3-month-old boy dies after being found unconscious in Alhambra home-based day care center

ALHAMBRA >> A 3-month-old boy died Tuesday, a week after being found unconscious at a home-based day care center in Alhambra last week, authorities said Wednesday.
The infant died at 4:51 p.m. at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, said Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben. The baby’s identity was not released Wednesday.
Officers responded about 1:20 p.m. Oct. 12 to a report of a “baby not breathing” at a licensed day care center based out of a home in the 700 block of N. Cordova Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Jerry Johnson said.
“The information was that people in the house were doing CPR,” the sergeant said.
“Officers arrived. We took over CPR,” he said. Paramedics arrived a short time later and took over treatment of the baby as they rushed him to a hospital, where he was placed in an intensive care unit.
The circumstances of what was going on in the home when the infant stopped breathing were under investigation, Johnson said. Detectives summoned crime lab investigators to examine the scene.
Officials did not note any obvious signs of trauma or other initial indications of a crime, Johnson said. No arrests have been made.
The cause of death was yet to be determined, and the ongoing investigation hinges largely on the findings of doctors and coroner’s investigators, official said.
Police notified the California Department of Social Services’ Community Care Licensing Division, which regulates day care centers, as well as the L.A. County Department of Children and Family Services about the incident, Johnson said.
State records show that state licensing officials conducted an inspection of the residential day care facility, licensed as Valdez Family Child Care, Oct. 14, two days after the baby was rushed to the hospital.
“This visit was made regarding the 10/12/15 incident, where a day-care child needed medical attention,” a facility evaluation report generated by the inspection said.
Two violations were noted: The licensee had only a standard first aid certification — not the required pediatric certification — and inspectors found the licensee’s adult son was living at the home without having undergone a required criminal background check, records show.
The report indicated the day care operator agreed to correct the issues by taking a class in pediatric first aid, and finding a new place for her son to live.
Following a previous, unannounced visit to the day care center in May, the inspector found no violations and issued no citations, records show.

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Man wounded in Alhambra stabbing


ALHAMBRA >> Police are investigating the stabbing of a man along Main Street in Alhambra early Sunday.
Patrol officers were flagged down about 2 a.m. by a group of people along Main Street, near First Street, Alhambra police Lt. Dan Rodriguez said.
They directed officers to man who was bleeding from “numerous” stab wounds to his upper body, police officials said in a written statement. He was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
No suspect description was available, and the circumstances of the stabbing remained under investigation Sunday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alhambra police detectives at 626-570-5157.

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New Alhambra Habit Burger Grill teams with police for fundraiser Monday

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ALHAMBRA >> The new, soon-to-open Habit Burger Grill location in Alhambra is hosting a pre-grand-opening fundraiser Monday to raise funds for the Alhambra Police Foundation, officials said.
The newly built restaurant at 100 E. Main Street, will open its doors from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with 100 percent of proceeds benefitting the APF, according to Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese.
The APF is designed, “to raise funds to support and enhance innovative programs, projects, activities, training and equipment for the Alhambra Police Department that improve public safety and services to the community,” according to the foundation’s website.

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Alhambra police plan checkpoint Friday


ALHAMBRA >> The Alhambra Police Department Traffic Bureau is planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Friday night, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at Garfield Avenue and Beacon Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, 56 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra have claimed one life and injured and additional 56 of our friends and neighbors,” according to Lt. Dan Rodriguez.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Whittier man accused of kidnapping, carjacking woman in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police jailed a Whittier man on suspicion of kidnapping and carjacking a woman in Pasadena late Friday.
The strange crime took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the 400 block of South Lake Avenue as a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman was returning to her car after shopping in the area, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A suspect ultimately identified as Andrew Sevillano, 27, of Whittier jumped into the passenger seat of the woman’s car and ordered her to drive, Carrillo said. He gave no destination where he wanted to go, but simply told the frightened woman to continue keep driving.
The car had reached Alhambra when the woman decided to jump out of the car and run, Carrillo said. Sevillano drove off in her car.
The woman sought help from a nearby resident, who called police on her behalf, the lieutenant said.
Officers found the car parked outside Pasadena High School about four hours later, Carrillo said. They found and arrested Sevillano at neighboring victory park.
Sevillano displayed no weapon during the crime, and his motives were unclear, he said.
Police were looking into the possibility that mental illness or intoxication may have played a role in the strange incident.

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Bomb squad called after woman finds 26 grenades, rocket launcher in Alhambra home


ALHAMBRA >> A bomb squad responded to Alhambra Saturday after a woman cleaning out her parents’ home discovered 26 grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher, which were ultimately found to be inert, officials said.
The incident kicked off about noon at a house in the 200 block of South El Molino Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Richard Aguayo said.
Upon discovering 26 rifle grenades and an anti-tank rocket launcher, “She wisely called the police rather than touch them,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Alhambra firefighters and a sheriff’s bomb squad responded to the scene and evacuated nearby homes as a precaution.
But the incident soon concluded when investigators determined the grenades and rocket launcher were inert practice devices and not dangerous, officials said.
Sheriff’s officials took the devices to be properly disposed of.

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Alhambra teen suspected in robbery


ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested a teenage boy on suspicion of robbing a teenage girl of her purse late Wednesday, authorities said.
The crime took place about 9:20 p.m. at Electric Avenue and Shorb Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Tai Seki said.
The 17-year-old suspect told the girl he had a knife, though none was seen, as he demanded her purse, the sergeant said. The girl handed over her purse and the robber ran off. She suffered no injuries.
Police found and arrested the suspect several blocks away, Seki said. Some items from the purse were recovered, including the victim’s wallet, but the purse itself was not found.
Police took the teen boy to Central Juvenile Hall in Los Angeles, Seki said.

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Man found passed out in running Volvo in Alhambra accused of possession of Ecstasy for sales

ALHAMBRA >> Officials responding to a report of a man passed out in a car in front of a convenience store early Wednesday ended up discovering a large amount of drugs, cash and a handgun in his car, officials said.
Police ultimately jailed Eric Lin, 22, of Los Angeles, on suspicion of possession of drugs for sales after taking him to a hospital for medical examination, Alhambra police Lt. Gabriel Ponce said.
Paramedics first found Lin just before 8 a.m., unconscious behind the wheel of a running Volvo parked in front of 7-Eleven, 601 S. Fremont Ave., the lieutenant said.
While removing him from the car to treat him for an apparent medical emergency, paramedics summoned police after finding a bag of powdered Ecstasy, also known as Molly, in the car, Ponce said. Police also found $1,700 in $100 bills in the car, as well as a handgun locked in the car’s trunk.
After being checked out at a hospital, Lin was booked into the Alhambra Police Department jail shortly after 3 p.m., according to Los Angeles County booking records. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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Man seriously injured in Alhambra hotel stabbing

ALHAMBRA >> Surgeons rushed a man into surgery after he was found suffering from more than a dozen stab wounds at an Alhambra hotel late Wednesday, police said.
Officials received a report of a stabbing just before midnight at the Alhambra Inn and Suites, 2451 W. Main Street, Alhambra police said in a written statement.
Officers found the badly injured man on the fourth floor of the hotel, police said. He was described as being in his early-30s.
An update on the victim’s condition was not available early Thursday, nor were further details regarding the circumstances of the stabbing.

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Alhambra police to hold checkpoint tonight

ALHAMBRA >> Police are planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint tonight in Alhambra, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. tonight through 3 a.m. Saturday at Garfield Avenue and Beacon Street, Alhambra police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, 44 DUI-related collisions in Alhambra have claimed one life and injured an additional 56 of our friends and neighbors,” Lt. Jennifer Wiese said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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