COVINA >> Police are seeking a 50-pound tortoise stolen from a Covina backyard Friday.
The pet reptile — valued at about $450 — was reported missing about 9 p.m. in the 1500 block of East Adams Park Drive, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said.
Its owner arrived home to find the side gate leading to the backyard open and the tortoise gone, officials said.
COVINA >> Coroner’s officials have released the identity of a 21-year-old Covina man killed Thursday when his motorcycle collided with a city truck.
David Antonio Hernandez died at the scene of the crash, which took place just after 2 p.m. along San Bernardino Road at Prospero Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator B. Kim said.
An autopsy determined Hernandez died from “multiple blunt force trauma,” and the death was ruled accidental, Kim said.
The rider was heading east on San Bernardino Road when his Harley-Davidson Sportster collided with a city-owned Ford F-250 pickup truck being driven by a 54-year-old Covina Department of Public Works employee, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The truck was heading north on Prospero Drive at San Bernardino Road when the two vehicle collided in the intersection, officials said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, Jimenez said.
COVINA >> A 21-year-old Covina man died Thursday after his motorcycle collided with a Covina Department of Public Works pickup truck, authorities said.
The crash took place at 2:04 p.m. on San Bernardino Road at Prospero Drive, Covina police Sgt. Gregg Peterson said.
Paramedics pronounced the motorcyclist dead at the scene, he said. His name was not available.
California Highway Patrol officers were summoned to handle the investigation to avoid any perceived conflict of interest, since the fatal collision involved a city-owned truck and city employee, Peterson explained.
The motorcyclist was heading east on San Bernardino Road at an “undetermined speed” in the left-hand lane on a 2011 Harley-Davidson Sportster just prior to the crash, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. A 2014 Ford F-250 truck being driven by a 54-year-old Covina man and city employee was heading north on Prospero Drive, approaching San Bernardino Road, at 5 to 10 miles per hour, Jimenez said in a written statement.
“The public works truck entered the intersection, directly in the path of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle,” the officer said. “The Harley-Davidson motorcycle collided with the left side of the truck, causing the rider to be thrown off the motorcycle.”
The cause of the crash remained under investigation, though intoxicated driving did not initially appear to be a factor, Jimenez said.
The driver of the truck was unhurt and cooperated with investigators, Peterson said.
Officials shut down both directions of San Bernardino Road between Grand and Barranca Avenues for several hours as they carried out their investigation Thursday afternoon.
PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department
COVINA >> Police are will screen drivers for sobriety during an overnight checkpoint in Covina Saturday night, officials said.
It will be held from 6 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday at an undisclosed location within the city, Covina police officials said in written statement.
The checkpoint is dedicated to the memory of 22-year-old Dustin Ray Travis-Plummer, who was killed by a drunk driver on Dec. 15, 2006, on the 210 Freeway near his home in Rancho Cucamonga, police said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
COVINA >> Police arrested a probationer found with three handguns, a ski mask and cash in Covina Saturday afternoon, police said.
Police pulled over a car in which Thomas Michael Mulero, 28, of Ontario was riding as a passenger in just before 5 p.m. at Citrus Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Ric Walczak said. Officers stopped the car after noticing Mulero drinking beer.
A search of Mulero’s backpack turned up two semi-automatic pistols and one revolver, the lieutenant said. Police also seized a ski mask from the car and cash from Mulero’s person.
Mulero was jailed on suspicion of weapons violations, investigation of robbery and investigation of receiving stolen property as detectives continued looking into where the guns and cash came from, Walczak said.
The woman driving the car, as well as a second woman riding as a passenger, were not arrested.
Walczak said Mulero is already on Post Release Community Supervision, or felony probation, under AB 109 guidelines for a previous assault conviction.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Mulero was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending an arraignment hearing, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.
PHOTO courtesy of the Covina Police Department.
COVINA HILLS >> A group of three robbers used a rock to attack two FedEx delivery men and steal several packages from them Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime unfolded about 3:40 p.m. in a residential neighborhood in the 20600 block of Via Verde Street, in the unincorporated county area of Covina Hills, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The three attackers approached the two delivery men and attacked them with fists, feet and rock, the lieutenant said. The robbers then fled with several packages.
One of the delivery men was taken to a hospital for treatment of a 3- to 4-inch gash on his head, Edwards said. The other delivery man suffered apparently minor injuries and declined to be taken to a hospital.
The robbers were described as three Latino men in their early-20s, of average height and weight. They fled the area in a blue minivan.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
COVINA >> Authorities Wednesday released the identity of a 60-year-old Covina man fatally struck my a Metrolink train.
Michael Martin Olson died at the scene of Tuesday’s 7:20 a.m. incident on a set of train tracks near Sunflower Avenue and Covina Boulevard, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said.
Officials initially said it appeared Olson stepped in front of the westbound commuter train, but it was unclear whether the death was a suicide or an accident.
An autopsy was yet to be performed Wednesday, Winter said.
COVINA >> A burglar or burglars broke into two classrooms at a Covina middle school overnight, making off with a drum belonging to the band and video equipment, police said Friday.
The break-in at Royal Oak Middle School, 303 S. Glendora Ave., took place sometime between 11 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, when staff discovered the damage and and theft, Covina police Sgt. Tom Tardiff said.
“Two classrooms on the north side of the campus were broken into. Windows were smashed near the doors,” Tardiff said.
Missing were a video camera and other pieces of video equipment, along with a snare drum, the sergeant said.
Some of the stolen video equipment was found discarded on the campus of nearby Quest Academy, he added.
No information regarding the intruder or intruders was available.
COVINA >> Vandals smashed the windows of three vehicles in a Covina neighborhood late Wednesday or early Thursday, damaging not only the vehicles, but also an elderly local couples decade-old effort to help feed the needy.
Residents alerted police shortly after 8 a.m. that the windows of a minivan had been shattered in the 300 block of North Shadyglen Drive, and a car and pickup truck had also had windows smashed out around the corner in the 1000 block of East Ruddock Street, Covina police Sgt. Trevor Gaumer said.
One of the damaged vehicles was a 1996 Dodge Caravan owned by Lillian Grana and her husband, Phillip. The couple refers to the minivan as their “bread truck,” as they keep and maintain it solely for the purpose of making bread deliveries to seniors and the needy .
“I just can’t believe people would do something like that,” Lillian Grana said. The minivan’s rear windshield was smashed, along with two windows on the passenger side.
Several times a week, the couple loads up the “bread van,” as well as there personal vehicle, with unsold bread from area grocery stores and brings then to Covina’s senior center, where they are among the 120 members, she explained. Whatever remains, the couple drops off at local food pantries.
“We’ve been doing this for more than 10 years,” she said.
While the van is insured, the policy has a $500 deductible, which Lillian Grana said the couple cannot afford.
And it’s the minivan’s special purpose that has the couple shaking their heads over the senseless vandalism.
“If it was just us and our car, we’d say, ‘It’s an old car anyway, we’ll dump it.’ But it affects so many people.”
it effects so many people.
Police have seen cases in the past where vandals — often teenagers — go on vandalism sprees with BB guns or slingshots. It was unclear how the windows were shattered in the vandalism reported Wednesday.
No additional cases had been reported recently, Gaumer said. Officers were advised to keep an eye out in case the vandalism spree continued.
“We’re hoping this isn’t the start of a new trend,” Gaumer said.
COVINA >> A man stabbed a gas station attendant in what police described as a robbery gone awry in Covina Monday afternoon.
The attack took place about 5 p.m. at a 76 gas station at Barranca Avenue and Rowland Street, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The attendant was treated at hospital for his injuries and released later in the day, the lieutenant said.
Surveillance video footage obtained by CBS Los Angeles depicts the victim making change for a customer when the attacker approaches him from behind and begins stabbing him in the shoulder.
The injured clerk fought the assailant off and chased after him as he got into a small black SUV with no license plates on it and fled, empty-handed.
Police described the robber as a Latino man appearing to be over 50, short, with salt-and-pepper colored hair and a beard.
The video depicted him wearing a black, short sleeve shirt with red rings around the sleeves, blue pants, a black hat and black gloves.
Anyone with information can reach Covina police at 626-384-5595. Tips may also be submitted anonymously via L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.