UPDATE: Walnut teen killed in Industry moped crash

INDUSTRY — A 17-year-old Walnut boy died Friday after crashing a moped into a parked truck, authorities said.
The teen’s name was not released early Saturday pending positive identification and confirmation that his family had been notified, coroner’s officials said.
He was riding a 2009 X-Treme moped west on San Jose Avenue, just east of Nogales Street, at about 25 mph shortly after 6 p.m. when the crash occurred, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
For unknown reasons, officials said, the rider veered to the right side of the road and struck a parked truck attached to a utility trailer, according to the CHP.
Despite wearing a helmet, the rider suffered major head injuries and was rushed by helicopter to a Los Angeles hospital, officials said. He died from his injuries an hour later.
The crash is being investigated by the Baldwin Park office of the CHP. Any witnesses were asked to contact investigators during normal business hours at 626-338-1164.

UPDATED: Suspect wounded in Walnut deputy-involved shooting

WALNUT – A sheriff’s deputy shot and wounded a man who struck the deputy with a pickup truck early Friday, authorities said.
The suspect, whose name was not available, was hospitalized with injuries not believed to be life-threatening following the 2 a.m. incident on Lemon Avenue, between La Puente Road and Valley Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Kim Manatt of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Headquarter’s Bureau said late Friday in a written statement.
A deputy was patrolling when he spotted a “distraught” woman walking alone and approached her to check on her well-being, Manatt said.
“Moments later, a male adult in a white vehicle approached from southbound Lemon Avenue and yelled to the deputy, claiming the female was his girlfriend and to release her,” according to the deputy. “From a distance, the deputy instructed the male to step out of his vehicle and speak to him. The male suspect did not comply, but instead drove his vehicle directly towards the deputy, striking the deputy and knocking him to the ground. During this time, a deputy-involved shooting occurred.”
The wounded man continued driving and traveled about 200 feet before striking the center median and disabling his pickup truck, officials said. He continued to flee on foot, but was apprehended by other deputies.
The deputy was treated at the scene for minor injuries, and the woman was not arrested, police said.
Investigators at the scene examined the vehicle — a white Toyota pickup truck stopped diagonally in northbound traffic lanes of Lemon Avenue. There were two bullet holes in the windshield in front of the driver’s seat, the driver-side window was shattered and the headlights were on.

PHOTO: Sheriff’s investigators examine a pickup truck at the scene of a deputy involved shooting on Lemon Avenue, just north of Valley Boulevard, in Walnut on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Walnut woman to be sentenced for fatal Irwindale hit-and-run

A Walnut woman faces up to four years in prison when she returns to court next month to be sentence for fleeing the scene after fatally striking an elderly woman with her car.
Ashley Marie Lopez, 21, is due in West Covina Superior Court for sentencing Jan. 11, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials said.
She pleaded “no contest” Dec. 4 to a charge of felony hit-and-run in connection with the Nov. 2 collision at Live Oak and Stewart avenues, officials said.
Killed in the crash was 80-year-old Cu Lee Nguyen of Baldwin Park, according to Irwindale police and coroner’s officials.
She was crossing Live Oak Avenue in a crosswalk just before 6 a.m. when she was struck by a car that was westbound on Live Oak, according to Irwindale police Sgt. George Zendejas.
Three days later, evidence led police to arrest Lopez and impounded her car, police said.

Man accused of ramming sheriff’s patrol car in Walnut

WALNUT — A man was behind bars Saturday on suspicion of ramming his vehicle into a sheriff’s patrol car as deputies were trying to arrest him in connection with a battery case, authorities said.
Jason Patrick Maloney, 34, was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer and battery, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Angela Becerra said.
The incident began shortly before 11:45 p.m. Friday after deputies received a report of a battery at a convenience store in the 1300 block of Grand Avenue, officials said.
Responding deputies spotted the suspect — later identified as Maloney — driving nearby and approached him in an attempt to pull him over, Becerra said.
Before deputies could turn on their overhead lights to order the car to the side of the road, Maloney crashed the vehicle into a parked car, she said.
He then threw the car into reverse and rammed a patrol car occupied by two deputies in the 20000 block of Loyalton Drive, Becerra said.
Deputies took him into custody following a struggle that ended with Maloney being subdued with a Taser, officials said.
The deputies in the rammed patrol call were treated and released at a local hospital for injuries suffered in the collision.
Further details regarding the initial battery call were not available.

UPDATE: Man wounded in stabbing at Suzanne Park in Walnut

WALNUT — A wounded man was flown to the hospital late Friday after being stabbed at Suzanne Park, officials said.
The incident was reported shortly after 11 a.m. when witnesses reported seeing the bleeding man in the 600 block of El Vallencito Drive, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Blunt said.
The circumstances of the attack were not immediately clear to a language barrier, however the stabbing was believed to have taken place at Suzanne Park, 625 Suzanne Road, before the injured man was dropped of in the residential neighborhood less than a quarter-mile away, officials said.
The young man suffered a stab wound to his arm and was taken by helicopter to a hospital, where he was in stable condition, authorities added. His exact age was not clear.
A suspect description was not available.

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Walnut woman pleads ‘not guilty’ in fatal Irwindale hit-and-run

A Walnut woman Wednesday pleaded not guilty to a charge of hit-and-run in connection with an Irwindale collision that left an 80-year-old Baldwin Park woman dead, officials said.
Ashley Lopez, 21, entered her plea in West Covina Superior Court, court officials said. She was ordered back to court Nov. 27 for a preliminary hearing.
She’s accused of fleeing the scene after fatally striking Cu Lee Nguyen as she crossed Live Oak and Stewart avenues in the early-morning hours Nov. 2.
Tips generated by the public through media coverage of the fatal incident led to the identification of Lopez as a suspect, police said.
According to county booking records, Lopez was released from jail Wednesday after posting $50,000 bail.

Officials: burglars targeting elderly residents of Walnut, Diamond Bar

Officials Friday cautioned elderly San Gabriel Valley residents of an apparent crew of crooks targeting senior citizens in residential burglaries by posing as city or utility workers this week.
Three such crimes have been reported in Walnut and Diamond Bar since Wednesday, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
The criminal appeared to be targeting, “unsuspecting elderly homeowners,” according to the statement. All three victims this week were over the age of 70.
To combat the problem, sheriff’s Lt. Steve Katz advised residents, particularly the elderly, to be cautious when it comes to strangers knocking at the door.
“If it doesn’t seem right, then give us a call,” the lieutenant said.
If a resident has any concerns regarding a person at their door, Katz said it’s a good idea to keep the door locked until deputies arrive to verify the person’s identity.
The break-ins took place Wednesday in the 600 block of Junewood Place in Diamond Bar and the 400 block of Vista Rambla in Walnut, as well as Thursday in the 600 block of Looking Glass Drive in Diamond Bar, officials said.
In the Junewood Place incident, three men knocked on a man’s door and told him they were sub-contractors hired by the city to do some work, officials said. They all wore green shirts with a tree logo on the front.
One of the men kept the homeowner occupied near the property line while the other two entered the home through an unlocked garage door, officials said. But the three fled empty-handed after being confronted in the home by the elderly resident’s son.
Also Wednesday, a similar incident took place in the 400 block of Vista Rambla in Walnut, according to sheriff’s investigators.
In that incident, according to the statement, three men claiming to be city workers knocked at the man’s door and began talking to him about nearby power lines and future construction.
While talking with one of the men in his backyard, the victim noticed the other two men leaving his house and getting into white, 4-door vehicle, authorities said. The following day, the resident noticed that watches and jewelry was missing from his home.
A woman in the 600 block of Looking Glass Drive in Diamond Bar also became a victim of burglary Thursday after a similar con.
A man showed up at her front door and told her that her home’s water was contaminated, the sheriff’s statement said. The woman allowed the man to her kitchen faucet, where the intruder asked her to watch the water until its color changed.
The woman soon spotted the man leaving her home and getting into a dark blue sedan being driven by a second man, officials said. Her bedroom had been ransacked and jewelry stolen.
The burglars have been described so far only as three Latino men between 35 and 40 years old.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 909-595-2264.

CHP: Man arrested after fleeing from officers, crashing near Mt. SAC

WALNUT — A Glendale man was behind bars Wednesday after escaping California Highway Patrol officers who were trying to arrest him and leading them on a high-speed chase that ended in a crash near Mt. SAC, authorities said.
Scott Miller, 42, was booked on suspicion of hit-and-run, resisting or obstructing police and speeding, with additional charges, including drug-related crimes, potentially pending, CHP Officer Kerri Rivas said in a written statement.
A CHP officer saw Miller driving about 80 mph in a Dodge Challenger on the westbound 10 Freeway at Garey Avenue in Pomona shortly after 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rivas said.
The officer pulled Miller over, and both the Dodge and the patrol car exited the freeway and stopped along Kellog Drive, beneath the freeway, officials said.
A drug-sniffing dog made a “hit” on the Dodge, Rivas said.
“(An officer) attempted to place Mr. Miller into custody and he became combative with officers,” Rivas said. “(The) K-9 was deployed and bit Mr. Miller on the arm and shin. Mr. Miller proceeded to enter his vehicle and drove off.”
An on-duty detective from a neighboring law enforcement agency saw the Dodge get involved in a multi-car, non-injury crash in the intersection of Grand and Temple avenues in Walnut, according to the CHP.
Miller then fled the crash scene and foot, prompting officials to set up a search perimeter, Rivas said. With the help of a CHP K-9, Miller was found hiding in a storm drain beneath the soccer field at Mt. SAC.
Officials took Miller to a hospital to be treated for his dog bite injuries before he was booked into jail, Rivas said.
He was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance, county booking records showed.

Walnut man sentenced for shooting brother

POMONA — A Walnut man received a 5-year prison sentence earlier this week after admitting shooting his older brother in the leg during an argument in February, officials said.
Sean Alexander Kent, 41, received his sentence from Pomona Superior Court Commissioner Wade Olson after pleading no contest to charges of assault with a firearm, assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokeswoman Jane Robison said. The plea and sentencing came during what was scheduled to be Kent’s preliminary hearing.
Additionally, Kent was sentenced to an additional 180 days in jail after being found guilty of violating his probation, however he was given credit for 192 days of time already served, according to district attorney’s officials and county booking records.
Kent got into an argument with his then-43-year-old Feb. 14 at a home in the 19800 block of Vista Hermosa Drive, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said. He ultimately shot his older brother in the leg.
Kent fled the scene following the shooting, but was arrested two days later when he was spotted by a West Covina police officer driving in the 300 block of South Prosepero Drive in Covina, sheriff’s officials said.
Police subdued him with a bean bag projectile before taking him into custody.

Robber wrests away backpack from Mt. SAC student

WALNUT — A Mt. San Antonio College student waiting for a bus Thursday night lost her backpack to a robber.
Sheriff’s Lt. Chris Blasnek said a wallet, a small amount of cash and a textbook were in the backpack.
The 21-year-old Rowland Heights woman sustained minor injuries during the struggle over the bag but she declined medical treatment, according to Blasnek.
The robbery was reported at 10:20 p.m. on Temple Avenue and Mt. SAC Way.
The student was sitting on the bus bench when a car stopped near her.
Blasnek said there were two men in the car. One got out and tried to take the student’s backpack. A struggle ensued and the suspect was able to wrest away the backpack.
The man and his accomplice drove off and were last seen heading east on Temple Avenue toward the 57 freeway.
Blasnek said a man who saw the incident tried to follow the suspects’ car but lost sight of it.
The car was described as a dark gray Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. There were no descriptions for the suspects.
- Ruby Gonzales