Mountain biker critically injured in fall in Angeles National Forest

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Rescuers rushed a mountain biker to a hospital in critical condition after he was found unconscious after taking a fall in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge Sunday afternoon, officials said.
Members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team, along with a Los Angeles MTNBIKE2County Sheriff’s Department helicopter, responded after an unconscious bicyclist was discovered about 50 feet over the side of the road near Josephine Saddle shortly after 2 p.m., sheriff’s officials said.
An update on the cyclists condition was not available late Sunday.

PHOTOS: Courtesy, Montrose Search & Rescue Team

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Pasadena church plans youth forum with son of Stanley ‘Tookie’ Williams

PASADENA >> A Pasadena church is hosting a youth forum this month featuring the son of executed killer, gang leader and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Stanley “Tookie” Williams.
The “Youth Speak Out” forum will take place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, 1700 N. Raymond Ave., FAME Board of Directors member Pamela Short Powell said.
The event is targeted toward young people ages 16 to 35.
Travon Williams will discuss, “his lived experiences in the gang culture and how making he right decisions can have a positive impact on life’s challenges,” church representatives said in a written statement.
His father, who was an early leader of the Crips street gang in Los Angeles before being convicted and executed for four murders, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize six times while behind bars, “in recognition of his work against gang violence, anti-gang choices and life in prison,” according to the statement.
A panel of young people from local high schools, colleges, churches and other organizations will be invited to engage in a dialogue with Travon Williams and speak out regarding the issues and challenged they face in their lives.
Community resource providers and social service agencies will also be on-hand to provide information.
For more information, FAME Pasadena can be reached at 626-798-0503, or online at famepasadena.org.

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Man uses ruse to carjack elderly Pasadena woman

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man who used a ruse to carjack an 84-year-old Pasadena woman of her Lexus Friday, officials said.
The crime took place about 11:45 a.m. in the 100 block of West California Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The victim had just gotten into her car and turned on the engine when a man approached her at her still-open driver-side door, he said.
Mercado said the man told the elderly woman that her car was sparking from beneath and directed her out of the vehicle.
“When she exited her car, he got in and drove away, west on California,” the lieutenant said. The woman suffered no injuries.
Stolen was the woman’s silver, 2004 Lexus 330 with a California license plate of 5FAB540, he said. The carjacker was described as a white man in his 50s, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, of medium build, with short brown hair. He wore a khaki-colored jacket.

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Pasadena man critically wounded in drive-by shooting


PASADENA >> A Pasadena man suffered serious injuries in a drive-by shooting Friday night, police said.
The shooting took place about 11:30 p.m. in at Stanton Street and Casitas Drive, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
A 49-year-old man had just left an adult’s birthday party and was walking to his car when someone inside a passing dark-colored, older-model Honda opened fire, Mercado said.
One bullet pierced through the man’s arm and entered his abdomen, the lieutenant said. He was listed in critical but stable condition after undergoing emergency surgery.
Further details of the shooting were unclear Saturday morning, Mercado said. Police had yet to interview the victim due to his medical condition, and other guests of the party did not appear to be cooperating with investigators.

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Baldwin Park man, Ontarion woman killed in crash at 60, 605 freeway interchange


A Baldwin Park man and an Ontario woman died early Saturday when the car they were passengers in veered off the roadway and struck a tree along the 60 Freeway in an unincorporated county area near Industry, authorities said.
Paramedics pronounced the 49-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman dead at the scene, officials said. Their names were not released pending notification of family members, according to Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner.
A 24-year-old Ontario man who was driving the car and an Ontario woman also riding as a passenger suffered major injuries in the 2:40 a.m. crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of the 605 Freeway, Officer T. Kinzler of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles office said in a written statement.
The 2006 Scion tC was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, Kinzler said.
“For unknown reasons, (the driver) lost control of the vehicle and traveled in a southerly direction across all lanes,” the officer said. “The vehicle traveled into the dirt gore point and collided with a tree.”
Any witnesses to the crash can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles Office at 323-980-4600.

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CHP: Man dies in crash after hydroplaning on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man died after his car collided with a delivery truck on the rain-slickened 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The crash occurred about 2:45 p.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway at Lincoln Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Initial reports indicated a gray sedan hydroplaned and went out of control before crashing into the truck, Kimball said.
The front end of the car became pinned beneath the truck, trapping the driver, Kimball said. The man, estimated to be about 30, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials issued a Sig Alert affecting the right-hand lane of the westbound 210 Freeway through 7 p.m. officials said. Officers from the CHP’s Altadena office are handling the investigation.

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Woodland Hills man killed in Angeles National Forest motorcycle crash

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A Woodland Hills man died over the weekend after his motorcycle tumbled off a mountain road and down an embankment deep in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
William Lyles Adkins, 23, died in the solo-motorcycle crash, which took place about 12:20 p.m. Saturday near mile marker 56 of Angeles Crest Highway, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Fred Corrall said.
He was riding a 2003 Suzuki dual sport motorcycle east on Angeles Crest Highway prior to the fatal crash, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“For reasons unknown, (Adkins) veered from the roadway and down a 100-foot embankment,” according to the statement. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Altadena area office at 626-296-8100.

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Altadena man jailed in connection with two Pasadena wireless store robberies

PASADENA >> An Altadena man arrested following a police chase Wednesday is suspect of two robberies at Pasadena wireless stores this week, authorities said.
Police arrested Prince Bridges, 29, following a chase from Pasadena to Sherman Oaks following his latest alleged robbery, reported about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at Go Wireless in the 3800 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Sgt. Mike Bugh said. More than 70 iPhones and Samsung Galaxy phones stolen from the store were recovered, along with the suspect’s handgun, Bugh said.
Bridges is also suspected of a similar heist Friday afternoon at a T-Mobile store in the 100 block of South Lake Avenue, Bugh said.
In Wednesday’s robbery, the suspect first inquired about a job before pulling a gun on the lone employee.
“He displayed a handgun and directed salesperson to the rear of the store, where he ordered the salesperson to open the safe,” Lt. John Luna said. The robber stuffed more than 70 cell phones into a trash bag and fled.
Police spotted a car matching the description just after the robber and tried to pull it over, but the driver led officers on a chase along the 134 and 405 freeways, Luna said. The car exited the freeway in Sherman Oaks and crashed into another car, resulting in no injuries, before the suspect continued fleeing on foot.
Los Angeles police and California Highway Patrol officers helped Pasadena police capture the suspect nearby, Bugh said. Police found a the stolen cell phones and a loaded handgun in the suspect’s car.
In Friday’s robbery along Lake Avenue, Bugh said Bridges ordered four employees and a customer of the store into a rear room before fleeing with more than a dozen cell phones. No injuries were reported in either robbery.
Bridges was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance, scheduled Friday in Pasadena Superior Court, records show.

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Man tries to rob senior citizens walking near Rose Bowl in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A man tried, but failed, to wrestle a fanny pack away from a woman in her 70s Saturday as she walked with her husband around the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, police said.
The woman suffered minor cuts to her arms during the crime but did not require hospitalization, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said
She and her husband, both Glendale residents, were walking around the Rose Bowl about 9:45 p.m. when a robber approached them at Rosemont Avenue and Arroyo Boulevard.
“He demanded the fanny pack and tugged at it,” the lieutenant said. The woman fell to the ground in the scuffle, but the would-be robber was unable to remove the fanny pack.
As the couple yelled for help, the failed robber ran away along Arroyo Boulevard and got into a car, Carrillo said.
Police described the suspect as a black man between 20 and 30, of thin build, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a dark complexion, wearing a black baseball cap, a black jacket and dark jeans. He was seen getting into a bronze, four-door older-model car similar to a Mercury Sable.
The attempted robbery of the senior citizen took place just over a month after another man, 87, was seriously injured during a robbery while walking near the Rose Bowl in the early-morning hours.
Three 19-year-old San Gabriel Valley men have been arrested in connection with the robbery and attack and are awaiting trial. A fourth suspect, a 19-year-old Rowland Heights woman, remains at large.

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Man arrested for attempted sexual assault of woman waiting in car in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A man tried to force himself on a young woman by threatening to falsely report her for drunken driving Saturday before the woman flagged down a passing police officer, who arrested the suspect, authorities said.
Dishaun Alboulatifoy, 37, of Pasadena is accused of attempted sexual assault in connection with the failed crime, which took place about 3:10 a.m. in the 200 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The victim, a woman in her late-teens, was sitting in the driver seat of a car as she waited for her boyfriend, Carrillo said.
Alboulatifoy, who was believed to be drunk, reached through a partially opened passenger-side window to unlock and open the door, the lieutenant said. The suspect got into the passenger seat and told the woman if she did not provide him with a sexual favor, he would call the police and report she was a drunken driver.
Fortunately, Carrillo said, a police car happened by and the woman flagged the officer down and explained what had happened. Police arrested Alboulatifoy. The woman was not intoxicated.

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