneyland and Universal Studios with their young daughter, neighbors say.

    But authorities say the man who went by Tomas Medrano abducted the woman...

  • Police back woman's harrowing account of being held captive for decade
    Police back woman's harrowing account of being held captive for decade

    The attorney for a man accused of kidnapping a girl and holding her captive for 10 years ago strongly denied his client did any wrong and treated the alleged victim "like a queen."

    Isidro Garcia's attorney, Charles Frisco said the woman, now 25, was never held against her will.

    "Practically everybody...

  • Neighbors in disbelief over decade-old Santa Ana kidnapping
    Neighbors in disbelief over decade-old Santa Ana kidnapping

    Neighbors at an apartment complex in Bell Gardens, where a man is alleged to have lived with a woman he kidnapped a decade ago, were in disbelief Wednesday when they heard he had been arrested.

    The neighbors at the small, two-story building insisted that Isidro Garcia was a good husband who cared...

  • Santa Ana kidnapping case sparked by domestic violence report
    Santa Ana kidnapping case sparked by domestic violence report

    The case against a man who authorities say kidnapped a teenage girl a decade ago and forced her to marry him and have his child was sparked earlier this week when the now-25-year-old woman walked into a police station to report a domestic violence allegation.

    The woman took her 2-year-old child...

  • U.S. says auditor was fired for aiding probe of union leader
    U.S. says auditor was fired for aiding probe of union leader

    The federal government filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing officers who oversee benefit trust funds for Southern California cement workers of illegally firing an employee because she cooperated with a criminal investigation of a local union leader.

    In the civil complaint, the U.S. Labor Department...

  • Mom worried teen would leave with alleged abductor, neighbor says
    Mom worried teen would leave with alleged abductor, neighbor says

    The mother of a teen allegedly kidnapped by the woman's boyfriend 10 years ago worried before she went missing that he was having sex with the girl and that she planned to leave with him, a neighbor said Wednesday.

    “I spoke to her mom about God,” Silvia Suarez, 54, said in Spanish at the sprawling...

  • Funds overseer illegally fired in union leader probe, suit claims

    The federal government filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing officers who oversee benefit trust funds for Southern California cement workers of illegally ousting an employee because she cooperated with a criminal investigation of a local union leader.

    In the civil complaint, the U.S. Labor Department...

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    Bell Gardens apartment

    The Bell Gardens apartment where Isidro Garcia lived with the victim he allegedly held captive for 10 years.

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    In Bell Gardens, these senior amigas long for the ride

    The comadres del camion, as some of the women call themselves, have made the Dial-a-Ride shuttle service a social club on wheels.

  • Teenager shot and killed in Bell Gardens
    Teenager shot and killed in Bell Gardens

    Homicide detectives were responding Wednesday night to a shooting in Bell Gardens, where a male teenager was mortally wounded.

    The shooting was reported in the 4600 block of Gotham Street, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.

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    The victim was taken...

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