PICO RIVERA >> Deputies sought two people following a shooting along Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera that left one man dead, officials said.
The shooting was reported about 6:30 p.m. at Whittier Boulevard and Acacia Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Sergio Escobedo said.
The victim, described as a man in his mid- to late-20s, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital just under an hour after he was shot, Escobedo said.
Initial reports from the scene indicated the culprits were a man and woman, last seen westbound on Whittier Boulevard on foot.
Deputies detained a man and woman nearby along Paramount Boulevard, north of Whittier Boulevard, following the shooting, officials said. Authorities kept a search perimeter in place as they worked to determine whether the detained man and woman were involved in the fatal shooting.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were summoned to take over the investigation, Escobedo said.
Anyone with information can reach the bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ARCADIA >> Sheriff’s deputies detained four people Thursday after a stolen car led them on a brief chase from Temple City to Arcadia, officials said.
The chase began shortly after 6 p.m., when deputies spotted a reportedly stolen car with a driver and three passengers traveling down Rosemead Boulevard near Broadway in Temple City, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tony Haynes said.
After following behind the car as backup amassed, deputies tried to pull the car over, but the driver failed to stop, initiating a pursuit, the sergeant said.
The driver stopped the car and ran at Huntington Drive and Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, officials said. He was soon captured.
The driver’s name was not available pending the booking process, Haynes said.
Three passengers of the car were also being detained as the investigation continued late Thursday.
ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> A man armed with a knife barged into a Rowland Heights home and robbed a resident of a small amount of money and marijuana late Wednesday, officials said.
The crime was reported about 10 p.m. at a home in the 17900 block of Calle Los Arboles, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
A man in his 20s has been in contact with the robber via social media prior to the incident, Saleeby said.
The robber arrived with a knife and demanded money from the victim, ultimately fleeing with less than $50 and a “small amount” of marijuana, the lieutenant said.
He was last seen getting into a green Toyota pickup truck with a long-haired driver waiting at the wheel, Saleeby said.
SAN MARINO >> A San Marino Fire Department crew delivered an impatient baby boy inside his parents’ car early Wednesday, officials said.
The mother and father tried to rush to the hospital when it became apparent their son would wait no longer to greet the world, San Marino Fire Department Capt. Dominic Petta said. They called 9-1-1 at 6:10 a.m., bringing a fire engine and an ambulance to their home in the area of Huntington and West drives within five minutes.
“They couldn’t make it out of the driveway,” Petta said.
With Firefighter-Paramedic Brian Campbell taking the lead, rescuers delivered the eager newborn in the passenger seat of the family car and had the mother and child on their way to a hospital within six minutes of their arrival, Petta said.
Only 14 minutes elapsed from the time the 9-1-1 call was placed to the time the mother and baby arrived at the hospital. Both were doing well.
“I commend the medics on scene for their outstanding work,” Petta said.
Both parents also did “a wonderful job,” he said. The father came out of the emergency room to thank firefighters and shake their hands at the hospital.
San Marino police provided traffic control during the incident, police officials said.
“That was a pretty neat experience,” Petta said. “It’s not everyday we get to bring a life into the world.”
SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Coroner’s officials Thursday released the name off a 29-year-old man who died after being struck by an Amtrak train last week in Santa Fe Springs.
Peter James Guerra died at the scene of the after he was struck by a westbound Amtrak train about 7 p.m. near the 11200 block of Rivera Road, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. He was described as transient.
An autopsy determined he died from “multiple traumatic injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Winter said.
The man was walking along the tracks and did not hear the approaching passenger train due to a freight train passing by on a parallel set of tracks, Whittier police officials said.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Homicide detectives are investigating the apparent slayings of an elderly woman and a man who were found dead inside a Hacienda Heights home Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
Deputies found the bodies about 4:15 p.m. in the 16600 block Carriage Place, according to Deputy Ryan Rouzan of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
They had been asked to “check the welfare” of the resident of the home, sheriff’s Lt. David Infante said. The 84-year-old woman had not been seen in about a week, officials added.
Deputies smelled a “strong odor of decomposition” and forced their way into the home, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“The victims were found in separate rooms and were in advance stages of decomposition,” according to the statement. “Both victims appeared to have been assaulted.”
The identities of the victims were yet to be confirmed, however investigators believed the woman to be the elderly homeowner, sheriff’s officials said. The identity of the man was unknown.
“The victim lives with her adult son, but he is currently in custody and was not home at the time of the incident,” the sheriff’s department statement said.
“The cause of death is unknown at this time,” Rouzan said.
Detectives discovered the homeowner’s car was missing. The beige, 2001, four-door Toyota Camry, with a California license plate of 7LXV190, was being treated as a stolen vehicle.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
LA PUENTE >> City and sheriff’s officials in La Puente received an award from an international Buddhist organization championing peace this week for contributions to peace and harmony in the community.
Soka Gakkai International presented their a La Puente Mayor Dan Halloway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro — who effectively serves as La Puente’s police chief — and La Puente Recreation Services Manager Roxanne Lerma with the SGI-USA Justice Award Tuesday.
“The City of La Puente has partnered with the local SGI-USA organization and the LASD to present the National Night Out program at La Puente Park in August for the last two years, sheriff’s officials said in a written statement. “This cooperative effort has strengthened the organizations relationship with the City and local law enforcement.”
The efforts have been instrumental in helping La Puente rank in the top 50 safest cities in the U.S. this year in a list composed by security company SafeWise.
The sheriff’s department and city have worked to forge strong relationships with are nonprofit organizations and private companies to help with community outreach efforts, officials added.
PHOTO: Flanked by representatives of Soka Gakkai International, left to right, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro, La Puente Mayor Dan Halloway and La Puente Recreation Services Manager Roxanne Lerma receive the SGI-USA Justice Award on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (Courtesy of the City of La Puente)
SOUTH PASADENA >> Police disarmed and detained a mentally disturbed woman Wednesday after she threatened to harm herself, then the officers, with a pair of gardening shears, officials said.
Officers first responded about 2:40 p.m. to the 600 block of Fair Oaks Avenue, just south of the 110 Freeway, after receiving reports of a woman walking down the street while screaming and acting violently, Pasadena police Sgt. Brian Solinsky said in a written statement. She was holding a pair of shears.
“Several officers responded and attempted to calm the woman, but were unsuccessful,” Solinsky said. “The woman grew more agitated and aggressive by the second, changing from holding the shears near her neck to pointing them at the officers and keeping them at bay.”
Officers managed to distract the woman long enough to allow another officer to rush up behind the woman, grab her arms and knock the shears away from her, the sergeant said.
Officials took the woman, 33, to a hospital for evaluation and treatment, he said. The sergeant praised the work of the officers in bringing the tense situation to a peaceful end.
“The officers showed amazing restraint in an incident that presented various tactical and officer safety dilemmas,” Solinsky said. “The officers were able to stop the woman before hurting herself or anyone else.”
LA PUENTE >> A two-car crash sent one person to the hospital and sheared a fire hydrant, prompting the closure of eastbound traffic lanes along Valley Boulevard in La Puente Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
All eastbound lanes of Valley Boulevard were shut down between Stimson Avenue and Old Valley Boulevard following the 5 p.m. crash, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said.
A fire hydrant was sheared from the ground in the crash, sending a geyser into the air and flooding down Valley Boulevard.
One of the two drivers involved in the crash was taken to a hospital for treatment, Cacheiro said. The condition of the injured driver was unclear.
Crews managed to shut off the water flow about half-an-hour later, the lieutenant said. Workers continued working to repair the damage Wednesday afternoon. It was not known how long the closure would last.
PHOTO: Courtesy, LASD
SOUTH EL MONTE >> The death of a man whose body was discovered floating in the San Gabriel River near South El Monte last week has been ruled an accidental drowning, coroner’s officials said Wednesday.
The body was found about 1:10 p.m. Thursday, floating face-down in the San Gabriel River near Thienes Avenue, just outside of South El Monte, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
The man’s name was withheld pending notification of his family, however an autopsy concluded the man drowned, and the death was ruled accidental, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. Investigators noted the presence of alcohol at the scene.