Home struck by gunfire in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> A bullet struck a Baldwin Park home early Sunday, but no one was hurt, police said.
The shooting was believed to have taken place in the early-morning hours on Torch Avenue, just east of Syracuse Street, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Joe Meister said. But it was not reported until about 9 a.m., when a resident noticed a bullet hole in a water heater attached to the front of his home.
Officers found three spent bullet casings in the street, Meister said. The man told police he recalled hearing what sounded like gunshots about 1 a.m., Meister said. But no one called police to report the shooting at the time.

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Man robbed at knifepoint in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> A man lost $100 to a robber who demanded his money at knifepoint Saturday, police said.
The crime took place about 10 a.m. as the victim was walking through a parking lot in the 12600 block of Ramona Boulevard, just east of the 605 Freeway, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Mike Hemenway said.
A robber approached him, pulled a pink folding knife and demanded his money, Hemenway said. The robber fled after the man handed over $100.
Officers searched the area but did not find the suspect, who police described as a Latino man in his early-30s, with light skin and a small goatee below his lip. He fled in a gray, primered Toyota pickup truck.

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UPDATED: Man killed, woman injured in Baldwin Park stabbing

BALDWIN PARK >> A man died and a woman was hospitalized following a stabbing at a Baldwin Park townhouse Thursday afternoon , officials said.
The incident was first reported at 5:36 p.m. in the 4700 block of Maine Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Al Jackson said.
Paramedics pronounced a 23-year-old man dead at the scene, fire Capt. Matt Boyan said. A woman, described as 18 or 19 years old, was taken to a trauma center with stab wounds described as moderate.
No outstanding suspects were being sought in what Lt. Steve Jauch of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau said initially appeared to be an incident of domestic violence between the man and woman.
“The male and female do have some type of dating relationship,” the lieutenant said.
The man lived at the home where the stabbing took place, while the woman was believed to live elsewhere in town, Jauch said.
The circumstances of the violence that unfolded at the townhouse remained unclear as the investigation was in its early stages, he said. There was no evidence to indicate anyone else was involved, but Jauch said it was too early to label either the dead man or the woman as a criminal suspect.
Police first responded to the scene after a neighbor discovered the wounded woman on the front porch of a neighboring home, Jauch said. Police found the man in the garage of his home a short time later.
Jauch declined to discuss any statement the woman may have made prior to being hospitalized. Detectives planned to interview her soon.
Both the man and woman suffered stab wounds to their upper torsos, Jauch said. But investigators had not recovered any weapons believed to be involved in the incident.
Neighbors and workers at a nearby business said they did not see or hear anything out of the ordinary before police swarmed into the neighborhood and began cordoning off a townhouse with yellow crime scene tape.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau responded to help Baldwin Park police with the investigation. Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO by Sarah Reingewirtz


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UPDATED: Passenger killed, driver accused of DUI in West Covina solo-car crash; Suspect and victim both from Baldwin Park


WEST COVINA >> A Baldwin Park man riding as a passenger in the car of an alleged drunken driver died late Friday in a solo-car crash in West Covina, authorities said.
Aldo Armando Dominguez, 24, of Baldwin Park died at the scene of the 11:45 p.m. crash in the 2700 block of Hillside Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
Dominguez was riding as a rear passenger in a Honda sedan being driven by 27-year-old Felipe Lamas-Spino of Baldwin Park, West Covina police Cpl. Rudy Lopez said. Police booked Lamas-Spino on suspicion of felony drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter. He suffered no significant injuries.
0215_NWS_SGT-L-WCRASH2Another young man riding as a front passenger in the Honda also escaped significant injury, Lopez said.
Lamas-Spino lost control of the car as he drove west through the residential neighborhood, according to the corporal.
“Speed appears to be a factor,” he said.
The Honda struck the curb and smashed into a tree before overturning and coming to rest against a wall, Lopez said. The impact snapped a tree in half and created massive cracks in a stone retaining wall
Paramedics pronounced Dominguez dead at the scene, Lopez said. He was not believed to have been wearing a seat belt.
Two white candles and a small white cross marked the scene of the crash Saturday.
A nearby resident, who declined to giver her name, said she heard the loud crash from her home but did not know how it happened.
She said she was saddened to learn that a young man had died as a result of the crash.
Family members of Dominguez could not be reached for comment.
The crash occurred on an curving, uphill section of the road.
A cement mailbox pillar next to the destroyed tree had been dislodged by a previous crash about two months ago, the neighbor said.
Lamas-Spino was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court, county booking records show.
Witnesses to the crash are encouraged to contact West Covina police at 939-8500, or the department’s 24-hour tip hotline at 626-939-8668.


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West Covina man badly injured in 10 Freeway crash in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> A 21-year-old West Covina man suffered major injuries and three other people suffered minor injuries in a four-vehicle wreck on the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park Friday night, authorities said.
The crash took place about 8:45 p.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway, just east of Baldwin Park Boulevard, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
A 21-year-old West Covina man was at the wheel of a 1997 Chevrolet Blazer believed to have triggered the crash, according to the CHP. A 26-year-old Baldwin Park man was riding as a passenger in the SUV and suffered injuries described as minor.
The Blazer, travelling at a “high rate of speed,” in the No. 5 lane, went out of control and struck a 2007 Toyota Runner traveling ahead of it in the No. 4 lane, according to the CHP statement. A 39-year-old West Covina woman and a 1-year-old West Covina inside the 4Runner were treated for apparently minor injuries.
The impact of the collision pushed the 4Runner into a 2004 Dodge directly in front of it, officials said. The Dodge was subsequently pushed into a 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser to its left. The lone drivers of the Dodge and the FJ Cruiser were unhurt.
The Blazer rolled over after the initial impact with the 4Runner, according to the CHP. The driver suffered injuries including head trauma and was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
Officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park officer are handling the investigation.

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Crashes snarl eastbound 10 Freeway traffic in Alhambra, Baldwin Park

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY >> Crashes brought traffic on the 10 Freeway to a halt in Alhambra and Baldwin Park late Friday, officials said.
The first crash involved as many as four vehicles and was first reported just after 9 p.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway at Garfield Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol logs. One of the involved vehicles became “fully engulfed” in flames following the crash.
Officials shut down all eastbound lanes of 10 Freeway for about 45 minutes as they cleared wreckage from traffic lanes, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.
Officials reopened all but the right-hand lane of eastbound traffic about 9:50 p.m.
Another three-vehicle crash reported in the eastbound lanes of the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park prompted authorities to shut down traffic lanes at Francisquito Avenue about the same time, officials said.
The Baldwin Park crash, reported about 8:45 p.m., prompted authorities to shut down the three right-hand lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway, according to the CHP. The closure was expected to remain in effect beyond 10 p.m.
No information was initially available regarding the extent of injuries involved in either crash.

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CHP hosts teen driver safety class in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> The California Highway Patrol is hosting a class for teen drivers and their parents this month in Baldwin Park geared toward keeping young people safe while behind the wheel, officials said.
The CHP’s “Start Smart” class will be held from 6:15 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the CHP’s Baldwin Park office, 14039 Francisquito Ave., CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The free program educated both teens ages 15 to 19 and their parents regarding safe driving. A driver’s license is not needed to take part.
The main focus of the class is to demonstrate, “how poor choices behind the wheel of a car can effect the lives of numerous people,” Jimenez said.
Also discussed will be the CHP’s mission, the responsibilities of newly-licensed drivers, the responsibilities of parents (and) guardians and collision avoidance techniques,” he said.
Due to graphic pictures and video shown during the program, every teen must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and sign waiver form before the class begins.
Seating is limited.
To sign up, contact Officer Jimenez at the CHP’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164, or email rjimenez@chp.ca.gov.

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Woman grabbed from behind in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> Police are unsure of a man’s intentions when he grabbed a woman from behind and covered her mouth with his hand before fleeing late Wednesday, officials said.
The incident took place about 9 p.m. in the 14600 block of Cavette Place, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Josh Hendricks said.
A woman in her 30s was unloading items from her car when she was grabbed from behind, the sergeant said.
Her attacker placed one hand over her mouth and the other around her chest, he said.
The woman screamed and managed to break free of the man, and he ran off, Hendricks said.
The sergeant said the ultimate intentions of the man were not clear. He may have been trying to rob the woman, or the incident may have been an abandoned attempt at a sexual assault.
Police described the attacker as a Latino man with a light complexion, 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and of medium build.

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San Gabriel Valley cops brighten holidays for disadvantaged kids


Throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond, cops have been working to brighten the holidays of needy and disadvantaged kids.
Police and California Highway Patrol Officers, as well as Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, have been busily playing the roles of elves distributing toys, food and cheer to young people in need of some holiday spirit.
1223_NWS_SGT-L-COPCHRISTMAS-WHITTIERThe California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have run large-scale toy drives to collect gifts for kids who might otherwise go without this holiday season.
And sheriff’s officials even brought Santa Claus, via helicopter, to meet with kids in Compton Saturday as deputies took them on a special Target shopping trip. Sheriff’s deputies also hosted an annual party Dec. 7 for abused and neglected children.
Police officers from both the Irwindale and Covina police departments have delivered toys to the young patients at the City of Hope in Duarte this month.
1223_NWS_SGT-L-COPCHRISTMAS-LAPUENTEPolice agencies including those in Whittier and West Covina, as well as some sheriff’s stations, joined Target stores for the “Heroes & Helpers” program, in which officers take needy youths shopping for gifts, officials said.
In La Puente, deputies visited schools and churches and neighborhood to hand out about 300 bags full of groceries Friday, sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro said. And more food giveaways are planned this week.
1223_NWS_SGT-L-COPCHRISTMAS-BALDWINPARKBaldwin Park police attracted an estimated 2,000 kids to their police station Friday as they handed out more than 3,500 toys, according to the Baldwin Park Police Association. And of course, Santa Claus was on-hand as well.







PHOTOS: (top to bottom) 1.)Covina police officials deliver toys to children at the City of Hope in Duarte on Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014. (Courtesy) 2.) Whittier police take children shopping at Target in Whittier as part of the “Heroes & Helpers” program on Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. (Courtesy) 3.) Principal Mona Diaz of Workman Elementary School in La Puente stands in front of a patrol car as Sgt. John Suh unloads bags of groceries to be handed out to families to help out for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 18, 2014. (Courtesy) 4.) Children meet with Santa Claus at the Baldwin Park Police Station as the Baldwin Park Police Association handed out more than 3,500 toys. (Courtesy) 5.) Irwindale police and city officials from Irwindale and La Puente deliver donated toys to City of Hope in Duarte on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. From left to right: La Puente City Councilman David Argudo, Irwindale police Officer Shawn Cory, Irwindale police Officer Diego Cornejo, Irwindale police Detective Jose Vargas, Irwindale police Capt. Ty Henshaw and Irwindale Mayor Mark Breceda. (Courtesy) 6.) West Covina police take children shopping at Target in Whittier as part of the “Heroes & Helpers” program on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. (Courtesy)



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Three arrested during Baldwin Park parole and probation compliance sweep

BALDWIN PARK >> Officials arrested three people Thursday during a parole and probation compliance sweep in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
Baldwin Park police teamed with California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation Parole agents officials and Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services officials as they visited 13 homes of parolees and probationers, Baldwin Park police Lt. Doug Parnell said.
The purpose of the sweep was to check whether parolees and probationers were abiding by the terms of their releases from jail or prison, officials said.
The team arrested Gilbert Suastegui, 25, on suspicion of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. Robert Macias, 46, was arrested for violating his parole, and 27-year-old Yamina Campos was arrested on outstanding warrants.
According to records, Suastegui and Macias were being held without bail pending their initial court appearance. Yamina was being held in lieu of $53,000 bail.

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