January 30, 1992
A man was arrested last week in a 1989 rape and murder case after detectives tackling a backlog of unsolved slayings turned up new leads, police said. Los Angeles Police Detective Ron Vega said Margarito G. Martinez, 28, was charged with burglarizing a house in the 5300 block of Monte Vista Street in Highland Park on Aug. 8, 1989, then sexually assaulting and killing Brigita Kreismanis, 43, after she arrived home. Vega and a partner conducted fresh interviews in the unsolved case this month.
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July 22, 1990
A distraught 35-year-old Highland Park woman set herself ablaze on a neighborhood street early Saturday morning, suffering third-degree burns on 90% of her body, a Los Angeles police spokesman said. Horrified neighbors saw Louisa Jiminez of 5514 Marmion Way engulfed in flames about 6:15 a.m., police said. One neighbor who ran to extinguish the flames with a garden hose told police that Jiminez tried to wave him away.
November 5, 1992
City Councilman Richard Alatorre will meet with community members tonight to discuss a plan to build an artists' village and child-care center on a vacant city-owned lot on York Boulevard. The plan for the 30,000-square-foot lot at North Avenue 53 and York Boulevard is part of a larger effort to improve the boulevard by attracting new business to the area, organizers said.
March 30, 1989 |
The Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted this week to approve an ordinance that would severely limit development in parts of Highland Park. The measure was approved without discussion, in stark contrast to the bitter opposition that it met from small business and property owners when it was first proposed in December.
May 29, 1986 |
The old house on North Avenue 56 looked somewhat dilapidated, but Pat Samson of Highland Park Heritage Trust advanced undeterred, past the unkempt lawn, sagging front porch and wood crying out for new paint. "1909 Colonial Revival," she pronounced, stepping inside. "Look at the leaded-glass windows. And . . . a very large entryway," she told the owner excitedly, turning around slowly in the wood-paneled room to envision how it must have appeared almost a century ago.
July 21, 1988 |
Twelve Highland Park houses built around the turn of the century were designated cultural-historic monuments Friday by the Los Angeles City Council, saving two of the buildings from possible demolition. The City Council's 11-0 vote in favor of the designation increased by 50% the number of cultural monuments in Highland Park. Diana Barnwell, who chairs the Highland Park Neighborhood Assn.
November 15, 1990
Two men were stabbed and a third was attacked in an apparent racial incident early Monday on York Boulevard in Northeast Los Angeles, police said. Joe Beltran, 24, of Arizona and Larry Delgado, 20, of Hacienda Heights were each stabbed once in the chest about 1 a.m., Los Angeles Police Detective Ron Whitt said. The men had been driving around the Highland Park area looking for their uncle, Jack Delgado, 40, also of Hacienda Heights.
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December 29, 1993 |
A Highland Park man was being sought as a suspect in the stabbing death of a Glendale man Monday, Glendale police said. The victim, Mark Anthony Sandigo, 25, of Glendale, died after a stab wound to the chest during an argument just before 10 p.m. Monday, police said. Police said that the argument started as the suspect, Ronald Fiera Martinez, also 25, of Highland Park, was driving on East Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale while Sandigo was sitting in the passenger seat.
December 25, 1994 |
Residents whose homes are threatened by the proposed Blue Line construction through Highland Park and Lincoln Heights plan to send a letter to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board this week asking it to reopen the approval process, claiming the plans were made without sufficient community input. Members of the Highland Park Neighborhood Assn., the Lincoln Heights Preservation Assn.
July 3, 1994 |
This summer, children and parents will change the way they spend their summer by initiating a free activities program that solves the lack of child care. Created by the parents and staff at the Highland Park Family Resource Center, the summer activities project will begin July 18 with adults volunteering to supervise the 5- to 16-year-olds at least two days a week. Last year's smaller staff-supervised program enrolled 12 youths, but this year's program is much more ambitious.