ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – A 14-year-girl suffered major injuries Saturday when she fell from a waterfall in Eaton Canyon, authorities said.
The incident was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. at the first waterfall of Eaton Canyon, in the Angeles National Forest north of Altadena, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Debra Herman said.
Officials flew the teen by helicopter to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, Herman said.
Her condition was unknown late Saturday, she said, however the girl suffered head and other severe injuries.
The falling girl loosened the hillside as she plummeted 30 to 40 feet, Herman said, causing rocks and other debris to fall down on her.
The teen was with other hikers when the fall occurred, Herman said. No further details were available.
WHITTIER — A motorcyclist suffered major injuries but was expected to survive following a crash Saturday on Painter Avenue, police said.
The crash took place shortly after 3 p.m. on Painter Avenue at Ramona Drive, Whittier police Lt. Wyatt Powell said.
The motorcyclist, a 59-year-old man, was northbound on Painter Avenue when another car made a turn in front of him from westbound Ramona Drive onto southbound Painter Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Powell said the motorcycle struck the side of the car, breaking the riders femur and causing several facial injuries.
Rescuers flew the injured motorcyclist by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, Powell said. His condition late Saturday was not clear, however he was expected to survive.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Powell said. No citations or arrests were made Saturday.
PASADENA — Police chased down and arrested two men suspected of trying to steal a historic bronze light pole from a Pasadena neighborhood early Saturday with the help of some vigilant city workers, authorities said.
Frank Bise, 44, of Lancaster, and Steven Dickinson, 52, of Los Angeles were arrested in connected with the 5:45 a.m. theft attempt near Orange Grove Boulevard and Bellevue Drive, according to police and sheriff’s booking records.
After a historic bronze light pole was discovered stolen Friday morning, a crew of Pasadena Public Works workers decided to start their day early to “take a look around” for anything suspicious, Pasadena police Lt. Chris Russ said.
“They probably didn’t think they were actually going to witness the guys stealing the light poles,” he said, but that’s exactly what happened.
The workers spotted a white van being used to push over a light pole and used their radio to contact police.
Officer spotted the van in the area and chased it down the 110 Freeway before it exited at Avenue 50, continued fleeing and crashed into a garage at Aldama Street and Avenue 52 in Highland Park, Russ said.
The occupants of the car fled on foot, he added. Pasadena and Los Angeles police arrested Bise and Dickinson in the area. The van was determined to have been stolen from South Pasadena.
Police were working to link the suspects to Friday’s pole theft as well, Russ said. Anyone who saw a white Chevrolet Astro van with a cargo rack on the top and nylon straps that appeared to be holding the back doors closed in the early morning hours Friday is asked to call Pasadena police.
The poles targeted Friday and Saturday weigh an estimated 300 to 400 pounds, officials said.
When stolen or damaged, the city replaces them with aluminum replicas at a cost of about $3,000, Russ said.
“The bronze ones can’t be replaced,” he added.
The value and historical significance of the posts grossly overshadows money crooks may be able to make by recycling their metal, he said.
It would be far too expensive to have bronze replicas of the 8-foot tall, 300-400 pound light posts made to ask it of taxpayers, Pasadena spokeswoman Ann Erdman said.
Installed in the late-1920s, “They’re historic and irreplaceable,” Erdman said.
Friday and Saturday’s thefts were not the first time thieves have tried to make off with the antique light poles from the neighborhood.
“There have been about 15 stolen in the past two years,” Erdman said.
The bronze pole that was knocked down early Saturday was put back in its place by Saturday afternoon, officials said.
Erdman said she was pleased that city workers and police, working together, were able to work together to prevent another light pole theft.
“We are not going to let people go unpunished for stealing Pasadena’s historic heritage,” she said. “The eyes of the City of Pasadena are watching.”
Bise was booked on suspicion of grand theft, felony evading and a parole violation, while Dickinson was booked on suspicion of grand theft, felony evading and an outstanding warrant for driving on a suspended license, police said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, Bise was being held without bail, and Dickinson was being held in lieu of $105,000 bail. Information regarding their initial court appearances was not available Saturday.
PHOTO of lightposts along Orange Grove Boulevard in Pasadena courtesy of Eric Reed, Staff Photographer
Officials blame drivers distracted by gadgets for two separate injury crashes late Friday in Industry and early Saturday in La Canada Flintridge.
A man suffered a broken ankle about 8:50 p.m. Friday when he crashed into a telephone pole at Baldwin Park Boulevard and Temple Avenue in Industry, Lt. Steve Katz said in a written statement.
The man told deputies he dropped his cell phone while driving and leaned over to retrieve it, the lieutenant said.
“In doing so, the vehicle veered toward the curb and struck a telephone pole,” Katz said.
The crash brought live electrical wires down into the street, officials said, however electrical service and traffic signals were unaffected. A Southern California Edison crew was summoned to repair the damage.
About five hours later, a 22-year-old man was hospitalized with major injuries when he crashed his car while sending a text message on the westbound 210 Freeway near Foothill Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said.
“He was texting while driving,” he said. “His wife or girlfriend received the text a minute after the crash came out.”
The car swerved across westbound lanes, hit the center divider and overturned, Jacobs said.
The driver was taken Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatement of injuries that were believed to be life-threatening, officials said.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS — A woman was fatally struck by a car Sunday on Colima Road, authorities said.
The incident was reported at 5:25 p.m. on Colima Road, just east of Azusa Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Krystal Carter said.
The pedestrian, a woman estimated to be in her early 50s, was struck by a blue van, Carter said. She died from her injuries.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.
EATON CANYON — Authorities pulled two injured young men from Eaton Canyon Saturday in unrelated rescues, officials said.
The first incident was reported just after 1 p.m. between the second and third waterfalls of the canyon, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Parker said in a written statement.
Sheriff’s deputies, search and rescue team members and a sheriff’s helicopter found the 26-year-old man, who had fallen about 200 feet, and hospitalized him with injuries initially described as moderate, officials said.
Officials received a second report of an injured hiker in Eaton Canyon about 2:25 p.m., Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said in a written statement.
Rescuers were notified that a 23-year-old man had fallen down into the canyon under some power lines near the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, Derderian said.
Pasadena fire and sheriff’s officials located the man, she said, and flew him by helicopter to a hospital with “moderate to severe” injuries.
PHOTO of Sunday’s second Eaton Canyon rescue courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.