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  • This La Verne gas station has great breakfast burritos, but not for long

    This La Verne gas station has great breakfast burritos, but not for long

    Alpha Dogs, a family-run hot dog stand that serves burritos, bacon-wrapped hot dogs and burgers inside a Mobil gas station/car wash in La Verne, will close June 30 after four years in business.  The stand is known for serving breakfast burritos such as the Alpha, made with bacon, sausage, eggs,...

  • Get a schooling in relaxation at Claremont

    Get a schooling in relaxation at Claremont

    Weekend Escape | Claremont: A vibrant downtown beckons, where you can get your fill of restaurants, shops, art galleries and more.

  • Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    Banh mi goes gourmet; here's 11 of Los Angeles' best

    The latest wave of sandwich shops (Hero Shop, Superba Food + Bread, Trencher) and modern Vietnamese cafes (East Borough, Phorage) in Los Angeles have generated tantalizing new spins on banh mi, the beloved Vietnamese sandwich that is the culinary result of French colonialism in Southeast Asia. ...

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  • Rents rose as problems lingered at trailer park operated by L.A. County Fair Assn.

    Rents rose as problems lingered at trailer park operated by L.A. County Fair Assn.

    Day and night, the stench of raw sewage wafted through the aging trailer park in Pomona. The odor billowed from scores of uncapped pipes that empty the waste tanks underneath the trailers. "Any time anybody flushes their sewage out of their tanks, you smell it," said Dave Smith, 62, who has lived...

  • Passengers evacuated after Metrolink train catches fire

    Passengers evacuated after Metrolink train catches fire

    A Southern California commuter train caught fire just after pulling into a station in Pomona on Friday, officials said. More than 250 passengers on a Metrolink train headed from Los Angeles to San Bernardino were evacuated after a blaze was reported in the locomotive about 4 p.m., Metrolink spokesman...

  • After suspected drug overdose deaths, Fairplex has no plans to host raves in 2016

    After suspected drug overdose deaths, Fairplex has no plans to host raves in 2016

    Seven months after two young women died of suspected drug overdoses after attending a rave concert at the fairgrounds, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. said Tuesday that the group is not planning to host raves this year. “We are not looking to host [electronic dance music] concerts...

  • Ecstasy overdose caused death of UCLA student who went to rave at county fairgrounds

    Ecstasy overdose caused death of UCLA student who went to rave at county fairgrounds

    As Los Angeles County officials consider new rules on raves Tuesday, the coroner has determined that an Ecstasy overdose caused the death of an 18-year-old UCLA student who attended a rave at the county fairgrounds in Pomona last summer. Tracy Nguyen, of West Covina, was about to enter her second...

  • More than $1 million paid to head of L.A. County Fair Assn. as financial losses mount

    More than $1 million paid to head of L.A. County Fair Assn. as financial losses mount

    The nonprofit association that runs the Los Angeles County Fair paid its top executive more than $1 million in total compensation in 2014, the fifth straight year the organization reported financial losses, newly obtained records show. After The Times reported in November that chief executive James...

  • Family of man killed in Pomona shooting sues ex-LAPD officer and L.A.

    Family of man killed in Pomona shooting sues ex-LAPD officer and L.A.

    The parents of the man allegedly killed in Pomona by an off-duty Los Angeles police rookie filed a lawsuit Thursday against the city and the former officer. The parents of Salome Rodriguez Jr. allege that Henry Solis subjected their son to excessive force, unreasonable search, and assault and battery,...

  • Sentenced to prison for assault, teenage 'parachute kids' deliver warning to adults in China
    Sentenced to prison for assault, teenage 'parachute kids' deliver warning to adults in China

    Xinlei “John” Zhang was 15 when he moved to Southern California to get an American education.

    He lived in a private boarding house for teens like himself, so-called “parachute kids” studying at U.S. high schools while their parents stayed behind in China. He fell in with the wrong crowd.

    On Wednesday,...

  • Transient killed elderly La Verne couple for a cellphone, prosecutors say
    Transient killed elderly La Verne couple for a cellphone, prosecutors say

    The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has charged a transient with capital murder, accusing him of bludgeoning an elderly La Verne couple to death and stealing the wife’s cellphone.

    Luke Fabela, 23, was charged in the deaths of Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89, the owners...

  • Girl is found safe in Pomona after being kidnapped by grandmother, officials say
    Girl is found safe in Pomona after being kidnapped by grandmother, officials say

    A 7-year-old girl who was allegedly kidnapped by her grandmother was found safe Wednesday in Pomona, hours after San Bernardino County authorities launched a search for the girl.

    Jasmine "Jazzie" Felix was found walking near Garey Avenue and Phillips Boulevard with her grandmother, Teresa Arias,...

  • Why thousands flocked to Pomona Fairplex's 'Asian version of a county fair'
    Why thousands flocked to Pomona Fairplex's 'Asian version of a county fair'

    Blending elements of a trade show, food festival, product showcase, fashion show and concert venue, the Asian American Expo offered a sweeping, kaleidoscopic view of Southland Asian commerce at the Pomona Fairplex on Sunday.

    The expo began in 1982 as a perk for advertisers in the Chinese Consumer...

  • Six of the most memorable, new local craft brews from 2015
    Six of the most memorable, new local craft brews from 2015

    Craft breweries in Los Angeles had a banner year in 2015, with scads of newcomers offering exciting brews alongside favorite brands from veteran breweries. It was difficult to keep track of all the new breweries opening around town, let alone stay on top of all the new beer releases. But the following...

  • Pomona man who allegedly set woman afire faces court appearance
    Pomona man who allegedly set woman afire faces court appearance

    A man who is accused of pouring gasoline on a woman and setting her on fire, killing her, remained in police custody on $1-million bail Monday.

    Police arrested Clarence Duwell Dear, 51, on suspicion of murder Sunday following a tip that he’d been spotted boarding a bus in Altadena. Detectives had...

  • Suspect arrested in death of Pomona woman who was set ablaze on Christmas Day

    The man suspected of killing a Pomona woman by dousing her in gasoline and setting her ablaze on Christmas Day was arrested Sunday on a bus in Pasadena.

    Clarence Duwell Dear of Pomona, 51, was captured without incident, according to a KTLA-5 report. No other details of the arrest were immediately...

  • Boys' basketball: Damien improves to 8-0 behind Bryce Peters, Isaiah White

    The Baseline League is home to the best player in the state, point guard Lonzo Ball of Chino Hills.

    But there's another point guard who also can dunk, make great passes and lead his team to victory.

    His name is Bryce Peters of Damien, a Colorado signee who came through with 16 points, eight assists...

  • Pomona police shoot gunman during traffic stop, authorities say

    Pomona police shot and wounded a gunman during a traffic stop early Sunday, police said.

    The incident began when an officer conducted a traffic stop about 1:30 a.m. in the 800 block of South Buena Vista Avenue, said Deputy Lillian Peck of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

    The male suspect...

  • Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week
    Shop arts and crafts, shop at new stores, shop deals or shop for charity this week

    Shopping choices abound this season in Southern California, with new stores opening, retailers hosting charitable fundraisers, craft markets popping up and more.

    Here's a sampling:

    Openings

    Luxury optical retailer Vitra Eyewear has opened at South Coast Plaza, 3333 Bear St., Costa Mesa. The store...

  • Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?
    Fortune struck for these Syrian migrants, but can they make it in California?

    Just after sundown, a woman peeks into Room 209.

    Fouad Wawieh and his family appraise her warily. The woman, a resident of this one-star motel on Pomona's rough north side, gestures sloppily for a cigarette. Fouad, who has been chain-smoking Egyptian cigarettes while chopping cucumbers for a salad,...

  • In welcoming Syrian refugees, Rep. Norma Torres sees a bit of herself
    In welcoming Syrian refugees, Rep. Norma Torres sees a bit of herself

    Rep. Norma Torres (D-Pomona) walked through the carpeted prayer room at the Islamic Center of Claremont in her bare feet, pausing to meet with members of two Syrian families who arrived in Southern California this fall.

    The stories she heard from the Kanjou and Wawieh families, about fleeing the...

  • Citing big pay, lawmaker calls for state audit of L.A. County Fair Assn.
    Citing big pay, lawmaker calls for state audit of L.A. County Fair Assn.

    A Pomona assemblyman called Thursday on the state Legislature to conduct a far-reaching audit of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., saying he was shocked to learn of the large pay packages awarded to its top managers in years when the organization lost money.

    “How can this happen?” said Assemblyman...

  • 14-year-old boy arrested in teen sister's stabbing death in Claremont
    14-year-old boy arrested in teen sister's stabbing death in Claremont

    A teenage boy in Claremont was arrested Wednesday night after police said he stabbed his older sister to death with a kitchen knife.

    Lt. Mike Ciszek, a detective with the Claremont Police Department, said they received a call about 5:07 p.m., a 911 transfer call from the California Highway Patrol,...

  • Boy, 14, held in killing of sister in Claremont
    Boy, 14, held in killing of sister in Claremont

    Police in Claremont arrested a teenage boy Wednesday on suspicion of slaying his sister.

    Officers from the Claremont Police Department were called about 5 p.m. to the 300 block of Andover Drive for a reported stabbing, police told KABC-TV Channel 7.

    A girl who was described only as under 18 was...

  • Attorney general should investigate L.A. fair group, congresswoman says
    Attorney general should investigate L.A. fair group, congresswoman says

    A Pomona congresswoman has asked the California attorney general's office to launch an investigation into the Los Angeles County Fair Assn., in part because of the large salaries and bonuses the money-losing nonprofit organization has paid its executives.

    Rep. Norma Torres, a Democrat whose district...

  • 30 sent to hospitals from Halloween raves in Pomona, San Bernardino
    30 sent to hospitals from Halloween raves in Pomona, San Bernardino

    At least 30 people were rushed to hospitals from raves held at fairgrounds in Pomona and San Bernardino during the Halloween weekend, authorities said this week. 

    Ambulances took 26 people to hospitals from the Escape: Psycho Circus rave at the National Orange Show Events Center fairgrounds in...

  • Head of money-losing L.A. County Fair Assn. made nearly $900,000 in total compensation
    Head of money-losing L.A. County Fair Assn. made nearly $900,000 in total compensation

    The Los Angeles County Fair Assn. was formed in 1940 to promote the region's then-booming agriculture industry. For generations, the nonprofit organization's annual fair crowned prize-winning hogs, taught children about crops and showcased thoroughbred racing.

    But over the years, the association...

  • Nearly 500 arrested at electronic music festivals in Pomona, San Bernardino
    Nearly 500 arrested at electronic music festivals in Pomona, San Bernardino

    Nearly 500 people were arrested this weekend at two electronic music festivals in Pomona and San Bernardino, authorities said.

    On Sunday, the second and final day of the Halloween-themed HARD Day of the Dead festival at the Pomona Fairplex, 162 people were arrested, according to figures released...

  • Hard Day of the Dead reverses policy, will give media credentials
    Hard Day of the Dead reverses policy, will give media credentials

    Reversing an earlier decision, the organizers behind the Hard Day of the Dead festival will now give members of the media credentials to cover the event. 

    In a statement, organizers said: “Due to interest and demand from media to cover the artists and performers at Hard, the organizers have revised...

  • Judge sends taekwondo instructor to prison for sexually abusing girls

    A taekwondo instructor was sentenced Monday to more than four years in state prison after a Pomona jury convicted him of sexually abusing children.

    Marc Scott Gitelman, 50, was also ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender, according to the sentence handed down by Los Angeles County Superior...

  • DNA identifies suspect in 1986 killing of Agoura Hills boy
    DNA identifies suspect in 1986 killing of Agoura Hills boy

    Miguel Antero hopped off the school bus on a spring day in 1986 but he never came home.

    His body -- covered in stab wounds -- was found hours later amid brush near an Agoura Hills commune where he lived.

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies scoured the scene along Triunfo Canyon Road for clues,...

  • Alleged gang member pleads not guilty in Pomona youth pastor's killing
    Alleged gang member pleads not guilty in Pomona youth pastor's killing

    A suspected gang member pleaded not guilty Tuesday to gunning down a youth pastor in Pomona two years ago.

    Arvin Benson, 27, is charged with murder and possession of a firearm by a felon, the latter charge stemming from a 2009 conviction for selling cocaine base, prosecutors said.

    Pomona police...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point.

    SUN VALLEY: Built in the 1940s, this renovated...

  • How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?
    How much house does $425,000 buy in Los Angeles County?

    What does about $425,000 buy you in Los Angeles? In one area, an early-1900s period home and in another, a newer 3,570-square-foot house with a range of amenities. Here’s a sampling of homes in Los Angeles County on the market at that price point. A red door marks the entrance to this updated and...

  • Overturned truck spills hot asphalt on 71 Freeway, blocking southbound lanes for hours
    Overturned truck spills hot asphalt on 71 Freeway, blocking southbound lanes for hours

    An overturned truck spilled hot asphalt on the 71 Freeway in Pomona on Friday morning, blocking all southbound lanes for hours.

    Crews with the California Department of Transportation were working to scrape the asphalt off the road, an effort that could take several hours, Pomona police said. All...

  • Colleges to offer new joint application website
    Colleges to offer new joint application website

    Starting next year, high school students will have a new online alternative to the much-used and sometimes criticized Common Application if they seek admission to a group of colleges with high graduation rates and healthy financial aid, officials announced Monday.Eighty-three colleges and universities...

  • Datebook: Works from cut paper, abstractions of maps, a documentary about land art
    Datebook: Works from cut paper, abstractions of maps, a documentary about land art

    Elaborate sculptures made of cut paper. Photographs that function as everything but photographs. And early color field abstractions embedded with the profiles of continents. Plus: a conversation with Frank Gehry's biographer, a pair of visiting artists in Pomona and a documentary about land art...

  • Pomona police make arrest in 'random' killing of youth pastor
    Pomona police make arrest in 'random' killing of youth pastor

    A Pomona youth pastor who was shot to death in a car almost two years ago may have been targeted because he was Latino, a Pomona police homicide detective said Thursday.

    Daniel Diaz, 33, was killed before 1 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2013, as he and a friend dropped off one of three boys they'd taken to...

  • Rave operator 'irresponsible,' L.A. County supervisor says
    Rave operator 'irresponsible,' L.A. County supervisor says

    Los Angeles County supervisors had harsh words for the operator of a rave at the county fairgrounds as they weighed a ban on future electronic dance music events or new restrictions on how they are run on county land.

    Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Tuesday that the organizers of an August...

  • ER doctors slam decision to continue raves at L.A. County fairgrounds
    ER doctors slam decision to continue raves at L.A. County fairgrounds

    Several Los Angeles emergency room physicians on Friday criticized a decision to allow a two-day rave at the Los Angeles County fairgrounds this Halloween after two young women died of apparent drug overdoses after attending a similar event earlier this month.

    The doctors said taxpayer-owned land...

  • Father of ex-LAPD officer gets probation for lying to FBI in son's murder case
    Father of ex-LAPD officer gets probation for lying to FBI in son's murder case

    The father of a former LAPD officer charged with killing a man outside a Pomona nightclub while off-duty will serve three years' probation for lying to FBI agents about his son’s whereabouts during a massive manhunt.

    In sentencing Victor Manuel Solis, 53, on Thursday, a federal judge in El Paso...

  • Executives at second L.A. County youth home are accused of embezzlement
    Executives at second L.A. County youth home are accused of embezzlement

    Prosecutors have charged two executives of a Los Angeles County group home for youth in the juvenile delinquency system and foster care with misuse of public funds, embezzlement and filing false tax returns.

    The charges against Gary O'Neil Batchelor and Steven Bryan Smith, the financial officer...

  • Pomona officer shoots, wounds man with gun

    A Pomona police officer shot and injured a man he was chasing on foot Friday night after the man aimed a gun at the officer, authorities said Saturday.

    Pomona Police Department officers assigned to a joint gang suppression team, along with Los Angeles County district attorney investigators, were...

  • Young couple struck by lightning — and holding hands may have saved their lives
    Young couple struck by lightning — and holding hands may have saved their lives

    There was electricity in the air, millions of volts actually, when teens Dylan and Lexie walked through a Claremont neighborhood Thursday afternoon.

    As the young couple strode the tree-lined streets in the Inland Empire community, a bolt of lightning shot from the sky and hit Dylan, passed through...

  • Former L.A. County Superior Court clerk accused of stealing court fees

    A former Los Angeles County Superior Court clerk has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars in court fees, the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

    Linda Mascorro, 59, of Covina, is accused of stealing more than $6,000 while processing and collecting fees from people...

  • L.A. county supervisors vote to study a ban on raves after latest deaths
    L.A. county supervisors vote to study a ban on raves after latest deaths

    The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to study a ban on raves at county facilities after two women collapsed from suspected drug overdoses over the weekend at the L.A. County Fairgrounds and later died. 

    The proposed plan will be presented in two weeks to supervisors...

  • Arroyo Seco baseball romps to Palomino Super Regional win

    Baseball: For second straight game, Saints roll to 15-0 victory, this time over Pomona Titans.

  • Three California schools lose experiments in SpaceX rocket explosion
    Three California schools lose experiments in SpaceX rocket explosion

    A costly rocket and thousands of pounds in food and supplies weren’t the only things that went up in flames when a SpaceX unmanned vehicle bound for the International Space Station exploded –- so did some California school science experiments.

    Though a Russian resupply ship is scheduled to depart...

  • Heat blamed for toddler's death in Pomona
    Heat blamed for toddler's death in Pomona

    High temperatures are being blamed for the death of a 3-year-old Pomona girl who was found unconscious in her family’s vehicle Sunday, police said.

    Kiara Li was discovered about 4:55 p.m. inside the vehicle on Rancho Jurupa Place after a family outing, according to the Pomona Police Department....

  • Eastern San Gabriel Valley may get trauma center
    Eastern San Gabriel Valley may get trauma center

    When Sam Pedroza collided with a truck four years ago while riding his bicycle, he was airlifted from Claremont to the nearest trauma center — 30 miles away.

    Instead of being flown to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Boyle Heights, Pedroza wanted to go to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical...

  • What can you buy in the low $400,000s around Los Angeles?
    What can you buy in the low $400,000s around Los Angeles?

    Not every home in Los Angeles County goes for $1 million-plus. Here's a look at a few single-family homes around L.A. that are available in the low $400,000s. Realtor.com GLASSELL PARK: Built in the 1930s, this refreshed, two-bedroom home features restored wood floors and an updated kitchen. Address:...

  • At Claremont, more resources sought for migrant graduate students
    At Claremont, more resources sought for migrant graduate students

    Finding a way to pay for college wasn't easy for Iliana Perez when she applied in 2004. She came to the United States when she was 8 on a tourist visa and because she never became a citizen, she was ineligible for scholarships and government grants.

    The Turlock resident received a scholarship to...

  • Bail raised to $10 million for ex-LAPD cop accused of murder in Pomona
    Bail raised to $10 million for ex-LAPD cop accused of murder in Pomona

    Bail for a former LAPD officer who allegedly killed a man outside a Pomona nightclub and then fled to Mexico before being captured has been raised to $10 million.

    Henry Solis, 27, is charged with murder, assault with a firearm and an allegation he discharged a handgun in the March 13 death of 23-year-old...

  • At DARPA challenge, rescue robots show future of disaster relief
    At DARPA challenge, rescue robots show future of disaster relief

    In a narrow parking lot, Brett Kennedy and Sisir Karumanchi stand around what looks like a suitcase. But then four limbs extend from its sides, bending and clicking into position. Two spread out like legs and two rise up like arms as the robot goes through several poses, looking for all the world...

  • Cal Poly Pomona police seek man who kissed female student's toes

    Police at Cal Poly Pomona are searching for a man who filmed himself licking a female student’s feet.

    About 3 p.m. on Friday, the man approached the young woman in a grassy area near the men’s gymnasium, according to a crime alert issued Saturday by university police.

    He asked her if she would...

  • Ex-LAPD officer accused in Pomona killing extradited to California
    Ex-LAPD officer accused in Pomona killing extradited to California

    An ex-Los Angeles police officer accused of shooting a man outside a Pomona bar has been brought back to California from Texas to face a murder charge, officials confirmed Thursday.

    Henry Solis, 27, was booked in the Pomona city jail Thursday afternoon after the extradition went “without any issues,”...

  • Actress Mila Kunis' stalker arrested 4 days after escape from mental health facility
    Actress Mila Kunis' stalker arrested 4 days after escape from mental health facility

    A man convicted of stalking actress Mila Kunis was arrested Wednesday, four days after he escaped a mental health facility in Pomona, authorities said.

    Stuart Lynn Dunn, 30, was taken into custody about 10:30 a.m. by the major-crimes division of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, officials...

  • Teen football player in serious condition after collapsing on La Verne field
    Teen football player in serious condition after collapsing on La Verne field

    A 16-year-old football player at Damien High School in La Verne collapsed on the field Monday morning and was rushed to a local hospital, La Verne fire officials said.

    The boy was found unconscious and not breathing on the field after morning practice drills about 6:10 a.m., said Fire Department...

  • Boys' Tennis: Breakers take it to the limit
    Boys' Tennis: Breakers take it to the limit

    Despite strong doubles play, Laguna falls in CIF title match against Redlands, 12-6.

  • Father of fugitive LAPD rookie seeks release from custody before trial
    Father of fugitive LAPD rookie seeks release from custody before trial

    The father of Henry Solis -- the Los Angeles Police Department rookie charged with killing a man in downtown Pomona this spring before fleeing to Mexico -- is asking a federal judge to release him on bail before his trial next month over whether he lied to investigators who were trying to track...

  • Alleged kidnappers, rapist arrested after Pomona police stop
    Alleged kidnappers, rapist arrested after Pomona police stop

    A routine traffic stop by police in Pomona proved more fruitful than anyone expected when officers found a gun, a suspected rape and kidnapping victim, her alleged attacker and arrested three men in connection with her abduction, officials reported.

    The investigation began Friday about 5:15 p.m....

  • Man killed in front of his home in Pomona

    A Pomona man who was shot and killed in front of his home Friday was apparently attacked by two men, authorities said.

    Police identified the victim as Gregory Montgomery, 51. Officials said he was standing in front of his home in the 200 block of Fanshaw Avenue about 10:30 a.m., when he was approached...

  • DNA leads to suspect in slayings of La Verne couple
    DNA leads to suspect in slayings of La Verne couple

    A jailhouse DNA swab has led investigators to the man they believe killed an elderly La Verne couple at their hilltop estate the day after Christmas.Luke Fabela, 23, had served state prison time and was arrested on suspicion of vehicle theft in San Bernardino a few weeks after the slayings, said...

  • Where to get tacos in and around Pomona
    Where to get tacos in and around Pomona

    For taco addicts, Pomona and its environs offer Angelenos a last frontier of sorts. The tacos here likely won’t rattle your universe; none of them will be anointed on a glamorous list or make you question your devotion to Mariscos Jalisco and Colonia Taco Lounge. But in Pomona, tacos are as sacred...

  • Pomona Valley hospital chosen as L.A. County's newest trauma center
    Pomona Valley hospital chosen as L.A. County's newest trauma center

    Hoping to finally close a significant gap in the region’s emergency medical network, Los Angeles County officials are proposing a new trauma center to serve residents of Pomona and the eastern San Gabriel Valley.

    Officials have been trying for years to put a trauma center in the area, saying patients...

  • Suspect arrested in fatal hit-and-run in Pomona

    A pedestrian trying to cross a Pomona street was struck and killed by a car Friday and a suspect was later arrested, officials said. 

    The victim, identified as 30-year-old Lindsey Ann Prieto, died at the scene, according to a statement released by the Pomona Police Department. The vehicle that...

  • Child molester's arrest in 1981 slaying of Anaheim boy brings closure
    Child molester's arrest in 1981 slaying of Anaheim boy brings closure

    For years Ron Windell had a single recurring dream. In it, the retired Pomona homicide detective has a fresh lead in a case that had haunted him since he was a young cop — the 1981 murder of a 6-year-old boy named Jeffrey Vargo.

    In the dream Windell walks up to a door and knocks. A person answers...

  • Convicted molester could face death penalty in boy's slaying decades ago
    Convicted molester could face death penalty in boy's slaying decades ago

    A sexually violent predator twice convicted of molesting boys in California could face the death penalty if prosecutors can prove he killed a 6-year-old boy in Pomona decades ago.

    Detectives say DNA from Kenneth Rasmuson, 53, connects him to the strangling death of Jeffrey Vargo, who disappeared...

  • Fugitive LAPD rookie once had a 'straight arrow' reputation
    Fugitive LAPD rookie once had a 'straight arrow' reputation

    The haunting last image of Henry Solis in the United States was taken by a security camera at the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez border.

    It shows the rookie Los Angeles police officer, dressed in blue jeans and a brown leather jacket, looking up at the camera as his father escorts him into Mexico.

    Authorities...

  • Convicted sex offender arrested in 1981 death of Anaheim boy
    Convicted sex offender arrested in 1981 death of Anaheim boy

    For more than three decades, the 1981 slaying of 6-year-old Jeffrey David Vargo of Anaheim remained unsolved.

    The boy had been strangled and his body left behind a pile of sand at a Pomona construction site.

    In 1997, Pomona police confirmed that they had reopened the case. Again the case went nowhere.

    ...

  • FBI: Father of fugitive ex-LAPD cop helped son flee to Mexico
    FBI: Father of fugitive ex-LAPD cop helped son flee to Mexico

    Authorities said they have now determined that the father of an ex-LAPD police officer now on the run after a fatal shooting actually took his son across the border to Juarez, Mexico.

    Victor Solis was arrested Thursday by FBI agents and charged with lying to federal officers during the course of...

  • Fugitive ex-LAPD officer 'armed and dangerous'; $25,000 reward offered
    Fugitive ex-LAPD officer 'armed and dangerous'; $25,000 reward offered

    Calling fugitive ex-LAPD officer Henry Solis "armed and dangerous," FBI officials Friday offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest in connection with a Pomona nightclub slaying.

    Authorities are centering their search on El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico, where Solis has a...

  • LAPD officer suspected in Pomona killing fled with father's help, FBI says
    LAPD officer suspected in Pomona killing fled with father's help, FBI says

    Soon after he chased down and shot a man near a Pomona nightclub, authorities say, off-duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer Henry Solis ditched his Volkswagen Jetta a few blocks away and called his dad for help.

    Victor Solis told authorities he left his Lancaster home hurriedly after a series...

  • LAPD officer accused of murder fled to Texas with father's help, warrant says
    LAPD officer accused of murder fled to Texas with father's help, warrant says

    A fugitive Los Angeles police officer fired and charged with murder fled to Texas with the help of his father, federal officials said in a warrant filed Thursday.

    Henry Solis was able to evade authorities after the fatal March 13 shooting near a Pomona nightclub after his father drove him across...

  • Rookie LAPD officer sought in fatal Pomona shooting
    Rookie LAPD officer sought in fatal Pomona shooting

    Authorities are searching for a rookie Los Angeles police officer considered a person of interest in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in Pomona on Friday, law enforcement officials said.The probationary officer, identified as Henry Solis, 27, was off-duty at the time of the killing near...

  • Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups
    Datebook: J.M.W. Turner's late work, African portraiture, lowbrow pin-ups

    The painted dramas of Mr. Turner. A play about Tokyo Rose. And the architectural images of an award-winning photographer. Plus: an influential African portraitist, two exhibitions about Afrofuturism and a show inspired by objects at an estate sale. Here’s what’s happening in the Southland this...

  • Chinese teen who disappeared while touring California colleges found safe
    Chinese teen who disappeared while touring California colleges found safe

    The Chinese teenager who disappeared Friday after walking away from his hotel room in Claremont has been found safe.

    Jin Wuwei, 16, was found by sheriff’s deputies near Sunset Boulevard and Sherbourne Drive in West Hollywood about noon Monday, Sgt. Deryl Walker said.

    Jin's vanishing did not appear...

  • Boys' basketball: Damien routs Chino Hills behind Jeremy Hemsley

    A year ago, Damien couldn't get closer than 33 points in losing Chino Hills in a home game. On Wednesday night in a road game, the Spartans proved how much they had grown as a team and individuals, routing the Huskies, 94-78. The win comes days after beating another power, Etiwanda.

    Let's just...

  • Harry V. Jaffa dies at 96; shaped modern American conservative movement
    Harry V. Jaffa dies at 96; shaped modern American conservative movement

    Harry V. Jaffa, an Abraham Lincoln scholar and political philosopher who made the ideas of America's founding fathers a cornerstone of modern conservative thought, died Saturday at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center. He was 96.

    His death from natural causes was confirmed by his son Philip.

    Jaffa,...

  • Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls
    Datebook: Brazil artist books, underground photos & Guerrilla Girls

    Photographic surveys of underground communities, a Brazilian artist’s books and films, a fictional perfume campaign and an array of naughty erotic drawings. Plus: maps made of wax, art in a pit and a performance by artist-activists the Guerrilla Girls. It’s all going down all around SoCal:

    “Brian...

  • Briefs: Thurston Middle School second in surfing competition

     

    The Thurston Middle School surf team competed at Event No. 2 of the Scholastic Surf Series at Oceanside Harbor's South Jetty. Thurston finished in second place among seven teams, trailing only San Clemente Shorecliffs in both the Division 1 and 2 team standings.

    Sixteen Thurston athletes reached...

  • H.B.'s Bonanni leads USA to win

    The USA Water Polo Men's National Team and Italy completed their three-game exhibition series Sunday with Team USA taking a 9-7 victory at the Uytengsu Aquatic Center at USC.

    Bret Bonanni of Huntington Beach (Mater Dei/Stanford) posted two goals in the win, which gave Team USA a 2-0-1 series record....

  • Detectives release sketch of suspect in killings of La Verne couple
    Detectives release sketch of suspect in killings of La Verne couple

    Detectives have released a sketch of a man they suspect of beating and stabbing an elderly couple to death in a blitz attack near the front door of the couple’s La Verne-area home.

    Neighbors had noticed the man, whom detectives described as about 5 feet, 7 inches tall and in his late 20s or early...

  • Expansive search for clues in double-homicide investigation
    Expansive search for clues in double-homicide investigation

    Los Angeles County detectives investigating the fatal attack of an elderly couple at their estate in La Verne began scouring the 80-acre hillside property for clues Saturday afternoon.

    A helicopter and sheriff's deputies on horseback were being deployed in the search, Lt. Dave Coleman told reporters...

  • Couple slain in La Verne; search underway for suspect
    Couple slain in La Verne; search underway for suspect

    Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies were searching Friday for a man suspected of killing a married couple in La Verne.

    The incident was reported about 1:20 p.m. inside the couple's home in the 300 block of Roughrider Road, according to the Sheriff's Department. 

    Authorities originally said the...

  • Speeding driver is killed when he loses control of pickup

    A motorist was killed early Sunday when he lost control of his pickup truck, hit another vehicle and overturned on the 10 Freeway in Pomona, authorities said.

    The 25-year-old unidentified driver was speeding when he sideswiped the other vehicle and lost control shortly after 1 a.m. on a connector...

  • Two shootings in Pomona leave one man dead, another critically injured
    Two shootings in Pomona leave one man dead, another critically injured

    Two separate shootings in Pomona left one man dead and another critically wounded, police said.

    The first incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday when 26-year-old Joshua Daniel Roberts was shot from a passing car while he rode his bike on the 1500 block of Sheridan Avenue, police said.

    ...

  • USA polo squad to host Italy Dec. 28

    The USA Water Polo Men's Senior National Team will return to action later this month for an exhibition match against the Italian Men's National Team.

    The teams will meet at 2 p.m. on Dec. 28 at Newport Harbor High, 600 Irvine Ave, Newport Beach.

    It was announced earlier this week that Team USA...

  • Rosemead cemetery aims to be a model of drought-tolerant landscaping
    Rosemead cemetery aims to be a model of drought-tolerant landscaping

    Beverly and Jim Morten were happy to see it: rain washing over the gravestones at Savannah Memorial Park, pooling water in the shallow, rock-lined holes around crape myrtles they helped plant.

    "Maybe this is going to be a good year for rain," said Beverly Morten, 56, who along with her husband...

  • Fading elsewhere, sex columns thrive at Claremont Colleges paper
    Fading elsewhere, sex columns thrive at Claremont Colleges paper

    Buried in the back pages of the Claremont Colleges student newspaper is a relic from a distant time when Sarah Jessica Parker was still on HBO every week and Facebook didn't exist. There, the student sex column thrives.

    Once common in the early 2000s, Carrie Bradshaw-style articles have become...

  • Girls' golf: Diamond Bar wins state championship

    Pomona Diamond Bar won the CIF-WSCGA girls' state championship in golf on Tuesday at Red Hill Country Club.

    Diamond Bar finished with a score of 381. Torrey Pines finished second at 401.

    Leading Diamond Bar was Bethany Wu, who shot a 73. Kaitleen Shee and Crystal Wang shot 74s.

    The individual championship...

  • Harvey Mudd among colleges experimenting with 'flipped' classes
    Harvey Mudd among colleges experimenting with 'flipped' classes

    Instructors at Harvey Mudd College, a school known for its science and engineering experiments, are studying a new group of subjects: their students.

    Over the last couple years, three professors have split some of their classes in half. One group takes part of the course online while the other...

  • DIY ethos fuels the Maker movement
    DIY ethos fuels the Maker movement

    Tinkerers of all ages gathered last weekend at SoCal Maker Con, a convention for "makers."

    Makers are hobbyists, entrepreneurs and inventors. The “Maker Movement” is a subculture that started about 10 years ago with its own magazines, blogs and conventions that emphasize social learning through...

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