GLENDORA >> Police made seven arrests during a checkpoint in Glendora late Friday, including two drivers suspected of having blood-alcohol levels more than twice the legal limit, police said.
The sobriety and driver license checkpoint took place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday along Grand Avenue, just north of Gladstone Street, Glendora police officials said in a written statement.
In addition to the two DUI arrests, police arrested four people for driving without licenses and one woman for an outstanding arrest warrant, as well as possession of brass knuckles, Lt. Matt Egan said.
A total of 1,700 vehicles passed through the checkpoint, police said. Police wrote 20 tickets and impounded 14 cars.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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GLENDORA >> A man was behind bars Wednesday in connection with three small hillside fires that burned less than an acre and near a church, according to police.
David Firestine, 33, was ultimately jailed on suspicion of arson, Glendora police Sgt. Chris Stabio said.
Lt. Matt Williams said a motorcycle officer spotted smoke at 9:13 a.m. Police also received several 9-1-1 calls reporting the fires.
One fire was on a hillside in the 7000 block of North Ben Lomond Avenue, Williams said. The second spot fire was north of the Church of the Open Door at 701 W. Sierra Madre Avenue. The third fire was close to other two.
An estimated 75 firefighters extinguished the fires at about 9:45 a.m.
Police searched the area well into the afternoon, ultimately finding and arresting Firestine in connection with the crime, police said. A motive was not available late Wednesday.
Police said the suspect had thrown rocks at a delivery truck, as well as thrown a cigarette and made obscene gestures to firefighters responding to the fires.
According to county booking records, Firestine was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in West Covina Superior Court.
Anyone with information is asked to call Glendora Police at 626-914-8250.
GLENDORA >> A large fire blamed on an electrical malfunction gutted a Glendora home early Sunday, officials said.
A neighbor called 9-1-1 about 1 a.m. to report the home in the 700 block of North Grand Avenue was on fire, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams said. The residents were away visiting family.
Dozens of firefighters responded to the burning two-story home, which was densely packed with items, fueling the flames, officials said.
Firefighters doused smoldering remnants for more than three hours before declaring the fire extinguished, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said. No injuries were reported.
Officials estimated fire caused $600,000 worth of damage to the structure alone, which city officials red-tagged, Williams said. The value of the contents of the home damaged or destroyed in the fire was not clear.
The fire was believed to have been sparked by an electrical malfunction on the second floor, Williams said.
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GLENDORA >> Police found and arrested a man Friday who they had been seeking for two weeks after a search of his home turned up assault weapons, handguns and drugs, officials said.
Clayton Ruben Addleman, 24, surrendered shortly after 5 p.m. when police found him at a home in the 900 block of East Woodland Lane, surrounded it, and ordered him out, Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said.
Police had been seeking him since April 15, when they showed up at his home in the 800 block of North Starcrest Drive to arrest him on an warrant related to a possession of illegal fireworks case, the lieutenant said.
Addleman fled the house when officers arrived, along with several others, Egan said. Addleman was not found, but police recovered 1,000 Xanax pills, a scale, two assault rifles, four handguns and ammunition from the suspect’s home.
Officers arrested him without a struggle Friday after tracking him to the Woodland Lane home, Egan said.
In addition to being arrested on the initial warrant, Clayton was booked on suspicion of possession of drugs for sale, being a convicted felon in possession of guns and possession of illegal assault weapons.
GLENDORA >> Police arrested a man they say exposed himself inside a Khol’s store Thursday, authorities said.
A store employee called police about 2 p.m. and reported seeing a man exposing and touching himself inside of the department store, 1225 S. Lone Hill Ave., Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
“Essentially, he was walking around the store following female customers,” the lieutenant said. He allegedly carried on the inappropriate conduct while following at least two women inside the store, none of whom was aware he was following them,” Lamborghini said.
Police found Michael McClain, 27, of West Covina inside the store and arrested him for indecent exposure and committing lewd acts in public, both misdemeanors, Lamborghini said. He was expected be released with a citation later in the day.
GLENDORA >> A fire caused major damage to a family’s Glendora home Saturday and killed the family’s dog, authorities said.
The fire ignited about 11:30 a.m. at a single-story house in the 1700 block of South Bender Avenue, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A young woman who was home at the time did not realize the house was on fire until her brother arrived home and discovered the smoke and flames, the lieutenant said. Both got out of the home unharmed.
Flames gutted the majority of the home, sparing only the attached garage, Lamborghini said.
A small dog died in the fire, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. David Lopez said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes, he said.
A firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury during the incident, Lopez said.
It was believed to have been sparked by an electrical malfunction in a patio room at the rear of the home, Lopez said.
The fire caused an estimated $250,000 worth of damage to the home, and another $9,000 in damage to items inside of it, the captain said.
Police provided the displaced family with motel vouchers and summoned the Red Cross to assist them, Lamborghini added.
GLENDORA >> Police emergency medical technicians in Glendora have become the first in the county to carry a nasal spray that can help save the lives of people overdosing on heroin or other opiate drugs, officials said.
Six Glendora police EMTs are now authorized to carry and use Narcan, a nasal spray used to help reverse respiratory arrest cause by overdoses of drugs such as heroin, Vicodin and OcyContin, according to Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini, who helped develop the program for the Glendora Police Department.
“Unfortunately our officers are responding to heroin overdose calls now more than ever before, including the 1970’s,” Lamborghini said in a written statement. Prescription opiate abuse is also a major issue.
A law allowing first responders to carry Narcan became effective April 1, officials said.
Previously, EMTs and other first responders could only use ventilation and oxygen to treat overdoses in the field, Lamborghini said. Only paramedics carried “the life-saving drug.”
In 1997, Glendora police became the first agency in Southern California to issue portable defibrillators to all of its officers, officials said.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Coroner’s officials on Saturday released the identity of a 20-year-old man who died after colliding with a dump truck while speeding downhill on a skateboard on Glendora Mountain Road in the forest north of Azusa.
Eric Pedersen of Clayton died in Friday’s 10 a.m. collision on Glendora Mountain Road, just south East Fork Road, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
He was riding a longboard-style skateboard downhill at more than 20 mph when he crossed into opposing traffic lanes and into the path of a southbound dump truck traveling at 15 to 20 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. He was run over by the truck and died from his injuries at the scene.
Pedersen was riding with two other skateboarders who were not injured, officials said. A third friend was following the group in a van.
The driver of the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with CHP officials, Jimenez said.
Pedersen had a University of California, Irvine identification card with him, coroner’s officials said.
He served as an administrator of the Facebook page for the UCI Longboarders, a group of skateboard enthusiasts.
Members hosted a candlelight vigil for Petersen Friday at UCI, and planned another Sunday night.
Pedersen’s own Facebook page includes several images of him rolling downhill on a longboard.
Officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park office are handling the investigation.
ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A 20-year-old downhill skateboarder died Friday morning after colliding with a dump truck on Glendora Mountain Road in the Angeles National Forest north of Glendora, authorities said.
The collision took place about 10 a.m. on Glendora Mountain Road, just south of East Fork Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The skateboarder’s name was not released Friday pending positive identification and notification of his family, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. David Smith said. CHP officials described him as a 20-year-old Clayton man.
He was riding a longboard-style skateboard downhill at 20 to 30 mph along with friends, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. The group was traveling north.
The skateboarder has one fellow rider in front of him, and one behind him, Jimenez said. Another friend followed behind the group in a van.
“As (the skateboarder) approached a sweeping right curve in the roadway, (he) was failed to remain in his lane, crossed the center line into opposing traffic,” CHP officials said in a written statement. “He subsequently struck the undercarriage of the dump truck.”
The 2000 Freightliner three-axle dump truck ran over the skateboarder, Jimenez said.
Paramedics pronounced him dead at 10:39 a.m., Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said.
The skateboarder was wearing safety gear including a helmet and knee pads, Jimenez said.
A 45-year-old Compton man who was driving the dump truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, CHP Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Both directions of Glendora Mountain Road remained closed well into the afternoon as CHP officials investigated the scene, Kimball said.
The investigation will include an inspection of the dump truck, Jimenez said.
While skateboarding is prohibited on forest roads, and dangerous, Jimenez said CHP officers encounter downhill skateboarders in the mountains from time to time while on patrol.
“It happens more during the summer,” he said.
Countless videos uploaded to YouTube depict skateboarders racing downhill on Glendora Mountain Road at high speeds. One such video, which poster sdimas73 related was shot in August of 2013, captures a near collision between a car and a downhill skateboarder.