Shooting reported in Duarte


DUARTE >> Three people escaped injury in a shooting on a residential cul-de-sac early Sunday, officials said.
The shooting took place about 12:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Starhaven Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Michael Martinez said.
Three victims were on foot when two attackers opened fire on them before fleeing in a car, the sergeant said. The group of victims suffered no injuries.
A detailed description of the suspects or their car was not available.

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Man found hanged from lamppost in Bassett, suicide suspected


BASSETT >> Suicide is suspected after the body of a man was found hanged from a lamppost at a Bassett intersection early Sunday, officials said.
A man, who was estimated to be in his 50s, was found hanging from a lamppost just after midnight at Temple and Vineland avenues, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Toni Calton said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene at 12:18 a.m., she said.
No foul play was suspected, she said. It appeared the man had placed a ladder against the post in order to climb it before hanging himself.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.

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UPDATED: Pico Rivera man arrested after seven-hour standoff with deputies


PICO RIVERA >> A man broke into a relative’s home, fired a handgun and engaged deputies in a seven-hour standoff before surrendering late Saturday, authorities said.
Deputies ultimately jailed Adrian Robert Casey, 21, of Pico Rivera on suspicion of burglary and negligently discharging a firearm, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
The incident began about 2:45 p.m. at a house near Telegraph Road and Serapis Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Jordan said.
A family member living at the home already had already obtained a restraining order against Casey when arrived, Sgt. Raymond Cardenas said.
No one was home, and the suspect broke into the house, he said. He fired several rounds from a handgun while inside the house, prompting neighbors to call 9-1-1.
Casey refused to exit the home when deputies arrived, initiating a standoff, Cardenas said.
A SWAT team responded to the scene and deputies negotiated with the suspect for seven hours until he surrendered about 10 p.m., officials said.
According to booking records, Casey was being held in lieu of $135,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in Downey Superior Court.

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Pasadena police to crack down on traffic violations Friday

PASADENA >> Police will be out in force Friday hunting for traffic law violators during a traffic safety crackdown, officials said.
The traffic enforcement program will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. city-wide, according to Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema.
“Officers will be deployed at various locations throughout the city to look for violations including, but not limited to, primarily collision factors involving speed or red signals,” the lieutenant said.
“The need for driver education and enforcement is constantly on the rise due to the increased volume of traffic within the City of Pasadena,” Hettema added. The enforcement campaign is geared toward reducing crashes involving serious injuries and deaths.
Funding for Friday’s operation is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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UPDATED: Skateboarder killed in Glendora Mountain Road collision identified

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a 20-year-old man who died after colliding with a dump truck while speeding downhill on a skateboard on Glendora Mountain Road in the forest north of Azusa.
Eric Pedersen of Clayton died in Friday’s 10 a.m. collision on Glendora Mountain Road, just south East Fork Road, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
He was riding a longboard-style skateboard downhill at more than 20 mph when he crossed into opposing traffic lanes and into the path of a southbound dump truck traveling at 15 to 20 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. He was run over by the truck and died from his injuries at the scene.
Pedersen was riding with two other skateboarders who were not injured, officials said. A third friend was following the group in a van.
The driver of the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with CHP officials, Jimenez said.
Pedersen had a University of California, Irvine identification card with him, coroner’s officials said.
He served as an administrator of the Facebook page for the UCI Longboarders, a group of skateboard enthusiasts.
Members hosted a candlelight vigil for Petersen Friday at UCI, and planned another Sunday night.
Pedersen’s own Facebook page includes several images of him rolling downhill on a longboard.
Officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park office are handling the investigation.

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Gunmen steal cash, lottery scratchers, craft beer in South Pasadena liquor store robbery

SOUTH PASADENA >> Two men armed with handguns made off with cash, lottery scratchers and a 12-pack of craft beer in a liquor store robbery late Friday, police said.
The crime unfolded about 10 p.m. at Ocean Liquor Store, 2005 Huntington Drive, South Pasadena police Sgt. Tony Abdalla said.
The robbers entered the store and threatened the lone clerk, a man in his 60s, at gunpoint, the sergeant said.
They took money from the cash register, as well as from the clerk, Abdalla said. The robbers also helped themselves to lottery scratcher tickets and a 12-pack of Stone IPA beer before fleeing.
Abdalla said the two robbers were last seen heading out of the store toward the parking lot. No getaway car was seen.
Police described the robbers as Latino men between 20 and 22 years old.
One stood about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 145 pounds, Abdalla said. He had short black hair, wore all dark clothing and carried a stainless steel revolver.
The second robber was about 5 feet 7 inches tall, 165 pounds, wearing a silver jacket and some type of garment covering his face. He also carried a handgun.
Police were working on obtaining surveillance video footage from the store to develop additional clues, Abdalla said.
Anyone with information can reach South Pasadena police at 626-403-7270.

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Gunman robs Norwalk wireless store

NORWALK >> A gunman fled with cash and cell phones after robbing a Rosecrans Avenue wireless store Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The robber showed up about 3:30 p.m. at Cricket Wireless, 11617 Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Shawn Kehoe said.
He brandished a handgun as he stole cash from the store’s register, as well as cell phones, Kehoe said. The robber ordered the two employees into the store’s bathroom before fleeing.
The robber was last seen leaving the store on foot, the lieutenant said. A detailed suspect description was not available.

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UPDATED: Downhill skateboarder killed in collision with dump truck on Glendora Mountain Road


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A 20-year-old downhill skateboarder died Friday morning after colliding with a dump truck on Glendora Mountain Road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, authorities said.
The collision took place about 10 a.m. on Glendora Mountain Road, just south of East Fork Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The skateboarder’s name was not released Friday pending positive identification and notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said. CHP officials described him as a 20-year-old Clayton man.
He was riding a longboard-style skateboard downhill at 20 to 30 mph along with friends, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. The group was traveling north.
The skateboarder has one fellow rider in front of him, and one behind him, Jimenez said. Another friend followed behind the group in a van.
“As (the skateboarder) approached a sweeping right curve in the roadway, (he) was failed to remain in his lane, crossed the center line into opposing traffic,” CHP officials said in a written statement. “He subsequently struck the undercarriage of the dump truck.”
The 2000 Freightliner three-axle dump truck ran over the skateboarder, Jimenez said.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at 10:39 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said.
The skateboarder was wearing safety gear including a helmet and knee pads, Jimenez said.
A 45-year-old Compton man who was driving the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Both directions of Glendora Mountain Road remained closed well into the afternoon as CHP officials investigated the scene, Kimball said.
The investigation will include an inspection of the dump truck, Jimenez said.
While skateboarding is prohibited on forest roads, and dangerous, Jimenez said CHP officers encounter downhill skateboarders in the mountains from time to time while on patrol.
“It happens more during the summer,” he said.
Countless videos uploaded to YouTube depict skateboarders racing downhill on Glendora Mountain Road at high speeds. One such video, which poster sdimas73 related was shot in August of 2013, captures a near collision between a car and a downhill skateboarder.

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Azusa to test emergency siren Monday

AZUSA >> Azusa officials are planning a test of the city’s emergency siren Monday morning, authorities said.
The siren, along San Gabriel Canyon Road at the mouth of the canyon, will sound at intervals for about five minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., according to Azusa police Lt. Sam Fleming.
“No action is necessary by residents during these tests,” Fleming said.
“The test will be conducted to ensure that the early warning system is operational and that the connection to the 9-1-1 Center of the Azusa Police Department is signaling correctly,” the lieutenant said.
The test will be conducted by police, in conjunction with Azusa Amateur Radio Communications Emergency Services.
The siren is used to notify residents near the mouth of the canyon of a need to evacuate in the event of a wildfire or flood, in addition to announcements by emergency responders and door-to-door notifications.

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Exact cause of double-fatal Altadena house fire ‘undetermined’

ALTADENA >> The specific cause of an explosive house fire that killed an elderly woman and her son earlier this month remains a mystery, though investigators were certain it was accidental, officials said.
Through X-ray comparison, officials Thursday confirmed the identities of Betty Kopp, 85, and her 58-year-old son Robert “Bob” Kopp, who died in the March 7 fire at the home they shared with three roommates in the 2400 block of Holliston Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said. They had previously been identified by a roommate, but their official identifications were delayed to to the conditions of their remains.
After a detailed analysis of the scene of the fatal fire, investigators were unable to determine exactly what sparked the fire, Detective Cynthia Valencia of the Sheriff’s Arson-Explosives Detail said. The officials cause is listed as “undetermined.”
Investigators have determined the fire started in a bedroom toward the rear of the house where Betty Kopp, who was confined to bed and used oxygen tanks, Valencia said.
And it was clear that the fire was fueled by the oxygen, she said Two of at least eight tanks at the home exploded in the fire.
Nonetheless, “We don’t know exactly what ignited it,” Valencia said.
But the massive fire was so intense it scorched any evidence investigators may have been able to use to narrow down a more specific cause, the detective said.
“It is accidental. We know that,” Valencia said. “There wasn’t any malicious intent.”
Two of the Kopps’ roommates were treated for minor injuries following the fire, officials said.

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