19-year-old man shot in Duarte

DUARTE — Deputies are seeking two attackers who shot and wounded a 19-year-old man Sunday afternoon.
The shooting took place about 12:45 p.m. at Pamela Road and Broderick Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Ann Devane said.
But deputies did not learn of it until a short time later, when a family member of the wounded man brought him to Huntington Hospital in Arcadia, officials said.
He had suffered a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the buttocks, Devane said.
The suspects were initially described as two male attackers in a red vehicle, she said.
A motive was unclear, and the investigation was ongoing.

Sisters accused of mutilating woman’s face during dispute at Covina nightclub

COVINA — Three sisters are accused of mutilating another woman’s face with a beer bottle during an argument at a bar early Sunday at a nightclub, authorities said.
Sisters Cynthia Carlin, 29, and Lisa Carlin, 25, both of Rancho Cucamonga, and their sister-in-law Melissa Carlin were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and mayhem in connection with the alleged attack, which took place about 1 a.m. at 3Vino’s, 201 N. Citrus Ave., Covina police Sgt. Rob Bobkiewicz said. Mayhem is defined legally as the intentional infliction of permanent disability or disfigurement on another person.
The alleged victim, a 37-year-old Long Beach woman, suffered a deep 4- to 5-inch long gash to her cheek, the sergeant said. She was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment.
“Apparently some altercation took place between the suspects and the female victim on the dance floor, some type of verbal argument,” the Bobkiewicz said. During the dispute, one of the sisters is accused of smashing the victim in the face with a beer bottle.
The altercation was believed to have erupted because the sisters felt the woman was dancing too closely to a man, officials said.
Police officers arrested the sister’s without incident at the nightclub, he added. Investigators were still looking into which one of the women wielded the bottle.
According to county booking records, Cynthia, Lisa and Melissa Carlin were each being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending their scheduled arraignments Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

Bear bites dog in Duarte backyard

DUARTE — A pet pit bull-mastiff mix suffered a minor wound but was expected to be okay after a close encounter with a bear cub and it’s protective mother Sunday, authorities said.
The incident took place shortly after 10:30 a.m. on Mount Olive Drive, near Spinks Canyon Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Lynette O’Brien said.
A large bear and two cubs hopped a fence and made their way into a residential backyard occupied by two large dogs, Sgt. Ann Devane said. One was a pit bull-mastiff mix, and the other was a German shepherd.
The pit bull-mastiff mix went after one of the cubs, which did not please the cub’s mother, Devane said.
The mother bear bit the dog, inflicting only a superficial injury to the animals back, she added. The second dog was not injured.
Following the brief scuffle, the three bears made their way back into the wilderness.

Authorities name woman found shot to death in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA — Coroner’s investigators Sunday released the name of a 27-year-old Pico Rivera woman who was found shot to death in a residential driveway last week.
Jessica Gomez died at the scene of Wednesday’s shooting, which took place shortly before 9:45 p.m. on Church Street, just south of Underwood Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
Investigators described the shooter only as a Latino man who fled the scene in a white Dodge Magnum, which one witness said had tinted windows.
The attack was believed to be gang-related, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Neighborhood residents said they heard what sounded like at least five gunshots in the shooting.
Gomez was believed to have been walking with another person when she was shot, officials said, however no further information regarding that second person was available Sunday.

UPDATED: Man found slain along Rio Hondo in El Monte

EL MONTE — A dead man found in the Rio Hondo wash Saturday afternoon showed signs of having been bludgeoned and possibly stabbed, authorities said Sunday.
The name of the man was not released pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. He described as being in his 50s.
Passers-by first notified officials about 3:55 p.m. after making the grisly discovery along the Rio Hondo near Pioneer Park in the 3500 block of Santa Anita Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The dead man had suffered, “blunt force trauma and possible stab wounds,” according to the statement. Sheriff’s officials initially described the incident as a stabbing death.
Coroner’s documents indicated it was found lying against an angled cement embankment leading down into the wash, McKibben said.
It was unclear Sunday exactly how long he had been there, officials said, though the body did not show significant signs of decomposition.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were helping El Monte police with the investigation. Police deferred all comments to the sheriff’s investigators.
Handling detectives could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Suicide suspected after body found near El Monte parking structure

EL MONTE — Suicide was suspect Saturday after a man’s body was discovered at the base of a parking structure, authorities said.
A security guard first notified authorities after seeing an unresponsive man lying on the ground about 11:15 a.m. in the 3300 block of Aero Jet Avenue, El Monte police Lt. David Vautrin said.
When officials arrived, they pronounced the man dead and determined he had taken a fall from the nearby parking structure, the lieutenant said. He was described as being in his early-60s.
He was initially believed to have jumped from the fifth floor of the eight-story structure, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The Los Angeles County Department of Coroner planned to carry out an autopsy to determine the man’s official cause of death, Vautrin said, however foul play was not initially suspected.

19-year-old Glendora man accused of DUI following brief pursuit, crash

GLENDORA — A Glendora man suffered injuries and is accused of drunken driving after crashing his car while fleeing from police early Saturday, officials said.
Cory Killam, 19, was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition following the crash, which took place about 12:50 a.m. on Haltern Avenue near Center Avenue, Glendora police Sgt. James De Mond said.
Officers responded to the 400 block of East Mauna Loa Avenue in response to a call reporting people drinking near a parked car as a party was going on nearby, the sergeant said.
Officers arrived and approached Killam as he sat in his Honda sedan, but he drove away, he said, leading police on a chase for about two blocks before crashing into a parked car and a wall.
Paramedics took Killam to a hospital for treatment of injuries including a cut to his head, De Mond said.
Upon his release from the hospital, he was expected to be booked on suspicion of drunken driving and evading police.

Man accused of Pasadena cell phone robbery

PASADENA — Police arrested a transient on suspicion of robbing another transient of his cell phone early Saturday using what was ultimately determined to be a BB gun, officials said.
Ramonio Shamrock, 39, was booked on suspicion of robbery following the 6:15 a.m. incident near the casting ponds along the 300 block of South Arroyo Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The victim was using a power outlet outside a bathroom facility to charge his cell phone when Shamrock took it, the lieutenant said.
“The victim confronts him about stealing the phone,” Clawson said. “He pulls out a handgun and threatens to kill the victim.”
Shamrock then fled into the Arroyo Seco, where police officers found him inside a tent. Police recovered what was ultimately found to be a BB gun.
According to county booking records, Shamrock was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

Man seriously hurt in Duarte crash

DUARTE — A man suffered major injuries in a solo-car crash on the 210 Freeway early Saturday, authorities said.
The crash was first reported at 8:09 a.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs said.
A car smashed into the center divider, leaving the 63-year-old driver, “unconscious and bleeding profusely,” the officer said.
He was taken to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, Jacobs said. An update on his condition was not available.
Officials shut down the two right lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway during the rescue effort and investigation, he said.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park office, Jacobs added.

Young suspects arrested after hit-and-run crashes, pursuit in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police arrested three 15-year-old boys Friday following three hit-and-run collisions and a brief pursuit in a stolen car, authorities said.
Police caught up with the teenage suspects about an hour after the third and final hit-and-run crash just before 4 p.m. in the 800 block of Sunset Avenue, Pasadena police officials said.
An officer spotted the vehicle, a blue Pontiac, less than a mile away at Pasadena Avenue and Walnut Street, police said in a written statement. It was determined that the car had been reported stolen from Altadena and had also previously been involved in two previous hit-and-run collisions between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. Friday.
None of the crashes involved injuries, Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The driver of the car refused to pull over and led police on a chase on surface streets at the north end of Pasadena at “slow to moderate speeds,” the police statement said.
A helicopter was quickly overhead, and the car stopped at Pepper Street and Sunset Avenue, where all three suspects inside the Pontiac exited the car and ran, officials said. All three were captured nearby.
The driver was a Covina resident, while the two passengers were from Altadena and Pasadena, Clawson said.