The woman declined to be interviewed on Friday. “I’m just trying to get over it. It’s still too new in my mind,” she said. Montes was scheduled to appear Friday at the North Justice Center in Fullerton for a pretrial hearing. He pleaded not guilty Sept. 28 to 21 charges including robbery, street terrorism, elder abuse, vehicle burglaries, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of an access card and receiving stolen property, according to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors also allege that Montes used a firearm during one of the robberies, that he committed the crimes for the benefit, and at the direction, of the Fullerton Tokers/Ward Street gang, and that he inflicted great bodily injury on a woman while driving recklessly. A La Habra man and reputed gang member allegedly broke into cars in church parking lots and robbed middle-aged women and seniors of their purses in Orange County. In one case, Fullerton police said Alejandro Sanchez Montes walked up to an 82-year-old woman and held his hand out as if to shake hands. When she offered her hand, the 26-year-old allegedly knocked her down, took her purse and fled in a waiting vehicle. She suffered scrapes and bruises in the Sept. 23 encounter at a Fullerton church parking lot. But officers said she jotted down a partial license plate number for the getaway car in the margin of her Bible. Three days later, she saw a police chase of robbery suspects on TV, recognized one of the men and called police. Montes is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange without bail because of a probation hold. The armed robberies happened in Fullerton, Huntington Beach, La Habra and Santa Ana. Fullerton police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda King said a 62-year-old woman had her purse snatched on Aug. 27 in Santa Ana, a 44-year-old woman was robbed Sept. 9 in a Fullerton church parking lot and a 61-year-old woman fell prey to a purse-snatcher on Sept. 15 in Huntington Beach. The 82-year-old victim was robbed Sept. 23 in Fullerton and a fifth robbery is alleged on Sept. 25 but the criminal complaint did not give the age of the victim or where the incident took place. “He’s not picking on young ones,” King said. The car burglaries occurred Sept. 19 and 24. King said vehicles in a church parking lot on Brea Boulevard were broken into. Fullerton police arrested Montes and Jorge Diaz on Sept. 26 after a chase that ended when their silver Dodge Magnum ran a red light and hit three cars. An off-duty reserve officer with Fullerton police was driving one of the cars hit. King said Diaz, 36, of La Habra was booked on suspicion of parole violation and sent to Chino State Prison. [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!
Spring is a time of new beginnings a time when we can choose how we want our lives to be different.For many people education and training is a wonderful way of making changes you want in your life, be it retraining for a new career, brushing up on forgotten skills or simply taking up a new hobby or interest.You may also be feeling that you want to find your spark and create plans for the future so that you can create the life you really want! With a recovery now showing in the economy and more opportunities becoming available, it is an excellent time to find out all the opportunities that are available to you.The Donegal ETB Further Education and Training Fair 2015 will be taking place in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Thursday, the 26th March, from 10.30am to 3.30pm.The organisers are hosting an Employers Panel discussion from 10.30am to 11.45am followed by the Fair from 11.45am to 3.30pm.Over the last 12 years, the Donegal VEC Adult Learner Fair has been one of the most important annual events in the education calendar. Donegal ETB replaced Donegal VEC in 2013 following the establishment of SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority and the implementation of the most comprehensive reform of further Education and Training since the foundation of the State.This year Donegal ETB will be showcasing all its education and training courses following the transfer of the former FÁS Training Services and Apprenticeships Services to Donegal ETB last July.“This is a really important day for education and training in Donegal as this is the first time the public will be able to access information on adult and further education courses, training courses and apprenticeships under the remit of Donegal ETB – we see it as VEC + FÁS = ETB!” says Mary O’Malley, Manager of Training Services, Donegal ETB.With the publication of the Further Education and Training Strategy by SOLAS in 2014, Donegal ETB has been charged with providing a more integrated approach to the delivery of education and training in the county with a central focus on providing courses that meet the needs of employers.“Education for its own sake will always be important and we will continue to provide education for the simple enjoyment of learning a new hobby or as a first step to further learning. “Our vocational courses have always been aimed at helping people to gain qualifications needed for employment, which include basic certificates in English, maths and I.T. as well as higher level courses in a variety of subjects.“We are now finding however that more and more people are returning to education and training in order to find employment and we have a renewed focus on making sure that our courses provide appropriate certification and meet the needs of local employers” says Cróna Gallagher, Donegal ETB Adult Education Officer.To celebrate this change, Donegal ETB is hosting an Employers Panel from 10.30 am to 11.45 am where local experts will be sharing their top tips on what companies now look for when they take on new employees, how you can make yourself more employable and how education and training can help you find work.“Many people are struggling to find work, they feel unprepared for the job hunt and are disillusioned by continually sending out C.V.’s and getting nothing back in return” says Dearbhla Kelly, Guidance Counsellor with Donegal ETB, “This is why we are hosting an Employers Panel and we are delighted to announce that Padraig Monaghan, Managing Director and Senior Vice President, Government Claims of United Healthcare, Catherine Monahan, HR Manager of SOLÍS Lough Eske Hotel, Declan McBrearty, General Manager of KER Group and Declan Thomas, HR Executive with IBEC will be with us on the Employers Panel.“Their experience will give participants a fantastic opportunity to hear directly from successful employers and employment experts and give those looking for work a vital insight into maximizing their employability” continues Dearbhla Kelly.The Employers Panel will be followed by the exhibition of education and training opportunities and Donegal ETB hope this will be their best yet with over 45 organisations providing information and advice on courses, training, education and support covering a range of programmes from return to learning through to access to third level education and beyond.“We are really excited about this year’s event and we hope that the Fair will inspire adults to make informed decisions about their future – for those who need a little help in deciding what they would like to do, experienced Guidance Counsellors will be on hand to point people in the right direction” says Sean Debney, Adult Guidance Co-ordinator with Donegal ETB.The Fair will be of particular interest to those who are facing an uncertain time or are recently unemployed, those who are interested in returning to learning, maybe for the first time since leaving school, or for those who are on a course and want to find out where to go next.It will also be a great opportunity for those who are considering a career change or who want to improve their current job prospects.For further information on the Adult Learner Fair, please contact the Donegal ETB Adult Guidance and Information Service. Tel: 074 91 78088.BUSINESS: DONEGAL EDUCATION TRAINING FAIR HELPING YOU TO FIND A BRIGHTER FUTURE was last modified: March 19th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnews