ARCADIA >> A woman was hospitalized in critical condition after firefighters pulled her from her burning apartment Friday night, officials said.
The fire ignited about 9:30 p.m. in a second-floor unit of a large, two-story apartment complex in the 900 block of West Huntington Drive, Arcadia Fire Department Battalion Chief Barry Spriggs said.
“The unit of origin was charged with smoke throughout, with fire burning freely from the bedroom window,” Arcadia fire officials said in a written statement.
Firefighters called a “second alarm” as they battled the flames in the apartment, which was set back 800 feet from the street toward the rear of the large apartment complex, Spriggs said.
They found an unconscious woman, estimated to be in her 50s, inside the burning apartment, officials said. She appeared to have suffered burns as well as smoke inhalation and was taken to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia in critical condition.
The injured woman was believed to be the lone resident of the apartment, Spriggs said. No other injuries were reported.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 20 minutes, Spriggs said, managing to keep it confined to a single unit. The involved apartment was scorched throughout.
Investigators determined the fire ignited in the apartment’s bedroom and was accidental, according to the fire department statement. Specific details regarding the cause of the fire were not available.
Officials estimated the blaze caused $80,000 worth of damage to the apartment and its contents.
Police initially helped evacuate many residents from the building, but only the apartments adjacent to the one that caught fire remained uninhabitable late Friday night, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said.
The Red Cross was summoned to help find temporary lodging for one resident displaced overnight.
Firefighters from Pasadena, Monrovia and Los Angeles County helped the Arcadia Fire Department douse the flames.
ARCADIA >> Authorities are seeking a 44-year-old woman who vanished from an Arcadia hospital more than a week ago and hasn’t been seen since.
Barbara Jean Joseph was last seen July 26 after she went to the Methodist Hospital in Arcadia, 300 W. Huntington Drive, but left before being seen by a physician, according to Arcadia police Lt. Colleen Flores. It was unclear why the woman went to the hospital in the first place.
Joseph was reported missing Wednesday, Flores said.
“Barbara has a history of psychological disorders and has attempted suicide numerous times in the past,” Flores said.
She’s described as white, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 150 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She does not own a car, and it was unclear what clothing she was wearing when she disappeared.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5151.
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ARCADIA >> A man’s body was discovered on a street Friday morning.
Lt. Loy McBride of the sheriff’s Temple Station said a passerby reported a “man down” on Sandra and Foss avenues at 10:14 a.m.
Deputies and firefighters responded to the location which is in the unincorporated county area near Arcadia.
There were no overt signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be natural, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
The man’s identity was not released Friday pending positive identification and notification of his family,
An autopsy was planned to determined an officials cause of death.
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ARCADIA >> Police are seeking a gunman and a getaway driver who robbed an Arcadia man as he arrived home early Saturday.
The crime took place about 4 a.m. in the 200 block of West Las Flores Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
The victim, an 18-year-old man, had just arrived home when he was confronted by a robber armed with a handgun, the lieutenant said.
“The suspect ordered the victim inside the residence where he demanded money from the victim,” Castro said.
The victim turned over an unknown amount of cash and the gunman fled to a nearby getaway car with a driver waiting at the wheel, he said.
Police said the robbery victim told investigators he did not recognize the suspects. A details description was not available.
ARCADIA >> Police are planning to check drivers for sobriety and valid licenses during a checkpoint late Saturday.
The checkpoint is scheduled to take place from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday at Baldwin Avenue and Harvard Drive, Arcadia police Sgt. Kollin Cieadlo said in a written statement.
The checkpoint is being funded by a campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
ARCADIA >> Police and worried family members have asked the public to keep an eye out for a 16-year-old San Marino High School student believed to have run away after being dropped off to take her SAT exams in Arcadia Saturday.
Mira Hu was last seen at Arcadia High School at 7:30 a.m. when her parents dropped her off for an SAT exam, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement. Her parents could not find her when they returned to the Arcadia campus to pick her up.
“A short time later she sent a message to her brother indicating that she was running away because she was overwhelmed by school and the exam,” Crowther said. “Preliminary information indicates she may be traveling to central or northern California.”
Hu is Chinese, 5 feet 3 inches tall, 95 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black jacket and blue jeans, and she was carrying a large navy-colored bag.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5121, or their local law enforcement agency. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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PASADENA >> Police sought the public’s help in finding a missing man suffering from schizophrenia and other medical problems who was last seen more than a year ago.
Mark Allan Jorgensen was reported missing to Arcadia police by his mother after she went to his Pasadena home Friday but did not find Jorgensen or his car, Arcadia police Sgt. Dan Crowther said in a written statement. He had last been seen by his mother in April of 2014.
“Jorgensen is reported to suffer from schizophrenia, hepatitis C, anemia, cirrhosis of the liver and is reportedly a drug user,” according to the statement.
Jorgensen is white, 57 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 230 pounds, with blonde hair and hazel eyes, police said.
Also missing was his car, a blue, four-door, 2000 Toyota Camry with a California license plate of 4LLJ191.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Arcadia police at 626-574-5123.
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ARCADIA >> Police are investigating a Sunday morning shooting in a residential neighborhood that left an Arcadia man dead, authorities said.
The shooting took place about 9 a.m. in the 1000 block of South 5th Avenue, just south of Duarte Road, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
Officers responded to a call reporting a “loud bang” and a “person down” to find a man wounded by gunfire, the lieutenant said.
He was taken to an area hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
The victim had been walking down the street when he was shot, Castro said. No further details regarding the circumstances of the shooting were released, and no suspect description was available.
Officials withheld the victim’s name pending notification of his family, Los Angeles County coroner Investigator Kimberly Arnold said. He was initially described as an Arcadia man in his mid-50s.
Police kept 5th Avenue closed between Duarte Road and Leda Lane well into the afternoon as authorities continued their investigation.
Crime scene investigators scoured the front yard of a home with metal detectors, while another climbed onto the roof to search for clues.
Neighbors traded pieces of information they’d heard about what had taken place in the generally quiet and uneventful street.
Though she lives only a few houses away from the shooting scene, Sherry Xi, 44, said she heard no gunshots or commotion Sunday morning.
And while the neighborhood has seemed to see an increase in burglaries in recent years, she said, news of a fatal shooting came as a shock and left her nervous.
Anyone with information can reach Arcadia police at 626-574-5150. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
ARCADIA >> A masked gunman robbed an Arcadia cafe after closing early Sunday, fleeing with cash and backpack, police said.
The crime took place about 2:45 a.m. at the Arcadia Garden Cafe, 850 S. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia police Sgt. James Trabbie said.
The robber was armed with a handgun and wore a mask or bandana over his face as he demanded money, Trabbie said. He got away with an undetermined amount of cash, as well as a victim’s backpack.
Trabbie said the robber was last spotted running south from the business. A detailed suspect description was not available.
ARCADIA >> An Arcadia man accidentally shot himself in the leg while cleaning a gun Sunday, police said.
The mishap took place about 1 p.m. at a townhome in the 300 block of South Second Avenue, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
A man in his mid-40s relayed to police that he had been cleaning his 9mm handgun gun, didn’t realize it was loaded and accidentally shot himself in the thigh, the lieutenant said.
He was taken to a hospital with a wound that was no considered life-threatening, Castro said. The incident appeared accidental, and no crime was suspected.