Detectives look into woman’s death near Azusa

From City News Service:
AZUSA — Homicide detectives Wednesday were investigating the death of a 21-year-old woman under “suspicious circumstances” in an unincorporated part of Azusa.
uthorities were called at 10:28 p.m. Tuesday to the 18400 block of Nearfield Street, said Lt. Jim Tatreau of the sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
essica Cabrera of Azusa was pronounced dead at a hospital, according to Assistant Coroner Chief Ed Winter, who said an autopsy was pending to determine the cause of death.
inter said the case was reported to the coroner as either an accident or a possible homicide, adding that the body showed no signs of obvious trauma.
nyone with information about the death was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 
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Body found in parking lot of Whittier grocery store

WHITTIER — Employees of a grocery store discovered a man’s body Wednesday inside of a pickup truck that had been parked near the store for several days, police said.
The dead man was initially described only as being in his 40s, Whittier police Lt. Carlos Solorza said.
Coroner’s officials were summoned to examine the body, he said, however there were no signs of foul play and the death appeared to be natural.
Employees at Ralph’s, at Whittier Boulevard and Colima Road, noticed a black Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck had been parked in the east end of the parking lot for three days and decided to take a closer look about 10:40 a.m., the lieutenant said.
They found the man unresponsive in the driver’s seat and called for help, Solorza said.
Officials pronounced the man dead at the scene.
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Favre to be fined

Entering what will probably be the final week of his career, Brett Favre got fined by the NFL for inappropriate text messages to Jen Sterger, a team “hostess” , when he played for the Jets.
Here’s the story courtesy Detroit News:

person familiar with the decision says the league plans to announce its
decision within the next 48 hours. The person did not specify what the
league found in its investigation.

The punishment was first reported by Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer.

Favre now plays for the Minnesota Vikings, who play against the Lions in Detroit on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Favre allegedly sent the messages and photos to Jenn Sterger two
years ago when they were both with the Jets. The allegations against
the 41-year-old quarterback surfaced in October on the website Deadspin.

posted a video Oct. 7 that included text messages and voicemails
allegedly left by the quarterback for Sterger, including one in which
he invites her to his hotel. The video ends with several below-the belt
photos — said to be of Favre — which were allegedly sent to Sterger.

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Pasadena woman dies after driving into flooded roadway in Chino

From our counterparts at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin:

CHINO — A 67-year-old woman died after her car became submerged on a flooded street in south Chino Saturday night.
Pasadena resident Joan Ja Oden drove her car around 8:35 p.m. past the barriers on Euclid Avenue near Route 71, according to written statement from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office. Euclid was closed because of flooding.
Oden’s car was submerged, according to the release. She was taken to Chino Valley Medical Center after bystanders got her out of her car.
She died from her injuries at 4:20 a.m., according to the release.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. Coroner’s investigators will conduct an autopsy later this week to determine the exact cause of death.

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Shooting reported in West Covina; local man sought on suspicion of attack

WEST COVINA — man was wounded in a midday shooting Sunday, and police sought a 34-year-old West Covina man in connection with the attack, authorities said.
Ramon Rios was suspected of the shooting, which occurred just after noon on Temple Avenue, just north of Amar Road, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said. “He’s considered armed and dangerous.”
Police responded to reports of a fight and a shooting in front of an apartment building when discovered a 40-year-old West Covina man who had been shot
several times,Lopez said.
The wounded man was flown by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical
Center, where he was expected to survive, Sgt. Jeff Munn said.
After the shoting, Rios fled the area in a black Cadillac Escalade, Lopez , which was found abandoned near the scene of the shooting.
Other than an argument, a motive in the shooting was not clear, police said.
Anyone with information can call West Covina police at 626-939-8557.
Tips can also be left anonymously at 636-939-8688.
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CHP stats released for first 36 hours of holiday weekend

From City News Service:

LOS ANGELES COUNTY — Despite the inclement weather, the California Highway Patrol logged no fatalities in Los Angeles County — or statewide — during the first 36 hours of Christmas weekend, which ended at 6 a.m. Sunday.
During the same period last year, no one died on Los Angeles County freeways, state highways and county roads patrolled by the CHP, but 11 people died in wrecks statewide during the same period in 2009.
Drunken driving arrests in Los Angeles County were up, with 83 people arrested this year, compared to 72 during the first 36 hours of Christmas period in 2009, the CHP reported.
Statewide, drunken driving arrests were down — 507 arrests this year, compared to 552 last year.
The CHP’s maximum enforcement period started at 6 p.m. Friday. The agency’s figures do not include fatalities or drunken driving arrests of local police agencies.

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Baldwin Park shooting victim identified

BALDWIN PARK — Authorities have released the name of a 31-year-old man who died early Friday after being shot in Baldwin Park.
David Anthony Deanda was pronounced dead at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center just over the three hours after the 12:45 a.m. shooting in the 13200 block of Francisquito Avenue, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said. His city of residency was not clear.
He was standing in a driveway along with two other men when a gunman approached and shot him several times in the upper body, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The attacker fled in a dark-colored Honda sedan with a waiting driver, officials said. He was described the shooter as a Latino man about 30 years old, tall and of thin build, wearing a gray sweater and dark jeans.
The shooting, which investigators said appeared to be gang-related, is being handled by the Baldwin Park Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

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West Covina purse snatch suspect caught by off-duty deputy; suspect linked to other crimes

WEST COVINA — An off-duty deputy chased down a suspected robber and recovered a woman’s purse Friday in a Target store parking lot, police said.
Brian Ciaccio, 21, of Azusa was also being investigated in connection with a kidnapping and robbery reported last week in Pomona after property taken in that crime was found in his truck, West Covina and Pomona police said.
The purse snatching was reported just before 11 a.m. at in the parking lot of the Target at the Eastland Shopping Center, West Covina police Lt. Marty Sevilla said.
Two men pulled up in a white Ford pickup truck and Ciaccio got out and approached a woman, the lieutenant said. He then grabbed her purse and ran.
“An off-duty (Los Angeles County sheriff’s) deputy hears the victim screaming, chases down the suspect and detains him at gunpoint,” Sevilla said.
The woman got her purse back, but left before speaking with police, he said.
Sevilla said investigators want to speak with the woman to aid in the prosecution of Ciaccio, Sevilla said.
The second man who was in the truck, described as a white man in his 40s, fled without the truck, police said.
Upon searching the abandoned pickup truck, Sevilla said, police found property that had been taken in a kidnapping and robbery reported in Pomona last week, as well as items stolen in a San Clemente vehicle burglary Thursday night.
In the Pomona crime, a man was renovating a house on the evening of Dec. 16 when two white men tied him up and stole his tools and car, Pomona police Sgt. Robert Devee said. The victim was not injured.
West Covina police turned Ciaccio over to Pomona police, where Devee said he was booked on suspicion of possession of stolen property as detectives continued their investigation.

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Police: Alhambra officers fire shots as car charges toward them

ALHAMBRA — Police shot at and arrested a man early Friday after he drove a car toward police officers during a brawl in a parking structure, authorities said.
No one was injured in the incident, which took place just before 2 a.m. inside a parking structure at 80 S. First Street, Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese said.
Ulises Palacios, 27, of Garden Grove was jailed on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon a police officer, according to police officials and sheriff’s booking records.
A second person, a male passenger of the 4-door sedan that charged at police officers, fled on foot and was not found, the lieutenant said.
After arriving at the scene of a reported fight in the parking structure, “officers saw several people fighting and others getting into vehicles,” Wiese said.
“Two combatants got into a vehicle and refused to obey officers’ orders to stop,” she said. “Instead, they proceeded to drive at the officers, endangering the officers’ safety. (Two) officers were forced to discharge their firearms at the suspect vehicle.”
Bullets struck the car, but not the two people inside, police said.
Palacios crashed his car into a wall of the parking structure and was arrested, while the passenger ran away.
Wiese said police are asking the passenger to turn himself in for questioning.
Palacios was taken to a hospital to be examined, because of the crash, and booked into jail, police said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, he was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail and was due for arraignment Wednesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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