MONTEBELLO >> A man died and a woman suffered serious injuries following a motorcycle crash in Montebello early Sunday, officials said.
The name of the man was not released pending notification of family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said. He was initially described as a 19-year-old Montebello man.
A woman riding as a passenger on the motorcycle suffered serious injuries in the crash, but was expected to survive, Montebello police Lt. Mike Flores said. Her age and city of residence were not available.
The crash took place about 4:45 a.m. in the 400 block of East Avenida De La Merced, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
“Preliminary investigation reveals the motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Avenida De Le Merced and lost control of the vehicle,” according to the police statement. “The motorcycle struck a curb and both the driver and passenger were ejected.”
Both the man and woman were taken to a hospital, where the man succumbed to his injuries, officials said.
The investigation was being handled by the Montebello Police Department’s Traffic Bureau.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Deputies surrounded a home after a man armed with a crossbow holed-up inside for more than four hours before ultimately surrendering, officials said.
The incident began just before 10 a.m. with a report of a fight between a father and son in the 18000 block of Mescal Street, Sgt. Pauline Panis of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said.
When deputies arrived, the son — initially described only as a man — retreated into the home and displayed a crossbow to deputies, Panis said.
It was not believed they he had fired the weapon at anyone. In a written statement, sheriff’s officials described the holed-up man as a suspect involved in an assault with a deadly weapon involving a crossbow, though further details of the alleged assault were not available.
Deputies summoned a sheriff’s SWAT team to the home to take over the stand-off, officials said.
“The suspect is believed to be the sole occupant in the residence,” sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “For the safety of the public, surrounding homes in the area have been evacuated.”
After slightly more than four hours, officials persuaded the suspect to exit the home and surrender about 2:05 p.m., deputy Amber Smith of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said. The crossbow was recovered.
The suspect’s identity was not immediately available, nor were the charges he was expected to be booked for.
Officials at the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station declined to comment, referring all inquiries to the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
No further details were released.
AZUSA >> A gunman shot and wounded three young men early Sunday outside a birthday party in a residential neighborhood in Azusa, authorities said.
All three victims of the 2:20 a.m. shooting in the 100 block of North Soldano Avenue were expected survive their injuries, Azusa police Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe said in a written statement. They were described as a 19-year-old Azusa man, a 22-year-old Azusa man and an 18-year-old Hemet man.
Police rushed to the scene after two patrol officers heard the sound of gunfire emanating from the area.
“When officers arrived they found three men wounded from gunfire, and quickly learned a gunman approached a crowd attending a party and open fire with a handgun,” Sutcliffe said.
No arrests had been made in connection with the attack Sunday morning, and no suspect description was available.
“The preliminary investigation does not suggest this was a gang related attack, and investigators are actively interviewing witnesses and carefully examining the evidence,” Sutcliffe said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Azusa Police Department at 626-812-3200.
WHITTIER >> Police and a Whittier family are seeking two Grinches caught on camera stealing packages from the porch of a home earlier this week.
The crime took place shortly after 2 p.m. on Dittmar Drive, near Calmada Avenue, Whittier police Sgt. Terry McAllister said.
A home security camera caught the theft on video, which has received more than 83,000 views on Facebook.
The video shows a woman walking up to the home’s porch and helping herself to a stack of packages as a black pickup truck passes by slowly. The woman then tosses the stolen boxes into the bed of the pickup truck before hustling into the truck, which sped away.
A neighbor who witnessed the theft yelled from her home and asked the suspect what she was doing, but the thief ignored the neighbor and continued the crime, McAllister said. It was unclear exactly what was inside the stolen boxes.
Police described the thief as a white woman between 30 and 35 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 140 pounds. She had brown hair with black streaks in it.
She fled in a black pickup truck similar to a 2005 Toyota, McAllister said. No description of the driver was available.
Package thefts tend to increase around the holiday season, and area police agencies have cautioned residents to be alert.
Police in West Covina offer several tips to avoid being victimized in the seasonal crime trend.
Residents are advised to call 9-1-1 immediately if they notice anyone following delivery trucks, officials said.
Authorities also suggested having packages sent where a person will be able to receive it, if possible; make arrangements with a neighbor to watch for deliveries and retrieve packages; require a signature for delivery; or have the delivery service hold packages for pick-up.
DIAMOND BAR >> A person has been hospitalized in unknown condition after being struck by a truck on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Saturday.
The incident occurred on the westbound lanes of the 60 beneath the 57 Freeway about 2:45 a.m., California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi said.
The sequence was initiated with a single-vehicle crash with either the center divider or the right shoulder wall of the freeway, causing the vehicle, a gray Cadillac, to catch fire, according to CHP logs.
The Cadillac appeared to have had two occupants, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials and a videographer at the scene.
At least one of them exited the car, officials said.
A person, described only as male, was trying to put out the fire when he was struck by a truck, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Al Jackson said.
Another driver stopped and dragged the victim out of the freeway lanes, according to the log.
Paramedics took the injured person to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center for treatment, according to fire and CHP officials. An update on his condition was not available.
The second person inside the Cadillac was not hospitalized, officials said.
Fire officials described the involved truck as a big rig, while CHP officials described it as a delivery truck.
The investigation was being handled by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP, who could not be reached for comment.
— Staff and wire report
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> Three masked robbers forced their way into a home and pepper sprayed one of two brothers inside before fleeing with valuables late Friday, authorities said.
The three robbers smashed a rear sliding-glass door about 7:40 p.m. to get into the home in the 17800 block of Calle Barcelona, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steven Tousey said.
The home-invasion robbers encountered a 21-year-old man and his teenage brother, who were upstairs when the intruders broke in, the sergeant said.
A robber pepper-sprayed one of the brothers before the three bandits fled with cash, jewelry and an iPhone, Tousey said. No other injuries were reported.
A detailed description of the robbers was not available, Tousey said. All three wore ski-masks during the crime.
Tousey said the robbers were last seen running from the home. It was unclear if a getaway car was involved.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 909-595-2264.
LOS ANGELES >> The fourth day of Los Angeles protests over developments in Ferguson, Missouri ended with six arrests, including one for battery on a peace officer, authorities said.
Two groups of several dozen protesters each took to the streets of Los Angeles Friday afternoon and evening, one marching through Los Angeles’ Westlake District, and the other marching in Downtown Los Angeles.
No arrests took place in Downtown Los Angeles Friday, however officers arrested six people near Alvarado Street and Beverly Boulevard, LAPD Officer Jane Kim said.
One person was arrested on suspicion of committing battery on a peace officer, Kim said. Further details of the incident that led to the arrest were not available.
Five others were arrested for failing to comply with lawful police orders, she said.
The groups demonstrating Friday were signiciantly smaller than those seen earlier in the week, during which police made more than 350 arrests.
POMONA >> The California Highway Patrol is teaming up with a popular car show in Pomona Wednesday to collect toys and gifts for local children in need.
Officials will gather toys for their annual “CHIPS for Kids” program from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. during the Prolong Twilight Cruise at the Wally Parks NHRA Motorsports Museum at Fairplex in Pomona, 1101 W. McKinley Ave., Building 3A, CHP officials said in a written statement.
“Entrants are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy or gift to donate, and CHIPS notes that there is a big need for gifts for teens,” according to the statement.
Walgreens representatives will be on-hand with $10 gifts available for those who wish to purchase one and donate it at the event.
To kick off the drive, car show sponsor Prolong Super Lubricants is donating $500 worth of toys.
The popular Prolong Twilight Cruise generally attracts more than 250 street rods, hot rods and muscle cars, organizers said.
EL MONTE >> Police will be serving lunch to donors who bring toys to the El Monte Police Department’s Code 3 Toy Drive Saturday, officials said.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the rear parking lot of the El Monte Police Department, 11333 Valley Blvd., organizers said in a written statement.
“Code 3” refers to the police radio code indicating an officer is responding to an emergency, using sirens and emergency lights.
Guests are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys, to be distributed to local needy children through the department’s annual Christmas Basket and Toy Giveaway.
Officers will serve lunch to donors.
For more information, contact Sgt. Martinez, Detective Castillo or Detective Larriva at 626-580-2186.
MONTEBELLO >> A wreck forced the closure of all but the right-hand lane of the eastbound 60 Freeway in Montebello Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crash took place just before 2 p.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway at Findlay Avenue, just east of Atlantic Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
The crash involved two vehicles and only minor injuries, Cassidy added. Further details were not available.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert for all but the right-hand lane of the eastbound 60 Freeway as officers and firefighters worked at the scene. All traffic lanes were cleared at 3:43 p.m.