Motorcyclist killed in crash on 210 Freeway in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A motorcyclist died in a crash on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena amid rush-hour traffic Thursday afternoon, officials said.
The motorcyclist, described as a Pasadena man in his early-20s, died at the scene, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
The crash was first reported at 4:41 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 210 Freeway near Sierra Madre Villa Avenue, California Highway Patrol officer Peter Bishop said.
The crash involved the motorcycle and a truck, Derderian said. Five people inside the truck were unhurt.
Further details were not immediately available.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and left-hand lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway that was expected to remain in effect past 8 p.m.

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Checkpoint planned in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police officers are planning to hold a checkpoint Friday night in Pasadena, authorities said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within the city, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement.
Over the past three years alone, Pasadena police investigated 119 DUI collisions, resulting in five deaths and 114 injuries, police added.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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Arsonist torches car in Pasadena


PASADENA >> Police and fire department investigators are seeking an arsonist who torched a parked car in a residential neighborhood late Saturday.
The 2002 Volvo was discovered in flames just after 11 p.m. as it was parked along the street at La Tierra Street and Daisy Avenue, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters extinguished the fire, but the car was a total loss, she said.
Investigators determined the fire had been intentionally set, Derderian said.
No information regarding any possible suspects or motive was available as officials continued pursuing investigative leads Sunday afternoon, she said.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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3 women sought in Pasadena robbery, carjacking


PASADENA >> Three women robbed and carjacked another woman at knifepoint along a residential street in Pasadena Friday afternoon, police said.
The three robbers approached the victim, a Pasadena woman in her 30s, about 5:40 p.m. as she was getting out of her white, 2002 Toyota Avalon in the 400 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
One of the women tried to grab the victim’s cell phone and wallet from her hand, but was unable to, and the two began to struggle over the items, Mercado said.
“While they were fighting, (another) suspect produced the knife and demanded the victim’s cell phone and wallet,” the lieutenant said. The frightened victim complied.
All three robbers then got into the victim’s car and drove off, he said.
The woman had purchased the car via a private sale three days prior and could not immediately provide police with its license plate number, Mercado said.
She suffered injuries including a bloodied lip and scrapes and bruising to her shoulder, but declined to be taken to a hospital, he added.
The woman who wielded the knife was described as Latina, in her late-teens or early-20s, heavyset, with red or burgundy hair, wearing black leggings and a black shirt.
Police described her two accomplices only as Latina women in their early-20s.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Man robbed at gunpoint on Pasadena sidewalk


PASADENA >> A gunman robbed another man of cash along Fair Oaks Avenue late Tuesday, authorities said.
A 48-year-old Pasadena man was walking down a sidewalk about 9:50 p.m. near Fair Oaks Avenue and Esther Street when the robber approached him, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
The robber, described as in his teens or 20s, brandished a dark-colored handgun as he demanded the victim’s cash, Luna said. He was last seen fleeing north along Fair Oaks Avenue on a bike. It was unclear how much money he obtained from the victim.
A detailed suspect description was not available.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Car struck by gunfire in Pasadena shooting


PASADENA >> An unknown shooter riddled a car with bullets but injured no one in a residential neighborhood in Pasadena late Tuesday, officials said.
Officers responded to multiple reports of “shots fired” just after 11:30 p.m. in the 700 block of Worcester Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
They found a car had been struck numerous times by gunfire as it sat parked in a residential driveway, the lieutenant said. The car’s owner, a 38-year-old man, was asleep inside the home at the time of the shooting.
No suspect description was available, and the motive for the shooting was unclear, Luna said.

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UPDATED: Arcadia police ‘GPS bait package’ leads to arrest of package, auto theft suspect in Duarte

ARCADIA >> Police arrested a man after he tried to steal a package containing a police GPS tracker while driving through town in a stolen car Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The incident began about 5:45 p.m. when police were notified that one of the department’s GPS bait packages, used to capture package thieves, had been snatched from a residential neighborhood in the 300 block of East Colorado Boulevard, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Cullen said.
Officers, aided by a police helicopter, swarmed in on the suspect, who was found driving in Duarte in a stolen Honda, Cullen said.
He pulled over and surrendered at Huntington Drive and Buena Vista Street in Duarte as police closed in, the lieutenant added. In addition to the police bait package, “Officers also found another package stolen from the same area,” Cullen said.
Edwin Figueroa, 26, of Canyon Country was booked on suspicion of grand vehicle theft, petty theft, possession of burglary tools and possession of drug paraphernalia, Cullen said.
Figueroa was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, officials said.

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Police, family seek missing Pasadena woman

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PASADENA >> Police and worried family members are looking for a mentally and physically ill woman who went missing in Pasadena Thursday.
Elaine Dietz, 51, was last seen about 4:30 p.m. Thursday when she left the assisted living home where she lives in the 1400 block of N. Garfield Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Dietz’s daughter, Sarah Dietz, said her mother suffers from schizophrenia and diabetes.
“We are concerned for her and as time goes on she will get less functional on her meds,” the worried daughter said.
Dietz is described as 5 feet 3 inches tall, 225 pounds, with brown hair and green eyes. She has a mole beneath the left side of her nose. She was wearing a gray sweater and gray sweat pants when last seen.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Teen goes missing in Monrovia

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MONROVIA >> Police have asked the public to keep an eye out for a runaway 14-year-old Monrovia girl who’s been missing since Thursday.
Bertha Calderon was last seen about 3:30 p.m. Thursday at her apartment complex in the 500 block of West Foothill Boulevard, Monrovia police officials said in a written statement.
The girl, originally from Pasadena, has never gone missing before, Lt. Patty Newton added.
Police described Calderon as Latina, 5 feet 1 inch tall, 100 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a black short-sleeve shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Monrovia police at 626-256-8000.

PHOTO: Courtesy, Monrovia Police Department

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Elderly, partially blind Pasadena woman found at park after week missing


PASADENA >> A partially blind 81-year-old woman with psychiatric issues who went missing for a week turned up safe at a Pasadena park early Saturday, police said.
Julie Sanchez left the Garfield Avenue assisted living facility where she lives about noon on March 4 and vanished, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said. Officials sought her for a week, to no avail.
A resident spotted Sanchez shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday after spotting her at Washington Park, 700 E. Washington Blvd., and recognizing her as the missing person, Goodman said. Police responded and confirmed the woman was Sanchez.
Though disoriented, Sanchez appeared unharmed and in good health when officers found her, but offered no explanation as to where she had been for the previous seven days, the lieutenant said.
“She couldn’t really tell us where shed’ been,” he said.

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