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Election Day arrives; man pleads not guilty to fatal East L.A & Whittier shootings; civil trial to begin over alleged sex abuse at El Sereno school

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  • Election season is not over.  Voters in the  34th Congressional District will cast their ballots in the June 6 runoff between state assemblyman Jimmy Gomez and attorney Robert Lee Ahn. The 34th Congressional District  includes Boyle Heights, City Terrace, El Sereno, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Northeast L.A., southern Echo Park and other communities
  • Michael Christopher Mejia, a gang member and convicted felon, plead not guilty to fatally shooting his cousin in East Los Angeles and a police officer in Whittier. Mejia shot and killed his cousin, Roy Torres, a few hours before fatally shooting Officer Keith Boyer and wounding Officer Patrick Hazell in a Feb. 20 shootout. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for May 20. Whittier Daily News
  • A civil trial is scheduled to begin this week over allegations that L.A. Unified failed to prevent and covered up the sexual abuse of students by a former teacher at El Sereno Elementary. The teacher was arrested in 2010 but was never prosecuted over the criminal charges because of a lack of evidence. The civil lawsuit filed on behalf of five female students seeks an undetermined amount of financial damages. Daily News

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