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$50,000 reward offered in double hit-and-run that killed Pacoima woman as she walked to church


Council member Richard Alarcón introduced a measure to offer a $50,000 reward for information on a 79-year-old Pacoima woman's hit-and-run death.

City leaders have given up just asking, and are now offering $50,000 in reward money for information on two separate drivers who struck and killed an elderly woman walking to church in Pacoima, then fled the scene.

The double hit-and-run happened at about 6:30 a.m. on March 17, as 79-year-old Virginia Ramirez tried to cross Glenoaks Boulevard near Mercer Street on her way to Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, according to the Daily News. Ramirez died from her injuries.

(Ramirez was either a good walker or was going to catch a bus, as that intersection is two miles from the church located at 10390 Remick Ave.)

According to police, Ramirez was first hit by a 2000 Nissan Frontier driven by a 35- to 45-year-old Hispanic man, who actually got out of his vehicle to look at the victim, then got back in and sped away.


Ex-Los Angeles elementary teacher charged with molesting 13 children

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Amended complaint alleging ex-Telfair Elementary teacher Paul Chapel committed repeated acts of continuous sexual abuse on children.

Paul William Chapel, an ex-Telfair Elementary School teacher in Pacoima jailed since October, has been charged with sexually abusing 13 children -- seven girls and six boys.

The Los Angeles Daily News reports that Chapel, charged last fall with continuous sexual abuse of three girls and a boy, says a revised criminal complaint filed last week accuses him of committing lewd acts with nine other boys and girls. In one case, the accusation is that Chapel molested a boy for three years beginning in 2006.

Chapel is charged with "molestation during the years he taught third grade at Telfair, a predominantly Latino campus in Pacoima," notes the newspaper.

At least one of the alleged victims was a student at the school, according to detectives. Additional victims were identified as part of an ongoing LAPD investigation.


13-year-old Pacoima boy accidentally shot in face, police say

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Thursday morning's shooting happened only a couple blocks from Pacoima Middle School.

Police say a 13-year-old boy in Pacoima was holding a gun when it accidentally went off and shot him in the face Thursday morning, the L.A. Times reports.

“At this point, it appears to be an accidental firearms discharge,” LAPD Lt. Andy Neiman told the Times.

KTLA news reports showed the scene on the 10000 block of Telfair Avenue following the incident, with police cordoning off the area. An agitated man in handcuffs sat on the curb while another man in handcuffs was put in a patrol car.

Neither was identified, and police have not announced any arrests in the case. They are still investigating.

Strangely, the gun in the shooting was not found, according to KTLA. Two people were reportedly seen fleeing the home, located only a few blocks from Pacoima Middle School, after the gun went off.