Jury deliberations start in murder trial

first_imgNORWALK – Prosecutors and defense attorneys wrapped up their arguments and jurors began deliberating Thursday in a murder trial in which the defendant allegedly bragged about the shooting in a letter. Defense attorney Robert Conley told Norwalk Superior Court jurors that his client shot Oscar Rubio, 26, of Whittier in self-defense. Randy Aguila, 20, of Whittier is charged with murder in the car-to-car shooting Sept. 22. After the shooting, Rubio’s car continued driving, crashed through a fence and drove into the parking lot of Aida S. Nelson Elementary School. Deputy District Attorney Doug Herring gave jurors his version of events before the shooting. He said Aguila’s car was blocking traffic near Godoy Street and Vicki Drive, where he was talking to a group of friends. Herring said Aguila is a member of a Los Nietos gang that claims the area as its territory. Rubio had just finished having lunch at his mother’s house nearby and was on his way to work when he encountered the blocked street. Witnesses testified they heard yelling between the cars. “The defendant pulled his gun up to his lap,” Herring said. “He said, `Where are you from?’ He was asking if he had a gang affiliation. The defendant has already decided he is going to shoot. He had the gun on his lap. He confirmed Mr. Rubio was not from his gang. Anybody else is going to die.” Conley said Aguila was terrified after Rubio yelled at him, making him afraid for his safety. He said Rubio threatened Aguila and was getting out of his car to attack the defendant. He said Aguila fired in Rubio’s direction to protect himself. He asked the jury to find Aguila not guilty by reason of self-defense. Aguila has no prior criminal record. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

“If something goes, it’s going to be horrendous” – Residents express concern over proposed AltaGas plant

first_img“We didn’t realize it was going to be so huge, so much above ground with all this piping … Yes, it’s supposed to be a contained system, but ‘supposed to’ being the key term there.”Project Manager Brock John of AltaGas was present at the open house to hear any concerns from homeowners, and spoke in response to this particular concern today.“Natural gas liquids are flammable, but the plant we’re proposing is going to be designed with the most up to date technologies and integrity programs to mitigate the release of any natural gas liquids.” he said.John got into more detail about the properties of natural gas liquids, saying that the vapour is flammable when it is exposed to air, but he asserts the concentration needs to be fairly precise to combust.Advertisement “If it’s too concentrated, it won’t burn … if there’s not enough oxygen, it won’t burn.”John says the natural gas liquids will not be exposed to air under normal operating conditions, and will have a ‘vapour recovery system.’How it works, he says, is that vapours are put into the recovery system, and extra vapour can be released into the flare and burned before posing a risk.He adds this would only occur in the case of an emergency, or when depressurizing needs to happen, and should not be happening regularly.AltaGas’s full Emergency Response and Safety Guide is available to read.Advertisement After an open house last week that was designed to provide more information on a proposed natural gas liquids separation/handling plant right outside of town, some residents left feeling they had more questions then answers.A homeowner who wishes to remain anonymous told Energetic City that her biggest concerns were found in an Emergency Response and Safety Guide.The guide’s fourth page describes the properties of natural gas liquids and natural gas.- Advertisement -She felt concerned when it read that natural gas liquids produce vapours that are ‘flammable when mixed with air’ and ‘ignition can occur from any source that creates a spark such as static electricity, matches, pilot lights, phones, electric motors, internal combustion engines.’“If something goes, it’s going to be horrendous,” she said. “I’m not against them having this plant, I’m against them having this plant that close to residential areas.”She adds that many of her neighbours have similar opinions, as well.Advertisementlast_img read more