Christopher Yee is a staff writer for the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. He covers the cities of El Monte, South El Monte, Alhambra and San Gabriel.
San Gabriel police arrested a man they say was a gang member and a wanted fugitive after he was found inside a stolen vehicle Monday evening.At least six other law enforcement agencies helped San Gabriel police arrest Joseph Arthur Leal, 28, who police said was a member of the “Sangra” gang. Leal was free on parole and was arrested Aug. 8 for illegal possession of a firearm prior and was awaiting trial, county jail records show. Leal was released on bond Aug.
An ongoing gas main leak at a residence in Diamond Bar has forced the evacuation of 12 homes Tuesday.A contractor working at a home in the 700 block of Lionwood Avenue struck and opened a 2-inch gas main around 5:30 p.m. With electrical wires also down in the area, Los Angeles County firefighters have blocked off traffic in the area and evacuated 12 homes as of 7:30 p.m., displacing 25 people, said Supervising Fire Dispatcher Ed Pickett.The leak was plugged at 8:49 p.m.,...
A Rowland Heights home sustained serious damage after it caught fire Tuesday afternoon.The second story of the two-story house, on the 19100 block of Galatina Street, suffered heavy damage. The first floor had minor damage, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Supervising Fire Dispatcher Ed Pickett.Five county fire engines responded to the one-alarm fire, which was knocked down by 5:50 p.m., he said.No one was injured in the fire, Pickett said.
Crimes against children
A man attempted to persuade a young girl into his pickup truck Monday afternoon in Monterey Park, police said.The man was described by Monterey Park police in a statement as a 40-50 year old, medium-heavy set, Hispanic man with facial hair who was driving a small, older-model red pickup truck with a black metal shed. He reportedly offered the girl a ride home near Garfield Avenue and Elmgate Street around 3 p.m., according to the statement.The girl refused, but the man...
El Monte voters have two local elections on their Nov. 7, 2017 ballot, a ballot measure and a race for school board.Measure EMEl Monte voters will decide in November whether or not to extend city’s current half-cent sales tax until 2029.The current tax measure, Measure GG, is currently set to end March 31, 2019. Measure EM would extend the expiration of the half-cent tax to March 31, 2029.The tax was first approved by voters in...
After a police pursuit, a man suspected of making criminal threats at a Monrovia fast food restaurant was arrested early Monday.The man allegedly made the threats through the restaurant’s drive-thru window in the 100 block of West Duarte Road around 1:13 a.m. Monday, according to the Monrovia Police Department crime blotter. After that, officers attempted to stop his vehicle, which allegedly was traveling on the wrong side of the roadway at the time.The suspect vehicle...
South El Monte voters will get a say in two local elections on the Nov. 7, 2017, ballot.They are:South El Monte City CouncilWith neither of two incumbents running for re-election, five people are running for South El Monte City Council.Registered candidates for these two full-term seats include:• Former mayoral and City Council candidate Manuel Acosta• Former councilman Willhans Ili• Former...
Fairs and festivals
ALHAMBRA >> For the past week, the Edwards Renaissance Theatre courtyard has been adorned with colorful lanterns and four framed pieces of Chinese art telling the mythological story of Chang’e, the Moon Goddess of Immortality.That’s because the city is celebrating the Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, from now until the end of the month, culminating in a street festival on Second Street between Main Street and Commonwealth Avenue on Sept. 30 and...
PASADENA >> For the first time, the Rose Bowl’s storied field — home to hundreds of gridiron and soccer clashes and live performances by the world’s top musicians — could bear a name.But it won’t be of a corporate sponsor. The field will be named for Silicon Valley real estate investor and
The victim of a cell phone robbery caught on security camera footage at an Arcadia gas station said he shared the video to warn other San Gabriel Valley residents about the scheme.Vincent Ng is from San Francisco and was visiting Arcadia Monday when he was robbed. The gas station surveillance video he shared on Facebook shows him filling up his car at the...