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Woman arrested on suspicion of killing her grandmother

A week after requesting the public’s help in locating 24-year-old Sarah Montoya, authorities announced Monday that she was arrested on suspicion of killing her grandmother.  Paula Montoya, 64, was found dead in her home in the 6600 block of Pine Avenue in Bell by police on July 21 after her son...

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  • Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's

    Three top mole restaurants: Guelaguetza, La Casita Mexicana, Rocio's

    The next time you get a longing for mole, you don't have to start shopping for the couple dozen ingredients it can take to make one. You don't even have to hop on the next plane to Oaxaca or Puebla. In Los Angeles, we've got restaurants that specialize in bringing mole negro, mole poblano, mole...

  • The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    The finest food in Los Angeles for even the thinnest wallets

    Is it possible to spend more than $400 per person at some of the restaurants on this year's list of the best 101? Of course. Cuisine costs. But great cooking takes many different forms in Los Angeles, and some of the most exquisite flavors belong to us all. Attari Sandwich Shop Attari is a slice...

  • 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...

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  • Ex-Bell mayor's store is vandalized with graffiti after sentencing

    Ex-Bell mayor's store is vandalized with graffiti after sentencing

    A day after former Bell Mayor Oscar Hernandez was sentenced to a year in county jail for his role in a public corruption case that nearly left the town bankrupt, the mugshot of Robert Rizzo -- the man at the heart of the scandal -- was tagged on the walls of his grocery store. Terry Dixon, an acting...

  • Bell corruption case ends, last defendant gets a year in jail

    Bell corruption case ends, last defendant gets a year in jail

    The final defendant in the Bell corruption case was sentenced Friday to a year in Los Angeles County jail, bringing to an end a criminal case that became a national symbol of municipal greed. Victor Bello, a onetime phone jack installer who earned nearly $100,000 a year for his part-time duties...

  • Ex-Bell mayor's remorse may have spared him more time behind bars

    Ex-Bell mayor's remorse may have spared him more time behind bars

    After he was handcuffed and led off to jail, the mayor of Bell quickly confessed that he and his colleagues had been paying themselves handsome salaries for serving on boards that seldom, and sometimes never, met. The September 2010 confession and the contrition that came with it may have softened...

  • Former Bell mayor gets one year in county jail for salary scandal

    Former Bell mayor gets one year in county jail for salary scandal

    The former mayor of Bell was sentenced Thursday to one year in county jail for his role in a corruption case in which city leaders were accused of plundering the small town’s treasury and lavishing themselves with enormous salaries. Oscar Hernandez, a small-town grocery store owner with a limited...

  • Former Bell mayor facing prison time in salary scandal

    Former Bell mayor facing prison time in salary scandal

    Once viewed as an American success story, the former mayor of Bell will face possible prison time when he is sentenced Thursday for his role in a massive corruption case in which city leaders paid themselves huge salaries and left the town teetering on the edge of insolvency. Oscar Hernandez, a...

  • Football: Bell is excited about 6-4 quarterback Redani Diaz

    Bell Coach Frank Medina was raving about his team's 6-foot-4 senior quarterback, Redani Diaz, at Saturday's City Section coaches' meeting. Diaz passed for 1,831 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He has been a varsity starter since his sophomore year. "Everything I see so far at practice and...

  • Ex-Bell council member gets 2 years in prison for role in pay scandal
    Ex-Bell council member gets 2 years in prison for role in pay scandal

    Former Bell Councilwoman Teresa Jacobo was sentenced Friday to two years in state prison and ordered to pay more than $242,000 in restitution for her role in the city's pay scandal.

    It is the longest sentence so far among the group of five elected officials convicted in the sweeping public corruption...

  • Third Bell council member to be sentenced; D.A. wants prison time
    Third Bell council member to be sentenced; D.A. wants prison time

    A former Realtor who became a high-paid councilwoman in Bell is set to be sentenced Friday, the third of five ex-city politicians who were swept up in a massive corruption case that left the working-class town on the edge of bankruptcy.

    Like the others, Teresa Jacobo was convicted of misappropriating...

  • Former Bell Councilman Cole sentenced for role in corruption scandal
    Former Bell Councilman Cole sentenced for role in corruption scandal

    Former Bell Councilman George Cole, the ex-steelworker who became one of the most influential politicians in southeast Los Angeles County, was sentenced Wednesday to five years' probation and 180 days of home confinement for his part in the corruption scandal that nearly drove the working-class...

  • Bell City Council to discuss temporary shelter of immigrant detainees
    Bell City Council to discuss temporary shelter of immigrant detainees

    The Bell City Council will consider approving a letter Wednesday night that supports the Salvation’s Army request for federal funding to create a temporary shelter for immigrant detainees from Central America.

    Nearly two weeks ago, Bell officials said the nonprofit was planning on using a vacant...

  • Bell ex-mayor, convicted in scandal, filled with 'shame' and 'remorse'
    Bell ex-mayor, convicted in scandal, filled with 'shame' and 'remorse'

    Former Bell Mayor George Cole, sentenced Wednesday to home confinement for his role in the small city's corruption case, said after the verdict that is filled with shame and remorse for the scandal.

    A onetime steelworker and the son of a Presbyterian minister, Cole was ordered to sentenced to 180...

  • Former Bell Mayor George Cole gets home confinement in corruption case
    Former Bell Mayor George Cole gets home confinement in corruption case

    George Cole, a former steelworker who became mayor of Bell and was swept up in the corruption case that enveloped the tiny city, was sentenced Wednesday to 180 days of home confinement and ordered to perform 1,000 hours of community service. The sentence was much less severe than the prison time...

  • Garcetti says L.A. will shelter children who have crossed border
    Garcetti says L.A. will shelter children who have crossed border

    Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that the city would help shelter immigrant children who have been detained after crossing the border and has begun talks with a federal agency about doing so.

    "Before you get partisan, before you tell me where you are on immigration—these are children,"...

  • Former councilman sentenced to a year in Bell corruption scandal
    Former councilman sentenced to a year in Bell corruption scandal

    One of the former council members blamed for the corruption that left one of Los Angeles County's poorest cities headed toward bankruptcy was sentenced Friday to a year in the county jail, but he could be a free man in just weeks.

    George Mirabal is the first of the five former Bell council members...

  • Bell plans to shelter immigration detainees
    Bell plans to shelter immigration detainees

    Nestor Valencia was 4 years old when he boarded a white van filled with piñatas and entered the United States illegally from Mexico.

    Now the mayor of Bell, he sees a little of himself in the thousands of children arriving at the U.S. border and entering detention facilities.

    Valencia and other...

  • Bell corruption: Former councilman gets one year in jail
    Bell corruption: Former councilman gets one year in jail

    Former Bell Councilman George Mirabal was sentenced Friday to one year in Los Angeles County jail and ordered to serve five years of probation. Mirabal is the first elected leader in the working class city to be punished for the widespread corruption in the small town.

    The former city leader was...

  • Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: La Casita Mexicana
    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: La Casita Mexicana

  • Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Corazón y Miel
    Jonathan Gold's best restaurants: Corazón y Miel

  • Nearly two dozen brush fires break out in L.A. County over 2 days
    Nearly two dozen brush fires break out in L.A. County over 2 days

    Firefighters in Los Angeles County have responded to nearly two dozen vegetation fires in the last two days, and although none have grown to any significant size the sheer number highlights the powder-keg-like conditions persisting across Southern California, officials say.

    “Everything is fueled...

  • Corazón y Miel brings a new Sunday morning option to brunch-starved Bell
    Corazón y Miel brings a new Sunday morning option to brunch-starved Bell

    While restaurants serving brunch are abundant in most parts of Los Angeles, that is not the case in every single neighborhood. Specifically, the southeast L.A. community of Bell. Unless you count Denny’s and Hometown Buffet as viable brunch options, Bell is a bonafide brunch desert. Chefs Eddie...

  • Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison
    Bell's Rizzo sentenced to 12 years in prison

    L.A. County judge also orders the former Bell administrator to pay the city nearly $9 million in restitution.

  • Rizzo feels ostracized: 'I can't go anywhere'
    Rizzo feels ostracized: 'I can't go anywhere'

    Sentenced to 12 years in prison and ordered to pay millions of dollars in restitution in connection with a massive public corruption scandal, former Bell administrator Robert Rizzo walked to his car Wednesday a defeated man.

    “I should have realized the salaries were way out of whack and taken steps...

  • Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell
    Rizzo gets 12 years in prison, marking end to scandal that rocked Bell

    Robert Rizzo, the city administrator who oversaw an era of corruption and graft in one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities, was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in state prison.

    Rizzo stared straight ahead, his palms pressed against the defense table as the sentence was read.

    “Mr. Rizzo, you...

  • Robert Rizzo gets 33-month prison term for tax fraud
    Robert Rizzo gets 33-month prison term for tax fraud

    A judge is expected to add years more to the former Bell city administrator's punishment for plundering the small town's treasury.

  • Bell corruption: Rizzo gets 33 months for tax fraud
    Bell corruption: Rizzo gets 33 months for tax fraud

    Robert Rizzo, the former top administrator who oversaw an era of corruption in the small, working-class city of Bell, was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison Monday on tax fraud charges.

    For Rizzo, the sentence is likely the first of two prison terms he will be handed this week. He returns...

  • Feds want Rizzo to spend nearly 3 years in prison on tax charges
    Feds want Rizzo to spend nearly 3 years in prison on tax charges

    Federal prosecutors have recommended that former Bell city manager Robert Rizzo go to prison for nearly three years when he is sentenced on tax fraud charges Monday, saying his conduct is "clearly more egregious than that of many other tax violators who do not hold public office and who do not...

  • Former Bell second-in-command gets 11 years in prison for corruption
    Former Bell second-in-command gets 11 years in prison for corruption

    Angela Spaccia is the first ex-Bell official to be sentenced in the municipal corruption case. She also must pay the city $8 million.

  • Former Bell official Angela Spaccia gets 11 years, 8 months in prison
    Former Bell official Angela Spaccia gets 11 years, 8 months in prison

    The former second-in-command in the scandal-plagued city of Bell became the first person sentenced in the city's massive public corruption case Thursday, ordered to spend 11 years and eight months in prison for misappropriating public funds from one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities.

    Angela...

  • D.A. tells judge to send Spaccia to prison: 'She's got it coming'
    D.A. tells judge to send Spaccia to prison: 'She's got it coming'

    Prosecutors are asking a Superior Court judge to send the former second-in-command in scandal-plagued Bell to prison for 12 years and eight months.

    Angela Spaccia, who has been in jail since her conviction in December on corruption charges, is expected to be sentenced Thursday.

    Spaccia’s request...

  • Arts blossom in a 'garage salon' in Bell
    Arts blossom in a 'garage salon' in Bell

    For the last three months, musicians, painters and poets throughout southeast L.A. County have traveled to Eric Contreras' garage for an open-mic night called Alivio, the Spanish word for relief.

  • Pleas close a chapter in Bell corruption scandal
    Pleas close a chapter in Bell corruption scandal

    Five former Bell council members plead no contest to misappropriating public funds, ending the prosecution of city leaders accused of bilking Bell out of more than $10 million.

  • Bell corruption: Former mayor apologizes for 'my ignorance'
    Bell corruption: Former mayor apologizes for 'my ignorance'

    The former mayor of working-class Bell apologized in court Wednesday as he and four ex-colleagues agreed to plead no contest to corruption charges that could send them to prison for years.

    “I like to apologize to the city of Bell for my ignorance, for not being able to find out how these people...

  • Ex-Bell council members agree to plea deal in corruption case
    Ex-Bell council members agree to plea deal in corruption case

    Five former political leaders in the scandal-plagued city of Bell have agreed to plead no contest to corruption charges and could be sentenced to up to four years in prison for their role in looting the treasury of one of Los Angeles County’s poorest cities.

    Had the former council members refused...

  • A 'garage salon' in Bell
    A 'garage salon' in Bell

    There's been a blossoming in Bell, a town known more for corruption than culture. For the last three months, musicians, painters and poets throughout southeast L.A. County have traveled to Eric Contreras' parents' garage for an open-mic night called Alivio, the Spanish word for relief. Contreras...

  • Ex-Bell council members get more time to mull plea deal
    Ex-Bell council members get more time to mull plea deal

    Five former council members in scandal-plagued Bell have been given until next week to decide whether to accept a plea bargain that could put them behind bars for as long as four years.

    If the onetime council members in the small, working-class city refuse to take the offer, they could spend twice...

  • Clock ticking on 4-year prison offer for ex-Bell council members
    Clock ticking on 4-year prison offer for ex-Bell council members

    Five former Bell council members — all convicted but facing a retrial on additional corruption-related charges — must decide by Thursday whether to take a plea bargain that would their cap their potential prison time at four years. 

    The Los Angeles district attorney's office offered the deal on...

  • Bell's Robert Rizzo could testify at sentencing of Angela Spaccia
    Bell's Robert Rizzo could testify at sentencing of Angela Spaccia

    The attorney for Spaccia, Rizzo's former assistant, says he will subpoena the former city administrator, who has never spoken publicly about the case.

  • Bell: Rizzo sentencing postponed; attorneys want to question him
    Bell: Rizzo sentencing postponed; attorneys want to question him

    Sentencing for former longtime Bell city administrator Robert Rizzo was postponed Wednesday but not before attorneys for the city and his former assistant said they intend to subpoena him to find out the inner details of the public corruption in the small Los Angeles County city.

    Rizzo, who remains...

  • Five ex-Bell council members blame city attorney, file suit
    Five ex-Bell council members blame city attorney, file suit

    The five former Bell council members convicted in a corruption case filed suit Friday against the former city attorney and his law firm, saying the convictions were the result of bad legal advice.

    The lawsuit charges Edward Lee and Best, Best & Krieger with legal malpractice, breach of contract...

  • Boys' soccer: Bell advances to City Section Division I final

     Bell will play top-seeded Birmingham for the City Section Division I championship in boys' soccer on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Contreras after defeating Palisades on Monday in a match decided by penalty kicks.

     

    Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com

     

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