Mountain biker critically injured in fall in Angeles National Forest


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers rushed a mountain biker to a hospital in critical condition after he was found unconscious after taking a fall in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge Sunday afternoon, officials said.
Members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, along with a Los Angeles MTNBIKE2County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, responded after an unconscious bicyclist was discovered about 50 feet over the side of the road near Josephine Saddle shortly after 2 p.m., sheriff’s officials said.
An update on the cyclists condition was not available late Sunday.

PHOTOS: Courtesy, Montrose Search & Rescue Team

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Baldwin Park man, Ontario woman killed in 60 Freeway crash identified

INDUSTRY >> Coroner’s officials Sunday released the named of a Baldwin Park man and an Ontario woman who died when they car they were passengers in left the roadway and struck a tree along the 60 Freeway early Saturday.
Rafael Flores Reinoso, 49, of Baldwin Park and Michelle Alvarez, 23, of Ontario, died at the scene of the 2:40 a.m. crash along the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, in an unincorporated county area near Industry, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Fred Corrall said.
They were passengers in a 2006 Scion tC being driven by a 24-year-old Ontario man that veered from traffic lanes and struck a tree along a gore point, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The driver and another passenger, described as a 45-year-old Ontario woman, were hospitalized with major injuries, according to the CHP. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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West Covina man shot at Del Norte Park

WEST COVINA >> An unknown attacker shot and wounded a West Covina man at a Del Norte Park late Saturday in what police suspect may have been a drug deal gone awry.
Officers responding to a 10:42 p.m. report of a “man down” near the gazebo north of the baseball diamond at the park, 1500 W. Rowland Ave., encountered a 41-year-old man suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The victim was conscious and speaking with officers before he was taken to a hospital for treatment, but would not tell police what had taken place, the lieutenant said. His injury was not believed to be life-threatening.
No information regarding the shooter or circumstances of the shooting were available Sunday, however investigators were looking into the possibility the shooting stemmed from a drug deal.
The victim had methamphetamine in his possession, and is also named in a felony arrest warrant stemming from a narcotics case, Patton said.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500. The department’s 24-hour tip line can be reached at 626-939-8688, or information can be submitted to the department by texting TIPWCPD and your tip to 847411.

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Pasadena church plans youth forum with son of Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams

PASADENA >> A Pasadena church is hosting a youth forum this month featuring the son of executed killer, gang leader and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley “Tookie” Williams.
The “Youth Speak Out” forum will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1700 N. Raymond Ave., FAME Board of Directors member Pamela Short Powell said.
The event is targeted toward young people ages 16 to 35.
Travon Williams will discuss, “his lived experiences in the gang culture and how making he right decisions can have a positive impact on life’s challenges,” church representatives said in a written statement.
His father, who was an early leader of the Crips street gang in Los Angeles before being convicted and executed for four murders, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times while behind bars, “in recognition of his work against gang violence, anti-gang choices and life in prison,” according to the statement.
A panel of young people from local high schools, colleges, churches and other organizations will be invited to engage in a dialogue with Travon Williams and speak out regarding the issues and challenged they face in their lives.
Community resource providers and social service agencies will also be on-hand to provide information.
For more information, FAME Pasadena can be reached at 626-798-0503, or online at

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Police plan checkpoint in Montebello

MONTEBELLO >> Police are planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Friday in Montebello, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. the following morning at an undisclosed location within the city, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed 8 lives and resulted in 791 injury crashes harming 1,057 of our friends and neighbors,” according to Sgt. Larry Jackson.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Man uses ruse to carjack elderly Pasadena woman

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who used a ruse to carjack an 84-year-old Pasadena woman of her Lexus Friday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:45 a.m. in the 100 block of West California Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The victim had just gotten into her car and turned on the engine when a man approached her at her still-open driver-side door, he said.
Mercado said the man told the elderly woman that her car was sparking from beneath and directed her out of the vehicle.
“When she exited her car, he got in and drove away, west on California,” the lieutenant said. The woman suffered no injuries.
Stolen was the woman’s silver, 2004 Lexus 330 with a California license plate of 5FAB540, he said. The carjacker was described as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, of medium build, with short brown hair. He wore a khaki-colored jacket.

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Pasadena man critically wounded in drive-by shooting

PASADENA >> A Pasadena man suffered serious injuries in a drive-by shooting Friday night, police said.
The shooting took place about 11:30 p.m. in at Stanton Street and Casitas Drive, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A 49-year-old man had just left an adult’s birthday party and was walking to his car when someone inside a passing dark-colored, older-model Honda opened fire, Mercado said.
One bullet pierced through the man’s arm and entered his abdomen, the lieutenant said. He was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
Further details of the shooting were unclear Saturday morning, Mercado said. Police had yet to interview the victim due to his medical condition, and other guests of the party did not appear to be cooperating with investigators.

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Man wounded in Altadena shooting

ALTADENA >> Two attackers shot and wounded a man late Friday in a residential neighborhood in Altadena, officials said.
The victim was hospitalized in stable condition following the shooting, which took place shortly after 11:30 p.m. in the 100 block of West Las Flores Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu said.
The two suspects, described only as male, fled on foot and were not found, Chu said.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were not available.

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Baldwin Park man, Ontarion woman killed in crash at 60, 605 freeway interchange

A Baldwin Park man and an Ontario woman died early Saturday when the car they were passengers in veered off the roadway and struck a tree along the 60 Freeway in an unincorporated county area near Industry, authorities said.
Paramedics pronounced the 49-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman dead at the scene, officials said. Their names were not released pending notification of family members, according to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
A 24-year-old Ontario man who was driving the car and an Ontario woman also riding as a passenger suffered major injuries in the 2:40 a.m. crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, Officer T. Kinzler of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles office said in a written statement.
The 2006 Scion tC was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, Kinzler said.
“For unknown reasons, (the driver) lost control of the vehicle and traveled in a southerly direction across all lanes,” the officer said. “The vehicle traveled into the dirt gore point and collided with a tree.”
Any witnesses to the crash can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles Office at 323-980-4600.

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L.A. County firefighters return home from Nepal mission


Los Angeles County firefighters who went to Nepal to aid in the aftermath of the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake there began returning home Friday, officials said.
A team of 57 specially trained L.A. County firefighters that make up the USA-2 Medium Urban Search and Rescue Team rushed to help effect rescues and help restore order following the massive earthquake that killed more than 8,000 people, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said. The team is one of only two in the nation qualified for such overseas missions.
The team helped rescue a teenage boy who was found buried alive in rubble four days after the earthquake, officials said.
0516_NWS_SGT-L-NEPALTRIP1The firefighters began arriving home via LAX Friday afternoon before heading to their home base in Pacoima, fire Capt. Keith Mora said in a written statement. The rest were expected to arrive by the end of the day Saturday.

PHOTOS: [TOP]- Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Techincal Operations Center is readied to welcome home 57 of the department’s firefighters home from a deployment to earthquake-devastated Nepal at LAX on Friday, 5-15-15. (Courtesy) [BELOW] – Los Angeles County Fire Department Deputy Chief John Tripp greets the first of the department’s firefighters to return from a deployment to earthquake-devastated Nepal at LAX on Friday, 5-15-15. (Courtesy)

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