PASADENA — Police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint late Friday, officials said.
The checkpoint is to be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed five lives and resulted in 64 injury crashes harming 86 of our friends and neighbors,”Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
COVINA — A Montclair man arrested last week in connection with a Covina shooting has been released without charges pending further investigation, authorities said.
Jose Valencia Gonzalez, 31, was arrested July 17 on suspicion of shooting and wounding another man during an argument, Covina police Lt. John Curley said.
He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and held in lieu of $500,000 bail pending arraignment, officials said.
But prior to what would have been Gonzalez’ initial court appearance July 19, prosecutors elected not to file charges, referring the case back to police for further investigation, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Shiara Davila-Morales.
A 25-year-old man was wounded in the leg in the July 14 shooting in the 100 block of East Cypress Street, police said. The injured man, who was not believed to have gang ties, was hospitalized with injuries not considered life-threatening.
A 32-year-old woman who was believed to be involved in the argument was also initially arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, but soon released without charges pending further investigation, Curley said. She was believed to be involved in the argument that preceded the shooting, but not the shooting itself.
WHITTIER — Coroner’s officials Thursday confirmed that an elderly man and woman found dead in their home earlier this week died in a murder-suicide.
The bodies of Gisela Hohensee, 83, and her husband Wilfried Hohensee, 85, were discovered by a family friend about 10:30 a.m. Monday inside the couple’s home in the 11800 block of Floral Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
Police initially suspected Wilfriend Hohensee fatally shot his wife before turning the gun on himself.
Autopsies confirmed that scenario, according to Dietz.
Gisela Hohensee died from a gunshot wound to the head and her death was ruled a homicide, the lieutenant said.
Wilfried Hohensee also died from a gunshot wound to the head, though his death was ruled a suicide, Dietz said.
A motive was not available Thursday. Police initially said they had been told the husband suffered from a variety of health problems.
The investigation was being handled by the Whittier Police Department.
MONTEBELLO — A 39-year-old Carson man was killed Wednesday when his motorcycle hit a truck Wednesday afternoon.
Francisco Estrada Jr. died at the scene of the 1:38 p.m. crash in the 6900 block of Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said..
Montebello police Sgt. Larry Jackson said a Penske truck was backing into the westbound lanes to enter a business.
Estrada, who was westbound on Washington Boulevard ,collided with the side of the truck, he added.
The rider died at the scene.
SAN DIMAS — The San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association is preparing to host its annual Badges of Courage golf tournament next month in San Dimas, officials said.
The 5th annual tournament will take place Aug. 9 at the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, 2100 Terrebonne Avenue, according to San Gabriel police Officer Vince Salazar. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow at 1 p.m.
The entry fee is $125 per golfer and includes lunch, refreshments, the use of a golf cart with GPS and dinner. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place teams in categories including longest drive, closest to the pin an accurate drive, organizers said.
The event will include raffle prized, a live auction and celebrity guests.
Following the tournament, a dinner will be held at Zendeja’s Mexican Restaurant, 665 W. Arrow Highway in San Dimas. Non-golfing guests can join in the dinner for $25 each.
In addition to benefitting the San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local community organizations.
For more information or to sign up, contact Officer Salazar at 626-422-9052, email email@example.com, or visit www.sangabrielpoa.com.
Police responding to reports of a large fight in the street in front of a house party discovered a Banning man fatally stabbed, police and coroners officials said.
The name of the dead man was not released pending positive identification and confirmation that his family had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
The fight, which involved an unknown number of people, was reported about 3 a.m. on Vernon Avenue, between Gladstone Street and Paramount Street, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said.
All of the combatants had fled the area when officers arrived except for one man found badly at the scene.
“As officers arrived, they found a 36-year-old male resident of Banning laying on the sidewalk with multiple stab wounds to his upper body,” Sutcliffe said. He was rushed to an area trauma center where he died from his injuries a short time later.
A second man who also had multiple stab wounds to his upper body was brought the a hospital by a friend, Sutcliffe said. His injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The age and city of the surviving victim were withheld by detectives due to the ongoing investigation, he added.
The circumstances and motive of the stabbing remained under investigation, the sergeant said.
“That’s exactly what (detectives) are trying to piece together,” Sutcliffe said.
No suspect description was available.
A nearby resident who asked that his name be withheld said he rode down the street about 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.
There was a party with loud music near the stabbing scene late Saturday, as well as a group of men congregated out front, the resident said. But there were no signs of trouble.
Police kept Vernon Avenue shut down between Gladstone Street and Paramount Street well into the afternoon as they continued their investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
PASADENA — A man dressed as a security guard robbed a Starbucks coffee shop at gunpoint just prior to opening time early Sunday, police said.
The robber was wearing a blue jacket with a private security patch on it when he knocked on the door of the business at Foothill and Rosemead boulevards about 4:45 a.m., Pasadena police Sgt. Mike Villalobos said.
There were three employees inside, however two were working in the rear of the shop, the sergeant said.
When an employee opened the door to speak with what appeared to be a security guard, the man pulled a black handgun and demanded cash from the register, Villalobos said. The robber fled with an unknown amount of money.
He was described as a black man in his 20s, Villalobos said. A further description of the patch on his jacket was not available.
SOUTH EL MONTE — A man made off with an iPhone 5 after brandishing a pair or wire cutters at a cell phone store employee Saturday, officials said.
The robbery took place about 5 p.m. at a T-Mobile store in the 1800 block of Durfee Avenue, Sgt. Bensahile of the sheriff’s Temple Station said. He declined to give his first name.
A store employee noticed a man using wire cutters to open up a case containing cell phones, the sergeant said.
When confronted by a store employee, “He raised the wire cutters in a threatening manner,” Bensahile said. The thief then ran off with an iPhone 5 valued at $650.
He was described as a Latino man between 20 and 25 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, Bensahile added. He wore a red shirt and blue pants.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — An Agoura Hills man was flown to a hospital in critical condition after a motorcycle crash early Sunday on Angeles Crest Highway in the forest north of La Canada Flintridge, authorities said.
The crash was reported about 7 a.m. on Angeles Crest Highway near Angeles Forest Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
The motorcyclist, 50, went over the side of the road on his Harley-Davidson and tumbled an estimated 100 feet down, she said.
Rescuers stabilized the man before flying him to a trauma center by helicopter with major injuries, the lieutenant said.
PASADENA – Officials evacuated businesses and homes and shut down a stretch of California Boulevard for more than three hours Sunday due to a ruptured gas line.
The leaking 1-inch gas line was first reported about 8:30 a.m. to the rear of a business park at California Boulevard and Lake Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. The leak was believed to have been caused by construction.
The line continued spewing natural gas more than an hour later as firefighters awaited the arrival of utility workers to shut of the flow, she said.
Authorities closed California Boulevard between Lake and Hudson avenues and businesses, as well as several apartments above them, at the northwest corner of California Boulevard and Lake Avenue, Derderian said.
Firefighters stood by with hoses in place in case of a fire, she added.
The line was repaired and the road closure and evacuations were lifted about noon, Derderian said.
PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department