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Police ask public's help finding fraud suspects; robber in blue hits Monterey Park gas station; SGV man's ax murder conviction upheld

News from around the West San Gabriel Valley:

Monterey Park Police ask public's help finding fraud suspects (San Marino Tribune)Police are looking for two men wanted for credit card fraud and vehicle burglaries in Monterey Park and the San Gabriel Valley. Brian Renteria, 25, is a parolee who is known to be armed and dangerous, police said. The suspect is Hispanic, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighs 230-300 pounds, with brown hair and eyes. Jerry Ristich, 27, is believed to be staying in SGV motels. He is Hispanic, 5 feet 9 inches tall, weights 190 pounds, and has brown hair and eyes. He has tattoos on his neck. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective J. Frescas at (626) 307-1241.

Man in blue robs Monterey Park gas station (Pasadena Star-News)A robber armed with a handgun hit a Monterey Park Chevron station after midnight Thursday. He robbed the gas station at 2301 S Atlantic Blvd of $300. He's described as an African American male around 30, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weighing 220 pounds. He wore blue jeans and a blue plaid shirt.

San Gabriel Valley resident's conviction for murder upheld (San Marino Tribune)A state appeals court upheld an elderly San Gabriel Valley man's conviction for killing his wife with an ax and trying to kill her son in 2009. James Che Ming Lu was 85 when he allegedly killed his wife, 55, with multiple blows with an ax, and attacked her 35-year-old son, who fended off the attack. His wife's body was found dead in their home in an unincorporated area between Pasadena and Arcadia. The appeals court rejected the defense's story that Lu's wife attacked him or that she had a knife. Lu's sentenced to 26 years to life in state prison.

San Gabriel City Council results take drastic change (Pasadena Star-News)Early results for the San Gabriel City Council election Tuesday showed incumbents Kevin Sawkins and Mario De La Torre, as well as challenger Jason Pu, taking the lead for three open council seats. But challenger Chin Ho Liao edged his way to the top three after the provisional ballots were counted, and Liao, Sawkins, and Pu will join San Gabriel City Council. 

Rep. Judy Chu invites high school students to enter Congressional Art Competition (San Marino Patch)The House of Representatives is hosting their annual Congressional Art Competition this spring, and all high school students in the 27th District — which includes Alhambra, Monterey Park, San Gabriel, and a large portion of the west San Gabriel Valley — are invited to participate. The winner will have his or her art displayed for a year at the Capitol. Visit the link above for more information.

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

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