Gunman robs computer technician, housewife

first_imgA gunman is now being hunted by ranks of the “A” Division Police after he attacked and robbed computer technician Michael Francois-Johnson, 34, of Kitty, Georgetown and Dasha Cummings, 36, of Stewartville, West Coast Demerara at about 22:00h on Saturday night, while they were conversing in D’Andrade Street Newtown, Kitty, Georgetown.Guyana Times understands that while the two persons were standing on the northern side of D’Andrade Street conversing, the lone gunman, who was unmasked, approached them from behind and held them at gunpoint.He demanded that they hand over their valuables, and being fearful for their lives, both Johnson and Cummings complied with his request.The perpetrator was handed one Samsung phone, valued $60,000; one gold band, valued $100,000; two gold chains, valued $210,000; one pair of gold earrings, valued $6,000; and $80,000 in cash before he made good his escape, travelling quickly east on D’Andrade Street.A report was made to the Police, and an investigation has been launched.last_img read more

Faith and beautiful dresses

first_imgEleanor Camarena, a devoted wife and mother, was known for her unique style and elegance, strength of spirit and Christian faith. A resident of Van Nuys since 1950, Camarena died Feb. 25 of complications after a long battle with arthritis. She was 86. “She was very strong and had a commanding presence. She was definitely the matriarch of the family,” said granddaughter, Melissa Bottrell. “She was always encouraging and very loving.” Devoted to her family, Camarena saved for years to afford a down payment on a house in Van Nuys and move her young family from East Los Angeles, Bottrell said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “She knew what she wanted. She spent her life working for her family,” said Bottrell. “She always thought education was important. I learned hard work and commitment from her.” Camarena also was known for her elegant appearance and personable manner. She sewed her own clothes, a skill she learned from her mother who worked in Los Angeles’ garment industry. “I was the best-dressed kid in school. I always had beautiful dresses for Easter, Christmas and my birthday. She was an excellent seamstress,” said her daughter, Irene Bottrell. “She had severe arthritis for about 40 years. Before that she did all those things – sewing, crochet and knitting. She could make anything. Her artistry came out in her sewing.” Camarena also had a green thumb, growing cymbidium orchids and her favorite flowers, calla lilies. She enjoyed working crossword puzzles and read the newspaper every day. “Her family and her Catholic faith were most important. She was always involved in something at church. She wanted the best for her family and she worked extra hard so we could go to schools where we could get the best education,” Irene Bottrell said. “What I learned from her was the work ethic, never limit yourself and always do your best.” Eleanor Zarza was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Los Angeles. She attended Albion Street Elementary School and graduated in 1938 from Lincoln High School in Los Angeles. She met her future husband, Ruben Camarena, who lived across the street from her, when they were in school. They were married on April 19, 1940. Camarena was a beautician for 10 years after graduating high school, and she worked as an electronics assembler in the late 1950s and early 1960s at Litton Industries in Woodland Hills. Camarena is survived by her husband; daughter, Irene Bottrell; son, Richard Camarena; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. A son, Raul Camarena, died in 1994. A funeral Mass was held Saturday at St. Bridget of Sweden Roman Catholic Church in Van Nuys. Camarena is buried at San Fernando Mission Cemetery in Mission Hills. Donations in her memory may be sent to the Arthritis Foundation, 4311 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 530, Los Angeles, 90010-3775. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more