Man loses arm in Angeles National Forest offroading accident


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man lost an arm and was hospitalized in critical condition after an offroading accident in the Angeles National Forest near the San Gabriel Reservoir, officials said.
The crash took place about 2:10 p.m. in an off-highway vehicle area along mile marker 23.25 of San Gabriel Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The victim, a man estimated to be in his 40s or 50s, had just climbed a steep hill in a wide-axle, Jeep-style vehicle, fire Capt. Marc Scott said.
The man was descending the hill when the vehicle overturned, throwing him from the truck, the captain said. The rolling vehicle landed on one of the man’s arms, severing it.
Fellow offroaders called for help, Scott said. U.S. Forest Service officials and county firefighters rushed to the scene, where they found the man unconscious, Scott said.
Paramedics flew the man to a Pasadena hospital by helicopter, officials said. He was listed in critical condition.
It was unclear whether doctors would be able to reattach the severed limb.
The crash is being investigated by the Baldwin Park area office of the CHP.

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Pasadena man arrested after sitting on porch with handgun, yelling ‘incoherently’


PASADENA >> Police disarmed and arrested a Pasadena man seen sitting on a front porch, waiving a handgun and yelling incoherently Saturday afternoon.
Alfred Montoya, 59, was booked for brandishing a firearm following the 6 p.m. incident in the 700 block of North Chester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Police received reports of Montoya sitting on the front porch of someone else’s home, “yelling and holding a handgun,” Mercado said.
It was unclear what the man was upset about. “He was yelling incoherently,” the lieutenant said.
Once officers arrived, Montoya obeyed commands to put down his gun and surrender.
The home he sat in front of was not his, but it was unclear whether he knew the residents, he added.
Officials were looking into the possibilities that intoxication or mental illness may have played a role in the incident.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Montoya was released from jail later in the day pending his initial court appearance after posting $25,000 bail.

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Two shooters sought following gunfire in Pasadena neighborhood


PASADENA >> Police found bullet casings from two different guns and a shattered car window, but no victims, after gunfire erupted in a northwest Pasadena neighborhood early Sunday, authorities said.
Numerous residents called 911 to report gunshots in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, near Navarro Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
Officers ultimately found two separate groups of spent bullet casings along the street in the area, the lieutenant said. One of the groups of shell casings were from a 9mm handgun, while the other was from a .32-caliber handgun.
Police also noted the rear window had been shot out of a parked car.
But no victims were found at the scene, and a check of area hospitals also turned up no victims of the shooting, Mercado said.
No description of the shooters was available. It remained unclear whether the shooting had been a gunfight between two people, or if two shooters had fire their guns in concert.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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10 horses killed in Montebello stable fire


MONTEBELLO>> Ten horses died in a fire that tore through a Montebello stable early Sunday, officials said.
The fire was first reported a few minutes after midnight at a large stable in the 300 block of South Bluff Road.
It quickly grew to consume a 120-foot by 170-foot section of the large stable, Montebello Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Fredrickson said.
“It took about an hour for us to get more-or-less control,” he said. The fire was declared extinguished about two hours after it began.
Ten horses inside the stables died in the fire, Fredrickson said. No people were hurt.
Montebello police and firefighters managed to evacuate another 22 horses unharmed, according to Montebello police and fire officials.
Representatives of the stable could not be reached for comment Sunday.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, Fredrickson said.
“We’re still looking into everything. We haven’t ruled anything out,” the battalion chief said.
Police had not been asked to get involved to get involved investigation Sunday, Montebello police Lt. Rick Rojas said.
A dollar-value estimate of the damage was not available.

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Man gravely wounded in Norwalk shooting


NORWALK >> A man was hospitalized in grave condition Sunday after he was shot in a residential Norwalk neighborhood late Saturday, authorities said.
The shooting was first reported at 11:33 p.m. in the 14400 block of Claressa Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Hank Ortega said.
The victim, 33, was believed to be walking down the street when an attacker or attackers approached in a dark-colored vehicle and opened fire, the sergeant said.
Paramedics took the wounded man to a hospital, where he was listed in grave condition, Ortega said.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were available as the investigation continued Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Norwalk Station at 562-863-8711. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Pasadena woman taken for psychiatric evaluation following window smash spree in Sierra Madre, Arcadia

Police took a woman for psychiatric evaluation after a rock-throwing vandalism spree that caused thousands of dollars worth of damage to cars and buildings in Sierra Madre and Arcadia early Saturday.
The woman, a 35-year-old Pasadena resident, was expected to face vandalism charges once released from the hospital, Sierra Madre police officials said in a written statement.
The alleged rock rampage unfolded between about 7 and a.m., officials said.
Sierra Madre police received reports that the windows of three buildings and one car in their city had been smashed with rocks.
“While officers from the Sierra Madre Police Department were investigating the incidents, they soon learned that numerous locations were also vandalized with rocks in the City of Arcadia,” according to the statement.
Several cars at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall, another car at the north end of Arcadia and a glass door at the Arboretum had also had their windows smashed with rocks, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said.
Crowther spotted a car matching the description of the Sierra Madre vandal driving in Arcadia about 8 a.m., he said. He pulled over the car and detained the woman driving without incident.
“(A) witness positively identified the vehicle and the female driver as the one seen leaving the scene of one of the vandalisms that occurred in Sierra Madre,” the Sierra Madre police statement said. “During an inventory search of the suspect’s vehicle, numerous rocks — similar to the rocks found at the above crime scenes — were located inside the cab of the car.”
Police in Arcadia were still seeking witnesses Sunday to link the woman to the vandalisms in their city, Crowther said.
The woman appeared to be suffering from psychiatric issues and was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation, officials said.
She faces potential charges of felony vandalism once released from treatment, police added.
The value of the damage in Sierra Madre was estimated at more than $3,000. An estimate of the damage in Arcadia was not available.

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Police: Armed jaywalker arrested in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police arrested a Norwalk man early Saturday on suspicion of gun possession by a convicted felon after he jaywalked in front of a police car, officials said.
Mark Espinoza, 24, was arrested following the 3:55 a.m. encounter at Fair Oaks Avenue and Mountain Street, according to Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado.
“Officers were on patrol when Espinoza crossed against the red light in font of them,” he said. “They attempted to talk about him for his violation and he took off running.”
The officers noted that Espinoza repeatedly reached toward his waistband as they chased him on foot, Mercado said.
When they ultimately caught up with him and placed him into handcuffs, the officers found a small revolver in Espinoza’s pocket.
Information regarding Espinoza’s bail and initial court appearance was not immediately available.

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Man jailed after three failed robbery attempts at same Pasadena pharmacy


PASADENA >> Police jailed a 19-year-old man after he tried, but failed, to rob the same Pasadena pharmacy three times on Friday, authorities said.
Christopher Russell was booked on suspicion of robbery in connection with the ill-fated, day-long crime spree targeting the same CVS Pharmacy, 727 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. He was described as a transient known to frequent Pasadena.
He entered the store about 2:15 a.m., approached a clerk and demanded he open the register and hand over the money, the lieutenant said.
The employee refused and told the man, later identified as Russell, that the police were on his way. Russell left the store, but the incident was not immediately reported to the police.
Russell returned to the same store and approached the same cashier about two hours later.
Again, Russell demanded money from the register. And again, he fled when the worker told him police were coming, Mercado said.
As he left, he told the clerk, “I’ll be back.” The police were still not notified.
Russell made his third and final attempt to rob the store in the same manner about 11:40 p.m., Mercado said.
Employees called police, who quickly found and arrested Russell without a struggle.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Russell was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Man robbed at gunpoint, bitten by robber in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man robbed another man at gunpoint and then bit him on the finger in Pasadena early Saturday, officials said.
The crime took place about 2:55 a.m. as Arizona man in his early-30s, who was visiting family in Pasadena, was walking in the 100 block of West Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“The suspect approached him from behind, placed the gun to his temple and demanded the victim’s money,” Mercado said. “Fearing for his life, the victim surrendered his wallet and cell phone.”
The robber began to walk away when the victim turned around and tackled him, the lieutenant said.
During the scuffle, the robber bit the victim on the finger and managed to break free. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot.
Mercado said the victim suffered a “visible injury” to his finger but declined medical treatment.
Police described the robber as a Latino man between 18 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and 200 pounds. He had short, black, slicked-back hair and a bandana covering his face.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Burro Fire: Firefighters extinguish 5-acre brush fire in forest north of Azusa


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Firefighters made quick work of a 5-acre brush fire that ignited Saturday on a rifle range at the Burro Canyon Shooting Park along East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest, officials said.
The fire, dubbed the Burro fire, was first reported just before 11 a.m. on a rifle range at the shooting range, along East Fork Road just east of San Gabriel Canyon Road, U.S. Forest Service Fire Information Officer Nathan Judy said.
The fire grew to 4 to 5 acres in size by early afternoon, but was already 20 to 40 percent contained, according to U.S. Forest Service and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials. County firefighters assisted their federal counterparts.
Officials announced the fire had been 100 percent contained shortly after 3 p.m.
Eight fire engines, as well as firefighting aircraft, were summoned to battle the blaze, which burned through light to medium brush on moderately steep terrain, he said.
California Highway Patrol officers shut down San Gabriel Canyon Road leading into the forest as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies headed into the forest to prepare for any possible evacuations, should they become necessary, sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said.
Officials ended up evacuating the shooting range itself, but other nearby recreation areas, such as Crystal Lake, remained open.
All affected forest roads were reopened once the fire was extinguished.
U.S. Forest Service officials raised the Fire Danger Level in the Angeles National Forest from “High” to “Very High” on Monday ahead of this weekend’s predicted heat wave.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation. Judy pointed out that steel-core bullets are prohibited on the shooting range due to the risk of sparks igniting a wildfire.
Judy said the Burro Fire burned up against the already-charred areas scorched by last year’s 1,700-acre Cabin Fire.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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