ARCADIA >> An Arcadia man accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun Sunday, police said.
The mishap took place about 1 p.m. at a townhome in the 300 block of South Second Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
A man in his mid-40s relayed to police that he had been cleaning his 9mm handgun gun, didn’t realize it was loaded and accidentally shot himself in the thigh, the lieutenant said.
He was taken to a hospital with a wound that was no considered life-threatening, Castro said. The incident appeared accidental, and no crime was suspected.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA >> Smoke from the nearly 1,000-acre Highway Fire burning near Prado Dam on the border of Chino and Corona is creating a potential smoke hazard for surrounding communities, South Coast Air Quality Management District officials cautioned Sunday.
The fire, which has scorched 980 acres and was 25 percent contained Sunday afternoon, was expected to create “heavy smoke throughout the area, potentially for several days,” AQMD officials said in a written statement.
The smoke was expected to be pushed by onshore winds toward the central San Bernardino Mountains Sunday, officials said.
“Current air quality measurements are mostly in the Moderate category throughout the Inland Empire and the remainder of the
Basin, but localized areas may reach the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups level, or higher, at times, depending on winds and containment of the fire,” according to the AQMD statement.
The most-impacted areas include the western and central San Bernardino Valley and the Norco-Corona area.
Officials urged children, the elderly and residents in the affected areas suffering from respiratory or heart disease to stay indoors. Everyone in the area should avoid vigorous exertion.
“Run your air conditioner if you have one,” the statement said. “Keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces.”
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AZUSA >> Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire along the San Gabriel River Trail in Azusa early Sunday, extinguishing it before it grew beyond one-and-a-half acres in size, authorities said.
The fire was first reported about 5:45 a.m. in the riverbed adjacent to the San Gabriel River Trail, according to Azusa police Cpl. Nick Covarrubias.
“The fire burned approximately one and a half acres and was fought by ground and air crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department,” Covarrubias said in a written statement. “It took crews approximately one hour to extinguish the fire.”
The cause remained under investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the Azusa Police Department.
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PASADENA >> Investigators arrested a homeless man early Sunday who they say is responsible for a series of up to a dozen fires in Pasadena trash cans, and one in the bed of a pickup truck, in recent weeks.
Michael Bell, 57, is accused of arson following his arrest about 4:30 a.m. at Central Park, 219 S Fair Oaks Ave., according to Pasadena Fire Department officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police and fire investigators had noticed the pattern and were seeking a serial arsonist in connection with the string of fires, which primarily centered along Colorado Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. Officials had a description of the alleged firebug based on surveillance footage they had obtained during their investigation.
“Early this morning, we received a call of a trash can fire,” Derderian said. Police found Bell in the area and detained him.
The suspect admitted to lighting the fire, as well as previous fires since April 9, Derderian said.
It was fortunate none of the fires ended up being worse, she said.
“In these extreme drought and dry conditions, even a trash can fire can spread quickly to adjacent structures and vegetation and cause much further damage and/or injuries,” she said.
Bell was being held in lieu of $76,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
BASSETT >> Two victims suffered cuts from flying glass but escaped serious injury when a gunman in a car opened fire on them with a rifle early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 2:30 a.m. at Orange Blossom Avenue and Valley Boulevard in the unincorporated county area of Bassett, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Beamon said. It appeared the victims were in a vehicle when they were shot based on their injuries, however details regarding the circumstances of the attack were not available Sunday.
A gunman inside a newer-model, dark-blue, two-door Scion opened fire on the two victims with a rifle, Beamon said. But none of the bullets struck the victims, described only as male.
The motive was unclear, he said. The victims were not believed to be gang members.
WHITTIER >> Police made one arrest for intoxicated driving and issued 11 tickets during a checkpoint late Friday into early Saturday, officials said.
Officers conducted the checkpoint along westbound Whittier Boulevard at Mills Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
Four drivers were given field-sobriety tests, and one ended up being arrested for DUI, Ruiz said.
Police also impounded a car and cited its driver for driving on a suspended license, the lieutenant said. Seven tickets were issued to unlicensed drivers, and three additional “miscellaneous” citations were handed out.
AZUSA >> An intruder broke into a woman’s home, snatched her car keys from inside and drove off in her SUV Friday afternoon, police said.
A woman of about 20 years old was home alone about 2:30 p.m. at a house on Azalea Way, just north of Ruby Lace Way, when she heard her garage door open, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
She went downstairs and discovered someone had forced their way into her home through a window, the sergeant said.
Missing was the woman’s keys, along with her black, 2015 Honda CRV with a California license plate of 7MHC57.
PASADENA >> A Pasadena woman fought her way free from a would-be kidnapper who forced her into his SUV late Friday, police said.
A Pasadena woman in her early-20s was walking home about 10 p.m. along Marengo Avenue, near Penn Street, when the man drove up alongside her, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The man tried to start a conversation with the woman, but she ignored him and continued walking, Carrillo said. The suspect stopped his SUV next to the woman and got out.
“He approached her and physically forced her into the front passenger seat,” police said in a written statement. The suspect then got back into the driver seat of the vehicle.
“In her efforts to escape, the victim struck the suspect once in the face and once in the groin area and managed to exit the vehicle,” according to the police statement. “The suspect then drove away north and out of sight.”
The woman suffered what appeared to be only scratches in the incident, Carrillo said.
Police described the suspect as a black man in his late-30s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 200 pounds. He was bald, of medium complexion, clean-shaven and wore a white T-shirt and dark blue jeans. He drove a newer-model, gray SUV, similar to a Honda CRV.
Investigators were not aware of any similar incident reported in the area recently, Carrillo said.
Police hoped to develop a suspect sketch as they continued their investigation Saturday, he added.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241.
EL MONTE >> Police arrested a teacher at Columbia School in El Monte Friday on suspicion of showing pornographic images to children in a classroom, authorities said.
Jeff Minh Ha, 42, was booked for exhibiting harmful matter in the presence of a minor, a felony, according to El Monte police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
In a written statement, El Monte police Sgt. Jason Chao said Ha displayed the inappropriate images to “a small group of minors inside a classroom.” The victims were described as about 12 years old.
Police arrested Ha at the school “without incident” about 1:50 p.m., Chao said.
El Monte City School District officials were fully cooperating with the ongoing investigation, Chao said.
No further details were released Friday.
According to the school’s website, Ha teaches the 6th grade at the campus, which instructs kindergarten through 8th grade.
Ha was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, records show.
LOS ANGELES >> A doctor from Walnut awaiting trial on accusations of over-prescribing powerful painkillers were re-arrested this week on suspicion of violating the conditions of his bail by continuing to issue prescriptions, district attorney’s officials said.
John Dimowo, 56, of Walnut was arrested during a court appearance Friday, ahead of the planned April 24 start of his trial on eight counts of unlawful prescription of a controlled substance, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
“Dimowo, who was out on $60,000 bail on a restricted prescribing license, wrote dozens of prescriptions to his patients in violation of the court’s orders, prosecutors alleged in the motion,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He was being held in lieu of $120,000 bail pending his trial, authorities said. He’s accused of prescribing Adderall, hydrocodone and alprazolam to undercover investigators at his Wilmington office without providing appropriate examinations between 2012 and 2013.