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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Six arrested at Glendora checkpoint

GLENDORA >> Police arrested one suspected drunken driver, as well as five other people for other alleged crimes, and wrote 17 tickets during an overnight checkpoint, officials said.
The checkpoint took place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday on Route 66, between Pasadena Avenue and Lemar Park Drive, Glendora police Cpl. Shawna Celello said in a written statement.
In addition to the one alleged DUI driver, police jailed five other people for various traffic- and license status-related offenses, the corporal said.
Officer issues 17 tickets and impounded eight vehicles, she added.
A total of 1,306 vehicles passed through the checkpoint.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Three Glendora burglary suspects jailed following chase, neighborhood search in Covina

Police arrested three Glendora burglary suspects Thursday following a pursuit that ended in Covina and a neighborhood search that lasted more than eight hours, authorities said.
Charter Oak High School and the school district office went on lockdown in response to the incident, which began about 10 a.m., Glendora police Lt. Matt Egan said.
Police received a report of a suspicious person entering the backyard at a house in the 600 block of East Kirkwall Road, Egan said.
When officers arrived, they spotted a 16-year-old boy exiting the home and took him into custody after a brief foot chase, the lieutenant said. Two additional suspects fled in a car, leading officers on a pursuit to the 4900 block of Mangrove Avenue in Covina, Lt. Scott Strong said. Both Suspects ran from the car in opposite directions, police said.
One of the fleeing men, later identified as 19-year-old Jabaree Williams of Los Angeles, was quickly apprehended, Strong said.
The third and final suspect, 34-year-old Jerad Chaney of Los Angeles, eluded police until officers, including a SWAT team and a police dog, found him hiding in a residential garage shortly after 6 p.m., Strong said.
Police recovered from the suspects items stolen in the Kirkwall Road break-in, as well as property taken during another Glendora burglary earlier in the day, Strong said.
Nearby Charter Oak High School at 1430 East Covina Blvd. and the Charter Oak Unified School District offices at 20240 East Cienega Ave. were placed on lock down as police hunted for the alleged burglars.

– Brian Day and Stephanie Baer

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Glendora Community Hospital nurse accused of battery on patient

GLENDORA >> Police arrested a male nurse at Glendora Community Hospital Thursday after a female patient accused him of inappropriately touching her, authorities said.
Geroncio Acosta Tesoro, 54, of La Verne was booked on suspicion of battery in a hospital, according to Glendora police and Los Angeles County booking records.
Police began investigating about 6 p.m. after a 22-year-old inpatient at the hospital told staff that Tesoro had touched her inappropriately, as well as made inappropriate comments, Glendora police Lt. Scott Strong said. Hospital staff, in turn, notified police.
Tesoro was released from custody with a misdemeanor citation.

PHOTO courtesy of the Glendora Police Department

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Golf tournament planned in honor of Glendora police officer slain 20 years ago

GLENDORA >> The Officer Louie Pompei Golf Tournament will be held July 13 at the Glendora Country Club, 2400 Country Club Drive, Glendora.
The tournament was created to raise money for the families of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty after the Glendora police officer was shot and killed while attempting to stop an armed robbery at a grocery store on June 9, 1995.
Check-in begins at 10 a.m. with a noon shotgun start. The cost of the tournament includes: cart, green fees, range balls, lunch, unlimited drinks on the course and dinner at T. Phillips Alehouse and Grill, located at 180 N. Glendora Ave.
To play in the tournament, sponsor, or donate, go to Make checks payable to: Glendora Police Management Association P.O. Box 1693 Glendora, CA. 91741. Please include your email and phone number.
For more information, go to or email
– Melissa Masatani
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