PASADENA >> Police are planning a checkpoint this weekend to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the Pasadena, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
“Over the course of the past three years, DUI collisions have claimed five lives and resulted in 77 injury crashes harming 125 of our friends and neighbors,” Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.
PASADENA >> An elderly parking lot supervisor fought for his life at a hospital Sunday after he suffered major head injuries in a utility cart accident while working at a parking lot servicing the UCLA football game at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena Saturday night, officials said.
The accident took place about 11 p.m. in the parking lot of Parsons Corporation near De Lacey Avenue and Holly Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said. The lot was being used as a shuttle lot to provide parking for Saturday evening’s football game.
The victim, a Lancaster man in his 70s employes by LAZ Parking, was driving an electric utility cart with a coworker riding as a passenger just prior to the mishap, Mercado said.
The supervisor exited the car to pick up some debris in front of the vehicle, the lieutenant said. Simultaneously, he instructed his coworker to take the cart and use it to dispose of some trash.
As they coworker slid over from the passenger seat to the driver seat, he accidentally disengaged the emergency brake or stepped on the accelerator, Mercado said.
“The cart lunged forward and hit the victim,” he said. “He fell down and hit his head on the asphalt.”
Paramedics took the critically injured man to Huntington Hospital, where doctors rushed him into emergency surgery, police said. An update on his condition was not available Sunday afternoon.
Representatives of LAZ Parking could not be reached for comment Sunday.
PASADENA >> A man stabbed and seriously wounded a woman and her boyfriend during what began as an argument over parking in a carport late Saturday.
Both victims, a Pasadena woman in her 30s and a Los Angeles man in his 30s, were hospitalized in “critical but stable” condition following the alleged attack, which took place about 8:10 p.m. in the 1700 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The suspect, a man in his 50s, was a neighbor of the woman, the lieutenant said. They had been involved in an ongoing dispute when they encountered one another in the parking lot of their apartment complex and became involved in an argument over parking.
“The argument escalated into a physical fight between them,” Mercado said. “(The woman’s boyfriend) saw the fight and involved himself in defense of the (female) victim.”
“The suspect pulled out a knife and stabbed both of them,” he said. “The (male) victim managed to disarm the suspect and retain the knife. Once the suspect was disarmed, he fled in his vehicle.”
Police collected the folding pocket knife as evidence, Mercado said.
The suspect’s identity was not available as police continued seeking him Sunday.
PASADENA >> A man with a gun robbed a teenage boy of his cell phone Friday afternoon, authorities said
The crime took place about 4:25 p.m. in the 700 block of East Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 17-year-old boy passed by a man between 25 and 35 years old who was leaning against the wall of a business, the lieutenant said.
The man confronted the teen and questioned him regarding his gang membership.
Clawson said the victim replied he was not in a gang. The robber then pulled a handgun, ordered the teen to empty his pockets and robbed him of his cell phone.
The robber fled in a burgundy vehicle.
PASADENA >> Two men in a car robbed a pedestrian at gunpoint along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena early Friday, police said.
A 49-year-old Pasadena man was walking in the 900 block of East Colorado Boulevard about 8:20 a.m. when a white, 1990s-model Honda Civic approached from behind, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“The passenger in the vehicle asked for directions. When the victim engaged him in further conversation, the suspect pulled out a handgun and demanded the victims wallet,” Clawson said.
The man handed over his wallet, which the gunman stripped of cash and discarded, the lieutenant said.
Detailed descriptions of the gunman and driver were not available. No injuries were reported.
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PASADENA >> A sheriff’s deputy less than two weeks out of the academy, along with three other good Samaritans, is credited with resuscitating and saving the life of a man found pulseless on the 210 Freeway following a car crash earlier this week, officials said.
Deputy Jason Flores who graduated the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s academy Sept. 4, spotted a car that had crashed into the center divider along the eastbound 210 Freeway near Madre Street in Pasadena as he was on his way home from work about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“The male adult driver was unresponsive inside the locked vehicle, prompting the deputy and another passerby, to spring into action as they risked their own lives by stopping on the busy freeway,” Sgt. John Glynn said in a written statement.
The young deputy forced his way into the car an unlocked a door to reach the unconscious driver, he said.
“Deputy Flores realized the driver was not breathing and did not have a pulse,” Glynn said. “Deputy Flores instructed the passerby to call 9-1-1 and request medical assistance, while he started to perform (CPR).”
As Flores continued CPR, “the driver gasped for air and had a faint pulse,” the sergeant said.
Two off-duty nurses stopped at the scene to assist before California Highway Patrol officers and paramedics arrived to take over treatment and rush the injured driver to a hospital, officials said. The victim’s heart stopped twice during the ambulance ride, but was resuscitated both times by emergency medical personnel.
Doctors rushed the man into emergency surgery, authorities said.
The driver, a 60-year-old Brea man, was listed in stable condition Friday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said.
Further details regarding the circumstance of the crash were not available.
Flores had basic CPR training prior to joining the sheriff’s department, “but he credits the majority of his life-saving skills and techniques to the Sheriff’s Academy Recruit Training Program,” Glynn said.
Having just graduated the academy, Flores, 23, has not yet received his formal duty assignment, sheriff’s spokeswoman Nicole Nishida said. He will most likely be assigned to the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles.
PHOTOS: [TOP] – LASD Deputy Jason Flores (courtesy). [BELOW] – Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jason Flores receives his badge from his grandfather, retired Deputy Jimmy Jackson, upon graduating the sheriff’s Academy on Sept. 4, 2015. (Courtesy)
PASADENA >> A man of killing his ex-girlfriend, whose body was found inside a car in Monrovia after she was reported missing in June, denied a murder charge Wednesday in Pasadena Superior Court, officials said.
Jose Roberto Turner, 47, of Pasadena pleaded not guilty to a county of murder for the death of Lajoya McCoy, 31, of Monrovia, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
He was scheduled to return to court Oct. 15 for a hearing in his case.
Prosecutors charged Turner with murder Sept. 3 after several months of investigation into McCoy’s death.
McCoy and Turner had two children together.
After being reported missing June 15, McCoy’s body was discovered June 16 inside her car, which was parked in the 200 block of West Cypress Avenue in Monrovia, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
“According to the criminal complaint, Turner committed the murder on June 10,” district attorney’s office spokesman Ricardo Santiago said in a written statement.
Coroner’s officials have not disclosed McCoy’s official cause of death, citing a “security hold” placed on the case by sheriff’s investigators.
But court documents allege that Turner used a rope or cord to commit the slaying.
PASADENA >> A 70-year-old woman fought off two robbers who attacked her at her at her Pasadena home Friday, officials said.
The home-invasion robbery took place about 10:35 a,m. in the 2700 block of East Orange Grove Boulevard, according to Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo.
The woman noticed an older-model, dark green or dark blue Jeep pull up her driveway toward the rear of her home, he said. She went outside to see who had arrived.
A man in a ski mask emerged from the passenger seat of the Jeep and grabbed the woman, trying to pull a necklace from her neck, the lieutenant said. He was accompanied by a woman, who drove the Jeep.
“A struggle ensued,” Carrillo said. “During the struggle, they ended up back inside the house.”
The robbers tried, but failed, to pull the woman’s watch from her wrist before her screams apparently scared the away, he said. They only managed to get away with a charm from the woman’s necklace.
The woman complained of pain but did not wish to be taken to a hospital, Carrillo said.
Detailed suspect descriptions were not available.
PASADENA >> Police jailed a Whittier man on suspicion of kidnapping and carjacking a woman in Pasadena late Friday.
The strange crime took place shortly before 8 p.m. in the 400 block of South Lake Avenue as a 25-year-old Los Angeles woman was returning to her car after shopping in the area, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
A suspect ultimately identified as Andrew Sevillano, 27, of Whittier jumped into the passenger seat of the woman’s car and ordered her to drive, Carrillo said. He gave no destination where he wanted to go, but simply told the frightened woman to continue keep driving.
The car had reached Alhambra when the woman decided to jump out of the car and run, Carrillo said. Sevillano drove off in her car.
The woman sought help from a nearby resident, who called police on her behalf, the lieutenant said.
Officers found the car parked outside Pasadena High School about four hours later, Carrillo said. They found and arrested Sevillano at neighboring victory park.
Sevillano displayed no weapon during the crime, and his motives were unclear, he said.
Police were looking into the possibility that mental illness or intoxication may have played a role in the strange incident.
PASADENA >> A man suffered critical injuries and was rushed into emergency surgery after crashing his bicycle into a parked car in Pasadena Saturday afternoon.
The crash took place about 2:45 p.m. on Allen Avenue, just south of Las Lunas Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jesse Carrillo said.
The cyclist, described as a man in his mid-20s, was wearing a helmet when he struck the rear of a parked car, shattering the rear windshield, the lieutenant said.
But the impact left him with severe head and neck injuries, including cuts from the broken glass, he said.
Paramedics took the badly injured bicyclist to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he was rushed into surgery Saturday afternoon, Carrillo said.