Deputies to wait tables for charity in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies and Red Robin are teaming up to raise money for the Special Olympics Thursday in San Dimas.
Deputies will act as servers from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the restaurant for the “Tip-A-Cop” event, 565 West Arrow Highway, organizers said.
All of the tips collected by the deputies will benefit the Special Olympics.
For more information, contact Russell Evans at 909-319-7693, or email acudados2@yahoo.com.

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Deputies, church volunteers renovate seniors’ homes throughout San Gabriel Valley, Los Angeles County

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LA PUENTE >> Dozens of volunteers teamed with sheriff’s deputies, church members, elected officials and local businesses Saturday to perform much-needed home repairs at the homes of elderly San Gabriel Valley resident and local park facilities as part of a county-wide effort dubbed “Operation Love Loud.”
The massive effort, lead by Faith Community Church in West Covina Pastor Kelly DuPee and Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Stanley, began Saturday and continues throughout the county through the end of October, said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Pete Cacheiro, who effectively serves as La Puente’s police chief. A total of 140 projects are planned in 18 cities, from Sylmar to Long Beach.
“The mission of our deputies, volunteers and city staff will be to re-beautify the residences for the elderly home owners,” he said.
1018_NWS_SGT-L-LOVELOUD2More than 40 eager volunteers descended on two homes and a park building in La Puente, as well as seven schools, two parks and a house in West Covina and a park in San Dimas, Cacheiro said.
State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, helped at the event at the invitation of his daughter, La Puente Councilwoman Valerie Munoz.
“It was great. I’m very pleased to see that not only the church and the (sheriff’s) department, but more importantly, the cities and local government, work together to help people in need,” the senator said.
He described a touching experience at the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente, where volunteers conducted extensive work, including painting her home’s exterior and taming overgrown landscaping.
“She was literally in tears, just ecstatic, Hernandez said.
The woman’s husband died last year. “She was going through a really tough time, the house was in disarray,” he said.
And it was only after deputies offered the woman help that they learned the woman herself was a sheriff’s department volunteer, who had recently been named a Volunteer of the Year, Hernandez said. “It was just such a great coincidence.”
And the community spirit proved contagious.
At the home of an elderly couple on Cadwell Street, curious neighbors came out to see what patrol cars were in the neighborhood, Cacheiro said.
“When they found out what we were doing for this homeowner, they got involved and started helping,” he said.
Officials including La Puente City Manager David Carmany also pitched in, Cacheiro said.
The residents benefitting from the campaign were selected by deputies, who identified homeowners in need of a helping hand during their routine patrols, he said.
Home Depot of Industry and Valley Vista Services provided supplies, and the La Puente donated food and drinks for the volunteers.
For more information, visit www.loveloud.go2faith.com.

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[TOP] – Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
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[CENTER] – Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Caldwell Street in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. Sheriff’s Sgt. John Suh, pictured here, chips in with painting.
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[BOTTOM] – State Sen. Ed Hernandez, D-West Covina, center, talks with Church, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and community volunteers as they work to revitalize the home of a senior citizen on Greenberry Drive in La Puente as part of the Faith Community Church of West Covina’s “Love Loud” campaign on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015.
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Three robbed at gunpoint along roadside in forest north of Glendora


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A man and woman robbed three people at gunpoint at a turnout along San Gabriel Road in the forest north of Glendora early Friday, officials said.
A man and woman from La Puente and a West Covina man were outside their about 12:10 a.m. at a turnout near mile marker 23.58, about two miles south of East Fork Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
The two robbers, a man and woman, approached in a White Acura sedan, according to Lt. Andy Berg.
“The male suspect produced a pistol and demanded the victim’s property,” Berg said in a written statement. “One of the male victims surrendered $25 and his car keys. The second male victim gave the suspect $22.”
“During this time, the female suspect entered the car of the female victim and stole a purse containing a cell phone,” Berg added.
The victims, who were between 25 and 28 years old, made their way down the mountain and called for help, he said. They were unhurt.
Deputies described the male robber as a Latino man between 18 and 20, about 5 feet 6 inches tall, 150 pounds, with a shaved head. His female accomplice was Latina, 18-20, 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 120 pounds, with dark hair.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s San Dimas Station at 909-450-2700. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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San Dimas smoke shop robbed; suspect may also be responsible for Covina gas station robbery


SAN DIMAS >> A man used a knife to rob a San Dimas tobacco shop Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime was reported shortly after 4 p.m. at the Club Smoke Shop, 633 W. Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
The robber brandished a knife and demanded money from a clerk before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash, the lieutenant said.
He was described asa Latino man of about 25 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall, 170 pounds, wearing a black baseball cap, a black T-shirt and black-and-white plaid shorts.
Based on similar suspect descriptions and tactics, detectives were looking into the possibility the smoke shop robbery was carried out by the same man who robbed a Shell gas station Friday about two miles to the west at Arrow Highway and Sunflower Avenue in an unincorporated county area near Covina, Edwards said.

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Officials: Covina man arrested in San Dimas with meth, loaded handgun


SAN DIMAS >> A report of a “suspicious person” in a residential San Dimas neighborhood Friday led deputies to arrest an alleged methamphetamine dealer with a loaded handgun, officials said.
Paul Matthew Moreno, 43, of Covina was arrested on suspicion of possession of meth for sales and possession of a loaded, concealed handgun in public, according 1010_NWS_SGT-L-SDARRESTto Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials and booking records.
A witness called police about 10:35 a.m. to report a “suspicious person in a vehicle” in the 1300 block of Calle Caballero, sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said.
Deputies confronted the man — later identified as Moreno — and found him in possession of a loaded revolver, as well as a “large quantity” of meth separated into multiple baggies, Edwards said. He was arrested without a struggle. The exact amount of drugs recovered was not available Friday afternoon.
Moreno was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his arraignment hearing, scheduled Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court.

PHOTO of seized handgun courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

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Men robbed of cell phone at gunpoint in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> A gunman with facial tattoos and an accomplice robbed two other men of a cell phone at gunpoint in a residential San Dimas neighborhood Friday afternoon, officials said.
The crime was reported just before 1 p.m. at the garage of a home in the 400 block of North Cataract Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Chavez said.
Two men in their late-teen to early-20s told deputies they were approached by two men, he said. One of the men brandished a handgun and demanded the victims turn over their cell phones.
After obtaining one phone, the robbers were last seen fleeing the area in a silver Toyota Camry, the sergeant said. No injuries were reported.
The gunman was described as a Latino man between 35 and 40 years old, with tattoos on his face and both arms. His accomplice was described as a Latino man between 25 and 30.

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Man with knife, pepper spray robs San Dimas gas station


SAN DIMAS >> A man armed with both a knife and pepper spray robbed a San Dimas gas station Sunday afternoon, authorities said.
The hold-up took place about 3:40 p.m. at a Shell Station, 630 W. Bonita Ave., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Vicki Gregory said.
The robber entered the store and approached the cler, “with a knife in one hand and pepper spray in the other,” the sergeant said. The robber demanded the money from the register, and the cashier handed over between $150 and $200 before running off. He was last seen heading east on Bonita Avenue.
No injuries were reported.
Officials described the robber as a Latino man between 23 and 25 years old, of medium build, with a shaved head. He wore a light-colored, possible gray, T-shirt and black pants.

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One jailed, one sought after fleeing from stolen car in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Deputies arrested one man and sought another after the suspects fled from a stolen car in San Dimas Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Marcos Hernandez, 27, was booked for auto theft following the incident, which began about 7:30 p.m., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edwards said. He was a passenger in a stolen 1995 Honda Accord deputies spotted in the 400 block of East Bonita Avenue, Edwards said. Hernandez and the driver abandoned the car and ran through a residential neighborhood when deputies approached, according to the lieutenant. Hernandez was quickly found and captured, however the driver of the stolen car remained at-large, she said. Officials described him as a Latino man with a letter “P” tattooed on his face. He was about 5 feet 7 inches tall and of average built, with a shaved head.

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Man arrested after ‘borrowing’ money from San Dimas bank branch

SAN DIMAS >> Deputies arrested a man Tuesday after a bizarre incident in which he entered a bank branch on roller blades and asked to “borrow” money before being subdued by deputies and diners at a nearby restaurant, officials said.
Scott Baertich, 24, was booked on suspicion of robbery, though the ultimate decision as to what charge or charges he may face will be made by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Tonya Edward said.
The unusual incident began shortly before 11 a.m. at the U.S. Bank, 165 E. Bonita Ave., the lieutenant said.
Baertich rolled into the branch on skates and “asked for theme to let him borrow $20,” Edwards said.
A clerk handed the man a $20 out of fear and he left the bank, she said. Deputies responding to reports of a bank robbery suspect on roller blades spotted a pair of skates sitting in front of nearby Roady’s Restaurant, 160 W. Bonita Ave., Edwards said.
Deputies — aided by customers of the restaurant, which included an off-duty deputy and a retired deputy, wrestled Baertich into custody, she said. Deputies used a Taser to subdue the man. No significant injuries were reported.
It was uncertain with prosectors would file a robbery charge against Baertich, as he made no direct threat or demand while inside the bank, Edwards said. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail pending a scheduled appearance Thursday in Pomona Superior Court, records show.

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Mosquitoes infected with West Nile Virus found in San Dimas


SAN DIMAS >> Mosquitoes collected from a San Dimas park last week tested positive for West Nile Virus, authorities said Friday.
A sample of mosquitoes collected July 15 at Briggs Point Park, at Covina Boulevard and Badillo Street has tested positive for the disease, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District officials said in a written statement.
Vector control officials have already beefed up surveillance and control efforts as mosquito season descends on Southern California.
“Since there is no treatment or vaccine for infections with WNV, the best precaution is to avoid mosquito bites,” according to the statement.
The find represents the first discovery of WNV-infected mosquitoes in the district this season, San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District spokesman Jason Farned said.
With the mosquito population apparently bolstered by the warm winter, “We’re about a month early,” Farned said. Last year, infected mosquitos were first detected in the area in August.
Residents are encouraged to use repellents, wear long sleeves and pants if outdoors between dusk and dawn, ensure windows and doors are properly screened to keep mosquitoes out and eliminate sources of standing water, in which mosquitoes breed.
“One mosquito bite can change a life,” San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control Scientific Program Director Wakoli Wekesa said. “We urge residents take these simple protective measures throughout the summer.”
Since first appearing in California in 2003 through 2014, 4.805 human infections have been reported in California, resulting in 176 deaths, officials said.
Residents are encouraged to help identify mosquito “hot spots” by promptly reporting dead birds to the WNV hotline at 877-968-2473, or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.

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