A U.S. soldier killed by a improvised explosive device in Afghanistan has been identified as Spc. William Gilbert, 24, of Hacienda Heights, according to the Department of Defense.
Three other soldiers were also killed in the blast, Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Baker, 29, of Hesperia, Spc. Mitchell Daehling, 24, of Mass., and one who is yet to be identified, Major Joe Buccino said.
Gilbert enlisted in August 2010 and was on his first combat tour. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, from Fort Bliss, Texas. He was deployed in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom.
Opera Tales celebrates the joy of music at the Diamond Bar Library on Saturday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Working with the L.A. County Library, LA Opera has developed this fun, high energy show that tours libraries for free family performances.
Verdi Opera Tales is an entertaining introduction to the wonderful stories and melodies of one of opera’s most beloved composers, Giuseppe Verdi. In celebration of the composer’s upcoming 200th birthday, Verdi Opera Tales celebrates the power of story and music wedded together.
Travel with our “opera pals” from LA Opera through the magical moments of some of Verdi’s greatest stories, including Rigoletto, La Traviata, Aida, Falstaff and more!
The performance will be held in the Windmill Meeting Room off the City Hall lobby at 21800 Copley Dr. in Diamond Bar. For more information, call 909- 861-4978.
If someone you know had a sudden cardiac arrest, would you be ready to perform CPR? The L.A. County Emergency Medical Services encourages everyone to learn this life-saving technique by participating in one of its several Sidewalk CPR Public Education Events slated for Tuesday, June 4.
In Diamond Bar, the event will be held in the Diamond Bar Center from 9 am to noon. Emergency personnel will be on site teaching attendees “hands-only” CPR on a first-come, first-served basis.
Registration is not required, and the training lasts only a few minutes. The Diamond Bar Center is located at 1600 Grand Avenue. For more information or for a list of other participating sites, visit http://ems.dhs.lacounty.gov/.
The city of Industry and the South Coast Air Quality Management District are doing. These two unlikely bedfellows are launching a $13 million, two-year program to subsidize the lease of up to 60 new all-electric cars.
Anyone leasing a Nissan Leaf, for example, would get between $100 and $125 per month rebate, lowering one’s monthly car payment to no more than $100 a month. Plus, they will throw in free charging and free parking.
A survey attracted more than 28 customers – the initial target of the first phase – but Industry and its partners could accommodate 60 new electric cars.
Early surveys show interest from Walnut, Diamond Bar and West Covina residents living about 10 miles from the station. Because the Leaf has a range of about 60-80 miles, there is little anxiety.
A Diamond Bar woman, who with her husband owns an Industry-based toy wholesale business, was sentenced Monday to eight months in federal prison plus six months of home detention for participating in a scheme that laundered money for drug trafficking groups in Mexico and Colombia.
Dan “Daisy” Xin Li, 44, co-owner of Woody Toys, Inc., was remanded into custody, according to Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office.
The judge delayed the sentencing for Li’s husband, 44-year-old Jia “Gary” Hui Zhou, until January 6, 2014.
A California Supreme Court ruling Monday that local governments in the state can ban storefront medical marijuana outlets won’t have much affect in some area cities such as La Puente, Duarte and Whittier.
Officials in those cities said they don’t have any storefront pot shops due to current laws, and that they likely will continue following the ruling.
Duarte has never had any pot shops, a spokesman for that city said Monday. Whittier has a moratorium on the shops and only had one shop in the past, which closed under pressure.
And La Puente, which once was considered the medical marijuana capital of the San Gabriel Valley, hasn’t had any pot shops for more than a year.
However, longtime opponent of medical marijuana dispensaries, La Puente City Councilman Dan Holloway, declined comment, saying he had not had time to read the ruling.
The ruling came in the case filed after Riverside city lawmakers used zoning powers to declare storefront pot shops as public nuisances and ban the operations in 2010. The Inland Empire Patient’s Health and Wellness Center, part of the explosion of retail medical marijuana outlets, sued to stop the city from shutting it down.
Mosque and Islamic community leaders should intervene at signs of problems or potential radicalization among their members rather than shunting troubled youth and others aside who might be susceptible to extremism, two prominent Southland-based Muslim leaders said Sunday.
Both deceased Boston Marathon suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev and before him convert Adam Gadahn, who eventually became a spokesman for Al-Qaida, were kicked out of U.S. mosques after exhibiting worrisome behavior, Salam Al-Marayati, president of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, said at a forum on Islamic radicalization at All Saints Church on Sunday.
While U.S. mosques want to be free of radical ideas and prevent scrutiny from the FBI, having productive conversations with such men about their feelings of anger and frustration could help prevent them from becoming radicalized or being swept up by those bearing a twisted religious ideology, Al-Marayati said. However, any threat of unlawful or violent behavior, he said, should be referred directly to law enforcement authorities.
A 15-year-old Diamond Ranch High School student was arrested Friday afternoon for allegedly bringing an unloaded revolver to school. The teen’s name wasn’t released because he is a minor.
Sgt. Erick Kim of the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar station said deputies found the gun in the student’s backpack while the boy was in class. Deputies found out later that the gun was reported stolen in 2008 from San Bernardino County.
It’s not known yet why the Pomona teen brought the weapon to campus which is located at 100 Diamond Ranch Drive in Pomona. The incident began at 12:31 p.m.
“The school called us and said they had information a student has a gun,” Kim said.
According to deputies, three students who became aware of the gun in the teen’s possession alerted school officials. The 15-year-old was in class when deputies arrived. They detained him and searched the classroom. The teen’s backpack was on the floor next to his desk. Inside the bag was the gun.
The teen was arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm on school grounds and was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.