Monthly Archives: July 2014

GG police seek public’s help in solving killing

Garden Grove police officers responded to a large party in which a fight was ongoing last week.

Upon arrival, officers found a man in the back yard who had several stab wounds to the torso area. He was transported to UCI Medical Center, where he later died.

There were in excess of 100 people in attendance at this party at the time of the attack.

The Garden Grove Police Department has exhausted all leads in this case and is seeking the public’s help in identifying any additional witnesses or information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the suspect.

If you or someone you know were present at the party or have any additional information regarding the killing of Raul Alcala, call the Garden Grove Police Department at 714-741-5877.

If you would like to provide information anonymously, you can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers network at 1-855-TIP-OCCS (1-855-847-6227) or visit the group’s web page at

New coach has big shoes to fill

Football season is coming up, and once again the Garden Grove High School Argonauts are favored to win the Garden Grove League.

As usual, the team has more great players than you can count on two hands.

But how about the coaching? There will be a new face on the sideline: Ricardo Cepeda. He’s got big shoes to fill. Former coach Willy Puga, who resigned after last season, took the Argonauts to three consecutive CIF finals, winning one.

Look for a profile on Cepeda in an upcoming edition of the Orange County News.

–Brady Rhoades

Local, 91, honored for service

Garden Grove resident Albert Ayala was named by Assemblyman Travis Allen as 2013 Veteran of the Year for the 72nd District recently. Ayala, 91, and a veteran of three wars, is active in veterans issues.

As an aside, I wrote a story about Ayala a couple years ago. Going on 90, he was still dancing with his lovely wife two or three times a week.

I talked to him last week and at 91 not much has changed. The two lovebirds are still cuttin’ a rug.

–Brady Rhoades

City employees get raise

After several years of belt-tightening, Garden Grove City Hall employees have received a 2 percent raise.

It isn’t much, but as a friend once told me: “A little money is better than no money.”

Look for the story in next week’s OCN.

–Brady Rhoades

Local served at Pearl Harbor, in D-Day Invasion

Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) recently honored United States Navy Warrant Officer Jack Hammett as the 2014 Veteran of the Year for the 72nd Assembly District, which includes Garden Grove, among other cities.

Hammett served our country for 22 years and participated in front line combat at both Pearl Harbor and the D-Day Invasion.

Congrats, Mr. Hammett, and thank you.

– Brady Rhoades