By Melissa Pinion-Whitt, The Sun
Sheriff’s deputies wheeled Olivia Carolee Culbreath on a gurney into a courtroom Monday in what was her first court appearance on the Diamond Bar drunken-driving crash that killed six people in February.
Culbreath, 21, of Fontana wore hospital garb and said little during the very brief hearing before Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jack P. Hunt. Her arraignment was postponed until March 26 so attorneys could gather evidence.
“We have not received discovery in this case,” said Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Roger Whitenhill.
Culbreath had been hospitalized with serious injuries since the Feb. 9 wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway. She was transferred to Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles earlier this month, but had not appeared in court until Monday.
Assistant Head Deputy John Monaghan of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined comment on the case.
Culbreath has been charged with six counts of murder in the deaths of Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, Leticia Ibarra, 42, Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20, and Ester Delgado, all of Huntington Park; Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of Chino; and Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto.
The Diamond Bar Historical Society was founded in 1991 with the goal of preserving artifacts and memorabilia from the history of Diamond Bar.
The Historical Society is partnering with the City of Diamond Bar History Project to keep the history of Diamond Bar alive especially since the City will celebrate its 25th anniversary in April 2014.
Do you have photographs of school or sports events? Have you saved interesting newspaper articles? Do you have mementos of Grubstake Gulch, the Ranch Festival?
We are organizing all of these items and more, preserving for the future. Please consider donating them to the City of Diamond Bar historical archives.
What can you add to the City of Diamond Bar timeline? We can keep your originals or scan them and return the originals to you. Call Marsha Roa at the City of Diamond Bar, 909 839-7055.
Diamond Bar will begin a year-long celebration for its 25th anniversary with its popular Winter Snow Fest on Jan. 18.
This family-friendly event takes place in Pantera Park at 738 Pantera Drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The fun event features a large snow play area, four sledding hills, winter-themed games and crafts, food and live entertainment.
Admission to the snow play areas is free, but there’s a small fee for sledding, games and crafts. Unlimited sledding costs $5, while four games or crafts cost $1.
Free shuttle service to Pantera Park and the surrounding neighborhood will be available. Sleds will also be provided. Please wear waterproof gloves and closed-toed shoes.
For more information, call the Recreation Services Division at 909-839-7070.
Do you have a Kindle or iPad and want to learn how to access Los Angeles County Library’s digital books and audio books?
Come to the E-Device Demonstration on Jan. 17 at the Diamond Bar Library. Learn how to access the Overdrive service available with your library card.
If you have a Kindle, please come to the program at 10 a.m. If you have an iPad please come at 10:45 a.m.
Electronic equipment not required. Participants will receive an exclusive stylus pen.
The library is at 21800 Copley Dr. in Diamond Bar. For more information, call 909-861-4978.
The chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee got a firsthand look at the 57/60 freeway interchange on Tuesday, 2.5 miles of dangerous lane alignments that have 600 accidents a year and is ranked the seventh-most congested interchange in the United States.
As he stood on Grand Avenue overlooking the unusually combined portion of the two major freeways, Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., got a sense of the third-worst traffic spot in the state, even while remarking on Southern California’s ideal weather.
But what impressed Shuster most was the scaled-down fix presented to him by the cities of Industry and Diamond Bar during a meeting at Diamond Bar City Hall hosted by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Rowland Heights, also a member of the committee.
“I appreciate you are trying to solve the problem without breaking the bank,” Shuster said.
The projected cost is $265 million and will include separate fixes that will add lanes by preventing the lane drop-offs that cause bottlenecks. Over the 2.5 miles, 16 lanes of freeway traffic get squeezed into 12. The improvements included creation of a bypass lane to reduce the need for motorists to cross several lanes as they exit or enter the freeway at Grand Avenue.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s story BOTTLENECK
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.
Read more in Steve Scauzillo’s ELECTRIC.
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.
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Rowland Heights, center, receives certificate from Dickie Simmons, field rep for L.A. County Supervisor Don Knabe. Looking on from left are Diamond Bar City Councilwoman Carol Herrera, Ed Ebenkamp with Rowland Heights Community Council, Simmons, Walnut Mayor Mary Su and Councilman Tony Cartagena. (Staff photo by Watchara Phomicinda)
The East San Gabriel Valley welcomed its newest U.S. representative to the first congressional office in the valley last week. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Rowland Heights, greeted city officials and residents during a grand opening of his new office in Rowland Heights.
“It’s fantastic to offer services to six new cities in my district,” said Royce, who represents the newly drawn 39th Congressional District. He added Hacienda Heights, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, Walnut, Chino Hills and La Habra Heights.
The smiling congressman was warmly greeted by city officials and local residents in his new office in the Diamond Plaza. The second floor office overlooks the busy Pomona Freeway.
“If you have any problems in any way with the federal government, we’re here to help you with those challenges,” Royce told the group.
The 11-term congressman had spent the day reaching out to the community. Earlier, he had talked to the Rotary Club, before speaking to a civics class at Los Altos High School in Hacienda Heights.
Read more in Rich Irwin’s story ROYCE.
Diamond Bar and the Diamond Bar Breakfast Lions Club will hold its annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, March 30. The fun begins at 8:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast provided by the Fire Explorers Post 19 for a nominal fee, followed by the free egg hunt at 10 a.m. featuring 11,000 treat-filled plastic eggs.
Hunting areas will be divided into six areas based on age groups, with parental assistance allowed for the youngest attendees. Photo packages with the Easter Bunny will be available for a cost starting at $10.
Children need to bring their own baskets for the egg collection. Pantera Park is at 738 Pantera Drive in Diamond Bar. For more information, call the city’s Recreation Services Division at 909-839-7070.