Car impaled by utility pole in freak accident in Rosemead

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ROSEMEAD >> A woman suffered a broken arm and narrowly escaped more serious injury after a utility pole impaled her car following a freak accident on Valley Boulevard in Rosemead, authorities said.
The crash took place just after 6 p.m. on Valley Boulevard, near Merwin C. Gill Way, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. William Wicker said.
The metal utility pole smashed through the windshield of the car, exiting through the driver-side rear window and narrowly missing the driver, according to sheriff’s and fire officials.
The crash was triggered when a cable strung between two utility poles to display banners suddenly fell onto the roadway, Wicker said.
The fallen cable ended up entangled with an SUV that was eastbound on Valley Boulevard, the lieutenant said. The SUV then ripped the pole in half, tossing a long portion of it into westbound traffic lanes.
“A White Acura heading westbound struck the pole. It went through the windshield,” Wicker said.
The pole narrowly missed directly striking the driver, described only as a woman, officials said.
“It looked like it was pretty close,” Wicker said.
But after freeing the woman from the wreckage, firefighters took her to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening, including a broken arm, the lieutenant said.
Two women who were inside the SUV that became entangled with the fallen cable were not injured, he said.
It was not clear Wednesday what caused the cable to fall, or who was responsible for it.

PHOTO courtesy of KCBS/KCAL

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Police: Man bites off other man’s fingertip during Beyonce-Jay Z concert at Rose Bowl in Pasadena; 10 other arrests reported

PASADENA >> Police arrested 11 people Saturday night during a Beyonce and Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl, including a man accused of biting off the tip of another man’s finger after groping the victim’s girlfriend, authorities said.
An estimated 55,000 fans attended the concert, which was to continue with a second performance Sunday night, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Police arrested eight people for public drunkenness and two people for ticket scalping during the event, Luna said.
And Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, of San Diego man was arrested inside the stadium about 10 p.m. on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, legally defined as disabling or disfiguring a part of a victim’s body, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records.
The alleged attack occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped a woman in her 20s, Luna said.
“The suspect sexually assaulted the female victim,” he said. The woman’s boyfriend confronted the alleged groper, and a fight ensued.
“During the altercation, the suspect bit the victim, causing serious injury to his finger,” the lieutenant said. “He lost the tip of one of his fingers.”
Police took the suspect into custody at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail, where he was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Massive tortoise found wandering in Alhambra reunited with owners

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ALHAMBRA >> A massive tortoise found wandering through the streets of Alhambra Saturday has been reunited with his owners, police said.
The 150-pound reptile was spotted by a passer-by about 1 p.m. Saturday in the area of 6th Street and Norwood Place, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said.
Two officers hoisted the large animal into a patrol car before it was taken into the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control, she said.
0803_NWS_PSN-L_TORTOISE2The tortoise’s owners, an Alhambra family, claimed the tortoise late Saturday morning, Rodriguez said. It turned out his name id “Dirk.”
Dirk was back at home with his family, including his best pal, a bulldog, Saturday afternoon, she said.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department.

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Naked runner arrested in Alhambra

ALHAMBRA — Police arrested a Los Angeles man Friday after spotting him out for a run wearing nothing by shoes, officials said.
Lionel Giovanny Amador, 23, was booked on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs following his 8 p.m. arrest on Garfield Avenue, near Linda Vista Avenue, according to Alhambra police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
After police caught up with the nude runner, he told officers he had taken “a pill” and decided to go for a run, Alhambra police said in a statement posted on the agency’s Facebook page.
Amador was released from custody early Saturday with a misdemeanor citation, records show.

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150-pound tortoise found wandering in Alhambra

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ALHAMBRA — Officials are seeking to reunite a 150-pound tortoise with it’s owner after the massive reptile was found wandering the streets of Alhambra Saturday, police said.
A passer-by called police about 1 p.m. to report seeing the animal strolling in the southeast end of town, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said.
The caller kept tabs on the tortoise until police arrived, she said.
0803_NWS_PSN-L_TORTOISE1It took two officers to lift the creature into a patrol car, Rodriguez said. They took the animal to the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control’s Downey Office.
The rightful owner can claim the tortoise by contacting animal control officials at 562-940-6898.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department.

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Mountain lion spotted in Norwalk

NORWALK >> In a highly unusual incident for the city, a mountain lion was spotted strolling through a residential Norwalk neighborhood earlier this week, officials said Thursday.
A home surveillance camera mounted in the 11000 block of Tina Street caught the large cat on video about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday, Los Angles County sheriff’s Lt. Cynthia Sanchez said.
“The video shows a mountain lion strolling across the front of the informants property,” Sanchez said.
Officials from the California Department of Fish and Game were notified, she said, however the animal was not spotted in the flesh.
It was unclear where the lion originated from, and how it ended up so far from the wilderness.

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Girls’ softball team apprehends robbery suspect in Covina

COVINA — A man tried to steal a folder containing the personal information of a girls’ softball team as members gathered at a pizza parlor Friday before being chased down and captured by an outraged group of players and parents, police said.
Police arrested Marvin Duenas, 29, of Covina on suspicion of robbery, as well as an outstanding vandalism warrant out of Van Nuys, Covina police Lt. Tim Doonan said.
The alleged crime took place about 8:20 p.m. at a pizzeria in the 900 block of North Citrus Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Eleven- and 12-year-old members of the Covina National Little League Softball girls’ all-star team, along with parents and coaches, were meeting at the restaurant ahead of a scheduled game Saturday against Baldwin Park Eastside Little League, police said.
The coach had with him a folder containing personal information of players, such as birth certificates, utility bills and tax forms which the league uses to verify players’ eligibility, Doonan said.
The lieutenant described the folder as a “gold mine” for someone seeking to carry out identity theft. The documents were also necessary for the team to be allowed to play their game.
After looking down an realizing the folder was gone from the table, Doonan said another patron of the restaurant told him that a man had just snatched the folder and walked out the door with it.
The group went outside and spotted the man, as well as a woman, entering a nearby gas station, Doonan said.
During a brief confrontation at the gas station, he said, Duenas shoved a 12-year-old girl, as well as one of the parents accompanying the group.
The group demanded the folder back, and Duenas returned it after pulling it from a backpack he was carrying, police said. The suspect then tried to run, but the group held onto him until police arrived.
Police detained the woman Duenas was with, but released her later in the evening after determining she did not appear to have been involved in the theft.
Duenas was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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Alhambra police seek stolen pet lizard

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Police are seeking a lizard with red-painted claws that was stolen from an Alhambra pet shop last week.
Ganga the Bearded Dragon was pilfered by an unknown crook June 12 while she was being boarded at McCormick’s Met Emporium, 644 E. Main Street, Alhambra police Sgt. Esther Rodriguez said. The theft occurred between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The 12-inch-long lizard, which had the claws on three of its legs painted with red nail polish, requires daily doses of sunlight or artificial ultraviolet light to remain healthy, police said in a written statement.
“We have exhausted our leads in trying to recover the beautiful animal,” according to the police statement. So investigators turned to the public to see if anyone has seen the pilfered pet.
“If a friend or neighbor should suddenly be in possession of a dragon with painted nails, please give us a call,” the police statement said. “If, you should happen to see this animal unattended, please call us so we can return her to the rightful owner. If you have Ganga, bring her to the police station immediately.”
Anyone with information can reach Alhambra police at 626-570-5130.

PHOTO courtesy of the Alhambra Police Department

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UPDATED: Overturned big rig spills milk on Azusa Avenue in Industry

INDUSTRY >> A big rig hauling milk overturned on Azusa Avenue near the Puente Hills Mall early Saturday, snarling traffic and spilling some of its cargo onto the roadway, authorities said.
The crash took place about 7:15 a.m. on northbound Azusa Avenue at the 60 Freeway, blocking northbound lanes of Azusa Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Monica Posada said.
The driver, a Riverside man in his 40s, was taken to a hospital with apparently minor injuries, she said.
He had just exited the eastbound 60 Freeway and was making a left turn onto Azusa Avenue from the offramp when the truck tipped over, the officer said.
The tanker was compromised and began leaking a “significant amount” of milk, Posada said. Officials treated the milk as a hazardous material and tried to keep it out of storm drains, as it can be toxic to marine life.
Officials remained a the scene more than four hours later working to right and remove the overturned tanker.
The truck was placed back on its wheels Saturday afternoon, and two of four northbound lanes of Azusa Avenue were reopened about 5 p.m., according to CHP logs.
The Azusa Avenue offramp from the eastbound 60 Freeway was also shut down Saturday morning and afternoon due to the crash.

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UPDATED — Police: Suspect in bizarre West Covina rampage admits using bath salts, methamphetamine

WEST COVINA >> A man believed to be high on bath salts and methamphetamine threatened passers-by with a gas can, doused himself in the flammable liquid and bit a police officer before finally being wrestled into custody by police early Saturday, authorities said.
Juan Carlos Urrutia, 24, of West Covina was arrested in connection with the incident, according to West Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The bizarre series of event unfolded shorty after 7 a.m. in the area of West Covina Parkway and Glendora Avenue.
Police received numerous calls of a man — later identified as Urrutia — of about 19 years old walking in the middle of the street with a gasoline can in-hand, “threatening motorists to light them on fire,” West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Callers further reported that the man had doused a bush, as well as himself, in gasoline, and had been seen carrying both a lighter and a crowbar, the lieutenant said.
Officers arrived and confronted Urrutia, who was still carrying the gas can, as well as some jumper cables and paper towels that had been soaked in gasoline, Patton said. He appeared highly intoxicated.
“He disobeyed call commands,” Patton said.
But because the man was soaked in flammable liquid, officer were unable to use a Taser to subdue Urrutua for fear of igniting a fire, police said. So police wrestled him into custody.
“It took multiple officers to get this guy into custody,” Patton said.
Urrutia bit an officer in the arm during the struggle, breaking the skin and causing a “significant injury,” Patton said. The officer was treated and released at a hospital.
The suspect told officials that he had consumed bath salts and methamphetamine, he said. He was taken to a hospital for examination.
Bath salts is a term used to describe a family of synthetic stimulants often sold as items such as bath salt, labeled not for human consumption.
After being examined at a hospital, Urrutia was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest and being under the influence of drugs, police said.
According to county booking records, Urrutia was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his arraignment, scheduled Tuesday in West Covina Superior Court.

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