West Covina News, CA Local News http://feed.informer.com/digests/WQBYAXCNDS/feeder West Covina News, CA Local News Respective post owners and feed distributors Sun, 13 Sep 2020 12:20:19 +0000 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ West Covina votes to terminate services with LA County Public Health https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/west-covina-votes-to-terminate-services-with-la-county-public-health/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:c065f8e5-3ad8-517b-64ca-4117d3fff57b Wed, 24 Feb 2021 16:36:49 +0000 More than 40 people made comments during the 5-hour special meeting Some business and restaurant owners expressed frustration with  county and state health orders, especially moves to close down indoor dining and limiting access to some other businesses. <p>Frustrated by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health&#8217;s oversight during the pandemic, the West Covina City Council voted, 4-1, to terminate health officer services with the agency during a lengthy, sometimes contentious meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23.</p> <p>City Councilmember Brian Tabatabai was the lone dissenter during Tuesday&#8217;s vote. He questioned the timing of the decision &#8212; with the coronavirus outbreak seemngly far from over &#8212; as well as the cost and time it would take to create an independent health department.</p> <p>In a letter prepared to LACDPH, councilmembers explained that it adopted a resolution and urgency ordinance to conclude consenting to health officers&#8217; services relating to enforcement of orders and quarantine regulations issued by the state and county. The resolution and ordinance will be sent to the county by March 1 and will go into effect July 1, they said.</p> <p>“Establishing a city health department will take time, planning and coordination through a process that has not been accomplished in decades,&#8221; the letter said. &#8220;The city does not anticipate having a health department at the level of Pasadena or Long Beach by the 1st of July, but intends to provide services that are responsive to the community’s needs. The city’s desire to provide better health services and dedication to the community’s safety will guide us through this uncharted process.&#8221;</p> <p>During the pandemic, other communities &#8212; Diamond Bar, San Dimas and Walnut among them &#8212; have considering breaking away from county Public Health, but West Covina is the first to make such a move.</p> <p>More than 40 people made comments during the five-hour special meeting. Some business and restaurant owners expressed frustration with county and state health orders, especially moves to close down indoor dining and limiting access to some other businesses. Some said they felt bullied by the county, whom they called consistently unresponsive.</p> <p>The meeting included a presentation from Dr. Basil Vassantachart, who has been serving as a health advisor to the city as its weighed its options in recent weeks. His advice to city leaders: “Plan ahead. Don’t be reactive. Be proactive.”</p> <p>Vassantachart offered some options for the city after it terminates county health:</p> <ul> <li>Create a full service health department, similar to ones established in Pasadena, Long Beach and Berkeley; or</li> <li>Install a limited service health department, similar to one in Vernon, which has a &#8220;health and environmental control department&#8221;that oversees environmental health programs, including issuing permits to non-food vehicles; or</li> <li>Negotiate services with the county so that the city can have some independence in making decisions for businesses and community-based organizations, but still use the county Public Health for selected services.</li> </ul> <p>The deadline to terminate services with the county is March 1, when each year public health officials accept requests from cities to renew or terminate health department services. The county would continue to provide health department services until July 1.</p> <p>The county collects 1% of property taxes from West Covina to pay for services provided to the city by the county. A third of that 1% is used for Public Health services. Those funds would continue to be collected by the county even if West Covina terminates services.</p> <p>“Although it is well within a city’s jurisdiction to create its own public health department, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is not aware of any planning or coordination with the city for this drastic change.&#8221; wrote Muntu Davis, health officer for the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department, in a letter in response to the vote.</p> <p>&#8220;Public Health is concerned that even if the city has made plans to create and operationalize the infrastructure necessary to run an effective public health department,&#8221; Davis wrote, &#8220;there are significant hurdles to ensuring to protection of the health of the city’s residents.”</p> <p>One of the reasons West Covina wants to terminate services with the county is because “response has been ponderously slow,” said City Manager David Carmany.</p> <p>Neither Carmany nor Vassantachart provided financial details about start-up or operational costs for creating and maintaining an independent health department.</p> <p>Tabatabai provided a report from San Dimas, which estimated it would cost between $10 million and $15 million to start a health department and between $60 million and $90 million to maintain operations each year.</p> <p>It was unclear how the city would fund the department, though city officials discussed some options Tuesday. “The initial start up will have to be a model that operates like an enterprise fund,&#8221; said Carmany. The city could collect fees on a service basis. For example, collecting fees for inspections. &#8220;We don’t know yet how many of those inspections will be done and how much inspectors cost and what that math is.&#8221;</p> <p>“This vote signals the Council’s intention to create a full-functioning city public health department that is recognized by the State, like those in Long Beach and Pasadena,&#8221; a statement from LADPH read. &#8220;All local public health jurisdictions must be able to provide the following basic public health services to their residents: Public Health Statistics (recording of birth and death certificates); Communicable disease control; medical and nursing services to promote maternal and child health; environmental health and sanitation services; laboratory services, as well as nutrition, chronic disease, social factors affecting health, and occupational health services. The LA County Public Health provides these services to all of its contracted city partners at no cost.&#8221;</p> <p>County officials vowed to work with the city until its new approach was in place, but &#8220;until West Covina has a state recognized city public health department, LA County Public Health will continue to serve the residents of West Covina in its current capacity. All public health orders issued by the State and County Health Officer regarding COVID-19 remain in effect and Public Health will continue to enforce those infection control measures within the City of West Covina.”</p> <p>West Covina Unified schools Superintendent Charles D. Hinman sent a letter opposing the move. Hinman cited several services the county provides to the school district, including collection, tabulation and analysis of all public health statistics, health-education programs, communicable-disease control, and medical, nursing, education and other services to promote maternal and child health.</p> <p>“These services are integral to the operation of the district and are expertly provided by LACDPH,” Hinman wrote. “If the city terminates its relationship with LACDPH, the district fears that the city&#8217;s proposed health department will not be able to provide the district with the services needed to protect the health and service of district students, families and staff.”</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/coronavirus-these-maps-help-show-how-the-vaccine-rollout-is-going-in-every-u-s-state/" title="Coronavirus: These maps help show how the vaccine rollout is going in every U.S. state"> <span class="dfm-title"> Coronavirus: These maps help show how the vaccine rollout is going in every U.S. state </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/east-whittier-board-rebuffs-teachers-former-superintendent-stays-on-course-for-in-person-classes/" title="East Whittier board rebuffs teachers, former superintendent, stays on course for in-person classes"> <span class="dfm-title"> East Whittier board rebuffs teachers, former superintendent, stays on course for in-person classes </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/coronavirus-tracker-california-reported-6247-new-cases-and-275-new-deaths-reported-feb-23/" title="Coronavirus tracker: California reported 6,247 new cases and 275 new deaths reported Feb. 23"> <span class="dfm-title"> Coronavirus tracker: California reported 6,247 new cases and 275 new deaths reported Feb. 23 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/health-care-workers-get-covid-19-in-the-community-more-often-than-the-workplace-cedars-sinai-study-finds/" title="Health care workers get COVID-19 in the community more often than the workplace, Cedars-Sinai study finds"> <span class="dfm-title"> Health care workers get COVID-19 in the community more often than the workplace, Cedars-Sinai study finds </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/la-city-council-signs-off-on-5-hazard-pay-for-grocery-workers/" title="LA City Council signs off on $5 hazard pay for grocery workers"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA City Council signs off on $5 hazard pay for grocery workers </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>“It’s my hope that even if the state approves West Covina’s ability to move forward with establishing its own health department, the City will recognize that it needs to partner with surrounding cities and communities to address current and future public health crises,” County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis said in a statement.</p> <p>Solis cited the services that the county has provided West Covina during the pandemic, including helping to set up a COVID-19 testing site at Cameron Park, providing COVID-19 vaccines for residents at the Bridgecreek retirement community and providing vaccines for educators and staff in the West Covina Unified School District.</p> <p>“I want to be clear: I will continue to ensure support and services for the residents of West Covina even if some members of the City Council do not want to be part of this network of resources,” Solis said. “That extends to environmental justice issues that West Covina residents endure.”</p> Emanate Health’s Covina, West Covina hospitals launching ambitious expansion/improvement projects https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/24/emanate-healths-covina-west-covina-hospitals-launching-ambitious-expansion-improvement-projects/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:49c067be-9005-bc9f-f12b-8c00b0ad98c0 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 11:55:12 +0000 The project includes expansions and improvements at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina and Inter-Community Hospital in Covina. <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="681" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_02.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tony Blakely, Director of Design and Planning shows the rendering for their Emergency Department and ICU that is part of their expansion projects at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_03-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tony Blakely, Director of Design and Planning talks about their expansion projects at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, 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="698" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_05.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tony Blakely, Director of Design and Planning shows where their new Emergency Department and ICU building at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="681" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_01.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Tony Blakely, Director of Design and Planning shows the rendering for their Medical Arts Building II that is part of their expansion projects at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="590" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-HOSPITAL-0221_04.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">The temporary buildings will be replaced with the new Medical Arts Building II that is part their expansion projects at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday February 20, 2021. (Photo by Keith Durflinger, Contributing Photographer) </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></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>&nbsp;</p> <p>Ambitious expansions and developments at Emanate Health’s Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina are set to begin next month. The project also includes projects at the Inter-Community Hospital in Covina.</p> <p>The expansion and new developments include building a new emergency room and intensive care unit, cancer center and ambulatory surgery center. First up: Work begins on a new parking lot in March.</p> <p>“We are definitely going to grow in various programs,” Emanate Health CEO Robert H. Curry said. “Intensive care is going to become very much a need, has certainly been a need during COVID.”</p> <p>All told, the effort will cost an estimated $124.8 million, according to Emanate Health officials, and are expected to be completed in 2023.</p> <p>At Queen of the Valley, construction of a new emergency department and intensive care unit building is set to begin in October. The two-story, 60,000-square foot building will include a 60-bed emergency department and a 24-bed intensive care unit. The emergency department addition is expected to serve 125,000 patients per year. Additional isolation rooms will be added to the emergency department in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency department and intensive care unit building is expected to cost $63 million.</p> <p>“We have an ER that was built for about 35,000 visits and we’re seeing upwards of about 80,000 in that little small space,” Curry said. “That leaves a lot to be desired.”</p> <p>The first project in the hospital expansion plan is the creation of a parking lot. Emanate Health purchased the property previously used for Sunset Field Park from West Covina. Work on the 350-space parking lot will begin in March and is one of two parking projects planned for the expansion at the hospital.</p> <p>A 400-space parking structure is planned to be built next to a new medical arts building. Construction of the parking structure is set to begin in July.</p> <p>The medical arts building will have a cancer center, infusion center with chemotherapy and radiation capabilities, and an ambulatory surgery center with six operating rooms. Construction of the medical arts building is expected to start in July and is estimated to cost $36 million.</p> <p>“It will house a wonderful and very academic-oriented cancer center for our residents,” Curry said. “It will have 24 spaces for infusion. It will start with one, but eventually add a second radiation therapy unit. It will be affiliated with an academic medical center. It will provide state of the art care for those cancer patients that currently have to drive long distances to tertiary centers and downtown L.A. and beyond. We are very excited about that project.”</p> <p>Two projects are planned for Inter-Community hospital. Adding a catheterization laboratory and reconfiguring the front lobby at the hospital are planned to begin in June. The catheterization lab will be the third at the hospital and help support the comprehensive heart care center. Inter-Community Hospital is a designated ST elevation myocardial infraction receiving center and receives patients from other facilities.</p> <p>The new lobby will have a remodeled admissions area, and security and admissions counters.</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/19/city-of-hope-gets-100-million-donation-for-diabetes-research/" title="Duarte-based City of Hope gets $100 million donation for diabetes research"> <span class="dfm-title"> Duarte-based City of Hope gets $100 million donation for diabetes research </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/16/why-are-hospitals-still-rationing-n95-masks-while-nations-stockpiles-swell/" title="Why are hospitals still rationing N95 masks while nation&#8217;s stockpiles swell?"> <span class="dfm-title"> Why are hospitals still rationing N95 masks while nation&#8217;s stockpiles swell? </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/08/queen-of-the-valley-hospital-in-west-covina-earns-comprehensive-stroke-center-designation/" title="Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina earns comprehensive stroke center designation"> <span class="dfm-title"> Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina earns comprehensive stroke center designation </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/03/la-county-city-officials-urge-olympia-medical-center-operator-to-remain-open-during-pandemic/" title="LA County, city officials urge Olympia Medical Center operator to remain open during pandemic"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA County, city officials urge Olympia Medical Center operator to remain open during pandemic </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>“It will have a beautiful two-story glass facade at the front of the building,” Curry said. “It will really make it look welcoming for our patients. It houses a very renowned cardiac center both for heart attack patients as well as our surgical patients. We’re very proud of the fine services we offer patients at that campus.”</p> <p>Curry said between bonds, cash on hand and anticipated philanthropic support, Emanate Health is secure in funding for the projects for the hospitals and “not taking substantial risk.”</p> <p>Emanate Health conducts a community needs assessment every three years to develop programs, services and strategies to address the community’s health. The planned projects are part of Emanate Health’s mission to support the community and offer direction to lead a healthy life.</p> <p>“Our board is proud of the fact that we are a not-for-profit, mission driven organization,” Curry said. “And the mission drives us to do better and help people keep well, offering safe and reliable care, offering compassionate care. To accommodate this mission of offering the best service, we said we need to build in these specific areas. That is what the demand is suggesting will happen.”</p> Supervisors OK rewards for leads in 3 unsolved killings in L.A. County https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/supervisors-ok-rewards-for-leads-in-3-unsolved-killings-in-l-a-county/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:19e4d7a2-4d08-1694-d80a-e2a495be430a Tue, 23 Feb 2021 23:53:01 +0000 Victims were killed in Altadena, Compton and West Covina. <p>LOS ANGELES &#8212; The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved or increased rewards Tuesday in three unrelated shootings that took the lives of a 29-year-old woman shot in West Covina, a 28-year-old college grad gunned down in Compton and a 4-year-old killed by an errant bullet in a 2016 gang shooting in Altadena.</p> <p>Supervisor Hilda Solis recommended a $15,000 reward in the Jan. 3 car-to-car shooting of <a href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/01/20/west-covina-city-hall-vigil-mourns-woman-slain-in-car-family-seeks-answers/">Gabriella Deharo Perez</a>, who was felled by a bullet to the head near the intersection of Azusa Avenue and Amar Road in West Covina.</p> <p>Solis said Perez was a member of Sacred Heart Church in West Covina and an active volunteer at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Alhambra and on her way to becoming a registered nurse.</p> <p>&#8220;Those who knew Gabriella described her as kind, caring, smart, fun and fierce,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>Solis urged those with information about the suspect to contact the West Covina Police Department at 626-939-8500.</p> <p>Supervisor Holly Mitchell recommended a $10,000 reward for information in the killing of <a href="http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/154018.pdf">Rodney Donaldson Jr.</a>, who was fatally shot Jan. 2 while standing on the sidewalk of the 500 block of north Kemp Avenue in Compton.</p> <p>Mitchell said the shots were fired from a passing car at Donaldson, who died of his injuries several days later.</p> <p>Donaldson earned his degree in business at Benedict College in South Carolina, where he also played football. He moved to Compton to live with and help care for his elderly grandmother and disabled father while working full- time at Los Angeles International Airport, Mitchell said.</p> <p>Investigators are hoping that the reward will draw more witnesses, as suspect information is limited.</p> <p>Supervisor Kathryn Barger asked her colleagues to reestablish and increase a reward from $20,000 to $25,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 4-year-old <a href="https://www.pasadenastarnews.com/2016/08/25/mother-pleads-for-help-finding-altadena-shooting-suspect-who-killed-4-year-old/">Salvador Esparza</a> on July 5, 2016.</p> <p>The boy was found lying on his front porch on the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive about 10:40 that evening. He had been shot once in the head. A 27-year-old gunshot victim was also found on the porch and taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital. He survived.</p> <p>Witnesses say the gunman was chasing and fired on the older man, striking both victims, before running away south on Olive Avenue. Sheriff&#8217;s investigators believe the suspect is a gang member and the shooting was gang-related, and that the child was not an intended target.</p> <p>The reward, established in 2016, had expired on Jan. 24 and will now be available for at least the next 90 days.</p> <p>Anyone with information on the Compton or Altadena shootings was urged to call the Sheriff&#8217;s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500 or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/22/sexual-predator-takes-plea-deal-in-murders-of-two-6-year-olds-after-la-district-attorney-reverses-course/" title="Sexual predator takes plea deal in murders of two 6-year-olds after LA district attorney reverses course"> <span class="dfm-title"> Sexual predator takes plea deal in murders of two 6-year-olds after LA district attorney reverses course </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/19/da-dropping-death-penalty-in-whittier-cop-killing-case/" title="DA dropping death penalty in Whittier cop killing case"> <span class="dfm-title"> DA dropping death penalty in Whittier cop killing case </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/16/man-shot-to-death-on-pomona-street/" title="Man in late teens is shot to death in Pomona"> <span class="dfm-title"> Man in late teens is shot to death in Pomona </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/12/man-killed-in-drive-by-shooting-in-pomona/" title="Man killed in drive-by shooting in Pomona"> <span class="dfm-title"> Man killed in drive-by shooting in Pomona </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/03/police-pursuit-ends-in-fatal-crash-in-pomona/" title="Police pursuit ends in fatal crash in Pomona"> <span class="dfm-title"> Police pursuit ends in fatal crash in Pomona </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Baldwin Park school district employee charged with COVID-19-related workers’ comp fraud https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/baldwin-park-school-district-employee-charged-with-covid-19-related-workers-comp-fraud/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:647cb204-f1c4-ab24-4892-ea398858375c Tue, 23 Feb 2021 18:23:53 +0000 Stephanie Medrano vacationed in Lake Havasu and went on shopping sprees when she claimed to be self-quarantining for a month. <p>A Baldwin Park Unified School District employee faces fraud charges for misrepresenting her COVID-19 symptoms in an attempt to collect more than $33,000 in workers&#8217; compensation benefits.</p> <p>Stephanie Medrano, 33, of West Covina pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of insurance fraud and one felony count of grand theft at her arraignment Tuesday at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles. She will next appear in court on March 30 for a preliminary hearing before Judge Miguel T. Espinoza, district attorney spokeswoman Pamela Johnson said.</p> <p>Medrano, who according to the state Department of Insurance works as a family services facilitator and coordinator for the district&#8217;s Head Start and State Preschool programs, reportedly contracted the coronavirus at work. She claimed her COVID-19 symptoms were so severe she needed to self-quarantine at home for nearly a month, from July 6 to Aug. 3, 2020.</p> <p>Medrano told her employer she only left home twice during her supposed quarantine to buy medicine for her mother and sister when, in fact, she went on shopping sprees at local stores for several hours a day and interacted with people outside her immediate household, without a face mask, according to the Department of Insurance.</p> <p>Investigators also learned Medrano had traveled to Lake Havasu with people outside her household just two days after she reported she was still experiencing COVID-19 symptoms to the doctor overseeing her workers&#8217; comp claim.</p> <p>The Department of Insurance launched an investigation into Medrano after receiving a suspected fraud claim from the Baldwin Park Unified School District on Aug. 21, 2020. It revealed Medrano made multiple misrepresentations about her illness to extend her claim submitted to her employer after her COVID-19 diagnosis, according to the Department of Insurance.</p> <p>In a statement Tuesday, the state agency said the investigation and subsequent arrest of Medrano thwarted the potential loss of $33,516 to the school district.</p> <p>Medrano could not be reached for comment.</p> <p>Baldwin Park Unified officials did not respond to emails Tuesday seeking comment regarding Medrano&#8217;s employment status, but Department of Finance spokeswoman Allison Castro confirmed Medrano is still employed at the district, but remains on leave pending an investigation.</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/la-county-surpasses-20000-coronavirus-deaths/" title="LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA County surpasses 20,000 coronavirus deaths </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/with-more-federal-coronavirus-relief-likely-la-county-scrutinizes-impact-of-cares-dollars/" title="With more federal coronavirus relief likely, LA County scrutinizes impact of CARES dollars"> <span class="dfm-title"> With more federal coronavirus relief likely, LA County scrutinizes impact of CARES dollars </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/la-county-officials-have-harsh-words-for-coronavirus-vaccine-inequity-and-line-jumping-cheaters/" title="LA County officials have harsh words for coronavirus vaccine inequity &#8211; and line-jumping cheaters"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA County officials have harsh words for coronavirus vaccine inequity &#8211; and line-jumping cheaters </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/la-county-oks-pandemic-spurred-hero-pay-for-grocery-drug-store-workers-in-unincorporated-areas/" title="LA County OKs pandemic-spurred &#8216;hero pay&#8217; for grocery, drug-store workers in unincorporated areas"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA County OKs pandemic-spurred &#8216;hero pay&#8217; for grocery, drug-store workers in unincorporated areas </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/23/coronavirus-california-vaccination-totals-and-each-county-tier-level-as-of-feb-23/" title="Coronavirus: California vaccination totals and each county tier level as of Feb. 23"> <span class="dfm-title"> Coronavirus: California vaccination totals and each county tier level as of Feb. 23 </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Beloved West Covina Nurse Known As ‘Mama Amy’ Dies From COVID-19 Complications https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/02/22/west-covina-nurse-mama-amy-dies-from-covid-19/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:373ad19f-1e0e-c3a8-7345-4bde361ce178 Tue, 23 Feb 2021 00:39:14 +0000 For nearly 30 years, Amelia Agbigay Baclig, known as "Mama Amy," cared for patients at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. But last month, the night nurse died from complications of COVID-19. <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":"5326599","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Monday marked one month since 63-year-old Amelia Agbigay Baclig died from complications of COVID-19.</p> <div id="attachment_1137078" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1137078" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1137078" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="160" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg 1075w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg?resize=300,160 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg?resize=768,409 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg?resize=1024,545 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2021/02/Mama-Amy-COVID-Death-e1614040726554.jpg?resize=640,341 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1137078" class="wp-caption-text">Monday marked 63-year-old Amelia Agbigay Baclig died from complications of COVID-19. (CBSLA)</p></div> <p>&#8220;The doctor had given us a call saying, &#8216;Hey, we think your mom will pass away soon,'&#8221; Aubrey, Baclig&#8217;s daughter, said. &#8220;That was the most horrible call anyone could ever get.&#8221;</p> <p>The beloved mother of three, and grandmother of two, was also a nurse adored by her colleagues.</p> <p>&#8220;Her willingness to help her comrades and nurses, especially the new grads they viewed her as their mother,&#8221; Mary Konyalian, a coworker, said. &#8220;I remember her beautiful smile, her humbleness, you know, she had no arrogance at all.&#8221;</p> <p>For nearly 30 years, the woman known by many as &#8220;Mama Amy&#8221; was a stalwart of Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina. As a night nurse, she took pride in caring for her patients and her colleagues.</p> <p>&#8220;Her phone is still activated and people still text me like they are texting my mom, and saying &#8216;We miss you so much. You&#8217;ve changed my life.'&#8221;</p> <p>Baclig, originally from the Phillipines, moved to the United States with her husband at the age of 27. The pair, together for 50 years, raised three children. Aubrey, the middle child, said her family was very close.</p> <p>&#8220;The experience literally turned our world upside down,&#8221; she said. &#8220;And I think what really hurt, too, was that we couldn&#8217;t visit her, but luckily, by chance, two different times, the doctor allowed my brother to go visit her.&#8221;</p> <p>Aubrey&#8217;s older brother was able to spend New Year&#8217;s Day with their mother — roughly two weeks after she was admitted to the hospital — and was able to see her once more before she was taken to the intensive care unit.</p> <p>&#8220;Not being able to see her, not being able to be by her side and knowing that she was on a ventilator,&#8221; Aubrey said. &#8220;It almost just at the end was like, &#8216;We don&#8217;t want her to suffer anymore. We don&#8217;t want her to be in pain.'&#8221;</p> <p>Baclig, who tested positive for the virus Dec. 12, died Jan. 22 after five weeks in the hospital.</p> <p>&#8220;Very humble and just kind of went about life in such a gentle way,&#8221; Aubrey said. &#8220;And people without me even saying, people would remember my mom as that person.&#8221;</p> <p>The family said they want Baclig to be remembered as the selfless person that she was and plan to keep her legacy alive through the lessons she taught them.</p> Why some senior living communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/21/why-some-independent-senior-communities-are-struggling-to-get-covid-vaccines-for-their-residents/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:08983c62-3366-ffb0-6565-deca23a4ca05 Sun, 21 Feb 2021 17:53:54 +0000 Some independent senior communities during this pandemic have fallen through the cracks, forced to reach out to hospitals, pharmacies and county public health officials on their own in an effort to get the life-saving vaccines for their elderly and vulnerable residents. <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="14"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="721" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, 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="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Nurse Breanna Silveira holds Dorothy Vetting’s hand as she receives her COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-3.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Epafanio Felix gives a thumbs-up after receiving his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">John Humphrey receives his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </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="1670" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Epafanio Felix gives a thumbs-up after receiving his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Nurse Breanna Silveira holds Dorothy Vetting’s hand as she receives her inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Kimberley Humphrey looks on as her husband John receives his inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="754" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Joan Youmans gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="11"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Dee Rathman accompanies her husband Tom to get his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Howard Navaraez watches as his mother-in-law, Cruz Hernandez, receives her coronavirus inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="13"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="702" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Dee Rathman accompanies her husband Tom to get his inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="14"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="685" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1-1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Residents of the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </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>General Manager Sachiko “Koko” Woods struggled for weeks to get the COVID-19 vaccine for dozens of mostly elderly residents living in her San Gabriel Valley retirement community.</p> <p>While some residents at Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina were taken by family members to vaccination sites, the vast majority don’t drive and had no way to get vaccinated on their own, she said. After “screaming and yelling” for weeks &#8212; and after losing two residents to COVID-19 this year &#8212; a mobile team coordinated by L.A. County’s Department of Public Health arrived Sunday, Feb. 21, to offer residents their first Moderna vaccine dose.</p> <p>“One thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders,” Woods said by phone Sunday after 53 of her residents and six employees were vaccinated by Curative Inc.  “It was great. Everyone was excited.”</p> <p>Bridgecreek is an independent living and unlicensed retirement community, and thus was not eligible for the first COVID vaccines offered to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care sites granted the highest vaccination priority by the state. Some independent senior communities during this pandemic have fallen through the cracks, forced to reach out to hospitals, pharmacies and county public health officials on their own in an effort to get the life-saving vaccines for their elderly and vulnerable residents.</p> <p>Two of Bridgecreek’s sister communities, Valencia Commons in Rancho Cucamonga, and Rancho Village in Palmdale, are still waiting for their residents to be vaccinated, Woods said.</p> <p>“I need to help them now,” she said, adding that some of her sister communities in other counties have been able to get their residents vaccinated.</p> <p>When asked last week about the Bridgecreek retirement community,  L.A. County’s public health director Barbara Ferrer, said they have “dozens and dozens of requests from independent living sites” for vaccinations.</p> <p>The county started rolling out mobile vaccination teams for the first time last week &#8212; the city of Los Angeles also has its own &#8212; “and we are in fact targeting independent living sites, especially in the hardest hit communities,” Ferrer said during a Tuesday news conference.</p> <p>“These are exactly the sites that I think our mobile teams are meant to be in service of but there are lots of them,” she said, adding someone from the department would be in touch with the community to see what could be done.</p> <p>Unfortunately, residents of independent senior communities weren’t afforded the highest vaccination priority, said Fred Buzo, associate state director of AARP California.</p> <p>“We’ve been trying to advocate for prioritization of people 65 and older regardless of where they live, realizing some aren’t going to be able to drive themselves or take public transit,” Buzo said. “We’ve been asking the state to really figure out ways to get the vaccine to people understanding that mobility is a problem for a lot of o Why some independent senior communities are struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines for their residents https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/21/why-some-independent-senior-communities-are-struggling-to-get-covid-vaccines-for-their-residents/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:a32f8968-6779-3c7b-c3f9-e01747982d7b Sun, 21 Feb 2021 16:17:33 +0000 Some independent senior communities during this pandemic have fallen through the cracks, forced to reach out to hospitals, pharmacies and county public health officials on their own in an effort to get the life-saving vaccines for their elderly and vulnerable residents. <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="14"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="721" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_2_82451570.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Residents at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina, Tom Rathman, left, Matthew Richardson, and Gene Trinaystich, right, wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13_82451536.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Healtat the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, 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="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4_82451564.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Nurse Breanna Silveira holds Dorothy Vetting’s hand as she receives her COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_7-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Epafanio Felix gives a thumbs-up after receiving his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_8.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">John Humphrey receives his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </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="1670" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_12.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Epafanio Felix gives a thumbs-up after receiving his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_4.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Nurse Breanna Silveira holds Dorothy Vetting’s hand as she receives her inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_13.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Peggy Weickert gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="9"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_9.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Kimberley Humphrey looks on as her husband John receives his inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="754" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_11.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Joan Youmans gets her COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li class="slideshow-ad-slide" data-index="10"><div class="image-wrapper slideshow-ad-wrapper"></div></li><li data-index="11"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_5.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Dee Rathman accompanies her husband Tom to get his COVID-19 inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="12"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="683" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_6.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Howard Navaraez watches as his mother-in-law, Cruz Hernandez, receives her coronavirus inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="13"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="702" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_10.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Dee Rathman accompanies her husband Tom to get his inoculation from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health at the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </p></div></li><li data-index="14"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="1024" height="685" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg?w=620 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg?w=780 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg?w=810 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg?w=1280 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg?w=1860 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/LDN-L-BRIDGECREEK-0222_1.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Residents of the Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina wait to get their COVID-19 inoculations from a vaccination team coordinated by the L.A. County Department of Public Health on Sunday, February 21, 2021. (Photo by Axel Koester, Contributing Photographer) </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>General Manager Sachiko “Koko” Woods struggled for weeks to get the COVID-19 vaccine for dozens of mostly elderly residents living in her San Gabriel Valley retirement community.</p> <p>While some residents at Bridgecreek Holiday Retirement Community in West Covina were taken by family members to vaccination sites, the vast majority don’t drive and had no way to get vaccinated on their own, she said. After “screaming and yelling” for weeks &#8212; and after losing two residents to COVID-19 this year &#8212; a mobile team coordinated by L.A. County’s Department of Public Health arrived Sunday, Feb. 21, to offer residents their first Moderna vaccine dose.</p> <p>“One thousand pounds have been lifted off my shoulders,” Woods said by phone Sunday after 53 of her residents and six employees were vaccinated by Curative Inc.  “It was great. Everyone was excited.”</p> <p>Bridgecreek is an independent and unlicensed retirement community, and thus was not eligible for the first COVID vaccines offered to nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other long-term care sites granted the highest vaccination priority by the state. Some independent senior communities during this pandemic have fallen through the cracks, forced to reach out to hospitals, pharmacies and county public health officials on their own in an effort to get the life-saving vaccines for their elderly and vulnerable residents.</p> <p>Two of Bridgecreek’s sister communities, Valencia Commons in Rancho Cucamonga, and Rancho Village in Palmdale, are still waiting for their residents to be vaccinated, Woods said.</p> <p>“I need to help them now,” she said, adding that some of her sister communities in other counties have been able to get their residents vaccinated.</p> <p>When asked last week about the Bridgecreek retirement community,  L.A. County’s public health director Barbara Ferrer, said they have “dozens and dozens of requests from independent living sites” for vaccinations.</p> <p>The county started rolling out mobile vaccination teams for the first time last week &#8212; the city of Los Angeles also has its own &#8212; “and we are in fact targeting independent living sites, especially in the hardest hit communities,” Ferrer said during a Tuesday news conference.</p> <p>“These are exactly the sites that I think our mobile teams are meant to be in service of but there are lots of them,” she said, adding someone from the department would be in touch with the community to see what could be done.</p> <p>Unfortunately, residents of independent senior communities weren’t afforded the highest vaccination priority, said Fred Buzo, associate state director of AARP California.</p> <p>“We’ve been trying to advocate for prioritization of people 65 and older regardless of where they live, realizing some aren’t going to be able to drive themselves or take public transit,” Buzo said. “We’ve been asking the state to really figure out ways to get the vaccine to people understanding that mobility is a problem for a lot of older adults.”</p> <p>The state of California largely followed national guidelines on vaccination priorities, which is why independent retirement communities were not included in the highest ‘Mama Amy,’ beloved nurse at West Covina hospital, dies of COVID-19 complications https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/19/mama-amy-beloved-nurse-at-west-covina-hospital-dies-of-covid-19-complications/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:6b47ab78-a9f4-a736-77c5-cc3e691e8b3e Fri, 19 Feb 2021 15:10:56 +0000 Walnut resident Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, recalled as a mother figure and mentor who kept her fellow nurses laughing, well fed and supported. <div class="article-slideshow"><button class="icon-close"></button><ul data-total="8"><li data-index="1"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="276" height="212" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg?w=276 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg?w=276 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg?w=276 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg?w=276 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg?w=276 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. She was 63 and the first nurse at the hospital to die as a result of COVID-19 complications. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Joy Baclig) </p></div></li><li data-index="2"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="137" height="197" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg?w=137 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg?w=137 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg?w=137 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg?w=137 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg?w=137 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-01.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. She was 63 and the first nurse at the hospital to die as a result of COVID-19 complications. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Joy Baclig) </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="290" height="210" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg?w=290 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg?w=290 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg?w=290 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg?w=290 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg?w=290 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-05.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Friends, family, members of the West Covina Police Department and hospital staff attend a memorial for Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital who died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The caravan memorial was on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy of Antoinette McDaniel) </p></div></li><li data-index="4"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="344" height="208" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg?w=344 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg?w=344 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg?w=344 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg?w=344 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg?w=344 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-04.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Friends, family and leaders in West Covina, including Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado, center, attend a car caravan memorial for Amelia Baclig, a nurse who died from complications from COVID-19, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina on Saturday. (Photo courtesty of West Covina) </p></div></li><li data-index="5"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="224" height="152" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg?w=224 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg?w=224 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg?w=224 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg?w=224 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg?w=224 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-02-2.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. She was 63 and the first nurse at the hospital to die as a result of COVID-19 complications. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Joy Baclig) </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="244" height="163" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg?w=244 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg?w=244 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg?w=244 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg?w=244 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg?w=244 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-03.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina, died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. She was 63 and the first nurse at the hospital to die as a result of COVID-19 complications. (Photo courtesy of Aubrey Joy Baclig) </p></div></li><li data-index="7"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="380" height="226" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg?w=380 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg?w=380 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg?w=380 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg?w=380 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg?w=380 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-07.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Friends, family, members of the West Covina Police Department and hospital staff attend a memorial for Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital who died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The caravan memorial was on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy of Antoinette McDaniel) </p></div></li><li data-index="8"><div class="image-wrapper"><img width="252" height="157" src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg" class="attachment-article_inline size-article_inline lazyload" alt="" loading="lazy" draggable="false" data-sizes="auto" data-srcset="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg?w=252 620w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg?w=252 780w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg?w=252 810w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg?w=252 1280w,https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg?w=252 1860w" data-src="https://www.sgvtribune.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/SGT-L-COVID-NURSE-0217-06.jpg" /><p class="slide-credit"></p><p class="slide-caption">Friends, family, members of the West Covina Police Department and hospital staff attend a memorial for Amelia Baclig, a nurse at Queen of the Valley Hospital who died from complications from COVID-19 on Jan. 22. The caravan memorial was on Saturday, Feb. 13. (Photo courtesy of Antoinette McDaniel) </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>For almost 30 years, Amelia Baclig was known as &#8220;Mama Amy&#8221; to the team at Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina.</p> <p>Baclig, 63, kept fellow nurses well-fed and well cared for and served as a beloved mentor to younger members of the team. &#8220;She just cared,&#8221; said Daisy Martinez, a friend and fellow nurse. &#8220;She just gave her all.&#8221;</p> <p>On Jan. 22, Baclig became the first nurse from Queen of the Valley to die from COVID-19 complications. She was infected at least six weeks earlier, before she had a chance to be vaccinated.</p> <p>“Before she died, I Facetimed with her,” said coworker Juliet Baltazar, who knew Baclig for more than 30 years. “I start crying and she also cried. (I said) &#8216;You’re so short of breath, I have to stop the conversation because I want you to rest so you can get better and strong and come back to work.&#8217; We talked five minutes only.”</p> <p>About a week after she was diagnosed with COVID-19, Baclig was taken by paramedics to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Daughter Aubrey Joy Baclig said she and her mother wanted her to go to Queen of the Valley, but the hospital was over capacity, like so many medical centers during the relentless winter surge.</p> <p>&#8220;My mom has been a nurse there for almost 30 years,&#8221; Aubrey said. &#8220;We knew, my mom knew, too, that was where she would feel comfortable. She was very firm. (She said) &#8216;If I need to go to the hospital, I need to go to Queen of the Valley.&#8217;&#8221;</p> <p>The paramedic crew didn&#8217;t have a choice; their computer directed them to St. Jude, where Baclig spent five weeks, three of them in the intensive care unit, her daughter said.</p> <p>&#8220;I can imagine how scared she was,&#8221; Martinez said. &#8220;It just breaks my heart. I myself, having COVID, it was just very traumatic. I can just imagine. When she got admitted at St. Jude, it would have been wonderful for her to be admitted at our hospital so that we could have been there with her. It didn’t work out that way.&#8221;</p> <p>Her peers recalled Baclig as a dedicated, compassionate healthcare worker and a motherlike figure who offered guidance to new nurses, encouraged them to continue their education &#8212; and always made sure everyone had something to eat. She spoke three languages, kept them team laughing even during the toughest of times and hosted memorable parties at her home.</p> <p>“She was just very dedicated, she never complained,” Martinez said. “She loved her job. She really loved her patients. She really loved her work family. We see the worst of the worst. We were always there to try to support each other. She was there always to reassure us.”</p> <p>“It’s so painful for me to lose her,” Baltazar said. “I’m not expecting that’s she going to pass away. It’s so hard to get over it. We were always happy together.”</p> <p>The hospital and her family organized a three-hour car caravan memorial, featuring about 20 cars, with friends and family leaving flowers and condolences. West Covina Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado and members of the city&#8217;s Police and Fire departments also participated.</p> <p>A van driven by a family member played the song “Always and Forever,” the song Baclig sang during karaoke at parties, said her daughter.</p> <p>&#8220;There was no way I was going to miss the memorial,&#8221; said Martinez, who said she was battling fever and chills after getting her second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine just before the memorial.  &#8220;We cried and we laughed and remembered what a beautiful person and supporting person she was and how much we are going to miss her.&#8221;</p> <p>Another 50 people participated in a Zoom vigil that day. Zoom prayer meetings were held for nine days, too, with as many as 100 people attending each night. Nearly 150 called in for the final session.</p> <p>&#8220;Every night I was able to share something about my mom’s life, something different every time,&#8221; Aubrey said. &#8220;On the final night, we had a few people singing. My mom’s sisters were singing with their choir. The last night was pretty big.&#8221;</p> <p>Antoinette McDaniel, labor representative for the California Nurses Association, said the pandemic has taken its toll on healthcare workers.</p> <p>&#8220;Especially during the time of the surge,&#8221; she said. &#8220;It was putting nurses at even a higher risk because of the amount of patients that they had to care for.&#8221;</p> <p>“Heroes do work there,&#8221; said Lopez-Viado. &#8220;They do save lives. They sacrifice. They come in and they take care of others unselfishly.”</p> <p>Coworker Marisol Streams also tested positive with COVID-19, back in December.  &#8220;I got sick with COVID first,&#8221; she said. &#8220;About four days later, (Baclig) called me at my hotel, telling me &#8216;I’m sick, too.&#8217; She asked me the process of what does she do, how to get tested.”</p> <p>Streams helped Baclig get tested and guided her through the process of reserving a hotel room if she needed to quarantine.</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/17/rush-limbaugh-conservative-media-icon-dies-at-70/" title="Rush Limbaugh, conservative media icon, dies at 70"> <span class="dfm-title"> Rush Limbaugh, conservative media icon, dies at 70 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/10/larry-flynt-hustler-publisher-who-fought-for-first-amendment-rights-dies-at-78/" title="Larry Flynt, Hustler publisher who fought for First Amendment rights, dies at 78"> <span class="dfm-title"> Larry Flynt, Hustler publisher who fought for First Amendment rights, dies at 78 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/05/chicago-seven-activist-rennie-davis-dies-at-80/" title="&#8216;Chicago Seven&#8217; activist Rennie Davis dies at 80"> <span class="dfm-title"> &#8216;Chicago Seven&#8217; activist Rennie Davis dies at 80 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/05/dianne-durham-first-black-us-womens-gymnastics-champion-dies-at-52/" title="Dianne Durham, first Black US women&#8217;s gymnastics champion, dies at 52"> <span class="dfm-title"> Dianne Durham, first Black US women&#8217;s gymnastics champion, dies at 52 </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/05/christopher-plummer-actor-famed-for-role-in-sound-of-music-dies-at-91/" title="Christopher Plummer, actor famed for role in &#8216;Sound of Music,&#8217; dies at 91"> <span class="dfm-title"> Christopher Plummer, actor famed for role in &#8216;Sound of Music,&#8217; dies at 91 </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Weeks later, Streams still battles shortness of breath, low energy and body aches. And she misses her teammate.</p> <p>She recalled how hard Baclig worked to keep her team&#8217;s spirits up. Among her favorite moments: When Baclig recreated scenes from her favorite movies, including “Coming to America.”</p> <p>“When she would imitate a scene, being her age, being who she is, and her imitating Eddie Murphy. That’s funny, that cracks me up. She was amazing,” Streams said.</p> <p>“We all loved her,&#8221; she said. &#8220;We still love her.”</p> <p>Amelia Baclig is survived by her husband, Nestor Baclig, three children, James Anthony Baclig, Aubrey Joy Baclig and Joanne Mae Baclig, two grandchildren, Trixia Baclig and Styke James Baclig, four sisters and two brothers.</p> West Covina City Council extends local emergency proclamation https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/18/west-covina-city-council-extends-local-emergency-proclamation/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:689ef313-1713-f478-1b65-6c81dc321b8d Thu, 18 Feb 2021 17:36:25 +0000 The city issued its initial proclamation on March 16, 2020, and has been continuing it every month since then. <p>The West Covina City Council voted unanimously at its meeting on Tuesday night, Feb. 16, to extend its local proclamation of emergency to continue to receive state and federal aid during the pandemic.</p> <p>The city issued its initial proclamation on March 16, 2020, and has been continuing it every month since then.</p> <p>David Carmany, the city manager of West Covina, recommended to continue the local emergency proclamation to ensure the city receives funds and aid from state and federal agencies until the pandemic is over.</p> <p>Councilmember Brian Tabatabai asked the city manager for regular updates about the local emergency status and if the city was prepared. Carmany assured the City Council that measures are in place to respond to future emergencies.</p> <p>Councilmember Tony Wu commented that the city needs to learn from the way it is handling the pandemic emergency and expressed the need to create a local health department to help make decisions about businesses and schools in the city.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>“We want to have local control,” Wu said at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night. “It’s the only way we can make a change.”</p> <p>The City Council also decided to make upgrades and changes to traffic signs and parking regulations.</p> <p>The traffic committee recommended replacing speed limit signs on East Garvey Avenue, east of Citrus Street, near the Crestview Cadillac dealership. The new 35 mph speed limit will be bigger. The committee also recommended to install a T-intersection warning sign and remove conflicting and faded signs in the area.</p> <p>The City Council also voted to install &#8220;no commercial parking&#8221; signs for vehicles over 10,000 pounds along Holt Avenue and Garvey Avenue, north of Springscreek Road. Vehicles have been reportedly parking in the area for extended periods of time and high-profile vehicles have been parking along the segments of streets.</p> West Covina adds 10 police officers, 8 staff members https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/11/west-covina-police-department-adds-10-police-officers-8-staff-members/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:43ed0684-ac96-2003-c976-fc2a402a0391 Thu, 11 Feb 2021 17:02:51 +0000 The police department reported 99 officers working in the department in 2018 and 2019. The number dropped to 90 because of retirements and police officers taking jobs in departments in other cities or law enforcement agencies, officials said. <p>The West Covina Police Department hired 10 new officers and added eight staff members &#8212; but the mayor said the department is still understaffed and needs to expand.</p> <p>There are 90 police officers in the West Covina Police Department after the new hires. The eight new staff members are dispatchers, records specialists and cadets. The police department reported 99 officers working in the department in 2018 and 2019. The number dropped to 90 because of retirements and police officers taking jobs in departments in other cities or law enforcement agencies, officials said.</p> <p>The city spent $31.1 million of its $66 million budget in the 2020 fiscal year on the police department and $20 million on the fire department. By comparison, West Covina spent $30.1 million on the police department in the 2019-20 fiscal year, or 47% of the general fund budget. In the 2018-19 fiscal year, West Covina spent $31 million on the police department.</p> <p>In neighboring El Monte, the city spent $30.2 million on its police department, or 43% of its general fund, in the 2020 fiscal year. In Alhambra, the city spent $29.1 million on its police department, or 42% of its general fund, in the 2020 fiscal year.</p> <p>“There are not enough police officers,” Mayor Letty Lopez-Viado said. “At one time, I was told there were 120 officers. We brought in additional officers that helped. We were down one time to 67, half of what the need is. For the amount of residents that we have in our city, and the square footage of our city, it’s not enough officers out there.”</p> <p>West Covina Police Chief Richard Bell said he would like to have 110 police officers in the department.</p> <p>&#8220;We do need more officers,&#8221; Bell said. But he said given the budget concerns of the city, he would make do with the 90 officers in the department</p> <p>West Covina City Manager David Carmany agreed with the mayor.</p> <p>“Public safety is our No. 1 priority,” Carmany said. “I think by any measure we need more resources in this area. With respect to police, the rule of thumb is you want to have one police officer for every thousand residents. We’re at the low water mark. I think we were down to 78 officers. To get it up to our funded level of 90 was a lot of work on the recruitment and training side.”</p> <p>The police department added officers to replace some who retired or took jobs at other police departments, Carmany said. Adding 10 new police officers was a “big, big step” for the city.</p> <p>“We’d like to have more,” Carmany said. “I have a city of 104,000 people. I’d like to have at least 104 officers. We feel like we’re making progress toward the goal, but we still have a ways to go.”</p> <p>The police department released crime statistics for 2020 during the City Council meeting on Feb. 2. 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The number of robbery reports went down from 127 to 68 in the same time period. Narcotics violations went down from 635 to 334 from 2019 to 2020.</p> <p>The number of property fraud crime reports went up from 348 to 504 from 2019 to 2020. The number of property vandalism reports went up from 246 to 314.</p> <p>Domestic violence reports were up slightly in 2020, to 186 from 182 in 2019.</p> <p>“Some of our areas were of concern,” Carmany said. “Initially domestic violence was up. The chief watches those.”</p> <p>The West Covina Police Department added 11 new vehicles, eight patrol cars, one car for administration purposes and two for special enforcement.</p> <p>The police department also bought an electronic citation system, simulator training system equipment and tactical bulletproof vests for SWAT.</p> Riverside County District Attorney’s investigator cited in prostitution sting https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/09/riverside-county-district-attorneys-investigator-cited-in-prostitution-sting/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:3172518b-fbe5-bc2c-3133-9f258880f1db Tue, 09 Feb 2021 12:09:52 +0000 Bryan Gaboury, 45, of Chino, was among 64 people arrested. He formerly worked for the West Covina Police Department. <p>A senior investigator at the Riverside County District Attorney&#8217;s Office was among 64 people arrested in a multi-agency prostitution sting in January.</p> <p>Bryan Gaboury, 45, of Chino, was cited on suspicion of solicitation of prostitution on Jan. 26 on Casino Drive in Lake Elsinore, the county jail log shows. Gaboury is due to appear in court on the misdemeanor count on April 13.</p> <p>Gaboury, who joined the DA&#8217;s Office on Aug. 29, 2019, has been placed on paid administrative leave, spokesman John Hall said.</p> <p>Gaboury did not return a phone message seeking comment.</p> <p>Before joining the DA&#8217;s Office, Gaboury was a corporal with the West Covina Police Department.</p> <p>The Riverside County Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force conducted Operation Reclaim &amp; Rebuild over four days, concluding Jan. 28, in Lake Elsinore, Riverside, Temecula, Murrieta, La Quinta and Palm Desert. 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District Attorney George Gascón’s policies </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/08/ntsb-to-determine-probable-cause-of-kobe-bryant-helicopter-crash-on-tuesday/" title="NTSB to determine probable cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash on Tuesday"> <span class="dfm-title"> NTSB to determine probable cause of Kobe Bryant helicopter crash on Tuesday </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina earns comprehensive stroke center designation https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/08/queen-of-the-valley-hospital-in-west-covina-earns-comprehensive-stroke-center-designation/ West Covina News: San Gabriel Valley Tribune urn:uuid:04143da1-7d8e-75e8-f308-241ed008425b Mon, 08 Feb 2021 09:05:29 +0000 The designation means the hospital is a 9-1-1 receiving hospital for patients and has met the standards of the Centers for Medicare &#38; Medical Services. <p>Emanate Health Queen of the Valley Hospital in West Covina has been designated a comprehensive stroke center by the Los Angeles County Emergency Medical Services Agency and can begin receiving urgent stroke patients via ambulance.</p> <p>The designation means the hospital is a 9-1-1 receiving hospital for patients and has met the standards of the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medical Services.</p> <p>“The comprehensive stroke center designation at Queen of the Valley Hospital means that critical stroke patients will receive life-saving care more quickly than being diverted to other facilities,” said Emanate Health CEO Robert H. Curry. “When every minute counts, having top-notch care nearby could help minimize physical damage to the brain and shorten rehabilitation times.”</p> <p>Comprehensive stroke centers offer neurology specialists and neurointerventional physicians, who are available around the clock. The hospital has physicians and specialists who can perform clot-removing procedures, including a thrombectomy, an interventional procedure for removing a blood clot from an artery or vessel.</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.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/07/l-a-countys-first-priority-will-be-second-dose-vaccinations-this-week/" title="L.A. County&#8217;s first priority will be second-dose COVID vaccinations this week"> <span class="dfm-title"> L.A. County&#8217;s first priority will be second-dose COVID vaccinations this week </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/06/months-after-fighting-coronavirus-some-now-face-heart-lung-or-neurological-problems/" title="Months after fighting coronavirus, some now face heart, lung or neurological problems"> <span class="dfm-title"> Months after fighting coronavirus, some now face heart, lung or neurological problems </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/06/newsom-says-state-will-revise-indoor-worship-guides-after-supreme-court-ruling/" title="Newsom says state will revise indoor worship guides after Supreme Court ruling"> <span class="dfm-title"> Newsom says state will revise indoor worship guides after Supreme Court ruling </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/06/l-a-county-confirms-9-new-cases-of-mis-c-in-children/" title="L.A. County confirms 9 new cases of MIS-C in children"> <span class="dfm-title"> L.A. County confirms 9 new cases of MIS-C in children </span> </a> </li><li> <a class="article-title" href="https://www.sgvtribune.com/2021/02/05/la-county-officials-warn-public-to-wait-their-turn-for-coronavirus-vaccine/" title="LA County officials warn public to wait their turn for coronavirus vaccine"> <span class="dfm-title"> LA County officials warn public to wait their turn for coronavirus vaccine </span> </a> </li></ul></aside> <p>Queen of the Valley can now accept stroke patients via ambulance who would have been transported to other hospitals in Arcadia and Pomona.</p> <p>The hospital received designation as a primary stroke center by DNV-GL Healthcare in the fall.</p> <p>“We’re very proud to staff leading physicians and surgeons who use state-of-the art technology to treat stroke patients in our area of the San Gabriel Valley to offer the best possible patient outcomes,” said Mary Konyalian, RN, Vice President Neuroscience &amp; Nursing at Emanate Health. “It’s taken years of hard work, but we’ve made it to the mountaintop and reached the highest level of stroke care certifications.”</p> <p>According to the American Stroke Association, about 795,000 Americans experience a new or recurrent stroke annually. On average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds. Strokes kill more than 137,000 people a year in America and is one of the leading causes of death.</p> Pedestrian Hit And Killed By Car In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2021/02/07/hit-and-run-car-crash-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a9875aba-f989-adf0-ac37-964275252eb3 Mon, 08 Feb 2021 06:02:33 +0000 A pedestrian was fatally struck by at least one vehicle on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina. <p><b>LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — </b>A pedestrian was fatally struck by at least one vehicle on the westbound San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina.</p> <p>The crash took place at the Vincent Avenue South on-ramp about 7:25 p.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.</p> <p>It&#8217;s unclear at this point if the pedestrian was hit while walking on the on-ramp. But the C.H.P. shut down the Vincent Avenue onramp and issued a SigAlert.</p> <p>It&#8217;s also unclear when the on-ramp would reopen, the C.H.P. reported.</p> <p>It was unclear if the driver who struck the pedestrian remained at the scene or was cited by the C.H.P.</p> <p>The victim&#8217;s gender was not yet known. The victim&#8217;s name would be withheld pending notification of next of kin.</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> ‘We Have To Do Something’: Smaller Cities Consider Breaking Away From LA County’s Health Department https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/12/01/smaller-cities-separate-health-departments-los-angeles-county/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:f5575d09-0bda-a094-dd8a-b2194152bdbd Wed, 02 Dec 2020 02:42:04 +0000 Several cities Tuesday were considering breaking away from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and establishing their own after the latest round of coronavirus restrictions went into effect. <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":"4923220","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Several cities Tuesday were considering breaking away from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and establishing their own after the latest round of <a href="http://www.cbsla.com/coronavirus">coronavirus</a> restrictions went into effect.</p> <p>West Covina is one of those cities. Mayor Tony Wu said he was worried that his city&#8217;s 4,000 small businesses would not survive the <a href="https://cbsloc.al/2VgZvEX">latest COVID-19 pandemic safety regulations</a>.</p> <p>&#8220;Tell me, how many businesses can do this,&#8221; he said. &#8220;They have been jerked around, back and forth. As their mayor, I cannot take it. We have to do something.&#8221;</p> <p>At Tuesday night&#8217;s council meeting, he plans to introduce a request to discuss creating a health department for the city, or working with other nearby cities to create a regional health department, believing that the L.A. County department was too big to know the needs of smaller cities like his.</p> <p>&#8220;Their policy is one policy fits all,&#8221; Wu said. &#8220;Meaning, with 11 million population, such a vast territory, they cannot fit all.&#8221;</p> <p>Council member Dario Castellanos said West Covina&#8217;s COVID-19 case and hospitalization numbers were the lowest among cities with comparable populations.</p> <p>&#8220;I think the supervisors need to come look at each region individually and see how we’re faring,&#8221; Castellanos said. &#8220;What we’re seeing here is not the same thing they may be seeing in Downtown L.A.&#8221;</p> <p>City officials said having their own, or even a regional health department, would mean having local data and local control — something they believe will better serve residents and not punish business owners.</p> <p>&#8220;The power in numbers makes it feasible,&#8221; Castellanos said. &#8220;With the help of Emanate, the three hospital system, Kaiser, multiple cities and county health department fees would also bring in revenues.&#8221;</p> <p>And the city of West Covina is not alone on the issue.</p> <p>Lancaster Mayor Rex Parris said he was meeting with the mayors of Santa Clarita and Palmdale to discuss potentially joining together to create their own health department. Wu said he believes having regional health departments will help communities now and in the future.</p> <p>&#8220;We need to balance,&#8221; he said. &#8220;We need to face this virus but, at the same time, we need to balance about how we take care of economy.&#8221;</p> <p>The city council meeting starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday. It&#8217;s expected that the council will give direction to city staff to research ways to create a city or regional health department.</p> Travel Baseball Team Activities Suspended Indefinitely After COVID Outbreak https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/11/09/travel-baseball-team-activities-suspended-indefinitely-after-covid-outbreak/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:cb526fb9-f37d-cbfc-e677-cc1ebad9259f Tue, 10 Nov 2020 02:41:28 +0000 At one field of dreams in West Covina, activities are suspended indefinitely for the Dukes Baseball Program. <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":"4856658","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> &#8211; At one field of dreams in West Covina, activities are suspended indefinitely for the Dukes Baseball Program.</p> <p>Cameron Saylor is the General Manager for the travel baseball organization that includes about 350 kids.</p> <p>Last month, one of his teams suffered a Covid-19 outbreak after competing at a tournament in Arizona.</p> <p>&#8220;At this point I know of for sure have tested positive,&#8221; he said. &#8220;No symptoms.&#8221;</p> <p>Today LA County’s Public Health Director addressed the recent outbreak.</p> <p>&#8220;I will say in the places where we’re most concerned have been around the folks who are traveling to Arizona to Nevada with teams that are playing games there,&#8221; she said.</p> <p>The West Covina kids involved have been in quarantine since October 30.</p> <p>But even before the outbreak – safety protocols based on county guidelines were in place at their training facility.</p> <p>&#8220;We shut down our bleachers – to where no fans or parents can come in,&#8221; said Saylor. &#8220;And when it comes to practices – parents were not allowed near the field.&#8221;</p> <p>They can sit in the car and watch practice. Hand sanitizers are available throughout the ball park.</p> <p>Players are not allowed to high-five, chest bump or spit.</p> <p>So far, the source of the outbreak is unclear.</p> <p>The program has been suspended at least until November 16 – unless more positive tests show up.</p> West Covina Man Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 10-Year-Old Foster Daughter https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/05/14/west-covina-man-sexual-assault-foster-daughter-arrest/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:bd4dc7a5-8b6e-b5b2-5d54-1c6f136d6075 Thu, 14 May 2020 17:28:02 +0000 David Diaz, 68, was arrested on March 3 after his 10-year-old foster daughter told officers she had been sexually assaulted, according to the West Covina Police Department. <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":"c514","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"}}},"androidIntentPlayer":"true","token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — A West Covina man was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting his foster daughter, and police are now searching for other foster children he may have abused while caring for them.</p> <p>David Diaz, 68, was arrested on March 3 after his 10-year-old foster daughter told officers she had been sexually assaulted, according to the West Covina Police Department.</p> <p>During the investigation, investigators learned Diaz had been a foster parent for the past 18 years. As a result, investigators are asking anyone who may have also been abused by Diaz to call the department’s tip line at (626) 939-8688.</p> <p>Diaz, who is scheduled to make his first court appearance Thursday, remains in custody on $1.25 million bail. He faces charges of sexual assault by force and sexual perversion with a child under 14.</p> West Covina Unified Donates 21K Masks To Local Hospital https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/03/west-covina-unified-donates-21k-masks-to-local-hospital/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:66df0eb6-70de-38cc-a172-a86b75db7fd7 Fri, 03 Apr 2020 19:21:51 +0000 Last week, LAUSD donated 100,000 N95 masks to 10 local hospitals. <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":"c514","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"}}},"androidIntentPlayer":"true","token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – The West Covina Unified School District announced Friday it donated thousands of masks from its stockpile to a local hospital amid the <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/category/coronavirus/">coronavirus pandemic</a> which has lead to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers.</p> <p>The district reports that earlier this week it donated 21,600 masks to Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center.</p> <p>The donation includes 1,600 N95 masks and 20,000 medical face masks.</p> <p>The masks were part of an emergency stockpile the district had been growing following the swine flu pandemic in 2009 in case its teachers and staff would need them.</p> <p>Last week, the Los Angeles Unified School District <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/27/coronavirus-lausd-n95-masks/">donated 100,000 N95 masks</a> from its own stockpile to 10 local hospitals.</p> <p>On Thursday, L.A. County and city officials <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/02/coronavirus-los-angeles-city-county-face-covering-mask-n95-ferrer-garcetti/">implored Angelenos to refrain from purchasing medical-grade masks</a>. Instead, they recommend using face-coverings such as bandannas or scarves when going out in public.</p> <p>Some people have even <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y79K1PodX58" rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">posted videos online </a>showing how to make masks with boxer shorts and other unusual items.</p> <p>California Gov. Gavin Newsom <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/30/calif-launches-effort-to-recruit-retired-medical-professionals-students-to-meet-coronavirus-surge/">earlier this week reported that the state</a> has distributed more than 32 million N95 masks to local hospitals. Newsom said the goal is to distribute 101 million of them.</p> Man, Woman Found Dead In West Covina House Fire https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/04/03/2-dead-west-covina-house-fire/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:855adb8c-f003-3a81-d62e-ea0ab240c20c Fri, 03 Apr 2020 12:50:35 +0000 The fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Broadmoore. Firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames. <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":"4502864","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Two people were found dead inside a burning home in West Covina early Friday.</p> <p>The fire was reported at about 1:30 a.m. in the 700 block of North Broadmoore. Firefighters found the house fully engulfed in flames.</p> <p>Detectives from the West Covina Police Department are on the scene.</p> <p>Police say a man and a woman were found inside. They were both pronounced dead at the scene. No information was available about their ages or identifies.</p> <p>The cause of the fire is under investigation.</p> West Covina Parents Arrested After 9-Month-Old Girl Found To Have Cocaine, Meth In Her System https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2020/03/12/west-covina-parents-arrested-baby-girl-cocaine-methamphetamine/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a738ba46-0b51-a1db-887d-0108c49cbc0f Thu, 12 Mar 2020 16:27:43 +0000 Officers working with hospital staff determined the girl had detectable levels of cocaine and methamphetamine in her bloodstream. <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":"C514","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — The parents of a baby girl who had cocaine and methamphetamine in her system have been arrested on suspicion of child endangerment.</p> <div id="attachment_1069912" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1069912" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1069912" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="170" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg 1000w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?resize=300,170 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?resize=768,435 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?resize=640,363 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2020/03/erin-maloney-richard-rapp.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1069912" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: West Covina Police Department)</p></div> <p>Erin Jill Maloney, 37, and Richard Rapp, 34, both of West Covina, were arrested on suspicion of felony child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance.</p> <p>West Covina police say their 9-month-old daughter was taken to a hospital Wednesday suffering from respiratory distress. Hospital staff became suspicious of what the parents told them, and called the police for help, according to West Covina police spokesman Officer Rudy Lopez.</p> <p>Officers working with hospital staff determined the girl had detectable levels of cocaine and methamphetamine in her bloodstream. The baby has been taken into protective custody and is in stable condition.</p> <p>Detectives searched the couple’s home and vehicle and found drugs and drug paraphernalia in plain view and in an area the child could easily access, Lopez said.</p> <p>Maloney and Rapp are both being held on $100,000 bail and are scheduled to make their first appearance in court Friday.</p> 1 Man Killed, Another Critically Wounded In West Covina Triple Shooting https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/12/24/west-covina-triple-shooting-man-killed/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:399f1d19-9dc8-84f5-cd31-1c334e433653 Tue, 24 Dec 2019 13:19:17 +0000 Police were called to the 1100 block of East Larkwood Street, near the Cameron Park Community Center, at about 9:15 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of shots fired. <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":"4292610","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Police are investigating a triple shooting in West Covina Tuesday that left one man dead and another critically wounded.</p> <p>Police were called to the 1100 block of East Larkwood Street, near the Cameron Park Community Center, at about 9:15 p.m. Monday to investigate reports of shots fired. Officers found three people with gunshot wounds in the backyard area of a home.</p> <p>A man was declared dead at the scene. Another man and a woman were rushed to the hospital. The man is in critical condition, but police say the woman suffered non-life-threatening injuries.</p> <p>None of the people involved have been identified, and their relationship to each other is not known.</p> <p>It&#8217;s not clear if a shooter remains at large.</p> West Covina Police Shoot, Wound Suspect https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/11/07/west-covina-police-shoot-wound-suspect/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:fece0957-97e7-4bf7-fe6a-6cc107fb19dd Thu, 07 Nov 2019 15:51:01 +0000 No officers were hurt. <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":"c514","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"}}},"androidIntentPlayer":"true","token":"default","expectPreroll":true,"expectPrerollTimeout":5});});});</script></div><p><strong>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – A suspect was shot and wounded by West Covina police officers early Thursday morning.</p> <div id="attachment_1047788" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1047788" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1047788" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg 2048w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=300,225 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=768,576 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=1024,768 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=1536,1152 1536w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=640,480 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=853,640 853w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=1365,1024 1365w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/11/IMG_0397.jpg?resize=1500,1125 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1047788" class="wp-caption-text">A suspect was shot and wounded by police in West Covina, Calif., on Nov. 7, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>The shooting occurred at around 12 a.m. in the 900 block of South Russelee Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.</p> <p>The suspect was taken to a nearby hospital with undisclosed injuries. No officers were hurt.</p> <p>The circumstances that lead up to the shooting and the identity of the suspect was not confirmed.</p> <p>The sheriff&#8217;s department is investigating.</p> Pickup Truck Slams Into Woman In West Covina Parking Lot, Driver At Large https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/10/02/pickup-truck-slams-into-woman-in-west-covina-parking-lot-driver-at-large/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:57cfa203-1f0e-2564-5024-3df84cc69e91 Thu, 03 Oct 2019 03:29:05 +0000 The incident was captured on store security video. <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":"4180176","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong>  &#8212; A pickup truck plowed into a woman walking in a West Covina parking lot on September 22.</p> <p>The driver fled the scene, police said. That driver remains at large.</p> <p>The incident was captured on store security video.</p> <p>CBS2/KCAL9&#8217;s Lesley Marin spoke to witnesses who are having trouble shaking the disturbing hit-and-run accident.</p> <p>Wael Aljouni told her the entire episode was shocking. It was his store that captured the incident.</p> <p>&#8220;I&#8217;ve never seen an accident like that,&#8221; he says, &#8220;And I never see a lucky lady like that.&#8221;</p> <p>The victim &#8212; who is miraculously okay &#8212; was walking through a shopping center parking lot on South Glendora in West Covina.</p> <p>She was carrying a bag of take out about to cross traffic. Suddenly, a pickup truck backs up and violently knocks her to the ground.</p> <p>As the woman lay there, something rather shocking happened.</p> <p>&#8220;He opens the door and checks on her and he just keeps going,&#8221; says Aljouni. owner of Circle A Liquors, &#8220;I hope they catch him.&#8221;</p> <p>Greg Carlos, owner of the Cove Cocktail bar added, &#8220;The impact looked pretty bad. Especially after he drove away. It looks like she didn&#8217;t get up for a little while. We were pretty shocked to see it.&#8221;</p> <p>Another security video captures the time it took for the truck was backing up before the hit.</p> <p>Aljouni says it happened around 1 in the afternoon.</p> <p>&#8220;I think she hit her head,&#8221; Aljouni says, &#8220;because when she made the report for the police, she said my head, my neck, her shoulder hurt.&#8221;</p> <p>The woman seemed okay minutes after the accident. Video captures her walking over to the sidewalk with a group of Good Samaritans.</p> <p>None of the business owners Marin spoke to can identity the woman but Aljouni has a name for her.</p> <p>&#8220;Very very lucky. She is lucky lady. I wish I could meet her,&#8221; Aljouni says.</p> <p>West Covina Police are investigating the incident as a hit-and-run.</p> <p>Several business owners Marin spoke to wondered why the driver would stop but ultimately choose not to remain.</p> <p>&#8220;I mean, they realized what they did,&#8221; Carlos says, &#8220;but I still think that&#8217;s pretty messed up for someone to knowingly hit somebody and still take off.&#8221;</p> <p>Aljouni finds it hard to believe someone could drive away like that.</p> <p>&#8220;I don&#8217;t think he has a heart, this guy,&#8221; he says.</p> 1 Killed In Crash Involving Big Rigs, Shutting Down 10 Freeway In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/26/fatal-semi-truck-accident-10-freeway-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a10c4b7a-0221-f80a-60eb-37dd75d0ca4a Thu, 26 Sep 2019 12:13:42 +0000 At least one person was dead and the California Highway Patrol issued a Sig Alert early Thursday morning after a semi-truck hit a number of other vehicles on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. <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":"4175209","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — A crash involving three big rigs and a car killed at least one person and shut down all lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway in West Covina for several hours early Thursday.</p> <p>The accident happened just before 3 a.m. after a semi-truck heading eastbound on the 10 Freeway near the Citrus Street off ramp lost control and struck an unspecified number of vehicles on the freeway.</p> <div id="attachment_1039991" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1039991" loading="lazy" class="size-large wp-image-1039991" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="237" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg 1000w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=768,433 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=640,361 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/09/10-fwy-big-rig-fatal.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1039991" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: CBS)</p></div> <p>Traffic had stopped on the eastbound 10 Freeway because of another crash, but one big rig did not stop and struck a second big rig. That truck was pushed into a third big rig, which struck a Honda.</p> <p>The driver of the second big rig, a 52-year-old man from South Gate, was killed in the crash. The driver in the first big rig was trapped in his cab and needed to be rescued. Firefighters used axes to pry his door open and free him from the steering wheel. A neck brace was put on him, but he was seen moving during the rescue operation and was taken to a hospital.</p> <p>The trucks were left sprawled across several lanes of the eastbound 10 Freeway, and fluids from the damaged big rigs leaked onto the freeway. Cars in the wake of the crash were being turned around to exit at Citrus Avenue.</p> <p>Authorities say they are working to reopen at least one lane, but the eastbound lanes remain closed from Azusa to Citrus. The entire eastbound side was closed until after 8 a.m., when authorities opened up a lane. Just one right lane remained blocked at 11 a.m.</p> Pursuit Ends With Crash On Eastbound 10 Freeway In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/09/23/possible-pursuit-ends-with-crash-on-eastbound-10-freeway-in-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:66392352-01c2-fbde-3e15-f2827f2a1ccf Tue, 24 Sep 2019 05:30:14 +0000 The off ramp of the eastbound 10 Freeway at Holt in West Covina was closed Monday night after a pursuit ended wait a single-vehicle crash. <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":"4172877","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — The off ramp of the eastbound 10 Freeway at Holt in West Covina was closed Monday night after a pursuit ended wait a single-vehicle crash.</p> <p>According to police, the vehicle was traveling at a high speed when the driver attempted to exit the freeway and lost control of the vehicle.</p> <p>One person was seen being placed into the back of a police car. There were no injuries reported.</p> <p>West Covina police officers requested help from the California Highway Patrol to close the off-ramp and right lane of the freeway while the investigation was ongoing.</p> Failure To Yield Suspect Is Chased By Police Until He Comes To Complete Stop https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/4157188-pursuit-ends-in-pit-maneuver-following-wild-chase/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:bb8e1dca-183f-afe9-f2d2-45fb39b2a0ad Sun, 01 Sep 2019 06:44:46 +0000 Police in Azusa noticed the driver also had expired tags. When they tried to pull him over, a chase was on. <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":"4157246","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>AZUSA (CBSLA) </strong> &#8212; The driver started with a failure to yield.</p> <p>Police in Azusa noticed the driver also had expired tags. When they tried to pull him over, a chase was on.</p> <p>A winding, hour-long, often too-fast, sometimes too-slow chase that ended with police employing a PIT maneuver.</p> <p>Sky2 was over the pursuit that started just after 5 p.m. in Azusa and and eventually ended in West Covina.</p> <p>Although the chase began with a simple failure to yield, the driver ended up committing many more infractions including speeding, reckless driving, not coming to a complete stop, running at least one red light and one stop sign, felony evading law enforcement and driving on the wrong side of the road. And those expired tags.</p> <p>The driver briefly got on the 60  and 10 Freeways but mostly drove around surface streets throughout Azusa, East LA, Montebello and Commerce.</p> <p>The driver and two passengers were all arrested and taken into custody.</p> <p><strong>Video Extra:</strong> To see the end of the pursuit including the suspect&#8217;s being taken into custody, <a href="https://cbsloc.al/2UmUWaY">click here.</a></p> Two Men Charged With Murder In Missing Firefighter Case https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/29/two-men-charged-with-murder-in-missing-firefighter-case/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:318cd81c-7593-67ec-8b92-4ffe37fe1790 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 19:38:14 +0000 Elijah Thomas Rouse, 18, of La Verne, and Shaun Cardarelli, 37, of San Gabriel, were both taken into custody Wednesday and are expected to be arraigned later this afternoon in Pomona. <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":"4155672","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>POMONA (CBSLA)</strong> &#8211; Two men were charged with murder Thursday in connection with the death of a 28-year-old part-time firefighter who went missing from West Covina.</p> <p>Elijah Thomas Rouse, 18, of La Verne, and Shaun Cardarelli, 37, of San Gabriel, were both <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/28/2-charged-with-murdering-west-covina-firefighter/">taken into custody Wednesday </a>. They were scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 24 in a Pomona courtroom.</p> <p>The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery, along with an allegation that both defendants used a knife in the commission of the crime.</p> <p>Prosecutors are expected to decide whether to seek the death penalty against the two at a later date.</p> <p>In the early morning hours of Aug. 23, burned human remains were found in the San Antonio Heights neighborhood of Upland after firefighters responded to a vegetation fire.</p> <p>The following day, on Aug. 24, Aguila’s family contacted authorities to report that he had not been heard from since the afternoon of Aug. 22 and did not show up to his job as a part-time firefighter with the Bureau of Land Management.</p> <div id="attachment_1034828" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignright"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1034828" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1034828" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="127" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg 1265w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=300,127 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=768,326 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=1024,435 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=640,272 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1034828" class="wp-caption-text">Authorities raid an apartment in La Verne, Calif., in connection with the suspected murder of John Aguila. Aug. 27, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>Investigators then learned that Aguila’s 2017 Honda Civic had been found and impounded in the city of San Dimas. Investigators also discovered surveillance video showing a man, not Aguila, driving the car into a San Dimas neighborhood, leaving it behind and walking away.</p> <p>Gloves and blood-covered clothing were discovered inside of the Honda by investigators, along with fingerprints of a man that led police to an address in La Verne. On Tuesday morning, West Covina police SWAT raided an apartment in the 1400 block of Third Street in La Verne, where they detained three people.</p> <div id="attachment_1034051" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1034051" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1034051" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="167" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg 982w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg?resize=300,167 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg?resize=768,427 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture-34.jpg?resize=640,356 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1034051" class="wp-caption-text">At the scene of where human remains were found by firefighters in Upland, Calif. Aug. 23, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>On Wednesday, police confirmed that they believe the body discovered in Upland may belong to Aguila. However, an autopsy is pending to confirm the identity.</p> <p>Police have not provided a motive in Aguila’s slaying or explained his possible relationship to the suspects.</p> <p>Rouse and Cararelli are each being held on $1 million bail.</p> Neighbors, Friends Of Murdered Firefighter Stunned Silent By The Grisly Nature Of The Crime https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/28/neighbors-friends-of-murdered-firefighter-stunned-silent-by-the-grisly-nature-of-the-crime/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:07ba2eda-5489-a001-5dbf-f644f7b680a1 Thu, 29 Aug 2019 06:01:06 +0000 WEST COVINA (CBSLA) — Two men have been charged with murdering a firefighter from West Covina whose burned body is believed to have been found in Upland last week. 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Rudy Lopez with the West Covina Police Department.</p> <p>CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Rachel Kim said Aguila&#8217;s family members didn’t want to comment on the arrest of the two men police say are responsible for his disappearance and death.</p> <p>She did talk to stunned neighbors.</p> <p><strong>RELATED LINK:</strong> <a href="https://cbsloc.al/2LeeYjz">2 Charged With Murdering West Covina Firefighter</a></p> <p>&#8220;I think this is just absolutely terrible. The whole day I was thinking oh, please don’t let the incident in Upland be him, please,&#8221; said Alexander Ngo.</p> <p>Aguila went missing on Thursday. After he didn’t show up for work as a part-time firefighter with the Bureau of Land Management, a search began.</p> <p>Investigators now believe he was murdered and his body may have been found.</p> <p>&#8220;The incident that we’re investigating is connected to a body that was found burned in the city of Upland,&#8221; said Lopez.</p> <p>On Friday, a body was found near Euclid and Mountain Avenue, in the San Antonio Heights neighborhood. Police say the body was burned so badly, it was unrecognizable. The same day, investigators located Aguila’s Honda Civic in San Dimas.</p> <div id="attachment_1034828" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1034828" loading="lazy" class="size-large wp-image-1034828" src="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?w=420" alt="" width="420" height="178" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg 1265w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=300,127 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=768,326 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=1024,435 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/08/Capture2-21.jpg?resize=640,272 640w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1034828" class="wp-caption-text">Authorities raid an apartment in La Verne in connection with the disappearance and suspected murder of 28-year-old John Brian Mananghaya Aguila, a firefighter from West Covina. Aug. 27, 2019. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>Security video shows a man abandoning the car in a residential neighborhood then walking away. Police say inside the trunk, they found gloves, bloody clothes and fingerprints.</p> <p>They said the fingerprints led them to a La Verne apartment complex on Tuesday. Now, detectives want to know what the motive was.</p> <p>&#8220;I hope that the people that were responsible for this get what they deserve,&#8221; said Ngo.</p> Gloves, Bloody Clothes Found In Vehicle Of Missing West Covina Firefighter; 3 Detained For Questioning https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/08/27/gloves-bloody-clothes-found-in-vehicle-of-missing-west-covina-man-3-detained-for-questioning/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:09601cfd-83e5-0985-ff70-ca01b1195f4b Wed, 28 Aug 2019 05:10:39 +0000 West Covina police detained three people Tuesday in connection with a missing 28-year-old man who has not been heard from since last week. <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":"4154408","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> —  West Covina police detained three people Tuesday in connection with a missing 28-year-old man who has not been heard from since last week.</p> <p>The family members of West Covina firefighter John Brian Mananghaya Aguila contacted West Covina police on Aug. 24 after not hearing from him for multiple days.</p> <p>According to the family, Aguila did not report to his job with the Bureau of Land Management or return home since Thursday, which they say is very uncharacteristic of him.</p> <p>During their investigation, police learned that Aguila&#8217;s white 2017 Honda Civic had been located and impounded in the city of San Dimas.</p> <p>Investigators found video surveillance that showed a male, that was determined not to be Aguila, leaving from the car and walking away.</p> <p><iframe class='youtube-player' width='420' height='237' src='https://www.youtube.com/embed/LYx0HEWVn6Y?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;fs=1&#038;autohide=2&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;wmode=transparent' allowfullscreen='true' style='border:0;'></iframe></p> <p>Gloves and blood-covered clothing were discovered inside of the Honda by investigators — along with fingerprints of a man that led police to an address in La Verne.</p> <p>On Tuesday morning, the West Covina PD SWAT team served a search warrant at a residence in the 1400 block of Third Street in La Verne.</p> <p>Three people inside the residence were detained pending further investigation.</p> <p>Aguila was not located during the search.</p> <p>According to police, one of the three people detained was the man seen leaving Aguila&#8217;s car on Friday.</p> <p>Investigators were on scene processing the location for any additional leads. The investigation is ongoing.</p> <p>The West Covina Police Department was asking anyone who has seen or has information regarding John Aguila to contact the WCPD at 626 939-8557.</p> WWII Veteran Celebrates Birthday At West Covina Donut Shop https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/06/13/wwii-vet-celebrates-birthday-at-donut-shop/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:617cc697-05ad-305a-29d0-217b89b70973 Thu, 13 Jun 2019 18:49:56 +0000 Rainbow Donuts in West Covina surprised WWII veteran Thomas House Thursday with a surprise birthday party that doubled as a going-away party. <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":"4104657","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Thomas House has been a regular at Rainbow Donuts in West Covina for more than 30 years.</p> <div id="attachment_1022536" style="width: 215px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1022536" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-1022536 " src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="205" height="150" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg 969w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg?resize=300,219 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg?resize=768,560 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg?resize=640,467 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/house-e1560451567466.jpg?resize=877,640 877w" sizes="(max-width: 205px) 100vw, 205px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1022536" class="wp-caption-text">Thomas House celebrates his birthday at his favorite donut shop. (CBS2)</p></div> <p>He started going there with his wife and continued going after her death 10 years ago. Even after losing the ability to drive, House still made his daily trips to the donut shop with the help of friends in the community who offered him rides.</p> <p>&#8220;Everybody has been so nice to me,&#8221; House said. &#8220;They made a new home for me after my wife died. Rainbow Donuts became my home.&#8221;</p> <p>But after suffering a fall, House&#8217;s children decided it would be best if the 98-year-old World War II veteran moved to an assisted living facility in San Diego.</p> <p>And with just a few days before he turns 99, the community came together to throw House a farewell birthday party at his beloved donut shop.</p> <p>House said he will be back to celebrate his 100th birthday next year.</p> Caretaker Charged With Manslaughter For Leaving Disabled Man To Die In Hot Car In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/06/07/caretaker-charged-with-manslaughter-for-leaving-disabled-man-to-die-in-hot-car-in-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:97768db0-14bb-fda3-44d5-efa989c958f7 Fri, 07 Jun 2019 18:05:07 +0000 Timothy Cortinas was left sitting in a car parked outside the caretaker’s home for several hours in triple-digit heat, authorities say. <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":"4100438","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>SAN DIMAS (CBSLA)</strong> – A 25-year-old caretaker has been charged with manslaughter, <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/04/investigation-death-intellectually-disabled-man-west-covina/">accused of leaving disabled man in a hot car</a> in West Covina for so long in August of 2018 that he died.</p> <p>Emanuel Arellano surrendered to deputies in San Dimas Thursday morning on one count of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 51-year-old Timothy Cortinas, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office reports. He is also charged with one count of dependent care abuse resulting in death.</p> <div id="attachment_1021480" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1021480" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1021480" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="170" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg 626w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg?resize=300,170 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/capture2-3.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1021480" class="wp-caption-text">An undated photo of Timothy Cortinas.</p></div> <p>On the night of Aug. 3, 2018, L.A. County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of South Frankfurt Avenue where they found Cortinas suffering from a medical emergency. He died at the scene.</p> <p>Investigators later learned that Cortinas had likely been left sitting in a car parked outside Arellano’s residence for several hours amid triple-digit temperatures.</p> <p>Cortinas was developmentally disabled and only spoke a few words.</p> <p>“That particular day, it was like 110 to 112 outside,” his mother, Irene Melendez, told CBS2 in an interview last October. “So my son fried to death.”</p> <p>According to authorities, Cortinas’ care home &#8212; Holy Family Children’s Care – called authorities within hours of Timothy not coming back from his day program. Holy Family told deputies it did not have Arellano’s phone number to call him.</p> <p>Melendez has <a href="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/10/09/hot-car-suit/">since filed a wrongful death lawsuit</a> against Holy Family Children’s Care, along with the San Gabriel Pomona Regional Developmental Center and Easterseals. The suit alleges negligent hiring, neglect of a dependent adult and false imprisonment.</p> <p>A warrant had been issued for Arellano’s arrest Tuesday prior to his surrender. He is being held on $50,000 bail.</p> Police Share Photos Of Suspects Believed To Have Shot And Killed An 18-Year-Old At West Covina House Party https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/06/03/west-covina-house-party-shooting/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:ef2e6e75-9485-bdcc-4d6a-a917c82303f7 Tue, 04 Jun 2019 06:00:02 +0000 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is hoping someone recognizes two young men who are suspects in the killing of 18-year-old Dennis Bracamonte. <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":"4097590","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> &#8211; The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is hoping someone recognizes two young men who are suspects in the killing of 18-year-old Dennis Bracamonte.</p> <p>Cell phone video showed chaos as a crowd began running after a shooting occurred at a house party in West Covina Friday night, killing Bracamonte.</p> <p><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1020840 alignleft" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="285" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png 785w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png?resize=300,285 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png?resize=768,730 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png?resize=640,608 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect1.png?resize=673,640 673w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a>&#8220;This shouldn’t have happened.  They just wiped everything from us,&#8221; said Bracamonte&#8217;s grandmother Joanne Torres.</p> <p>According to sheriff’s detectives, the shooting happened in the backyard of the house that had been rented out for the night through Airbnb.</p> <p>The party was advertised on social media, with a flyer saying there would be an entry fee of $5.</p> <p>According to neighbors they were selling NOS or Nitrous Oxide.</p> <p>There were reportedly kids walking to the party, each of them with two balloons in each hand.</p> <p>One of the suspects was seen on video footage wearing a backward red ball cap, while the second had a Raiders hat.<a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect2.png"><img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1020841 alignright" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect2.png?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="151" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect2.png 519w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/06/suspect2.png?resize=300,151 300w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p> <p>Detectives say up to 60 people were at the party at the time, so there were plenty of witnesses.</p> <p>&#8220;Please come forward.  I hope the person that did it feels remorse.  And would come forward himself if anything.  And if he doesn’t I hope he’s caught and justice is served,&#8221; said Bracamonte’s aunt Joannette Garibay.</p> Teen Dead, 3 Others Wounded In Shooting During West Covina Party https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/06/01/teen-dead-3-others-wounded-in-shooting-during-west-covina-party/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:2fa4e8c8-9a16-2f97-920c-39d594eba445 Sun, 02 Jun 2019 01:57:23 +0000 Price to get in was $5.  <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":"4096565","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) </strong> &#8212; One teenager is dead and three others injured following a shooting at a house party in West Covina.</p> <p>The shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Friday.</p> <p>The shooter is still at large, police say.</p> <p>CBS2/KCAL9 reporter Jeff Nguyen reported from outside the home where the shooting took place.</p> <p>A grainy video of teens running for their lives was posted on social media. The video shows the teens running in front of Alvin Trivette&#8217;s home after a deadly shooting two-doors over.</p> <p>&#8220;It was havoc. Kids just running up the block and screaming and horrified,&#8221; says neighbor Alvin Trivette.</p> <p>The shooting left one young man dead and two male teens and a female with non-life threatening injuries.</p> <p>Detectives say the house was advertised on social media and rented out for the party.</p> <p>Trivette says his daughter got a copy of the flyer advertising the party at school.</p> <p>Price to get in was $5.</p> <p>But there was more:</p> <p>&#8220;They were going to be selling NOS or Nitrous Oxide,&#8221; Trivette says, &#8220;There were so many kids walking to the party, each of them with two balloons in each hand.&#8221;</p> <p>There is evidence they were selling NOS in balloons and the party goers were inhaling that to get intoxicated, a police spokesperson told Nguyen.</p> <p>As you walk around the 300 block of North Hollow Avenue you can see balloon fragments scattered here and there.</p> <p>A few in front of Van Sim&#8217;s house which is next door to the shooting.</p> <p>&#8220;After shots rang out, they jumped over, to get away from the chaos. Jumped over my fence,&#8221; says Van Sims.</p> <p>Nguyen found the address for the party house listed on the Air BnB website &#8211; which heavily booked up for June, July and about half of August.</p> <p>Detectives believe the shooting happened in the backyard following an argument.</p> <p>It&#8217;s believe about 30 to 60 people were the party but no one has come forward with information on the shooter.</p> <p>Trivette says his sympathy is with the victim&#8217;s family.</p> <p>&#8220;There&#8217;s some parents somewhere around here, they&#8217;re in a nightmare right now,&#8221; Trivette says.</p> <p>Nguyen spoke to the family of the victim off camera. They were asking CBS2/KCAL9 not to reveal his name until all family could be notified. They did say the victim was 18 and about to graduate high school. They also said the victim&#8217;s 16-year-old brother was also one of the victims.</p> <p>The family is asking anyone who might know the identity of the shooter to please call the LA County Sheriff&#8217;s Department.</p> Stolen Van Takes Out Power Pole, Sheared Hydrant After Pursuit Into West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/05/07/west-covina-chase-crash-power-outage-hyrant-geyser/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:8c986ae2-ebda-d3a7-5138-bc9e585dc5a2 Tue, 07 May 2019 18:41:51 +0000 A stolen van being chased by police took out a power pole and sheared a hydrant, causing a power outage in West Covina Tuesday. <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":"4080330","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — A stolen van being chased by police took out a power pole and sheared a hydrant Tuesday, causing a power outage in West Covina.</p> <p>El Monte police began chasing the van at about 2:30 a.m. when the driver would not stop, prompting a police pursuit that got onto the 605 and 10 freeways. When the van got back onto surface streets, it crashed into a power pole and sheared a hydrant, causing a 30-foot geyser, at Merced and Sunset avenues.</p> <p>Police say the suspect tried to run off, but was eventually taken into custody. Luis Barcelo, 24, of Baldwin Park, was later booked on suspicion of grand theft auto.</p> <div id="attachment_1017102" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1017102" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-1017102" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="236" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg 1168w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=300,168 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=768,431 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=1024,575 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=640,359 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=1140,640 1140w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/05/west-covina-suv-in-yard.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1017102" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: CBS)</p></div> <p>The crash at Merced and Sunset caused traffic signals to stop working and was initially blamed for possibly causing another crash at Sunset and Francisquito about a mile away. At Sunset and Francisquito avenues, a black SUV and a medical van collided, sending the SUV crashing into the front yard of a home and overturning the medical van.</p> <p>There were reports that people in both vehicles were temporarily trapped. Authorities have since determined the two crashes were not related, but simply a coincidence due to happening just minutes of each other.</p> <p>The crash cut power to a nearby clinic, which in turn was forced to send patients away for the day due to the power outage.</p> <p>&#8220;We&#8217;re a really busy office, we see about 60 patients a day. So having them have to reschedule, either go to urgent care or to ER if needed, and our vaccines was like the biggest thing, having to make sure they&#8217;re saved so they&#8217;re not thrown out,&#8221; health care worker Vanessa Aguirre said.</p> <p>Westbound Merced at Sunset, and eastbound lanes at Orange, were closed for the crash investigation.</p> Porto’s Bakery Opens In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/04/30/portos-bakery-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:86fdffff-9f70-30a5-53bf-a63a477c40a3 Tue, 30 Apr 2019 15:59:24 +0000 The newest, and possibly the biggest, Porto’s Bakery opened Tuesday in West Covina, bringing its wildly popular pastries, potato balls and cheese rolls to the heart of the San Gabriel Valley. <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":"4075794","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — The newest, and possibly the biggest, Porto’s Bakery opened Tuesday in West Covina, bringing its wildly popular pastries, potato balls and cheese rolls to the heart of the San Gabriel Valley.</p> <div id="attachment_1016108" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1016108" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-1016108" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="248" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg 1200w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg?resize=300,177 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg?resize=768,453 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg?resize=1024,604 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg?resize=640,378 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/04/westco-portos-drone.jpg?resize=1085,640 1085w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1016108" class="wp-caption-text">(credit: CBS)</p></div> <p>The brand new bakery, built at the west end of the Plaza West Covina Mall, is easily visible from the 10 Freeway. The Cuban bakery, which got its start in Echo Park, opened large, brand-new bakeries and cafes in Downey and Buena Park and launched a <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/10/09/portos-pastry-shipping/">nationwide pastry shipping service</a> in recent years.</p> <p>Porto’s, which also has locations in Glendale and Burbank, is known for drawing so many customers on a daily basis, lines out the door are a regular sight. The bakery’s huge volume of sales helps keep prices low, bringing even more customers through the door, according to Betty Porto.</p> <p>“You gotta remember that we are a family owned and operated business,” she said. “So the people that come to the bakery are family people, and our clientele are hard-working people, people that work every day, with an extended family,” she said. “I want them to be able to enjoy our food and take it out.”</p> <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":"4075589","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> <p>When the Buena Park location opened in 2017, the <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/03/01/popular-portos-bakery-opens-in-orange-county-and-opening-day-lines-snake-around-the-block/">line to get in snaked around the block</a> on opening day, and the West Covina location is not expected to be any different. La Puente resident Larry Ford, who was first in line Tuesday, says he has waited too long to visit a Porto’s Bakery.</p> <p>“I worked in Glendale for 35 years near that location, and I was never able to go in because of my schedule,” he said. “So I didn’t know it, but I’ve been waiting 35 years for this one to open and I needed to be the first one here.”</p> <p>The West Covina location, at 584 S. Sunset Ave., opened its doors at 11 a.m.</p> Full Load Of Beer Spills Out After Semi Overturns Under 10 Freeway In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/03/07/beer-spills-out-semi-overturns-10-freeway-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:afd2e048-9aa4-2c18-b8c0-0d1cb536ddf2 Thu, 07 Mar 2019 16:45:11 +0000 Video from the scene showed the overturned semi with its contents of Modelo beer spilled out over the entire roadway. <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":"4042460","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – A big-rig carrying beer went off the side of a 10 Freeway on-ramp in West Covina Thursday morning, sending its large load spilling out on the roadway below.</p> <div id="attachment_1007791" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-1007791" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-1007791" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="169" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg 1280w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=1024,576 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=1138,640 1138w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2019/03/vlcsnap-2019-03-07-08h43m33s658.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-1007791" class="wp-caption-text">A semi-truck carrying Modelo beer overturned off the 10 Freeway in West Covina. March 7, 2019. (West Covina PD)</p></div> <p>At 6:30 a.m., the truck somehow drove off the westbound 10 Freeway on-ramp and crashed onto the Garvey Avenue underpass below, according to California Highway Patrol.</p> <p>Video from the scene showed the overturned semi with its contents of Modelo beer spilled out over the entire roadway.</p> <p>West Covina police reported that North Garvey Avenue was shut down in both directions between Fairway Lane and Hillhaven Drive as of 8:45 a.m. It’s unclear if there were any injuries.</p> <p>The exact cause and circumstances of the crash were not confirmed.</p> Man Killed, Woman Wounded In West Covina Shooting https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/02/21/man-killed-west-covina-shooting/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:cfa2cdee-1fa9-0d71-4879-88f2506b280c Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:26:27 +0000 The shooting was initially reported as assault with a deadly weapon in the 1200 block of South Larimore Avenue. When officers arrived at about 8:45 p.m., they found the two victims both suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p21"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p21").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4033376","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p21","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — A man was killed and a woman wounded in a shooting in West Covina, police said Thursday.</p> <p>The shooting was <a href="http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/02/20/west-covina-shooting/">initially reported as assault with a deadly weapon</a> in the 1200 block of South Larimore Avenue. When officers arrived at about 8:45 p.m., they found the two victims both suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which is assisting West Covina police with the investigation.</p> <p>Both were taken to the hospital, where the man was pronounced dead. The woman is in stable condition. Their identities have not been released.</p> <p>Investigators say they have no motive or suspect information at this time.</p> At Least 1 Injured In West Covina Shooting https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2019/02/21/man-killed-west-covina-shooting/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:b9acd38a-fb64-0732-948e-74b63f24e17c Thu, 21 Feb 2019 05:32:32 +0000 West Covina police responded to the scene in the 1200 block of S. Larimore Ave. shortly before 9 p.m. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p22"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p22").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"4033208","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p22","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — Police are investigating a shooting in a West Covina residential neighborhood that injured at least one person Wednesday night.</p> <p>West Covina police responded to the scene in the 1200 block of S. Larimore Ave. shortly before 9 p.m.</p> <p>At least one victim was transported to a local hospital.</p> <p><em>This story is developing.</em></p> Wrong-Way Driver Killed In Collision On 10 Freeway In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/12/24/wrong-way-driver-killed-in-collision-on-10-freeway-in-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:90b2d265-d6d0-1480-0c6c-c1f90e7b1c8e Mon, 24 Dec 2018 19:00:46 +0000 The driver of the other vehicle suffered moderate injuries. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p23"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p23").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p23","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – A 54-year-old woman who authorities said was driving the wrong way on the fog-enveloped 10 Freeway in West Covina died early Monday morning after colliding with an SUV, injuring the other driver.</p> <p>The crash occurred just before 3 a.m. on the eastbound 10 Freeway Freeway at Citrus Avenue, California Highway Patrol reports. The woman died at the scene.</p> <div id="attachment_997515" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/12/Capture-22.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-997515" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-997515" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/12/Capture-22.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="202" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/12/Capture-22.jpg 493w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/12/Capture-22.jpg?resize=300,202 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/12/Capture-22.jpg?resize=222,148 222w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-997515" class="wp-caption-text">(OnSceneTV)</p></div> <p>Witnesses reported the woman in a 1997 Honda Civic was honking at other vehicles as she drove slowly the wrong way, CHP said. Both the woman&#8217;s Honda and the 2016 Mazda SUV she struck overturned in left lanes, the CHP said.</p> <p>The driver of the Mazda, a 30-year-old man from San Diego, was hospitalized with moderate injuries.</p> <p>It was not known whether dense fog was a factor in the crash.</p> <p>A Sig Alert was issued and all eastbound lanes were temporarily closed, but have since reopened.</p> <p>The CHP is investigating. It’s unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the wreck.</p> <p><em>(© Copyright 2018 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)</em></p> Gathering For Paul Walker’s Birthday Turns Into Mall Parking Lot Melee https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/09/14/paul-walker-meetup-melee/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:347b4040-0474-60f2-3145-430d3dd8cc2a Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:17:00 +0000 Video shows the crowd pushing a security guard who had just gotten out of his truck, then one man punching him. The rest of the crowd turned their attention to the truck, tipping it, while others decided to jump on the hood. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p24"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p24").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3935412","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p24","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) </strong>— A gathering that was supposed to pay tribute to the late Paul Walker turned into a melee when mall security guards tried to break up the event.</p> <p>Car enthusiasts met up at 11 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of West Covina Plaza, 1111 Plaza Drive, to do donuts in the parking lot and drift, in honor of the &#8220;Fast and the Furious&#8221; actor.</p> <p>Video shows the crowd pushing a security guard who had just gotten out of his truck, then one man punching him. The rest of the crowd turned their attention to the truck, tipping it, while others decided to jump on the hood.</p> <p>West Covina police Lt. Travis Tibbetts said the assaults and vandalism are under investigation.</p> <p>Walker and a friend died in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita in 2013. The actor would have turned 45 on Wednesday.</p> West Covina Kickboxing Coach Arrested On Suspicion Of Sexually Abusing Child Students https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/25/eddie-ramirez-west-covina-kickboxing-coach-arrested/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a85574c6-93b6-a8e4-c67c-acade4d54098 Sun, 26 Aug 2018 05:43:59 +0000 Eddie Ramirez, 62, was arrested Thursday at The Lab Creative Arts Studio in West Covina for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sexual battery. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p25"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p25").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3923848","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p25","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><div id="attachment_978152" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-978152" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-978152" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="219" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg 900w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg?resize=300,157 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg?resize=768,401 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/08/eddie-ramirez.jpg?resize=640,334 640w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-978152" class="wp-caption-text">Kickboxing coach Eddie Ramirez, 62, is accused of sexually abusing his underage students at a West Covina dance studio. (SOURCE: West Covina Police Dept.)</p></div> <p><strong>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) —</strong> Police have arrested a San Gabriel Valley kickboxing instructor on suspicion of sexually abusing several of his students.</p> <p>Eddie Ramirez, 62, was arrested Thursday at The Lab Creative Arts Studio in West Covina for lewd and lascivious acts with a child and sexual battery, the West Covina Police Dept. announced.</p> <p>The agency said the arrest stems from alleged incidents in 2017 and 2018 with his juvenile students.</p> <p>Police believe there might be additional victims. Anyone with information is urged to call West Covina PD at (626)404-4305.</p> Homicide Detectives Investigate Death Of Intellectually-Disabled Man In West Covina https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/04/investigation-death-intellectually-disabled-man-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:9ef24216-1f9a-b64a-8cdf-aa07730c8110 Sat, 04 Aug 2018 17:33:19 +0000 Detectives believe the victim may have been accidentally left in the car for an unknown amount of time. The driver of that car was detained for questioning. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p26"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p26").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3667428","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p26","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – Authorities are investigating whether an intellectually-disabled man who died in West Covina Friday night was left in a car for too long.</p> <p>Just after 8 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 300 block of South Frankfurt Avenue where they found a man in his 50s suffering from a medical emergency.</p> <p>He died at the scene. His name was not released.</p> <p>Detectives later learned the victim may have been accidentally left in a car for an unknown period of time, the sheriff’s department reports.</p> <p>The sheriff’s department reports the driver of the car has been detained and is cooperating with homicide detectives. It was unclear if the victim was alone in the vehicle when deputies and firefighters arrived on the scene, or who initially called 911.</p> <p>The cause and circumstances of the man’s death remain under investigation.</p> Teen Shot, Wounded By Officer In La Puente Following Pursuit, Crash Of Stolen Car https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/06/12/stolen-vehicle-suspect-shot-by-officer-la-puente-pursuit/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:74465f42-bedf-b0c4-e380-3f62eef21cbd Tue, 12 Jun 2018 15:41:51 +0000 The 18-year-old suspect is expected to survive. He was driving a stolen vehicle, authorities said. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p27"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p27").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3880640","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p27","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>LA PUENTE (CBSLA)</strong> – An 18-year-old man driving a stolen vehicle was shot and wounded by a West Covina police officer following a pursuit and crash late Monday night in a La Puente neighborhood, authorities said.</p> <p>The shooting occurred at 11:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of Sandy Hook Avenue.</p> <div id="attachment_965838" style="width: 310px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-965838" loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-965838" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg?w=300" alt="" width="300" height="148" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg 1119w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg?resize=300,148 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg?resize=768,379 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg?resize=1024,505 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/06/capture81.jpg?resize=640,316 640w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-965838" class="wp-caption-text">(CBS2)</p></div> <p>According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the incident began when a West Covina police officer heard a call about a possible nearby robbery on his radio and then noticed an older Honda speeding by.</p> <p>Thinking that the Honda may somehow be connected to the robbery, the officer attempted pull it over. However, when the suspect failed to stop, a short chase ensued.</p> <p>The pursuit lasted about one minute before the suspect crashed into a center median on Hacienda Boulevard near Maplegrove Street, LASD reports.</p> <p>The suspect then jumped out and ran. The officer gave chase, still in his patrol cruiser.</p> <p>At some point, the officer shot the suspect while he was trying to detain him. The suspect was struck once in the upper torso. He was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. His name was not released. The officer was not hurt.</p> <p>It was later determined that the suspect was not connected to the robbery, but was in fact driving a stolen vehicle, the sheriff’s department said.</p> <p>It is unclear if the officer fired on the suspect from the patrol vehicle or after he had exited the cruiser.</p> <p>Sheriff’s department detectives are investigating.</p> Local Mayor Steps Down Amid Drug Probe, Says People Are ‘Mean,’ ‘Bigoted’ Toward Addicts https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/05/17/west-covina-mayor-mike-spence-steps-down-drugs-hotel/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:a5134005-a93f-4c8b-0064-9ba14362dfb8 Fri, 18 May 2018 06:16:11 +0000 "I want to apologize for the distraction that my personal feelings have had on the city," former West Covina Mayor Mike Spence told the city council. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p28"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p28").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3866289","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p28","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) —</strong> A local mayor who was found surrounded by drugs and paraphernalia has stepped down from his post, and he used his resignation to point out how people with addiction are treated in his community.</p> <p>The West Covina City Council was slated to decide the fate of Mayor Mike Spence, who became the subject of a police investigation when he was found unconscious in a Costa Mesa hotel room with what they called &#8220;controlled substances.&#8221; Up until Thursday, Spence had denied knowing about the drugs.</p> <p>However, the council&#8217;s job was done for them when Spence stepped down voluntarily.</p> <p>&#8220;I want to apologize for the distraction that my personal feelings have had on the city,&#8221; Spence told the council and congregants.</p> <p>&#8220;At this point, I want to announce I&#8217;m resigning as mayor of West Covina,&#8221; Spence said before receiving applause.</p> <p>The Costa Mesa Police Dept. on Thursday released the 911 call made by a person he was with during the May 4th incident.</p> <p>&#8220;He may have overdosed,&#8221; the person tells the 911 operator. &#8220;I would say heroin.&#8221;</p> <p>Spence admitted to having had substance abuse problems in the past, having plead guilty to driving under the influence of methamphetamines after he crashed his car into a utility pole in 2016.</p> <p>Thursday night, he addressed the issue of addiction.</p> <p>&#8220;There are people in this community that are mean and bigoted towards people that have addiction,&#8221; Spence said as he became emotional.</p> <p>Spence was not arrested after the incident in May, but Costa Mesa police are still investigating and plan to turn their findings over to the Orange County District Attorney&#8217;s office.</p> <p>Spence said though he was leaving his post as mayor on June 1st, he is not resigning from the West Covina City Council until his term is up in November.</p> Caught On Camera: Officer Grabs For Woman’s Cellphone While She’s Filming Him https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/04/18/caught-on-camera-officer-grabs-for-womans-cellphone-while-shes-filming-him/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:6a632f4e-f0e9-d3a0-3120-1eeea1aef737 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:29:10 +0000 The woman was stopped by police for a traffic stop. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p29"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p29").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3848500","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p29","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) </strong> &#8212; A West Covina woman says she was filming her encounter with a police officer when he lunged for her cellphone to keep her from recording.</p> <p>She posted that video online and it&#8217;s going viral.</p> <p>Meanwhile, the West Covina Police Department is defending the officer&#8217;s actions, reports KCAL9&#8217;s Tina Patel.</p> <p>The woman was stopped by police for a traffic stop.</p> <p>The question people are asking Wednesday evening is whether the officer went too far.</p> <p>That&#8217;s what police say they are trying to figure out. They say Eileen Aquino has filed an alleged misconduct complaint against the officer.</p> <p>She posted the video with the message, &#8220;I&#8217;m only posting this to show people that it doesn&#8217;t matter if you are a law abiding citizen, the #westcovinapd are so crooked, everything you&#8217;ve heard about them is true.&#8221;</p> <p>Police said the officer pulled the car over last Thursday because the vehicle didn&#8217;t have proper license plates.</p> <p>They said when they learned the driver had previous convictions for battery against an officer, and was currently on probation for arson, they decided to search the car.</p> <p>That is when the confrontation over the cellphone allegedly took place.</p> <p>Police said people do have the right to tape traffic stops and that the officer wasn&#8217;t trying to stop her from doing that when he asked for the phone.</p> <p>&#8220;Typically officers want people&#8217;s hands to be free from anything, holding onto anything when they come out of the car. they don&#8217;t want to be struck with it,&#8221; says Lt. Travis Tibbetts of the West Covina Police.</p> <p>Patel asked CBS2/KCAL9 Legal Analyst Steve Meister to watch the video.</p> <p>&#8220;Each of them was trying to control the other, unnecessarily. It got out of hand. He should not have reached in the car,&#8221; Meister believes.</p> <p>He added, &#8220;I think this officer needs to have some re-training in how to de-escalate a simple situation so that  it doesn&#8217;t get out of hand.&#8221;</p> <p>West Covina Police say that could happen.</p> <p>&#8220;You know there may be some training points out of this, it&#8217;s hard to say without doing a complete investigation. it would be unfair not only for the complainant, but for the officer involved,&#8221; Tibbetts said.</p> <p>Aquino is also claiming officers assaulted her and her husband outside the vehicle.</p> <p>&#8220;Meanwhile the other officer had my husband Chris on the floor kicking him and punching him in his face ..This was the WORSE most traumatizing experience of my life. People don&#8217;t deserve to get treated like this. We were fully cooperative,&#8221;</p> <p>Police say their dash-cam video shows a different version of events. And they said while Aquino was handcuffed, there was never any kicking or punching.</p> <p>Our legal expert says you have the right to hold on to your phone unless police ask to search you.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Boutique That Left Brides-To-Be Bummed Out Last Summer Back For Bargain Blowout Friday https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/01/12/boutique-that-left-brides-to-be-bummed-out-back-for-bargain-blowout-friday/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:61f459b4-cdea-5f6c-7704-016b633021b6 Sat, 13 Jan 2018 03:36:24 +0000 A popular wedding boutique that closed down abruptly in July was open for a huge sale Friday, and some future brides brought backup. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p30"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p30").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3792043","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p30","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><div id="attachment_934836" style="width: 430px" class="wp-caption alignleft"><a href="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-934836" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-934836" src="https://denver.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg" alt="" width="420" height="236" srcset="https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg 1280w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=300,169 300w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=768,432 768w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=1024,576 1024w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=640,360 640w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=310,174 310w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=1138,640 1138w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=320,180 320w, https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14984641/2018/01/alfredbridal.jpg?resize=620,349 620w" sizes="(max-width: 420px) 100vw, 420px" /></a><p id="caption-attachment-934836" class="wp-caption-text">Shaian Tait trying on a dress at an Alfred Angelo sale Friday, Jan. 12, 2018.</p></div> <p><strong>WEST COVINA (CBSLA) —</strong> A popular wedding boutique that left thousands of brides-to-be bummed-out and stood-up last year was back with a huge sale Friday, and one father of the bride was along for the bargain blowout.</p> <p>The national chain Alfred Angelo Bridal <a href="http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2017/07/14/bridal-shop-closes/">abruptly closed its doors due to bankruptcy in July</a>, to the horror of many women poised to have their nuptials.</p> <p>Friday, the company reopened a shop in West Covina to get rid of their inventory, and some of the young betrothed brought along backup.</p> <p>&#8220;First time experiencing this, and it&#8217;s a madhouse,&#8221; Thomas Tait told CBS2 News.</p> <p>His daughter Shaian gave him two tasks as she shopped: first, to carry the dresses, and second, to serve as muscle in case of a brawl.</p> <p>&#8220;I need him,&#8221; said Shaian. &#8220;These girls are crazy.&#8221;</p> <p>With $5,000 dresses going for $299, the commotion was understandable.</p> <p>While the most difficult thing for shoppers was finding a place to try on the gown in the packed store, the hardest thing for Thomas Tait might have been holding back the tears.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s sinking in now. It&#8217;s a reality now,&#8221; said Tait. &#8220;I&#8217;ll hold back for a while.&#8221;</p> Serial Burglar, Attempted Murder Suspect Behind Bars https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/12/17/serial-burglar-attempted-murder-suspect-behind-bars/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:23d91876-12ac-ea68-f217-a0fc925f1d93 Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:17:41 +0000 Police said they located suspect Christopher Arenas last night just before midnight hiding behind the $3.99 Pizza Company. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p31"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p31").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3667427","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p31","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> &#8212;    Authorities have announced the arrest of a suspect wanted for attempted murder and a series of break-ins in West Covina.</p> <p>Police said they located suspect Christopher Phillip Arenas last night just before midnight hiding behind the $3.99 Pizza Company (2435 S. Azusa Avenue in West Covina.)</p> <p>Arenas initially ran from the police but was eventually found hiding in some bushes, officials said.</p> <p>He was booked at the West Covina Police Department.</p> <p><strong>RELATED LINK:</strong> <a href="http://cbsloc.al/2BvRy6z">Intruder Lost His Shorts After Hurriedly Fleeing Big Homeowner &#8212; &#8216;He Screamed Like A Banshee&#8217;</a></p> <p>On Saturday evening, KCAL9&#8217;s Robert Gray interviewed West Covina neighbors who wanted Arenas caught.</p> <p>Arenas is accused of severely beating a 68-year-old woman, stealing at least one car and wrecking it as well as breaking into several homes.</p> <p>The suspect encountered homeowner Harold Cox, self-described as a large man.</p> <p>When Arenas ran into Cox, the homeowner went after him and almost apprehended him.</p> <p>&#8220;He screamed bloody murder,&#8221; Cox said, &#8220;Screaming like a banshee. I don&#8217;t know if it was the size of me or if he thought I had a weapon, but he just took off.&#8221;</p> Intruder Lost His Shorts After Hurriedly Fleeing Big Homeowner — ‘He Screamed Like A Banshee’ https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/12/16/neighbors-in-west-covina-fed-up-with-home-invasions-attacks-and-the-suspect-responsible/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:cb64e74e-4439-b412-211b-0f8cecc3ac71 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 06:28:50 +0000 The violent suspect has residents on edge. And literally fighting mad. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p32"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p32").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3778959","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p32","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong>  &#8212; Neighbors of a West Covina neighborhood are fed up with home invasions and attacks.</p> <p>KCAL9&#8217;s Robert Gray spoke to one homeowner who tried to fight back.</p> <p>The violent suspect has residents on edge. And literally fighting mad.</p> <p>&#8220;I almost had him.&#8221; says Harold Cox., &#8220;I almost had him.&#8221;</p> <p>He came face-to-face with Christopher Phillip Arenas in his living room late Thursday night.</p> <p>Cox had no idea that Arenas is the suspect in a series of crimes in the area including the  severe beating of a 68-year-old woman and stealing and wrecking a car. Police said he was also responsible for breaking into several homes.</p> <p>The homeowner says he grabbed a nutcracker and went after the intruder.</p> <p>&#8220;As I chased him along, not knowing that this window had even been damaged, he just barreled through it, the blinds. And out the window.&#8221;</p> <p>Gray asked how Arenas reacted when he saw Cox, a large man.</p> <p>&#8220;He screamed bloody murder,&#8221; Cox said, &#8220;Screaming like a banshee. I don&#8217;t know if it was the size of me or if he thought I had a weapon, but he just took off.&#8221;</p> <p>Police say Arenas lost his shorts and cellphone while jumping a fence to escape.</p> <p>Another neighbor told Gray off-camera that he caught the suspect on video inside his home.</p> <p>The police also have video of Arenas just before he stole a car and headed for the Shadow Oak Park neighborhood.</p> <p>Rose De Ocampo grew up on this street and is disconcerted by the break-ins.</p> <p>&#8220;The reaction is scary. We&#8217;re all on alert with who goes through this neighborhood now,&#8221; De Ocampo says.</p> <p>Neighbrs told Gray they&#8217;re stepping up their home security and sharing a home security alert through an on-line app.</p> <p>West Covina Police say Arenas has a long record and he is dangerous. Anyone who has information on his whereabouts is asked to call police.</p> <p><a href="http://cbsloc.al/2BCQAoS">(UPDATE: Arenas was arrested Saturday evening before midnight. Police said he was hiding behind a pizza place in West Covina.)</a></p> 3 Teens Found In Parked Car In Apparent Medical Distress, Suspicious Death Investigation Underway https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/11/25/suspected-overdose-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:3dce22a2-e4e0-0a4b-f609-c1994428339e Sun, 26 Nov 2017 06:33:17 +0000 A young man is dead and two others are hospitalized after West Covina neighbors found three teens parked in a car Saturday morning in apparent medical distress. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p33"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p33").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3768135","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p33","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> — A young man is dead and two others are hospitalized after West Covina neighbors found three teens parked in a car Saturday morning in apparent medical distress.</p> <p>Video from a neighbor’s security camera shows the Hyundai Sonata arriving on Michelle St. just before 12:30 a.m. and people remaining inside.</p> <p>Just before 4 a.m., two people walk up to the vehicle, look inside and take off running. Minutes later, four people go to the car. They appear to have flashlights, open doors and appear to look through the car, take something and leave with it.</p> <p>It would be more than six hours before a neighbor approached the car and immediately called 911.</p> <p>Neighbors watched as paramedics pulled the young men from the vehicle. Police say there were no signs of trauma or obvious physical injuries.</p> <p>One teen was pronounced dead at the hospital and the two others were initially listed in critical condition.</p> <p>Police and neighbors are now looking for answers.</p> <p>&#8220;The window was down, the driver’s window was down one guy was like, he was moaning and groaning,&#8221; said neighbor Michael Williams. &#8220;I tried to wake the guy up and see what he had taken and so I asked, &#8216;Did you take anything?&#8217; And he said, &#8216;No, I didn&#8217;t.'&#8221;</p> <p>Police say they suspect it was an overdose. Findings are pending results of toxicology reports.</p> Woman Killed In West Covina Hit-And-Run https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/09/28/woman-killed-west-covina/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:b8db8cc6-cf04-effe-89ba-501e491d3ae5 Thu, 28 Sep 2017 14:33:27 +0000 The suspect remains at large. The victim was crossing the street when she was struck. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p34"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p34").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3737664","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p34","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>WEST COVINA (CBSLA)</strong> – A woman in her 30s has died after being struck by a hit-and-run driver in West Covina overnight Wednesday.</p> <p>According to West Covina police, just after 1 a.m. Thursday the woman was crossing Francisquito Avenue at South Azusa Avenue when she was struck by a vehicle traveling north on Francisquito. The vehicle did not stop.</p> <p>The woman was rushed to a hospital in critical condition, but died from her injuries just after 5:30 a.m., police said.</p> <p>There was no immediate description of the driver. The car was described as a light-colored compact vehicle.</p> <p>Francisquito Avenue was expected to remain closed in both directions through about 8 a.m. while police cleared the scene.</p> Family Mourns West Covina Woman, 84, Killed By ‘Horrendous’ West Nile Virus https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2017/09/21/family-mourns-west-covina-woman-84-killed-by-horrendous-west-nile-virus/ West Covina – CBS Los Angeles urn:uuid:3e71ff49-5495-1c63-f105-dfba5dff36be Thu, 21 Sep 2017 07:04:06 +0000 "What keeps me going is I'm so darn mad that a little mosquito took down my active mom," Suzi Howe said. <div class="featured-video"><div id="p35"></div><script>cbsoptanon.onScriptsReady(function(cmp){cmp.ot.targetingAllowed(function(a){if(a) AnvatoPlayer("p35").init({"mcp":"cbs","width":"100%","height":"100%","video":"3733922","autoplay":false,"titleVisible":false,"accessKey":"5VD6Eyd6djewbCmNwBFnsJj17YAvGRwl","accessControl":{"preview":false},"pInstance":"p35","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 FELIZ  (CBSLA.com)  —   </strong> Family remembered the loved one taken by an illness most people don&#8217;t think about.</p> <p>West Nile virus can be deadly for the elderly or people with compromised immune systems.</p> <p>&#8220;She was unconscious, we had her on a ventilator, and we took her off the ventilator on Monday,&#8221; said Suzi Howe about her mother, 84-year-old Julie Shepherd.</p> <p>Just two days after losing her mother,  Howe wants everyone to know what took the life of her mother.</p> <p>&#8220;What keeps me going is I&#8217;m so darn mad that a little mosquito took down my active mom,&#8221; Howe said.</p> <p>She believes her mom was bitten by a mosquito somewhere around her West Covina home.  Shepherd had no idea what was wrong with her but she started complaining of extreme fatigue. Then, over Labor Day weekend, a neighbor found her on the kitchen floor confused.</p> <p>By the time she was taken to the hospital, Shepherd was paralyzed on her right side. Days later, the once healthy and active grandmother was diagnosed with West Nile.</p> <p>&#8220;Between her going paralyzed, unconscious, in a coma, you could just see her wasting away. It was horrendous to watch,&#8221; Howe said.</p> <p>Howe says over the next several days, West Nile ravaged her mother&#8217;s brain and nervous system. When there was no improvement, Howe and her family decided to take Shepherd off life support.</p> <p>&#8220;It&#8217;s just heartbreaking, it&#8217;s heartbreaking,&#8221; Howe says.</p> <p>Shepherd&#8217;s family is glad to see that LA County&#8217;s Vector Control District was out Wednesday afternoon, going door-to-door, spreading the word about West Nile and the precautions people should take.</p> <p>&#8220;I just want people to take it seriously because it&#8217;s spreading and I don&#8217;t want to see anybody else go through it because it&#8217;s horrendous,&#8221; said Howe.</p>