Irwindale man suspected in Azusa school break-in

AZUSA — An Irwindale man was behind bars Sunday after a break-in at Valleydale Elementary School, police said.
Martin Daniel Rosales, 30, was booked on suspicion of Saturday’s 9:30 p.m. burglary at the school, 700 South Lark Ellen Ave., according to Azusa police Acting Sgt. Andy Rodriguez said.
“A citizen observed a subject enter a classroom at Valleydale School through a window,” Rodriguez said in a written statement. “Azusa officers responded to the school and detained Martin Rosales as he left the school grounds.”
Food items believed to have been stolen from the classroom were found discarded nearby, Sgt. Andy Sutcliffe added.
According to county booking records, Rosales was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending a scheduled arraignment Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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UPDATED: Boy flown to hospital after being struck by car driven by off-duty police sergeant in Irwindale


IRWINDALE — Rescuers rushed a young boy to a trauma center Thursday after he was struck by a car driven by an off-duty Irwindale police sergeant while riding his scooter across the street, officials said.
The incident took place about 7 p.m. on Calle Del Norte, just east of Irwindale Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
The boy, who appeared to be about 7 years old, was flown by helicopter to a hospital in unknown condition, though he was conscious and breathing, CHP Officer Joshua Duran said. The injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
The boy, who lives across the street from Irwindale Park, was riding his electric Razor scooter southbound across Calle Del Norte to meet his family, which was already at the park for an evening concert, the officer said.
After leaving the driveway, he was struck by a westbound Lexus GS 300, Duran said. It was being driven by an off-duty Irwindale police sergeant who was on his way to work at the police station about half a block away from the scene of the crash.
The impact threw the boy about 20 feet, officials said.
His injuries could have been worse, Duran added. “From what I understand, he was wearing a helmet.”
The investigation remained in it’s early stages, however it initially appeared the Lexus was traveling within the speed limit of 25 mph when it struck the boy, Duran added. The name of the police sergeant at the wheel was not released.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.

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300 marijuana plants seized, three suspects arrested in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — Police discovered over 300 marijuana plants with an estimated value of $375,000 growing in a warehouse and arrested three men, officials announced Wednesday.
Investigators also seized a large amount of marijuana, cash, cultivation equipment and a firearm, according to acting Irwindale Police Chief
George Zendejas.
The incident began at 3:48 p.m. Tuesday when a patrol officer checked an unoccupied vehicle in a parking lot at 851 Meridian Street, discovered the registration expired more than six months ago and impounded it.
“While completing the storage, he discovered a large amount of marijuana inside the vehicle and evidence of a marijuana growing operation,” Zendejas said.
He said detectives served a search warrant at the warehouse on Meridian Street and found a marijuana growing operation. Three men inside the warehouse were arrested.
Kenneth Charles Severs, 31, of Rancho Cucamonga was arrested on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sales while Jarred Edward Knuth, 32, of La Habra and Ryan Eugene Knuth, 35, of Brea, were arrested on suspicion of cultivating marijuana.
Booking records the three men were booked at Glendora Police jail and released Wednesday morning. It wasn’t clear if they are out on bail.

- Ruby Gonzales

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Officer-involved shooting reported in Irwindale

IRWINDALE – A man was arrested after an officer-involved shooting Thursday morning.

No one was injured in the incident which happened about 10 a.m. at Ramona Boulevard and the San Gabriel riverbed, according to Acting Police Chief George Zendejas.

He said a patrol officer was flagged down because of a disturbance in the area. The officer went to investigate and checked a suspicious person.

The man ran, brandished a firearm and the shooting occurred, Zendejas said.

Jorge Luis Ojeda, 31, of Baldwin Park, was taken into custody after a foot pursuit. He was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder of an officer.

Ojeda is being held at the Baldwin Park police jail with a bail of $100,000. He will be arraigned Monday at West Covina Superior Court.

Baldwin Park police were assisting Irwindale police in the investigation which took place near the border between the two cities, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said.

- Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

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La Puente boy fatally struck by SUV in Irwindale identified

IRWINDALE — Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of a 5-year-old La Puente boy who was fatally struck by a car while crossing Arrow Highway with his father and sister.
Ernesto Rodriguez died at a hospital shortly after he was struck by an SUV about 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 1500 block of Arrow Highway, just east of the 605 Freeway, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Cheryl MacWillie said.
The boy, his father and his younger sister, who was in a stroller, were on their way to the San Gabriel Dam Recreation Area when the collision occurred, Irwindale police officials said. They were walking north across Arrow Highway mid-block, without a crosswalk.
They had made it across the eastbound traffic lanes and were standing on the center divider when a car driving in the left lane of westbound traffic stopped to let the family cross, according to police and fire officials.
Rodriguez darted out into the westbound lanes, leaving his father and sister behind on the center divider, police said.
The driver of Jeep Cherokee being driven in the right lane of westbound Arrow Highway did not see the child and struck him, officials said. The driver, a woman estimated to be about 50, struck the north curb as she swerved to miss the boy, but was unable to avoid him.
Paramedics rushed the severely injured boy by helicopter to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Rodriguez’s father and sister were not injured, officials said. The driver of the Jeep was taken to a hospital for examination after complaining of chest pain.

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5-year-old boy struck, critically injured by SUV in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — A 5-year-old boy suffered major injuries when he was struck by an SUV on Arrow Highway Friday, authorities said.
The boy was struck about 1:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of Arrow Highway, just east of Rivergrade Road, in front of the entrance to the San Gabriel Dam, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The boy was flown by helicopter to a trauma center in critical condition, fire Capt. Gerald Gonzales said. When loaded into the helicopter, he had a pulse but was not breathing.
The boy was with his father and younger sister, who was in a stroller, as they tried to cross Arrow Highway mid-block, fire Capt. Gerald Gonzales said. They had already crossed eastbound traffic lanes.
A westbound vehicle stopped to allow the family to cross, and the little boy ran out ahead of his father and sister, the captain said.
A Jeep Cherokee headed west on Arrow Highway in the No. 2 lane failed to see the boy until it was too late, officials said.
The driver, a woman estimated to be about 50, swerved her SUV in an attempt to miss the boy, but was unable to avoid striking him, according to Gonzales.
Officials said the boy was either thrown or carried about 50 feet following the impact. The Jeep collided with the north curb as the driver swerved, flattening at least one tire.
The boy’s father and sister were not injured.
Firefighters took the driver of the Jeep to a hospital after she complained of chest pain, Gonzales added.
The crash was being investigated by the Irwindale Police Department.


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Fiery big rig crash slows commute on 210 Freeway in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — A big rig driver escaped a fiery crash without injury early Wednesday after falling asleep at the wheel on the Foothill (210) Freeway, authorities said.
A 32-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man was headed west on the freeway in a 2000 Freightliner, just east of Irwindale Avenue, about 3:30 a.m. when he fell asleep and allowed the truck to veer toward the left, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The out-of-control truck veered across two traffic lanes and the carpool lane before striking the concrete center divider, officials said. It scraped along the center divider for a distance of about 1,000 feet before coming to a rest west of Irwindale Avenue.
The driver managed to get out of the badly damaged truck and made his way to the right shoulder.
“(The Freightliner’s) fuel tank was damaged during the collision and the fuel contained inside ignited, eventually engulfing (the truck),” according to the CHP statement.
The fire consumed the tractor of the truck, however the trailer did not burn, Sgt. Mike Dulong said. It contained non-flammable concrete slurry.
All lanes of both directions of the 210 Freeway were shut down at the crash scene, CHP officials said. Officers gradually opened lanes as the cleanup operation allowed.
The carpool add fast lanes of the eastbound and westbound sides of the freeway remained shut down until after 7 p.m.

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Police rescue suicidal man in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — A police officer pulled a man to safety Saturday as he sat poised with one leg already over the edge of a freeway overpass in an apparent suicide attempt, authorities said.
Witnesses called police about 10:45 a.m. to report a man on the Arrow Highway overpass of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway was climbing over the railing, Irwindale police Sgt. Greg Gomez said.
Officer Diego Cornejo was the first to arrive on the overpass, the sergeant said.
“When he went on scene, he did not have lights or sirens on as to not frighten the subject,” Gomez said.
The officer had already exited his car and was approaching the man, later determined to be a Montclair resident in his 50s, when he spotted the officer, Gomez said.
“The subject started to place one of his legs over the railing,” Gomez said. “The officer acted quickly and grabbed him.”
After pulling the man back onto the overpass, officials took him for a psychiatric evaluation, he said.

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Walnut woman to be sentenced for fatal Irwindale hit-and-run

A Walnut woman faces up to four years in prison when she returns to court next month to be sentence for fleeing the scene after fatally striking an elderly woman with her car.
Ashley Marie Lopez, 21, is due in West Covina Superior Court for sentencing Jan. 11, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
She pleaded “no contest” Dec. 4 to a charge of felony hit-and-run in connection with the Nov. 2 collision at Live Oak and Stewart avenues, officials said.
Killed in the crash was 80-year-old Cu Lee Nguyen of Baldwin Park, according to Irwindale police and coroner’s officials.
She was crossing Live Oak Avenue in a crosswalk just before 6 a.m. when she was struck by a car that was westbound on Live Oak, according to Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas.
Three days later, evidence led police to arrest Lopez and impounded her car, police said.

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Injury, multi-vehicle crash briefly shuts down 210 Freeway in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — A multi-vehicle crash involving a motorcycle briefly shut down the 210 Freeway early Wednesday as authorities landed a helicopter in the roadway to rush an injured person to the hospital.
The crash was reported just before 8 a.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Irwindale Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
Details of the crash were not immediately clear, though it was initially reported to involve six vehicles, according to CHP and Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
The crash forced the closure of eastbound lanes of the freeway, and the westbound lanes were shut down briefly as rescuers landed a helicopter on the freeway for a seriously injured patient, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
One person was taken by the helicopter to a hospital, while another person involved in the crash was hospitalized via ambulance, fire officials said.
All freeway lanes were re-opened about 8:40 a.m.
The crash was being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.

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