AZUSA >> A man stabbed and wounded another man early Sunday after an argument at an Azusa condominium complex escalated into a fight and stabbing, police said.
Police jailed Jose Manuel Castaneda, 43, of Los Angeles in connection with the 2:20 a.m. stabbing in the 700 block of East 5th Street, Azusa police Cpl. Robert Landeros said. His alleged victim, a 29-year-old Azusa man, was hospitalized in stable condition with a stab wound to his abdomen and expected to make a full recovery.
“The incident began as a verbal argument inside of a condominium,” the corporal said. “The argument quickly escalated into a physical altercation and stabbing.”
Police arrested Castaneda at the scene, Landeros said. Officers recovered a folding knife with a 4-inch-long blade believed to have been used in the stabbing, and also found Castaneda to be in possession of a small amount of suspected methamphetamine.
The relationship between the suspect and victim was not clear, police said. Both men appeared to have been drinking prior to the alleged attack.
According to police and county booking records, Castaneda was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession. He was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
AZUSA >> Authorities blocked northbound traffic on San Gabriel Canyon Road at Azusa’s northern border late Saturday due to a road stabilization project, officials said.
Only local residents were being allowed beyond Old San Gabriel Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said. Southbound traffic was not affected.
The closure began at 7 p.m. Saturday and was expected to remain in effect through Monday morning, unless a solution can be figured out sooner, Caltrans officials said in a written statement.
“The slope stabilization project between Carpenter Canyon and Pejsa Canyon bridges has required one-way traffic control, and motorists are bypassing the traffic signals installed for their safety,” according to the Caltrans statement. “This highway experiences heavy weekend recreationalists, and with the warmer weather a higher volume of bicyclists and motorcyclists is using the road.”
The project involves the installation of sheet metal walls to guard against future landslides and prevent resulting long-term closures, officials said. The work is scheduled to be completed in the fall.
PHOTOS courtesy of Caltrans
VIDEO of water drop (courtesy of the Azusa Police Department)
AZUSA >> Firefighters made quick work of a brush fire along the San Gabriel River Trail in Azusa early Sunday, extinguishing it before it grew beyond one-and-a-half acres in size, authorities said.
The fire was first reported about 5:45 a.m. in the riverbed adjacent to the San Gabriel River Trail, according to Azusa police Cpl. Nick Covarrubias.
“The fire burned approximately one and a half acres and was fought by ground and air crews from the Los Angeles County Fire Department,” Covarrubias said in a written statement. “It took crews approximately one hour to extinguish the fire.”
The cause remained under investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact the Azusa Police Department.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Azusa Police Department
AZUSA >> An intruder broke into a woman’s home, snatched her car keys from inside and drove off in her SUV Friday afternoon, police said.
A woman of about 20 years old was home alone about 2:30 p.m. at a house on Azalea Way, just north of Ruby Lace Way, when she heard her garage door open, Azusa police Sgt. Rick Hayden said.
She went downstairs and discovered someone had forced their way into her home through a window, the sergeant said.
Missing was the woman’s keys, along with her black, 2015 Honda CRV with a California license plate of 7MHC57.
AZUSA >> A 19-year-old Azusa man suffered a gunshot wound to his nose in a drive-by shooting in a residential neighborhood Friday afternoon, officials said.
Police and firefighters first responded about 5:15 p.m. to the shooting in the 500 block of East 10th Street, Azusa police Lt. Sam Fleming said.
The young man was walking down the street when a smaller-size passenger car drove by, the lieutenant said. A single shot was fired from the car. Further descriptions of the shooter or the car were not available.
The bullet struck the victim in the nose, Fleming said. He was walking and talking when paramedics took him to a hospital for treatment, he said. The wound was not believed to be life-threatening.
No further details were available.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
AZUSA >> Azusa officials are planning a test of the city’s emergency siren Monday morning, authorities said.
The siren, along San Gabriel Canyon Road at the mouth of the canyon, will sound at intervals for about five minutes between 6:30 a.m. and 7 a.m., according to Azusa police Lt. Sam Fleming.
“No action is necessary by residents during these tests,” Fleming said.
“The test will be conducted to ensure that the early warning system is operational and that the connection to the 9-1-1 Center of the Azusa Police Department is signaling correctly,” the lieutenant said.
The test will be conducted by police, in conjunction with Azusa Amateur Radio Communications Emergency Services.
The siren is used to notify residents near the mouth of the canyon of a need to evacuate in the event of a wildfire or flood, in addition to announcements by emergency responders and door-to-door notifications.
AZUSA >> A man from Washington State suffered serious injuries but was expected to survive following a solo-car rollover crash late Friday, according to Azusa police.
The crash occurred about 11:20 p.m. at Azusa Avenue and Thirst Street, Azusa police Cpl. Robert Landeros said in a written statement.
“Upon arrival at the scene, officers located a semi-conscious solo male occupant inside of a 1997 Honda Civic that sustained significant damage,” Landeros said.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver collided with a parked vehicle and his vehicle proceeded to roll over and ended up back on its wheels,” the corporal said.
Los Angeles County firefighters freed the driver, a man from Washington State, from the wreckage and took him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center for treatment, police said. The injuries were not considered to be life-threatening.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, and anyone with information is asked to contact Azusa police at 626-812-3200.
ARCADIA >> Police arrested a convicted sex offender Friday after he was found nude, sitting atop a vibrator and surrounded by pornography on the grounds of an Arcadia church, officials said.
Paul Allan McQuown, 55, of Azusa is accused of indecent exposure following Friday’s arrest, which took place shortly after 4 p.m. at the Arcadia Congregational Church, 2607 S. Santa Anita Ave., according to Arcadia police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
A groundskeeper at the church called police after finding McGuown nude, sitting on the vibrator under some trees on the church property, Arcadia police Lt. Mike Castro said.
“He had a lot of pornographic material with him,” Castro said. The nude man also had a knife within reach.
Responding police officers found McQuown and took him into custody, the lieutenant said. He was expected to be booked for indecent exposure.
According to Los Angeles County Superior Court records, McGuown has a lengthy criminal history dating back to 1992. He already had a pending case for failure to register as a sex offender at the time of his arrest Friday.
In recent years, McQuown has been convicted of possession of drug paraphernalia six times, failure to register as a sex offender twice and trespassing, possession of a controlled substance and being under the influence of a controlled substance, records show.
In the 2000s, McQuown was convicted of lewd conduct in public, possession of drug paraphernalia twice, and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. In the 1990s, he was convicted of indecent exposure five times, as well as trespassing.
Despite his numerous sex-related convictions, McGuown is not listed on California’s statewide database of registered sex offenders.
It was not clear Friday why he was not listed, though not all convicted sex offenders are subject to public disclosure of their information on the database.
Though indecent exposure is often considered a misdeamnor offense, because of his prior convictions, McQuown was booked on suspicion of a felony, police said.
He was being held in lieu of $35,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court.
AZUSA >> An unidentified man died after he was struck by two cars while darting across traffic lanes of the 210 Freeway late Friday, authorities said.
Drivers began calling 9-1-1 at 11:50 p.m. to report a shirtless, barefoot young man was walking in and across westbound traffic lanes of the 210 Freeway, east of Citrus Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol logs. Witnesses reported the man was running back and forth between the right shoulder and the center divider, and running in lanes along with traffic.
“While CHP units from the Baldwin Park area office were responding, CHP dispatch was advised the pedestrian had been struck by numerous vehicles,” CHP Officer C. Guin said in a written statement. Paramedics pronounced the man dead at 12:11 a.m.
The man was struck five minutes after the initial 9-1-1 calls, after he had made his way west of Citrus Avenue, according to CHP logs.
The drivers of a 2007 Chevrolet and a 2014 Kia that struck the man remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, officials said. Investigators did not suspect intoxicated driving.
The man’s identity remained unknown Saturday, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said. He was listed as a “John Doe.”
Officials shut down all westbound traffic on the freeway for about 30 minutes before gradually reopening lanes, logs show.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Baldwin Park office of the CHP 626-338-1164.
AZUSA >> A deputy shot at a suspect at Lario San Gabriel River Trail Park in Azusa Thursday, though it was unknown if the suspect was struck by the gunfire, authorities said.
The incident unfolded about 2:10 p.m. at the park, 15701 Foothill Blvd., just east of Azusa, Deputy Tina Schrader of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
Sheriff’s Park Bureau Mounted Patrol deputies approached a man regarding county code violations in the park when he became “combative,” she said.
“The suspect injured one of the deputies with his vehicle in an attempt to flee the scene,” Schrader said. “Fearing for his partner’s life, another deputy shot one round from his weapon at the suspect in an attempt to stop the assault.
“It is unknown if the suspect was struck by gunfire,” the deputy said. “The suspect’s vehicle was struck on the passenger side mirror and possibly the passenger side window.”
Officials said the suspect was last seen driving east on Foothill Boulevard.
The injured deputy was taken to a hospital for treatment of “non-life-threatening” injuries, Schrader said. Further details regarding the nature of the injuries were not available.
The suspect fled the scene going eastbound on Foothill Boulevard and out of view.
Deputies described the suspect as a white or Latino man, between 25 and 30 years old, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, with a muscular build. He wore a gray shirt. His car was a white, mid-2000s, two-door Acura with tinted windows.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Parks Bureau Detectives at 661-294-3544. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.