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first_imgSalazar said Martinez was arrested as he was getting into a pickup. Officers found a replica of a .25-caliber handgun in his pocket and two cell phones, she added. `Fiesta Patrias’ to be held Sept. 15 WHITTIER – The Friends of Pio Pico will hold the annual “Fiesta Patrias,” the celebration of Mexican independence, from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Pio Pico State Historic State Park, 6003 Pioneer Blvd. The celebration also will include an art fair. Roberto Garza will portray Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California. There also will be adobe brick making, traditional bread baking, old-fashioned children’s games and guided tours of the adobe ranch house. Entertainment will be provided by Mariachi Herencia de Mexico and SPIRITT Family Services – Folklorico de Colores. For information, call Maggie Valdivia at (562) 335-2314 or Kristen Perry at (562) 695-1217, Ext. 102. 9/11 documentary screening set WHITTIER – The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition will present a free screening of “911: Press for Truth,” a documentary about the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, at 7 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. Free refreshments will be provided. For information, call (562) 587-6270 or (562) 698-9154. Application starts for lunch program SANTA FE SPRINGS – Little Lake City School District is providing free and reduced-priced meals to qualifying students in the district for 2007-08. The district office, 10515 S. Pioneer Blvd., and schools have a copy of the policy for the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Household size and income will be considered to determine if a child is eligible for the program. Children whose family receives food stamp, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (KinGAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible regardless of family income. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, those interested must complete an application and return it to the Nutrition Services Office or the cafeteria manager at each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. There is a separate application for a foster child, based solely on the child’s income. Applications are available at the district office and at schools. For more information, call (562) 868-8241, ext. 256. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Officers arrested a parolee Monday night after he allegedly robbed three people of cell phones and a pack of cigarettes. Paul Martinez, 50, of Victorville was booked on suspicion of armed robbery and was being held without bail at Whittier Jail. He will be arraigned today at Whittier Court. The robberies happened in Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. The first victim was sitting in a car in the parking lot of the 7-Eleven at 8438 Santa Fe Springs Road about 9 p.m. Monday when a man brandished a handgun and demanded money, according to Whittier police spokeswoman Officer Diana Salazar. She said the robber got away with two cell phones. The victim gave police a description of the robber and the getaway vehicle, a maroon Ford Ranger. A robber also struck in the parking lot of the Food 4 Less at 7810 Norwalk Blvd. in Santa Fe Springs. He robbed a second victim of a pack of cigarettes but took nothing from a third victim, Salazar said. She said there could be a fourth victim. A witness saw the robbery in the Food 4 Less parking lot and called police. Officers suspected it was the same man because of the similar description from the previous robbery, she said. last_img

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