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/ Villanueva ‘Disappointed’ After DA Reportedly Declines To Prosecute Alleged Hate Incident https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/04/09/villanueva-disappointed-after-da-reportedly-declines-to-prosecute-alleged-hate-incident/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a0ce4ba0-eb80-6cea-31fc-9632c3e74a8c Sat, 10 Apr 2021 06:10:42 +0000 Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday he was "disappointed" that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has reportedly declined to prosecute an alleged hate incident that happened last month in Diamond Bar during a "Stop Asian Hate" rally. <div class="featured-video"><div class="anvato-iframe-wrapper"><div id="p0"></div></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5479370","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":{"categories":"[[CATEGORIES]]","program":"[[PROGRAM_NAME]]","siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)</strong> — Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday he was &#8220;disappointed&#8221; that the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office has reportedly declined to prosecute an alleged hate incident that happened last month in Diamond Bar during a &#8220;Stop Asian Hate&#8221; rally.</p> <p>In a statement posted to Twitter, Villanueva alleged that the D.A.&#8217;s office said its decision was based on a &#8220;lack of sufficient evidence.&#8221;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am disappointed charges were not filed by the DA’s office for “Lack of Sufficient Evidence,” though video clearly depicts the acts by the suspect contrary to his statement of being “scared.”  His social media posts further confirm his intentions. This should be heard in court! <a href="https://t.co/x0eO0jgwWT">pic.twitter.com/x0eO0jgwWT</a></p> <p>&mdash; Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) <a href="https://twitter.com/LACoSheriff/status/1380629269898928128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 9, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><a href="https://cbsloc.al/3rbG4uA">Cell phone video from the March 21 rally</a> shows a multi-racial group of demonstrators crossing Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue at about noon when a man starts yelling anti-Asian and anti-Black slurs. In the group were a 32-year-old Asian woman and a 16-year-old Black girl.</p> <p>According to the department, the man drove through a red light at the intersection while yelling racial epithets and made an illegal u-turn driving between the crowd. Witnesses said the driver told them that he would be back.</p> <p>Another video shows the man, described only at a white man in his 50s, pulling over and getting out of his car after making that illegal u-turn and again hurling racial epithets at the crowd before driving away.</p> <p>Rhonda Hampton, a psychologist who organized the protest, said people have hurled racial insults at her numerous times while taking a walk on her lunch break.</p> <p>&#8220;And because we let it go, that is why it&#8217;s continuing,&#8221; she said. &#8220;And I am not going to shut up.&#8221;</p> <p>But the bigger issue for Hampton is that the D.A.&#8217;s office was not the one to announce that charges were not being filed.</p> <p>&#8220;That he does not even make a comment to the community to say, &#8216;Hey, I did my due diligence, I did everything I can to investigate,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>Vicky, who was also at the protest, said Asian communities were more likely to let hate speech roll off their backs to avoid a larger issue.</p> <p>&#8220;I guess that&#8217;s the culture of here in America,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>But, Vicky said, letting this driver off the hook was sending a disheartening message to the victims of hate crimes.</p> <p>&#8220;We got freedom of speech, which is a huge freedom, and it&#8217;s almost like it&#8217;s bigger than anything,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Bigger than our lives.&#8221;</p> <p>According to LASD, the case was initially investigated as an alleged hate incident and not an alleged hate crime, because there was no injury or property damage.</p> <p>The D.A.&#8217;s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> Villanueva ‘Disappointed’ After DA Reportedly Declines To Prosecute Alleged Hate Incident https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/04/09/villanueva-disappointed-after-da-reportedly-declines-to-prosecute-alleged-hate-incident/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:21a5e50c-dbd6-6d00-11c3-f0466362509a Sat, 10 Apr 2021 02:37:42 +0000 Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday he was "disappointed" that the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has reportedly declined to prosecute an alleged hate incident that happened last month in Diamond Bar during a "Stop Asian Hate" rally. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA)</strong> — Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Friday he was &#8220;disappointed&#8221; that the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office has reportedly declined to prosecute an alleged hate incident that happened last month in Diamond Bar during a &#8220;Stop Asian Hate&#8221; rally.</p> <p>In a statement posted to Twitter, Villanueva alleged that the D.A.&#8217;s office said its decision was based on a &#8220;lack of sufficient evidence.&#8221;</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I am disappointed charges were not filed by the DA’s office for “Lack of Sufficient Evidence,” though video clearly depicts the acts by the suspect contrary to his statement of being “scared.”  His social media posts further confirm his intentions. This should be heard in court! <a href="https://t.co/x0eO0jgwWT">pic.twitter.com/x0eO0jgwWT</a></p> <p>&mdash; Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) <a href="https://twitter.com/LACoSheriff/status/1380629269898928128?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 9, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p><a href="https://cbsloc.al/3rbG4uA">Cell phone video from the March 21 rally</a> shows a multi-racial group of demonstrators crossing Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue at about noon when a man starts yelling anti-Asian and anti-Black slurs. In the group were a 32-year-old Asian woman and a 16-year-old Black girl.</p> <p>According to the department, the man drove through a red light at the intersection while yelling racial epithets and made an illegal u-turn driving between the crowd. Witnesses said the driver told them that he would be back.</p> <p>Another video shows the man, described only at a white man in his 50s, pulling over and getting out of his car after making that illegal u-turn and again hurling racial epithets at the crowd before driving away.</p> <p>According to LASD, the case was initially investigated as a hate incident and not a hate crime, because there was no injury or property damage.</p> <p>The D.A.&#8217;s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.</p> LASD Investigating Hate Incident During ‘Stop Asian Hate’ Rally In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/22/lasd-investigating-diamond-bar-hate-incident/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a709b075-c91a-71ce-9f77-459105fc2e4b Tue, 23 Mar 2021 00:18:11 +0000 Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Monday were investigating an alleged hate incident that happened during a weekend "Stop Asian Hate" rally in Diamond Bar. <div class="featured-video"><div class="anvato-iframe-wrapper"><div id="p0"></div></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5417819","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":{"categories":"[[CATEGORIES]]","program":"[[PROGRAM_NAME]]","siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department Monday were investigating an alleged hate incident that happened during a weekend &#8220;Stop Asian Hate&#8221; rally in Diamond Bar.</p> <div id="attachment_1142737" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1142737" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1142737" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg 1280w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=1024,576 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=1138,640 1138w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/snapshot-13.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1142737" class="wp-caption-text">A number of people participated in Sunday&#8217;s &#8220;Stop Asian Hate&#8221; rally In Diamond Bar. (Courtesy Supervisor Janice Hahn)</p></div> <p>&#8220;We are a town with 57,000 people, 57% of which is Asian-American, and this literally happened in the middle of an anti-Asian hate rally, so I think this serves as an unfortunate reminder that hate incidents can happen anywhere,&#8221; Diamond Bar Councilman Andrew Chao said.</p> <p>Chao was at the rally along with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn and many others standing in solidarity against an uptick in reported hate crimes against Asian people.</p> <p>Cell phone video from the rally shows a multi-racial group of demonstrators crossing Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue when a man starts yelling anti-Asian and anti-Black slurs.</p> <p>According to the department, the man drove through a red light at the intersection while yelling racial epithets and made an illegal u-turn driving between the crowd. Witnesses said the driver told them that he would be back.</p> <p>Another video shows the man pulling over and getting out of his car after making that illegal u-turn and again hurling racial epithets at the crowd.</p> <p>Chao said that while there have not been any other recorded hate incidents in Diamond Bar, neighboring Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights have reported an uptick in robberies and random attacks on Asian residents.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m hearing a lot from my residents that they worry from their relative and friends who may be in other cities where incidents like these are happening more frequently,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Residents in Diamond Bar also said they were afraid for themselves and their families, especially the elderly. It&#8217;s a sentiment Chao said he shares.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;ve needed to have that conversation with my own parents, because I worry about their safety,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>LASD said it has recovered security footage of the incident and was attempting to identify the driver.</p> <p>Anyone with information was asked to contact LASD&#8217;s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station at 626-913-1715.</p> Man drives through Diamond Bar protest against hate crimes that target Asian Americans https://ktla.com/news/local-news/man-drives-through-diamond-bar-protest-against-asian-american-hate-crimes/ Diamond Bar | KTLA urn:uuid:f6effeb8-be5f-73a2-c0d8-f5d0040bfefe Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:03:38 +0000 An investigation is underway after a man in Diamond Bar drove through a group protesting against Asian American-Pacific Islander hate crimes Sunday. The incident occurred around noon at the intersection of South Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed. Video of the incident posted to Instagram [...] <p>An investigation is underway after a man in Diamond Bar drove through a group protesting against Asian American-Pacific Islander hate crimes Sunday.</p> <p>The incident occurred around noon at the intersection of South Diamond Bar Boulevard and Grand Avenue, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department confirmed.</p> <p>Video of the incident <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CMseGmKgX73/" target="_blank">posted to Instagram</a> showed the driver of a black Honda Civic driving through the intersection full of marchers then making a U-turn and driving through a second time. Then he pulls over and yells "F*** China, f*** you" at protesters. </p> <p>Investigators confirmed the driver shouted profanities and made racial remarks at the demonstrators before leaving the scene.</p> <p>No injuries were reported but the actions are being investigated as a possible hate incident, the sheriff's spokesperson said.</p> <p>The man's license plate was captured on the video posted to Instagram. Authorities have not identified the driver.</p> <p>The incident occurred as community leaders held rallies in cities across America to speak out against hateful acts and to mourn the killings of eight people, including six women of Asian descent in Atlanta last week.</p> <p>The group Stop AAPI Hate says there have been more than 350 hate incidents in Los Angeles alone since they began about a year ago.</p> <p>The population of Diamond Bar, about 25 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, is more than 58% of Asian origin, according to <a rel="noreferrer noopener" href="https://www.census.gov/quickfacts/fact/table/diamondbarcitycalifornia/PST045219" target="_blank">U.S. Census data</a>. </p> Fallen Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Albanese Laid To Rest https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/19/fallen-los-angeles-county-sheriffs-deputy-thomas-albanese-laid-to-rest/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:16b14f5d-7210-c199-782b-69b3b6746506 Fri, 19 Mar 2021 22:04:59 +0000 Deputy Thomas Albanese was killed last month in a crash on Del Amo Boulevard near Paramount in Lakewood. He had been working overtime when he started following a driver suspected of speeding. <div class="featured-video"><div class="anvato-iframe-wrapper"><div id="p0"></div></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5411723","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":{"categories":"[[CATEGORIES]]","program":"[[PROGRAM_NAME]]","siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — A Los Angeles County sheriff’s motorcycle deputy who died in a crash while on duty was given a solemn sendoff Friday.</p> <p><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg"><img loading="lazy" class="alignleft size-large wp-image-1142254" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="241" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg 1242w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=300,172 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=768,441 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=1024,588 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=640,367 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=1115,640 1115w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/thomas-albanese-in-memoriam.jpg?resize=200,115 200w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a>Deputy Thomas Albanese was <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/02/26/los-angeles-county-sheriff-motor-deputy-killed-lakewood-crash/">killed last month in a crash on Del Amo Boulevard near Paramount in Lakewood</a>. He had been working overtime when he started following a driver suspected of speeding.</p> <p>The driver of a Mercedes hit the deputy as he drove into the intersection on a changing light. Albanese, who joined the department in 2013, was declared dead at the scene.</p> <p>Albanese was remembered by his loved ones and his law enforcement family at a memorial service in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>“It has been a tough time in law enforcement. There are people screaming at the tops of their lungs that all cops are bad, that the less of us, the better society is,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. “I say to all those, no. Not even close. The world is a better place because of people like Tom.”</p> <p>Albanese is survived by his wife, Erica, and two young sons.</p> Catalytic Converters Etched With License Plate Numbers For Free In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/18/catalytic-converters-etched-license-plate-numbers-free-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:1a3cb7b0-b481-8586-6e7f-888be225eace Thu, 18 Mar 2021 21:36:20 +0000 The station had auto workers etch license plate numbers on their catalytic converters for free, a service that is on the rise due to the increasing number of catalytic converter thefts in Southern California. <div class="featured-video"><div class="anvato-iframe-wrapper"><div id="p0"></div></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5403576","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":{"categories":"[[CATEGORIES]]","program":"[[PROGRAM_NAME]]","siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — With thefts of catalytic converters will on the rise, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s station in Diamond Bar offered free etching to help deter theft and help catching the thieves.</p> <div id="attachment_1141716" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1141716" loading="lazy" class="size-large wp-image-1141716" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="256" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg 1000w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg?resize=300,183 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg?resize=768,468 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/catalytic-converter-etching.jpg?resize=640,390 640w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1141716" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: CBS)</p></div> <p>The station had auto workers etch license plate numbers on their catalytic converters for free, a service that is on the rise due to the increasing number of catalytic converter thefts in Southern California.</p> <p>Catalytic converters reduce emissions from a vehicle’s engines. Law enforcement officials say removing the part takes just a few minutes and thieves are recycling the catalytic converters, especially those from the Toyota Prius, for quick cash.</p> <p>In just the first three months of this year, authorities have <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/10/deputies-arrest-19-suspects-and-recover-stolen-catalytic-converters/">arrested 21 people</a> and <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/16/150-stolen-catalytic-converters-found-piled-up-san-bernardino-living-room/">recovered hundreds of stolen catalytic converters</a> in two separate investigations, while two men killed in a crash into a Garden Grove swimming pool as they fled from a police officer had a <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/17/police-2-men-killed-dodge-ram-truck-crashed-into-garden-grove-pool-convicts-with-catalytic-converter-loaded-gun/">catalytic converter in their truck</a>, along with the tools to steal it.</p> <p>The Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff&#8217;s Station will hold a similar event in partnership with Reeves Complete Auto Center of Canyon Country. Their catalytic converter etching event will take place Thursday, March 25, and will be offered to Santa Clarita Valley residents by appointment only on a first-come, first-served basis. To book an appointment, or find out more information, contact Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff&#8217;s Station Deputy Borbon <a href="mailto:ka1borbo@lasd.org">ka1borbo@lasd.org</a>.</p> Pomona-born astronaut answers students’ questions from orbiting space station https://www.dailybreeze.com/2021/03/18/pomona-born-astronaut-answers-students-questions-from-orbiting-space-station/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:f9cf279b-8401-23f1-5664-d2feb8ced4d2 Thu, 18 Mar 2021 17:39:51 +0000 Kids from Pomona to Fontana asked questions of Victor Glover and Shannon Walker during a live connection with the two astronauts from inside the International Space Station. <p>Elijah Cole, a student at Etiwanda High School, asked Pomona-born astronaut Victor Glover to name the most beautiful thing he&#8217;s seen during his time aboard the <a href="https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/">International Space Station</a>.</p> <p>Glover, 44, a 1994 graduate of Ontario High School, which along with Etiwanda High is part of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, didn&#8217;t hesitate:</p> <p>&#8220;The Earth is by far the most beautiful thing I&#8217;ve seen,&#8221; began Glover, during a live broadcast Thursday, March 18, from inside the orbiting station 254 miles above the planet. &#8220;I&#8217;ve seen it in day, at night, over clouds and to see it not on a map but with your own eyes is absolutely breathtaking.&#8221;</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="530" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.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/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg?w=1730 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-16-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Astronaut Victor Glover, born in Pomona and a graduate of Ontario High School, during a live presentation on NASA-TV on March 18, 2021. </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="552" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.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/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg?w=1689 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-09-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Anthony Alvarez, a student from Edison Academy, asked a question via a pre-recorded video during a live presentation from the International Space Station on March 18, 2021 (screen grab) </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="565" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.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/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg?w=1769 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/IDB-L-ASTRONAUT-0318-03-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Astronauts Victor Glover, left and Shannon Walker answer student questions while on board the International Space Station on March 18, 2021. </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>During the 30-minute Q&amp;A on NASA-TV, about 25 students&#8217; pre-recorded video questions were aired and answered by Glover and fellow space station astronaut Shannon Walker. The two enjoyed the exchange, trading a floating mic and a planet Earth beach ball. Participating students came from Pomona Unified, Ontario-Montclair, Chaffey Joint Union, Claremont Unified, Mountain View Unified, Fontana Unified and Rialto Unified school districts.</p> <p>Walker continued the theme of peering at Earth from outside her window, expressing deep concern about the planet, threatened by industrialization causing global climate change and household pollution, in answering a question from Noelle de Jesus of Valley View High School in Ontario.</p> <p>&#8220;I can see how fragile our Earth is,&#8221; she said. &#8220;Up here you can see smoke from fires going across to the next continent. I want to make sure we do right by our Earth.&#8221;</p> <p>About 1,124 people registered to watch the live event, organized by Rep. Norma Torres, D-Pomona, as a virtual field trip for kids who for the past year during the <a href="https://www.dailybulletin.com/tag/coronavirus/">coronavirus</a> pandemic have had to endure remote learning and little socialization due to school closures.</p> <p>&#8220;I hope it gave them an opportunity to dream big and give them a little bit of hope,&#8221; said Torres on Thursday after the event. &#8220;So many students are struggling with mental health issues, their social skills have been delayed.&#8221;</p> <p>In fact, Glover was described as humble and modest by his aunt, Mia Buis, a librarian at Bon View Elementary School in Ontario, and as an example to others that everyday people &#8212; including people of color &#8212; can reach for the stars. She said her nephew didn&#8217;t celebrate when he was chosen to be an astronaut out of 6,000 candidates. Instead he simply posted the announcement on Facebook.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">I spoke with <a href="https://twitter.com/NASA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NASA</a> Astronaut and <a href="https://twitter.com/USNavy?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@USNavy</a> Commander Victor J. Glover aboard the International Space Station. <a href="https://twitter.com/AstroVicGlover?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AstroVicGlover</a> is making history as the first African American on a long-duration space mission. He is a reminder of what&#39;s possible when we dream big and think big. <a href="https://t.co/DV9OXyivbD">pic.twitter.com/DV9OXyivbD</a></p> <p>&mdash; Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) <a href="https://twitter.com/VP/status/1365738473353666564?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 27, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>He doesn&#8217;t make a big deal out of the fact that from his launch into space on Nov. 17 on SpaceX Crew Dragon Capsule by the end of his mission in May, he will become the first Black astronaut to spend the longest extended stay on the ISS, she said. Also she learned that MSNBC named him one of the 23 most influential Black Americans alive today, a list that included Vice President Kamala Harris who recently spoke with Glover during Black History Month on Feb. 27.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t even know if he knew he made that list,&#8221; Buis said Wednesday.</p> <figure id="attachment_3025422" class="wp-caption alignright size-article_inline_third"><a href="https://wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LDN-L-SPACEX-1116-Glover.jpg"><img class=" lazyautosizes lazyload" src="https://i0.wp.com/wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LDN-L-SPACEX-1116-Glover.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" width="1810" data-sizes="auto" data-src="https://i0.wp.com/wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LDN-L-SPACEX-1116-Glover.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1" data-srcset="https://i0.wp.com/wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LDN-L-SPACEX-1116-Glover.jpg?fit=620%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 620w,https://i0.wp.com/wpdash.medianewsgroup.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/LDN-L-SPACEX-1116-Glover.jpg?fit=210%2C9999px&amp;ssl=1 210w" /></a><figcaption class="wp-caption-text">This June 15, 2020, photo made available by NASA shows astronaut Victor Glover. The Pomona native who graduated from Ontario High School climbed aboard the International Space Station in November. He was asked by Inland Empire students what that experience feels like during a live hook up on March 18, 2021. (Norah Moran/NASA via AP)</figcaption></figure> <p>When asked during the call if he always wanted to be an astronaut by Jason Freeman of Edison Academy, an OMSD school, Glover said &#8220;no,&#8221; and credited others for his success. &#8220;I was focused on my friends, on playing football. Being an astronaut was beyond the horizon of my own dreams. I had mentors who believed in me and I am indebted to them still for believing in me.&#8221;</p> <p>Many students asked a variety of personal, everyday questions: How do you sleep? What do you do for entertainment? How do you stay fit?</p> <p>Glover said he likes to float in his sleeping bag, while others in the station tether theirs to the wall.</p> <p>Second-grader Everett Shoffler of Chaparral Elementary School in Claremont asked how the astronauts celebrate birthdays in space.</p> <p>One of the other astronauts had a birthday and that day they decorated his piece of chocolate cake, explained Walker, who brought a small gift from Earth. When done for the day, they&#8217;ll watch a movie. &#8220;We spend time together as a group,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>What will change when they get back on Earth?</p> <p>Glover said in the cramped space station, everything such as eating, going to the bathroom and sleeping is a much bigger deal.</p> <aside class="related right"> <h2 class="widget-title">Related links</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.dailybulletin.com/2021/02/17/volunteers-send-photos-of-rare-burrowing-owls-to-pomona-born-astronaut-in-space/">Volunteers send photos of rare burrowing owls to Pomona-born astronaut in space</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dailybulletin.com/2018/08/03/pomona-resident-among-the-astronauts-chosen-for-historic-nasa-spacex-missions/">Pomona resident chosen as astronaut for historic NASA missions on spacecraft by SpaceX and Boeing</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/11/16/watch-it-live-spacex-capsule-to-dock-with-international-space-station/">SpaceX’s history-making Crew Dragon climbs aboard International Space Station</a></li> <li><a href="https://spotthestation.nasa.gov/">Spot The Station | NASA</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>&#8220;I will take back to Earth how we collect, store, get rid of trash. How much we re-use things up here makes me more environmentally conscious,&#8221; he answered, from a question posed by Alyssa Bernal of Colony High School in Ontario.</p> <p>Glover enjoys reaching out to Americans on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/AstroVicGlover?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">@AstroVicGlover</a> and through arranged TV media, as well as special events with students and VIPs. In May, Buis will be there to welcome him home.</p> <p>&#8220;We will tell him how very proud we are of him. And give him big hugs,&#8221; she said.</p> As catalytic converter thefts skyrocket in Southern California, police promote tactics to fight back https://www.dailybreeze.com/2021/03/12/as-catalytic-converter-thefts-skyrocket-in-southern-california-police-promote-tactics-to-fight-back/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:e32f0ffd-803e-8bb2-2990-e7dd998bc520 Fri, 12 Mar 2021 09:23:48 +0000 As precious metals prices rose, more catalytic converter thefts were reported because the converters contain some of those metals. One solution is to etch an identifying number into your converter. <p>Thefts of <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2014/10/03/goertzen-japanese-show-car-and-a-smog-check-lead-to-catalytic-converter-confusion/">catalytic converters</a> from vehicles have skyrocketed during the pandemic, prompting a more aggressive response from Southern California police agencies in warning car owners about the crime and helping them to fight back.</p> <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="12"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.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/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department held an Etch and Catch event at its Carson station on Feb. 20. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.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/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-1-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department held an Etch and Catch event at its Carson station on Feb. 20. Noe Zavala of the City of Carson etches the last 8 numbers of a VIN as Deputy Constante reads the numbers. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) </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="610" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.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/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-3.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department held an Etch and Catch event at its Carson station on Feb. 20. Dre Harris of the City of Carson etches the last 8 numbers of a VIN number. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.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/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LDN-L-CATALYTIC-SOLUTIONS-0225-4.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department held an Etch and Catch event at its Carson station on Feb. 20. Noe Zavala of the City of Carson etches the last 8 numbers of a VIN. (Photo by Chuck Bennett, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.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/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-05.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A new catalytic converter was installed on a 2001 Honda Accord at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, 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" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.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/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-04.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Carlos Juan Hernandez replaces a catalytic converter on a 2001 Honda Accord at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. A catalytic converter is an emissions control device. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.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/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-03.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A new catalytic converter was installed on a 2001 Honda Accord at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.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/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-02.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Thieves cut the exhaust to remove a catalytic converter on a 2001 Honda Accord. A new converter was installed at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.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/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/OCR-L-AUTOPART-XXXX-PB-01.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Carlos Juan Hernandez replaces a catalytic converter on a 2001 Honda Accord at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/SCNG) </p></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.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/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/lede.autopart.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">A new catalytic converter was installed on a 2001 Honda Accord at Anchor Muffler in Anaheim, CA on Friday, December 14, 2018. (File photo by Paul Bersebach, Orange County Register/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="879" height="585" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.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/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg?w=879 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg?w=879 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/0614_NWS_LPT-L-CATALYTIC-0614.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Stolen catalytic converters on display at an LAPD news conference in 2015. Photo by John McCoy/Daily News/SCNG </p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="539" height="476" src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.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/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg?w=539 620w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg?w=539 780w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg?w=539 810w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg?w=539 1280w,https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg?w=539 1860w" data-src="https://www.dailybreeze.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/LPT-L-CATALYTIC-CONVERTER-0615.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption"></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>Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Thomas Giandomenico, who has been battling the problem, likened its trend to a “nationwide pandemic.” LASD says such thefts in its jurisdictions leaped from 741 in 2019 to 2,767 in 2020.</p> <p>The lost converters, typically cut from the exhaust system by thieves who may be equipped with saws and jacks enabling them access under the car, represent headaches for thousands of vehicle owners typically having to pay several hundred or even thousands of dollars to replace the stolen part.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Catalytic converter theft is a problem nationwide. Here are a few tips to help protect your vehicle. You can also grab the PDF from our website. <a href="https://t.co/4Bo2QwXLm6">https://t.co/4Bo2QwXLm6</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/communitypolicing?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#communitypolicing</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/crimeprevention?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#crimeprevention</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/hawthornepolice?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#hawthornepolice</a></p> <p>&mdash; Hawthorne Police (@HawthornePD) <a href="https://twitter.com/HawthornePD/status/1369774094833479680?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Many in law enforcement noted that while it is <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2019/03/17/southern-california-thieves-are-targeting-cars-for-parts-like-seats-and-catalytic-converters-but-there-are-ways-to-deter-them/">not a new crime</a>, its frequency drastically increased in the past year. Historically, many agencies hadn&#8217;t differentiated between stolen catalytic converters and any other property theft, but some departments have started keeping tabs.</p> <p>In Orange County, for instance, 83 such thefts were recorded by the Sheriff’s Department in 2019, said Sgt. Dennis Breckner, spokesman for the department. In 2020, they shot up to 542, Breckner shared.</p> <p>“There was an obvious increase in 2020,” Breckner said. “As to why, I can only speculate that with many out of work (these crimes have increased.)”</p> <p>Likewise, the Los Angeles Police Department recorded a 164 percent increase in these thefts from 2019 to 2020, with 3,180 incidents last year.</p> <p>In Riverside, as of Wednesday, March 10, at least 157 incidents involving the theft of well over 400 catalytic converters have been reported since Dec. 1, 2020, said Officer Ryan Railsback, spokesman for the Riverside Police Department.</p> <p>A catalytic converter is a key part of the pollution-fighting emissions control system in vehicles fueled by gasoline and diesel fuel. Located in the undercarriage, it&#8217;s part of the exhaust system and contains a catalyst, which converts harmful gases like carbon monoxide into less-harmful substances like water, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Some vehicles have multiple converters.</p> <p>A driving factor has been an uptick in the value of some of the precious metals that catalytic converters are made of, including rhodium, palladium and platinum. Breckner pointed out in the past five years, the price of an ounce of palladium and rhodium has soared from $500 and $640, respectively. Because of market forces the metals lately have sold for about $2,300 and $27,000 per ounce.</p> <p>A stolen catalytic converter can fetch $100 to $200, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Scheller. LAPD Capt. Paul Vernon speculated some mechanics, recyclers and various other middlemen pay between $200 to $500 a piece.</p> <p>Others that get caught up in buying these stolen goods range from rogue individuals, organized groups or even junkyards, according to Scheller. The State of California Auto Dismantlers Association, however, disputes its members would be involved.</p> <h3>Thwarting thieves</h3> <p>Public service announcements from law enforcement about the issue have become almost routine across social media lately. And in some cases online words of theft-prevention wisdom are accompanied by action.</p> <p>In January, LASD was feeling pressure from city officials and residents to find a solution. At the department’s Walnut and Diamond Bar station, Capt. Alfred Reyes urged the station’s leadership to begin brainstorming ideas to begin striking back at the thieves, said Giandomenico.</p> <p>The solution was to organize events to etch a car’s license plate or partial vehicle identification numbers onto the catalytic converter using a carbon-tipped engraver. This has led to multiple free “etch and catch” events that are happening more frequently at LASD stations.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Today deputies from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LASD?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LASD</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/WALDBLASD?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@WALDBLASD</a> stations held a Catalytic Converter “Etch &amp; Catch” Event. Within 2 hrs deputies &amp; detectives etched lic. plate #’s on over 60 catalytic converters owned by local community members who preregistered. </p> <p>A BIG Thank U, to everyone who stopped by! <a href="https://t.co/2vzjX7Tawy">pic.twitter.com/2vzjX7Tawy</a></p> <p>&mdash; LA County Sheriffs (@LASDHQ) <a href="https://twitter.com/LASDHQ/status/1359666641211113476?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 11, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The engraving process itself is quick, only taking about two minutes as one deputy monitors the vehicle for safety purposes while another goes underneath the car with an engraver. The drivers wait in their vehicle with the keys out of the ignition.</p> <p>This method is considered an “old school” law enforcement tactic, said LASD Deputy Brett Murray. He likened it to when people were previously encouraged to write their driver’s license numbers on their television sets in the event they are stolen.</p> <p>The method is significant not only because the property is clearly marked as stolen but can be reunited with its rightful owner.</p> <p>“(Catalytic converters) don’t come with serial numbers,” Scheller said. “So if we find somebody with a catalytic converter, how do we find the victim?</p> <p>“You can’t have a crime if you don’t have a victim.”</p> <p>Besides VIN etching, which can be done at a shop or at home, drivers can consider having the bolts on their catalytic converters weld LA County Sheriff: Chase, Diamond Bar Standoff With 9-Year-Old Girl In Backseat Started With Road Rage Incident https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/11/la-county-sheriff-chase-diamond-bar-standoff-9-year-old-girl-backseat-started-with-road-rage-incident/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:3d0057ea-a745-356c-9a2f-cff3feedd90d Fri, 12 Mar 2021 00:02:50 +0000 Margaret Hassan, 30, of Pomona, was identified as the suspect in Tuesday night’s wild and dangerous chase that started at about 3:20 p.m. and wound its way through Chino Hills, Chino, and Ontario before the vehicle stopped working in Diamond Bar. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — Authorities say that a car chase with a 9-year-old girl in the backseat that ended in a standoff in Diamond Bar stemmed from a road rage incident with another motorist.</p> <p>Margaret Hassan, 30, of Pomona, was identified as the suspect in <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/10/diamond-bar-pursuit-suspect-custody-after-standoff-child-in-car/">Tuesday night’s wild and dangerous chase</a> that started at about 3:20 p.m. and wound its way through Chino Hills, Chino, and Ontario before the vehicle stopped working in the center lane of Diamond Bar Boulevard at Gentle Springs Lane in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies had been flagged down by a motorist who reported they had been repeatedly and intentionally rear-ended by the suspect. When deputies tried to stop the suspect, Hassan allegedly fled from them in her vehicle, touching off the chase.</p> <div id="attachment_1140074" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1140074" loading="lazy" class="size-large wp-image-1140074" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="223" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg 2400w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=300,159 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=768,408 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=1024,544 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=1536,815 1536w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=2048,1087 2048w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=640,340 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=1206,640 1206w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=1929,1024 1929w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/03/Diamond-Bar-Pursuit-Standoff.jpg?resize=1500,796 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1140074" class="wp-caption-text">Authorities were in a standoff Tuesday afternoon after a pursuit of a driver wanted on suspicion of hit-and-run came to a stop in Diamond Bar. (CBSLA)</p></div> <p>During the chase, the suspect was seen hitting several cars as her vehicle squeezed between cars on surface streets. At one point, the suspect vehicle continued to speed away with the rear bumper hanging off the car.</p> <p>When the suspect rear-ended another car in Diamond Bar, the vehicle became inoperable – but she still refused to exit the vehicle. The standoff ended at about 7 p.m., but not before delivering another shock.</p> <p>“After introducing a gas agent, and to the surprise of all personnel, an unknown female child exited the rear of the vehicle and was brought to safety in the arms of [a Special Enforcement Bureau] deputy,” sheriff’s officials said in a statement. The girl was identified as Hassan’s 9-year-old daughter, and after being taken to the hospital to get checked out for any injuries, she was taken into the custody of Children and Family Services.</p> <p>Hassan was taken into custody, examined at hospital, and was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and felony evading. She is being held on $130,000 bail.</p> <p>She was charged with one felony count each of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death, assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing a pursuing peace officer&#8217;s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, along with seven misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>One sheriff’s sergeant was involved in a separate traffic crash while responding to the pursuit as it drove through Walnut. She was treated at a hospital for non-life threatening injuries and has since been released.</p> <p>Hassan is set to be arraigned Friday in a Pomona courtroom</p> Margaret Hassan Charged With Child Abuse, More Following Police Pursuit, Standoff With 9-Year-Old Daughter In Vehicle https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/11/diamond-bar-pursuit-suspect-custody-after-standoff-child-in-car/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:05dfb159-bb8b-2523-cfaf-f8c26a98000e Thu, 11 Mar 2021 23:46:21 +0000 A 30-year-old Pomona woman was charged Thursday with leading Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on a wild chase with her 9-year-old daughter in the car. <div class="featured-video"><div class="anvato-iframe-wrapper"><div id="p0"></div></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p0").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"5383883","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":{"categories":"[[CATEGORIES]]","program":"[[PROGRAM_NAME]]","siteSection":"video-default"}}},"moat":{"clientSide":{"partnerCode":"cbslocalanvatovideo181732609431"}}},"token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA)</strong> — A 30-year-old Pomona woman was charged Thursday with leading Los Angeles County sheriff&#8217;s deputies on a wild chase with her 9-year-old daughter in the car.</p> <p>Margaret Ann Hassan, 30, was charged with one felony count each of child abuse under circumstances or conditions likely to cause great bodily injury or death, assault with a deadly weapon and fleeing a pursuing peace officer&#8217;s motor vehicle while driving recklessly, along with seven misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run driving resulting in property damage, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office.</p> <p>Hassan was <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/03/10/la-county-sheriff-chase-diamond-bar-standoff-9-year-old-girl-backseat-started-with-road-rage-incident/">taken into custody</a> Tuesday night after an hours-long standoff following a high-speed pursuit that started Tuesday near the Walnut-Diamond Bar sheriff&#8217;s station.</p> <p>A 9-year-old child, who was in the car during the entire ordeal, came out of the vehicle first after deputies with the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department deployed a tear gas canister into the car.</p> <p>&#8220;We had no knowledge that a child was in the car,&#8221; said Special Enforcement Bureau Deputy Darell Edwards. The father of three told reporters he wanted to `physically take care of her, let her know it was OK.</p> <p>The 9-year-old girl was crying and &#8220;she asked for water,&#8221; Edwards said.</p> <p>Hassan was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, child endangerment, and felony evading, and was being held on $130,000 bail, the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department reported.</p> <p>Her daughter was taken to a hospital for a precautionary medical examination and was released to the custody of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. Her name was not released.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="420" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Sheriff’s deputies thought they had enough confirmation that only the suspect was in the car. The windows were tinted and towards the end the suspect was blocking the windows with sunshades and even a laundry basket. An ambulance is coming to tend to the child.</p> <p>&mdash; Desmond Shaw (@RoadSageLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/RoadSageLA/status/1369488457194639363?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 10, 2021</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The girl hopped into the arms of a deputy as the rest of the team, with guns drawn, descended on her mother&#8217;s car who gave up soon after, bringing the hours-long standoff to an end.</p> <p>The ordeal began with a hit-and-run crash about 3:20 p.m. Tuesday near the Walnut-Diamond Bar Sheriff&#8217;s Station at 21695 Valley Blvd. in Walnut, according to Deputy Trina Schrader of the Sheriff&#8217;s Information Bureau.</p> <p>&#8220;The pursuit stemmed from the female suspect (Hassan) becoming involved in a road rage incident with another motorist on the road, which transpired into the suspect using her vehicle as a weapon against the other motorist,&#8221; Schrader alleged.</p> <p>During the pursuit, the woman injured several people and slammed into more than five vehicles before coming to a stop in Diamond Bar after her car became disabled.</p> <p>&#8220;Nobody knew the child was in the car,&#8221; LASD Lt. Todd Knight said.</p> <p>Knight said deputies were not aware that the child was in the backseat of the vehicle when they attempted several PIT maneuvers during the pursuit or when they fired bean bag rounds through the windows.</p> <p>He said the deputies did not know until the child walked out of the car following the deployment of the teargas.</p> <p>Brian Avilos, whose vehicle was struck during the pursuit, said that when he realized a child was involved, it made him both mad and sad.</p> <p>&#8220;Mad because she&#8217;s an adult and should know her responsibility,&#8221; he said.</p> <p>Hassan is set to be arraigned Friday in a Pomona courtroom</p> <p><i><span style="font-weight: 400">(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</span></i></p> DNA Leads To Man’s Arrest In Violent Diamond Bar Sexual Assault https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/01/12/dna-leads-to-mans-arrest-in-violent-diamond-bar-sexual-assault/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:203db46d-6eb0-3e59-15c3-86260448bb25 Tue, 12 Jan 2021 16:14:48 +0000 Authorities say the suspect dragged the woman into some bushes while she was walking to work and sexually assaulted her at knifepoint. <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":"","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 37-year-old man suspected of attacking and sexually assaulting a woman at knifepoint in Diamond Bar last month has been arrested after he was identified using DNA evidence.</p> <div id="attachment_1128766" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1128766" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1128766" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg 625w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/01/suspect-diamond-bar.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1128766" class="wp-caption-text">Joel Martinez. (L.A. County Sheriff&#8217;s Department)</p></div> <p>Joel Martinez was arrested Jan. 6 at his Eastvale home on one count each of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape, forcible oral copulation and attempted forcible rape.</p> <p>According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, in the early morning hours of Dec. 8, a woman was walking to work in the area of Brea Canyon Road and Sapphire Lane when she was approached by a man who asked to borrow her cell phone.</p> <p>When she told him no, he walked away upset, the sheriff’s department reports. About five minutes later, he snuck up on the woman from behind, put her in a choke hold and dragged her about 100 yards into bushes on the side of the road, where he sexually assaulted her while threatening her with a pocket knife, the sheriff’s department said.</p> <p>On Jan. 5, Martinez was identified as the suspect with the help of DNA evidence.</p> <p>He is currently being held on $1.2 million bail.</p> <p>Investigators believe he may have more victims. Anyone with information on this case or others should call the LASD Special Victims Bureau toll free tip line 877-710-5273.</p> Work on 57/60 Freeway fix to begin 2 years ahead of schedule https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/11/16/work-on-57-60-freeway-fix-to-begin-2-years-ahead-of-schedule/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:39a8c034-c76d-790f-c863-5c02806e195e Tue, 17 Nov 2020 00:26:40 +0000 One of the worst freeway interchanges in Southern California will receive the largest state grant among 28 projects. <p>The 2.5-mile stretch where the 57 and 60 freeways join &#8212; a highway nightmare rated the worst truck bottleneck in California &#8212; is recommended to receive $218 million from gasoline tax funds for widening and realignment, state and local officials announced Monday, Nov. 16.</p> <p>The additional dollars, when combined with Measure M funds from the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, completes funding for the $420 million project, enabling construction to start two years ahead of schedule.</p> <p>&#8220;This is an enormous win for the region and for California &#8212; to be able to fully fund this project,&#8221; said Paul Hubler, director of government and community relations for the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments.</p> <p>No longer will the SGVCOG and LA Metro, the two agencies in charge of the project, have to wait until 2024. Instead, the state SB1 or gas-tax funding will arrive in 2022, according to state transportation officials.</p> <p>The &#8220;57/60 Confluence Project&#8221; received the largest award out of 28 projects totaling $1.36 billion announced Monday by the California Transportation Commission as part of its &#8220;Trade Corridor Enhancement Program.&#8221; The commission is expected to approve the recommended project list at a two-day meeting Dec. 2-3.</p> <p>&#8220;The highway capacity improvements will help unclog this grinding daily traffic bottleneck for truckers and commuters alike,” Pomona Mayor Tim Sandoval, who chairs the SGVCOG Construction Committee, said in a statement.</p> <p>In a poorly designed stretch, the two freeways become one in Diamond Bar, along the border of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. About 350,000 motorists per day must weave across traffic lanes to connect to the 60 Freeway east or west or 57 Freeway north or south, including trucks carrying goods from the ports to the Inland Empire, the San Gabriel Valley and Orange County.</p> <p>Lane drops and hazardous weaving result in a mix of commuters and trucks, making the 57/60 confluence the second-highest truck accident location in Southern California, with truck-related collisions 50% above the state average, according to data from the California Highway Patrol.</p> <aside class="related right"> <h2 class="widget-title">Related links</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2014/09/09/5760-freeway-project-gets-10-million-grant-construction-could-begin-next-year/">57/60 freeway project gets $10 million grant; construction could begin next year</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2015/11/10/the-worst-freeway-interchange-in-california-is-getting-fixed-until-the-money-runs-out/">The worst freeway interchange in California is getting fixed… until the money runs out</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2015/03/20/diamond-bar-councilman-to-promote-5760-freeway-interchange-project-in-washington/">Diamond Bar councilman to promote 57/60 Freeway interchange project in Washington</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2014/12/26/5760-freeway-interchange-in-diamond-bar-rated-worst-freight-bottleneck-in-california/">57/60 freeway interchange in Diamond Bar rated worst freight bottleneck in California</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2016/07/12/southern-california-gets-a-big-fat-0-from-feds-for-freight-road-improvements/">Southern California gets a big, fat $0 from Feds for freight, road improvements</a></li> </ul> </aside> <p>The 57/60 section also is ranked the worst truck bottleneck in the western United States by the American Transportation Research Institute. The nonprofit&#8217;s rating is based on slow speeds and high traffic volume, Hubler said.</p> <p>The project would add westbound on-ramps to Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar and a westbound auxiliary lane onto the 60 Freeway. The Grand Avenue bridge would be demolished to accommodate the widened freeway interchange.</p> <p>Improvements would reduce the need for drivers to weave across many lanes to get to where they are going, reducing accidents and congestion. Hubler said once completed, the afternoon peak speed would increase from 39 mph to 60 mph.</p> <p>Other local projects slated for funding include:</p> <p>• <a href="https://catc.ca.gov/-/media/ctc-media/documents/programs/Senate-Bill-1/TCEP/fact-sheets/39-Fact-Sheet-SR-91-Mixed-Flow-Lane-Interchange-Modification.pdf">605/91 freeway interchange improvements</a> in Los Angeles County ($118 million)</p> <p>• <a href="https://catc.ca.gov/-/media/ctc-media/documents/programs/Senate-Bill-1/TCEP/fact-sheets/18-Fact-Sheet-SR-55HOV-Auxiliary-Mixed-Flow-Lanes-Fix-Chokepoints.pdf">55 Freeway improvements</a> in Orange County ($115 million)</p> <p>• <a href="https://catc.ca.gov/-/media/ctc-media/documents/programs/Senate-Bill-1/TCEP/fact-sheets/40-Fact-Sheet-Rt-71-91-Interchange-Connector.pdf">71/91 interchange connector</a> in Riverside County ($58 million)</p> <p>• <a href="https://catc.ca.gov/-/media/ctc-media/documents/programs/Senate-Bill-1/TCEP/fact-sheets/42-Fact-Sheet-Auxiliary-Express-Lanes.pdf">15 Freeway Express Lanes and auxiliary lanes</a> in San Bernardino County ($118.7 million)</p> Cold, dry weather in the Southern California forecast this week https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/11/08/more-rains-on-the-way-sunday-follow-lightning-hail-and-power-outages-on-saturday/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:ac6b2fd4-270a-27b7-d3b9-5ad452697080 Sun, 08 Nov 2020 23:29:27 +0000 Winds are expected to die down, but the weather will remain cool and crisp throughout the week. <p>A dry and cold week will follow Southern California&#8217;s <a href="https://www.pe.com/2020/11/07/heavy-rain-snow-create-safety-concerns-in-southern-california/">wet and windy weekend that saw brief storms across the region</a> bring rain, snow and hail in some areas.</p> <p>Strong gusts and rain damaged electrical equipment and toppled trees that knocked out power lines, officials said, affecting thousands of people on Saturday and Sunday. Downed trees and problems were reported in several areas, including La Verne, Irvine, Westminster, Long Beach, Redondo Beach and in the San Bernardino Mountains.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Power lines are still down and causing safety issues. Crews are anticipating working through the night until 6 a.m. Please be mindful of these closures on SR-38 in Fawnskin and leave extra time for your morning commute. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/caltrans8?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#caltrans8</a> <a href="https://t.co/O8xWW2aNcb">https://t.co/O8xWW2aNcb</a></p> <p>&mdash; Caltrans District 8 (@Caltrans8) <a href="https://twitter.com/Caltrans8/status/1325697455858413574?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Winds and rain knocked out power to around 25,000 customers on Sunday across Southern California Edison&#8217;s entire 50,000-square-mile territory, spokesman Ron Gales said. But there were concentrated outages in several communities around South L.A.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Radar Update: Scattered showers are moving through the L.A. Co Mtns. Notice the one heavier shower north of Glendora, we could see a few lightning strikes with this one and some heavier downpours. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/radarupdate?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#radarupdate</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/socal?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#socal</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CArain?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CArain</a> <a href="https://t.co/KxkokeOvre">pic.twitter.com/KxkokeOvre</a></p> <p>&mdash; NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) <a href="https://twitter.com/NWSLosAngeles/status/1325603286611759104?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The wild weather is expected to calm down by Monday, with potentially clear skies lasting at least through Tuesday in most areas, forecasters with the National Weather Service said. But temperatures will still be colder than normal.</p> <p>That could mean freeze watches for the early part of the week. High temperatures will likely not exceed the low 60s, and low temperatures will dip into the high 30s in some areas.</p> <p>&#8220;A cold air mass will settle into the area tonight as a more due-northerly flow pattern develops and pipes in colder air from the north,&#8221; meteorologists in the NWS office in Los Angeles said in their forecast discussion on Sunday.</p> <p>&#8220;Frost and freeze headlines have been expanded for tonight into the Central Coast and most valley areas as temperatures will dip to near or below the freezing mark.&#8221;</p> <p>Snow fell in the region&#8217;s mountain pass areas on Saturday and Sunday, with the snow level falling to around 3,000 to 4,000 feet. Weather watchers Sunday saw snow falling along the Grapevine in the middle of the afternoon and evening.</p> <p>The California Highway Patrol was escorting traffic on that portion of the 5 Freeway for a time on Sunday evening due to the snowy and icy conditions, Caltrans said at around 7:30 p.m. Later, the road was clear and escorts were no longer operating.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Interstate 5: Grapevine OPEN; CHP no longer escorting traffic, lanes are open and clear.</p> <p>&mdash; Caltrans District 6 (@CaltransDist6) <a href="https://twitter.com/CaltransDist6/status/1325653890398736385?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 9, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>Weather service forecasters projected up to two more inches of snow in that area overnight.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="500" data-dnt="true"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr">Light snow is falling at the top of the Grapevine. Current temperature is 34 degrees. Any travellers crossing after the sun sets should be prepared for icy conditions.</p> <p>&mdash; SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) <a href="https://twitter.com/SCVSHERIFF/status/1325553828045811712?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2020</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>And light snow and rain fell in the Cajon Pass on Saturday, leading to slippery conditions that caused a few spinouts and traffic problems. But conditions improved in the pass by the next day.</p> <p>Saturday&#8217;s weather was part of the region&#8217;s first major first storm of the season, which produced strong winds and thunder for some parts of Los Angeles and Orange counties, with brief heavy downpours and hail in La Habra, Brea, north Fullerton, Rowland Heights and Diamond Bar, according to the weather service.</p> <p>The NWS extended winter weather warnings for coastal areas and some inland areas on Sunday, as many residents saw rain showers and continued high winds.</p> <p>The winter storm warnings remained in effect in the San Bernardino mountains and the eastern side of the Angeles National Forest. And high surf advisories were issued for all beach cities from Oceanside to Santa Monica.</p> <p>About 7,000 customers lost power for several hours in San Bernardino on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, about 5,000 in Willowbrook, north of Compton,  were without electricity, Gales said. Another 3,700 Edison customers lost power in Gardena, along with 1,800 in Windsor Hills.</p> <p>Power lines were reported down in multiple areas of the city of Los Angeles. The Department of Water and Power said at about 3 p.m. it received reports of wind-driven outages affecting some L.A. communities.</p> <p>By Monday, the winds should die down, forecasters said. The weather will remain cool and crisp throughout the week, but things will warm up a bit from the weekend.</p> <p>&#8220;Sunshine returns Monday,&#8221; said Danny Gregoria, of the NWS in San Diego, in a statement. &#8220;And a sunny and cool week will prevail for the week ahead.&#8221;</p> <p>Gregoria said rain could return on Friday: A storm will pass by the area but will remain mostly to the north of L.A. and San Bernardino counties. The rains from that event could still &#8220;brush the for the potential of additional showers then.</p> <p>&#8220;But that is uncertain,&#8221; Gregoria said.</p> <p>Monday&#8217;s forecast:</p> <p>Anaheim: High 63, Low 43</p> <p>Costa Mesa: High 63, Low 46</p> <p>Redlands: High 57, Low 40</p> <p>Riverside: High 60, Low 43</p> <p>San Bernardino: High 59, Low 44</p> <p>Woodland Hills: High 63, Low 35</p> <p>Hawthorne: High 62, Low 45</p> <p>Long Beach: High 62, Low 46</p> <p>Pasadena: High 62, Low 41</p> <p>Pomona: High 58, Low 37</p> <p>Ontario: High 58, Low 44</p> <p><em>Staff writer Emily Rasmussen contributed to this story.</em></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/2020/12/06/santa-ana-winds-return-to-southern-california-monday-along-with-heightened-fire-risk/" title="Santa Ana winds return to Southern California Monday, along with heightened fire risk"> <span class="dfm-title"> Santa Ana winds return to Southern California Monday, along with heightened fire risk </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/12/04/red-flag-warnings-continue-across-southern-california/" title="Red flag warnings continue across Southern California"> <span class="dfm-title"> Red flag warnings continue across Southern California </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/12/03/unhealthy-air-quality-from-southern-california-wildfires-leads-to-smoke-advisory/" title="Unhealthy air quality from Southern California wildfires leads to smoke advisory"> <span class="dfm-title"> Unhealthy air quality from Southern California wildfires leads to smoke advisory </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/12/03/santa-ana-winds-and-fire-dangers-persist-prompt-power-shutoffs/" title="Santa Ana winds and fire dangers persist, prompt power shutoffs"> <span class="dfm-title"> Santa Ana winds and fire dangers persist, prompt power shutoffs </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/12/02/southern-californias-santa-ana-winds-on-track-to-peak-thursday/" title="Southern California&#8217;s Santa Ana winds on track to peak Thursday"> <span class="dfm-title"> Southern California&#8217;s Santa Ana winds on track to peak Thursday </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Vietnamese refugee convicted of murder is free after 23 years, faces possible deportation https://www.dailybreeze.com/2020/10/02/vietnamese-murderer-breathes-free-air-still-faces-possible-deportation/ Diamond Bar – Daily Breeze urn:uuid:fd4ad011-4b8d-1796-83f2-a755167e9c8d Fri, 02 Oct 2020 19:04:17 +0000 A campaign to release Tin Nguyen from immigrant detention drew the support of many, including Congressmen Lou Correa and Alan Lowenthal. <p>Tin Nguyen stepped outside the prison, fell to his knees, and thanked God for his second chance.</p> <p>For the first time in nearly 23 years, Nguyen was a free man.</p> <p>His sisters ran to him. When they met, between his tears, Nguyen had something to say:</p> <p>“I apologized for what I have put them through,&#8221; he said. &#8220;I want to make amends.&#8221;</p> <p>That was on Monday, Sept. 28, the day he walked out of an immigration detention center in Adelanto. But Nguyen&#8217;s recent freedom doesn&#8217;t signal an end to the story.</p> <h4 class="">Freedom or deportation</h4> <p>A convicted murderer who served 21 years for his crime, Nguyen’s life sentence was commuted by former Gov. Jerry Brown on Christmas Eve, 2018. But a year later, as he was set to be paroled out of Lancaster prison, he was picked up by agents with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.</p> <p>Because Nguyen had committed his crimes when he was a lawful U.S. resident, and not a citizen, the federal government was – and is –hoping to send him back to Vietnam, a country he last saw as a 6-year-old. Instead of going free late last year, 2019, Nguyen was sent to to the Adelanto ICE Processing Center to await deportation.</p> <p>Ben Seelig, Nguyen&#8217;s attorney, said his client is an unlikely candidate for deportation. Seelig cited a 2008 diplomatic agreement between the United States and Vietnam that protects Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the U.S. before 1995 from repatriation. Nguyen, now 47, arrived in the U.S. in 1979 and falls under that protection, Seelig argued.</p> <p>Last month, Seelig filed a petition in federal court arguing that the government was violating Nguyen&#8217;s constitutional right to due process, detaining him past the legal limit that forbids indefinite civil detention.</p> <p>The government did not contest his petition, leading immigration officials on Monday to release Nguyen into a supervised setting.</p> <p>Nguyen&#8217;s sisters took him to a transitional house in Los Angeles, where he is required to live for at least six months under conditions of his parole.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/16/vietnamese-american-felon-facing-deportation-gets-backing-from-activists-elected-leaders/">Nguyen has a lot of people supporting him,</a> including professors at Cal State Los Angeles, two Southern California Congressmen, Santa Ana Councilman Vicente Sarmiento and several non-profit organizations.</p> <p>They argue that Nguyen is a changed person from the young man who got involved in Pomona and L.A. Vietnamese gangs and killed a jeweler during a 1996 robbery gone bad in San Jose.</p> <p>His release is a win for those who argue for second chances and against immigrant detention.</p> <p>It also offers immigrant-rights advocates an opportunity to call out the U.S. government on the 2008 U.S.-Vietnam agreement against sending back early Vietnamese refugees.</p> <p>“I was proud to lead a letter to the Acting Secretary of DHS advocating for Mr. Nguyen&#8217;s immediate release and I am glad that he can now return to his family and his life. He should never have been taken into custody after his parole,” Rep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, wrote in a statement.</p> <p>Rep. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, said that Nguyen “made some bad decisions but has paid his debt to society.”</p> <p>Tracy La, executive director of the non-profit VietRise, said her group got involved in calling for Nguyen&#8217;s release because “immigration enforcement and detention is an issue that deeply impacts Vietnamese communities, but it has been overlooked for a long time in Orange County.</p> <p>“We believe that ICE should not double punish or terrorize people in immigrant communities by detaining them,” she said. “We also believe that we all need to embrace and honor human rights, second chances, and due process for all as a society.”</p> <p>&#8220;Vietnamese communities,&#8221; she added, &#8220;need to continue to be part of ongoing conversations regarding deportation and immigration enforcement in Orange County.&#8221;</p> <p><strong>RELATED: <a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/16/vietnamese-american-felon-facing-deportation-gets-backing-from-activists-elected-leaders/">Vietnamese American felon saw his sentence commuted, won parole, now faces deportation</a></strong></p> <p>Supporters say Nguyen has rehabilitated himself through the years as a model prisoner, a volunteer who trained therapy dogs for military veterans, and as a student at Cal State L.A., where he’s only a few courses short of a bachelor’s degree in communications. Among those who recommended clemency were a prison warden and other correctional staff members, according to court documents.</p> <p>Those who opposed his release include the family of Stanko Vuckovik, the man he killed in 1996 during a botched armed robbery.</p> <p>Nguyen choked up when he recalled the parole hearing, when Vuckovik&#8217;s family members spoke out against his release. He said he understood their feelings, and could not expect the family’s forgiveness.</p> <p>“What I did was horrible,&#8221; he said. “I take responsibility for everything I’ve done.&#8221;</p> <p>Nguyen said he can&#8217;t change the past. Instead, he said he hopes to  contribute to the communities “that I took so much from.”</p> <p>His goal is to remain in Los Angeles, close to Cal State, so he can complete his bachelor’s and then go for higher degrees. He also wants to do volunteer work, both as a therapy dog trainer and to share his experiences with younger people.</p> <p>“If I can help one youth to not make one fatal mistake, then I saved two lives, his life and another life, and save their families from heartbreak.”</p> <p>Meanwhile, he’s had job offers but first must get a job permit. And while he’s currently wearing an ankle monitor, and is restricted to staying in the transitional house with other long-time former prisoners, he’s looking forward to seeing his 84-year-old mother in Chino Hills.</p> <p>“She said that, from now on, there’s going to be no more tears, only smiles,” Nguyen said.</p> <p>After so many years of incarceration, Nguyen is catching up. He’s learning how to use a cell phone. On Thursday, he cooked his first meal: eggs and bacon. This week, he saw his first sunrise, and his first outdoor sunset, in decades.</p> <p>“I took my first deep morning clean breath,&#8221; he said.</p> <h4 class="">Limbo</h4> <p>While he’s making plans for his future, there’s something that has yet to be settled – whether he can stay in the U.S.</p> <p>Alexxis Pons Abascal, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman in Los Angeles, said Friday that Nguyen remains subject to &#8220;a final order of removal&#8221; and faces deportation. Green card holders like Nguyen may be deported if convicted of multiple crimes and ordered removed by an immigration judge. Nguyen received such an order on Jan. 14.</p> <p>But it&#8217;s unclear whether immigration officials will be able procure travel documents from Vietnam due to the 2008 agreement, Seelig said.</p> <p>So Nguyen is free. But he remains in limbo.</p> <aside class="related right"> <h2 class="widget-title">Related links</h2> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2020/09/16/vietnamese-american-felon-facing-deportation-gets-backing-from-activists-elected-leaders/">Vietnamese American felon saw his sentence commuted, won parole, now faces deportation</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2018/02/28/immigrant-rights-group-says-ice-is-holding-vietnamese-in-limbo/">Refugees from Vietnam who have been in US for decades are being detained and targeted for deportation</a></li> <li><a href="https://www.ocregister.com/2018/12/13/vietnamese-refugees-fear-deportation-as-trump-administration-discusses-new-deal-with-vietnam/">Vietnamese refugees fear deportation as Trump Administration discusses new deal with Vietnam</a></li> <li><a href="https://apnews.com/article/86ef2c1ce81245998e7072cee6450fc7">Vietnamese community rallies against US deportations</a></li> </ul> </aside> 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. 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(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> 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> 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> 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 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> Death Of Art-Teaching Couple Stuns Diamond Bar Neighborhood https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/10/20/man-woman-found-stabbed-to-death-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:d8dc9831-3f61-12be-01ff-cad84878ed06 Fri, 21 Oct 2016 06:05:56 +0000 A man and a woman were found stabbed to death Thursday in Diamond Bar, authorities said. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p18"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p18").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3565121","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p18","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> &#8211;  Investigators are trying to figure out why a popular couple who taught art out of their home was found stabbed to death.</p> <p>Julia Hong can hardly believe her beloved art teacher who taught her how to paint for over a decade was found dead along with her husband inside their Diamond Bar home Thursday morning.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;m trying to not be too sad because I&#8217;m pretty sure she wouldn&#8217;t want that,&#8221; Hong said. &#8220;Of the 10 years that I was with her and her husband it was a good experience and a big part of my life.”</p> <p>Detectives were sent to 3300 block Bent Twig Lane about 9:45 a.m. The couple died at the scene, the sheriff&#8217;s department reported.</p> <p>Neighbors say the couple, ages 60 and 57 ran a thriving art tutoring business out of their home. They had two grown kids of their own. They were well liked and seemed happy.</p> <p>Neighbors say when their son could not reach them on the phone, he asked a family friend to check on them at around 9:30. The friend found both of them stabbed to death on the ground floor. There was no sign of forced entry and nothing was taken. Detectives aren&#8217;t ruling out murder suicide.</p> <p>Their names were withheld, pending notification of their relatives.</p> <p>No arrests were reported.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Big Rig Catches Fire On NB 57 Freeway In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/03/18/big-rig-catches-fire-on-nb-57-freeway-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:5da82cea-14cb-a386-3a4c-162544cb9b68 Fri, 18 Mar 2016 14:19:31 +0000 Traffic has slowed to a crawl Friday morning on the northbound Orange (57) Freeway in Diamond Bar after a big rig caught fire. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com)</strong> — Traffic has slowed to a crawl Friday morning on the northbound Orange (57) Freeway in Diamond Bar after a big rig caught fire.</p> <p>The fire was first reported at 4:48 a.m. in the far right lane of the 57 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>By 6:30 a.m., the flames were extinguished, but left the truck and the right side of the freeway a charred mess. Crews are on the scene cleaning up debris.</p> <p>The traffic backup has been reported as far back as Brea Canyon Road.</p> LA County Officials Declare No Long-Term Health Risk Posed By Porter Ranch Gas Leak https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/20/porter-ranch-residents-to-protest-outside-third-meeting-with-air-quality-regulators/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:c8b718cc-b59f-1bc0-7fd7-774d98ba58e9 Wed, 20 Jan 2016 18:20:05 +0000 Air quality regulators Wednesday held a final hearing to decide the fate of a Southern California Gas Company storage facility that has been leaking natural gas in Porter Ranch. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p19"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p19").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3348706","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p19","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>— Air quality regulators Wednesday held a final hearing to decide the fate of a Southern California Gas Company storage facility that has been leaking natural gas in Porter Ranch.</p> <p>Currently, there are more than 40,000 petition signatures calling for the closure of the gas company&#8217;s Aliso Canyon storage facility.</p> <p>Early this morning, dozens of San Fernando Valley and Porter Ranch-area residents boarded a bus at the Northridge Metro Station and traveled to Diamond Bar where they protested outside of South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) headquarters.</p> <p>Turnout for the meeting was not as large as expected as some residents complained air quality regulators refused to move the hearing closer to Porter Ranch.</p> <p>According to demonstrators, an agreement made between SoCal Gas Co. and SCAQMD falls short of what is needed to protect the public and the climate from ongoing disaster and future accidents.</p> <p>Air quality regulators allege that the gas company is creating a public nuisance by discharging odor emissions that are in violation of health codes in nearby communities.</p> <p>A third meeting was held at 9 a.m. to discuss SCAQMD&#8217;s proposal regarding the fate of the storage facility.</p> <p>According to SCAQMD, the order seeks to stop the leak and capture all leaking gas as quickly as possible, utilize all gas from the reservoir until all leaks are stopped, inspect and maintain all wells within a two year time frame and monitor all emissions from the well and reservoir.</p> <p>The mandate also calls for authorities to retain an independent third party to conduct a health study and to mitigate greenhouse gas impacts of the leak by funding projects that would restore value to the community.</p> <p>On Oct. 23, 2015, natural gas was found leaking at the storage facility. Protesters claim the leak was caused by integrity failure due to aging infrastructure.</p> <p>For the past three months, the natural gas leak has affected thousands of residents and pets in the Porter Ranch area.</p> <p>More than 2,500 households have had to relocate and an additional 1,800 others are waiting for assistance.</p> <p>Students who normally attend two LAUSD campuses have been temporarily relocated to other district schools.</p> <p>KNX 1070&#8217;s Ed Mertz reported Wednesday that Los Angeles County Health Department officials said data shows no long-term health risk to the public.</p> <div class="embed-twitter"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" width="420"> <p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LAPublicHealth?src=hash">#LAPublicHealth</a> says benzene levels from gas leak not at levels to cause health affects <a href="https://twitter.com/KNX1070">@knx1070</a> <a href="https://t.co/EFbyMOEOvp">pic.twitter.com/EFbyMOEOvp</a></p> <p>&mdash; Ed Mertz (@knxedmertz) <a href="https://twitter.com/knxedmertz/status/689875391218110464">January 20, 2016</a></p></blockquote> <p><script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></div> <p>Health officials have received &#8220;hundreds of calls&#8221; from irritated residents in response to the ongoing leak, Mertz added.</p> <p>On Monday, SoCal Gas Co. announced crews should be able to stop the leak by late February, if not sooner.</p> Diamond Bar Man Celebrates Gift Of New Kidney From Wife Of An Old Coast Guard Buddy https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2016/01/15/diamond-bar-man-celebrates-gift-of-new-kidney-from-wife-of-an-old-coast-guard-buddy/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:70c0bf0e-dee3-9d3b-ccd5-9913b7a5c182 Sat, 16 Jan 2016 03:03:23 +0000 Her left kidney now sits in his right abdomen. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p20"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p20").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3346893","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p20","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>ORANGE (CBSLA.com)</strong>  —  A Diamond Bar father has gotten a new lease on life following a life-saving kidney transplant.</p> <p>CBS2&#8217;s Michele Gile says his Coast Guard family stepped up in a big day.</p> <p>Frank Maggelet and Patricia Lovenstein had only met twice but she had no doubt that he &#8212; a retired Coast Guard Port security chief &#8212; would get her kidney.</p> <p>&#8220;Well, first of all there was no if,&#8221; she said, &#8220;I knew that it was going to happen.&#8221;</p> <p>She considers him, a husband and father, like her own family.</p> <p>A decade ago, her husband was his senior officer &#8212; buddies in the Coast Guard, stationed together in Boston.</p> <p>A few months ago, Lovenstein &#8212; a former nurse &#8212; read on Facebook that Maggelet needed help and was in dire need of a new kidney after he developed polycystic kidney disease.</p> <p>&#8220;He still has never asked me for my kidney,&#8221; she said, with a laugh, &#8220;it&#8217;s already in him. It&#8217;s a little late for that. But he&#8217;s never asked. No one ever asked me to do this.&#8221;</p> <p>The transplant took place at UCI Medical Center in Orange on Tuesday.</p> <p>Her left kidney now sits in his right abdomen.</p> <p>Today was the first day the two got to share a private moment without family around. He was able to whisper a &#8220;thank you&#8221; to Lovenstein, grateful that the transplant came at just the right time. He was left with a kidney that barely functioned.</p> <p>He learned on Thanksgiving night that he will have many more years to spend with his wife and young daughters.</p> <p>&#8220;Patricia called, and the hospital called. &#8216;You&#8217;re a match.&#8217; And the four of us, Thanksgiving evening, we cried,&#8221; said Maggelet, &#8220;because it was like a miracle.&#8221;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Motorcyclist Killed In Crash On 60 Freeway https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/10/02/motorcyclist-killed-in-crash-on-60-freeway/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:c929a5a9-1cd4-b7f6-8995-625bd5fd0b43 Fri, 02 Oct 2015 15:06:50 +0000 A motorcyclist was killed Friday in an accident on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Diamond Bar, according to the California Highway Patrol. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A motorcyclist was killed Friday in an accident on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Diamond Bar, according to the California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>Witnesses told CHP officers that the motorcyclist hit a curb and crashed on the Diamond Bar Boulevard offramp at about 5:25 a.m..</p> <p>The victim died at the scene, CHP officials said.</p> <p>The motorcyclist’s name was withheld pending family notification.</p> <p>All lanes of the freeway were blocked briefly, and a SigAlert was issued for two right lanes. The roadway was cleared and reopened at 9:24 a.m.</p> <p><em>(©2015 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> Pedestrian Struck By Car In Diamond Bar Listed In Serious Condition https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/06/04/pedestrian-struck-by-car-in-diamond-bar-listed-in-serious-condition/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a625bf58-33c0-fb60-2318-c5ee8e1a8986 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:00:44 +0000 A young man remained hospitalized in serious condition Thursday after being struck by a vehicle in Diamond Bar. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A young man remained hospitalized in serious condition Thursday after being struck by a vehicle in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>The collision occurred just before midnight Wednesday near the intersection of Diamond Bar and Grand boulevards, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> <p>Authorities said the victim &#8212; who is believed to be around 17 or 18-years-old &#8212; either carried or rode a skateboard when he was struck by a vehicle.</p> <p>Paramedics transported the victim to a hospital where he was listed in serious condition.</p> <p>It remains unclear if the driver of the vehicle stopped to provide aide to the victim.</p> <p><em>(©2015 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> Only 2 Lanes Open On EB 60 Fwy In Diamond Bar After Injury Crash https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/05/15/5-lanes-closed-on-eb-60-fwy-in-diamond-bar-after-injury-crash/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:936fadd8-cdcf-ccac-c923-c61f246e1aa3 Fri, 15 May 2015 12:18:33 +0000 At least one person was injured Friday morning in a crashed that involved two big rigs on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com) </strong>— At least one person was injured Friday morning in a crashed that involved two big rigs on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>The accident was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. in the eastbound lanes at Grand Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.</p> <p>One man was transported to a local hospital.</p> <p><a href="http://betaplayer.radio.com/player/knx-1070-newsradio"><strong>LISTEN LIVE TO KNX 1070 FOR LIVE TRAFFIC UPDATES</strong></a></p> <p>Only the carpool and #1 lanes were open to traffic. All other eastbound lanes were expected to be closed until 9 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>No further details were released.</p> Pair Of Families Seek Justice After Dog Maims Boy, Kills Pet https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/05/04/pair-of-families-seek-justice-after-dog-maims-3-year-old-kills-pet/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:688e46d7-d2cd-2b45-6f9e-2921f26a2fe3 Tue, 05 May 2015 05:44:28 +0000 A pair of local families are dealing with substantial consequences following two devastating dog attacks, one maiming a young boy and the other leaving a pet dead. <p><strong>LAKE ARROWHEAD (CBSLA.com) —</strong> A pair of local families are dealing with substantial consequences after two devastating dog attacks, one maiming a young boy and the other leaving a pet dead.</p> <p>The same dog is suspected in both attacks, which occurred in Diamond Bar and Lake Arrowhead.</p> <p>Three-year-old Nathaniel Merkelbach&#8217;s nose was bitten of by a dog while at his grandmother&#8217;s home in Diamond Bar in June.</p> <p>&#8220;No one&#8217;s been held accountable for what happened that night, and if anything, they&#8217;ve kind of turned it around on my son,&#8221; Nathaniel&#8217;s mother Aimee said.</p> <p>Los Angeles County Animal Control filed a report, but Aimee says that since there were conflicting stories as to how the bite occurred, nothing happened to the dog, named Bowser.</p> <p>Then, the Merkelbachs found out about the Schilskeys, whose dog Sarge was allegedly attacked and killed by Bowser in Lake Arrowhead in late April.</p> <p>&#8220;Sarge went over on his back with his paws up (and) the dog immediately chomped down on his chest and started to shake him,&#8221; Lynn Schilskey said.</p> <p>San Bernardino County Animal Control now reports that it has custody of Bowser as it completes its investigation.</p> <p>The Merkelbachs, meanwhile, are suing Bowser&#8217;s owners, claiming that they will have hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay in medical bills for their son.</p> <p>Joe Cardenas, one of Bowser&#8217;s owners, was asked about Nathaniel&#8217;s condition and responded with &#8220;Oh, he&#8217;s all right&#8221; and &#8220;It&#8217;s just the tip of his nose, that&#8217;s it.&#8221;</p> <p>The Merkelbachs&#8217; attorney, Amy Vahdat, paints quite a different picture, saying Nathaniel will face years of surgeries to correct his face.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re talking about multiple surgeries, well into his teen years,&#8221; Vahdat said.</p> <p>Bowser&#8217;s owners were cited, according to San Bernardino Animal Control officials, and the dog may be put down if deemed vicious at a public hearing scheduled in the coming weeks.</p> Police: Man Suspected Of Propositioning Male Students At Diamond Bar High May Have More Victims https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/24/police-man-suspected-of-propositioning-male-students-at-diamond-bar-high-may-have-more-victims/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:bbbc5b8e-c7d7-b971-3fcb-2090bf8b27c9 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 22:52:21 +0000 A man was arrested on suspicion of propositioning male students at Diamond Bar High School, and authorities said Friday he may have more victims. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A man was arrested on suspicion of propositioning male students at Diamond Bar High School, and authorities said Friday he may have more victims.</p> <p>Reynato Garcia, 35, of Diamond Bar, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of communicating with a minor for sexual purposes, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said Friday. He is currently free after posting $15,000 bail.</p> <p>Authorities say Diamond Bar High School’s principal reported in November that a man was loitering outside the campus and propositioning male students. Initially, he offered the boys jobs, but the communication became sexual in nature, with the suspect offering money to the boys to perform sex acts with him on several occasions, sheriff’s officials said.</p> <p>Detectives ultimately assumed the identity of one of the victims, and they subsequently identified suspect as Garcia and discovered he would be traveling to Hawaii, authorities said.</p> <p>Garcia was arrested as he passed through security at Los Angeles International Airport.</p> <p>Authorities believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information about Garcia or this case can contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau at (877) 710-5273.</p> Motor Deputy Injured In Traffic Collision On Freeway In Diamond Bar https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/04/09/motor-deputy-injured-in-traffic-collision-on-freeway-in-diamond-bar/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:463fcc21-ec96-be95-bd4c-77f12197ff9e Thu, 09 Apr 2015 13:47:12 +0000 A sheriff's motor deputy Thursday was injured in a traffic collision that occurred on a freeway in Diamond Bar. <p><strong>DIAMOND BAR (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A sheriff&#8217;s motor deputy Thursday was injured in a traffic collision that occurred on a freeway in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred around 5:54 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the 57 Freeway.</p> <div id="attachment_651703" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-651703" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-651703" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg?w=300" alt="(credit: OCSD) " width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg 625w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2015/04/motor-deputy-down.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-651703" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: OCSD)</p></div> <p>A motor deputy of the Orange County Sheriff&#8217;s Department was transported to a trauma center for minor injuries sustained in the crash.</p> <p>No other injuries were reported.</p> <p>Officials subsequently issued a 30 minute SigAlert and closed all lanes of the freeway at Brea Canyon.</p> <p>No further information is available.</p> Woman Charged With Murder Of Mother-In-Law In LA https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/03/27/woman-charged-with-murder-of-mother-in-law-in-la/ Diamond Bar – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:7335ce74-2084-a034-eb24-748668b2cdff Sat, 28 Mar 2015 00:47:21 +0000 A 42-year-old woman was charged Friday for murdering her mother-in-law in Diamond Bar. <p><strong>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) </strong>— A 42-year-old woman was charged Friday for murdering her mother-in-law in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney&#8217;s Office, Un Young Lee, of San Dimas, faced one count of murder.</p> <p>Firefighters were sent on Wednesday to a blaze that erupted inside a home, located in the <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2015/03/25/detectives-investigating-multiple-crimes-scenes-connected-to-body-found-in-tustin/" target="_blank">1200 block of North Diamond Bar Boulevard</a> in Diamond Bar.</p> <p>Crews explained no one was found inside the residence, however, Lee was later found driving her minivan in Orange County.</p> <p>During a search warrant of her vehicle, deputies located several bags that appeared to contain human body parts.</p> <p>According to prosecutors, the remains of her 77-year-old mother-in-law &#8212; later identified as Young Ja Lee &#8212; were subsequently found inside the bags.</p> <p>Authorities believe the murder took place sometime between Monday and Wednesday.</p> <p>Lee is being held on $1 million bail.</p> <p>If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of life in state prison, according to the district attorney&#8217;s office.</p> <p>Lee is expected to appear in court again on April 24 in Pomona.</p>