Man convicted of killing estranged wife, attacking sister near San Gabriel

ALHAMBRA – A jury found a Los Angeles man guilty Thursday of the fatal stabbing of his estranged wife and the wounding of her sister two years ago at the women’s home in an unincorporated county area near San Gabriel, officials said.
The Alhambra Superior Court jury convicted Sherman Dion Dorsey, 42, of the second-degree murder of Gina Reano, 45 with the special allegation that Dorsey personally used a knife in the killing, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He was also convicted of attempted voluntary manslaughter for the attack on Reano’s younger sister, who survived the ordeal, officials said. The jury found true the special allegation of great bodily injury inflicted and a dangerous weapon used.
Dorsey faces up to 24 years to life in state prison when he returns to court for sentencing Oct. 1, authorities said.
Dorsey and Reano were separated, but had been working to patch up their relationship, when the killing took place on Aug. 3. 2011, at a home in the 5500 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, according to sheriff’s officials.
While Reano was staying with her sister and her family at the Walnut Grove home, “Dorsey went to the home with the pretext of delivering mail to his estranged wife,” according to the D.A.’s statement.
Several hours later, Reano’s sister heard arguing fro upstairs and found her sister bloodied and crying, officials said.
Dorsey attacked the sister, “first attempting to strangle her and then slashing her with a broken wine glass,” the D.A.’s statement said. “Gina tried to help, but the defendant managed to injure the sister.”
Reano herself suffered 13 stab wounds to her chest, neck and upper back, officials said. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
When deputies arrived at the stabbing scene, they encountered Dorsey, who was suffering from apparently self-inflicted stab wounds.

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San Gabriel man sentenced for fatal Arcadia stabbing

PASADENA – A judge sentenced a San Gabriel man to prison Tuesday after he admitted fatally stabbing an 18-year-old Pomona man during a fight outside an Arcadia strip mall in 2011, authorities said.
At what was scheduled to be a pre-trial hearing Tuesday in Pasadena Superior Court, Juan Lorenzo, 33, of San Gabriel pleaded “no contest” to a count of voluntary manslaughter, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Jane Robison said. He also admitted the special, sentence-enhancing allegation that he personally used a knife in the crime.
The plea was entered as part of a negotiated plea agreement, Robison said. He was initially charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon.
Immediately following the plea, “He was sentenced to 12 years in state prison,” Robison said. He received the sentence from Pasadena Superior Court Judge Dorothy Shubin.
Lorenzo was working at the Money Pot Shabu Shabu restaurant in the 1300 block of South Golden West Avenue when he became involved in an argument with Anthony Berry, who was sitting in a parked car waiting for an acquaintance who worked at another nearby resident, according to Arcadia police officials.
During the dispute, Lorenzo pulled a knife and stabbed Berry, who ran toward the businesses and collapsed, Arcadia police Lt. Tom LeVeque said at the time. Berry was taken to Huntington Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.
Lorenzo was held without bail pending trial due to a hold placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A second restaurant employee initially arrested in connection with the fatal fight was released without charges due to insufficient evidence, district attorney’s officials said.

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Trial to begin for man accused of fatally stabbing wife, wounding sister-in-law near San Gabriel

ALHAMBRA — Trial is scheduled to begin Monday in the case of a Los Angeles man accused of fatally stabbing his estranged wife and seriously wounding her sister two years ago at the women’s home near San Gabriel.
Sherman Dorsey, 42, is charged with murder for the fatal stabbing of Gina Reano, 45, and the wounding of her sister, Aug. 3, 2011, in the 5500 block of Walnut Grove Avenue, in an unincorporated county area just east of San Gabriel.
Following hearings on motions this week, court officials said jury selection in the case was expected to begin Monday in Alhambra Superior Court.
Deputies responded to a 9-1-1 call from the surviving sister when they encountered the two women and Dorsey, who was also bleeding from self-inflicted stab wounds, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said.
Dorsey and his wife were estranged, but had been working toward patching up their relationship, when the incident occurred, officials added.
According to county booking records, Dorsey remained jailed in lieu of $2.07 million bail.

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Transient accused of torching palm, car tree in South San Gabriel

SOUTH SAN GABRIEL — A transient was arrested Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to a palm tree worth about $1,500.
Lt. Ignacio Somoano of the sheriff’s Temple Station said a vehicle was also burned, causing $3,000 in damages.
Detectives are checking if the man was behind another tree torching earlier. Both incidents happened in the unincorporated county area of South San Gabriel.
Somoano said a witness saw a man set a tree on fire in the 1400 block of Potrero Grande Drive at 4:48 p.m. The tree was located in front of a residence.
The witness gave deputies a description of the arsonist.
Deputies detained a man at Del Mar Avenue and Potrero Grande Drive.
Somoano said a 31-year-old transient was arrested on suspicion of arson. He was being held at the Temple station jail on a $50,000 bail.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Somoano didn’t name the suspect.
A similar incident happened at 3:30 pm in the 7800 block of Steddom Drive.
“A guy inside the house smells smoke, comes out to look and sees a tree on fire,” Somoano said.
Firefighters doused the tree fire.
No one has been arrested for the Steddom Drive fire.

– Ruby Gonzales

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Man suspected of fatally shooting woman, wounding self in South San Gabriel


SOUTH SAN GABRIEL — A man is accused of fatally shooting the mother of their 2-year-old son early Sunday before shooting and wounding himself, authorities said.
The man and woman were in their early- 20s, according to friends and Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials. Authorities did not release their names.
The woman died at the scene of the 7:35 a.m. shooting at a house on Celito Drive at San Gabriel Boulevard, sheriff’s Sgt. Jorge Marchena said. Her body lay just outside the rear door of the home, covered by a tarp.
Deputies first responded to the home after another man inside, described by friends as the wounded man’s grandfather, called 9-1-1 to report a shooting, Marchena said. The man was not injured.
“Homicide detectives have since learned that both victims were involved in a relationship and had a child together,” Sgt. Michael Thomas of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau said in a written statement. “The incident is currently being investigated as a murder-attempted suicide.”
SSGSHOTING2No children were believed to be at the house at the time of the shooting, Marchena said.
As sheriff’s and coroner’s officials investigated the scene, a woman who identified herself as a family member of one of the involved people arrived, desperate for information.
“That’s my brother. Please tell me,” she asked of the deputies.
After a brief discussion with a deputy, the woman erupted into tears.
“Oh God, no, she screamed, as two deputies tried to comfort her.
The man and woman shot in the suspected murder-suicide attempt were separated, but had a boy together, said Zully San Inocencio, 20, of Baldwin Park, who said she had been a friend of the wounded man for about three years. She said she did not know the woman well.
The night before the shooting, both attended a birthday party in Montebello for their son, she said.
While San Inocencio said she the couple would sometimes have spats like any other couple, she never saw anything that made her concerned.
“It never got physical, just like little arguments,” she said.
Inocencio and a neighbor who declined to give his name said they were shocked to learn detectives believed the young father was responsible for the shooting.
Inocencio said she had never known the man, who worked at a Hollywood medical marijuana dispensary, to have a temper.
“He’s very calm and collected,” the friend said.
“It just hurts,” Inocencio said upon learning officials suspected the man as the shooter. “It’s just said.” She said she was concerned for the well being of the couples toddler.
The neighbor said everything appeared normal when he last saw the man about 1 p.m. Saturday, when he mentioned he was going to his son’s birthday party.
“I never thought he would do that,” he said.
Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were handling the investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact them at 323-890–5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously by contacting L.A. Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

PHOTO (above) –  Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner’s officials investigate the scene where a woman was fatally shot and a man was wounded in an alleged murder-suicide attempt early Sunday, July 28, 2013, on Celito Drive at San Gabriel Boulevard.

PHOTO (below) – Sheriff’s deputies comfort a grieving family member at the scene where a woman was fatally shot and a man was wounded in an alleged murder-suicide attempt early Sunday, July 28, 2013, on Celito Drive at San Gabriel Boulevard.

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San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association golf tournament planned next month

SAN DIMAS — The San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association is preparing to host its annual Badges of Courage golf tournament next month in San Dimas, officials said.
The 5th annual tournament will take place Aug. 9 at the San Dimas Canyon Golf Course, 2100 Terrebonne Avenue, according to San Gabriel police Officer Vince Salazar. Check-in will begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start to follow at 1 p.m.
The entry fee is $125 per golfer and includes lunch, refreshments, the use of a golf cart with GPS and dinner. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place teams in categories including longest drive, closest to the pin an accurate drive, organizers said.
The event will include raffle prized, a live auction and celebrity guests.
Following the tournament, a dinner will be held at Zendeja’s Mexican Restaurant, 665 W. Arrow Highway in San Dimas. Non-golfing guests can join in the dinner for $25 each.
In addition to benefitting the San Gabriel Police Officers’ Association, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local community organizations.
For more information or to sign up, contact Officer Salazar at 626-422-9052, email, or visit

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San Gabriel police officer injured in Canyon Country motorcycle crash

SAN GABRIEL — A San Gabriel police motorcycle officer suffered injuries in a crash in Canyon Country early Wednesday, authorities said.
Officer Steven Rodrigues was injured in the crash, San Gabriel police Lt. Chris Ortell said.
The crash took place about 6:48 a.m. on Whites Canyon Road at Ranier Street, Lt. Mark Hershey of the sheriff’s Santa Clarita Station said.
The 35-year-old officer, who was on his way to work at the San Gabriel Police Department on a department motorcycle, suffered a broken leg, a broken foot and a possible minor concussion, the lieutenant said. The injured officer was taken to a hospital with injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
“The information given to me was that he was not critical,” Ortell said.
The officer was southbound Whites Canyon Road when he collided with a sedan that made a left turn in front of him from northbound Whites Canyon Road to Ranier Street, Hershey said.
The woman, a Santa Clarita resident of about 60 years old, was examined by paramedics but not believed to be significantly injured, he said.
No crime was initially suspected in what was being investigated as an accident, Hershey said.

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Police checkpoint planned tonight in San Gabriel

SAN GABRIEL — Police are planning a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint tonight, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 7 p.m. this evening through 3 a.m. Sunday morning at an undisclosed location within San Gabriel, San Gabriel police officials said in a written statement.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Arcadia woman arrested after lengthy chase across the San Gabriel Valley

SAN GABRIEL — An Arcadia woman is accused of leading San Gabriel police and a high speed chase that traversed the San Gabriel Valley twice over more than an hour late Saturday, authorities said.
Jennifer McElhaney, 25, was booked on suspicion of auto theft and felony evading of police after she was ultimately ditched the car and was found hiding in a residential neighborhood in Covina, San Gabriel police Lt. Tony Hernandez said.
The incident began when San Gabriel police officer spotted a car that had been reported stolen parked in the parking lot of a CVS Pharmacy at San Gabriel Boulevard and Las Tunas Drive, Hernandez said.
Officers watched as a woman, later identified as McElhaney, got into the car and began driving, he said.
“We attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle,” Hernandez said. “She fled.”
The chase reached speeds in excess of 100 mph at times as McElhaney led officers down the 10, 101, 110 and 210 Freeways to Pasadena, he said.
McElhaney then headed east on the 210 Freeway, exited Vernon Avenue in Azusa and continued on surface streets through Covina and West Covina, Hernandez said.
She managed to get back on the 210 Freeway and headed back to Pasadena, before again turning around and driving back into Covina, police said.
The car chase came to an end when McElhaney abandoned the car in the 200 block of Benbow Street in Covina and continued to flee on foot, Hernandez said. She was found hiding in the area a little more than 20 minutes later.
According to county booking records, McElhaney was being held in lieu of $130,500 bail pending her initial court appearance, scheduled Tuesday in Alhambra Superior Court.

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Detectives investigate death of woman at East San Gabriel home

EAST SAN GABRIEL — Sheriff’s and coroner’s investigators are looking into the death of an elderly woman whose body was found inside a home.
Though an autopsy was pending, foul play was not initially suspected, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Capt. Christopher Nee said.
The body of the woman, initially described only as elderly, was discovered about 8 p.m. in a house in the 5900 block of North Del Loma Avenue, in the unincorporated county area of East San Gabriel, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
She had not been identified Saturday, as the body was already in a state of decomposition when found, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
A woman who lives at the home had not been seen for several weeks when concerned neighbors called the sheriff’s Temple Station and asked deputies to check on her, sheriff’s and coroner’s officials said.
Deputies discovered the body and summoned homicide investigators, who determined the death appeared to be due to natural causes, Nee said. Coroner’s investigators will perform an examination to determine the woman’s officials cause of death.

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