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

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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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Burglars steal computers from Glendora private school’s computer lab


GLENDORA >> A group of thieves made off with five computers from the computer lab of a Glendora Christian school campus early Wednesday, police said.
A burglary alarm sounded about 1:10 a.m. at the Baseline Road campus of Foothill Christian School, 242 W. Baseline Road, Glendora police Lt. Matt Williams. The private school instructs preschool through 8th grade.
A school employee responding to the alarm activation arrived in time to see five male suspect fleeing from the campus, each carrying an Apple all-in-one desktop computer, the lieutenant said. The fled into a white Lexus 4-door sedan which possible had a vanity plate, thought he digits were unclear.
Investigators determined the burglars had gotten into the second-floor computer lab by smashing a glass door, Williams added.

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Police: Man accused of attempted murder after ramming cars, restaurant in Glendora

GLENDORA >> A man was allegedly drunk when he intentionally and repeatedly rammed another car in a Wendy’s restaurant drive through late Friday, ultimately crashing into the business and a second car as well, officials said.
Officers arrested Richard Martin Cosby, 46, of Los Angeles on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the bizarre 11:25 a.m. rampage at the fast-food restaurant at 1325 S. Lone Hill Ave., according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Cosby was in line at the drive through when, for unknown reasons, he rammed the car in front of him in line several times, Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said
The victim drove through the line to get away, Egan said.
Cosby backed up his car, crashing into the building and knocking down the intercom used for customers to place orders, Egan said. He then continued driving through the restaurant’s parking lot, where he struck another occupied car before slamming into a tree.
All three vehicles were damaged to the point they were no longer driveable, Egan said. The Wendy’s was yellow-tagged due to possible structural damage.
Police booked Cosby for five counts of attempted murder — one count for each of five occupants inside the two victim cars, Egan said. No significant injuries were repoorted. A motive for the bizarre and violent behavior was not clear.
Cosby was being held in lieu of $5 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Wednesday in West Covina Superior Court, records show.

 

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Glendora police seek stolen classic cars

GLENDORA >> Police are asking the public to keep an eye open for two classic cars — a 1968 Pontiac GTO Convertible and a a 1931 Chevrolet 5-Window Coupe and — stolen in Glendora in separate incident over recent months.
0709_NWS-SGT-L-CLASSICS1The Pontiac GTO, valued at about $30,000, disappeared from the parking lot of L.A. Fitness, 820 S. Grand Avenue, between 7:10 p.m. and 8:40 p.m. on June 29, Glendora police Detective Zach Houser said. The car was gray with chrome trim and has a California license plate of 7EDM237.
The Chevrolet Coupe, which was valued at about $20,000, vanished from a locked residential garage in the 200 block of South Sunflower Avenue between the evening of May 26 and May 27, the 0709_NWS-SGT-L-CLASSICS2detective said. An unknown thief or thieves pried a pedestrian entry door to get into the garage before fleeing with the antique automobile. The coupe was primer black with a California license plate of 7GQX857.
No solid link had been established between the two thefts.
“We don’t have any evidence that they’re other than they’re not your typical stolen car,”’ Houser said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Houser at 626-914-8286, or via email at zhouser@glendorapd.ord.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Glendora Police Department

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