Fire at Pasadena nursing home prompts evacuation of more than 100 residents

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PASADENA >> A car fire spread to a Pasadena nursing home Sunday afternoon, leaving more than 100 residents temporarily displaced, authorities said.
The fire was reported about 2 p.m. at the Pasadena Meadows Nursing Center, 150 Bellefontaine Street, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
A Dodge Avenger parked next to the Pasadena Meadows Nursing Home nursing home caught fire, spreading to the building, she said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire burned its way into a resident’s room and forced officials to evacuate the 127 primarily bed-ridden patients living at the nursing home, Derderian said.
“Firefighters were assisted by 55 staff members in moving the residents outside the structure, providing shade and hydration as paramedics carefully monitored their status,” Derderian said.
One firefighter suffered a knee injury while battling the blaze, she said.
Once the flames were extinguished, one room had been damaged by the fire, and two additional rooms had sustained smoke damage, she said.
All residents were allowed back into the building Sunday afternoon, and the facility made space elsewhere for the residents whose rooms were affected by the fire, Derderian said.

PHOTO courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Pasadena man accused of molesting 14-year-old girl

PASADENA — A 26-year-old Pasadena man was behind bars Sunday on suspicion of molesting a 14-year-old relative of his common-law wife, authorities said.
Police arrested Pedro Munoz Zamudio Saturday afternoon on suspicion of child molestation and sexual assault, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
Officers responded to a report of a sexual assault early Saturday morning at a home in the 100 block of Painter Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Investigators determined Zamudio had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old relative of his common-law wife, police said.
The girl was taken to a hospital for examination.
According to booking records, Zamudio was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Pasadena Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance.

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Pasadena man struck by car while pushing bike across street

PASADENA >> A man suffered major head injuries but was expected to survive after he was struck by a car while pushing a bike across the street Saturday afternoon, officials said.
A 30-year-old Pasadena man was pushing a bike east along Maple Street and crossing Los Robles Avenue about 2:20 p.m. when he was struck by a small sedan that was headed south on Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“The pedestrian struck the windshield of the vehicle and was thrown into the street,” the lieutenant said.
He was taken to a hospital with major head injuries, but was expected to survive, Luna said.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles man who was driving the sedan remained at the scene and cooperated with police, Luna said. The cause of the collision was being investigated by the Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section.

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UPDATED: Missing elderly Pasadena man found safe

PASADENA >> An elderly Pasadena man turned up safe and sound after going missing from his retirement home Saturday, police said.
The 87-year-old man was last seen about 10:30 a.m. before going missing from his home in the 500 block of E. Villa Street, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Officials asked the public’s help in finding the man. But he returned home Friday afternoon.
Officials determined the man had gone for a walk in the heat and stopped in a nearby office building to cool down, Lt. John Luna said.
A good Samaritan offered him some water before giving the man a ride back to his retirement home, the lieutenant said.

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Man sought in attack at Central Park in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man suffered a broken jaw when he was attacked by an acquaintance late Friday at Pasadena’s Central Park, police said.
A 43-year-old man homeless man was standing near a restroom at the park, 219 S. Fair Oaks Ave., just before 9 p.m. when he was confronted by the suspect, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said. “He’s familiar with (the attacker), but doesn’t know him by name.”
After a brief argument, “The suspect punched the victim in the face with an unknown object in his hand, breaking his jaw,” Luna said.
The suspect was last seen running east along Del Mar Boulevard, Luna said. He was described as a black man in his mid-40s, about 6 feet 2 inches tall and 200 pounds.
It was not clear what the dispute was about.

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Jewelry dealers robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewels on Pasadena freeway offramp

PASADENA — Two men escaped with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jewelry late Thursday after robbing a pair of jewelry dealers on a freeway offramp in Pasadena, police said.
The heist took place about 9:50 p.m. on the Fair Oaks Avenue offramp of the eastbound 210 Freeway, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
Two men from out of state who own a jewelry business were visiting town when a car stopped in front of them, Luna said.
The two robbers exited their car and confronted the victims, who were 35 and 45 years old, he said.
“They threatened harm if the victims did not comply with their demands,” Luna said. The robbers ordered the victims to open the trunk of their car.
Luna said the robbers grabbed jewelry valued at “several hundred-thousand dollars,” from the victims’ trunk before fleeing. The jewelry dealers were not injured, and no weapons were seen during the crime.
Police described the robbers only as two male suspects wearing dark clothing. They were driving a white sedan, possibly of German manufacture.
The victims did not recognize the robbers, Luna said. It was not clear how the robbers knew of the victims’ precious cargo.
“They were obviously targeted,” Luna said.

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Iron worker killed in accident at Pasadena construction site

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PASADENA >> A 24-year-old ironworker died at a hospital over the weekend after he was injured in a fall while working at an office building construction site in Pasadena, officials confirmed Thursday.
Robert Carrasco died Sunday at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena hospital, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. His city of residence was not clear.
He was injured about 10 a.m. July 9 while working at the construction site for the five-story Playhouse Plaza office building, at the southeast corner of Colorado Boulevard and El Molina Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Carrasco had taken a fall from about 15 feet up and suffered major blunt force injuries, she said. He was hospitalized in severe condition.
Carrasco succumbed to his injuries shortly before noon Sunday, Winter said. An autopsy was pending.
A large beam atop the massive construction project was painted with yellow letters reading, “Dedicated to Robert Carrasco IW Local 433.”
“We would like to send our condolences to the Family of Robert Carrasco,” a statement on the Ironworkers Local 433 website read. “Robert passed away on 7/13/2014 as a result of an on the job injury. If you would like to make a donation to the family you may due so at any of the Union Halls.”
Funeral services had no yet been scheduled, according to the union.
Further details of the incident were not available. An investigation was to be carried out by the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

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Pasadena family describes terror of shooting that killed three

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PASADENA >> A terrified family of six found themselves in the midst of a hail of bullets Saturday afternoon when they arrived home just as a shooting rampage began that left three people dead and two others wounded.
Sandra Barraza, 37, her husband, Alfredo Garcia, 41, and their four children had just returned from the store when they noticed a police SUV and a patrol car parked in front of their house, Garcia said.
They did not see the body of a woman who had been fatally shot lying behind a tree across the street, or the body of a man who also had been shot to death just up the street.
Suddenly, a group of police officers carrying rifles yelled to the family to get inside.
“We took two steps, and the shooting started,” said the couple’s 18-year-old daughter, Melissa Perez. Also in the driveway were Perez’s 12- and 15-year-old brothers and her 16-year-old sister.
An officer fled to cover behind the police SUV as the gunman, later identified by police as 44-year-old John Izeal Smith of Pasadena, continued shooting, riddling the vehicle with bullets. The family stood directly behind the SUV when the gunfire began.
Bullets flew on both sides of the family’s driveway as they ran for their home, Sandra Barraza said. Her husband added that he could see smoke rising from the AK-47-type rifle wielded by the gunman as he fired from the front lawn of the home across the street.
“It was horrible. Like a movie scene,” Barraza said. “I was so scared. He was right in front of us.”

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Photo by James Carbone

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Victim of Pasadena shooting rampage identified

PASADENA — Coroner’s officials Sunday released the name of one of three people killed in a mass shooting on a residential Pasadena street that also left two others wounded.
Maria Teresa Aguiar, 59, died along with two men at the scene of Saturday’s deadly rampage in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corral said.
Her city of residence was not yet listed at the coroner’s office Sunday morning, however public records indicated Aguiar lived on the street where the shooting took place. A phone number listed as belonging to Aguiar was not working.
The identities of the two men killed in the attack have not been released.
A man and woman were also shot by suspect John Izeal Smith of Pasadena, who eventually surrendered to police after firing on an officer with a semi-automatic rifle and engaging in a brief stand-off, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
“We’re talking upwards of 40 rounds that were fired,” the chief said. Police did not return fire.

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Three killed in Pasadena shooting; suspect in custody


PASADENA >> A man armed with a rifle allegedly shot and killed three people, wounded two more and opened fire on a police officer before ultimately surrendering Saturday afternoon.
The 4:20 p.m. shooting in the 1700 block of North Summit Avenue was believed to have stemmed from a dispute between a landlord and tenant, though the details were not yet clear, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
The shooter was identified as 35-year-old John Izeal Smith of Pasadena.

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