Three Glendora businesses broken into in early-morning burglary spree

GLENDORA >> A pair of burglars smashed their way into three neighboring businesses along Route 66 early Friday, police said.
Officers first responded to reports of smashing window glass at the Frozen Ropes Baseball and Softball Training Center, 2244 E. Route 66, just before 3 a.m. and discovered the front glass had been shattered, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said.
They also soon discovered that two neighboring businesses — Mauricio’s Mexican Food and A&J Cake and Candy Supplies — had also been burglarized in the same fashion.
The two burglars stole cash from at least one of the three businesses, officials said.
A detailed suspect description was not available.

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Three robbed at gunpoint along roadside in forest north of Glendora

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man and woman robbed three people at gunpoint at a turnout along San Gabriel Road in the forest north of Glendora early Friday, officials said.
A man and woman from La Puente and a West Covina man were outside their about 12:10 a.m. at a turnout near mile marker 23.58, about two miles south of East Fork Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The two robbers, a man and woman, approached in a White Acura sedan, according to Lt. Andy Berg.
“The male suspect produced a pistol and demanded the victim’s property,” Berg said in a written statement. “One of the male victims surrendered $25 and his car keys. The second male victim gave the suspect $22.”
“During this time, the female suspect entered the car of the female victim and stole a purse containing a cell phone,” Berg added.
The victims, who were between 25 and 28 years old, made their way down the mountain and called for help, he said. They were unhurt.
Deputies described the male robber as a Latino man between 18 and 20, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a shaved head. His female accomplice was Latina, 18-20, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 120 pounds, with dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call 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.

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Glendora police revive man with new anti-overdose nasal spray


GLENDORA >> Police used a newly-obtained anti-overdose nasal spray for the first time Saturday to revive a man overdosing on heroin in Glendora, officials said.
The incident unfolded shortly before 11 p.m. at a home in the 800 block of East Route 66, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said in a written statement.
Officers responding to a report that a 31-year-old man had overdosed on heroin found the patient unconscious in an bathroom “in respiratory distress,” Lamborghini said.
“His breathing was very shallow and slow and his pulse was weak and slow,” he said. “Other signs of an opiate overdose were observed by the officers, two of whom are trained emergency medical technicians.”
The officers administered a dose of nasal naloxone, or Narcan, just as paramedics arrived at the scene.
The drug, which was first obtained by the department six months ago, is used to help reverse respiratory arrest caused by opiate drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers.
“Within a minute and a half he was breathing more normally and his pulse rate rose significantly. He was treated by paramedics and was taken to Glendora Community Hospital where he regained consciousness and fully recovered,” Lamborghini said.
The Glendora Police Department became the first Los Angeles County law enforcement agency to be authorized to use the anti-overdose drug — known as nasal nolaxone, or Narcan — in April.
Five Glendora police officers and one community service officer, who are also trained as EMTs, carry the spray, officials said. They also carry oxygen, which, in conjunction with Narcan, can be very effective in reviving overdose victims.
The program was introduces after police noticed a significant increase in both incidents of heroin possession and overdoses in recent years, officials said at the time.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control have noted a national “epidemic” of increasing heroin use nationwide.
“Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013,” according to a CDC statement.
Glendora police have long been at the forefront of marrying new medical technology with law enforcement duties.
In 1997, the department first in Southern California to issue portable defibrillators to all of its officers, officials said.

PHOTO: A dose of nasal naloxone, or Narcan, phorographed on Sept. 2, 2015. (Stephan Savoia/Associated Press)

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Glendora raises alert level in Colby Fire burn area ahead of anticipated rain

GLENDORA >> Officials in Glendora issued raised the alert status to “Yellow” in the Colby Fire burn area Saturday ahead of anticipated rains Saturday night and Sunday.
With possible light showers predicted late Saturday, and moderate-to-heavy rain predicted throughout Sunday, the city raised the alert level as a precaution due to the potential for mud and debris flows on the not-yet-recovered hillsides, city officials said in a written statement.
“We don’t anticipate any issues, but be aware of your surroundings for changing weather conditions,” the statement said. “Also, monitor city sites for updated information.
Under a yellow alert, there are no evacuation orders or restricted access to neighborhoods, however rain-related parking restrictions are in effect and residents are asked to clear trash bins and other obstructions from streets to make way for emergency vehicles, in case they are needed.

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UPDATED: Man taken for psychiatric evaluation after firing shotgun out of window of Glendora home

GLENDORA >> A man suspected of firing a shotgun from the window of a home Sunday morning was taken for psychiatric evaluation, officials said.
Officers responded about 9 a.m. to reports of shots fired inside a house in the 300 block of East Crestglen Road, Glendora police Sgt. Mike Henderson said.
It was determined that a man in his 40s had fired at least two blasts from a 20-gauge shotgun out of the home, the sergeant said. No injuries were reported, and no intended target of the shooting had been identified.
Officers used a loudspeaker to order the suspect, as well as three other adult occupants, out of the home, Henderson said. The suspect was taken into custody without a struggle.
Police determined the man possibly fired the shots in a fit of paranoid delusion, the sergeant said. Alcohol was also suspected to have played a role.
Officials sent the man for psychiatric evaluation, Henderson said. Police planned to take a report for negligent discharge of a firearm and present their finding to prosecutors for consideration of charges, he said.

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Hiker discovers body along trail in Angeles National Forest


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A hiker discovered a body along a hiking trail in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The discovery was made about 5 p.m. in the riverbed of the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, near a hiking trail between Heaton Flats and the Bridge to Nowhere, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Sgt. Raymond Roth said.
The body was found beneath mud and other debris, indicating the person may have been the victim of a mudslide, the sergeant said.
No description of the person was available, and there was no initial information regarding how long the body may have been there.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau joined county coroner’s officials at the scene Sunday as they worked to recover the body and investigate the scene.
As part of the investigation, detectives were looking into any missing persons reports that may be related to the death, Roth said.

PHOTO courtesy of the LASD.

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Police: Glendora checkpoint nets 1 drunken driver, 46 other citations and arrests

GLENDORA >> Police jailed one alleged drunken driver and arrested or cited 46 other motorists during an overnight checkpoint in Glendora, police said Saturday.
The checkpoint was held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on Grand Avenue at Mauna Loa Avenue, Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
A total of 4,769 cars passed through the checkpoint, police said. In addition to the on driver suspected of DUI, police arrested another eight drivers for driving without licenses or with suspended or revoked licenses and two people for “other criminal charges.”
Officers wrote 36 tickets at the checkpoint and impounded 22 vehicles, police said.

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La Verne man killed in Glendora motorcycle crash identified

GLENDORA >> Coroner’s officials Sunday identified a 23-year-old La Verne man who died after his motorcycle collided with two cars along Arrow Highway Saturday afternoon.
Nathan Puga died in the 12:04 p.m. crash on westbound Arrow Highway, just east of Sunflower Avenue, in an unincorporated county area near Glendora, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.
He was riding a 2015 Kawasaki Ninja at about 80 mph in the left-hand lane just before the fatal collision, Officer K. Croxford of the California High Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement. In front of him was a 2010 Volkswagen Passat traveling at about 10 mph, having just made a left turn onto Arrow Highway from a parking lot.
“ Due to Puga’s unsafe speed, he was unable to maintain control of his vehicle and struck the left side of the Volkswagen Passat,” Croxford said. “The force of his impact caused Puga to veer to right before the Kawasaki overturned onto its left side.”
The motorcycle and rider then slid into the rear of a 2004 Volkswagen Jetta stopped along the curb.
Paramedics pronounced Puga dead at the scene, officials said. Neither driver was injured.
The investigation was ongoing, and witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on Arrow Highway in Glendora

GLENDORA >> A young man died in a motorcycle crash on Arrow Highway in Glendora Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The motorcycle collided with another vehicle just after noon in the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway at Sunflower Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Glendora, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
The rider, described as a man in his early-20s, died at the scene, Rubio said.
Officials shut down the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway at Strawberry Lane as investigators continued working at the scene Saturday afternoon.
No further details were available.

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Police chase bear out of Glendora home

GLENDORA >> Police used a bean bag round to chase away a bear that broke into a Glendora couple’s home late Wednesday, officials said.
The four-legged intruder showed up about 10:30 p.m. at a home in the 1900 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Glendora police Sgt. Michael Henderson said.
Officers arrived to find the animal in the home’s kitchen, where it reportedly helped itself to a snack of tortillas and bread.
Police shot the bear once in the hindquarters with a bean bag fired from a shotgun, and it quickly made its way out of the home and back into the forest, Henderson said.

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