Deputies shoot a burg suspect in Azusa;
It’s been a wild weekend so far in the San Gabriel Valley to say the least. Here’s some highlights:
* Sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a meat cleaver-wielding burglary suspect in Rosemead late Saturday.
* Sheriff’s deputies shot, but did not injur, a suspect who allegedly rammed a patrol car with another vehicle Saturday in Monterey Park.
* A man was arrested Friday in connection with an ambush on two Azusa police officers.
* A man and woman escaped to brushes with death in Rosemead Friday after they were ejected from their car, then one of them was grazed by a commuter train.
Here’s some stories we’ve been following this week:
* ROSEMEAD — Deputies responding Sunday morning to a family disturbance shot and killed a machete-wielding man after he threatened them with that weapon and a baseball bat.
The incident occurred about 11 a.m. in the 3500 block of Temple City Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Byron Ward said.
Ernesto Castaneda, 22, of Rosemead was pronounced dead at an undisclosed hospital a short time later, authorities said.
* WALNUT — Officials said a young man and woman were lucky to be alive Saturday after their convertible flipped over several times on Valley Boulevard.
The driver of the Porsche Boxster, 22-year-old Tze Shyu of Irvine, was flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center with major injuries, California Highway Patrol Officer Sam Corder said.
His passenger, 24-year-old Karen Fung of El Monte, was hospitalized with minor injuries, he said.
“These two are very, very lucky to still be alive today, considering the amount of damage to that car,” Corder said.
The crash was reported about 6:30 p.m. on eastbound Valley Boulevard near Brea Canyon Road in an unincorporated county area near Walnut, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Lang said.
* AZUSA — Police arrested three teenagers late Friday after they allegedly shot a bystander during a fight, authorities said.
A 15-year-old Duarte boy suspected of being the gunman was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey, Azusa police Lt. Paul Dennis said.
Two 15-year-old boys from Duarte were also arrested in connection with the incident and were released to their parents with a written promise to appear in court, Dennis said.
The woman wounded in the attack was believed to be an innocent bystander, the lieutenant said.
“It appears she was just emptying out her trash,” the he said.
* POMONA — Two people were killed Saturday morning after their small plane crashed in the hills above Pomona, authorities said.
The victims were described as a man and a woman. They were not identified Saturday night.
The plane, a single-engine Piper Cherokee, crashed into a hillside in the 2600 block of Pomona Boulevard, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.
The crash occurred just three minutes after the 1979 Piper model PA-28-236 left Brackett Airfield in La Verne at 11:12 a.m., according to recorded information from FAA spokesman Ian Gregor.
* ALTADENA – Two men dressed in police-type uniforms barged into a home Thursday and handcuffed a man before stealing about $2,000 in cash and other items.
Two men knocked on the door of a home in the 3400 block of Fair Oaks Avenue about 8:50 p.m., authorities said. They were wearing dark-colored police officer-type uniforms, gun belts and were armed with handguns, authorities said. One man was wearing a baseball cap with the word “police”on the front.
Authorities said the 42-year-old man at the home first believed the men were police officers but became concerned when he did not see a marked police car on the street and noticed the men were wearing tennis shoes.
The men then forced the victim into a bedroom, handcuffed him and demanded at gunpoint to know the location of the man’s safe. The victim’s arms and legs were tied up and socks were placed in his mouth.
* ARCADIA — A woman was robbed of her purse Wednesday in what police believe may be the latest in a string of crimes carried out by two serial robbers.
The latest crime was reported about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the 500 block of Las Tunas Drive, Arcadia police Lt. Larry Goodman said.
A woman was approached from behind by a man who grabbed her purse and fled to a nearby car with a waiting driver, Goodman said.
“The suspect and vehicle description are similar to the other recent strong-arm robberies in town,” police said in a written statement.
Two other robberies with similar suspect and vehicle descriptions were reported March 7, Goodman said, though they have not been definitively linked to each other or Wednesday’s robbery.
Octomom update: She’s out of the hospital and news crews are fleeing toward her home in Whittier. State wants to know how she got so pregnant..
Landlord wants rent from massacre victim. Local media picked this one up…interesting take on Fox 11 this a.m. — reporter led with “This story, if accurate, …”
Another teen attacked in Baldwin Park..
Jerry Brown speaks at the Quiet Canon. He thinks federal bailout money should be applied to criminal justice programs in California.
Suspect hits deputy with vehicle in Rosemead after dispute over iPOD.
Woman has her purse taken as she stands in front of home.
Here’s some stories we’ve been following over the weekend:
ARCADIA — An unknown attacker shot and wounded a man Saturday, authorities said.
Police responded to a call reporting a gunshot victim about 2 a.m. in front of the Coccoon Gentleman’s Club, 1580 Clark Street, when they found the victim lying in the street suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, Arcadia police Lt. Roy Nakamura said.
WHITTIER — Two men stabbed another man to death Saturday in what authorities believe may have been a gang-related attack.
Joseph Magdaleno, 21, of Whittier died shortly after the attack, said Cheryl MacWillie, a lieutenant with the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
The incident occurred about 5:45 p.m. as Magdaleno was walking in the 12700 block of Wardman Avenue with his 16-year-old girlfriend, Whittier police Officer Jason Zuhlke said in a written statement.
LA HABRA — A Fullerton woman was killed early Sunday in a crash officials blamed on an impaired driver.
April Junhee Whang, 26, died at the scene of the crash, which occurred about 1:30 a.m. on Imperial Highway at Beach Boulevard, La Habra police said in a written statement.
Brittany Deanne Schuetz, 20, of Irvine was hospitalized for treatment of injuries and was being held on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, officials said.
INDUSTRY — A 16-year-old boy was shot and killed Sunday at a gas station in an unincorporated county area near Industry, officials said.
Jason Ledesma died at the scene of the shooting, which occurred about 3 p.m. on Valley Boulevard near Alderton Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Ledesma was shot several times in the chest and back and was pronounced dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. James Lile said.
INDUSTRY — A passenger was killed and another man was arrested Sunday when a car went off the side of the roadway, officials said.
The victim, initially described only as a Asian man in his early 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene, California Highway Patrol Officer Jose Nuez said.
Another man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, Nunez said.
The incident occurred about 6 p.m. on Shepherd Street, just south of Rose Hills Road, he said.
EL MONTE — Deputies arrested a man Sunday after he allegedly carried out a home invasion robbery of an elderly couple, carjacked a truck, robbed a person in El Monte and then led officials on a chase, authorities said.
The suspect, whose name was not immediately available, was shot with a Taser gun and arrested at the end of the chase, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Abel Moreno said.
DEL TACO ROBBED
COVINA – A man escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash after he robbed a fast-food restaurant at gunpoint early Monday morning, according to police.
Employees from a Del Taco located at 400 S Citrus Avenue reported that a masked man armed with a handgun ordered them on the ground, removed cash from the register and fled on foot, according to Covina police Lt. John Curley.
MOTORCYCLE DEATHS UP
LOS ANGELES COUNTY — The rate of people dying in Los Angeles County motorcycle crashes has almost doubled over the past eight years, according to data from the California Highway Patrol.
Countywide, 96 people died in motorcycle collisions in 2008 compared to 58 deaths in 2001, according to provisional statistics from the CHP.
In 2007, 85 people died in motorcycle collisions.
BAR SHOOTOUT INJURES ONE
WHITTIER – One man was injured in a shooting that occurred after an argument at The Hide Out Bar in Whittier Saturday night, authorities said.
A 44-year-old man was shot once in the shoulder with a handgun after an argument between two groups of patrons outside the bar at the 13000 block of Telegraph Road around 10 p.m., said Sgt. Ralph Gama of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk station.
The victim drove himself to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. He is expected to survive, Gama said.
VANDALS HIT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
WHITTIER – Vandals broke into a classroom at a Whittier elementary school over the weekend and sprayed the classroom with a fire extinguisher, according to officials.
The break-in was reported Sunday evening at 5 p.m. at Lake Marie School in Whittier, said Sgt. Ralph Gama of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Norwalk station.
BODY FOUND IN ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST – Officials worked to recover a body found Sunday in the forest north of La Crescenta, authorities said.
The body was found more than 120 feet below a bridge near Big Tujunga Canyon Road, about 10 miles north of the road’s origin in Sunland, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Angela Shepherd said.
Officials from the United States Forestry Department discovered the body about 3:30 p.m. and contacted sheriff’s officials, Shepherd said.
Here’s some stories we’ve been following this weekend:
*DIAMOND BAR — The father and sister of a 3-year-old girl killed by an out-of-control SUV have been released from a hospital after being injured in the same crash, officials said.
Soonil Kwon, 43, and Christine Kwon, 5, were discharged from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center Friday, hospital officials said.
Michelle Kwon, 3, died Thanksgiving Day at UCI Medical Center from injuries sustained in the Wednesday crash at Maple Hill Elementary School, 1350 Maple Hill Road, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
*ARCADIA — Authorities have released the name of a man whose body was found floating in the waters of the Peck Road Water Conservation Park Saturday.
Phillip Ramos Jr., 48, was pronounced dead at 7:17 a.m. after fisherman discovered the body and called police, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Jerry McKibben said.
Ramos was listed as a transient with ties to El Monte, McKibben said.
*WEST COVINA — A 2-year-old boy was hospitalized Sunday after he fell about 15 feet from a balcony, officials said.
The incident occurred about 4:15 p.m. at an apartment complex in the 4100 block of South Sentous Avenue, West Covina Fire Department Capt. Esteban Rodriguez said.
The boy was taken to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition, the captain said.
*WEST COVINA — A local man was arrested Sunday following an 8-hour search after he allegedly threatened a car full of women with a gun and fired into the air, authorities said.
Daniel Valle, 27, was arrested shortly after 10 a.m. near Garvey Avenue North and Hollenbeck Avenue with the help of a police dog and a Taser, West Covina police Sgt. Walt Hauser said.
*PASADENA — A bagel shop and coffee shop are temporarily closed for business following a fire Sunday, officials said.
The blaze was reported just after 9 a.m. at Noah’s Bagels, 605 S. Lake Avenue, which is joined with Peet’s Coffee and Tea, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
*POMONA — Police arrested three people Saturday on suspicion of shooting a local man in the back, authorities said.
Anthony Hernandez, 23, of Paramount, Elaina Hernandez, 21, of Wilmington and Luis Duarte, 21 of Long Beach were booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, Pomona police Sgt. Robert DeVee said in a written statement.
*WHITTIER — Three men believed to have ties to various area street gangs were arrested after a brief car chase Saturday, authorities said.
Gilbert Gonzalez, 25, of Whittier, Daniel Gonzalez, 28, of La Puente and Edgar Archila, 20, of Bellflower were booked on suspicion of felony possession of a firearm and misdemeanor evading, Whittier police Sgt. Jim Uhl said.
*PASADENA — A 23-year-old man was arrested Friday for allegedly stealing a car after a short pursuit that began near the Art Center College of Design, police said.
The ordeal began just before 3 p.m. when a man at the college noticed his car being driven away as he walked to the parking lot, Pasadena police officials said.
*PASADENA — A 28-year-old man was robbed at an ATM machine in the 100 block of West California Boulevard early Saturday morning, officials said.
*SOUTH PASADENA — A man was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving late Saturday after his car struck a parked car, a telephone pole and an oak tree, authorities said.
Edouard Nersisian, 26, of Pasadena was jailed in connection with the crash, which occured shortly after 10 p.m. in the 700 block of Garfield Avenue, South Pasadena police Officer Matthew Ronnie said.
I take a day off, and the crime scene exploded in the San Gabriel Valley.
Firefighters are still mopping up in Diamond Bar and another truck tipped over on the overpass from the northbound 605 to the eastbound 10.
Whew. Did I leave anything out?
And another domestic, where the wife stabs her husband.
WHITTIER —Detectives are looking for additional victims of a former Marine accused of having sex with a 15-year-old in 2007 and of committing lewd acts on a 13-year-old in 2006.
The robbery happened at 10:47 a.m. Monday in a parking lot in the 11500 block of La Mirada Boulevard.
LOS ANGELES –Authorities say two bodies pulled from the waters off the coast of Los Angeles are the missing brother of two Southern California congresswomen and his girlfriend.
ARCADIA –An 83-year-old pedestrian was killed Wednesday by a vehicle that struck him at Duarte Road and Golden West Avenue, police said. The vehicle was driven by an 88-year-old.