Montebello police seek missing, at-risk girl


MONTEBELLO >> Police asked the public’s help in finding a distraught, at-risk teenager who disappeared after school Wednesday.
Desly Flores, 16, was last seen about 2:45 p.m. as she walked away from the Community Day School, 478 Bradshawe Street, Montebello police officials said in a written statement.
Flores was described as “upset and crying,” police said.
She is diagnosed with depression and anxiety, but refuses to take her prescribed medication,” according to the police statement. “Desly is also diabetic and takes medication twice a day. Desly also has a history of self-harming behaviors and is a habitual runaway.”
She is described as Latina, 5 feet 4 inches tall, 135 pounds, with green hair and brown eyes.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Montebello police at 323-887-1313.

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Rosemead bank branch robbed

ROSEMEAD >> A man robbed a bank along Valley Boulevard in Rosemead Tuesday, officials said.
The crime took place shortly before 11 a.m. at the Pacific Alliance Bank, 8400 Valley Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Ernest Bille said.
The lone suspect entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash, the lieutenant said. He motioned as if he had a gun, though none was seen.
After obtaining cash from the teller, the robber fled the bank, Bille said. A detailed suspect description was not available.
No injuries were reported.
Investigators from the sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau and crime lab responded to the scene, along with the FBI, Bille said.

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Man killed in fiery Santa Fe Springs crash identified

SANTA FE SPRINGS >> Coroners officials have released the name of a Los Angeles man who died in a fiery solo-car crash on a freeway transition road in Santa Fe Springs last week.
Edward Yong Kim, 24, died at the scene of the 4:30 a.m. Nov. 8 crash on the transition road connecting the northbound 605 Freeway to the northbound 5 Freeway, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
His identification was delayed to the burned condition of his remains, officials said. He was ultimately identified through dental records.
CHP officers responded to reports of a car on fire when they came upon a burning 2008 Mitsubishi sedan that had crashed into a police supporting an overhead sign, according to CHP and coroner officials.
Firefighters extinguished the flames before Kim was found inside the wreckage and pronounced dead at 4:50 a.m., officials said.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Officer R. Johnson of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs area office at 562-868-0503.

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Car crashes through Altadena bank; no injuries reported


ALTADENA >> A car smashed through the front of an Altadena bank branch Wednesday morning, creating a mess of shattered glass and twisted metal but resulting in no injuries, authorities said.
A 69-year-old woman accidentally stepped on the accelerator about 7:40 a.m. as she parked her Honda Accord in front of a Bank of America branch at 2345 N. Lake Ave., California Highway Patrol Officer Michael Hughes said.
The car lurched forward, crashing through metal hand rails and jumping up a curb before crashing through the glass doors and windows in front of the bank’s ATM foyer, Hughes said.
The bank was not yet open for business, however a woman was reported to have been using an ATM inside the foyer when the crash occurred, Hughes said. She had left the scene when CHP officers arrived.
The bank was expected to remain closed for the rest of the day, Hughes said. But the building was spared any structural damage.

PHOTO courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Senior citizen struck by car, badly injured while crossing Whittier Boulevard

WHITTIER >> A senior citizen suffered major injuries Tuesday when he was struck by a car in a Whittier Boulevard crosswalk, officials said.
The collision took place about 11:20 a.m. along Whittier Boulevard at Central Avenue, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
A 67-year-old Whittier man was walking south in a crosswalk when he was struck by a Nissan Sentra making a left turn onto Whittier Boulevard from the parking lot of the Quad at Whittier shopping center, Ellis said.
He suffered severe head trauma and was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in critical condition, the lieutenant said. An update on his condition was not available Wednesday.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, he said. The driver remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

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UPDATED: Suspect arrested following 4-hour standoff at El Monte business

EL MONTE >> Police officers, including one on four legs, captured an auto theft suspect who holed up inside an El Monte business for four hours Wednesday, officials said.
The incident began shortly before noon when a LoJack vehicle ant-theft signal led police to a stolen car in the 9200 block of Telstar Avenue, El Monte police Sgt. Ernie Cramer said.
As officers approached, the driver quickly pulled into the parking lot of a social services office and ran from the car, the sergeant said. He ran into a nearby large building housing a furniture store and a badminton club.
Officer evacuated the building, where the suspect was believed to be hiding, Cramer said. There was no indication he was armed.
Police began a search of the large building, ultimately finding the suspect hiding inside about 4 p.m., Cramer said.
He refused to surrender, so officers sent in a police dog, which bit the man and helped take him into custody, Cramer said.
Police took the suspect, a man in his 20s, to a hospital for treatment prior to the booking process, he said.

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Man arrives at West Covina hospital with gunshot wound

WEST COVINA >> A man showed up at a West Covina hospital with a gunshot wound to his leg early Sunday, but refused to tell police when and where he had been shot, authorities said.
Police were notified about 1 a.m. that a wounded man had arrived at Citrus Valley Health Partners – Queen of the Valley Campus, West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
The victim, a man in his 20s, would only tell investigators he was shot while walking to a party, the lieutenant said. He refused to say when or where it occurred.
Police were looking into the possibility the shooting was related to another shooting reported late Saturday at a West Valinda house party that left a teenager dead and a man wounded, Patton said.
No concrete link between the two incidents had been established Sunday afternoon as the investigation continued.

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12 hurt in crash between tour bus, street sweeper on 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park


BALDWIN PARK >> Twelve people reported injuries when a tour bus collided with a street sweeper truck on the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park Sunday morning, authorities said.
The crash took place about 10:50 a.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
Eleven people from the bus were treated for minor to moderate injuries, as well as one person from the Caltrans street sweeper, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
A 31-year-old San Gabriel man was driving a 2014 tour bus in the carpool lane with about 54 passengers on board when the crash occurred, according to the CHP.
A 2002 Volvo street sweeping truck was traveling slowly in the carpool lane in front of the bus as part of a lane re-striping crew, Officer D. Parsons of the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office said in a written statement.
“Due to (the bus driver) driving his Van Hool tour bus at an unsafe speed for the moving lane closure, the right front of the Van Hool tour bus collided with the left rear of the Caltrans Volvo truck,” according to Parsons.
The front portion of the bus was left crumpled by the collision.
Multiple Caltrans and CHP vehicles were involved in the slow-rolling closure, and warning signs and lights warned drivers of the work zone, Parsons said.
The carpool and fast lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway remained shut until about 2:30 p.m.

PHOTO – Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Fire Department

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KKK propaganda distributed in Whittier again; 2nd time this year

WHITTIER >> Whittier resident awoke Sunday morning to discover Ku Klux Klan propaganda fliers, along with lollipops, on their front lawns for the second time in five months, authorities said.
The fliers were discovered in residential neighborhoods in the area of Whittier and Norwalk boulevards, Whittier police Lt. Aaron Ruiz said.
“The propaganda did not include any threats and was not targeted at specific homes,” police said in a written statement. The fliers wording promoted and sought recruitment for the KKK.
“We responded to the area and collected a sample of the propaganda for the purpose of a police report,” according to the police statement.
Though some residents are upset and offended by the fliers, their distribution is not against the law.
Police said the 100 or so fliers were wrapped in plastic bags and weighted with pebbles and lollipops.
A nearly identical incident angered residents of other nearby Whittier neighborhoods in June.
Police in Fullerton reported similar flier distributions a week before the June incident in Whittier, and police in Santa Ana and Orange reported similar incidents in 2014.
Though the distribution of the fliers does not constitute a crime, “As with the previous incident, we will share this information with our local, state and federal law enforcement partners,” according to the police statement.

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Teens wounded in car-to-car road rage shooting on Whittier Boulevard in Pico Rivera

PICO RIVERA >> Road rage sparked a car-to-car shooting in Pico Rivera late Saturday, leaving one teen wounded in the face and another in the leg, authorities said.
The gunfire erupted about 11:30 p.m. along eastbound Whittier Boulevard, just west of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Harvey Crosthwaite said.
The victims, described as three men in their late-teens, passed a slower moving car, the lieutenant said.
Crosthwaite said the maneuver apparently angered the occupants of the other car, who made hand gestures before opening fire on the victims’ car. It was unclear whether the gestures were gang-related.
A bullet passed through a window and headrest of the victims’ car, ultimately striking the driver in the jaw, Crosthwaite said. A rear passenger in the car suffered a grazing wound to his leg, while a third passenger in the car was unhurt.
Following the shooting, the victims pulled into a gas station at Whittier Boulevard and the 605 Freeway, along the border between Pico Rivera and Whittier, to seek help, officials said. Both wounded men were hospitalized in stable condition.
Deputies described the suspects as a man in his late-20s or early-30s, who was driving the dark-colored sedan, and a woman with black hair, who was riding as a passenger.

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