Glendora teen dies after falling from Jeep

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> An 18-year-old Glendora man died this weekend after he fell from the side of a Jeep while standing on the vehicle’s running board as another teen drove it up Glendora Mountain Road, authorities said.
Jacob Mendez-Alonso died at a hospital following the mishap, which took place about 12:35 a.m. Saturday on Glendora Mountain road, north of Big Dalton Canyon Road, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
Mendez-Alonso had been a passenger in a 2012 Jeep Wrangler being driven by a 17-year-old Glendora boy prior to the incident, officials said.
“(The driver) allowed his passenger to stand on the running board on the outside of he right front passenger side of his vehicle,” according to the CHP statement.
The teen drove about 3-and-a-half miles up Glendora Mountain Road at about 45 mph, officials said.
“Mr. Mendez-Alonso, for unknown reasons, fell of the side of the Jeep,” according to the statement. “His head collided with the asphalt roadway.”
The driver stopped the Jeep, and he and other passengers called 911 and tried to help their injured companion.
Paramedics took Mendez-Alonso to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora where he ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
The crash remains under investigation, and no arrests were made. Anyone with information is asked to contact CHP Officer K. Bush of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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Man killed in head-on crash between car, truck in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A man died in a head-on crash between his car and a big rig hauling asphalt in Glendora early Wednesday, officials said.
The crash took place about 8:20 a.m. on Sunflower Avenue, just south of Juanita Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said.
“Officers arrived and found a gravel truck was on its side,” Williams said. “It came to rest in the northbound lanes, and resting in the front yard of a residence.”
A badly damaged 1990s-model Acura Integra sat nearby, with a male driver trapped inside, the lieutenant said.
Initial investigation indicated the Acura was driving on the wrong side of the road when it collided head-on with the asphalt-hauling Peterbilt truck, he said.
“Witnesses relayed the driver of the Integra was traveling northbound in the southbound lanes and collided with the gravel truck, traveling southbound on Sunflower Avenue,” Williams said.
Paramedics pronounced the man, estimated to be in his 20s, dead at the scene, Williams said. The truck driver was uninjured, and was “fully cooperating” with investigators.
The identity of the Acura was to be determined by coroner’s and released pending notification of his family.
The intersection remained shutdown into the afternoon as officials investigated the scene, and cleaned up the wreckage and spilled asphalt.
The investigation remains ongoing.
Anyone with information can reach Glendora police at 626-914-8250.

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Glendora to host family bike safety rally

GLENDORA >> Glendora invites bicyclists of all ages to join in bike safety rally next week.
The event, hosted by the Glendora Police Department and the Glendora Community Services Department, will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 7 at the Transit Parking Plaza, at Cullen and Mountain View avenues, city officials said in a written statement,.
Planned activities include adult and child bike safety courses, free bike safety checks and do-it-yourself clinics and raffle drawings. A 2-mile family ride will start at 1:30 p.m. to conclude the event.
Sponsors include the Glendora Community Services Foundation, Incycle Bicycles, Safe Moves, the Glendora Cyclery and the Glendora Police Officers’ Association.

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Driver rescued after car falls 200 feet over side of forest road north of Glendora

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers hoisted an injured man from the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora Saturday after his car tumbled 200 feet over the side of a cliff, authorities said.
0416_NWS_SGT-L-RESCUE2The crash was reported at 3:55 p.m. along near Glendora Ridge Road and Glendora Mountain Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Reid said.
Tactical medics dropped down to the crash scene by rope before hoisting the driver, a man in his 20s, to safety and rushing him to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena for treatment, officials said. His injuries were not initially believed to be life-threatening, however, an update on his condition was not available Saturday afternoon.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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PHOTO via LASD Special Enforcement Bureau.

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Glendora officials warn of water bill scam

GLENDORA >> Officials are cautioning the public to be aware of con artists posing as Glendora Water Division officials and demanding bogus payments over the phone.
“In this scenario, the suspect tells the victim their water service will be stopped due to non-payment of water bill, and requests immediate payment over the phone,” city officials said in a written statement. In reality, “The city will never call to notify of water service shut-off.”
Officials urged residents to rely upon any phone numbers offered by the callers, as the numbers often simply lead right back to the scammers.
Anyone who believes they’ve been targeted by the scam is asked to contact Glendora police at 626-914-8250.
Anyone with questions or concerns regarding a water bill can reach the Glendora Water Billing Department at 626-914-8239, or email waterbilling@cityofglendora.org.

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Glendora man killed in mobile home fire identified; fire ruled accidental

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GLENDORA >> Authorities have officially identified a 63-year-old man who died in a fire at his mobile home in Glendora last month.
Brent Gielen died the fire, which ignited about 11:30 a.m. Feb. 4 at his mobile home in the Tropics Trailer Park, 428 E. Route 66, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said.
An autopsy determined he died from “thermal burns and smoke inhalation,” and the death was ruled an accident, according to the coroner’s office.
Gielen’s formal identification was delayed due to the condition of his body, officials said.
Investigators also determined the cause of the fire itself was accidental, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Randall Wright said. Further details on what specifically ignited the fire were not available.
A neighboring mobile home was damaged in the fire, but no other injuries were reported.

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Man arrested following seemingly random attack on Glendora police officer


GLENDORA >> Police subdued a man with a Taser and arrested him after an unprovoked attack on a Glendora police officer Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
Miguel Arredondo, 30, tried to ram the officer with his car before attacking the officer and trying to grab his gun, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said. The officer suffered no significant injuries.
The officer first encountered Arredondo about 1:20 p.m. he was on patrol in the area of Gladstone Street and Burnaby Drive, the lieutenant said.
The suspect, driving a van, “made a sharp sudden turn in the path of the officer,” he said. “The officer had to make an evasive turn to avoid a collision.”
Arredondo then got out of the van and tried to open the passenger-side door of the police car before running around to the driver side, police said.
The officer exited his patrol car, Strong said. “A violent fight ensued.”
Officers ultimately subdued Arredondo and took him into custody with the use of a Taser, Strong said.
Arredondo’s city of residence was not unclear, nor was any motive for his alleged bizarre attack.
Police planned to seek charges including attempted murder of a police officer and assault with a deadly weapon, Strong said.
According to county booking records, he was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail at the Glendora Police Department’s jail pending a scheduled arraignment Friday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Felons arrested in Glendora with gun, suspected stolen property


GLENDORA >> Watchful neighbors helped Glendora police nab to convicted felons with a loaded handgun and items stolen from throughout the area early Wednesday, authorities said.
Gilbert Gonzalez, 25, and Gabriel Ibarra, 34, both of Pico Rivera, were jailed about 7 a.m., Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said. Residents had called police about 5:30 a.m. to report a suspicious person looking into cars and homes in a neighborhood in the 500 block of Comstock Avenue, but the person was not found.
But police spotted a man matching the description of the prowler sitting in a car an hour-and-a-half later at Cullen and Bennett avenues, Strong said. He was accompanied by another man, and each was sitting in their own vehicle.
Gonzalez ran but was soon captured, the lieutenant said. Police arrested Ibarra without a struggle.
Inside their cars, police found a loaded handgun, as well as numerous items believed to have been stolen from car break-ins in Glendora, Monrovia, and other nearby cities, he said.
They were booked on suspicion of being felons in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property and identity theft, Strong said.
According to county booking records, Gonzalez was being held without bail, while Ibarra was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.

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Police: 5 DUI suspects caught driving away from West Covina courthouse without valid licenses during Glendora police sting


WEST COVINA >> Police cited and impounded the cars of five drivers who drove away from a courthouse in West Covina after having their licenses suspended or revoked, or being ordered by a judge not to drive, due to pending DUI cases, officials said.
Glendora police officers conducted the sting between 8 a.m. and noon Wednesday at the Los Angeles Superior Court’s West Covina Branch, 1427 W. Covina Parkway, Glendora police Community Service Officer Wendy Brewer said in a written statement.
Police officers staked out those offenders leaving the courthouse without a valid license who proceeded to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drive away,” Brewer said.
The targeted drivers are intoxicated driving suspects, she explained. Some had their licenses suspended or revoked, while others had no licenses to begin with and had been ordered by a judge not to drive.
Officers followed 11 such people from the courthouse.
“While some offenders complied with the law and had alternate means of transportation, five individuals drove away despite judges’ orders,” Brewer said. “Those who chose to drive with their invalid license statuses were stopped by waiting officers, cited back into court and their vehicles were towed.”
They potentially face even longer license suspensions, along with other penalties,
The sting was funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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UPDATED: Person found dead after fire at Glendora mobile home park

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GLENDORA >> Firefighters pronounced a person dead after extinguishing an intense fire at a Glendora mobile home Thursday, authorities said. Authorities initially feared two people had been killed in the fire, though it was ultimately determined that a single person perished in the blaze.
The identity of the victim was not released pending positive identification and notification of family, Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said. The person was initially described only as an adult.
Officials first received a 911 call at 11:32 a.m. reporting a 30-foot-long fifth-wheel trailer was on fire at the Tropics Trailer Park, 428 E. Route 66, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said.
Los Angeles County Firefighters arrived in 8 minutes and extinguished the flames by 11:53 a.m., the lieutenant said.
“The initial information from the joint investigation indicated there were two victims,” Glendora police offiials said in a written statement. “Upon the arrival of the Los Angeles County Coroner, the search of the trailer continued and only one victim was located.”
One adjacent mobile home sustained damage in the fire, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Randall Wright said.
The resident of the damaged unit was displaced, but unharmed.
No firefighters were injured, Wright added.
Firefighters found the victim during their initial efforts to extinguish the fire, Williams said.
A secondary search turned what was initially believed to be additional remains, though a closer inspection revealed the object was actually debris, officials said.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation, however, there were no signs of a crime, Williams said.
“It’s too early in the investigation to know what happened,” he said.
A distraught woman at the scene said she believed the victim to be her brother and awaited information from authorities. She declined to comment further.
Investigators from the Los Angeles County Fire Department and the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Arson-Explosives Detail joined Glendora police in the investigation.
With the exception of the two scorched units, the residents of the 29-space mobile home park were allowed to return to their homes Thursday afternoon, Williams said.
Eastbound Route 66 remained closed to traffic into the afternoon as the investigation continued.

PHOTO/VIDEO by Walt Mancini

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