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.
WEST COVINA >> A truck towing heavy construction equipment that may have caught fire on the westbound 10 Freeway caused the closure of the right two lanes Tuesday night.The two right lanes of the 10 West at Vincent Avenue will remain closed until about 10:30 p.m., according to a CHP SIG Alert.The trailer attached to the truck was visibly smoking after it stopped on the right shoulder near Vincent Avenue just after 7 p.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan...
EAST LOS ANGELES >> A vehicle that caught fire temporarily closed the connector road from the eastbound 10 Freeway to the southbound 710 Freeway Tuesday evening.At about 6:30 p.m. a vehicle — either a white van or work truck — stopped on the right shoulder of the connector road leading from the 10 East to the 710 South, said California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt. Flames were visible underneath the vehicle, and eventually it was engulfed in flames, Brandt...
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> The home of an off-duty law enforcement officer was struck by what authorities believe was a random gunshot Monday night.The gunshot was reported around 8:20 p.m. near the intersection of Hacienda Boulevard and Colima Road. The officer found a bullet hole through one of his windows, and police later found a .45 caliber bullet in the home, said Sgt. Ruben Macias of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industry station.As he was on the phone with 911...
WALNUT >> Police recovered at least 75 stolen construction tools from a home in Walnut on Monday morning.The thief, described by police only as a man, was arrested Sunday in connection with a burglary at a San Dimas industrial complex a few days prior. The man in the burglary and his vehicle were caught on surveillance cameras, said Sgt. Michael McGrattan of the Los Angels County Sheriff’s San Dimas station. A Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy made a...
A Temple City man pleaded guilty Monday to fatally stabbing his neighbor and trying to kill three other people during a Jan. 11 crime spree spanning El Monte and Temple City.John Perales, 45, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder. He also admitted a special allegation that he personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon in each of the crimes.Perales is set to be sentenced Nov. 15 in Department P of the Pomona Superior Court.
AZUSA >> Police are seeking the public’s help in finding a missing 26-year-old man they believe will return to the Azusa area.Timothy James Greene was reported missing to the Azusa Police Department Aug. 9 by family and friends, Azusa police said in a statement. Greene is a former Azusa Pacific University student and frequents the area around the campus, the statement said.Greene is 6’4” and 175 lbs. with blonde hair and hazel eyes, the statement...
A Glendora man who was serving in the military on a tour of duty in Iraq when he was extradited back to the United States after he was charged with molesting a girl and raping a woman was found guilty of both crimes Monday, authorities said.Fadi Haddad, 40, was found guilty of five felony counts — three counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of forcible rape. He faces a maximum sentence of 75 years to life in state prison and will have to register as a sex...
MONTEREY PARK >> In its ongoing battle against noise from airplanes flying overhead, the city might be gearing up for a legal fight against Los Angeles World Airports.A proposed nuisance ordinance introduced last week by the City Council states that airplanes flying over Monterey Park must fly no lower than 6,000 ft. above sea level and prohibits flying over the city from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. every day.A revised version of the ordinance will come before the City Council for...
SOUTH EL MONTE >> After facing criticism about expenditures she had made with a city-issued credit card, City Councilwoman Angelica Garcia will not be running for re-election in November.A member of the City Council sine 2005, Garcia did not file by Wednesday’s deadline, leaving no incumbents running in November.In the past year, Garcia has faced criticism from State Controller Betty Yee’s Office for:•
The city of El Monte is OK with supporting the business of medical marijuana but draws the line at dispensaries.The City Council voted Tuesday 3-1 to move forward with new rules allowing operators on the business side of the medical marijuana industry — distributors, manufacturers and lab testers among them — to set up shop in the city, while still banning retail outlets selling the drug to patients. Councilman J. Gomez was the lone “no” vote, while...