Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Pomona

POMONA — A pedestrian died after being struck by a car along Holt Avenue in Pomona late Friday, officials said.
Firefighters first responded about 7:40 p.m. to a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian at Holt Avenue, west of White Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Kyle Sanford said.
Paramedics took a victim to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where the patient was pronounced dead, according to fire and Pomona Police Department officials.
Pomona police shut down both directions of Holt Avenue between Hamilton Boulevard and Filmore Place as officers investigated the scene.
No further details were available.

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CHP plans checkpoint in Rowland Heights Friday

ROWLAND HEIGHTS >> California Highway Patrol officers are planning to screen drivers for sobriety at a checkpoint Friday in Rowland Heights, officials said.
The checkpoint is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. at an undisclosed location with Rowland Heights, CHP officials said in a written statement.
Traffic volume permitting, all drivers passing through the checkpoint will be screened, officials said.

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Man with baseball bat robs La Mirada liquor store

LA MIRADA >> A man armed with a baseball bat robbed a La Mirada liquor store late Wednesday, authorities said.
The robber fled with several hundred dollars following the 8:30 p.m. robbery at Palisades Liquor, 15827 Imperial Highway, just east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Stephen Moreno said.
He brandished a baseball bat and threatened the clerk while demanding cash, officials said. The clerk was not injured.
The robber was described as a Latino man, about 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, wearing a black hooded sweat shirt and blue jeans, Moreno said. He was last seen driving east on Imperial Highway in a black, four-door car similar to a Honda.

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UPDATED: Firefighters douse smoking train brakes in Pomona

POMONA >> Firefighter doused smoking and overheating brakes on a freight train Thursday after it came to a stop in Pomona, authorities said.
The incident, initially reported about 1:05 p.m. as a fire in the locomotive of the train at the 71 Freeway and Pomona Boulevard, was ultimately determined not to be an active fire, Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Larry Jordan said.
Firefighters found smoke rising from the superheated brakes and axle of the BNSF locomotive, which was hauling a full load of cargo containers, the captain said.
Officials used water to carefully cool the overheated components, he said.
Firefighters declared the incident under control at 1:40 p.m., officials said. No injuries were reported.
The operators of the train had stopped after a warning light on board the train indicated something was wrong with an axle, Jordan said. “Something malfunctioned,” he added.
Upon stopping the train, they found a great deal of smoke emanating from the axle and called for help.

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Suspect sought in weekend shooting in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> Police are seeking whoever shot and wounded a man late Sunday in Baldwin Park, officials said.
Few details were available regarding the shooting, which took place about 11:15 p.m. in the 13700 block of Ramona Parkway, near Merced Avenue, Baldwin Park police Sgt. Josh Hendricks said.
The victim, a local man, was shot in the torso and both thighs, the sergeant said. He was taken to a trauma center where he was listed in stable condition.
The wounded man, a Baldwin Park residents, told police he did not know his attacker and could not provide a description, Hendricks said.

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UPDATED: Suspected arrested after stand-off with deputies at Rosemead motel

ROSEMEAD >> Deputies engaged in a stand-off with a suspect at a Rosemead motel Wednesday, officials said.
The incident began shortly before 6 p.m. at the Royale Inne, 2618 North San Gabriel Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Jose Carbajal said.
Few details were initially available regarding the stand-off, which continued more than two hours later. It was unclear how the incident began, or whether the suspect was believed to be armed.
The public was asked to avoid San Gabriel Boulevard between Fern and Garvey avenues as the stand-off continued Wednesday evening.

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Family offers $5,000 reward in search for missing Sunland woman, last seen in La Crescenta

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LA CRESCENTA >> More than three months after a Sunland woman mysteriously disappeared in La Crescenta, worried family members are offering a $5,000 reward for information that helps find her.
Kimberly Blum, 45, was last seen June 5 after visiting her sister’s home in the 2000 block of Cinco Casitas Lane in La Crescenta, according to family members and Los Angeles Police Department officials.
She left her sister’s home after a brief visit and has not been scene since, officials said. Her SUV is also missing.
A cosmetics bag belonging to Blum and containing empty prescription bottles with her name was found along Angeles Crest Highway, about 21 miles north of the 210 Freeway, but no further signs of the missing woman have turned up, officials and family members said.
Sheriff’s officials have twice scoured the Angeles National Forest near La Crescenta, and family members have also hired a private helicopter to look for Blum, her mother, Rosalie Blum, said.
The mother added that she didn’t believe Blum was missing voluntarily, adding that she had suddenly disappeared after making appointments with clients of her personal organizing business and left behind her beloved dog, “Sadie.”
After more than three months without answers, family members announced a $5,000 reward for information that helps track Kimberly Blum down.
She’s described as white, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 140 pounds. She was last seen wearing a black tank top. She was driving her silver, 2004 Honda CRV with California license plate number 5JVU774.
Finding the SUV may be the key to finding Kimberly Blum, Detective Cletus Carlton of the LAPD’s Adult Missing Persons Unit said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact LAPD Detective Carlton at 213-996-1805, or the LAPD’s Missing Persons Unit at 213-996-1800. Inquiries may be emailed to reward.kimberly@gmail.com.

PHOTO of Kimberly Blum courtesy of the Blum family.

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Home-invasion robbery, kidnapping reported in San Marino, Arcadia

SAN MARINO >> A residential break-in turned into a home-invasion and kidnapping after a homeowner and a friend walked in on two burglars Wednesday, police said Sunday.
The series of crimes began about noon Wednesday when a resident arrived home and encountered two burglars who were already inside, San Marino police officials said in a written statement. Police declined to say where in the city the crime took place.
“The two men kept the resident at knife point as they continued to search the home for valuables,” according the police statement. Money was stolen.
When a friend of the victim arrived at the home a short time later, the robbers turned their attention to him, officials said.
“The two suspects kidnapped the family friend and forced him to take him to his house in Arcadia,” the police statement said.
The Arcadia home was in the 1000 block of South Sixth Street, according to Arcadia police Sgt. John Bonomo.
The robbers stole an undisclosed amount of cash before fleeing the Arcadia home, officials said.
No significant injuries were reported as a result of the crimes, police said.
A detailed suspect description was not available, and no further details were released.

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Man suspected of indecent exposure at Alhambra park

ALHAMBRA >> Police arrested a man Sunday on suspicion of exposing himself in a bathroom at Story Park, authorities said.
The alleged indecent exposure was reported about 3:30 p.m. at Story Park, 210 N. Chapel Ave., Alhambra police Lt. Jennifer Wiese said.
A man called police after seeing the suspect exposing and touching himself inside a bathroom, the lieutenant said.
The witness provided police with license plate of the suspects dark gray Hyundai Santa Fe SUV, she said. Officers found the vehicle and at the suspect’s San Gabriel Valley home, where he was arrested.
Detectives withheld the suspect’s name Sunday as they continued their investigation and sought any possible additional victims who may have encountered him, Wiese said. He was initially described as a man in his late-50s or early-60s.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Alhambra police at 626-570-5151.

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Gunman robs Hacienda Heights cell phone store

HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A masked man with a handgun robbed a cell phone store Saturday afternoon, officials said.
The heist was reported just before 6 p.m. at Bell Star Wireless, in the 16400 block of Colima Road, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Boese said.
The robber entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint, Boese said. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash, and was last seen running north on Punta Del Este Drive.
A man and woman working at the store were not injured, he added.
Deputies described the robber as a white or Latino man in his 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and 130 pounds. He wore all-dark clothing and a mask.
The robbery was being investigated by detectives from the sheriff’s Industry Station.

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