Five injured in multi-car crash in Irwindale

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IRWINDALE– ive people were hurt, one of them severely, following a multi-vehicle crash, authorities said.
The crash took place about 1:45 p.m. at Los Angeles Street and Azusa Canyon Road and involved two cars and two SUVs.
A man was driving and SUV eastbound on Los Angeles Street, approaching Azusa Canyon Road, when he apparently lost consciousness due to a medical condition, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Gonzalo Salgado said.
The SUV collided with a Honda sedan containing a man, a woman and a young girl that was making it’s way north through the intersection, the captain said. All three occupants suffered apparently minor injuries.
The SUV continued out of control and struck another SUV parked along the north curb line of Los Angeles Street, as well as a man who was loading or unloading objects from the vehicle, according to Salgado.
The pedestrian ended up being run over by the out of control SUV, Salgado said. Paramedics rushed him to the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center trauma center, where his condition was not clear Sunday afternoon.
Before coming to a rest, the Honda involved in the crash spun into and clipped a Toyota Corolla stopped at a stop sign waiting to head south through the intersection.
Inside was Vanessa Becerra, 20, of Azusa and her 2-month-old daughter, Danielle Avila.
After rushing from the driver’s seat to check on her daughter, Becerra said she was relieved to see she was just fine.
“She didn’t even cry,” the mother said.
Becerra said the SUV that apparently caused the crash entered the intersection at high speed and showed no signs of slowing down before the impact.
The driver of that SUV appeared uninjured by the crash, though he was being treated for the medical issue that apparently led to it, Salgado said.
The crash is being investigated by the Irwindale Police Department, which provided no information Sunday afternoon.
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Fatal crash reported on 71 Freeway in Chino Hills

CHINO HILLS – A Lake Elsinore man died early Saturday morning on the 71 Freeway shoulder after he waited for a tow company inside his disabled Toyota Yaris and another vehicle rear-ended the car.
Dallas Dunn, age 57, was pronounced dead from his injuries at 1:09 a.m. Saturday after being transported to Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino, according to a written statement from the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.
Dunn drove his car to the right shoulder of the 71 Freeway north of Butterfield Rancho Road after it sustained vehicle trouble Friday night, according the statement.
The 57-year-old waited inside of his 2009 Toyota after calling a tow company for help, officials said.
While the Lake Elsinore man waited, another vehicle that was driving on the southbound freeway drifted on the right shoulder and hit the back of the Toyota.
The collision caused the parked vehicle to overturn.
California Highway Patrol officials, who are investigating the crash, responded to the two-vehicle incident about 11:10 p.m. Friday.
– Wes Woods II
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UPDATE: Arcadia man suspected of attempted murder following stabbing at Central Park in Pasadena

PASADENA — An Arcadia man stabbed and wounded an acquaintance during a fight at Central Park early Sunday, police said.
Anthony Freeman, 30, was booked on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the stabbing, Pasadena police Lt. Diego Torres said.
The stabbing victim, a homeless man in his mid-30s, suffered significant wounds to his upper body but was hospitalized in stable condition and expected to survive, Torres said.
The two men became involved in an argument over an unknown issue which escalated into a fight about 4:30 a.m. at the park, 275 S. Raymond Ave., Torres said.
The suspect pulled a knife and stabbed the victim in the torso, he said.
Officers arrested the alleged attacker without struggle shortly after the stabbing, the lieutenant said. His name was not available early Sunday pending completion of the booking process.
According to county booking records, Freeman was being held in lieu of $1 million bail pending his initial court appearance.
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Firefighters to “Fill the Boot” for MDA in Pasadena

PASADENA — Pasadena firefighters will once again team the the Muscular Dystrophy Association Tuesday to take part in the “Fill the Boot” charity drive, benefitting Jerry’s Kids.
Firefighters will congregate, boots in hand, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the corner of Foothill and Rosemead Boulevards, as well as at South Arroyo Parkway and California Boulevard, according to Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian.
Change donated by passing drivers will add to the more than $375 million raised by the International Association of Firefighters’ 55-year-old tradition for research, treatment and financial assistance to families affected by MDA.
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Pasadena police plan motorcycle enforcement campaign Sunday

PASADENA — Police are planning a motorcycle safety enforcement campaign Sunday, officials said.
Extra officers will be on patrol in areas frequented by motorcyclists, and where motorcycles crashes are known to occur, Pasadena police said in a written statement.
In addition to impaired drivers or those riding carelessly, officers will also seek out other motorists that commit traffic violations that could lead to motorcycle crashes.
The City of Pasadena has experienced one motorcycle fatality this year.
Funding for Sunday’s campaign is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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Jury deliberating in case of Covina woman’s 1985 slaying

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POMONA — The fate of a 56-year-old man accused of kidnapping and murdering a 23-year-old aspiring model from Covina more than 27 years ago is in the hands of a Pomona Superior Court jury as deliberations continue Monday.
Stafford Joel Spicer is charged with the slaying of Jo Anne Marie Jones, who disappeared after leaving her boyfriend’s Long Beach apartment on April 29, 1985.
He’s accused of stabbing the young woman to death during the course of a rape and robbery. Jones’ body was discovered June 8, 1985, in a drainage culvert along East Fork Road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora.
After three weeks of testimony, the jury began deliberations late Thursday, court officials said.
Spicer was questioned about Jones’ disappearance in the days after she went missing after he was spotted by Jones’ boyfriend driving her Chevrolet Camaro in Long Beach on May 2, 1985, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators. But there was not enough evidence to pursue a murder charge against him for the slaying of Jones, whose body had not yet been discovered.
Advances in DNA technology produced new evidence in 2009, when homicide detectives re-opened the case. Detectives arrested Spicer in Las Vegas on March 8, 2011, and he was extradited back to Los Angeles County to face trial.
PHOTO of Jo Anne Marie Jones – Courtesy
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Robbery reported park in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK — A person lost a wallet, cell phone and keys late Friday during a robbery at Hilda L. Solis Park, police said.
The robbery took place about 10:15 p.m. at the park, in the 15000 block of Badillo Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Chris Hofford said.
The victim was approached by a bald, male Latino robber of unknown age who was armed with a black handgun and accompanied by five accomplices, who were described only as male, the sergeant said.
After robbing the victim of his wallet, keys and phone, Hofford said, the six robbers fled in a silver, 4-door vehicle.
No further details were available.
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UPDATED: Norwalk man fatally struck by commuter train in Baldwin Park

A man pushing a bicycle was struck and killed by a Metrolink train Friday night, authorities said.
Baldwin Park Police Lt. Dave Reynoso said the collision happened at 7:28 p.m. on Ramona Boulevard and Downing Avenue.
Carlos Jacinto DeSantiago, 49, of Norwalk, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Chris Hofford.
Reynoso said the train was crossing Ramona Boulevard at Downing Avenue.
“The bicyclist, according to witnesses, was westbound Ramona Boulevard pushing his bike when it appears he walked in front of the train,” Reynoso said
“He got hit by the train and went under the train.”
According to the lieutenant, the man sustained multiple injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:01 p.m.
Passengers from the involved Metrolink train, 335 of the San Bernardino line, were transferred onto buses to continue their journeys, Metrolink officials said.
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Drugs stolen in overnight La Crescenta pharmacy break-in

LA CRESCENTA — Two burglars made off with an unknown amount of prescription drugs in an overnight burglary at a Walgreens Pharmacy, authorities said.
Deputies responded to a burglary alarm about 3 a.m. Saturday at the store, 3001 Foothill Blvd., but the burglars had already fled, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Randy Tuinstra said.
The two burglars, initially described only as male, smashed the front window of the business to get in, then helped themselves to the pharmaceuticals, the sergeant said.
The type and amount of drugs stolen were not clear Saturday, he added.
Tuinstra said detectives were going over video surveillance footage in hopes of developing a description of the burglars.
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Teen struck by motorcycle in La Canada Flintridge

LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE — A 14-year-old La Canada Flintridge boy was hit by a motorcycle when he tried to run across an intersection Friday night, deputies said.
Lt. Brian Fitch said the teen’s injuries included a broken leg and a collapsed lung. The motorcyclist sustained minor injuries, he added.
The collision happened 10:07 p.m. at Chevy Chase Drive and Foothill Boulevard.
Fitch said after being struck, the boy was carried by the motorcycle about 50 feet until he was thrown off or fell off. The motorcycle then hit a curb and the rider was thrown off, according to the lieutenant.
Both were taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital.
None of the injuries were believed to be life-threatening, Sgt. Randy Tuinstra said.
The initial indicated that the injured teen and another young man were jaywalking across the street when the boy was struck, he said.
– Staff Report
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