ALTADENA — Two adults and a child suffered injuries believed to be minor following a crash involving a sheriff’s patrol car Saturday, officials said.
The collision took place about 3:45 p.m. at Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo said.
The two-man unit was traveling with its emergency lights and sirens on to assist another deputy involved in a fight with a suspect when the crash occurred, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Mann said.
The patrol car collided in the intersection with a Toyota Camry, officials said.
The three occupants of the Camry were taken to a hospital for treatment of apparently minor injuries, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Richard Hastert said.
The deputies were not injured, officials said.
The patrol car appeared to have damage to the side, while the Camry had front-end damage, officials added.
The circumstances of the crash were being investigated by the Altadena office of the CHP.
ALTADENA — Authorities Sunday identified a 26-year-old man found slain on a horse trail near Canon Boulevard in Altadena.
Marcus Anthony Nieto was pronounced dead at the scene after he was discovered unresponsive by a passerby early Saturday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said. He had a listed address in West Covina, however he was believed to have been staying most recently in Azusa.
It initially appeared Nieto, whose body was found just after 8:10 a.m. on a horse trail near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, had been shot in the head, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
But an autopsy was yet to be carried to determine Nieto’s officials cause of death, MacWillie said. The death was reported to the coroner’s office as an apparent homicide.
No further information was released.
ALTADENA — Homicide detectived are investigating after the body of a man was found apparently shot in the head on a horse trail at the northern edge of Altadena, authorities said.
A passer-by discovered the body about 8:10 a.m. on the trail near the 3800 block of Canon Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzales said.
The body was initially described as that of a man in his mid-20s.
The investigation was in its early stages, Gonzales said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were investigating the death as a homicide.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — Rescuers hoisted a hiker with a broken ankle from the Echo Mountain Trail north of Altadena Saturday, authorities said.
Members of the Altadena Search and Rescue Team were summoned about 10:15 a.m. to the trail, northeast of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive in the Angeles National Forest, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
A 45-year-old hiker had fallen and broken his ankle and was unable to exit the wilderness, she said.
A Los Angeles County Fire Department helicopter retrieved the man and lifted him to Farnsworth Park in Altadena, Shepherd said. From there, the man elected to seek medical treatment on his own.
ALTADENA — An off-duty sheriff’s deputy and his brother escaped injury early Saturday after they were attacked in a car-to-car shooting, officials said.
The shooting took place about 3:40 a.m. as the deputy was driving his personal vehicle in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Harriet Street, with his brother riding in the front passenger seat, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said.
“A dark-colored Lexus sedan pulled alongside the driver’s side of the deputy’s vehicle and a passenger from the suspect vehicle fired three rounds from a handgun at the deputy’s vehicle before speeding away,” Gonzalez said.
One bullet struck the deputy’s car, she said, however neither he nor his brother were hurt.
Fellow deputies searched the area but did not find the attackers.
A motive in the shooting was unclear, Gonzalez said, and no further details were available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131. Tips can also be submitted anonymously by contacting L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ALTADENA — A 54-year-old Altadena man died early Friday after he was struck by a car while jogging on Mendocino Street, authorities said.
The name of the man was not released pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
The driver who struck him was briefly detained and is being investigated on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, however he was not arrested Friday, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Denmon said. The case was expected to be presented to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for possible prosecution.
The fatal collision took place just before 6:40 a.m. on East Mendocino Avenue, just west of Braeburn Road, Denmon said.
A 2004 Chevrolet was being driven east on Mendocino Street by a 58-year-old San Marino man in the left-hand lane at an unknown speed prior to the collision, Denmon said.
The jogger was also headed east on Mendocino Street, as well as a 1998 Mercedes-Benz being driven ahead of the Chevrolet by a 61-year-old Los Angeles man, the officer said.
For reasons that remained under investigation, Denmon said, the driver of the Chevrolet allowed his vehicle to veer to the right side of the road, striking the jogger. The Chevrolet then continued traveling east and crashed into the Mercedes-Benz as well.
Rescuers took the injured jogger to Huntington Hospital in Arcadia, where he was pronounced dead about a half an hour after being struck, Denmon said.
The driver of the Mercedes-Benz was taken to a hospital for treatment of apparently minor injuries, he added.
Witnesses were asked to contact the CHP’s Altadena office at 626-296-8100.
A car was struck by gunfire in a shooting Thursday morning, though the a man inside escaped injury, officials said.
Deputies responded to reports of gunfire just after 9 a.m. in the area of Harriet Street, west of Lincoln Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Debra Herman said.
They found a car in the 300 block of West Mendocino Street that had been struck multiple times by gunfire, officials said. The man driving the car was not injured.
The shooter was initially described only as a black man, last seen fleeing the area in dark-colored, small SUV — possibly a Nissan Cube.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131.
ALTADENA — A man was wounded late Friday in the second shooting reported in the same neighborhood in less than 24 hours, officials said.
Deputies received calls reporting “shots fired” about 11:30 p.m. from the 400 block of West Woodbury Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
“Deputies canvassed the area but were unable to locate a source of the shots,” the lieutenant said.
About 20 minutes later, she said, they found a man sitting in a car stopped about a mile to the east in the 500 block of East Alameda Street. A further description of the shooting victim was not available.
“They found the victim in his vehicle with several bullet holes on the passenger side of the vehicle, and the victim had been shot side,” Shepherd said.
The man had suffered a gunshot wound to the right side of his torso and another to the right side of his hip, she said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
“He said he was shot by a passing vehicle, but he didn’t give a description,” Shepherd said.
The motive in the shooting was unclear.
Pasadena police officers discovered a gunshot victim about 12:30 a.m. Friday just around the corner and across the city border at Lincoln Avenue and Montana Street, according to Pasadena police Sgt. Kate Favara.
A man in his 20s was found sitting at a bus stop with a grazing gunshot wound to his face, the sergeant said. The wounded man did not cooperate with investigators, and further circumstances of the shooting were unknown.
ALTADENA — Two men suffered injuries in a drive-by shooting along Altadena Drive Thanksgiving afternoon, police said.
The attack took place shortly before 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the 100 block of West Altadena Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Cynthia Gonzalez said.
Deputies responding to reports of a shooting discovered two men who had been struck by gunfire, the sergeant said.
One of the victims was taken to a hospital with injuries not considered to be life-threatening, Gonzalez said. “He’s expected to make a full recovery.”
The other shooting victim suffered an apparently minor injury and was treated at the scene, she added.
The attackers were initially described only as two black men in a blue van with Oregon license plates, officials said. It was last seen heading west on Altadena Drive.
Though the shooting was reportedly gang-related, Gonzales said she could not confirm a motive Friday.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s Altadena Station at 626-798-1131.
Authorities rescued a rider and a horse after both fell down a cliff Tuesday afternoon.
Sheriff’s Lt. Elisabeth Sachs said the Altadena station got a call at 2:55 p.m. about a man riding a horse who slipped down a cliff at El Prieto Canyon.
Deputies didn’t say how far the man and the horse fell.
The rider and the horse landed at different spots, according to Sachs. She said the man wasn’t injured and Los Angeles County firefighters cut a trail for the horse to walk out.
Sachs wasn’t sure if the horse was injured.
She said several agencies responded to the incident which included the Altadena Search and Rescue, Los Angeles County fire department, animal control and the U.S. Forest Service.
- Ruby Gonzales