Man beaten during dispute over parking space in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — A man pummeled another man late Saturday in a dispute over a parking space, police said.
The incident, which police are investigating as an assault with a deadly weapon due to significant injuries suffered by the victim, took place about 11:40 p.m. in an apartment complex parking lot in the 400 block of West Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Rueben Enriquez said.
The victim, a man in his early 50s, became involved in an argument over a parking space with another man, initially described only as being in his late 20s or early 30s, the sergeant said.
The younger man attacked, striking the older man in the face multiple times, Enriquez said.
Though the older man suffered significant injuries to his face, including several lost teeth, he declined to be hospitalized, he added.
The victim and suspect did not know one another prior to Saturday night’s incident, the sergeant said.
Enriquez said the attacker had fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, and the investigation was ongoing.

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Home burglarized in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — An Alegria Avenue resident arrived home to a burglarized house Thursday, police said.
The burglar, or burglars, made off with about $6,000 worth of property, primarily electronics and jewelry, in the break-in, which took place between 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Alegria Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
“There was forced entry through a window,” he added.
No description of the intruder, or intruders, was available.

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Man arrested after Sierra Madre police chase

SIERRA MADRE — Police arrested a 22-year-old Los Angeles man Friday following a brief chase, authorities said.
A police officer tried to pull over a two-door coupe for speeding about 7:30 a.m. in the 600 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said. The driver refused to pull over, initiating a pursuit.
Police chased the fleeing car at high speeds down Sierra Madre Boulevard and Santa Anita Avenue before it got into the westbound 210 Freeway, Ortiz said.
The driver pulled over and surrendered on the freeway near Santa Anita Avenue, he added.
In addition to receiving a speeding ticket, the driver was arrested on suspicion of a misdemeanor count of evading police, Ortiz said.
The suspect’s name was not available pending the booking process, he added.

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Rescuers take part in massive rescue drill in Angeles National Forest

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ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — About 100 rescuers including firefighters, search and rescue teams and law enforcement officers spent three days this week practicing how to deal with major car crashes involving vehicles over the side of mountain roads.
Foothill officials are no strangers to mountain rescue operations, however the large drill carried out Tuesday through Thursday gave them practice for the the type of massive, multi-injury mountain crashes that would require multiple public safety agencies to work together, according to Lt. Andy Berg of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s San Dimas Station.
“The ultimate goal of these exercises was to provide and open working relationship between county, state and federal resources to provide an efficient, unified response to incidents that occur in our local mountains, in order to provide life-saving services to the community we protect and serve,” Berg said. “By all accounts, this goal was not only met but was exceeded.”
Officials practiced coordinating with one another to perform rescues at simulated multi-vehicle, over the mountainside crashes, including ones involving buses. The simulated crashes were staged along Glendora Mountain Road and Mt. Baldy Road in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley.
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Deputies and search and rescue team members from San Dimas and Sierra Madre, Los Angeles County and San Bernardino fire officials, California Highway Patrol officers and the Cole Schaefer ambulance company took part in the drill, Berg said.
PHOTOS courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
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Car scorched inside carport in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — A car was found in flames inside a carport outside an apartment building early Thursday.
The fire was first reported about 8:50 a.m. in the 00 block of Esperanza Avenue, Sierra Madre police officials said.
Officers arrived to find an unoccupied car fully engulfed in flames, which were spreading to the carport structure, police said.
Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire, police said. The cause was under investigation.
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Resident confronts intruders in Sierra Madre home

SIERRA MADRE — Two burglars fled Thursday after confronting a resident inside a Hermosa Avenue home, police said.
The crime took place between 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the 100 block of South Hermosa Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Two intruders entered a home through an unlocked door, apparently unaware that a resident was inside, the sergeant said.
“They confronted the resident who was still home,” Ortiz said. “When that happened, they ran out the door.”
It was undetermined Friday what, if anything, had been stolen from the home.
Police described the intruders as a Latino man in his mid- to late 20s, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and 220 pounds, and a Latino man between 18 and 20 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 130 pounds.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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Senior citizen victim of “distraction-type burglary” in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — Two men posing as utility workers used a ruse to burglarize a senior citizen’s home Thursday, police said.
The “distraction-type burglary” took place about 3:30 p.m. in the 300 block of East Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Two men knocked on door of the victim, a woman in her 70s, and told her they needed to check her home’s water, Ortiz said.
One of the men kept the woman occupied in her backyard, while the second ransacked her home and helped himself to a significant amount of cash, the sergeant said. The amount of money stolen was not released.
The burglars were both described as heavy-set Latino men, one of about 20 years old and the other about 50, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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Previously deported felon arrested during traffic stop in Sierra Madre

SIERRA MADRE — A previously deported felon is in the custody of federal officials and awaiting deportation again following a routine traffic stop Thursday, authorities said.
An officer pulled over Antonio Camarillo, 35, of Los Angeles about 7:30 a.m. in the 00 block of South Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Camarillo initially provided a false name to the officer and was arrested, the sergeant said. Further investigation revealed Camarillo’s true identity as convicted felon who had previously been deported from the U.S., Ortiz said. 
The conviction was related to a narcotics case, officials added.
Camarillo was turned over to officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Memorial Park in Sierra Madre targeted by graffiti vandals

SIERRA MADRE — Visitors to Memorial Park Saturday morning found extensive graffiti damage, police said.
Benches, walls and the playground area of the park, 222 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., were found to be vandalized, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
Officials estimated that the park sustained $800-$1,000 worth of damage.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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Burglar tries to force way into occupied Sierra Madre home

SIERRA MADRE — A burglar smashed the window of a family’s house early Saturday, but apparently ran off before getting inside, police said.
The incident was reported about 8 a.m. in the 600 block of Holly Trail Path, Sierra Madre police Sgt. Joe Ortiz said.
“Residents were home. They heard the sound of breaking glass,” Ortiz said.
The would-be intruder apparently fled after realizing the home was occupied, the sergeant said. A description of the burglar was not available.
Police found that a window screen at the home had been pried off and a window smashed, he added.
Anyone with information is asked to call Sierra Madre police at 626-355-1414.
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