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Bodies are those of missing GG couple

MARIA LOPEZ and Jesus Guillen (GGPD photo).

UPDATE: The bodies of a Garden Grove couple missing in Mexico since Jan. 10 have been found.

According to the Associated Press, the bodies of Maria Lopez, 65, and 60-year-old husband Jesus Lopez (also known as Guillen) were found buried on the property of one of their homes in Tijuana Friday. Arrested was their son-in-law, named only as Santiago. He is expected to be charged with murder.

The AP reported that the couple had crossed into Mexico to collect about $6400 in rent from apartments they owned in Tijuana.

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Two bodies which may be those of a missing Garden Grove couple have been found in Tijuana.

According to authorities, there is a “90 percent” certainty they are Maria Lopez and Jesus Guillen. They had left their home for an “up and back” trip to Mexico on Jan. 10 but family members and friends were unable to contact them.

The couple’s son-in-law has been detained, according to published reports. Investigations into the incident and the identification of the bodies are ongoing.

Ban on short-term rentals mulled

A public hearing on a proposed ordinance banning all short-term rentals of residential property for less than 30 days will go before the Westminster Planning Commission when it meets on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Many cities in Orange County have banned the STRs, which critics claim disrupt residential neighborhoods and operate hospitality businesses without collecting the required “bed tax” paid by guests. Supporters argue that they provide a source of income to homeowners, especially those with limited resources.

Currently, while Westminster has no major hotels, one is planned for the Bolsa Row development in the Little Saigon area.

The planners will meet in the council chambers at 8200 Westminster Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.

Tet Parade will close Westminster Avenue

On Sunday, Jan. 26 from 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., Westminster Avenue, between Brookhurst Street and Euclid Street, and Taft Street, between Westminster Boulevard to Woodbury Street in Garden Grove will be closed for the 8th annual Tet Parade. Motorists are asked to plan accordingly to avoid delays.

Residents and businesses in the area have been notified in advance.

Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) bus routes will be impacted by the street closure.

The Garden Grove Police Department’s Traffic Unit will be on site during closure times to direct traffic and suggest alternate routes.

The 8th annual Tet Parade begins at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony featuring traditional festivities at Westminster Boulevard and Bowen Street. The parade will follow, ending at Euclid Street.

 

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