Man badly injured in La Habra bicycle crash

LA HABRA >> A man was hospitalized in a medically induced coma with major head injuries after taking a fall while riding his bicycle Sunday evening, officials said.
The man, 47, was riding about 7:15 p.m. in the 200 block of North Euclid Street when he crashed into a street sign, the sergeant said.
The bicyclist fell to the ground and struck his head on the pavement, Ruiz said. He was not wearing a helmet.
Paramedics rushed the man to the University of California, Irvine Medical Center, he said. The injured man was placed into a medically induced coma as he received treatment.
The victim’s city of residence was not available Monday.

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UPDATED: Woman found with slash wound to face in East Los Angeles

EAST LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, but expected to survive, after she was thrown, or jumped, out of vehicle with a large slash wound on her face, authorities said.
The incident was first reported about 1:50 p.m. at Cesar Chavez Avenue and Indiana Street, along the border between East Los Angeles and Los Angeles, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.
Initial reports indicated the woman’s throat had been slashed, but it was determined her wound was actually on her face, Lt. Gulley of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station said. He declined to give his first name.
The injured woman was hospitalized with serious injuries, Scott said.
But the wounds were not believed to be life-threatening, Gulley said.
Investigators determined the woman had been tossed out of a car, or had jumped from the vehicle, however it was unclear where the actual stabbing took place, the lieutenant said.
No description of a suspect or the vehicle that left the woman at the intersection was released, and no further details were immediately available.

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Police: Drunken driver crashes into tour bus full of seniors in Irwindale

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IRWINDALE >> A drunken driver slammed into a charter bus filled with senior citizens in Irwindale late Sunday, officials said.
Ten of the 48 primarily elderly passengers of the bus complained of pain following the crash, and one was taken to a hospital for examination, Irwindale police Sgt. Rudy Gatto said.
Montiel Reyes, 23, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of felony drunken driving in connection with the crash, which took place about 7 p.m. at Arrow Highway and Live Oak Avenue, just east of the 605 Freeway, Gatto said. Reyes was unlicensed and has also had his driving privilege suspended, he added.
Reyes was driving a two-door Honda Civic west on Arrow Highway when he entered the intersection and struck the bus, Gatto said. The bus was eastbound on Arrow Highway, making a left turn to continue east on Arrow Highway at the Live Oak Avenue fork.
Police said the civic struck the left, rear portion of the bus.
Damage to the car was described as major, while damage to the bus appeared moderate, Gatto said.
A second bus was sent for the passengers, Gatto said. It was not clear where the bus was heading when it became involved in the crash.
Reyes was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Baldwin Park Police Department’s jail pending his initial court appearance, Gatto said.
The circumstances of the crash remained under investigation, and anyone with information was asked to contact Detective Sgt. George Zendejas at 626-962-3601.

BOOKING PHOTO of Montiel Reyes, 23, of Los Angeles courtesy of the Irwindale Police Department.

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Deputy, civilian injured in South El Monte crash

SOUTH EL MONTE >> A sheriff’s deputy rushing to a call crashed collided with a civilian’s car in South El Monte late Sunday, resulting in minor injuries to both the deputy and the other driver, authorities said.
The deputy was headed to back up a fellow deputy when the crash occurred shortly before 11 p.m. at Peck Road and Durfee Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Loy McBride said. The patrol car had its emergency lights and siren activated.
As the deputy was making a right turn from southbound Peck Road to westbound Durfee Avenue, his patrol car collided with a car stopped in the left-turn lane on eastbound Durfee Avenue, the lieutenant said.
The deputy and a woman at the wheel of the other car suffered minor injuries in the crash, he said. Both had been treated and released from a hospital Monday morning.
An investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing.

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Ex-employee accused of pulling gun on manager of Pasadena pizzeria

PASADENA >> A disgruntled ex-pizzeria employee is accused of returning to his former workplace in Pasadena Sunday and pulling a gun on his former boss, police said.
Sheldon Brooks, 25, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon following the 4:20 p.m. incident at the restaurant in the 2400 block of East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Brooks arrived at the business and threatened employees, the Clawson said. The manager ordered him to leave, and he complied.
The manager followed Brooks outside as he left,” the lieutenant said.
“The suspect produced a loaded handgun and pointed it at the manager,” he said. Brooks then drove away.
Police officers headed to Brooks home in the area of Lake Avenue and Belvidere Street and spotted his car, Clawson said.
As officers approached Brooks’ home, he tossed a bag containing the handgun out a window, police said. He then surrendered without a struggle.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Brooks was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Fire scorches home in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Firefighters quickly extinguished a fire that ignited on the front porch of a home before it could cause major damage to the structure, officials said.
The fire was reported about 2:30 p.m. at a house in the 2000 block of North Raymond Avenue, near Montana Street, Pasadena fire and police officials said.
The flames first broke out on the porch of the home before working their way into the home’s siding, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
“But quickly extinguished before it spread into the attic,” she said.
One woman was taken to a hospital after reporting that she felt faint, officials said.
Four residents were evacuated from the home and a back house on the same property were not able to re-occupy their homes pending repairs to the electrical system caused by the fire, Derderian said.
Derderian said the fire caused an estimated $26,000 worth of damage to the home and its contents. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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Bell Gardens woman killed in Whittier car crash identified

WHITTIER >> Authorities have released the name of a 19-year-old Bell Gardens woman who died early Saturday when the car she was riding as a passenger in crashed along Beverly Boulevard in Whittier, critically injuring the driver and another passenger.
Maria Vasquez, 19, died at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center shortly after the crash, which took place just after 1 a.m. on westbound Beverly Boulevard, just west of Citrus Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. John Kades said.
She and a 21-year-old woman were thrown from a 1998 Chevrolet Malibu that struck a fire hydrant and a tree, Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis said.
The 21-year-old passenger, as well as the driver, a 25-year-old man, were hospitalized in critical condition, officials said.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation.

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Three DUI suspects arrested at Arcadia police checkpoint

ARCADIA >> Police jailed three allegedly impaired drivers during a checkpoint in Arcadia late Saturday, officials said.
The checkpoint was held on Santa Anita Avenue near St. Joseph Street, Arcadia police Lt. Tom Cullen said.
Three people were arrested on suspicion of intoxicated driving, while another seven were cited for driving without licenses, and one was cited for driving with a suspended license, the lieutenant said.
Police stored three cars for one day, and one car was impounded for 30 days, he added.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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UPDATED: 20 tickets, no arrests, reported at La Mirada checkpoint

LA MIRADA >> Deputies issued 20 tickets but made no arrests during a sobriety and driver’s license checkpoint Saturday night in La Mirada, officials said.
The checkpoint was held from 5 p.m. to midnight on westbound Imperial Highway, just east of Santa Gertrudes Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Eric Smitson said.
No drivers were arrested during the checkpoint, however 19 tickets were issued for driving without a license, and one was issued for driving on a suspended license, sheriff’s officials said. Thirteen cars were released to other licensed drivers at the checkpoint.
Deputies impounded six vehicles for one day, and a one vehicle was impounded for 30 days, he added.
Funding for the checkpoint was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Police find 20 grams of cocaine during traffic stop in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A traffic stop led to the discovery of about 20 grams of cocaine in Pasadena Saturday afternoon, police said.
Two officers pulled over a car for a traffic violation just after 4 p.m. at Los Robles Avenue and Mountain Street, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
“During the investigation, the officers recovered a quantity of cocaine from the driver,” Luna said. “The officers also recovered a moderate amount of U.S. currency.”
Police arrested the driver, a Pasadena man in his 40s, on suspicion of possession of cocaine for sales, Luna said. Police withheld his name Sunday, citing an active investigation.

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