DIAMOND BAR >> Authorities have identified a 24-year-old Pomona man who died in a motorcycle crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar Thursday afternoon.
Ivan Galindo died shortly after the 3:50 p.m. three-vehicle collision in the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, east of Grand Avenue at the 57 Freeway juncture, California Highway Patrol Officer J. Bach said in a written statement.
Galindo was riding a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja in the No. 5 lane at an unknown speed in “moderate traffic conditions” prior to the crash, Bach said. A 2005 Saturn Ion was traveling directly in front of him at 45 to 50 mph.
The motorcycle struck the rear of the Saturn, then ricocheted toward the right side of the road.
Back said the motorcycle then struck the left rear fender of a 1999 Westar cement mixer traveling 25 to 30 mph in the No. 7 lane.
“(Galindo) was subsequently ejected from (his motorcycle) and collided onto the concrete roadway,” Back said. “As a result of this collision, Mr. Galindo sustained major injuries. Mr. Galindo was transported to Pomona Valley Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries sustained from this traffic collision.”
The 19-year-old Texas man at the wheel of the Saturn and the 35-year-old Ontario man driving the cement mixer suffered no injuries, Back said.
The investigation remained in its early stages, and any witnesses are asked to contact Officer Back at the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
DIAMOND BAR >> A motorcyclist died following a crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway at the 57 Freeway interchange Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The fatal crash took place about 4 p.m. in the right-hand lane of the 60 Freeway, where it expands to seven lanes as it merges with the 57 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Bond said.
The motorcyclist succumbed to injuries suffered in the crash at a hospital, she said. No further details were available.
The circumstances of the crash were being investigated by the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office, Bond said.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.
Officials issues a Sig Alert for the No. 7 lane of the eastbound 60 Freeway for just under an hour.
LA PUENTE >> For the third year running, La Puente has been named one of the 50 safest cities in California by security organization Safe Wise.
The city earned the 48th spot on the SafeWise Report’s 50 Safest Cities in California list for 2016.
“Besides its enviably low crime rate, what caught our attention about La Puente is the way it cares for its children,” SafeWise said in a written statement.
“ La Puente’s Self-Esteem Through Activities Recreation and Sports program provides elementary school children with a diverse assortment of after-school activities. La Puente’s Teen V.O.I.C.E. program is a volunteer-based program for teens ages 13 to 18, and its Tiny Tot program helps build the self-esteem of children ages three to five.”
City Manager David Carmany said the designation “validated we are on the right track,” but said the majority of credit belongs to the city’s partners at the Los Angels County Sheriff’s Department, as well as city staff.
Six other San Gabriel Valley cities made the list of California’s top 50 safest cities.
Sierra Madre ranked 9th safest city in California, Walnut ranked 20th, Temple City ranked 38th, Diamond Bar ranked 42nd, Chino Hills ranked 47th and La Mirada ranked 49th.
DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies made five arrests Wednesday as they raided a concentrated cannabis “honey oil” lab at a Diamond Bar home, seizing about $85,000 worth of concentrated an unprocessed marijuana, $15,000 worth of liquid LSD and $6,000 in cash, authorities said.
Narcotics investigators from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station carried out the raid about 1:30 p.m. at a house in the 200 block of South River Rock Road, deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
“LASD narcotics detectives discovered an active honey oil marijuana extraction lab, where approximately one pound total of concentrated cannabis and unfinished cannabis product were seized,” according to the statement, “ The street value for the concentrated cannabis was estimated at approximately $15,000 and $70,000 for the unfinished cannabis product.:
Deputies also found and seized two one-ounce vials of a liquid form of the psychedelic drug LSD, valued at about $15,000, the deputies added. “Approximately $6,000 in currency was also seized.”
Three men and two women between 18 and 23 years old were arrested during the raid, officials said. Four of them live at the home.
Sheriff’s officials withheld the suspect’s names as the investigation continued Wednesday night.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 909-595-2264. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies are seeking two men who pulled a baby in a cart when they robbed an acquaintance at knifepoint in a Diamond Bar parking lot Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The crime was reported about 4:20 p.m. in a shared commercial parking lot at Diamond Bar Boulevard and Golden Springs Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. David Buckner said.
Two robbers approached the victim, a 19-year-old man, and one of them brandished a knife as he demanded the victim’s money, Buckner said.
After obtaining the victim’s money, the robbers were last seen fleeing north on Torito Lane, the lieutenant said. They pulled a baby in a cart described as pink, with a blue handle.
Officials described the robbers as two Latino men in their 20s with shaved heads. Both stood about 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 120 to 130 pounds, and wore shorts and T-shirts.
The suspects and victims were believed to be acquainted, though it was not immediately clear to what extent, Buckner said. Investigators continued working to identify the suspects Sunday evening.
SOUTH SAN GABRIEL >> Deputies arrested two alleged burglars and sought a third after they led deputies on a chase from Diamond Bar to South San Gabriel, then continued to run after crashing their car, authorities said.
The incident began about 12:45 p.m. with a report of a burglary in Diamond Bar, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. James Long said.
Deputies spotted the suspects fleeing the area in a gold Jeep Cherokee, the sergeant said. The driver led deputies on a pursuit west along the 60 Freeway until it exited northbound San Gabriel Boulevard and crashed at Delta Avenue.
The Jeep struck a curb and a fence, Long said.
Three men got out of the crashed car and continued fleeing on foot, Long said.
Two of them were soon apprehended in the area, while a third remained at-large shortly before 3 p.m, he said.
Officers from other area agencies joined sheriff’s officials, as well as law enforcement dogs and helicopters, in the search for the third suspect.
Officials focused their efforts on a neighborhood just northeast of San Gabriel Boulevard and Delta Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of South San Gabriel, before calling of the search about four hours later.
Deputies searched the area near the offramp, where the suspects were believed to have tossed an item during the chase, but found nothing, Long said.
The arrested suspects names and booking charges were not available Wednesday afternoon, nor were details regarding the original burglary, Lt. John Saleeby said.
DIAMOND BAR >> Deputies responding to a report of a possible burglary late Saturday led deputies to discover more than 1,000 marijuana plants growing inside a Diamond Bar home, authorities said.
Officials received a call just before midnight reporting a possible break-in at a two-story house in the 800 block of Rexford Court, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Byron Ward said.
Deputies found no intruder, but saw smoke emanating from the second floor of the home, Ward said.
Los Angeles County firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire, the sergeant said. Authorities found the home had been set up as an indoor marijuana-growing operation, “in excess of 1,000 plants.”
Arson was not suspected, he added. Officials were looking into the possibility the fire was sparked by an electrical issue.
No one was at the home, and no suspects were in custody Sunday in connection with the grow house, Ward said. The investigation was ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 909-595-2264. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
DIAMOND BAR >> A man died in a solo-car crash on the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday morning, officials said.
The man’s name was not released pending positive identification and notification of family, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. He was initially described as a man in his 30s.
He was driving a 2013 Hyundai Sonata northbound on the 57 Freeway, just south of Golden Springs Drive, about 5:15 a.m. when the crash occurred, Officer S. Stoos of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement.
“For an unknown reason, (the driver) allowed his vehicle to veer to the right, crossing over the No. 5 lane right shoulder, subsequently colliding with a metal guardrail located just east of the roadway,” Stood said.
Paramedics took the badly injured man to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, CHP and coroner’s officials said.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer F. Riviera of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
A man and woman carried out a robbery in San Dimas and an attempted robbery in Diamond Bar before fleeing from deputies in the wrong direction down the 60 and 57 freeways, crashing their car and being arrested, authorities said.
The series of crimes began about 12:30 when the two suspects robbed a woman of her purse at gunpoint in a commercial area in the 100 block of East Via Verde in San Dimas, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
A man pointed a gun at the woman and demanded her purse before driving off in a getaway car with a female accomplice riding in the passenger seat, Edwards said.
About 15 minutes later, deputies received a report of a second crime along Sunset Crossing Road near the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar, sheriff’s Lt. John Saleeby said.
A man and woman brandished a gun at a man and demanded property, but fled empty-handed after he told them he had nothing to take, Saleeby said.
Within minutes, deputies spotted a car matching the description of the robbers’ vehicle driving on Grand Avenue along the border between Diamond Bar and Walnut, Saleeby said.
They began a pursuit, but quickly cancelled it when the fleeing Toyota Corolla got onto the 60 Freeway, heading eastbound in the westbound traffic lanes, officials said.
The car continued fleeing, heading southbound in the northbound lanes of the 57 Freeway, Saleeby said. The car ultimately crashed into a cinder block wall at the 57 Freeway and Pathfinder Road.
The man and woman were taken into custody, Saleeby said.
The suspects’ names were not available, as they suffered apparently minor injuries in the crash and were taken to a hospital for treatment prior to booking.
POMONA >> Prosecutors have declined to file a case against a Montebello police officer arrested in May on suspicion driving under the influence of prescription painkillers following a solo-vehicle crash in Diamond Bar in May, officials said Wednesday.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station arrested Montebello police Sgt. Christopher Cervantes, 43, in the early-morning hours of May 6 after the vehicle he was driving crashed into a tree.
Cervantes was scheduled to appear in court Monday for an arraignment hearing, but the hearing was cancelled after officials decided not to pursue a criminal charge against the officer.
After reviewing the case, “We declined a case against Mr. Cervantes June 29 due to insufficient evidence,” Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The case was declined because the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials have no expert to provide an opinion regarding Cervantes’ alleged impairment.
“(Cervantes) stated he swerved to avoid a collision with another vehicle and struck a tree,” according to his district attorney’s office charge evaluation worksheet. “He exhibited objective symptoms of being under the influence of a drug at the scene and was arrested.”
“(Cervantes) provided a blood sample which tested positive acetaminophen/butalbital/codeine and morphine, a prescription drug. (He) has a valid prescription for this medication,” according to the document.
But prosecutors said they could take the case no further.
“There is no expert testimony available through our crime lab to offer a quantitative or qualitative opinion of impairment based upon the facts set forth,” according to the charge evaluation worksheet. “The (field sobriety tests) and driving are insufficient to establish proof beyond a reasonable doubt that suspect operated a motor vehicle while impaired. Prosecution is declined based upon insufficient evidence.”
Both Montebello police and sheriff officials have declined to discuss details of the allegations against Cervantes, including whether the vehicle involved in the crash was city-owned, or whether the officer was on-duty at the time of the crash.
Montebello police have also declined to say whether Cervantes was placed on leave or remained on normal duty during the investigation.