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Former Rosemead coach pleads not guilty to molestation; site of deadly Pasadena house fire has rough past

Midweek news from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Former Rosemead coach pleads not guilty to molestation (San Gabriel Valley Tribune)A former assistant high school wrestling coach in Rosemead pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to molesting two boys. Herbert Daniel Ortizmonroy, 30, of Baldwin Park, ran a children's wrestling program and was charged in October with three counts of lewd acts upon children and two of oral copulation of a person under 16.

Site of deadly fire had several code problems (Pasadena Sun)Pasadena officials say that an El Sereno Avenue home where two men died in an explosion and fire on Nov. 1 was under investigation over allegations of illegal construction and substandard living conditions. At the time of the fire, 20 men were renting rooms at the duplex. A Feb. 2003 notice of violation letter to the home owner notes 23 bedrooms, only seven of which were legally constructed. 

A Top Chef finalist opens Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena (Pasadena Patch)Pastry chef and South Pasadena resident Danielle Keene, who was a finalist on the first season of Top Chef: Just Desserts, opened her first bakery and dessert shop Bittersweet Treats in Pasadena on Tuesday. The store is located at 1731 E Colorado Blvd, and it specializes in Keene's “old-fashioned classics with a modern twist,” shop owner Linda Chen told Patch.

Holiday happenings and Hanukkah events in South Pasadena (South Pasadena Patch)From breakfast with Santa to lighting ceremonies, the area is filled with local Christmas and Hanukkah events.

Our news roundup includes stories from Monterey Park, San Gabriel, South Pasadena, El Sereno, San Marino, Rosemead, and Temple City.

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