Diamond Bar News, CA Local News http://feed.informer.com/digests/OWLVOYHSRS/feeder Diamond Bar News, CA Local News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 20 Sep 2020 07:42:38 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ Driver Claims He Fell Asleep After Car Nearly Crashes Into Backyard Pool In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/10/02/driver-asleep-car-nearly-crashes-into-backyard-pool-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:229ad8d0-c1ef-c353-421c-0ba8be6cb40d Fri, 02 Oct 2020 17:30:59 +0000 At this time, investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor, a sheriff’s official said. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p0"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4759574","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p0","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> – A driver lost control of his car coming off a freeway, slammed through a fence and nearly careened into a backyard pool in Diamond Bar early Friday morning.</p> <div id="attachment_1110691" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1110691" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1110691" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="129" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg 1580w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=300,129 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=768,331 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=1024,441 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=1536,662 1536w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=640,276 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=1485,640 1485w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-wall.jpg?resize=1500,647 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1110691" class="wp-caption-text">Oct. 2, 2020. (CBSLA)</p></div> <p>The crash occurred in the 20900 block of East Moonlake Street, just off the 60 Freeway, a little before 2:30 a.m., according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.</p> <p>The 23-year-old driver and sole occupant was coming off the westbound 60 Freeway when he lost control and hit a center median on Brea Canyon Road, the sheriff’s department said.</p> <p>He then veered across the intersection, through a dirt lot and broke through a brick fence. The car flew along the edge of one backyard before landing in another. It came to rest upside down, teetering on the deck of the backyard jacuzzi. The car itself did not fall into the water.</p> <p>The driver was treated at the scene by L.A. County Fire Department paramedics and then rushed to a nearby hospital trauma center with cuts and bruises. He is expected to survive.</p> <p>He told authorities that he fell asleep at the wheel. At this time, investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were a factor, a sheriff’s official said. He is not facing any criminal charges at this time.</p> <p>At least one person was home at the time of the crash. A neighbor who lives in the adjacent home suffered bruises when the car hit the wall outside where he was sleeping, the sheriff’s department said.</p> <div id="attachment_1110599" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1110599" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1110599" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="129" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg 1582w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=300,129 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=768,329 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=1024,439 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=1536,658 1536w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=640,274 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=1493,640 1493w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/10/car-into-fence.jpg?resize=1500,643 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1110599" class="wp-caption-text">Oct. 2, 2020. (LLN)</p></div> <p>The fire department handled the removal of the car because of the gasoline and hazardous materials in the car. Heavy equipment was brought in to extract the mangled vehicle.</p> <p>Caltrans crews were also called in to resecure the back walls of the homes.</p> National Merit Scholarship announces 2021 semifinalists in Los Angeles County https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/national-merit-scholarship-announces-2021-semifinalists-in-los-angeles-county/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:8abf1eb9-45ab-a794-78ad-ca0b5a564b29 Sat, 19 Sep 2020 18:49:22 +0000 Find out the names of Los Angeles County high school students whose study and leadership skills qualified them for a chance to win a college scholarship through the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship program. <figure id="attachment_1919394" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="3000" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/OCR-L-GR-VALENCIA-0613.341.jpg?fit=630%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 630w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">High school students apply for scholarships when planning for college. (Photo by Michael Kitada, Contributing Photographer)</figcaption></figure> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The National Merit Scholarship Corporation announced on Sept. 9 its 2021 list of semifinalist high school students who will compete for a share of 7,600 scholarships worth more than $30 million. Winners of the 66th annual competition will be announced nationally between April and July next year.</p> <p>High school juniors in about 21,000 high schools in the United States entered the academic competition by taking the 2019 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.</p> <p>The highest-scoring students in each state represent the pool of semifinalists who, according to the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, represent less than 1% of United States high school seniors.</p> <p>The next step for a semifinalist to become a finalist is to complete the required application that includes their academic record, an essay and a letter of recommendation by a high school official.</p> <p>Finalists are then chosen on the basis of academic record, their participation in community and school activities, how they have demonstrated leadership ability, employment and awards and honors received.</p> <p>From a group of about 16,000 semifinalists, an expected 15,000 advance to finalists. Students will be notified in February if they are finalists and half of those win a scholarship.</p> <p>The National Merit Scholarship winners, chosen on the basis of accomplishments, skills and potential for college success, are selected from this last group. Winners are notified, on a rolling basis, from April to July in 2021.</p> <p>Three types are scholarships are awarded including</p> <ul> <li>National Merit $2500 Scholarships (one of 2,500 available)</li> <li>Corporate-sponsored awards (provided by corporations and business organizations for finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor offices or plants are located)</li> <li>College-sponsored scholarships for finalists who will attend the sponsor&#8217;s college or university</li> </ul> <p>High school students interested in applying in future years need to talk to their school counselor to make arrangements to take the PSAT/NMSQT test. Registration is through the high school and not by the students. For information on the competition, <a href="http://bit.ly/3hzLR8E">bit.ly/3hzLR8E</a></p> <p>The National Merit Scholarship Corporation was established in 1955 and is an independent, not-for-profit group that does not operate with government assistance. Since its founding it has awarded about 432,000 scholarships worth over $1.7 billion.</p> <p>The goals of the organization are to reward academically dedicated students, encourage academic excellence at all levels of education, promote a deeper respect for learning in general and to encourage individuals and organizations to sponsor scholarships. <a href="http://nationalmerit.org">nationalmerit.org</a></p> <p>Here is the list of semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program in Los Angeles County by their school and the school&#8217;s town:</p> <h4 class="">AGOURA HILLS</h4> <p><strong>Agoura Hills HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Rachel C. Fox</li> <li>Ethan G. Goldenberg</li> <li>Daniel L. Nathanson</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ALHAMBRA</h4> <p><strong>Mark Keppel HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jasmine J. Lim</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ARCADIA</h4> <p><strong>Arcadia HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Legolas Chen</li> <li>William Chen</li> <li>Alex Dang</li> <li>Jiacheng Hu</li> <li>Dongming Hua</li> <li>Jolene Huey</li> <li>Nathan L. Kuo</li> <li>Kate M. Larrick</li> <li>Tanya D. Lee</li> <li>Claire A. Liang</li> <li>Margaret Lin</li> <li>Alex Liu</li> <li>Charisse Y. Liu</li> <li>Maxwell J. Montemayor</li> <li>Jenny Qiu</li> <li>Raghav Ramanujam</li> <li>Maggie Y. Sun</li> <li>Onassa Sun</li> <li>Jonathan H. Wang</li> <li>Melody Yang</li> <li>Henry H. Zeng</li> </ul> <h4 class="">BEVERLY HILLS</h4> <p><strong>Beverly Hills HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Parsa A. Famad</li> <li>Bradley K. Moon</li> <li>Nicholas M. Walker</li> </ul> <h4 class="">BRENTWOOD</h4> <p><strong>Heritage HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Spencer E. Wallace</li> </ul> <h4 class="">BURBANK</h4> <p><strong>Burbank HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Mahima Kodavati</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CALABASAS</h4> <p><strong>Calabasas HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Quynh-Anh N. Nguyen</li> <li>Jeremey H. White</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CARSON</h4> <p><strong>California Academy of Mathematics and Science</strong></p> <ul> <li>Shua Cho</li> <li>Silas John</li> <li>Julianne L. Lim</li> <li>Crystal Ma</li> <li>Zoe D. Storaasli</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CERRITOS</h4> <p><strong>Cerritos HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Angelina K. Lee</li> <li>Ryan J. Salazar</li> <li>Karina Singh</li> <li>Joshua P. Zhu</li> </ul> <p><strong>Gretchen Whitney HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Charles J. Chen</li> <li>Hirad Hosseini</li> <li>Ryan S. Muraliraj</li> <li>Kenneth D. Nguyen</li> <li>Ryan Tseng</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CHATSWORTH</h4> <p><strong>Chatsworth HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Vince Dao Daloisio</li> </ul> <p><strong>Sierra Canyon HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Abdullah Z. Rafique</li> <li>David A. Rotblatt</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CLAREMONT</h4> <p><strong>Claremont HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Khushi Dwivedi</li> <li>Aleksandra M. Watkins</li> </ul> <p><strong>Vivian Webb School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jingyi Han</li> <li>Sneha Jindal</li> <li>Shu Wen Zhan</li> </ul> <p><strong>Webb School of California</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jiaming Feng</li> <li>Marshall Olmos</li> <li>Pinlin Xu</li> <li>Andy Zhang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">CULVER CITY</h4> <p><strong>Culver City HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brandon Kim</li> </ul> <h4 class="">DIAMOND BAR</h4> <p><strong>Diamond Bar HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sritaran S. Bondada</li> <li>Emily C. Chen</li> <li>Aaron Hao</li> <li>Brandon G. Kam</li> <li>Caitlin Lee</li> <li>Camille A. McCurry</li> <li>Celine T. Shen</li> <li>Nathan C. Song</li> <li>Claire Wang</li> <li>Derek S. Wang</li> <li>Benjamin C. Wu</li> <li>Chelsea A. Wu</li> <li>Breanna Y. Yang</li> <li>Jacob A. Zhi</li> <li>Erin Zhou</li> <li>Luke F. Zhou</li> </ul> <h4 class="">EAGLE ROCK</h4> <p><strong>Eagle Rock HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Diego A. Wong</li> </ul> <h4 class="">EL SEGUNDO</h4> <p><strong>Da Vinci Science HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Nicole P. Yeh</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ENCINO</h4> <p><strong>Holy Martyrs HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Lori N. Garavartanian</li> </ul> <h4 class="">GLENDORA</h4> <p><strong>Glendora HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brandon Jia</li> <li>Lauren Meraz</li> </ul> <h4 class="">GRANADA HILLS</h4> <p><strong>Granada Hills Charter HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kaden S. Chou</li> <li>Se Eun K. Ryu</li> </ul> <h4 class="">HACIENDA HEIGHTS</h4> <p><strong>Glen A. Wilson HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sirjen Kaur</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE</h4> <p><strong>Flintridge Preparatory School</strong></p> <ul> <li>John McCloud</li> <li>Rodolf Ruiz</li> <li>Claire A. Senft</li> </ul> <p><strong>La Cañada HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Derek Ahn</li> <li>Ian Baik</li> <li>Hee Su Chung</li> <li>Trin J. Chung</li> <li>Reza Hemmati</li> <li>Derek L. Jiang</li> <li>Olivia L. Joung</li> <li>Chase A. Kerstein</li> <li>Jordan A. Lay</li> <li>Nadia L. Lintag</li> <li>Michael T. Lisano</li> <li>Ellaney N. Matarese</li> <li>Cassidy M. Olson</li> <li>Amelia E. Seropian</li> <li>Leila R. Thompsky</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LA CRESCENTA</h4> <p><strong>Crescenta Valley HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Anahita Ahmadi</li> <li>Prashanth S. Bhaskara</li> <li>Adarsh Chilkunda</li> <li>Jaya S. Hamkins</li> <li>Margaret W. Kim</li> <li>Sarah Nakama</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LA VERNE</h4> <p><strong>Bonita HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Avinash A. Chauhan</li> <li>Sophia L. Whitaker</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LAKEWOOD</h4> <p><strong>Home school</strong></p> <ul> <li>Nicholas J. Benefield</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LONG BEACH</h4> <p><strong>Long Beach Polytechnic HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Liam R. Alpern</li> <li>Caleb E. Marsh</li> <li>Jason White</li> </ul> <p><strong>Robert A. Millikan HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jacob. P. Bower</li> </ul> <p><strong>Sato Academy of Math and Science</strong></p> <ul> <li>Safa Saeed</li> </ul> <h4 class="">LOS ANGELES</h4> <p><strong>Francisco Bravo Medical Magnet HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kelli A. Van Brunt</li> </ul> <p><strong>Brentwood School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Louis B. Adler</li> <li>Haley J. Gauer</li> <li>Giulia N. Germano</li> <li>Lauren A. Gold</li> <li>Dylan S. Kane</li> <li>Sadie M. Sarkisian</li> </ul> <p><strong>Fairfax HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Grace Kim</li> </ul> <p><strong>Girls Academic Leadership Academy</strong></p> <ul> <li>Naomi E. Macey</li> </ul> <p><strong>Alexander Hamilton HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ryan W. Barnes</li> <li>Elizabeth A. Cushnir</li> <li>Max B. Fattal</li> <li>Andrew Palacci</li> </ul> <p><strong>Le Lycée Français de Los Angeles</strong></p> <ul> <li>Asher I. Cohen</li> </ul> <p><strong>Abraham Lincoln HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Cindy Lei</li> </ul> <p><strong>Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies</strong></p> <ul> <li>Yunsu Ha</li> <li>Macy J. Pine</li> </ul> <p><strong>Los Angeles County HS for the Arts</strong></p> <ul> <li>Nicole Lam</li> </ul> <p><strong>Loyola HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kyle Beerbower</li> <li>Benjamin M. Cortez</li> <li>Nicholas George</li> <li>Julian D. Ha</li> <li>Kevin Lavelle</li> <li>Sameer Nayyar</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marlborough School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Eleanor L. Atlee</li> <li>Sidney I. Bae</li> <li>Emma O. Cruz</li> <li>Kaelyn Hindshaw</li> <li>Isabelle A. Shapiro</li> <li>Maisie Thompson</li> </ul> <p><strong>Marymount HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jennifer J. Kim</li> <li>Julia H. Kim</li> </ul> <p><strong>University HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brenden K. Barber-Choi</li> </ul> <p><strong>Windward School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Nicholas A. Cohen</li> <li>William S. Gallon</li> <li>Emma Z. Green</li> </ul> <p><strong>Wish Academy HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Angela H. Yang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">MALIBU</h4> <p><strong>Malibu HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Emma M. Sudmann</li> </ul> <h4 class="">MANHATTAN BEACH</h4> <p><strong>Mira Costa HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Brandon M. Bui</li> <li>Owen A. Campbell</li> <li>Lauren Chiu</li> <li>Shane P. Foley</li> <li>William T. Gerken</li> <li>Audrey E. Lee</li> <li>Nicolas M. Lee</li> <li>Bryce C. Li</li> <li>Max W. Riley</li> <li>Alexandra L. Runnels</li> <li>Megan K. Shintaku</li> <li>Caleb H. Wallis</li> </ul> <h4 class="">NORTH HOLLYWOOD</h4> <p><strong>North Hollywood HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Margot S. Dayan</li> <li>James A. Dy</li> <li>Samantha P. Krulik</li> <li>Aidan C. McCarthy</li> <li>Saiprakash Paspuleti</li> <li>Albert Zhang</li> </ul> <p><strong>Oakwood School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Koa M. Lee</li> </ul> <h4 class="">PACIFIC PALISADES</h4> <p><strong>Palisades Charter HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Patrick H. King</li> <li>Daniel J. Ravicz</li> <li>Sydney L. Savarese</li> <li>Walker J. Uhls</li> </ul> <h4 class="">PALOS VERDES ESTATES</h4> <p><strong>Palos Verdes HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Daniel Belzberg</li> <li>Matthew H. Kang</li> <li>Beom Joon Kim</li> <li>Phillipe S. Wiederkehr</li> </ul> <h4 class="">PALOS VERDES PENINSULA</h4> <p><strong>Chadwick School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Hannah H. Bogen</li> <li>Marco R. Burstein</li> <li>Lukas R. Harris</li> <li>Rohan A. Joshi</li> <li>Cade M. Vernon</li> <li>Alanna Zhang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">PASADENA</h4> <p><strong>La Salle HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Matthew B. Day</li> </ul> <p><strong>Maranatha HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Memphis M. Lau</li> </ul> <p><strong>John Marshall Fundamental School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Colson T. Kishimoto</li> </ul> <p><strong>Polytechnic HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Maggie S. Grether</li> <li>Molly M. Hill</li> <li>Audrey Y. Kim</li> <li>Sarah A. Thein</li> </ul> <p><strong>Sequoyah School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Julian Suh-Toma</li> </ul> <p><strong>Westridge School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Simone M. Kang</li> <li>Mirelle Lindquist</li> <li>Maya P. Melnik</li> <li>Katherine N. Mrozek</li> <li>Jennifer L. Spinoglio</li> <li>Jiatong Zhang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">REDONDO BEACH</h4> <p><strong>Redondo Union HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Madeleine Bloomer</li> <li>Liam Hogan</li> <li>Rylee Kang</li> <li>Juninho Paniouchkine</li> </ul> <h4 class="">RESEDA</h4> <p><strong>Cleveland HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Ryan C. Kim</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ROLLING HILLS ESTATES</h4> <p><strong>Palos Verdes Peninsula HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jason G. Apostol</li> <li>Kosei S. Chetanna</li> <li>Russell T. Chuang</li> <li>Aksh Garg</li> <li>Amy W. Huang</li> <li>J Calvin Kim</li> <li>Skylar J. Lo</li> <li>Sarah T. Omalley</li> <li>Andrew R. Sinsioco</li> <li>Madison S. Yeh</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ROSEMEAD</h4> <p><strong>Rosemead HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jordan K. Huynh</li> </ul> <h4 class="">ROWLAND HEIGHTS</h4> <p><strong>John A. Rowland HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Bryan C. Lai</li> <li>Melody Lo</li> </ul> <h4 class="">SAN GABRIEL</h4> <p><strong>Gabrielino HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Curtis Y. Chen</li> <li>Melanie Tang</li> </ul> <p><strong>San Gabriel HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kelvin Luu</li> </ul> <h4 class="">SAN MARINO</h4> <p><strong>San Marino HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Matthew G. Lee</li> <li>Anna K. Moller</li> <li>Andrew J. Yim</li> </ul> <h4 class="">SANTA MONICA</h4> <p><strong>Crossroads School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Addison Davis</li> </ul> <p><strong>Santa Monica HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Collin B. Beal</li> <li>Kole A. Lee</li> </ul> <h4 class="">SOUTH PASADENA</h4> <p><strong>South Pasadena HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Frances H. Chiu</li> <li>Matthew B. Haines</li> <li>Jessica G. Li</li> <li>Luyang Zhang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">STUDIO CITY</h4> <p><strong>Harvard-Westlake School</strong></p> <ul> <li>Anneliese V. Ardizzone</li> <li>Nicole P. Austen</li> <li>Lyon U. Chung</li> <li>Yvette J. Copeland</li> <li>Ruoshan Dong</li> <li>Eli Friedman</li> <li>Navid Ghodsi</li> <li>Andrew Gong</li> <li>Akseli Kangaslahti</li> <li>Kyle T. Kaufman</li> <li>Matthew J. Kihiczak</li> <li>Christopher M. Ladreyt</li> <li>Angela G. Lee</li> <li>Austin J. Lee</li> <li>Christina E. Lee</li> <li>Matthew C. Lee</li> <li>Emma R. Limor</li> <li>Bennett J. Markinson</li> <li>Ford T. McDill</li> <li>Samantha M. McLoughlin</li> <li>Samantha A. Morris</li> <li>Zane M. Neelin</li> <li>Allison S. Park</li> <li>Felicity O. Phelan</li> <li>Matthew W. Redford</li> <li>Santiago Salazar</li> <li>Allegra C. Saltzman</li> <li>Anna F. Shell</li> <li>Eunji Shin</li> <li>Hope M. Shinderman</li> <li>Brooke A. Stanford</li> <li>John L. Szijjarto</li> <li>William K. Tao</li> <li>Charles H. Thumann</li> <li>Ryan A. Tsai</li> <li>Jasmine Wang</li> <li>Tyler M. Weigand</li> <li>Benjamin B. Weinberg</li> <li>Aaron Zhao</li> </ul> <h4 class="">TEMPLE CITY</h4> <p><strong>Temple City HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Phoebe G. Chan</li> <li>Sean Chan</li> <li>Tuan Anh Q. Nguyen</li> </ul> <h4 class="">TORRANCE</h4> <p><strong>South HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sara Hasegawa</li> <li>Ella R. Marantz</li> <li>Jessica C. Oey</li> <li>Alexis S. Rampolla</li> <li>Shannon A. Shao</li> <li>Cindy Y. Zhang</li> </ul> <p><strong>West HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>James J. Han</li> <li>Emma X. Isella</li> <li>Israel Ryu</li> </ul> <h4 class="">TUJUNGA</h4> <p><strong>Verdugo Hills HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Alex Yeghikian</li> </ul> <h4 class="">VALENCIA</h4> <p><strong>Valencia HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>June N. Griffin</li> <li>Andrew J. Hahn</li> <li>Brooke L. Holtom</li> </ul> <p><strong>West Ranch HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Remy J. Bell</li> <li>Emily H. Chang</li> <li>Kevin T. Gillespie</li> <li>Jessamine Jin</li> <li>Janice M. Jung</li> <li>Steve S. Lee</li> <li>Joshua J. Xie</li> </ul> <h4 class="">VALLEY GLEN</h4> <p><strong>Stem 3 Academy</strong></p> <p><strong>Emet Z. Hirsch</strong></p> <h4 class="">WALNUT</h4> <p><strong>Walnut HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Prabhleen Kaur</li> <li>Christopher A. Phillips</li> <li>Jonathan P. Steele</li> <li>Nicole W. Zhang</li> </ul> <h4 class="">WESTLAKE VILLAGE</h4> <p><strong>Oaks Christian HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Sterling C. Drummond</li> <li>Claire Nguyen</li> </ul> <p><strong>Westlake HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Yusuf S. Alvi</li> <li>Ryan L. Chu</li> <li>Arjun J. Gutta</li> <li>Hillary A. Hsu</li> </ul> <h4 class="">WOODLAND HILLS</h4> <p><strong>El Camino Real Charter HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Jacob S. Isrow</li> <li>Adam M. Lehavi</li> </ul> <p><strong>Louisville HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Kate M. Powledge</li> </ul> <p><strong>William Howard Taft Charter HS</strong></p> <ul> <li>Derek N. 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She knows she's done it herself. <p>&nbsp;</p> <aside class="related right"> <h3 class="widget-title" style="text-transform: none">The series</h3> <p>This is the last in a series of three articles.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-deaf-prosecutor-has-long-fight-for-justice">Part 1: Deaf prosecutor has long fight for justice</a></li> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-part-2-trauma-drives-her-toward-the-law">Part 2: Trauma drives her toward the law</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>The judge grabbed the deputy district attorney and pinned her against the wall.</p> <p>Janine Madera was 31 years old, with two years experience in the Orange County District Attorney&#8217;s Office. Her right shoulder was against a bookcase inside Judge James Marion&#8217;s chambers. She couldn&#8217;t move as Marion yelled at her, inches from her face.</p> <p>The fact that Madera, who is deaf, had a sign language interpreter in the room didn&#8217;t stop Marion.</p> <p>&#8220;I instantly went into panic mode,&#8221; Madera said. &#8220;I thought &#8230; go for the groin and get out. I was certain I would lose my job.&#8221;</p> <p>But she didn&#8217;t kick him. She didn&#8217;t fight back. Instead, she felt resigned.</p> <p>&#8220;Because I was a woman, I have to take whatever he wants to dish out,&#8221; Madera said.</p> <p>Her interpreter at the time was Katy Watts, who was given permission by Madera to break her oath of confidentiality to speak about the confrontation.</p> <p>&#8220;He grabbed her and threw her against the wall,&#8221; Watts said. &#8220;He was yelling at her in an angry voice. I was horrified that a bench officer would lose his temper in that manner. He was threatening and harassing, using his size. She maintained her composure and professionalism more than I would.</p> <p>&#8220;I would have screamed.&#8221;</p> <p>Madera froze as the judge began to forcefully explain his ruling. Then, he kept repeating that he wanted her to like him, Madera said.</p> <p>She tried to move. He blocked her, she said.</p> <p>&#8220;He asked me several times if I was angry at him,&#8221; Madera said.</p> <p>Suddenly, a bailiff opened a door in the hallway outside the judge&#8217;s chambers.</p> <p>Madera slipped out.</p> <p>Unlike the sexual assault when she was a child, unlike the beating when she was in college, this time Janine Madera made sure some measure of justice was done.</p> <p>It would be wrong to consider her deafness to be the most formidable obstacle she had to overcome. Throughout her life, to rise, as she has, to her current position as a senior deputy district attorney in the homicide unit, Madera has had to overcome the violence thrust upon her by men.</p> <p>Within 20 minutes of being attacked by Judge Marion, she had filed a complaint. (Watts also wrote a memo explaining the confrontation.)</p> <p>&#8220;I think that&#8217;s a uniquely female experience,&#8221; Madera said.</p> <p>On Oct. 19, 2006, Marion wrote an apology letter to District Attorney Tony Rackauckas. Most of the letter is about how Janine Madera is a &#8220;remarkable human being.&#8221; He wrote, &#8220;She has the potential to be one of your best deputies &#8230; I consider her a friend.&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;After reading their memos I believe I owe both of them, most especially Ms. Madera, an apology &#8230; I know she put a great deal of thought and effort into the case and my only intent to speak with her immediately after the hearing as to assure her that my decision had nothing to do with her abilities or performance. My intent was to reassure her. Obviously, I failed miserably in that attempt. My way of communicating was clearly clumsy and I believe I have learned a valuable lesson. The mistake was mine and I am truly sorry.&#8221;</p> <p>Madera carried that apology in her wallet for 14 years.</p> <p>She met with Marion soon after he wrote the apology.</p> <p>&#8220;We talked for about two hours,&#8221; Madera said. &#8220;He said he had to tell his wife. He was sharing how it impacted him.&#8221;</p> <p>Marion told her he was under investigation by the Commission on Judicial Performance.</p> <p>&#8220;They never reached out to me,&#8221; she said, a fact that still makes her angry.</p> <p>Bottom line: Judge Marion didn&#8217;t talk much about Madera.</p> <p>&#8220;The problem was with him, and not with me,&#8221; Madera said. &#8220;I honestly think he didn&#8217;t get it. I didn&#8217;t like the apology letter. It made it more about me than it was about him.&#8221;</p> <p>After the incident, Judge Marion was &#8220;blanket papered&#8221; by the Orange County District Attorney&#8217;s Office, meaning they refused to try cases in his court. He was transferred, for several years, out of the criminal division (He eventually returned).</p> <p>Madera would have one more encounter with Judge Marion.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="2"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-12-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Janine Madera, right, outside Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana after the Orozco verdict with Anaheim Detective Julissa Trapp in January 2015. (Photo Courtesy Janine Madera) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="697" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera meets with her friend, Julissa Trapp, an Anaheim PD detective, for drinks and dinner at an Orange County restaurant on Saturday, August 22, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <h4 class="">&#8216;The dread lifted&#8217;</h4> <p>Julissa Trapp will never forget her first homicide case.</p> <p>&#8220;Typical body dump,&#8221; said the Anaheim detective. Body dumps are tough cases to solve. This one took her nine months and involved the use of confidential informants, or &#8220;CIs&#8221; as they are called.</p> <p>In December 2011, a man was found shot to death in the driveway of an abandoned house. His name was David Zickman.</p> <p>By that time, Janine Madera had been promoted twice. First to &#8220;Felony Panel&#8221; and then to &#8220;Gang Target.&#8221; She moved her desk to a spot inside the Anaheim Police Department.</p> <p>Madera was the prosecutor on the Zickman homicide.</p> <p>Trapp met with Madera three times before she figured out she was deaf. They would become very close friends.</p> <p>&#8220;She&#8217;s very good at hiding her disability,&#8221; Trapp said. &#8220;I tell her she&#8217;s doing it for the parking.&#8221;</p> <p>(Madera, by the way, points out that she doesn&#8217;t use disabled parking privileges. In 2009, a defendant tried to grab her in a courtroom, and she was given a parking space under the courthouse for several months.)</p> <p>During the investigation, Madera kept telling Trapp, no, she wouldn&#8217;t file charges until the case was airtight. By the time she took the case to trial, the use of CIs was a huge issue. The trial was happening in the aftermath of the Salon Meritage shooting in Seal Beach, the worst mass shooting in Orange County history. The District Attorney&#8217;s Office had improperly used jailhouse informants in that case.</p> <p>&#8220;All her colleagues told her don&#8217;t try this case,&#8221; Trapp said. &#8220;I told her, &#8216;When you have a crime committed in hell, your witnesses are not angels.&#8217;&#8221;</p> <p>Strategically, Madera didn&#8217;t call the CIs as witnesses and still got a conviction. That conviction, years later, was appealed. The appeals court sided with Madera, and the conviction was upheld.</p> <p>Madera, Trapp and the victim&#8217;s sister, Linda Andal, became close friends.</p> <p>Over dinner, Madera mentioned she&#8217;d been sexually assaulted as a child.</p> <p>&#8220;She just threw it out there nonchalantly,&#8221; said Trapp, who worked as a detective on sexual assault cases for three years. &#8220;The damage is internal. It&#8217;s a cancer, and it will eat at you. It&#8217;s never going to go away. The best you can hope for is you do some self-healing, and it becomes a scar. With time, it becomes less noticeable.&#8221;</p> <p>When Madera had a panic attack in 2012, it was Trapp who gave her the name of the therapist; Madera is still seeing the therapist today.</p> <p>The first three therapy sessions, Madera said, were horrible.</p> <p>&#8220;I felt worse,&#8221; she said. She was taking Ativan, an anti-anxiety medication that can be addictive. She carried the pills a silver vial in her pocket, and they seemed to be calling out to her whenever she faced a stressful situation. She remembers having the vial on the table while eating lunch at a fast food place. She remembers having the vial in her pocket as she met with a victim&#8217;s family in a criminal case.</p> <p>She didn&#8217;t want to take them.</p> <p>The fourth therapy session was different.</p> <p>&#8220;That&#8217;s when I brought up that I was sexually assaulted when I was 10,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I remember my therapist looking at me like &#8230; How did this not come up before?&#8221;</p> <p>As soon as the words were out of her mouth, something changed inside her.</p> <p>&#8220;I remember exhaling and thinking, wow,&#8221; she said. &#8220;That feeling of physical dread disappeared. The dread lifted. Not acknowledging it was part of the problem.&#8221;</p> <p>She never took another Ativan.</p> <h4 class="">&#8216;I don&#8217;t run&#8217;</h4> <p>Five years after, he had slammed Madera against the wall in his chambers, Judge James Marion was back working criminal trials. Despite his history, he was allowed to return to his previous job. In 2011, Marion was working in &#8220;The Tower,&#8221; the courthouse in Santa Ana, which represents the top of the judicial hierarchy in the county.</p> <p>Everyone assumed Madera would avoid courtroom C-34, where Marion presided.</p> <p>She did not.</p> <p>&#8220;I could have filed one simple piece of paper and not had to appear in front of him,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I don&#8217;t run.&#8221;</p> <p>On May 23, 2011, she began arguing the case of three gang members accused of robbery and assault with a deadly weapon.</p> <p>Marion was cordial, and there was no drama in the case.</p> <p>Madera won a conviction.</p> <p>&#8220;It felt good to close that chapter,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>Less than a month after that verdict, Judge Marion had a heart attack and died. He was 58.</p> <h4 class="">Rare move</h4> <p>The justice system worked for Mark Contreras.</p> <p>He was one of four defendants charged with intimidating a witness in a gang case. Janine Madera filed charges against Contreras in 2013. Because he already had two strikes against him, the maximum penalty was life in prison.</p> <p>With the trial coming up, Madera remembers having a conversation with the detective who investigated Contreras. There was some confusion about whether Contreras wore glasses, if the witness identified him correctly and whether he had actually participated in the crime.</p> <p>Madera didn&#8217;t hesitate. As soon as she could, she went before Judge Gregg Prickett and asked him to drop the charges against Contreras.</p> <p>Dismissing charges is a rare move for a prosecutor, especially on a case that she filed. Prickett thanked Madera for her honesty.</p> <p>&#8220;I feel compelled to say the following,&#8221; Prickett said in open court. &#8220;It is the best of your office when an act like this is done &#8230; when a prosecutor sees they&#8217;re unable to prove a case to immediately notify defense counsel, to immediately have the matter put on the calendar and to immediately move for the remedy you think is appropriate, speaks highly of your personal ethics and of your office, ma&#8217;am.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_2887191" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="4359" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-17_76217816.jpg?fit=630%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 630w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Various personal items sit atop of the home office desk of Janine Madera, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, in her Southern California home.(Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)</figcaption></figure> <h4 class="">Don&#8217;t ask permission</h4> <p>In July 2018, Janine Madera founded DAWN, which has grown to become an 80-member network of attorneys who support the advancement of women in the office. Here&#8217;s the interesting thing: She did it without asking for permission from her superiors.</p> <p>Her mission statement: &#8220;To create, promote and cultivate a supportive network for women DDAs and to engage in a variety of fun and meaningful activities with each other and our community.&#8221;</p> <p>DAWN raises money for charity, holds town hall meetings and promotes the issues of professional women. Her goal now is to take the DAWN model to other DA&#8217;s offices in other counties.</p> <p>A month before leaving office in 2018, DA Tony Rackauckas promoted Madera to the homicide unit.</p> <p>She was the third woman in the unit (out of 12 attorneys).</p> <p>Todd Spitzer won the 2018 DA election and quickly began to make changes. He met Madera at a dinner, asking her how things were going. Madera said she had been fighting the human resources department for most of her career over her interpreter.</p> <p>Spitzer told her she could stop fighting. Spitzer said he has always been sympathetic to people with disabilities because his grandfather was blind. The issue with Madera&#8217;s interpreter set him off.</p> <p>&#8220;I was pretty outraged,&#8221; Spitzer said. &#8220;I blew a fuse. I was really angry.&#8221;</p> <p>So he fixed the problem.</p> <p>&#8220;Since Spitzer, my problems have gone away,&#8221; Madera said.</p> <p>The new DA became a vocal supporter of DAWN, pledging to help organize a town hall meeting to discuss COVID-19. Also, Spitzer began to promote women. For the first time in history, half the homicide DAs were women, including head of homicide Alison Gyves. (Gyves has since retired, and she was replaced by a man).</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="5"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="668" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-22_76217820.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Due to the coronavirus, business often gets done via computer as Janine Madera, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, has a morning meeting with colleagues, clockwise from top left: Patricia Orozco-Boyce of Waymakers Victim Advocate; Madera; DA Investigator Diana Salazar and interpreter Astrid Hagen, while working from her home office on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1514" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The office door of Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="710" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-10_76217790.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera works from her home office on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="684" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-16.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-16.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-16.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-16.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/202 Loud in the silence: Deaf prosecutor has long fight for justice https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-deaf-prosecutor-has-long-fight-for-justice/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:8e4499a5-86bf-19b5-e137-8d59774a2df9 Sun, 06 Sep 2020 12:27:08 +0000 Janine Madera, a homicide prosecutor in the Orange County District Attorney's office, was driven to help others after nothing happened when she was raped as a child. <aside class="related right"> <h3 class="widget-title" style="text-transform: none">The series</h3> <p>This is the first in a series of three articles.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-part-2-trauma-drives-her-toward-the-law">Part 2: Trauma drives her toward the law</a></li> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-part-3-deaf-prosecutor-faces-confrontation-her-past">Part 3: Deaf prosecutor faces confrontation, her past</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>She hears the voice.</p> <p>It pierces the silence inside her head. She cannot make it stop.</p> <p>&#8220;You are ugly,&#8221; the voice rasps. &#8220;You are worthless. You will never be loved. You are nothing &#8230;&#8221;</p> <p>The voice is vile, scary. Imagine a monster in your ear, she said. She is now 46 years old and she still hears it almost every day. Sometimes the voice is loud, sometimes a whisper. She no longer has the ability to hear other sounds, the regular sounds in her world, the popular music on the radio she loved so much, her children&#8217;s laughter, the breeze slipping through the trees or the witnesses she questions as a homicide prosecutor.</p> <p>Janine Madera is deaf, due, in part, to the second of two brutal encounters with the man whose voice lives inside her head.</p> <p>He sexually assaulted her at knifepoint on the Fourth of July when Janine was 10 years old. She was at a friend&#8217;s house in Diamond Bar, swimming in the backyard pool when the friend and her parents left to go get fireworks, leaving her alone. She went inside and made herself a bowl of macaroni and cheese. She was sitting on the living room couch when an intruder entered through a sliding glass door.</p> <figure id="attachment_2886882" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="5543" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i0.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-33_76224530.jpg?fit=630%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 630w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Janine Madera, Orange County Deputy District Attorney, holds a photograph when she was 11 years old and began her relentless quest to be heard. Just a year earlier she had been sexually assaulted at knifepoint on the Fourth of July at a friend’s house in Diamond Bar. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)</figcaption></figure> <p>Madera said he raped her on the living room floor, next to a coffee table on which, she remembers, was a stack of Road &amp; Track magazines.</p> <p>Madera remembers reporting what happened to several adults including people at her church, a psychiatrist and a medical doctor, but justice was never pursued. It confuses her to this day how that could be. There are days when she blames her 10-year-old self, because she struggled to describe the attacker. She remembers, during the questioning, she bit her fingernails until they bled.</p> <p>It kills her that she still can&#8217;t remember if he was blond or if he had brown hair. In 1985, the adults around her decided not to put her through an investigation or a possible trial, for her protection, Madera said. Statistically, it wasn&#8217;t an unusual decision. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center says 60 percent of rape cases are not reported to police.</p> <p>The effect of the non-reporting was severe. Madera said she felt worthless, just like her attacker told her.</p> <p>What she did next tells you everything you need to know about Janine Madera, who grew up to be an Orange County deputy district attorney, one of a handful of women in county history who broke through a male-dominated hierarchy into the coveted positions on to the homicide unit.</p> <p>At age 11, Janine began a relentless quest to be heard.</p> <p>Her pursuit put her in grave jeopardy and, years later, cost her what hearing she had left. She has never revealed her history publicly, and she has rarely told anyone privately. She has had to overcome abusive behavior by men at seemingly every turn. But her journey compelled her to become what she is today – a fierce advocate for justice.</p> <p>Today, Janine Madera exists at the confluence of toughness and perseverance.</p> <p>&#8220;I didn&#8217;t get my day in court,&#8221; said Madera, who lives in the Inland Empire. &#8220;Nobody spoke for me. I had no voice. I feel a lot of shame in myself for not ensuring justice even as my rational mind knows it is not my fault.&#8221;</p> <p>She thinks the attacker moved to another state. She envisions him now as an aging man with a history of violence against women and saying things they shouldn&#8217;t believe about themselves. For many years, she chose to try to ignore and suppressed what had happened.</p> <p>Yet the voice has never left her.</p> <p>&#8220;This is the best your life is ever going to get,&#8221; she still hears him say. That&#8217;s the line that bothers her the most.</p> <p>This is what she now knows after 35 years of hearing the voice.</p> <p>It was wrong.</p> <figure id="attachment_2884575" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="4455" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-08.jpg?fit=630%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 630w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera meets with her friend, Julissa Trapp, an Anaheim PD detective, for drinks and dinner at an Orange County restaurant on Saturday, August 22, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)</figcaption></figure> <h4 class="">Born to be a deputy DA</h4> <p>&#8220;She is just fierce in court,&#8221; said Julissa Trapp, a homicide investigator with the Anaheim Police Department, subject of the &#8220;Detective Trapp&#8221; podcast and one of Madera&#8217;s closest friends. &#8220;She&#8217;s like this little mini superhero. She&#8217;s a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for &#8230;</p> <p>&#8220;The fact that she&#8217;s been able to overcome all those things, and she still has an amazing heart. She&#8217;s so full of compassion and a giving spirit, despite the fact that the world has sucked for her. It shows her character &#8230;</p> <p>&#8220;Underneath that chic suit she&#8217;s got, I&#8217;m pretty sure there&#8217;s a cape pinned underneath there.&#8221;</p> <figure id="attachment_2884566" class="wp-caption aligncenter size-article_inline"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="5022" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=780%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 780w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=810%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 810w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-01.jpg?fit=630%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 630w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera walks from her office to Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana for a hearing on Thursday, August 13, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)</figcaption></figure> <p>Outside a select group of accused gang members and murderers – or the families of their victims – few people in Orange County would likely have heard of Janine Madera.</p> <p>She has been a deputy district attorney for more than 15 years, fulfilling an anti-crime destiny she has had since she went to the public library and looked up a description of the legal system that she believed had let her down when she was 10. As a member of the DA&#8217;s homicide unit, she is juggling 22 cases with the help of a sign language interpreter.</p> <p>Madera has been the prosecutor in 72 jury trials, which include gang or murder cases, and she has earned convictions in 58. She operates in the courtroom without showing much evidence of her disability. She reads lips, is an expert at judging body language and speaks clearly and forcefully with such success that some people don&#8217;t realize she is deaf.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="6"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="705" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-3.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Janine Madera, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, center, meets with interpreter Astrid Hagen, left, and DA Investigator Diana Salazar, right, in a conference room at their office in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1475" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-3.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Interpreter Astrid Hagen signs for deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera during a meeting with DA Investigator Diana Salazar at their office in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1335" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-26-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">2018 Attorney of the Year award for deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera from the North Orange County Bar Association sits in her office in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="787" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-60-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A note from Santa Ana Police investigating officer, Julian Rodriguez, commenting on Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera’s first murder trial in 2012, is framed and Madera’s office in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1514" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-21-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The office door of Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li><li data-index="6"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="693" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-20_76217814-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Interpreter Astrid Hagen, left, waits for Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera, right, to complete some work before they both head to a meeting in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <p>She is the founder of a new group called DAWN, the District Attorney Women&#8217;s Network, an alliance of 80 in her office. Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer called Madera &#8220;a blessing.&#8221; Madera and DAWN worked with Spitzer, who has been on the job 18 months since winning the 2018 election, to change a rule allowing women to keep their seniority after they return from maternity leave.</p> <p>&#8220;She&#8217;s beyond an extremely productive member of our office,&#8221; Spitzer said.</p> <p>Madera was the North Orange County Bar Association Attorney of the Year in 2018.</p> <p>And, with the passage of time, Madera&#8217;s own voice is becoming louder than the haunting voice inside her head.</p> <h4 class="">Panic button</h4> <p>Her life can be measured in two segments. But not the two you might expect.</p> <p>The dividing line came on Dec. 9, 2012.</p> <p>That was the day Janine Madera lost her breath, which didn&#8217;t make sense.</p> <p>This wasn&#8217;t a high-intensity situation. She had been in so many of those. This was just a drive across Southern California on a Sunday morning, an excursion to Riverside. Just a mom dropping off her baton-twirling daughter for parade practice.</p> <p>Suddenly, the air &#8230; it wouldn&#8217;t fit into her lungs.</p> <p>Madera was 38 years old. Otherwise healthy. She felt a weird, frantic thumping in her chest. She gasped. She was afraid she was going to die. She pulled her car over to the shoulder on the 91 Freeway and asked her 8-year-old daughter Eli to call 9-1-1.</p> <p>When she finally made it to the emergency room, an attendant told her she was having a panic attack, which also didn&#8217;t make sense.</p> <p>Janine Madera doesn&#8217;t panic. Or, at least, that&#8217;s what she thought. Knife to her throat, she didn&#8217;t panic. Gun pointed at her, she stayed cool. Pinned against a wall, she escaped. She has been beaten and abused, undervalued and overlooked. She has battled a system that makes it difficult for women and people with disabilities to advance.</p> <p>Madera had two objectives as doctors poked and prodded her that December day: 1. Just breathe, get that rhythm going again; 2. Don&#8217;t make this about what you do for a living.</p> <p>She was worried, if she showed any weakness, her choice of professions would be taken away.</p> <p>Just a few months earlier, Madera, a deputy district attorney, had achieved her life&#8217;s dream.</p> <p>She had begun working on her first homicide case.</p> <p>On Dec. 9, 2012, Madera began a process of self-evaluation and discovery that unlocked all those demons she had thought she had long-ago defeated.</p> <h4 class="">A first brush with crime</h4> <p>She was born in an elevator.</p> <p>It was Sept. 6, 1974. Her mother, Patti Kramer, was telling everyone the baby was coming – now – but doctors and nurses at the Anaheim General Hospital told her she had plenty of time. They put Kramer on a gurney and took the elevator to get to the birthing room. No one was listening or showing the proper urgency, Patti said.</p> <figure id="attachment_2884524" class="wp-caption alignright size-article_inline_half"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-01.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="956" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-01.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HAN Loud in the silence, part 2: Trauma drives her toward the law https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-part-2-trauma-drives-her-toward-the-law/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:a0117636-c094-782d-36c1-81406648a524 Sun, 06 Sep 2020 11:06:15 +0000 Janine Madera, a homicide prosecutor in Orange County, is held at gunpoint and later beaten. She knows she needs to seek justice for others that she did not get. <aside class="related right"> <h3 class="widget-title" style="text-transform: none">The series</h3> <p>This is the second in a series of three articles.</p> <ul> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-deaf-prosecutor-has-long-fight-for-justice">Part 1: Deaf prosecutor has long fight for justice</a></li> <li><a href="/2020/09/06/loud-in-the-silence-part-3-deaf-prosecutor-faces-confrontation-her-past">Part 3: Deaf prosecutor faces confrontation, her past</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>Two men jumped over the counter and one of them put a gun against her brother&#8217;s head.</p> <p>Janine Kramer was 16. It was a Sunday morning in 1990. She was the manager of the Kentucky Fried Chicken on Diamond Bar Boulevard. Her little brother David was part of the crew working that morning.</p> <p>Several other workers hit the floor immediately.</p> <p>When the gunman figured out she was in charge, he turned the gun on her.</p> <p>&#8220;He wanted the money from the safe,&#8221; Janine said.</p> <p>Calmly, she explained the armored car had already been there. The safe was empty. Then, Janine went register to register, opening each and handing over cash. She tried to hand him the coins, but the gunman didn&#8217;t want the bulky rolls. Janine remembers disagreeing with him. She tried to explain the coin rolls were worth $10 each, and he should take them. He still didn&#8217;t want them. Finally, she shut up.</p> <figure id="attachment_2884529" class="wp-caption alignright size-article_inline_half"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-06.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-06.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="862" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-06.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-06.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-06.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Janine Madera in her uniform at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Whittier in March 1990. (Photo Courtesy Janine Madera)</figcaption></figure> <p>Years later, she thinks she handed the robbers less than $100.</p> <p>They told her to get on the ground.</p> <p>&#8220;The next thing I expected to hear was a shot,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>The gunman took the money, and they both ran away. When the police arrived, Janine talked to one investigator. She said she became a &#8220;hot mess&#8221; once the robbers had left.</p> <p>&#8220;The officer wasn&#8217;t too optimistic about catching them,&#8221; she said. &#8220;It was a little disheartening to me.&#8221;</p> <p>She has no idea if the case was ever solved.</p> <p>In her young life, justice didn&#8217;t seem to get done. Before she was 17, she had been raped at knife point and robbed at gunpoint.</p> <p>Janine was determined to do something to make the justice system work. Her goal has been the same since she was 11 years old. She wanted to work for the district attorney&#8217;s office. If she couldn&#8217;t get justice for herself, she wanted to make the system work for everybody else.</p> <h4 class="">Holding onto hearing</h4> <p>Janine Kramer was a star student at Ganesha High School in Pomona.</p> <p>She was in the Math Club, in which the members hung out each day at lunch in the same classroom to avoid getting bullied on campus. While police officers were on trial for beating Rodney King in 1992, there were riots on the Ganesha High campus before the streets of Los Angeles erupted.</p> <figure id="attachment_2884532" class="wp-caption alignleft size-article_inline_half"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-08.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="1489" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-08.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-08.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Janine Madera graduates from Ganesha High School in Pomona in June 1992. (Photo Courtesy Janine Madera)</figcaption></figure> <p>She saw high school as a place to be endured. And through it all, she excelled.</p> <p>Janine competed in the academic decathlon and in speech tournaments. She was the 1992 senior class valedictorian. Her speech was entitled &#8220;A Promise Made is a Debt Unpaid.&#8221;</p> <p>She earned a full-ride, academic scholarship to Whittier College, which is the only way she could afford to attend. Janine worked part-time to pay the room and board so she could live on campus. She loved Whittier. She became the editor of the school newspaper. She joined the &#8220;Thalian Society,&#8221; which is Whittier&#8217;s version of a sorority.</p> <p>She could still hear.</p> <p>Her mother remembers the day Janine got new hearing aids. It had recently rained and her shoes were wet. Janine started dancing just so she could hear her shoes squeaking on the kitchen floor.</p> <p>Janine remembers she would walk around the Whittier campus, blasting rhythm and blues music in her headphones – &#8220;This Is How We Do It&#8221; by Montell Jordan, &#8220;The Boy Is Mine&#8221; by Brandy and Monica, &#8220;Feels Good&#8221; by Tony! Toni! Tone!</p> <p>&#8220;Because I could,&#8221; she said.</p> <h4 class="">Out of the shadows</h4> <p>It was the spring of 1993, a nice night. Just after dinner. Janine had walked to the grocery store in uptown Whittier.</p> <p>She wasn&#8217;t wearing her hearing aids. Instead, she had her headphones on, pumping music.</p> <p>She was vulnerable.</p> <p>On her way back to her campus apartment, she decided to take a shortcut through a parking structure.</p> <p>A man jumped out from behind a car. He was carrying &#8220;The Club,&#8221; a red metal rod with hooks that was used to lock a car&#8217;s steering wheel in place. The Club is nearly four pounds, nearly twice as heavy as a baseball bat.</p> <p>He took a big swing and bashed Janine in the back of the head.</p> <p>She remembers falling, and him pausing as he stood over her. She recognized him immediately.</p> <p>He had raped her when she was 10.</p> <p>&#8220;You are worthless,&#8221; he said, repeating what he had told her in 1985. &#8220;I told you you wouldn&#8217;t amount to anything.&#8221;</p> <p>His is a voice she still hears in her head almost every day, even 35 years later.</p> <p>She said she believed he was going to beat her to death. It was the second time, as a teenager, she thought she was going to be murdered.</p> <p>Suddenly, a Good Samaritan grabbed the attacker. They wrestled over the Club, and the attacker ran away.</p> <p>The Good Samaritan was an off-duty police officer. He asked Janine if she knew that guy.</p> <p>Janine thought quickly.</p> <p>She said no.</p> <p>&#8220;I was afraid to report it,&#8221; she said. &#8220;What if nobody cared again? I was petrified people would find out what happened when I was 10. I was petrified I would be shamed. I was petrified I wouldn&#8217;t be believed. What if the world told me again I had no worth?&#8221;</p> <p>The off-duty officer made her promise that she would go to the hospital. She had a large lump on her head.</p> <p>She told him she would go immediately to Whittier Presbyterian.</p> <p>That was a lie.</p> <p>She went home and put a bag of ice on her head. She stayed up all night, afraid to go to sleep.</p> <h4 class="">Unstoppable</h4> <p>It wasn&#8217;t long before her world went silent.</p> <figure id="attachment_2884583" class="wp-caption alignright size-article_inline_half"><a href="https://scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-12.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-12.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="4152" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-12.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-12.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i1.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-12.jpg?fit=310%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 310w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera wears earphones to feel the beat of the music as she goes for an early morning run from her Southern California home on Wednesday, August 26, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG)</figcaption></figure> <p>She was talking to her brother on the phone. Then, zip. Her brain was no longer able to process sound. She believes the blow to the head started a downward spiral that cost her the rest of her hearing by the time she was 23.</p> <p>Going deaf didn&#8217;t stop her. She had been a Rhodes Scholar finalist. She had held a double major – history and political science (with a minor in math). She had graduated Magna Cum Laude from Whittier College in 1996.</p> <p>She was beaten, bruised, deaf &#8230; and even more determined.</p> <p>She would find solace in a place where she had never before put her faith.</p> <p>The law.</p> <p>From 1996 to 1999, Janine went to law school and graduated from Cal Berkeley with the prestigious &#8220;Order of the Coif,&#8221; an honor given to the top 10 percent of the graduating class. She was determined to be a district attorney.</p> <p>But with her disability, how could that be? Trial lawyers need to hear testimony, objections and judges&#8217; rulings, don&#8217;t they?</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="3"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="680" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-07-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Interpreter Astrid Hagen, right, signs for Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera, left, in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana on Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1475" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-19-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Interpreter Astrid Hagen signs for deaf Orange County Deputy District Attorney Janine Madera during a meeting with DA Investigator Diana Salazar at their office in Santa Ana on Monday, August 24, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="621" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-03_76217776-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Interpreter Astrid Hagen, right, signs with Janine Madera, left, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, as they leave Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana following a hearing on Friday, August 21, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <p>As she entered the world of professional jurisprudence, she was assigned an interpreter. Her name was Astrid Hagen, who was given permission by Madera to break a confidentiality agreement to be interviewed for this story. For most of the next 20 years, Hagen would serve as Madera&#8217;s connection to the hearing world.</p> <p>In 1999, Janine got a job at Latham and Watkins, a prestigious international firm based in Costa Mesa where she made $130,000 per year doing business litigation working three days a week. It was an incredibly lucrative first job.</p> <p>She got married and became Janine Madera. (Today, 20 years later, Madera is in the midst of a divorce.)</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="3"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="724" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-14_76217796.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Janine Madera, left, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, laughs with her daughter, Isa, as they stand in the kitchen making lunch in their Southern California home on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-HANDOUT-09.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Janine Madera with her two daughters in a courtroom in December 2009. (Photo Courtesy Janine Madera) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-video" data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><video id="ad-video-element" webkit-playsinline playsinline></video><div class="video-ad" id="adContainer"></div><div class="video-ad-controls"><div class="button volume-ad unmute-video" id="volumeAd"> Sound</div><div class="countdown">The gallery will resume in<span id="countdownTimer"></span>seconds</div></div></div></li><li data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="665" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/OCR-L-JANINEMADERA-15_76217806.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Janine Madera, right, an Orange County Deputy District Attorney, talks with her daughters, Isa, left, and Eli, center, as they eat breakfast in their Southern California home on Friday, August 28, 2020. (Photo by Mark Rightmire, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="3"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"><div class="slideshow-ad" id="ad-in-slideshow"></div></div></li></ul><div class="caption"><button class="caption-expand">Show Caption</button><div class="slideshow-credit"></div><div class="slide-count"><span class="current"></span> of <span class="total"></span></div><p class="slideshow-caption"></p><a href="#" class="icon-enlarge"><span>Expand</span></a></div></div> <p>Madera and had two girls, Isabella (Isa) and Eliana (Eli). She loved being a mom. She eventually became a Girl Scout leader and a regular front-row sitter at her girl&#8217;s musical performances, even though she can&#8217;t hear a thing.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m not there to hear,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I&#8217;m there to find joy and happiness watching my kids do their thing.&#8221;</p> <p>Still, her professional life was spinning in a certain direction, and Madera wanted it to stop.</p> <p>Something was missing.</p> <p>Madera wanted to do what she felt like she was born to do: prosecute criminals.</p> <p>She applied at the Orange County District Attorney&#8217;s Office in 2004 with Hagen by her side. She remembers a series of meetings that culminated in a high-pressure sit down with District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who asked her why would anybody leave such a high-paying job.</p> <p>She gave a surface answer about always wanting to go after criminals.</p> <p>She didn&#8217;t tell him about the rape at 10, the robbery at 16, the lack of justice in her life or the voice inside her head.</p> <p>&#8220;She was the best candidate,&#8221; Hagen said. &#8220;She aced the interview. She aced the mock trial.&#8221;</p> <p>Still, Hagen didn&#8217;t think Madera was going to get the job.</p> <p>&#8220;To hire her, that&#8217;s taking on two people with two salaries,&#8221; Hagen said.</p> <p>More than 300 people had applied. Four were hired.</p> <p>And Janine Madera was one of them.</p> <p>Years later, Madera said Rackauckas told her he tried not to hire her. He went as far as meeting with county counsel to ask if the expense of hiring an interpreter could be a reason to deny her a position. He was told no. That would be discrimination.</p> <p>She became a deputy DA making $59,000, quite a pay cut to chase her dream.</p> <h4 class="">Courtroom encounter</h4> <p>She started in misdemeanors, where everybody starts.</p> <p>Madera learned quickly. Criminal law was the easy part. Dealing with human resources inside the DA&#8217;s office, that was the hard part.</p> <p>In her long career, she has had to fight, over and over, to keep her interpre Diamond Bar Family Outraged After Finding Noose Hanging In Tree Near Home https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/08/30/diamond-bar-family-outraged-after-finding-noose-hanging-in-tree-near-home/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:fb5ce21f-80b8-bcb6-dafc-b27e1822b7b1 Sun, 30 Aug 2020 19:18:22 +0000 Authorities on Sunday were investigating the discovery of a noose found hanging in a tree on the side of a home in the Diamond Bar area. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p0"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4685135","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p0","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Authorities on Sunday were investigating the discovery of a noose found hanging in a tree on the side of a home in the Diamond Bar area.</p> <p>The homeowner, Lillian Rucker, says she now no longer feels welcome in this community.</p> <p>&#8220;That is a symbol of hate to me, to black people,&#8221; she said. &#8220;I’ve been here 26 years! Never had an issue with anyone, never had a problem with anyone.&#8221;</p> <p>Rucker says it was her son who first found the noose on Saturday morning.</p> <p>&#8220;I was blown away at it! Absolutely blown away,&#8221; said Justin Pickette, Rucker&#8217;s son. And once the shock wore off, they both felt anger and sadness.</p> <p>The Rucker family did call the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department, which has handed this over to a Hate Crimes Task Force.</p> <p>And although this family doesn’t know why it happened, Rucker made it clear: she&#8217;s not leaving the community she loves.</p> <p>&#8220;I’m not planning on moving. I’m not going anywhere. We&#8217;ve been here 26 years and will be here through the duration,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>But she wants to make it clear to other families that hate and racism aren’t just something on the news.</p> <p>&#8220;Beware! Yes, we live in California. This is Diamond Bar, but this can happen anywhere. It doesn’t matter,&#8221; she said.</p> Homes, businesses raided in corruption probe related to $20 million lost on City of Industry solar project https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/08/14/homes-businesses-raided-in-corruption-probe-related-to-20-million-lost-on-city-of-industry-solar-project/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:fd394141-be41-edac-12ca-701ee6b94b30 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 16:06:15 +0000 The LA County District Attorney's Office served search warrants across Southern California, targeting figures swept up in the failed effort to develop a solar farm at the Tres Hermanos Ranch. <p>The Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office launched simultaneous raids on at least half a dozen homes and offices this week as part of a corruption probe into a failed solar project that cost the City of Industry $20 million and left taxpayers with nothing to show for it.</p> <p>The district attorney&#8217;s Bureau of Investigation served search warrants across Southern California on Wednesday morning, Aug. 12, with investigators hitting homes in Whittier, Cerritos, La Jolla and at least one office in Los Angeles. The figures swept up in the raids include former state Sen. Frank Hill, businessman William Barkett and Industry&#8217;s former city manager, Paul Philips, among others.</p> <p>The Cordoba Corp., a major development firm that oversaw the proposed project for Industry, also was raided, according to the District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>&#8220;Our office declines to further comment because of an ongoing investigation,&#8221; said Greg Risling, a spokesman for the district attorney.</p> <h4 class="">Solar farm project</h4> <p>All of the parties targeted in the probe played roles in the proposed development of <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/07/26/industry-wants-to-kill-its-solar-project-at-tres-hermanos-even-though-it-might-lose-20-million/">a 450-megawatt solar farm</a> on Tres Hermanos Ranch, roughly 2,500 acres of land, owned by Industry, straddling Diamond Bar and Chino Hills. The controversial project drew flack from the two bordering cities and sparked an all-out war over the future of one of the largest — and most valuable — swaths of open space left in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Orange counties.</p> <p>A Southern California News Group <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/05/how-industry-could-lose-a-9m-bet-on-solar-farm-at-tres-hermanos-ranch-3-2/">investigation</a> in 2017 found numerous erroneous and questionable billings submitted to the city by San Gabriel Valley Water and Power, a company set up by Barkett and Hill. The spending included more than $100,000 in invoices on the letterhead of a law firm that had shut down a year before the work occurred.</p> <p>Even more money went to an array of consultants and lawyers put on retainer by Barkett, a developer who owed more than $50 million for other failed projects at the time. Many of the invoices appeared identical, with only dates and dollar figures changing month to month.</p> <p>Ledgers provided in a public records request showed funds going toward Barkett&#8217;s debts, though a project manager denied those were public dollars, saying the company&#8217;s ledgers co-mingled funds from various deals and did not present a full picture of SGVWP&#8217;s accounting.</p> <p>The cap on reimbursements for SGVWP&#8217;s work was initially set at $5 million in 2016, then jumped to $11.5 million and then <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/12/industry-publicly-approves-massive-solar-farm-it-already-spent-14-million-on-neighbors-complain-city-has-gone-too-far/">to $20 million</a> in less than two years. Industry, under Philips&#8217; leadership, didn&#8217;t require the company to turn over records showing its investors or the members of the company prior to disbursing the payments.</p> <h4 class="">Hill a major influence</h4> <p>Hill, a former state senator previously convicted on corruption charges in the 1990s, wielded extensive influence behind the scenes in Industry after he helped a new majority secure seats on the City Council during a tumultuous election in 2015. Court filings indicate the Whittier Republican, who by his own admission brought the solar project to Industry, owned a stake in San Gabriel Valley Water and Power through another company, Mojave Green Power LLC.</p> <p>At the same time, he collected monthly payments indirectly from Industry as a consultant for the Cordoba Corp., a contractor hired by the city to oversee its investment in the proposal.</p> <p>In 2017, <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2016/03/24/city-of-industry-hires-on-staff-controller-after-4-years-without-one/">Susan Paragas</a>, then Industry&#8217;s finance director, initially expressed concerns about the vague invoices submitted by SGVWP, but she later said she stopped scrutinizing when she was told the city&#8217;s payments to the company had been restructured as a loan. However, a clause in the contract negotiated on behalf of the city by attorney Anthony Bouza, required SGVWP to<a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/07/26/industry-wants-to-kill-its-solar-project-at-tres-hermanos-even-though-it-might-lose-20-million/"> pay back the funds</a> only if the project was completed. Construction never even began.</p> <p>When Industry refused to pay Barkett&#8217;s invoices after he hit the cap, Paragas said <a href="https://www.dailybulletin.com/2018/03/01/solar-project-at-tres-hermanos-ranch-stalls-out/">he hounded her</a> and Philips to send <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2017/10/12/industry-publicly-approves-massive-solar-farm-it-already-spent-14-million-on-neighbors-complain-city-has-gone-too-far/">more money</a>.</p> <h4 class="">$20 million spent for naught</h4> <p>By 2018, Industry had paid <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/03/01/solar-project-at-tres-hermanos-ranch-stalls-out/">at least $20 million</a> toward the proposal without a single shovel touching dirt. The council backed out of a secretly negotiated contract with Barkett&#8217;s company, which it had approved unanimously nearly two years earlier, and then sold the land to <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/02/05/diamond-bar-chino-hills-to-buy-share-of-tres-hermanos-ranch-ending-years-of-fighting/">a joint conservation authority</a> governed by Diamond Bar, Chino Hills and Industry. Council members fired Philips, Bouza and cut off Hill. They demanded the Cordoba Corp. stop working with Hill and, though the company agreed, the City Council didn&#8217;t believe them and ended the city&#8217;s contract with the firm.</p> <p>SGVWP argued its contract for the solar project gave the company the right to develop on Tres Hermanos regardless of Industry&#8217;s change of heart. Hill and Barkett tried to stop the sale, both in court and behind the scenes. The two men attempted to get Commerce to buy the property out from under Industry and later showed up in Vernon to pitch a different solar farm on land that city owned in the Mojave.</p> <p>Bouza, who represented Industry in the negotiations with Barkett, was <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/11/25/in-a-stunner-this-new-city-is-trying-to-muscle-in-to-buy-2500-acre-tres-hermanos-ranch/">hired by Commerce</a> to assist their plan to take over the property.</p> <h4 class="">Industry sues in 2019</h4> <p>Industry sued SGVWP, Barkett, Hill and others in 2019, alleging the company siphoned off the $20 million and, though it billed for thousands of hours of work, it would not provide evidence backing up the invoices. The company argued it didn&#8217;t have to turn over the records and the matter is still pending in court.</p> <p>At the same time, Barkett&#8217;s longtime personal attorney, David Gilmore, launched a separate lawsuit on behalf of a group called the <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/01/24/city-of-industry-alleges-conspiracy-as-state-drops-scathing-report-on-its-failed-reforms/">&#8220;Concerned Citizens of the City of Industry&#8221;</a> that accused the council of corruption and asked a judge to turn the city over to <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2016/05/26/heres-what-the-city-of-industrys-new-reform-advisor-will-be-doing/">a receiver</a> who had supported the solar project previously. Gilmore has denied Barkett&#8217;s involvement, but emails sent to <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/07/24/state-controller-owes-169k-to-industry-for-withholding-records-of-developers-involvement-in-audit/">the State Controller&#8217;s Office</a> showed one of Barkett&#8217;s companies was originally the only member of the so-called citizens group.</p> <p>In 2019, the State Controller&#8217;s Office audited Industry for the <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2019/01/24/city-of-industry-alleges-conspiracy-as-state-drops-scathing-report-on-its-failed-reforms/">second time in three years</a> after Barkett, a well known Democratic donor, reached out to <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2020/07/24/state-controller-owes-169k-to-industry-for-withholding-records-of-developers-involvement-in-audit/">Controller Betty Yee</a> and her staff.</p> <p>Industry&#8217;s city attorney, Jamie Casso, declined to comment on the district attorney&#8217;s investigation. Hill and Barkett could not be reached for comment personally or through their legal representatives. Hill is represented by <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/tag/tony-rackauckas/">Tony Rackauckas</a>, Orange County&#8217;s former district attorney, in the civil case filed by Industry.</p> <p>He isn&#8217;t the only person involved with a former district attorney on his side. Philips is represented by Steve Cooley, who served as Los Angeles County&#8217;s district attorney before Jackie Lacey.</p> <h4 class="">Raid in Cerritos</h4> <p>The raid at Philips&#8217; home in Cerritos began before 7 a.m. Wednesday. A neighbor described seeing dozens of masked agents arriving in unmarked vehicles and then swarming the home. Investigators stayed well into the afternoon and, at one point, could be seen searching through the trunk of a vehicle in Philips&#8217; garage. The District Attorney&#8217;s Office confiscated Philips&#8217; computer and his cellphone, according to Cooley.</p> <p>Philips, who is now the city manager in Bell, was interviewed by the District Attorney&#8217;s Office about the investigation roughly six months ago. Cooley said Philips would have turned over his electronics without a raid had he been asked. Simultaneous raids on multiple suspects at once in public corruption cases are &#8220;very common,&#8221; Cooley said.</p> <p>&#8220;They could have a legitimate investigation, but sometimes, they&#8217;ve got the wrong guy,&#8221; Cooley said about Philips. &#8220;He was improperly lumped in with others who at one point or another were with the City of Industry.&#8221;</p> <p>Cooley said Philips is a respected city manager with a long career, having previously worked in Maywood, Lawndale and other cities. The former district attorney had not seen the search warrant affidavit because investigators have 10 days from serving it to file it with the courts.</p> <p>&#8220;He may or may not be a witness to certain activities, but there is no way he should be treated as a suspect at all,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Cooley and Philips met when Cooley represented a real estate company attempting to build a shoe factory in the city. Cooley later appeared at an oversight board meeting and spoke favorably of a proposal to build homes on Tres Hermanos, but he said he was not there in a professional capacity. That company&#8217;s offer was rejected because Industry wanted to move ahead with the solar project instead.</p> <p>Cooley later helped Philips collect severance from Industry following his termination.</p> LASD finds no malice after off-duty LAPD officer reports finding ‘tampon' in drink from Diamond Bar Starbucks https://ktla.com/news/local-news/lasd-finds-no-malice-after-off-duty-lapd-officer-reports-finding-tampon-in-drink-from-diamond-bar-starbucks/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:76fc90dc-1b1a-631b-1f3c-4905ea106241 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 16:09:18 +0000 Investigators could not prove any malicious intent by a Diamond Bar Starbucks employee accused of placing what an off-duty LAPD officer believed to be a tampon in his drink, determining that the material was possibly a cleaning cloth, authorities said Tuesday. The transaction happened in a Starbucks inside the Target at 747 Grand Ave. on [...] <p>Investigators could not prove any malicious intent by a Diamond Bar Starbucks employee accused of placing what an off-duty LAPD officer believed to be a tampon in his drink, determining that the material was possibly a cleaning cloth, authorities said Tuesday.</p> <p>The transaction happened in a Starbucks inside the Target at 747 Grand Ave. on June 19, according to a poisoning incident report released by the <a href="https://local.nixle.com/alert/8143820/?sub_id=0">Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department</a>. </p> <p>The officer, whose identity was not released and was off-duty at the time, said he ordered two drinks from a female Starbucks employee and took out his credit card from his phone case, which had his police ID in it, a Sheriff's Department statement said. </p> <p>"He stated the credit card he payed with also had significant features that would imply he was a police officer on the front of it," the <a href="http://nixle.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/pub_media/user34821-1595993018-media2">statement</a> said. </p> <p>The officer said he went to the bathroom before picking up the order. When he began to drink his coffee in his car, he tasted a furry cloth substance inside his mouth, the Sheriff's Department statement said. </p> <p>The officer opened the cup and started recording a cellphone video, which he later provided to the Sheriff's Department. </p> <p>The off-duty official then left the drink inside the vehicle to go on with his day and returned about four hours later and examined the drink again, making a second cellphone recording in which he removed "a long tubular/furry cloth shaped object" from the cup, the Sheriff's Department statement said. </p> <p>The officer said he believed the material to be a tampon, and that the "suspect recognized he was a police officer and intentionally placed the object inside of his drink to try to poison him," the report said. </p> <p>The officer did not report any discomfort or pain and did not seek medical treatment, according to the Sheriff's Department. </p> <p>A deputy responded to the Starbucks location two days later and learned the identity of the barista, the Sheriff's Department said. The investigator also obtained security video from Target that showed the six-minute encounter between the off-duty officer and the employee, but said he or she was not able to determine if the drink was tampered with due to the quality of the footage. </p> <p>The Sheriff's Department said it has submitted the case to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office for review. </p> <p>The incident drew attention on social media after a local reporter tweeted an image of the "tampon," saying that an investigation was underway. Target said it reviewed surveillance video that it later provided to the Sheriff's Department and found no suspicious behavior, according to the reporter. </p> <p>In response to the tweet, some people compared the incident to similar instances reported by officers, including in New York City, where police likewise <a href="https://ktla.com/news/nationworld/3-nypd-officers-hospitalized-with-suspected-bleach-poisoning-after-drinking-shake-shack-milkshakes-union-says/">determined no wrongdoing</a> when their union alleged intentional poisoning at a Shake Shack. </p> Sheriff’s chief of staff reassigned after Facebook comments about Andres Guardado https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/07/15/sheriffs-chief-of-staff-reassigned-after-facebook-comments-about-andres-guardado/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:2f714c75-8259-86a8-28e5-24bf2cb73f98 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 16:03:32 +0000 Captain John Burcher was reassigned to the East Patrol Division this week, which commands stations in San Dimas, Temple City, Industry, La Cresenta, Altadena and Walnut. The move was announced in an internal sheriff's message, according to a spokesman for the department.  <p>Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva&#8217;s chief of staff has been reassigned after making comments on Facebook saying Andres Guardado, <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/07/08/autopsy-shows-andres-guardado-shot-5-times-in-back-by-deputy-near-gardena/">the 18-year-old security guard deputies shot in the back in Gardena last month</a>, “chose his fate,” officials confirmed Wednesday.</p> <p>Capt. John Burcher was reassigned this week to the East Patrol Division, which commands stations in San Dimas, Temple City, Industry, La Cresenta, Altadena and Walnut. The move was announced in an internal sheriff&#8217;s message, according to a spokesman for the department.</p> <p>As chief of staff, Burcher was one of Villanueva&#8217;s top commanders. His reassignment comes after comments he made on a Facebook post about the June 18 shooting of Guardado came to light.</p> <p>&#8220;Why so much coverage over Guardado?&#8221; Burcher asked in the comment, according to a screenshot of the post.</p> <p>&#8220;What about Isabella Cortes and Patricia Alotorre? Why does this guy, who CHOSE his destiny get so much coverage from you, but the two slain, one raped and slain, 13 year old girls get NOTHING??&#8221;</p> <p>According to the screenshot obtained by ABC7, Burcher made the comment underneath a CBS2 Facebook post <a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/07/10/attorney-for-deputy-who-fatally-shot-andres-guardado-says-18-year-old-reached-for-weapon/">about the results of an independent autopsy</a> of Guardado commissioned by the man&#8217;s family.</p> <p>Burcher also argued with other commenters who responded to him, calling one an idiot and another a racist.</p> <p>&#8220;Sorry, your life does not matter more than mine does, you racist,&#8221; Burcher wrote.</p> <p>&#8220;Read the facts you moron. Stop it and shut up.&#8221;</p> <p>Some people who posted comments later pointed out Burcher&#8217;s position in the Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> <p>The department did not respond to a request for comment from Burcher on Wednesday.</p> <p>The internal message announcing his reassignment did not give a reason why the change was being made. But in a statement to ABC7, <a href="https://abc7.com/andres-guardado-investigation-la-county-sheriffs-deputy-captain-john-burcher/6318793/">Sheriff Villanueva confirmed Burcher made the comments</a> and was subject to an administrative investigation.</p> <p>Nicholas Yoka and Adam Shea, attorneys for Guardado&#8217;s family, said they believed the comments were made on a July 10 post. They said that the same day Villanueva declined to release more information about the shooting before the investigation was completed.</p> <p>Both attorneys said Burcher’s comments showed the need for an independent investigation into the shooting. They said the department should release of all the evidence they&#8217;ve gathered so far.</p> <p>“The actions of the Department continue to not only threaten the integrity of the criminal investigation into Andres’ death, but further exasperate the public’s mistrust of law enforcement in the community,” Shea said in a statement.</p> <p>Yoka said he had not spoken to Guardado&#8217;s family directly yet about Burcher&#8217;s comments. But he said the family was aware of the comments.</p> <p>&#8220;I think you can imagine that such comments could only cause further distress to what has already been a horrific and unbelievably sad time for the family,&#8221; Yoka said.</p> <p>They want &#8220;to know why the deputies have not yet been arrested and charged yet.&#8221;</p> <p>Sheriff&#8217;s Department Lt. Charles Calderaro said there&#8217;s been no update in the shooting investigation. Homicide detectives still did not have video evidence of the shooting and the firearm found near Guardado was still being processed at the crime lab.</p> <p>Two deputies from the Sheriff’s Compton Station were patrolling in the 400 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard when they noticed a firearm in the front waistband of Guardado as he talked with someone in a car parked along the driveway to a row of businesses, authorities said.</p> <p>Guardado allegedly ran from the deputies and pulled the weapon from his waistband as he fled, attorneys for deputies have said.</p> <p>Adam Marangell, representing Deputy Miguel Vega through the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Professional Association, said in a statement that Guardado, while lying face down on the ground, “unmistakably” reached for his firearm while Vega was approaching to place him in handcuffs and that’s what led Vega to shoot.</p> <p>Guardado was known to employees at the auto body shops for about six months. He had just bought a new car six months prior, family members said, and volunteered to deter would-be taggers from defacing the building.</p> <p>Guardado apparently worked security elsewhere, but authorities said he was not licensed.</p> <p>Family members have said Guardado was not armed and did not have access to a firearm.</p> <p>&#8220;The family wants to know why the deputies have not yet been arrested and charged yet,&#8221; Yoka said Wednesday.</p> <p>Sheriff’s officials were still investigating where Guardado may have accessed the firearm that was found at the scene.</p> Protests unfold across LA County, volunteers paint ‘All Black Lives Matter’ on Hollywood Boulevard https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/06/13/rep-gil-cisneros-joins-protest-against-police-brutality-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:c0fd8743-2365-2dd3-0648-74ec604176fe Sun, 14 Jun 2020 11:23:48 +0000 “We mourn the death of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd,” Rep. Gil Cisneros said at a rally in Diamond Bar. “But this isn’t about the death of one individual. It’s about centuries of racism and inequality.” <p>Protests against police brutality and racial injustice continued to proliferate throughout Los Angeles County on Saturday, June 13, kicking off with a 9 a.m. gathering of &#8220;social workers in solidarity with black lives&#8221; at the University of Southern California and a 9:30 a.m. march at the Cochran Ave Baptist Church in Mid-Wilshire.</p> <p>The demonstrations marked nearly three weeks since the Memorial Day death of George Floyd, a black man in Minneapolis who died after a white police officer kneeled on his neck for several minutes. His death, which was captured on cell phone video, has spurred thousands of protests across the country and globe in the weeks since.</p> <p>On Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, some folks got creative with their statements, painting &#8220;All Black Lives Matter&#8221; in yellow block letters across the thoroughfare. The effort was organized with the help of Trailer Park, a marketing agency in the city.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="43"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_144930.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Jake Katz, head of strategy at the marketing agency Trailer Park, with his 7-year-old daughter, Sadie, paint &#8220;All Black Lives Matter&#8221; on Hollywood Boulevard on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Contributing photographer Axel Koester) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="768" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/IMG_20200613_154822.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Protesters gathered at Imperial Highway and Main Street in El Segundo on Saturday, June 13, 2020. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="686" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB10-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Congressman Gil Cisneros speaks to locals after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. 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(Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="682" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB12-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Demonstrators protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="702" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB15-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Demonstrators protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="11"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="729" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB16-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Council Member Andrew Chou of Diamond Bar speaks to locals after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="652" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB14-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Demonstrators protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="13"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="726" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB1-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva speaks to locals after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="14"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="1175" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB4-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Diamond Bar High School student Allison Marie Santogrossi with the raised fist in solidarity and support of Black Lives matter as locals protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="15"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="667" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB2-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Diamond Bar resident Lauren James with the raised fist in solidarity and support of Black Lives matter as locals protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="15"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="16"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="687" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB3-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Demonstrators protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="17"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="741" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB5-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Demonstrators protest after the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis at Peterson Park in Diamond Bar on Saturday, June 13, 2020. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/ SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="18"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="608" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg?w=630 630w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/SGT-L-PROTEST-DBAR-0614-KB6-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">David Reed, father of Lauren James who protested in the 1960???s stands alone in protest after the death of Georg L.A. County cities plead for share of federal assistance as coronavirus slams budgets https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/05/20/l-a-county-cities-plead-for-share-of-federal-assistance-as-coronavirus-slams-budgets/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:7223a5b1-f594-d98e-186f-7fa4e6c1fac3 Wed, 20 May 2020 20:09:47 +0000 Carson Mayor Al Robles organized the diverse group of 28 communities <p>A coalition of more than two dozen Los Angeles County cities have requested the county and city of Los Angeles redistribute $1.8 billion in federal funding assistance they received to help the 87 other municipalities balance their budgets in the wake of the fiscal gut punch-caused by the coronavirus pandemic-spurred Safer at Home orders.</p> <p>Carson Mayor Al Robles organized the diverse group of 28 communities and sent a letter Tuesday morning via email to city and county elected officials asking for immediate help as local governments frantically revise their budgets for the fiscal year beginning July 1.</p> <p>He observed that the Los Angeles Lakers had returned federal assistance when it became apparent small businesses were missing out on financial help and implored the county and city of Los Angeles to do the same for smaller jurisdictions.</p> <p>“Follow the example of the L.A. Lakers and show leadership,” Robles urged via email to the Southern California News Group.</p> <p>“Do not compound the stupidity of Washington, D.C. by being selfish and fixating on divisions the coronavirus does not recognize,” he added. “This is an opportunity to show how L.A. County, the city of Los Angeles and the other cities can work together for the greater L.A. area, rather than highlighting how the current local governance system is broken and dysfunctional.”</p> <p>The federal assistance to Los Angeles and the county, the letter observed, was generated in part by tax revenues from the smaller communities.</p> <p>“If we are all in this together as you have stated, and the pandemic impact and costs are shared, then the financial assistance received must likewise be shared,” the letter reads in part. “Demonstrate to all residents by action, not words, that irrespective of what city or unincorporated area you may reside in, we truly are all in this together.”</p> <p>“This does seem unfair,” South Bay Supervisor Janice Hahn, a former L.A. City Council, said in a statement. “While the county and its Public Health Department is fighting the lion’s share of the battle against COVID-19 and is expecting a $2 billion hit from the virus, cities are in this war too and deserve their fair share of these federal dollars.</p> <p>“This is an issue with the federal funding formula, and I urge our LA County Congressional Delegation to make this fix at the federal level,” she added.</p> <p>Both the county and city of Los Angeles have significant financial woes related to the pandemic, too.</p> <p><a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2020/05/13/l-a-county-grapples-with-cuts-to-coronavirus-jolted-35-5-billion-budget/">The county is grappling with a $2.5 billion budget gap</a>; <a href="https://www.dailynews.com/2020/04/20/garcetti-proposes-a-10-5-billion-l-a-budget-scaling-back-spending-by-230-million/">Los Angeles needs to cut about $200 million</a>.</p> <p>Signatories to the letter include communities across the economic spectrum, although large cities with broader tax bases such as Torrance and Long Beach are not part of the coalition.</p> <p>Those that are include tourism-dependent Avalon on Catalina Island and Manhattan Beach, moneyed enclaves like Palos Verdes Estates and Malibu and working class communities such as Hawthorne, Lawndale and Bell.</p> <p>But virtually all are struggling with making<a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/04/24/coronavirus-pandemic-to-cost-south-bay-cities-millions/"> unanticipated budget cuts</a> almost immediately with the end of the fiscal year looming on June 30, as the economy went from boom to bust in a matter of weeks.</p> <p>Carson, for instance, which has long struggled to find financial stability in the best of times, was scheduled to hold its final budget hearing Tuesday night.</p> <p>Projecting a $5.3 million drop in revenues next fiscal year, the city has slashed its budget by $4 million and tapped another $3.3 million from city reserves.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/19/13-more-coronavirus-deaths-reported-in-la-county-hospitalizations-still-inching-downward/" title="13 more coronavirus deaths reported in LA County; 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The crime unfolded just after 2 p.m. in the 23800 block of Sunset Crossing Road. At least two robbers with at least one handgun between them were believed to have carried out the robbery, Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s [&#8230;] <p>A Diamond Bar man in his 90s was targeted by home-invasion robbers on Saturday afternoon, officials said.</p> <p>The crime unfolded just after 2 p.m. in the 23800 block of Sunset Crossing Road.</p> <p>At least two robbers with at least one handgun between them were believed to have carried out the robbery, Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department Sgt. D. Chi said. The traumatized victim was not immediately able to provide a detailed suspect description to deputies.</p> <p>The robbers fled with an unknown amount of cash and other valuables, the sergeant said.</p> <p>Paramedics examined the victim due to complaints of pain, but he did not appear to have suffered significant injuries, Chi said.</p> <p>No further details were available as the investigation remains in its early stages.</p> <p>Anyone with information can reach the Sheriff&#8217;s Walnut-Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to <a href="https://www.lacrimestoppers.org/">L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers</a> at 800-222-8477.</p> Pursuit ends in crash in Diamond Bar https://ktla.com/news/officials-pursue-driver-in-the-san-gabriel-valley/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:74973c24-b2a1-fa87-da65-621b65585284 Thu, 05 Mar 2020 06:15:35 +0000 A driver crashed while fleeing from authorities in the San Gabriel Valley Wednesday night. Police could not immediately confirm why the white sedan&#8217;s driver was being pursued. Sky5 arrived overhead the chase at about 9:35 p.m., as the car was speeding south on Brea Canyon Road in the Diamond Bar area. The vehicle&#8217;s headlights were [&#8230;] <p></p> <p>A driver crashed while fleeing from authorities in the San Gabriel Valley Wednesday night.</p> <p>Police could not immediately confirm why the white sedan&#8217;s driver was being pursued.</p> <p>Sky5 arrived overhead the chase at about 9:35 p.m., as the car was speeding south on Brea Canyon Road in the Diamond Bar area. The vehicle&#8217;s headlights were turned off.</p> <p>Within two minutes, the driver slammed into the back end of another sedan parked along the road in a residential area, near the intersection with Golden Springs Drive.</p> <p>The crash triggered a large law enforcement response, with at least a dozen police cruisers lining up behind the suspect vehicle. </p> <p>Aerial video showed the pursuit driver being put in handcuffs and loaded into the back of a law enforcement vehicle.</p> <p>No further details were immediately available.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed-facebook wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-facebook"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="true" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/ktla5/videos/2314928542139626/"></div> </div></figure> Barstow Burglary Leads to High-Speed Chase From San Gabriel Valley to Downtown L.A.: CHP https://ktla.com/news/local-news/barstow-burglary-leads-to-high-speed-chase-from-sgv-to-downtown-l-a-chp/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:1413bfbc-8756-2053-aa5e-ba9acc94672f Mon, 17 Feb 2020 15:52:53 +0000 Two people accused of burglary in Barstow led officers on a dangerous pursuit that began in the Diamond Bar area and ended with the pair&#8217;s arrest in downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of Monday, officials said. An aerial unit was following their vehicle, a silver Ford Mustang, before the two male suspects passed [&#8230;] <p>Two people accused of burglary in Barstow led officers on a dangerous pursuit that began in the Diamond Bar area and ended with the pair&#8217;s arrest in downtown Los Angeles in the early hours of Monday, officials said.</p> <p>An aerial unit was following their vehicle, a silver Ford Mustang, before the two male suspects passed two California Highway Patrol officers on the westbound 60 Freeway in Chino, CHP Officer Daniel Gonzalez said.</p> <p>Gonzalez said he and his partner received a call from a dispatcher about the burglary suspects and began chasing the Mustang near Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>In an attempt to evade the officers, the Mustang driver allegedly traveled at speeds up to 100 mph, weaving in and out of lanes and turning the car lights off and on.</p> <p>The pursuit continued onto the westbound 10 Freeway, where the driver of the Mustang exited at Central Avenue and proceeded to speed through downtown L.A.&#8217;s surface streets, Gonzalez said.</p> <p>Video from the scene taken at about 2:15 a.m. showed a pick-up truck nearly striking the speeding Mustang, which was going in the wrong direction on Main Street. At last eight CHP vehicles were following close behind.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">2 people accused of burglary in Barstow led officers on a high-speed pursuit that began in the Diamond Bar area and ended with the pair&#39;s arrest in downtown L.A. early Monday, CHP said <a href="https://t.co/YsvnAcH89f">https://t.co/YsvnAcH89f</a> <a href="https://t.co/gNhiaY9uSp">pic.twitter.com/gNhiaY9uSp</a></p> <p>&mdash; KTLA (@KTLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/KTLA/status/1229433899631050753?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 17, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The CHP officers lost sight of the vehicle at some point, but authorities monitoring the chase from a helicopter saw the suspects exiting the car at a lot near Santee and Eighth streets.</p> <p>Officials found one of the suspects about two to three blocks away and arrested him without use of force, Gonzalez said.</p> <p>Officers with the aerial unit reviewed video and determined that the other suspect was hiding in the parking lot. Authorities found him underneath a parked car, Gonzalez said. He was also arrested without any further incident, the officer added.</p> <p>Authorities did not immediately identify either of the suspects.</p> <p>No crashes or injuries were reported, according to CHP.</p> <p>Gonzalez said they believe the Mustang driver had also rammed a patrol vehicle in Barstow, but said that he did not have any further details about the &#8220;smash-and-grab&#8221; incident that initiated the law enforcement response in San Bernardino County.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_916591" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-916591" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://nxstrib.com/ktvi/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-916591" src="https://nxstrib.com/ktvi/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?w=300" alt="A Ford Mustang is seen in a lot in downtown Los Angeles after a pursuit on Feb. 17, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)" width="300" height="167" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png 1272w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=160,90 160w, https://nxstrib.com/ktvi/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=300,167 300w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=768,429 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=256,144 256w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=290,162 290w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2020/02/screen-shot-2020-02-17-at-6.50.04-am.png?resize=280,157 280w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-916591" class="wp-caption-text">A Ford Mustang is seen in a lot in downtown Los Angeles after a pursuit on Feb. 17, 2020. (Credit: KTLA)</figcaption></figure></p> <p>Officers who examined the Mustang in downtown L.A. did find a sledgehammer and some items that were apparently stolen, Gonzalez said. The vehicle had significant damages in the front and had its bumper torn off.</p> <p><em>KTLA&#8217;s Sam Lafoca contributed to this report.</em></p> California Lottery Under Fire for Giving Away Over $200K in Scratchers on ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ https://ktla.com/news/local-news/california-lottery-under-fire-for-giving-away-over-200k-in-scratchers-on-the-ellen-degeneres-show/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:fdaadce5-c5c2-585f-4fbd-513b15ce23be Thu, 06 Feb 2020 15:51:29 +0000 Comedian Ellen DeGeneres drew wild cheers from the studio audience of her television talk show in December when she announced each person in attendance would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery. Lottery officials saw it as a publicity boon, but a whistleblower complaint filed by some lottery employees argues [&#8230;] <p><iframe class='youtube-player' width='900' height='507' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/cq0mm8t_m8o?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p> <p>Comedian Ellen DeGeneres drew wild cheers from the studio audience of her television talk show in December when she announced each person in attendance would receive a $500 bundle of Scratchers tickets from the California State Lottery.</p> <p>Lottery officials saw it as a publicity boon, but a whistleblower complaint filed by some lottery employees argues the agency’s giveaway of the tickets — which have a combined face value of $212,500 — should be investigated as a “misuse of funds,” according to documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.</p> <p>The controversy comes just weeks before a state audit is scheduled to be released on lottery finances in response to a string of recent scandals that included allegations of wasteful spending, improper gifts and nepotism. State Sen. Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) requested the audit last year to determine whether money is going as promised to public schools. California voters approved the lottery in 1984 with an understanding that 34% of sales revenue would go toward education, though the Legislature in 2010 relaxed that requirement to give managers discretion to follow “best practices.”</p> <p>Chang is concerned that the amount of money reserved for schools is not growing at the same rate as lottery revenue. She said the auditor should also look at the giveaway of Scratchers on the Dec. 3 episode of the <a class="Link" href="https://youtu.be/cq0mm8t_m8o" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">“The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”</a></p> <p><em>Read the full story on<a href="https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-02-06/california-lottery-scratchers-ellen-degeneres-show"> LATimes.com</a>.</em></p> Former Diamond Bar Church Volunteer Pleads No Contest to Sexually Molesting Underage Girl https://ktla.com/news/local-news/former-diamond-bar-church-volunteer-pleads-no-contest-to-sexually-molesting-underage-girl/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:f3ce29f7-e9ae-7462-ab2f-545371e262c8 Wed, 15 Jan 2020 03:12:01 +0000 A former volunteer at a church in Diamond Bar pleaded no contest to sexually molesting a girl when she was between the ages of 12 to 18, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday. Chin Lee Chook, who also goes by Desmond Chook, 56, entered the plea to one felony count of [&#8230;] <p>A former volunteer at a church in Diamond Bar pleaded no contest to <a href="https://ktla.com/2019/03/12/diamond-bar-church-volunteer-arrested-after-teen-parishioner-accused-him-of-sexual-relationship/">sexually molesting a girl</a> when she was between the ages of 12 to 18, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_730116" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-730116" style="width: 225px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-730116" src="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=225" alt="Chin Lee Chook is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on March 12, 2019." width="225" height="300" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg 606w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=225,300 225w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=539,720 539w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=100,133 100w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=200,266 200w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=520,693 520w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-730116" class="wp-caption-text">Chin Lee Chook is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department on March 12, 2019.</figcaption></figure></p> <p>Chin Lee Chook, who also goes by Desmond Chook, 56, entered the plea to one felony count of oral copulation of a person under 10 and two felony counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14.</p> <p>Following a two-week investigation, Chook was arrested after a victim approached authorities in Feb. 2019 to report she engaged in a sexual relationship with him when she was 16, according to an earlier news release.</p> <p>The victim told officials that Chook was a family friend and a fellow congregant at the River of Life Community Church where he was also a volunteer.</p> <p>Chook would have sex with her at the church, located at 20430 Yellow Brick Road, and also gave her pornography to watch, according to the victim.</p> <p>The sexual conduct continued between 2012 to 2018, according to the D.A.’s office.</p> <p>Chook was immediately sentenced to 10 years and eight months in prison and will be ordered to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to Deputy District Attorney Leslie Bouvier.</p> Man Expected to Receive 10 Years in Prison for Fatal 2017 Diamond Bar Crash https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-expected-to-receive-10-years-in-prison-for-fatal-2017-diamond-bar-crash/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:37b163a0-a038-53b3-ca88-ac6b68b7eb6e Tue, 14 Jan 2020 22:19:32 +0000 A 31-year-old man pleaded no contest in a DUI crash that claimed the life of a driver who was in a disabled vehicle on the 57 Freeway in 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office announced Tuesday. Vincent Michael DeLaVega, 31, of Santa Ana entered his plea to one felony count of gross vehicular [&#8230;] <p>A 31-year-old man pleaded no contest in a DUI crash that claimed the life of a driver who was in a disabled vehicle on the 57 Freeway in 2017, the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office announced Tuesday.</p> <p>Vincent Michael DeLaVega, 31, of Santa Ana entered his plea to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated on Monday, prosecutors said.</p> <p>The fatal crash happened on Oct. 28, 2017, when the victim &#8212; Eduardo Goncalves &#8212; crashed into a tow truck on the southbound 57 Freeway near Diamond Bar Boulevard. As a result of the crash, his car came to rest in the second and third lanes, prosecutors said.</p> <p>DeLaVega, who was driving his Toyota Tacoma at a high rate of speed, collided with Goncalves&#8217; disabled car, killing him, prosecutors said.</p> <p>DeLaVega is expected to be sentenced to 10 years in state prison on March 2.</p> 1 Killed In 60 Freeway Wreck In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/01/13/one-killed-in-60-freeway-wreck-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:568bfe86-8a72-72e0-942d-e84d1a0c5563 Mon, 13 Jan 2020 18:00:59 +0000 A car slammed into a guardrail. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p1"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p1").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4403562","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p1","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> – One person was killed when a car slammed into a guardrail along the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar Monday morning.</p> <div id="attachment_1057775" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1057775" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1057775" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="114" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg 1149w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg?resize=300,114 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg?resize=768,291 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg?resize=1024,389 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/01/Capture.jpg?resize=640,243 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1057775" class="wp-caption-text">Jan. 13, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>The crash occurred along the eastbound 60 Freeway at South Lemon Avenue at around 5:30 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>One person was pronounced dead, Caltrans reports. Their name and the circumstances of the wreck were not confirmed.</p> <p>A Sig Alert was issued and one lane was blocked for several hours while Caltrans crews cleared the debris and repaired the guardrail.</p> <p>The freeway was fully reopened at about 10 a.m.</p> Regulators in new report urge safety improvements after 2018 hydrogen truck fire in Diamond Bar https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/11/19/regulators-in-new-report-urge-safety-improvements-after-2018-hydrogen-truck-fire-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:a26b5c7a-7802-29b0-2a22-0ca55adde1c9 Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:01:18 +0000 There were no injuries reported in the Feb. 11, 2018 incident, but it caused the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from surrounding businesses and homes and $175,000 in damage to transportation equipment.  <p>First responders who tended to a fire that erupted on <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2018/02/11/hydrogen-truck-explosion-prompts-evacuations-in-diamond-bar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">a truck carrying hydrogen tanks in Diamond Bar in 2018</a> lacked the proper training for dealing with the dangerous gas, placing firefighters at risk, said federal officials in a <a href="https://www.ntsb.gov/investigations/AccidentReports/Reports/HZM1902.pdf">report</a> released Tuesday.</p> <p>There were no injuries reported in the Feb. 11, 2018 incident, but it caused the evacuation of more than 1,500 people from surrounding businesses and homes and $175,000 in damage to transportation equipment.</p> <p>The National Transportation Safety Board report was released amid increasing use of hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles, drawing an increase in bulk hydrogen fuel shipments throughout the county.</p> <figure id="attachment_717552" class="wp-caption alignnone size-article_inline_third"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/sgt-l-truck-0212.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="910" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/sgt-l-truck-0212.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/sgt-l-truck-0212.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i2.wp.com/scng-dash.digitalfirstmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/sgt-l-truck-0212.jpg?fit=210%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 210w" /><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">Firefighters pour water on a burning big rig carrying highly flammable hydrogen in Diamond Bar on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. (Courtesy, Los Angeles County Fire Department)</figcaption></figure> <p>The report offered recommendations aimed at government and private agencies on handling such incidents; and suggested more training for firefighters and first responders along with improvements in the inspection of hydrogen storage and transportation equipment.</p> <p>Poor inspection of the tank equipment prior to the incident was found to be the likely cause of the fire, NTSB officials said in the report.</p> <h3>The day of the incident</h3> <p>On the day of the incident the truck, owned by Air Products and Chemicals Inc., was on its way to a fuel cell electric vehicle fueling station in Diamond Bar. The station is used to fuel electric vehicles that used hydrogen-powered fuel cells to power the vehicles, rather than rechargeable batteries.</p> <p>At about 1:15 p.m., as the truck sat idle at a stoplight along Golden Springs Road near South Brea Canyon Road, the driver of the truck remembered hearing a loud pop and seeing flames coming from the front of the module trailer, according to the report. The module contained 25 hydrogen cylinders; a system in which the entire module would have been delivered to the customer.</p> <p>Leaping from the vehicle, the driver ran to warn people to evacuate the area. Authorities would eventually direct between 1,500 to 2,000 people to evacuate the area out of concern of a possible explosion.</p> <p>Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department arriving on scene had no idea they were headed toward a hydrogen tank fire. They had been fed a slew of faulty reports about a gas station explosion and a tanker truck fire.</p> <p>&#8220;It was not until firefighters arrived on scene and from very close distance that they saw the placard and the burning trailer containing &#8216;individual hydrogen tanks,&#8217;&#8221; the report said.</p> <p>It said emergency responders lacked familiarity with hydrogen tube trailer modules and &#8220;did not immediately recognize the presence of hazardous materials, had difficulty estimating the likelihood for severe outcomes, and had not received guidance about appropriate mitigating actions needed to reduce the potential for catastrophic gas cylinder failures.&#8221;</p> <p>The county fire department was not able to immediately provide comment on the NTSB report.</p> <p>Hydrogen, a colorless and odorless gas that is 14 times lighter than air, is extremely flammable and may form explosive mixtures in the air, the NTSB said. Hydrogen flames are often invisible and may ignite if a cylinder valve is opened to the air.</p> <p>&#8220;Upon exposure to intense heat or flame, gas cylinders can vent rapidly or rupture violently,&#8221; the report said.</p> <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d45820.22215407828!2d-117.84936981602978!3d34.00565993909981!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x80c32b77755e1a23%3A0xc8caa9bbd60998c!2sGolden%20Springs%20Dr%20%26%20S%20Brea%20Canyon%20Rd%2C%20Diamond%20Bar%2C%20CA%2091789!5e1!3m2!1sen!2sus!4v1574233309110!5m2!1sen!2sus" width="100%" height="500px" scrolling="yes" class="iframe" allowtransparency="1" id="5f67066758b78" allowfullscreen="yes" allow="geolocation" ></iframe> <h3>Faulty guidelines and a faulty inspection</h3> <p>Firefighters backed off and began to shoot water into the burning trailer. For the next nine hours, firefighters shot water into the flames, on-and-off, only stopping to check thermal imagining that was able to track the flames.</p> <p>The report said firefighters were using general guidelines provided by the Department of Transportation. NTSB investigators found these guidelines to be too vague and not specific to hydrogen-related incidents. For instance, firefighters did not know that spraying water directly on the fire, especially toward vent pipes, could cause the containers to rupture and possibly explode, the report said.</p> <p>The report also recommended that guidelines be revised for evacuations. On the day of the incident, the evacuation zone may have been larger than necessary.</p> <p>After the tanks had cooled, Air Products workers were able to vent out the rest of the hydrogen and transfer the trailer to its facility in Santa Fe Springs by about 3 a.m. the next day.</p> <p>Later investigation would show that the wrong pressure-relief device had been installed in some of the cylinders during an inspection by a contracted agency in 2017. The faulty installation allowed the high-pressure hydrogen to leak from a tank, causing a device to pop from a cylinder, igniting flames within the trailer toward other tanks. The fire damaged 21 other cylinders, causing hydrogen to leak from six of them.</p> <h3>Growing industry of hydrogen-powered cars</h3> <p>Though the NTSB investigation zeroed in on the 2018 Diamond Bar incident, the probe&#8217;s broader intent was to evaluate the safety of using mobile hydrogen tube trailer modules as fueling stations for electric vehicles that use hydrogen fuel cells. These types of vehicles are a part of growing industry in California with automakers expected to make thousands of new fuel cell electric vehicles in the near future, officials said in the report.</p> <p>&#8220;As of April 25, 2018, the California Fuel Cell Partnership reported that the state had 36 open retail and nonretail hydrogen fueling stations, with another 28 stations in various stages of construction and planning,&#8221; the report said.</p> <aside class="related left"><h2 class="widget-title" data-curated-ids="" data-relation-type="automatic-primary-tag">Related Articles</h2><ul><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/17/civilian-watchdogs-call-on-sheriff-alex-villanueva-to-resign-over-deputy-cliques-kobe-bryant-crash-scene-photos/" title="Civilian watchdogs, 2 LA County supervisors call on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign"> <span class="dfm-title"> Civilian watchdogs, 2 LA County supervisors call on Sheriff Alex Villanueva to resign </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/16/hermosa-beach-unveils-2-million-fire-station-face-lift-after-coronavirus-delays/" title="Hermosa Beach unveils $2 million fire station face lift after coronavirus delays"> <span class="dfm-title"> Hermosa Beach unveils $2 million fire station face lift after coronavirus delays </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/16/meant-for-friends-black-cops-video-about-racism-embraced-by-tustin-police-chief/" title="Meant for friends, Black cop&#8217;s video about racism embraced by his police chief"> <span class="dfm-title"> Meant for friends, Black cop&#8217;s video about racism embraced by his police chief </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/15/person-dies-after-apparent-200-foot-cliff-fall-in-san-pedro/" title="Person dies after apparent 200-foot cliff fall in San Pedro"> <span class="dfm-title"> Person dies after apparent 200-foot cliff fall in San Pedro </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/09/11/mom-column-trying-to-clear-out-heads-amid-all-these-smoke-tainted-skies/" title="Mom column: Trying to clear out heads amid all these smoke-tainted skies"> <span class="dfm-title"> Mom column: Trying to clear out heads amid all these smoke-tainted skies </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Brea Fire That Threatened 57 Freeway Near Diamond Bar Is Under Control at 16 Acres https://ktla.com/news/local-news/2-acre-brea-fire-threatens-to-jump-across-57-freeway-near-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:23ef3106-cb46-f402-791b-5671f9544fc5 Thu, 31 Oct 2019 00:59:15 +0000 Crews quickly gained an upper hand on a brush fire that threatened to jump the 57 Freeway in the Brea area on Wednesday afternoon. The blaze was reported around noon off the northbound freeway lanes north of Tonner Canyon Road near the Los Angeles County line at Diamond Bar, according Brea city officials. It was [&#8230;] <p>Crews quickly gained an upper hand on a brush fire that threatened to jump the 57 Freeway in the Brea area on Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>The blaze was reported around noon off the northbound freeway lanes north of Tonner Canyon Road near the Los Angeles County line at Diamond Bar, according Brea city officials. It was under control at 16 acres by around 1:30 p.m., authorities said.</p> <p>The northbound 57 Freeway was blocked at Tonner Canyon Road in Brea, while Brea Canyon Road in Diamond Bar was closed from Tonner Canyon Road. Three lanes were reopened by 2:30 p.m., while two others remained closed from the Lambert Road on-ramp to just north of the Brea Canyon Road on-ramp.</p> <p>By 5:45 p.m., all lanes had reopened, <a href="https://twitter.com/CaltransOC/status/1189704168962842624" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Caltrans said</a>.</p> <p>The flames broke out as strong winds pushed multiple fires across Southern California.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BreaFire?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BreaFire</a> Update (1:32pm): <a href="https://t.co/p6E04BcLbL">https://t.co/p6E04BcLbL</a></p> <p>&mdash; Brea Police Dept (@BreaPD) <a href="https://twitter.com/BreaPD/status/1189641158160347136?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">FIRE ALERT UPDATE #2 10/30/19 1:15 p.m. Brea Cayon Road and 57 Freeway Fire currently contained at 5-7 acres. Firefighter crews using both ground and aerial resources to extinguish fire. Several lanes of NB 57 still closed. Starting to reopen lanes on SR 57.</p> <p>&mdash; City of Diamond Bar (@DiamondBarCity) <a href="https://twitter.com/DiamondBarCity/status/1189638312899665920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 30, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Soccer star Alex Morgan expecting a baby https://www.dailybreeze.com/2019/10/23/morgan-carrasco-announce-theyre-expecting-baby/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:9523f68d-1406-836c-e540-799568163869 Wed, 23 Oct 2019 17:35:50 +0000 U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco are expecting their first child <p><em>By The Associated Press</em></p> <p>U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan and husband Servando Carrasco are expecting their first child.</p> <p>Morgan and Carrasco, who is a midfielder for the LA Galaxy, made the announcement Wednesday on social media.</p> <p>They posed with a sign that read: “Adding 1 more to the Fam … April 2020 Baby Girl.”</p> <p>Morgan, who was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup this summer in France, added in a Twitter post: “We are already in love and we haven’t even met her yet. Newest member of the Carrasco family, coming soon.”</p> <p>Morgan’s season with the Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League was cut short by a knee injury. She and Carrasco met at the University of California, where both played soccer. They were married on New Year’s Eve in 2014.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">We are already in love and we haven’t even met her yet. Newest member of the Carrasco family, coming soon. <a href="https://t.co/xeJPuDQgiS">pic.twitter.com/xeJPuDQgiS</a></p> <p>&mdash; Alex Morgan (@alexmorgan13) <a href="https://twitter.com/alexmorgan13/status/1187086624301051904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 23, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> Diamond Bar Church Volunteer, Facing 7 Years in Prison, Denies Sexually Abusing 2 Girls https://ktla.com/news/local-news/diamond-bar-church-volunteer-facing-7-years-in-prison-denies-sexually-abusing-2-girls/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:894d740c-0083-36fc-8e95-2bc8f63b17a8 Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:14:25 +0000 A man facing up to seven years in prison for allegedly sexually abusing two underage siblings while he was volunteering at church in Diamond Bar pleaded not guilty on Monday, officials said. In February 2019, one of the victims reported that she had a &#8220;sexual relationship&#8221; with a family friend who also volunteered at her [&#8230;] <p>A man facing up to seven years in prison for allegedly sexually abusing two underage siblings while he was volunteering at church in Diamond Bar pleaded not guilty on Monday, officials said.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_730116" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-730116" style="width: 225px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-730116" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=225" alt="Chin Lee Chook is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on March 12, 2019." width="225" height="300" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg 606w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=225,300 225w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=539,720 539w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=100,133 100w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=200,266 200w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=520,693 520w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-730116" class="wp-caption-text">Chin Lee Chook is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department on March 12, 2019.</figcaption></figure></p> <p>In February 2019, one of the victims reported that she had a &#8220;sexual relationship&#8221; with a family friend who also volunteered at her place of worship, River of Life Community Church, according to the <a href="https://local.nixle.com/alert/7166514/?sub_id=1000000805">Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department</a>. The victim was 18 when she made the report, but the incident occurred while she was 16 years old, the agency said.</p> <p>&#8220;The victim stated that the suspect would have sex with her at the church as well as provide her with pornography to watch,&#8221; the Sheriff&#8217;s Department said.</p> <p>That &#8220;relationship&#8221; occurred on or between November 2016 and November 2018, a statement from the <a href="http://da.lacounty.gov/media/news/correction-church-volunteer-charged-molesting-girl-having-sex-her-sister">Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office</a> said.</p> <p>Authorities arrested Chook at his home in Rosemead in March 2019, the Sheriff&#8217;s Department said.</p> <p>Later, officials announced Chook also molested the victim&#8217;s younger sister on or between February 2018 and February 2019. They did not disclose her age.</p> <p>Chook, who also went by Desmond Chook, was charged with one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse and child molestation, as well as two counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18, sexual penetration of a person under 18, and distributing or showing pornography to a minor, according to the District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>He&#8217;s scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 16.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Man Killed, Another Accused of Hit-and-Run Following 60 Freeway Crash in Diamond Bar https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-killed-another-accused-of-hit-and-run-following-60-freeway-crash-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:cf57fd00-abda-27c7-b0e1-a212e156cba0 Mon, 05 Aug 2019 03:10:36 +0000 A Pomona man died and a Fontana man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run following a crash between an SUV and a car on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday, officials said. The crash took place about 4:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the freeway, just east of Grand Avenue, Officer E. [&#8230;] <p>A Pomona man died and a Fontana man was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run following a crash between an SUV and a car on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday, officials said.</p> <p>The crash took place about 4:45 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the freeway, just east of Grand Avenue, Officer E. Esparza of the California Highway Patrol&#8217;s Baldwin Park-area office said in a written statement.</p> <p>A 2002 Mazda Protege being driven by a 24-year-old Pomona man, with a 21-year-old Anaheim woman riding as a passenger, had become disabled in the No. 4 and No. 5 traffic lanes due to a previous collision, the officer said.</p> <p>A 2002 Chevrolet Blazer being driven by a 30-year-old Fontana man approached in the No. 4 lane, according to the CHP.</p> <p>The driver of the Chevrolet swerved but was not able to avoid hitting the Mazda, as well as its driver, who was stepping out of the vehicle, Esparza said.</p> <p>Officials said the driver of the Chevrolet abandoned his SUV and ran away, &#8220;but was later apprehended at his residence,&#8221; the officer said.</p> <p>Paramedics pronounced the Pomona man who had been at the wheel of the Mazda dead at the scene, officials said. His passenger was treated for injuries described as moderate.</p> <p>The alleged hit-and-run driver, whose identity was not available Sunday afternoon, was treated for cuts prior to booking, authorities added.</p> <p>The identity of the victim was not released pending positive identification and notification of family by coroner&#8217;s officials.</p> Speeding Suspect Taken Into Custody After CHP Chase, Foot Bail https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/07/31/speeding-suspect-taken-into-custody-after-chp-chase-foot-bail/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d4f31da8-189b-7b47-1cdc-d205a1ccec72 Thu, 01 Aug 2019 04:24:31 +0000 The woman ran into and through several backyards in the Crooked Creek area. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p2"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p2").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4136275","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p2","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> &#8212;  Authorities said a female suspect who was wanted for speeding and who crashed into two vehicles during a chase is in custody.</p> <p>The unidentified suspect was in Orange County driving a silver Hyundai when the chase began just before 8 p.m.</p> <p>The chase also wended through the northbound 57 Freeway and LA County. She ended up crashing in Diamond Bar, near the 60 Freeway.</p> <p>During the chase, the suspect fled the vehicle and ran into a Diamond Bar neighborhood where she attempted to blend in and evade capture.</p> <p>The male passenger was apprehended immediately.</p> <p>The woman ran &#8212; scaling several walls and running through a wash &#8212; through several backyards in the Crooked Creek area and ended up inside a home owned by Brenda Duchemin.</p> <p>She told CBS2/KCAL9&#8217;s Rachel Kim she was hosting a Buddhist meeting when they first heard the choppers and then her dogs barking.</p> <p>At this point, the suspect entered her kitchen.</p> <p>&#8220;I came from this direction,&#8221; said Duchemin, pointing to her living room. &#8220;And she was already in my house by the time I got here and she closed my back door. And then she grabbed a hold of me and said &#8216;You gotta help me.&#8217; She said she had been in a car accident and her boyfriend was seriously hurt. It didn&#8217;t make any sense.&#8221;</p> <p>Duchemin said she had no time to respond when she saw an officer outside the door. &#8220;She kind of mouthed to me &#8212; did someone come into your house? And I was so thankful to see her at this point, and I said yes, and she came in. And she had the woman get down on the floor.&#8221;</p> <p>Authorities said they received a call from a male passenger saying the woman was threatening to crash the vehicle. It was unclear if the passenger was a victim of a crime.</p> <p>He was also taken into custody for questioning.</p> <p>The suspect crashed into her first vehicle in Orange County. A second crash occurred in Los Angeles County, according to the CHP.</p> <p>Kim said no injuries were reported.</p> Alleged DUI Driver Ordered to Stand Trial in Diamond Bar Car Crash That Killed 1-Year-Old Girl, Her Father https://ktla.com/news/local-news/alleged-dui-driver-ordered-to-stand-trial-in-diamond-car-crash-that-killed-1-year-old-girl-her-father/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:9a8e9b57-4008-a390-50e6-069b69965c8f Thu, 18 Jul 2019 01:06:53 +0000 A 26-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial in a chain-reaction crash that killed a 1-year-old girl and her father, and injured several others in Diamond Bar in 2017, prosecutors said Wednesday. Hans. T. Guloy of Chino Hills was held to answer for six felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, driving [&#8230;] <p>A 26-year-old man has been ordered to stand trial in a chain-reaction crash that killed a 1-year-old girl and her father, and injured several others in Diamond Bar in 2017, prosecutors said Wednesday.</p> <p>Hans. T. Guloy of Chino Hills <a href="http://da.lacounty.gov/media/news/man-ordered-stand-trial-double-fatal-diamond-bar-crash" target="_blank" rel="noopener">was held to answer</a> for six felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter, DUI causing injury, driving with .08% blood alcohol content and hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>Guloy pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared in court Wednesday.</p> <p>The double fatal crash took place on the 60 Freeway near the 57 Freeway interchange in the overnight hours of Nov. 27, 2017.</p> <p>The defendant was allegedly under the influence and behind the wheel when his car slammed into a vehicle with three small children and their parents inside, prosecutors said, citing evidence from the preliminary hearing.</p> <p>That caused the family&#8217;s vehicle to lose control and hit the center divider; another vehicle then struck their disabled car, the release stated.</p> <p>The crash fatally injured 29-year-old Abraham Franco and his 1-year-old daughter Abby, according to prosecutors.</p> <p>Five others &#8212; the baby&#8217;s mother, a 9-year-old boy and three other adults &#8212; were also hurt, California Highway Patrol officials said at the time.</p> <p>Guloy allegedly fled the scene of the crash, then later told investigators his vehicle had been stolen.</p> <p>He faces a possible maximum sentence of 22 years in prison if convicted as charged.</p> <p>Guloy&#8217;s next court date is a pretrial hearing scheduled for Aug. 27. He is being held on $750,000.</p> Women's World Cup: Alex Morgan Divides Opinion With Tea-Drinking Celebration https://ktla.com/news/local-news/womens-world-cup-alex-morgan-divides-opinion-with-tea-drinking-celebration/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:a284757c-32d0-c40d-b827-95de8f30e6a7 Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:45:22 +0000 The US Women's National Soccer team has caused quite the stir with its celebrations at the Women's World Cup, and Alex Morgan became the latest to milk a goal in Lyon on Tuesday. The USWNT's players received plenty of flack for exuberantly celebrating during their 13-0 thrashing of Thailand, and Morgan's tea-drinking mime has further divided opinion. [...] <p></p> <p>The US Women's National Soccer team has caused quite the stir with its celebrations at the <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/specials/football/womens-world-cup" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Women's World Cup</a>, and Alex Morgan became the latest to milk a goal in Lyon on Tuesday.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_784308" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-784308" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-784308" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=300" alt="Alex Morgan, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup semi-final football match between England and USA, on July 2, 2019, at the Lyon Satdium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France. (Credit: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)" width="300" height="200" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg 4928w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?resize=300,200 300w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?resize=768,511 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?resize=1082,720 1082w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?resize=1536,1022 1536w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/07/gettyimages-1153316391.jpg?resize=2048,1363 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-784308" class="wp-caption-text">Alex Morgan, left, is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal during the France 2019 Women's World Cup semi-final football match between England and USA, on July 2, 2019, at the Lyon Satdium in Decines-Charpieu, central-eastern France. (Credit: JEAN-PHILIPPE KSIAZEK/AFP/Getty Images)</figcaption></figure></p> <p>The USWNT's players received plenty of flack for exuberantly celebrating during their <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/11/football/uswnt-womens-world-cup-thailand-record-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">13-0 thrashing of Thailand</a>, and Morgan's tea-drinking mime has further divided opinion.</p> <p>On the occasion of her 30th birthday, Morgan was seemingly quick to reference the famous British tradition -- raising her fingers to her mouth -- after she scored the winner in the USWNT's <a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/football/uswnt-england-womens-alex-morgan-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2-1 victory over England</a>, a game which saw the Americans reach their third straight World Cup final.</p> <p>Approximately 100 million cups of tea are drunk by the British each day-- almost 36 billion per year -- according to the <a href="https://www.tea.co.uk/tea-faqs" target="_blank" rel="noopener">UK Tea and Infusions Association.</a></p> <p>However, Morgan said after the game that the celebration was a response to the criticism her team has received during the tournament. Prior to Tuesday's clash, England coach Phil Neville had <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/07/01/football/phil-neville-jill-ellis-womens-world-cup-spt-intl-gbr/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">questioned the "etiquette"</a> of the American team after officials visited his team's hotel.</p> <p>"I wanted to keep it interesting," she told reporters. "I know <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/football/us-england-womens-world-cup-megan-rapinoe-jill-ellis-alex-morgan-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Megan Rapinoe</a> has the best celebration. I had to try and step up this game. I feel like this team has had so much thrown at them and us. I feel like we didn't take an easy route through this tournament and 'that's the tea.'"</p> <p>The celebration was lapped up by some, notably Hillary Clinton: "Congrats to the #USWNT for earning that tea," the 2016 Presidential candidate tweeted.</p> <p><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/football/us-england-womens-world-cup-megan-rapinoe-jill-ellis-alex-morgan-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>READ</strong>: Why Megan Rapinoe was benched against England</a></p> <p>It further emboldened Morgan's status as a national treasure back home in the US. The forward has now bagged six goals this tournament and remains in pole position to win the golden boot alongside England's Ellen White, who trails Morgan on assists.</p> <p>There was some debate, however, as to what exactly the celebration referred to.</p> <p>Many agreed that it was a jibe at England's love for a cuppa, but some saw it as a nod to the <a href="https://www.britannica.com/event/Boston-Tea-Party" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Boston Tea Party</a> of 1773 -- the political protests against high taxes on tea that were staged before the American Revolution.</p> <p>Some failed to properly identify the tea-sipping taunt, comparing it instead to a drag on a cigarette. British comedian Jack Whitehall was quick to comment in this regard.</p> <p><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/02/football/uswnt-england-womens-alex-morgan-world-cup-spt-intl/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>READ</strong>: US defeats England, reaches World Cup final</a></p> <h3>Did Morgan milk it?</h3> <p>Morgan's celebration proved not to be everyone's cup of tea.</p> <p>"You can celebrate however you want, but that for me is a bit distasteful," said English footballer Lianne Sanderson, working as a pundit on beIN Sports. "I'm a big believer in the Americans and how they celebrate but for me this was a little bit disrespectful."</p> <p>TV presenter Piers Morgan urged the Lionesses to make the US "choke" on their beverage, prompting others to shoot back with taunts about the shared surname between tweeter and goalscorer.</p> <p>There were retorts about America's taste in lager, too.</p> <p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2019/07/02/opinions/womens-world-cup-usa-england-bass/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><strong>READ</strong>: Stop telling the USWNT what to do</a></p> <p>What's not in doubt is that Morgan's toast certainly struck a nerve. And you can bet there were plenty of kettles being boiled in the UK with 11.7 million tuning in to the semifinal clash, according to the BBC -- the highest TV audience of 2019.</p> <p>The USA will face either Netherlands or Sweden in Sunday's final, while England will meet the loser to contest for third place.</p> <p>As the World Cup reaches boiling point, there's still plenty more drama brewing.</p> Air Quality Officials Reject Ban on Toxic Acid Used in South Bay Refineries https://ktla.com/news/local-news/air-quality-officials-reject-ban-on-toxic-acid-used-in-south-bay-refineries/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:85e9a831-35d5-283e-93db-023eb9c5a34b Sun, 23 Jun 2019 20:55:18 +0000 Air quality officials on Saturday moved to close the door on a ban of a dangerous acid used at two South Bay oil refineries that community groups have sought since a 2015 explosion raised concerns about the potential for a catastrophic release. The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Republican-controlled refinery committee voted 3-2 to [&#8230;] <p>Air quality officials on Saturday moved to close the door on a ban of a dangerous acid used at two South Bay oil refineries that community groups have sought since a 2015 explosion raised concerns about the potential for a catastrophic release.</p> <p>The South Coast Air Quality Management District’s Republican-controlled refinery committee voted 3-2 to support an industry-backed alternative. The plan directs agency staff to develop agreements with refineries in Torrance and Wilmington that would allow them to keep using modified hydrofluoric acid, with enhanced safety measures.</p> <p>The highly toxic chemical, used to make high-octane gasoline, can form a deadly, ground-hugging cloud that could drift into surrounding communities and cause mass casualties in the event of a major leak.</p> <p>The decision followed hours of testimony at a packed public hearing in Diamond Bar that pitted South Bay residents and environmentalists urging a ban on the chemical against business groups, building trades representatives and refinery workers who said it would be too costly.</p> <p><em>Read the full story on <a href="https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-refinery-acid-20190622-story.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LATimes.com</a>. </em></p> Diamond Bar Church Volunteer Charged After Allegedly Having Sexual Relationship With Parishioner, Molesting Her Sister  https://ktla.com/news/local-news/diamond-bar-church-volunteer-charged-after-allegedly-having-sexual-relationship-with-parishioner-molesting-her-sister/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:2ecd25c9-6798-33b1-2891-0f3a5bcc1d02 Tue, 16 Apr 2019 20:12:30 +0000 A Diamond Bar Church volunteer faces multiple charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a parishioner and molesting her sister, officials announced Tuesday. Chee Lim Chook, aka Desmond Chook, 55, faces two counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18, sexual penetration of a person under 18 and distributing or showing pornography [&#8230;] <p>A Diamond Bar Church volunteer faces multiple charges after allegedly having a sexual relationship with a parishioner and molesting her sister, officials announced Tuesday.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_730116" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-730116" style="width: 225px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-730116 size-medium" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=225" alt="Chee Lim Chook, 55, is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on March 12, 2019." width="225" height="300" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg 606w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=225,300 225w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=539,720 539w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=100,133 100w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=200,266 200w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=520,693 520w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-730116" class="wp-caption-text">Chee Lim Chook, 55, is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department on March 12, 2019.</figcaption></figure></p> <p>Chee Lim Chook, aka Desmond Chook, 55, faces two counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18, sexual penetration of a person under 18 and distributing or showing pornography to a minor. He was also charged with one count of unlawful sexual intercourse and one misdemeanor count of child molesting, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>The alleged incidents occurred between November 2016 and November 2018 at River of Life Community Church, where Chook was a volunteer, officials said. The victim was 16 when the alleged sexual conduct began.</p> <p>The victim alleged Chook would have sex with her at the church, located at 20430 Yellow Brick Road, and also gave her pornography to watch.</p> <p>Chook also allegedly molested the victim&#8217;s sister between February 2018 and February 2019. The sister&#8217;s age was not disclosed.</p> <p>Chook was arrested at his Rosemead home on March 4. His arraignment was postponed from Tuesday to May 8, the District Attorney&#8217;s Office said. He faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.</p> <p>Sheriff&#8217;s detectives who investigated the allegations believe Chook could have additional victims.</p> <p>Anyone with information on the case can contact the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau tip line at 877-710-5273 or by email at specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477 or LACrimeStoppers.org.</p> <p><em><strong>Editor&#8217;s note:</strong> The L.A. County District Attorney&#8217;s Office previously provided an incorrect name for the suspect. This post has been updated.</em></p> Couple Robbed, Pepper-Sprayed in Diamond Bar Parking Lot After Leaving Bank; 3 Suspects at Large: Sheriff https://ktla.com/news/local-news/couple-robbed-pepper-sprayed-in-diamond-bar-parking-lot-after-leaving-bank-3-suspects-at-large-sheriff/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:fe9902e5-2db8-2fa3-d75b-e8f7dc1ddee2 Wed, 27 Mar 2019 20:56:09 +0000 Three suspects remained at large Wednesday after a couple in Diamond Bar was robbed and pepper-sprayed while leaving a bank Tuesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department. The robbery occurred just before 1:20 p.m. in a Walmart parking lot located in the 1100 block of South Diamond Bar Boulevard, sheriff&#8217;s officials said. [&#8230;] <p>Three suspects remained at large Wednesday after a couple in Diamond Bar was robbed and pepper-sprayed while leaving a bank Tuesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> <p>The robbery occurred just before 1:20 p.m. in a Walmart parking lot located in the 1100 block of South Diamond Bar Boulevard, sheriff&#8217;s officials said. One of the three robbers allegedly released pepper-spray in the midst of the attack.</p> <p>The husband fought back but the suspects managed to take off with his wife&#8217;s purse and an undisclosed amount of money inside a case or bag, officials said.</p> <p>They allegedly got into a waiting vehicle before fleeing southbound toward the 60 Freeway. The only description sheriff&#8217;s officials have given for the suspects is that two of them are believed to be black men.</p> <p>No other details have been released.</p> <p><em>KTLA&#8217;s Alexandria Hernandez contributed to this report.</em></p> Diamond Bar Church Volunteer Arrested After Teen Parishioner Accused Him of Sexual Relationship https://ktla.com/news/local-news/diamond-bar-church-volunteer-arrested-after-teen-parishioner-accused-him-of-sexual-relationship/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:03e34cec-3353-4bf7-8bda-c203e47b7a22 Wed, 13 Mar 2019 03:06:24 +0000 A church volunteer in Diamond Bar was arrested after a teen member of the congregation said the man had sex with her and gave her pornography, investigators said Tuesday. Chin Lee Chook, 55, was taken into custody following a two-week investigation into the underage girl&#8217;s allegations, and detectives believe he could have additional victims, the [&#8230;] <p><figure id="attachment_730116" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-730116" style="width: 225px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-730116 size-medium" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=225" alt="Chin Lee Chook , 55, is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on March 12, 2019." width="225" height="300" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg 606w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=225,300 225w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=539,720 539w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=100,133 100w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=200,266 200w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/03/user60114-1552437550-media1.jpeg?resize=520,693 520w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 225px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-730116" class="wp-caption-text">Chin Lee Chook , 55, is seen in a booking photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department on March 12, 2019.</figcaption></figure></p> <p>A church volunteer in Diamond Bar was arrested after a teen member of the congregation said the man had sex with her and gave her pornography, investigators said Tuesday.</p> <p>Chin Lee Chook, 55, was taken into custody following a two-week investigation into the underage girl&#8217;s allegations, and detectives believe he could have additional victims, the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department said in a <a href="https://local.nixle.com/alert/7166514/?sub_id=1000000805" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">news release</a>.</p> <p>The victim approached authorities last month on Feb. 21 to report she&#8217;d engaged in a sexual relationship with Chook two years ago, when she was 16. She said Chook was a family friend and fellow congregant at River of Life Community Church, where Chook also volunteered, according to sheriff&#8217;s officials.</p> <p>The victim alleged Chook would have sex with her at the church, located at 20430 Yellow Brick Road, and also gave her pornography to watch.</p> <p>Chook was subsequently arrested at his Rosemead home on March 4 on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation with a minor, deputies said.</p> <p>Two days later, he was charged with seven felonies and a misdemeanor by the L.A. County District Attorney&#8217;s Office. The charges include two counts each of oral copulation with a minor, digital penetration of a minor and sending harmful matter to a minor, along with one count each of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and annoying or molesting a minor, the Sheriff&#8217;s Department said.</p> <p>The suspect was being held on $140,000 bail and expected to appear in court on March 25, officials said.</p> <p>Anyone with information on the case can contact the sheriff&#8217;s Special Victims Bureau tip line at 877-710-5273 or by email at <a href="mailto:specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">specialvictimsbureau@lasd.org</a>. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477 or <a href="http://lacrimestoppers.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">LACrimeStoppers.org</a>.</p> Investigators Search for 2nd Roommate of Man Found Stabbed to Death in Diamond Bar https://ktla.com/news/local-news/investigators-search-for-missing-roommate-after-man-found-stabbed-to-death-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:4f4df428-af62-26f3-8885-16c96230f4a7 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 22:57:15 +0000 Authorities are searching for a second roommate of a man found stabbed to death in Diamond Bar Monday afternoon. The unidentified victim, described only as an Asian man in his 60s, was found with multiple stab wounds at a home in the 21200 block of Trigger Lane Monday afternoon. One of the man’s roommates called [&#8230;] <p>Authorities are searching for a second roommate of a man found stabbed to death in Diamond Bar Monday afternoon.</p> <p>The unidentified victim, described only as an Asian man in his 60s, was found with <a href="https://ktla.com/2019/01/28/man-fatally-stabbed-in-diamond-bar-homicide-detectives-investigating/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">multiple stab wounds</a> at a home in the 21200 block of Trigger Lane Monday afternoon.</p> <p>One of the man’s roommates called 911 after discovering the body.</p> <p>Paramedics responded and pronounced the victim dead at the scene.</p> <p>Investigators said at least three people live at the home, and one of those roommates has not been located.</p> <p>Authorities have not called the missing roommate a suspect but said they would like to speak with him, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Martin Jaramilla said.</p> <p>Detectives on Monday said they had few leads on a suspect and were canvasing the neighborhood looking for witnesses.</p> <p>“We don’t know,” Lt. Charles Calderaro said. “It could be a disagreement between two individuals. At this point, we’re just trying to find out as much information as we can.”</p> <p>Anyone with information can contact the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477 or LACrimeStoppers.org.</p> Man Found Stabbed To Death In Diamond Bar Home https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/01/29/diamond-bar-stabbing/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:34219932-2237-59bc-94b7-234ed1dc1402 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 13:38:02 +0000 A call to 911 at about 3 p.m. Tuesday reported finding the 69-year-old man fatally stabbed inside a home in the 21200 block of Trigger Lane in Diamond Bar. The man, who had been stabbed several times in the upper body, was pronounced dead at the scene. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p3"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p3").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4018715","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p3","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — A man was found stabbed to death in his own home in a quiet Diamond Bar neighborhood.</p> <p>A man called 911 at about 3 p.m. Tuesday reported finding his 69-year-old roommate stabbed inside a home in the 21200 block of Trigger Lane in Diamond Bar. The man, who had been stabbed several times in the upper body, was pronounced dead at the scene.</p> <p>Detectives scoured the neighborhood for hours, and no weapon was found at the scene. It’s not clear if the man was targeted or the victim of a robbery.</p> <p>The man’s name has not been released.</p> <p>A third roommate was not at the home.</p> Man Fatally Stabbed in Diamond Bar Home; Homicide Detectives Investigating https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-fatally-stabbed-in-diamond-bar-homicide-detectives-investigating/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:1a4d7b18-1655-52e8-2303-0d9c5f7e8547 Tue, 29 Jan 2019 02:12:41 +0000 Homicide detectives were investigating after a man was found stabbed to death inside a Diamond Bar home on Monday. A man who lives with the victim in the residence on the 21000 block of Trigger Lane discovered the body just after 3 p.m. and called 911, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Lt. Charles Calderaro. [&#8230;] <p>Homicide detectives were investigating after a man was found stabbed to death inside a Diamond Bar home on Monday.</p> <p>A man who lives with the victim in the residence on the 21000 block of Trigger Lane discovered the body just after 3 p.m. and called 911, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Lt. Charles Calderaro.</p> <p>Paramedics responded to the scene and found the victim suffering from multiple stab wounds to his upper torso. He was pronounced dead at the scene, Calderaro said.</p> <p>Authorities have not yet identified the man, but Calderaro said he appeared to be Asian and in his late 60s.</p> <p>Deputies who responded began canvassing the neighborhood for witnesses, but as of Monday evening none had been found, the lieutenant said.</p> <p>The person who called 911 was middle-aged and not believed to be related to the victim, according to Calderaro.</p> <p>When asked whether that person was involved, Calderaro replied, “We don’t believe that at this time, but we are investigating it further.”</p> <p>It&#8217;s possible that one other individual lives in the home, the lieutenant said. Video from the scene also showed a small dog being loaded into a county vehicle.</p> <p>So far, detectives have few leads on a suspect.</p> <p>“We don’t know,&#8221; Calderaro said. &#8220;It could be a disagreement between two individuals. At this point, we’re just trying to find out as much information as we can.”</p> <p>Investigators were working to speak with neighbors and to locate anyone who may have heard some commotion.</p> <p>Anyone with information can contact the sheriff&#8217;s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Anonymous tips may be submitted via 800-222-8477 or <a href="http://lacrimestoppers.org" target="_blank" rel="noopener">LACrimeStoppers.org</a>.</p> 3 Burglary Suspects Arrested After Pursuit on 60 Fwy Ends With Box Truck Tearing Off Door in South El Monte https://ktla.com/news/local-news/authorities-pursue-vehicle-on-60-freeway-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:879fb01e-feff-55a2-6d8b-ace72d57faf6 Sat, 19 Jan 2019 01:20:11 +0000 Three burglary suspects involved in a high-speed pursuit along the 60 Freeway surrendered after a box truck tore off their car&#8217;s door as the chase was coming to an end in South El Monte late Friday morning. The incident began when deputies learned a burglary was in progress at a home on the 15600 block [&#8230;] <p>Three burglary suspects involved in a high-speed pursuit along the 60 Freeway surrendered after a box truck tore off their car&#8217;s door as the chase was coming to an end in South El Monte late Friday morning.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_702782" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-702782" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-702782" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=300" alt="Authorities have guns drawn after a pursuit ends near the 60 Freeway on Jan. 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg 1920w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=1280,720 1280w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=1536,864 1536w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=876,493 876w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=1752,986 1752w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=290,162 290w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/pursuit-1.jpg?resize=280,157 280w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-702782" class="wp-caption-text">Authorities have guns drawn after a pursuit ends near the 60 Freeway on Jan. 18, 2019. (Credit: KTLA)</figcaption></figure></p> <p>The incident began when deputies learned a burglary was in progress at a home on the 15600 block of Tall Oak Drive in Chino Hills around 10:25 a.m., the San Bernardino County Sheriff&#8217;s Department said in a <a href="https://local.nixle.com/alert/7053922/?sub_id=300495" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">news release</a>.</p> <p>The suspects — later identified as Los Angeles residents Cassidy Poston, 21; Oscar Rivas, 20; and 23-year-old Brandon Buchanan — were able to flee the residence before deputies arrived, officials said.</p> <p>Authorities caught up with the group as they were driving near the intersection of Peyton and Valley Vista drives. Deputies attempted a traffic stop, but the driver did not heed orders and entered the 60 Freeway, according to the Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> <p>The driver was weaving through traffic on the westbound 60 shortly before 11 a.m. when he moved to get off the freeway at Peck Road, Sky5 video showed.</p> <p>He then attempted to maneuver around a box truck by trying to squeeze through the larger vehicle&#8217;s right side and the guardrail, according to the footage.</p> <p>But the vehicle became stuck between the truck and the offramp&#8217;s railing, causing a collision that resulted in the car&#8217;s driving side door being sheared off.</p> <p>The driver had to climb out of the vehicle after he stopped on the offramp and San Bernardino Sheriff&#8217;s officials took him into custody.</p> <p>Two passengers also had to climb out of the crushed driver&#8217;s side while deputies held their guns out.</p> <p>All three were taken into custody after the pursuit.</p> <p>Deputies also recovered property stolen during the burglary, sheriff&#8217;s officials said.</p> <p>Officials are now looking to speak with the occupants of the box truck, who apparently did not stay at the scene following the collision.</p> <p>Anyone with information can contact investigators at 909-364-2000, or submit a tip anonymously via 800-782-7463.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Chino Hills- Residential burglary in progress, suspects flee and evade deputies. Suspect vehicle involved in crash &amp; 3 in custody. Inv. ongoing</p> <p>&mdash; Cindy Bachman (@SBCSDcbachman) <a href="https://twitter.com/SBCSDcbachman/status/1086348451401457664?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 18, 2019</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><figure id="attachment_702796" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-702796" style="width: 1920px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-702796 size-full" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all" alt="The driver's side door of a car involved in a high-speed pursuit is torn off after being stuck next to a box truck in South El Monte on Jan. 18, 2019. (Credit KTLA) " width="1920" height="1080" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg 1920w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=1280,720 1280w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=1536,864 1536w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=876,492 876w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=1752,986 1752w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=290,162 290w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2019/01/vehicle-.jpg?resize=280,157 280w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 876px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-702796" class="wp-caption-text">The driver&#8217;s side door of a car involved in a high-speed pursuit is torn off after being stuck next to a box truck in South El Monte on Jan. 18, 2019. (Credit KTLA)</figcaption></figure></p> Wrong-Way Driver Gets 30 Years to Life in 2014 DUI Crash That Killed 6 on 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar https://ktla.com/news/local-news/wrong-way-driver-gets-30-years-to-life-in-2014-dui-crash-that-killed-6-on-60-freeway-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:2c9d26fd-2387-36e3-8675-501f25964f95 Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:47:45 +0000 A woman who was driving drunk when she killed six people in a wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar nearly five years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison. Olivia Carolee Culbreath&#8217;s sentencing came after she pleaded no contest to six counts of second-degree murder in an open plea [&#8230;] <p><div class='ooyala-bob-wrapper' data-component='ooyalaBobPixel'><img class="bob-pixel" data-src="https://bob.dmpxs.com/bob_003.gif?d_code=0_0" alt="Data pix." /> </div></p> <p>A woman who was driving drunk when she killed six people in a wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar nearly five years ago was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison.</p> <p>Olivia Carolee Culbreath's sentencing came after she <a href="https://ktla.com/2018/05/22/woman-convicted-of-murdering-6-in-wrong-way-crash-on-60-freeway-in-diamond-bar/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">pleaded no contest</a> to six counts of second-degree murder in an open plea in court earlier this year. She did not negotiate a sentence with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office before entering the plea, prosecutors said.</p> <p><figure id="attachment_161627" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-161627" style="width: 300px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-161627" src="https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?quality=85&amp;strip=all&amp;w=300" alt="Maya Culbreath, Kristin Young, Jessica Mejia and Gregorio Martinez are four of the victims killed in a freeway crash in Diamond Bar on Feb. 9, 2014. Culbreath is the sister of the alleged DUI driver suspected in the crash. (Credit: DMV)" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg 1920w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=160,90 160w, https://nxstrib-com.go-vip.net/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=1280,720 1280w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=1536,864 1536w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=256,144 256w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=512,288 512w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=876,493 876w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=1752,986 1752w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=960,540 960w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=290,162 290w, https://ktla.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2014/02/four-60-fwy-victims.jpg?resize=280,157 280w" sizes="(max-width: 899px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><figcaption id="caption-attachment-161627" class="wp-caption-text">Maya Culbreath, Kristin Young, Jessica Mejia and Gregorio Martinez are four of the victims killed in a freeway crash in Diamond Bar on Feb. 9, 2014. Culbreath is the sister of the alleged DUI driver suspected in the crash. (Credit: DMV)</figcaption></figure></p> <p>Culbreath, 26, broke down during the sentencing in a Pomona courtroom, crying throughout her statement to the court. Speaking quietly, her words often muffled by tears, she apologized for her actions and for her emotional state.</p> <p>"I ask God every single day to give comfort to those who are hurt by this," the Fontana woman said in the nearly 5-minute-long statement. "I want people to know I would die a million times over again for any one of you."</p> <p>"They deserve so much more life and I wish I could give it to them," Culbreath added.</p> <p>She stated she was at a loss after listening to the victim impact statements, which included one from her mother.</p> <p>"I'm going to punish myself for the rest of my life," Culbreath said. "I was so wrong, and I take full responsibility."</p> <p>On Feb. 9, 2014, Culbreath – then 21 – was driving her 2013 Chevrolet Camaro east down the freeway’s westbound lanes when she slammed head-on into a 1998 Ford Explorer carrying three generations of a Huntington Park family, authorities said.</p> <p>All four of the Explorer's occupants were ejected from the vehicle and died. They were identified as Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; his wife, Leticia Ibarra, 42; their daughter, Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; and Jessica’s grandmother, Ester Delgado.</p> <p>The crash also killed Culbreath's two passengers, her older sister Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, and 21-year-old Kristin Melissa Young, a close friend and the defendant's son's godmother.</p> <p>A 57-year-old man in a third vehicle involved in the horrific wreck suffered minor injuries.</p> <p>Witnesses reported the Camaro had been traveling in excess of 100 mph shortly before the crash. There was also evidence of alcohol consumption at the scene.</p> <p>The defendant was not charged with drunken driving, though her blood alcohol content was shown to be .15 percent – nearly twice the legal limit – three hours after the deadly crash, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Culbreath, who was also injured in the crash, spent nearly a month in the hospital with a broken femur and ruptured bladder.</p> <p>She had a prior DUI conviction from 2010, when she was 17, in San Bernardino juvenile court, the <a href="https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-wrong-way-crash-dui-20140210-story.html#axzz2swy5lINQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Los Angeles Times reported</a>.</p> <p>Culbreath also had another drunken driving arrest in which the court warned she could face murder charges for any further offenses, prosecutors said.</p> <p>Restrictions had been placed on her driver's license but they had been lifted the week before the deadly crash, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.</p> <p><em>KTLA's Melissa Pamer and Dianne Sanchez contributed to this story. </em></p> <p><div class='ooyala-bob-wrapper' data-component='ooyalaBobPixel'><img class="bob-pixel" data-src="https://bob.dmpxs.com/bob_003.gif?d_code=0_0" alt="Data pix." /> </div></p> Man Charged With Killing Parents At Diamond Bar Home https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/07/diamond-bar-parents-killing/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:9204e4bd-8501-c859-5eb6-60c0161c2337 Thu, 08 Nov 2018 01:27:10 +0000 A 33-year-old man was charged Wednesday with murdering his parents, who were found dead along with their dog after a fire last week at their Diamond Bar home. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p4"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p4").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3964161","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p4","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>POMONA (CBSLA)</strong> – A 33-year-old man was charged Wednesday with murdering his parents, who were found dead along with their dog after a fire last week at their Diamond Bar home.</p> <p>Ryan Michael Venti was ordered held without bail while awaiting arraignment Dec. 6 in a Pomona courtroom on two counts of murder stemming from the deaths of his mother, Linda, 68, and his father, John, 74, who were found Oct. 30 burned in the home they shared with him in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive.</p> <p>Venti is charged with one count each of arson of an inhabited structure or property and cruelty to an animal.</p> <p>The murder charges include the special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.</p> <p>Prosecutors will decide later whether to seek the death penalty against Venti, who was arrested about 8 p.m. Monday by Los Angeles County sheriff&#8217;s investigators.</p> <p>The badly burned bodies of Venti&#8217;s parents were found in a bedroom, along with the charred remains of their dog, after the blaze, authorities said.</p> <p>It took firefighters about 40 minutes to knock down the flames. Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Lt. John Corina said earlier this week that investigators were working to determine if the victims were killed before the fire. Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Tony Imbrenda said there were no working smoke detectors inside the home.</p> <p>On Monday night, residents in the neighborhood &#8220;called 911 and reported seeing suspect Ryan Venti at the home of his parents on Crooked Creek Drive,&#8221; according to a statement from the Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> <p>&#8220;Deputies responded and were able to take the suspect into custody,&#8221; the statement said. &#8220;From the condition of the suspect it appears that he (had) been hiding in the surrounding hills and brush in an attempt to avoid capture.&#8221;</p> <p>A motive for the crime was not known, according to the sheriff&#8217;s department.</p> <p>Anyone with information about the case was urged to contact the sheriff&#8217;s department&#8217;s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-8477.</p> <p><i><span style="font-weight:400;">(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</span></i></p> Son Of Couple Killed In Suspicious Diamond Bar House Fire Arrested On Murder Charges https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/05/son-couple-house-fire-custody/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d034fc50-8f13-333f-2369-e96380b8d8d4 Tue, 06 Nov 2018 07:59:14 +0000 Deputies believe Ryan Venti spent the week hiding in the hills surrounding his parents' home. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p5"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p5").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3964161","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p5","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA) </strong>— The son of an elderly couple <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/02/diamond-bar-fatal-fire/">killed in a suspicious house fire</a> in Diamond Bar last week has been captured and charged with their murders.</p> <div id="attachment_990053" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-990053" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-990053" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="170" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg 627w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg?resize=300,170 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/11/capture23.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-990053" class="wp-caption-text">Ryan Venti. (L.A. County Sheriff&#8217;s Department)</p></div> <p>Deputies with the Los Angeles Sheriff&#8217;s Department have been searching for 33-year-old Ryan Michael Venti since the bodies of his parents, 66-year-old Linda Venti and 75-year-old John Venti, were found Oct. 30 burned in the home they shared with him in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive.</p> <p>Venti was taken into custody at about 8 p.m. Monday after neighbors called 911 to report seeing him at his parents&#8217; burned out home. Venti appeared to have spent several days hiding in the hills and brush surrounding the home, the sheriff&#8217;s department reported Tuesday.</p> <p>Sheriff&#8217;s arson detectives are assisting with determining the origin and cause of the fire, which they say appears to have been intentionally set. Investigators believe an accelerant was used in the fire.</p> <p>The bodies of the couple were found by firefighters in a burned out bedroom. It’s unclear if the couple died before the blaze broke out.</p> <p>Last week, sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told reporters that Ryan may be suffering from a mental illness.</p> <p>The elderly couple <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/02/fatal-diamond-bar-house-fire/">had just recently retired</a>, neighbors told CBS2.</p> <p>Venti was booked into jail on $2 million bail.</p> <p>Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the LASD&#8217;s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477) or text the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by <a href="http://www.lacrimestoppers.org/">using the website</a>.</p> Fatal Diamond Bar House Fire Investigated As Homicide, Elderly Couple Believed To Be Victims https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/02/diamond-bar-fatal-fire/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:e3a2f9ce-b447-b4c9-f284-f2d8c7fe8d2e Fri, 02 Nov 2018 23:17:27 +0000 Detectives are looking for the couple's 32-year-old son, who they say lived at the home.  <div class="featured-video"><div id="p6"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p6").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3964015","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p6","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Authorities are investigating a house fire that killed two people in Diamond Bar early Tuesday as a homicide.</p> <p>Flames ripped through the home on Crooked Creek Dr. early Tuesday morning. Investigators say the bodies found inside the downstairs bedroom were so badly burned they had yet to identify them at the time of this report. However, it&#8217;s believed the victims are the longtime homeowners, a couple in their 60s.</p> <p>L.A. County Sheriff&#8217;s Dept. Lt John Corina said investigators believe an accelerant was used in the fire.</p> <p>&#8220;We are going to treat it like a homicide investigation right now,&#8221; Corina added.</p> <p>Detectives are looking for the couple&#8217;s 32-year-old son, who they say lived at the home.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re told he may suffer from mental illness.&#8221; Corina said.</p> <p>Authorities are asking anyone with information to come forward.</p> Couple Killed In Diamond Bar House Fire Had Just Retired; Adult Son Sought For Questioning https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/11/02/fatal-diamond-bar-house-fire/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a390d935-0d9b-768d-a8ca-dc3339f9ee44 Fri, 02 Nov 2018 18:51:22 +0000 The bodies were found in a burned bedroom. Officials say they assume the victims to be the husband and wife, believed to be in their 60s, but their identities have yet to be confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p7"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p7").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3964175","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p7","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA) </strong>— An elderly couple that had just retired was found dead after firefighters put out what appears to be a suspicious fire at their Diamond Bar home.</p> <p>The fire was reported at about 4:45 a.m. in the 3600 block of Crooked Creek Drive. Firefighters had the fire out by 5:18 a.m. and immediately began searching the home for the three residents: Linda Venti, 66, John Venti, 75, and their son Ryan Venti, 33.</p> <p>The bodies were found in a burned bedroom. Officials say they assume the victims to be the husband and wife, believed to be in their 60s, but their identities have yet to be confirmed by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.</p> <p>Arson investigators say they believe accelerant was used in the fire, and it’s unclear if the couple died before the fire broke out, or in the flames.</p> <p>The couple’s adult son remained missing Friday night, and investigators say they would like to find him to talk to him about the fire.</p> <p>“We’re told he may suffer from mental illness,” Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina told reporters.</p> <p>Neighbor Richard Stiles said he had just visited the couple the day before and was talking to them about remodeling their kitchen.</p> <p>“They were very happy. They bought the trailer and the new car and they were traveling,&#8221; Stiles said.</p> <p>“It’s just sad they had to go that way.”</p> Woman Who Survived Diamond Bar Crash Fatally Struck In Hit-And-Run Moments Later https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/10/25/survived-crash-fatal-hit-and-run-moments-later/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:e085dfb8-6e56-360f-78a9-5ea334dd5dcc Thu, 25 Oct 2018 12:23:20 +0000 A woman in her 40s had apparently managed to crawl out of the wreckage of her car, only to be struck by a third car that took off. She was pronounced dead at the scene. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p8"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p8").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3958787","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p8","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — A woman survived one crash only to be fatally struck by a third car that is now wanted by the CHP.</p> <p>The first crash involving two cars was reported at about 12:25 a.m. on the 57 Freeway transition lanes to the 60 Freeway. Authorities were on the scene by 12:32 a.m. and stopped traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.</p> <p>A woman in her 40s had apparently managed to crawl out of the wreckage of her car, only to be struck by a third car that took off. She was pronounced dead at the scene.</p> <p>The driver of the other car stayed on the scene.</p> <p>It’s not known yet if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. CHP investigators say they will soon release a description of the hit-and-run vehicle.</p> <p>The transition lanes from the 57 Freeway to the 60, and two right lanes of the 60 Freeway, were closed for several hours after the crash, but have since reopened.</p> 2 Men Killed After BMW Going 100 MPH Slams Into Diamond Bar Apartment https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/09/12/diamond-bar-100-mph-fatal-crash/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:995c54a1-c196-2898-71de-15fb91b2b42d Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:44:14 +0000 Police say the white BMW was going 100 mph when it hit a curb, when airborne and hit the apartment building. Three men were in the car, and two were killed. The third man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p9"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p9").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3933374","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p9","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Two men were killed and a third critically injured after their car slammed into an apartment building in Diamond Bar early Wednesday.</p> <p>The crash was reported in the area of Golden Springs Drive and Diamond Bar Boulevard at about 11:40 p.m. Tuesday.</p> <p>Police say the white BMW was going 100 mph when it hit a curb, when airborne and hit the apartment building. Three men were in the car, and two were killed. The third man was taken to a hospital in critical but stable condition.</p> <p>No one inside the apartment was injured, but the building has been yellow tagged, meaning residents can collect their belongings but cannot sleep there.</p> Man Found Dead In Roadway In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/27/man-found-dead-roadway-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:b2e1f6ce-e3d9-603f-2c44-fe1a28e18880 Mon, 27 Aug 2018 15:12:39 +0000 A crashed vehicle was discovered on an embankment nearby. CHP is investigating whether the victim was struck by a car. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p10"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p10").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3667428","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p10","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> – Authorities are investigating the death of a man whose body was found on a major roadway in Diamond Bar early Monday morning.</p> <div id="attachment_978279" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/capture89.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-978279" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-978279" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/capture89.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="167" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/capture89.jpg 600w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/capture89.jpg?resize=300,167 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/capture89.jpg?resize=310,174 310w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-978279" class="wp-caption-text">(CBS2)</p></div> <p>California Highway Patrol reports that the victim was discovered on Brea Canyon Road near the 57 Freeway at around 4:30 a.m. A crashed vehicle was discovered on an embankment nearby.</p> <p>Officers are investigating if the victim was struck by the car. No further details were confirmed.</p> <p>A Sig Alert was issued and Brea Canyon was shut down in both directions between Diamond Bar Boulevard and Tonner Canyon Road. It was reopened shortly after 7:30 a.m.</p> Evacuation Orders Lifted After Hydrogen Fire In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/12/evacuations-lifted-hydrogen-fire/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d35f8282-6a75-c8ae-e757-be379fa42e20 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:35:29 +0000 Evacuation orders have been lifted in Diamond Bar early Monday, more than 12 hours after a hydrogen tank caught fire and exploded. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p11"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p11").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3808977","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p11","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Evacuation orders have been lifted in Diamond Bar early Monday, more than 12 hours after a hydrogen tank caught fire and exploded.</p> <p>Evacuations were lifted at 3:30 a.m., but a radius of about 200 feet around the truck was still being blocked by deputies until it can be towed away.</p> <p>A fire broke out on the truck at about 1:20 p.m. Sunday at South Brea Canyon Road and Golden Springs Drive, just south of the Pomona (60) Freeway and west of the Orange (57) Freeway.</p> <p>According to CHP, callers on the freeway reported a small explosion.</p> <p>Firefighters got the fire out just before 4 p.m., but at least seven of the 25 cylinders being hauled on the truck’s trailer were compromised, according to the fire department.</p> <p>About two hours after the fire, sheriff’s deputies began evacuating residents within a half mile of the site, Los Angeles County Deputy Kimberly Alexander said.</p> <p>The California Highway Patrol shut down the onramps and offramps on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway at Brea Canyon Road, CHP Officer Stephan Brandt said.<br /> <em><br /> (© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Tractor Trailer Fire Evacuations In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/02/11/tractor-trailer-fire-evacuations-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d502c86e-4a64-5e2d-8e89-5ea69da7dda6 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 01:46:22 +0000 A fire in a truck carrying compressed hydrogen tanks caused the evacuation of people in a one mile radius area of suburban Diamond Bar Sunday. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p12"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p12").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3808756","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p12","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA) — </strong> A fire in a truck carrying compressed hydrogen tanks caused the evacuation of people in a one mile radius area of suburban Diamond Bar Sunday, and a county HazMat team was sent because of the danger of an explosion.</p> <p>The fire broke out at about 1:20 p.m. at the intersection of South Brea Canyon Road and Golden Springs Drive, according to a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher. That location is just south of the Riverside (60) Freeway and west of the Orange (57) Freeway, but freeway traffic was not impeded.</p> <p>SKY2&#8217;s Desmond Shaw reports that LA County Fire has been dumping a massive amount of water on the truck.</p> <p>More than 500 people had to be evacuated from the shopping center on the corner of Golden Springs Drive and Brea Canyon Road. LA County sheriff&#8217;s deputies were directing traffic.</p> <p>A fire inspector said there were 25 hydrogen cylinders in the truck and about five to 10 were giving off gas because of the fire.</p> <p>LA County Fire spokesman Joey Marone told CBS2&#8217;s Crystal Cruz that people could be allowed back to their homes in the next 30 minutes if the off-gassing had stopped, but that if the off-gassing was continuing than they would put more water on them and wait another hour and go from there.</p> <p><em>Check back for updates on this developing story.</em></p> <p><em>(©201</em><em>7 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)</em></p> 2 Killed, 1 Arrested In 57 Freeway Wreck In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/10/28/2-killed-57-freeway-wreck/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:80e9c28a-385a-843e-c1d4-49d91f8b52ad Sat, 28 Oct 2017 16:12:18 +0000 The multi-vehicle wreck shut down the southbound lanes of the freeway for several hours. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p13"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p13").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3667428","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p13","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> – Two people were killed and one driver was arrested following a multi-vehicle collision on State Route 57 in Diamond Bar early Saturday morning.</p> <div id="attachment_917087" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/10/capture54.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-917087" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-917087" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/10/capture54.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="165" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/10/capture54.jpg 483w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/10/capture54.jpg?resize=300,165 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-917087" class="wp-caption-text">(Credit: OC Hawk)</p></div> <p>The collision occurred before 3 a.m. on the southbound 57 Freeway, near Diamond Bar Boulevard. According to California Highway Patrol, a male and a female died in the crash.</p> <p>It was unclear exactly how many vehicles were involved and if there were any other injuries.</p> <p>A driver was arrested at the scene. The charges the suspect faces were not confirmed.</p> <p>A Sig Alert was issued and the southbound side of the freeway was shut down for several hours. It has since reopened.</p> Small Fires That Burned Brush At OC-LA County Border Possibly Arson https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/10/18/fires-oc-la-county-line-possible-arson/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:68ec7fe9-2ec2-794b-1b31-704c39e1bf31 Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:24:41 +0000 Firefighters are getting a handle on two fires broke out about a quarter mile apart along the Orange (57) Freeway in Brea early Wednesday morning and spread across the Los Angeles County line into the Diamond Bar area. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p14"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p14").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3747961","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p14","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>BREA (CBSLA) </strong>— Firefighters are getting a handle on two fires that broke out about a quarter mile apart along the Orange (57) Freeway in Brea early Wednesday morning and spread across the Los Angeles County line into the Diamond Bar area.</p> <p>Fire in the area was first reported at 2:18 a.m. near Lambert Road, according to the California Highway Patrol, and authorities said as many as four fires later merged into two blazes that scorched a total of 15 acres. The fires were declared fully contained by 9 a.m.</p> <p>There were no immediate reports of injuries and no structures were threatened.</p> <div class="embed-twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Traffic at a standstill on 57 FWY NB as 2 lanes slowly re open, Lambert Rd on ramp closed still due to brushfires <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/brea?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#brea</a> <a href="https://t.co/IjZM4MQk3W">pic.twitter.com/IjZM4MQk3W</a></p> <p>&mdash; JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasmineviel/status/920655578573160448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> <p>All northbound lanes of the freeway and the Lambert Road on-ramp were closed during the firefight. Northbound lanes were also closed on the Los Angeles County side at Brea Canyon Road before reopening later in the morning. Two northbound lanes are expected to remain closed into Thursday.</p> <div class="embed-twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">N57 Diamond Bar. <a href="https://twitter.com/Caltrans?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Caltrans</a> has just opened carpool and #1 lanes for northbound traffic. <a href="https://twitter.com/StephatCBS2?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@StephatCBS2</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/KNX1070?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KNX1070</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/KCBSKCALDesk?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KCBSKCALDesk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/DaKineFiveO?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DaKineFiveO</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/Action1News?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Action1News</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/jasmineviel?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@jasmineviel</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/LACo_FD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@LACo_FD</a> <a href="https://t.co/Yvr6xnnQT9">pic.twitter.com/Yvr6xnnQT9</a></p> <p>&mdash; Mark Dunn (@mobile2markdunn) <a href="https://twitter.com/mobile2markdunn/status/920657807455666178?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> <p>More than 100 firefighters from surrounding fire agencies were on the scene and four water-dropping helicopters were deployed to help battle the blaze.</p> <p>Authorities say the fires may have been deliberately set. A witness reported seeing a man with a white scarf around his face wearing blue jeans and driving a black sedan in the area of where a brush fire burned next to the northbound 57 Freeway, just north of Tonner Canyon.</p> <div class="embed-twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sheriff/arson investigators say witnesses saw person w/ white scarf over face, black sedan starting fires on 57 NB 2:30am <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSLA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSLA</a> <a href="https://t.co/azNgValE4W">pic.twitter.com/azNgValE4W</a></p> <p>&mdash; JASMINE VIEL (@jasmineviel) <a href="https://twitter.com/jasmineviel/status/920686928847966208?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2017</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> <p>These fires are just about 12 miles east of where Canyon Fire 2 destroyed dozens of homes and burned nearly 10,000 acres.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Motorcyclist, Passenger In Critical Condition After Chase Ends In Crash https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/08/18/diamond-bar-motorcycle-chase-crash/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:9ca61adc-cb22-ceb9-5315-777ecd635fd0 Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:37:15 +0000 Four people were injured early Friday when a car chase ended in a head-on crash on the 60 Freeway near Grand Avenue. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p15"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p15").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3716559","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p15","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Four people were injured early Friday when a car chase ended in a head-on crash on the 60 Freeway near Grand Avenue.</p> <p>Officers were trying to pull over the motorcycle for speeding and going the wrong way, according to the California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>Gregory Galassi, 23, of San Dimas, was operating the Yamaha R6, and his passenger was 24-year-old Diana Bolanos of Los Angeles, according to the CHP.</p> <p>According to a CHP statement, Officers stopped pursuing Galassi when he started going west in the eastbound lanes of the 60 Freeway. Galassi crashed head-on into a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by Lauren Im, 19, of La Habra, the statement said.</p> <p>Galassi and Bolanos were hospitalized in critical condition. Im and her male passenger, 18-year-old Jai Nguyen of Rosemead, were treated for minor injuries.</p> <p>The three right lanes of the 60 Freeway were closed until 6 a.m. for an investigation.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Man Dies In Diamond Bar House Fire https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/06/29/man-found-dead-in-diamond-bar-house-fire/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:947defcf-c6d5-eb16-0fe9-f3ae9cb24e32 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 14:43:31 +0000 The victim suffered major burns. Arson and homicide investigators are on scene. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p16"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p16").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3690644","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p16","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com)</strong> – A man died in a house fire in Diamond Bar early Thursday morning.</p> <p>The fire was reported at around 4 a.m. in the 23400 block of Wagon Trail Road, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.</p> <p>Responding firefighters found flames and smoke coming from the first floor of the home. While searching the house, they found a man in his 50s inside with major burns.</p> <p>The victim was pulled out, but he died at the scene, the fire department said. His name was not released.</p> <p>The blaze was knocked down at 4:43 a.m. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s arson and homicide investigators were on scene.</p> <p>The circumstances and cause of the fire are under investigation.</p> LA Sheriff Seeks Tips About Taiwanese Couple’s Slaying In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/03/16/la-sheriff-seeks-tips-about-taiwanese-couples-slaying-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d5825476-3d40-7ece-7dda-8d9086ef1d6e Thu, 16 Mar 2017 16:01:03 +0000 A husband and wife from Taiwan found stabbed to death in their home in a well-to-do Southern California neighborhood in October were probably robbery victims, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said Wednesday. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p17"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p17").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3637144","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p17","plugins":{"heartbeat":{"account":"cbslocal-global-unified","publisherId":"cbslocal","jobId":"sc_va","marketingCloudId":"823BA0335567497F7F000101@AdobeOrg","trackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.hb.omtrdc.net","customTrackingServer":"cbsdigitalmedia.d1.sc.omtrdc.net","chapterTracking":false,"version":"1.5"},"comscore":{"clientId":"3000023","c3":"LosAngeles.cbslocal.com"},"dfp":{"clientSide":{"adTagUrl":"http:\/\/pubads.g.doubleclick.net\/gampad\/ads?sz=2x2&iu=\/4128\/CBS.LA&ciu_szs&impl=s&gdfp_req=1&env=vp&output=xml_vast2&unviewed_position_start=1&url=[referrer_url]&description_url=[description_url]&correlator=[timestamp]","keyValues":{"siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP)</strong> — A husband and wife from Taiwan found stabbed to death in their Diamond Bar home in October were probably robbery victims, Los Angeles County sheriff&#8217;s officials said Wednesday.</p> <div id="attachment_865377" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-865377" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-865377" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="525" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg 4800w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=240,300 240w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=768,960 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=819,1024 819w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=1229,1536 1229w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=1638,2048 1638w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=640,800 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=512,640 512w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=1024,1280 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2017/03/user24122-1489613697-media1.jpg?resize=1200,1500 1200w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-865377" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department)</p></div> <p>Cheng Long Wang, 60, and his wife, Mei Chu Chung, 57, were found slain on Oct. 20, 2016 after family members could not reach the couple, who immigrated to the U.S. in 2000.</p> <p>&#8220;This couple was married for 30 years and were a classic example of the American success story,&#8221; Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell told reporters.</p> <p>Investigators suspect the couple had been victims of a robbery and about $15,000 had been taken from the home, said Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Capt. Steve Katz.</p> <p>Officials would not say whether they believed the couple was targeted, but investigators believe the assailant knew the couple kept large amounts of cash in the home, Katz said.</p> <p>The <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/10/20/man-woman-found-stabbed-to-death-in-diamond-bar/">slaying was &#8220;extremely unusual&#8221; for the Southern California community</a> and appears to have been an isolated incident, Katz said.</p> <p>Cheng Long Wang worked as a computer programmer and Mei Chu Chung had taught art to children and offered lessons in a studio she had in their home, the couple&#8217;s adult son said. Both were very active in their community, he said.</p> <p>The friend who came to check on the couple at the request of family members found Wang gravely injured, with multiple stab wounds, authorities said. Chung was also found mortally wounded with stab wounds and declared dead at the scene.</p> <p>&#8220;They didn&#8217;t deserve a death like this,&#8221; said their son, Dr. Gary Wang, who flew in from Iowa to attend a news conference Wednesday. &#8220;They were just honest people who lived within their means.&#8221;</p> <p>Wang said the loss of his parents has been difficult for him and his sister, but especially for his 4-year-old daughter, who used to video chat regularly with grandma and has cried at night for her grandparents.</p> <p>On Wednesday, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell and County Supervisor Janice Hahn announced a $30,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case &#8212; <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/14/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-20k-reward-to-help-solve-murders-of-2-art-teachers-in-diamond-bar/">$20,000 from the county Board of Supervisors announced in February</a> and another $10,000 from the city of Diamond Bar.</p> <p>Anyone with information about the case can call the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)</em></p> L.A. County Supervisors Approve $20K Reward To Help Solve Murders Of 2 Art Teachers In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/02/14/l-a-county-supervisors-approve-20k-reward-to-help-solve-murders-of-2-art-teachers-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:6098fd53-61c2-3edb-a084-b1c22fa8e3c1 Tue, 14 Feb 2017 23:50:33 +0000 The bodies of David Wang and Marian Chung, were found at their home on Bent Twig Lane on Oct. 20, 2016. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) —</strong> Los Angeles County supervisors Tuesday approved a $20,000 reward for information leading to whoever <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/10/20/man-woman-found-stabbed-to-death-in-diamond-bar/">stabbed a couple to death in their Diamond Bar home</a> last October.</p> <p>The bodies of David Cheng Wang, 60, and his wife, Marian Mei Chung, 57, were found at their home on Bent Twig Lane on Oct. 20, 2016.</p> <p>The couple ran an art school out of their house, which did not appear to be ransacked and showed no signs of forced entry, according to investigators.</p> <p>A detective said the victims showed signs of trauma, which may have occurred during a struggle.</p> <p>Supervisor Janice Hahn, who recommended the reward, hoped the reward will prompt witnesses to come forward.</p> <p>Anyone with information was asked to call sheriff&#8217;s homicide Detectives Margarita Barron or Dameron Peyton at (323) 890-5500.</p>