Brush fire ignites near homes in Walnut

**UPDATE: Fire declared knocked down at 4:58 p.m., per Los Angeles County Fire Department.**

WALNUT — Nearly 200 firefighters rushed to battle a brush fire that ignited near homes Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The fire was first reported about 3:50 p.m. along the 600 block of Silver Valley Trail, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said.
Firefighters estimated the fire was about 2 acres in size when they arrived, and immediately called for reinforcements, “Because of the weather and the closeness to the homes,” Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Quvondo Johnson said.
Water-dropping helicopters were also quickly brought to bear on the flames, he added.
Kim Watts, who works at the Walnut Senior Center, said someone came in and announced that the hillside was on fire.
“I saw the flames and ran in to call the fire department,” she said. “They said they were on the way.”
Watts added she was relieved to see helicopters arrive on the scene and begin making water drops.
The flames appeared to be subsiding near the senior center, though there was still a great deal of smoke, Watts said.

Senior struck by car in Walnut

WALNUT — A senior citizen suffered significant injuries but appeared to be in stable condition after being struck by a car Thursday, authorities said.
The man, estimated to be in his mid-60s, was struck by a vehicle about 6:40 a.m. at Grand Avenue and San Jose Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s and fire officials said. His city of residence was not immediately clear, as he had no identification with him.
The man showed stable vital signs, however rescuers landed a helicopter on the soccer field of nearby Mt. SAC to fly him to a trauma center as a precaution, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said.
He was crossing east across Grand Avenue, within a crosswalk, when he was struck, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Allen Fulkerson said.
The car that struck him, a compact Honda being driven by a Walnut man by a Honda sedan being driven by a Walnut man in his mid-50s, Fulkerson said. He was believed to be making a left turn from San Jose onto Grand when the pedestrian was struck.
The cause remained under investigation by deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station, however nothing criminal was initially suspected, the sergeant said.

Construction workers injured by falling wall in Walnut

WALNUT — Two construction workers suffered injuries Friday when a wood-frame wall collapsed on top of them at a construction site, authorities said.
The men, both in their 30s, were suffered apparently moderate injuries, but were in a great deal of pain, fire Capt. Robert Harmon said.
Workers had framed what was eventually to become n interior wall on the second floor of the building and were raising it into place when it fell on them, the capain said.
The wall, made of 2-inch by 6-inch pieces of lumber, was about 8 feet tall and more than 20 feet long, Harmon said.
Rescuers used stretchers to carefully bring the injured workers down from the second floor before taking them to a hospital, the captain said.

Walnut teen killed in Industry moped crash identified

INDUSTRY — Authorities Sunday released the name of a 17-year-old Walnut boy killed in a moped crash in Industry.
Joshua Chua died at a hospital following the crash, which took place just after 6 p.m. on San Jose Avenue, just east of Nogales Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Investigator Lydia Granado-Mata said.
He was riding a moped west on San Jose at about 25 mph when he crashed into a utility trailer attached to a parked truck, according to the California Highway Patrol.
He suffered major head injuries and was rushed to a hospital by helicopter, where he died from his injuries, officials said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Baldwin Park office of the CHP during normal business hours at 626-338-1164.

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.