- Reporters Desk
Signal Hill Mother, Boyfriend Charged in 2014 Death of 2-Year Old Son
SIGNAL HILL — The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau filed felony charges against 25-year-old Jessica Cereceres and her 23-year-old boyfriend Samuel Aguilar in connection to the death of Cerecere’s 2-year old son Josue Maldonado.
The alleged incident took place on Aug. 10, 2014. A report was issued to Signal Hill police officers of the baby not breathing. Though several life-saving measures were attempted they were unsuccessful and Josue was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. A death investigation was preformed soon after by the Los Angeles County Sheriff. Aguilar was arrested in December on account of witness intimidation and dissuasion and was later charged with murder, felony child abuse and spousal assault.
His bail has been set at $1.3 million. Cereceres cooperated with the investigators and appeared before the Long Beach Superior Court for a hearing, where she was convicted of felony child endangerment and arrested. She is being held at a $200,000 bail.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call (323) 890-5500 or visit http://lacrimestoppers.org.
Former SPHS Substitute Charged for Having Sex with Students
SAN PEDRO — On Aug. 11, Michelle Yeh, a former San Pedro High School substitute teacher was charged on with was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, two counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and two counts of lewd acts on a child 15 years of age. Both students were boys.
Prosecutors say the 29-year-old Michelle Yeh pursued relationships with many students.
She was charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, two counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and two counts of lewd acts on a child 15 years of age, according to a press release.
Yeh was arraigned, on Aug. 12, at the Long Beach Superior Courthouse. Prosecutors asked for $250,000 bail. The woman faces up to nine years and eight months in state prison.
Long Beach City Council Votes on Motion to Study Minimum Wage Increase
LONG BEACH– On Aug. 11, the Long Beach City Council unanimously voted to initiate a study by the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation to examine the potential impacts of raising the minimum wage in Long Beach.
Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal authored the motion, which requested that a study be made about the effects on the city and business, as well as exploring possible incentives for businesses to comply.
More than 100 low-wage workers and community members spoke in support of raising the minimum wage at both a press event and a hearing at Long Beach City Hall.
The Long Beach City Council took steps later that evening to kick-start the process of raising the minimum wage by commissioning the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation to study the economic impacts. The city council also moved the issue of wage enforcement through the city manager, who will report back. The council is expected to review the study in the coming months. Mayor Robert Garcia expressed support for the proposed study earlier this month.
“I commend the Council for its decision to move forward with this important study on the impacts of a minimum wage for Long Beach, as well as possible incentives for businesses and nonprofits,” Garcia said in a statement. “I am committed to ensuring an objective and thorough examination of this issue that includes all voices and perspectives, and I want to encourage residents, workers, employers and everyone in the community to participate in that process.”
The study is expected to take approximately three months to complete.