Elderly woman fatally struck by Foothill Transit bus in West Covina

WEST COVINA >> An 82-year-old woman died after she was struck by a Foothill Transit bus in West Covina on Saturday afternoon, police said.
The woman was struck about 4:20 p.m. at Barranca and North Garvey avenues, just east of the Eastland Center shopping mall, West Covina police officials said in a written statement.
Paramedics pronounced the victim dead at the scene.
No further details were available.
The identity of the victim was not released Sunday pending positive identification and notification of her family, coroner’s officials said.
Anyone with information can reach West Covina police at 626-939-8500.

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Police plan checkpoint in West Covina

WEST COVINA >> Police are planning to hold a checkpoint to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses next week.
The checkpoint is scheduled to take place from 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 to 2 a.m. on Dec. 31 at an undisclosed location within the city, West Covina police officials said in a written statement.
“DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and frequency of DUI arrests, affording the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence,” according to the statement. “Locations are chosen with safety considerations for the officers and the public.”
Funding for the operation is being provided by a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, through the California Office of Traffic Safety.

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West Covina police seek missing 77-year-old man


WEST COVINA >> Police are asking the public’s help in finding a 77-year-old man who went missing in West Covina on Saturday.
Larry Thomas was last seen about 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Cove bar, 146 S. Glendora Ave., West Covina police officials said in a written statement. He disappeared and hasn’t been seen since.
Thomas, who may be suffering from the early stages of dementia, was driving a silver, four-door, 2002 Jaguar SJ with a California license plate of 4XBK749. He was last seen wearing a royal blue Hawaiian shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information is urged to contact West Covina police at 626-939-8500, or dial 911.

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UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in West Covina crash

WEST COVINA >> A man died following a collision between his three-wheeled motorcycle and another vehicle in a West Covina intersection Sunday afternoon, officials said.
The fatal crash took place about 1 p.m. at Azusa and Fairgrove avenues, West Covina police Lt. Ron Allen said.
“Preliminary details suggest the vehicle been travelling north on Azusa Avenue and turned west onto Fairgrove,” West Covina police said in a written statement. “The motorcycle trike had been travelling south on Azusa Avenue.”
Paramedics took the injured motorcyclist to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. His identity was not released Sunday.
Police shut down traffic on southbound Azusa Avenue at Autumn Drive and eastbound Fairgrove Avenue at Nelson Street as they carried out their investigation Sunday afternoon, according to the statement. The cause of the collision was yet to be determined.
No further details were available.

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Man in ‘Jason’ mask robs West Covina restaurant

WEST COVINA >> A gunman wearing a Halloween mask carried out an armed robbery at a West Covina Chinese food restaurant, police said.
The heist took place shortly after 2 p.m. at the Silver Dragon Restaurant at the Plaza West Covina shopping mall, 1129 West Covina Parkway, West Covina police Lt. David Lee said.
A robber entered the store, brandished a handgun and demanded money from the cash register, he said. He fled with between $100 and $200.
The gunman wore a white, plastic Halloween mask similar to that of “Jason” in the “Friday the 13th” horror movie series.
He was in his late-30s to early-40s, heavy set, about 6 feet tall, with a tattoo on the right side of his neck.
Anyone with information can reach the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500, or the department’s 24-hour tip hotline at 626-939-8688.

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Woman and daughter wounded in West Covina stabbing, suspect surrenders

WEST COVINA >> A man stabbed a woman and her adult daughter in West Covina before turning himself in to authorities in East Los Angeles late Thursday, police said.
Eduardo Marin, 46, of East Los Angeles was arrested following the double stabbing at a home in the 3100 block of South Adrienne Drive, West Covina police Lt. David Lee said.
A woman in her 40s, with whom Marine had previously had a relationship, was hospitalized in critical condition but expected to survive after undergoing surgery, he said. Her daughter, a woman in her 20s, suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.
Marin showed up at the victims’ home about 9 p.m. and became involved in argument, according to the lieutenant.
“Some type of argument ensued,” he said. “He stabbed the mother and daughter.”
Marin fled from the crime scene on a motorcycle but soon turned himself in to the deputies at the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station, Lee said.
He was expected to be booked on suspicion of attempted murder.
Authorities cordoned off the neighborhood as detectives and crime scene investigators scoured the scene for evidence.
Lee said the knife believed to have been used in the stabbing was recovered at the scene.

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West Covina man convicted of manslaughter for fatal stabbing of father


WEST COVINA >> A 21-year-old man pleaded “no contest” to involuntary manslaughter on Wednesday for the fatal stabbing of his father during a fight at their West Covina home last year, authorities said.
At what was scheduled to be a pretrial hearing in the case of Maverick Jacob Jimenez, the defendant accepted a negotiated plea deal in connection with the Aug. 16, 2015, fatal stabbing of his father, 49-year-old Joey Alfred Jimenez, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
“The defendant also admitted a special allegation that her personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon, a knife, during the commission of the crime,” district attorney’s officials said in a written statement.
He’s expected to receive a six-year prison term when he returns to the Los Angeles County Superior Court’s Pomona branch for sentencing on Jan. 4.
Maverick Jimenez became involved in physical fight with his father about 3:30 a.m. at their home in the 900 block of Las Rosas Drive, according to prosecutors and West Covina police officials.
“During the altercation, the defendant stabbed his father,” the district attorney’s office statement said.
The motive behind the fight was not available.
Paramedics took Joey Jimenez to a hospital where he died from his injuries, officials said.
West Covina police arrested Maverick Jimenez at the scene, West Covina police spokesman Rudy Lopez said at the time.
Maverick Jimenez was initially charged with murder in the case, which could have resulted in a sentence of more than 25 years to life in prison if convicted at trial.

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Cal Poly Pomona student who drowned in West Covina identified

WEST COVINA >> Authorities have released the identity of a 22-year-old Cal Poly Pomona graduate student who accidentally drowned while swimming with friends at a West Covina apartment complex on Sunday.
Shravan Kumar of West Covina died at a hospital Sunday afternoon shortly after he was pulled from the swimming pool in the 2900 block of Virginia Avenue by friends, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
An autopsy determined Kumar drowned, and his death was ruled accidental, Winter said.
The young man, who did not know how to swim, was wading with his friends in the shallow end but inadvertently ended up in the deep end of the pool, according to West Covina Fire Department Capt. Scott Gilmore.
The man’s friends also could not swim. They called for help and used a hook device to pull Kumar from the pool. He was believed to have been underwater for about 10 minutes.
Kumar’s friends, then responding police officers and ultimately paramedics, performed CPR on Kumar as he was rushed to a Covina hospital, where he was soon pronounced dead, officials said.
His formal identification was delayed as coroner’s officials worked to notify family in India, Winter said.
Kumar was a graduate student in his first quarter studying computer science at Cal Poly Pomona, university spokeswoman Emily Velasco said.
“The university was deeply saddened to learn of his passing and our condolences go out to his family,” she said.

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La Puente gang injunction meeting cancelled

LA PUENTE >> A meeting previously planned by sheriff’s officials are to discuss La Puente’s gang injunction later this month has been cancelled.
The meeting, which has been scheduled for Oct. 25 at the St. Louis of France Catholic Church, 13935 E. Temple Ave., will be rescheduled for sometime early next year, organizers said.
At the annual meetings, sheriff’s officials, prosecutors and crime analysts meet with the community to discuss and answer questions regardingLa Puente’s gang injunction.
In addition to La Puente, the injunction against the Puente 13 and Bassett Grande street gangs also covers portions of West Covina and nearby unincorporated county areas such as Valinda and Bassett.

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Dodger Yasiel Puig meets with wounded West Covina police officer


LOS ANGELES >> When Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig learned that a West Covina police officer who returned to duty last month after being wounded in a gunfight in May received was among dozens of law enforcement officers honored during the Dodgers home game Wednesday during Law Enforcement Appreciation Night, he decided he needed to seek out the officer.
Officer Kenny Benitez, a Dodger fan who lists Puig among his favorite players, was part of a group of officers honored on the field for heroism.
“Puig had heard about Officer Benitez and this incident,” West Covina police Lt. Dennis Patton said.
Upon hearing that the officer was taking part in the ceremony, “Puig took it upon himself to search out Benitez,” according to the lieutenant.
The officer and the player met and took photos before each returned to their respective duties. Puig would go on to hit a three-run homer and an impressive catch, run against the San Francisco Giants, helping his team achieve a 9-3 victory.
Patton said the police department appreciated Puig’s personal gesture to Officer Benitez.
Benitez was allegedly wounded during a gunfight with Jose Chavez, 47, on May 20. Chavez was also wounded in the gun battle, but managed to escape.
He was apprehended by a SWAT team following a six-day manhunt and is now awaiting trial.
Benitez was fortunate in that the bullet that penetrated his abdomen did not strike any vital organs, West Covina Police Chief David Faulkner said at the time.
Benitez recovered from his injuries and returned to duty Aug. 18.

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