BALDWIN PARK — A motorcyclist crashed and severed his arm Saturday on the 605 Freeway in Baldwin Park, authorities said.
The crash occurred about 4:30 p.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of the 10 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Jaime Rosas said.
For reasons that remained under investigation, he said, “(The motorcyclist) veered to the left, striking the concrete center median wall.”
The injured rider, a 56-year-old Santa Ana man, was hospitalized at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where doctors expected him to survive and were working to reattach his arm, officials said.
BASSETT — Authorities Sunday released the name of a 63-year-old Commerce man who died while behind the wheel of a car in Bassett Saturday.
Glen Oloane was pronounced dead after he was found inside his car, which had crashed into a cinder block wall on Workman Mill Road, just south of Bark Drive, Los Angeles County fire and coroner’s officials said.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Marcos Espiritu said the crash itself appeared minor, and that Oloane appeared to have suffered a heart attack before his car struck the wall.
BASSETT — A 64-year-old man apparently suffered a heart attack and died Saturday while driving in Bassett, fire officials said.
The incident was reported about 4 p.m. on Workman Mill Road at Bark Drive, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
Firefighters responded to a report that a van had struck a block wall when they found the driver dead from an apparent heart attack, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Marcos Espiritu.
The collision with the wall didn’t appear to be major, and caused no damage to the wall, he added.
Espiritu added that the driver was the only person inside the van.
BASSETT — Deputies jailed a La Puente parolee early Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a car in Bassett, authorities said.
Freddie Rivera, 27, was booked on suspicion of vehicle burglary, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Carlos Herrera said.
A man called police about 3 a.m. and reported seeing someone break into his car at 7th Street and Valley Boulevard, the sergeant said.
Deputies found Rivera behind a nearby business about 10 minutes later, Herrera said.
According to court records, Rivera was being held without bail and is due for arraignment Thursday in El Monte Superior Court.
BASSETT — A gunman shot and wounded an 18-year-old man Thursday in a residential neighborhood in Bassett, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 5:15 p.m. in the 300 block of Workman Mill Road, according to sheriff’s and fire officials.
The victim was standing in a driveway when he was shot, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Hiroshi Yokoyama said.
He was shot in the back and stomach and hospitalized in stable condition, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Larry Duran said.
The shooter was described as a Latino man in his early 20s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall and about 200 pounds, Yokoyama said. He fled the area in a gray pickup truck, possibly a Ford.
A motive in the shooting was not immediately clear, the lieutenant said, however officials suspected the shooting may have been gang-related.
BASSETT — Police jailed four people Friday who allegedly had an operation in their Bassett home to counterfeit Toys-R-Us store gift cards, authorities said.
Rudy Garcia, 33, Rudy Garcia, 57, Sylvia Garcia, 56, and Natalie Gonsalez, 26, were booked on suspicion of burglary and making fraudulent gift cards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Steven Katz said in a written statement.
The older Garcia was not charged with the counterfeiting operation, but was arrested for an outstanding drunken driving warrant.
All four live in the same house in the 1300 block of Duryea Avenue, however the relationships between them were not clear Friday.
After an “extensive” investigation, officials arrested the four Friday about 7 a.m., officials said.
“Detectives discovered a complete operation for printing and embossing fraudulent Toys-R-Us gift cards,” the statement said.
Officials found computers, printers and about $5,000 worth of Toys-R-Us merchandise allegedly bought with the fake cards, Katz said.
Authorities were tipped of by Toys-R-Us personnel, who reported many customers with valid gift cards were finding their balances had been drained, the lieutenant said.
Detective became suspicious of the suspects after a single phone number that was ultimately tracked to the their house was found to be responsible for 4,600 calls to the Toys-R-Us automatic gift card balance phone line, Katz said.
The suspects were allegedly transferring balanced from valid cards to the ones they made at home, officials said.
According to sheriff’s booking records, the younger Rudy Garcia, who was on probation, was being held without bail, the older Garcia was being held in lieu of $30,000 bail, Sylvia Garcia was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail and Natalie Gonsalez was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.
PHOTO of equipment allegedly used to make the fake gift cards courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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Ontiveros, a mechanic, was visiting his grandmother’s home in West Valinda to do a brake job on his aunt’s car, according to his wife, Monique Ontiveros .
His 9-year-old son was with him while his other four children, aged 4 to 11, were at home with their mother in Baldwin Park.
“He was a loving father, and would do anything for them. His daily routine was go to work, come home, be with kids, and on the weekend we would do the car club,” Monique Ontiveros said.
Two men, described as Hispanic, drove by in a dark colored pick-up truck and fired multiple rounds at Ontiveros.
They yelled a gang insult and drove away, Wilson said.
The shooters are believed to be members of the Puente Trece gang, Wilson said.
BASSETT — A 24-year-old La Puente man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in what police say may have been a gang-related attack.
Michael Alexis Gudiel, 24, of La Puente died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 3:15 a.m. in the 13900 block of Proctor Avenue, coroner’s and sheriff’s officials said.
Though authorities believe the shooting may have been gang-related, family members of Gudiel said he was not involved with gangs.
“He had a good heart,” said Michael Gudiel’s brother, Jose Gudiel. “He used to make me laugh.”
Deputies from the sheriff’s Industry Station had initially responded to reports of a shooting when, “they discovered the victim lying in the street, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound,” Deputy Lillian Peck said in a written statement.
Homicide detectives handling the investigation could not be reached for comment Sunday.
Michael Gudiel’s sister, Rose Gudiel, said her brother was attacked in a drive-by shooting as he walked home alone.
She said her brother was unmarried and had no children, but was working with an employment agency at the time of his death and was studying for a career with computers.
“He had plans to come ahead in life,” Rose Gudiel said. “He had plans to get married and have kids.”
Letty Gudiel, Michael Gudiel’s sister-in-law, said although Michael Gudiel was the youngest of his brothers and sisters, “he was very protective of his family.”
Family members also recalled him as a funny and shy man who loved music and the Lakers. They said Michael Gudiel was also competitive and athletic, and loved playing basketball.
“He was definitely funny,” said brother Herbert Gudiel. “And confident.”
Since the shooting, Rose Gudiel said the family has received support and comfort from neighbors.
Family members urged anyone who may have information about the shooting to come forward.
“If anyone saw anything, please help us,” Jose Gudiel said.
BASSETT — A gunman escaped with an unknown amount of cash after robbing a Shell gas station Saturday, officials said.
The crime occurred about 1:15 p.m. at the gas station on Valley Boulevard at Sunset Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. James Wolak said.
The robber, who was described only as a man, used a black handgun and demanded cash from the register, he said.
Wolak added he was last seen fleeing the area south on 7th Avenue in an unknown-type vehicle.
BASSETT — Sheriff’s officials and school administrators placed Bassett High School on lockdown Thursday — the last day of school — after a student reported hearing talk of a shooting, authorities said.
The incident began just after noon at the high school, 755 Ardilla Ave.
“One kid overheard another student saying there was going to be a shooting after school,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Arthur Scott said.
The student notified a parent, who then called sheriff’s officials, Scott said.
The school was immediately placed on lockdown as patrol cars filled the neighborhood.
A junior at Bassett High School, Rene Payan, said students were told over the intercom system to stay in their classrooms, though they were not told why.
Class by class, sheriff’s deputies escorted the students in a single-file line from the campus through the rear exit on Puente Avenue, the student said.
Shortly after 2:15 p.m., the campus had been emptied of students, Watanabe said. Students were scheduled to be released at 12:15 p.m.
No weapons or evidence of a shooting plot was found, sheriff’s officials said, however the incident remains under investigation.
Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John McBride said authorities took the potential threat seriously.
The fact that the incident occurred on the last day of school, along with the fact that an 18-year-old man was shot and wounded in a drive-by shooting near the campus at Amar Road and Ardilla Avenue on June 5, added to officials’ concerns, McBride said.
As a precaution, the number of deputies on duty at Thursday night’s graduation ceremony was more than doubled, from nine to more than 18, authorities said.
“(Deputies) will be highly visible tonight,” Watanabe said. “You can’t take any chances.”
As she waited to pick up her brother from school, Zulema Carmona of West Covina said she was confident that the sheriff’s and school officials were keeping the students safe.
She added that she was concerned, however, because she and other parents had not been told why the lockdown had been ordered.
“If they don’t tell us why, I’m not going to feel safe enough to come back to the graduation,” she said.
The superintendent said parents of Bassett High School students were being notified through a phone system of what happened, and that the school was safe for the graduation ceremony.
The seniors were practicing their march when the lockdown began, Watanabe said.
The school choir sang to students who had to wait in the gym during the lockdown, he said. “The kids were very well-behaved,” he added.