Man found hanged in San Gabriel Riverbed, suicide suspected


INDUSTRY >> A man was found hanged in the San Gabriel Riverbed near the 605 and 60 freeway interchange Saturday afternoon in a what was being investigated as a suicide, authorities said.
A passer-by discovered the body of a 44-year-old El Monte man about 1 p.m., hanging from a tree in the riverbed near Pearson Avenue and Pellissier Road, in an unincorporated county area just outside of Industry, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, coroner’s Lt. Fred Corral said.
An autopsy was pending, however there were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be a suicide, officials said.

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Checkpoint planned in Industry Thursday

INDUSTRY >> Sheriff’s deputies are planning a sobriety and driver license checkpoint Thursday night in Industry.
The checkpoint will take place from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at an undisclosed location within the city, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Lang said in a written statement.
Over the past three years in the dozens of cities which contract with the sheriff’s department for law enforcement services, DUI-related crashes have killed 33 people and left another 898 injures, according to Sgt. Daniel Dail.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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San Gabriel man fatally struck by truck in 605 Freeway in Industry identified


INDUSTRY >> Authorities have released the name of a San Gabriel man who was fatally struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the 605 Freeway i Industry early Saturday.
Richard Taiyung Tswei, 62, died at the scene after being struck by a truck about 6:20 a.m. on the right shoulder of the southbound 605 Freeway near Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Betsy Magdaleno said.
Tswei had exited his car for an unknown reason when he was struck by a big rig, according to Officer J. Gomez of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office.
The truck driver remained at the scene.

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San Gabriel man fatally struck by big rig on 605 Freeway in Industry


INDUSTRY >> A San Gabriel man died after he was struck by a big rig after exiting his car on the right shoulder of the 605 Freeway in Industry early Friday, officials said.
The man, described as 62-years-old, died at the scene of the 6:17 a.m. collision along the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of Valley Boulevard, Officer J. Gomez of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles area office said in a written statement. His name was not released pending notification of family.
Officers investigating reports of a man lying on the right shoulder found the man unconscious, lying directly in front of his Toyota Camry, Gomez said.
Investigators determined that, for an unknown reason, the man had exited his car before being struck by a 2004 Peterbilt big rig, the officer said.
The driver of the truck remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said. The collision remains under investigation.

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DUI checkpoint planned near Industry this weekend

INDUSTRY >> California High Patrol officers are planning to screen drivers for sobriety during a checkpoint this weekend in an unincorporated county area between Industry and West Covina, officials said.
The overnight checkpoint will begin at 9 p.m. Friday at an undisclosed location, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Deputies seize 950 marijuana plants from Industry warehouse; two arrested

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CITY OF INDUSTRY >> Deputies arrested two men and seized 950 marijuana plants from a City of Industry warehouse Wednesday, sheriff’s officials said. It was the third large indoor marijuana grow uprooted in the area in two months.
Investigators responding to an anonymous tip served a search warrant at a warehouse in the 1300 block of Darius Court, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Gannon.
“During the search warrant, hundreds of marijuana plants in various stages of growth — estimated street value worth over $3 million — and hydroponic equipment were recovered,” Gannon said. “The hydroponic equipment was used to cultivate the plants inside an otherwise nondescript local business (and) warehouse.”
The majority of the plants were mature and nearly ready to be harvested, officials said.
Arrested were David Nguyen, 32, and Phuong Nguyen, 54, according to sheriff’s officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspects told investigators they were not related, Gannon said. David Nguyen said he was from Pennsylvania, and Phuong Nguyen said she was from Canada.
Both posted $50,000 bail and were released from custody Thursday pending their court appearances, records show.
Wednesday’s bust was the third large-scale marijuana grow eradicated by sheriff’s deputies since May.
Sheriff’s Industry Station deputies teamed with U.S. Marshals June 6 to seize an estimated $1.5 million worth of pot from an area house and arrest three suspects, Gannon said. Further details regarding the June operation were not available Wednesday.
Local deputies seized about $1.2 worth of marijuana found growing May 12 inside a warehouse in the 18000 block of Railroad Court, Lt. Arthur Scott said at the time. One suspect was arrested at the indoor grow site.
Anyone with information is asked to contact she sheriff’s Industry Station at 626-330-3322.

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Baldwin Park man, Ontario woman killed in 60 Freeway crash identified

INDUSTRY >> Coroner’s officials Sunday released the named of a Baldwin Park man and an Ontario woman who died when they car they were passengers in left the roadway and struck a tree along the 60 Freeway early Saturday.
Rafael Flores Reinoso, 49, of Baldwin Park and Michelle Alvarez, 23, of Ontario, died at the scene of the 2:40 a.m. crash along the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, in an unincorporated county area near Industry, Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Fred Corrall said.
They were passengers in a 2006 Scion tC being driven by a 24-year-old Ontario man that veered from traffic lanes and struck a tree along a gore point, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The driver and another passenger, described as a 45-year-old Ontario woman, were hospitalized with major injuries, according to the CHP. The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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Driver killed when car slams into Industry Mediterranean restaurant

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INDUSTRY >> A 23-year-old man died when his car slammed into a new Mediterranean restaurant along Valley Boulevard in Industry early Sunday, authorities said.
Edwin Molina died in the 1:45 a.m. solo-car crash in the 14500 block of Valley Boulevard, just west of Hacienda Road, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corrall said. His city of residence was not clear.
His car slammed into the iGrill Mediterranean Restaurant, causing major damage.
0302_NWS_SGT-L-INDFATAL2Owner Karim Baker said although the restaurant closed for business at 11 p.m. Saturday night, he stayed late working as he usually does. He generally remains at the restaurant well beyond 2 a.m., but early Sunday morning, “I finished early,” he said. “I left 15 minutes before the crash.”
“God was watching him,” said friend, Sandra Toukan.
The violent impact damaged a cement wall, shattered the front windows on the south side of the building and ripped apart aluminum window frames. The force of the crash also caused glass doors on the east side of the structure, which the car did not strike, to shatter.
A Nissan sedan had been heading east on Valley Boulevard when it crossed westbound traffic lanes and slammed into the restaurant, Baker said.
0302_NWS_SGT-L-INDFATAL3Molina, who was the lone occupant of the car, died at the scene, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Christopher Sciacca said.
A young man who identified himself as a cousin of the driver briefly stopped and knelt beside the crash scene. Those working to clean the damage consoled him.
The crash also ruptured a natural gas line that feeds the restaurants, the sergeant said. Officials evacuated nearby, late-night businesses, such as the Spearmint Rhino Gentleman’s club.
The restaurant uses a larger-than-usual 2-inch gas line to fuel it’s many cooking appliances, Baker explained.
“Thank God there was no explosion.”
0302_NWS_SGT-L-INDFATAL4Traffic investigators from the sheriff’s Industry Station are handling the investigation. No eye-witnesses to the crash had been found, Sciacca said, and no further details regarding the circumstances of the crash were available.
Baker, Toukan and employee Daniel Negrete worked to clear shattered glass and damaged furniture from the dining area Sunday morning.
Baker said the extent of the damage was not yet clear, and he did not know how long it will take to make repairs and reopen.
0302_NWS_SGT-L-INDFATAL5“I just opened five months ago,” he said, adding that business was growing and everything seemed to be going well prior to crash.

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Industry gas station robbed; similar crime reported earlier this month at same business

INDUSTRY >> A knife-wielding robber fled with cash after robbing an Industry gas station late Wednesday in the second similar crime at the same business this month, officials said.
Wednesday’s crime took place just after 8:10 p.m. at a 76 gas station at Hacienda and Valley boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
A man armed with a knife, described as possibly a box-cutter, entered the store and pushed an employee out of his way, the lieutenant said. A second employee was also present.
The robber helped himself to the money inside the cash register, ultimately taking about $300, Enriquez said. He fled the area on a bicycle he had parked behind the gas station.
No injuries were reported. Deputies described the robber as Latino, about 50 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and 160 pounds. He wore a green jacket, a blue plaid shirt and blue jeans. The robber also wore a trash bag on his head like a hat.
A similar crime took place at the same business on Feb. 16, and deputies suspect the same culprit is responsible, Enriquez said.
In that case, a man entered the store and helped himself to cash from the register, Enriquez said. The thief did not confront any employees during the first crime.

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Teenage vandalism suspect falls from billboard in Industry


INDUSTRY >> Deputies jailed two alleged teenage vandals late Tuesday after one of them fell from a billboard they had been scrawling graffiti on, officials said.
An off-duty deputy spotted to teens tagging on a billboard about 9:45 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Trafalger Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Raymond Enriquez said.
A uniformed deputy arrived to find one of the alleged vandals climbing down a ladder from the billboard, Enriquez said.
While the deputy was taking the first teen into custody, but did initially see the second boy lying on the ground nearby, the lieutenant said.
The second teen stood up and ran, but was quickly apprehended, he said.
The teens, both 16 years old, were taken into custody on suspicion of vandalism, Enriquez said. The teen who fell from the billboard was taken to a hospital for treatment of what appeared to be only bumps and bruises.

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