SAN DIMAS — A 66-year-old transient sustained burns to 15 percent of her body when a campfire started a brush fire Wednesday night, officials said.
Two deputies and a driver were also injured when a patrol car heading to the fire collided with a van.
The fire broke out at 8:24 p.m. in an area southeast of San Dimas Avenue and Puddingstone Drive.
Eddie Pickett, a Los Angeles County Fire supervising dispatcher, said 25 firefighters knocked down the blaze at 8:43 p.m.
Firefighters estimated it burned about 200 feet of brush.
Deputies couldn’t confirm reports that an explosion was heard before the fire.
Sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said the 66-year-old woman was taken to a hospital.
The crash happened within minutes of the fire being reported.
A van heading east on Arrow Highway pulled over to yield to a fire truck.
The driver, a 54-year-old woman, also saw two patrol cars with their lights and sirens pass, according to Berg. The deputies went from westbound Arrow Highway to southbound San Dimas Avenue.
Berg said all other traffic was stopped. The van proceeded through the intersection and collided with a patrol car.
He said the van’s driver injured her left wrist, the deputy driving the patrol car complained of pain to her wrist and the deputy sitting in the front passenger seat complained of neck and back pain. All three were taken to hospital.
The deputies were expected to be released later from the hospital.
- From Staff Writer Ruby Gonzales
POMONA — A judge Wednesday ordered a former San Dimas man arrested in Las Vegas earlier this year in connection with the murder of a Covina woman 26 years ago to stand trial Wednesday.
Stafford Joel Spicer, 55, is charged with the death of aspiring model and travel agency employee Jo Anne Marie, 23, of Covina, who went missing after leaving her boyfriend’s condo in Long Beach on April 28, 1985.
Her body was discovered off of East Fork Road, near highway 39, in the Angeles National Forest more than a month later.
After a three-day preliminary hearing in Pomona Superior Court, Judge Bruce Marrs ruled that there was sufficient evidence to hold Spicer for a trial, court officials said.
He’s scheduled to return to court Jan. 24 for an arraignment.
Prosecutors allege the killing occurred as Spicer was trying to kidnap, rob and rape Jones.
He was found driving Jones 1978 Chevrolet Camaro and initially arrested three days after Jones went missing, but more than a month before her body was found, authorities said. He was ultimately released due to a lack of evidence.
In 2009, Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives learned new information and obtained new DNA evidence that caused them to take another look at the 26-year-old investigation, authorities said. Recent advances in DNA technology also made the arrest possible.
He was taken into custody in Las Vegas, where he had since moved.
According to county booking records, Spicer is being held without bail at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles pending trial.
SAN DIMAS — Firefighter and animal control officials were summoned to the Michael D. Antonovich Trail Saturday after horse apparently fell over a cliff and died, authorities said.
The incident was reported about 11:10 a.m. on the trail, which is just west of San Dimas, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Melanie Flores said.
The horse was about 35-feet over the side of a cliff, she said, however the circumstances of what happened were not immediately available.
No human injuries were reported, and it was not clear if the horse carried a rider when it fell.