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first_imgNORWALK – A former Pico Rivera Parks and Recreation Department employee Monday was given an April 19 trial date in Norwalk Court on charges he attempted to kidnap a girl. Jerry Prado faces charges of attempted kidnapping, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an assault weapon. Prado was fired from his job with the the city in 2005, said Bob Spencer, city spokesman. The passenger, a minor, was ejected. Paramedics pronounced the juvenile and the Nissan’s driver dead at the scene. A second passenger in the Nissan and three people in the Tahoe were seriously injured and taken to local hospitals, Knapp said. No arrests had been made as of Monday. The Orange County Coroner’s Office and the La Habra Police Department were investigating the collision, she added. Volunteers needed for school fix-up WHITTIER – Volunteers are needed for a beautification project to be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Community Day School, 5777 S. Lockheed Ave. Sponsoring and funding the project are United We Paint, a coalition of volunteers, the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the California Credit Union, which is providing much of the materials. Volunteers will paint and clean the school. They’ll receive breakfast, lunch, beverages and snacks. Entertainment also will be provided. Volunteers can register online at, or for more information, call (760) 710-3029. Church to show Dixie Chicks film WHITTIER – “Shut Up and Sing,” a documentary about the lives of the Dixie Chicks on tour after they spoke out against the Iraq war and President George W. Bush, will be shown for free at 7 p.m. April 17 at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 7056 Washington Ave. The Whittier Area Peace and Justice Coalition is sponsoring the event. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information, call (562) 587-6270, or (562)698-9154. Free Earth Day event announced WHITTIER – Residents are invited to a free Earth Day event, sponsored by the Central Basin Municipal Water District and the Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts, from 10 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, 1955 Workman Mill Road. More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will feature tours of the districts’ facilities, games, free food, giveaways, an “eco-magic” show and 100 eco-friendly exhibits, organizers said. For more information, call (562) 908-4288, Ext. 2304. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Calls to Prado’s attorney were not returned Monday. 2 die in car crash at intersection LA HABRA – A passenger and the driver of a Nissan Frontier that hit another vehicle at a La Habra intersection were both killed at the scene, police said Monday. The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. Sunday at Harbor Boulevard at Stearns Avenue, where responding La Habra Police Department officers found the Nissan flipped onto its side, department spokeswoman Cindy Knapp said. Witnesses told officers the Nissan’s driver might have been speeding north on Harbor when the Nissan entered the intersection at Stearns and hit a Chevrolet Tahoe making a left turn, Knapp said. last_img read more