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  • Girl molested by Diamond Bar teacher on Disneyland trip awarded $8 million by jury

    Girl molested by Diamond Bar teacher on Disneyland trip awarded $8 million by jury

    A girl who was sexually abused numerous times by her Diamond Bar middle school teacher and later accused the school district of ignoring early signs of misconduct has been awarded $8 million by a jury. The case involved former teacher Steven Andrews.  Andrews, who taught at Lorbeer Middle School,...

  • Driver in Diamond Bar crash that killed 6 pleads not guilty

    Driver in Diamond Bar crash that killed 6 pleads not guilty

    A Fontana woman accused of driving the wrong way on two Southern California freeways before getting into a head-on collision that killed six, including her sister, has pleaded not guilty to six counts of murder. Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, allegedly drank alcohol and got behind the wheel early...

  • L.A. sheriff's detectives rescue woman from alleged kidnapping plot

    It began with her catching a ride with the family of a coworker at a San Gabriel Valley factory after she missed the bus to get home. It ended with heavily armed Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives rescuing her after a two-day kidnapping ordeal. According to authorities, Judith Maldonaldo and...

  • Three charged in rooftop bank burglaries face new indictment

    Three charged in rooftop bank burglaries face new indictment

    Three members of an Inland Empire burglary crew accused of stealing more than $18.5 million by using power tools to cut through bank roofs face a new indictment implicating them in heists back to 2011. Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment handed down Tuesday in Los Angeles that could see...

  • Three members of rooftop bank burglary ring sentenced to prison

    Three members of rooftop bank burglary ring sentenced to prison

    Three of five members of a Inland Empire bank burglary crew accused of stealing more than $16 million by using power tools to cut through building roofs were sentenced this week for an attempted Diamond Bar heist. Their terms ranged from 37 months to 51 months when the sentences were handed down...

  • Tracking burglars living the high life off rooftop bank heists

    Tracking burglars living the high life off rooftop bank heists

    The burglars were targeting strip-mall banks in the wealthy, heavily Asian suburbs of the San Gabriel and Pomona valleys.

  • Lawyer: Fontana woman charged with killing 6 in DUI case is 'scared'
    Lawyer: Fontana woman charged with killing 6 in DUI case is 'scared'

    A Fontana woman who has been in jail since February after allegedly driving drunk on two freeways and killing six people in a crash in Diamond Bar is grieving and scared, her attorney said Wednesday.

    Los Angeles County Deputy Public Defender Ramiro Cisneros said his client, 21-year-old Olivia Carolee...

  • Accused wrong-way driver in fatal 60 Freeway crash due in court
    Accused wrong-way driver in fatal 60 Freeway crash due in court

    A Fontana woman accused of driving the wrong way on two freeways while drunk and causing a crash that killed six people is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on six counts of murder.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is accused of causing the early morning crash on Feb. 9 by driving a red Chevrolet...

  • Off-duty LAPD cop arrested on suspicion of DUI in Diamond Bar crash

    An off-duty Los Angeles police officer was arrested early Friday on suspicion of driving under the influence after he allegedly crashed his car into a McDonald's drive-through in Diamond Bar, officials said.

    Jonathan Chel, 29, of Fullerton, was exiting the eastbound 60 Freeway at Golden Springs...

  • Driver in freeway crash that killed 6 moves from hospital to jail
    Driver in freeway crash that killed 6 moves from hospital to jail

    A Fontana woman accused of driving the wrong way on two freeways while drunk and causing a crash that killed six people has been released from the hospital and transferred to County Jail, officials said Thursday.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is charged with six counts of murder in connection with...

  • Ex-Diamond Bar teacher guilty of lewd acts against student, 13
    Ex-Diamond Bar teacher guilty of lewd acts against student, 13

    A 43-year-old former middle school teacher was found guilty this week of committing lewd acts against a student and possession of child pornography, prosecutors said.

    Steven Andrews -- a former teacher at Lorbeer Middle School in Diamond Bar -- was convicted Wednesday of 17 felony counts: six counts...

  • 911 call came four minutes before deadly wrong-way 60 Freeway crash
    911 call came four minutes before deadly wrong-way 60 Freeway crash

    Roughly four minutes before a woman who was driving the wrong way on the 60 Freeway allegedly barreled head-on into another vehicle in Diamond Bar, the first call came in to authorities reporting the driver's erratic behavior. Six people were killed in the crash.

    A spokesman for the California...

  • Several people reported woman driving wrong way before fatal crash
    Several people reported woman driving wrong way before fatal crash

    CHP officials said 911 callers reported seeing wrong-way vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways before fatal collision in Diamond Bar.

  • Woman drove wrong way on two freeways before fatal crash, CHP says
    Woman drove wrong way on two freeways before fatal crash, CHP says

    At least 17 people reported a woman was driving the wrong way on two freeways before she allegedly barrelled head-on into another vehicle in Diamond Bar, killing six, the CHP said Thursday.

    California Highway Patrol officials said the 911 callers reported seeing the vehicle on the 57 and 60 freeways...

  • MADD to hold vigil after wrong-way 60 Freeway crash, DUI arrest
    MADD to hold vigil after wrong-way 60 Freeway crash, DUI arrest

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving has organized a public candlelight vigil Wednesday evening in Diamond Bar, where three days ago, a suspected wrong-way drunk driver caused a crash on the 60 Freeway that left six people dead.

    In Sunday’s crash, authorities say witnesses reported seeing 21-year-old...

  • Wrong-way-driver suspect in freeway crash still can't talk, police say
    Wrong-way-driver suspect in freeway crash still can't talk, police say

    A woman suspected of driving the wrong way on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, causing a crash that killed six people, is "responsive with movement" at the hospital, but still unable to talk, authorities said Wednesday.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, has been arrested on suspicion of DUI causing great...

  • Victims of wrong-way 60 Freeway crash identified; driver arrested
    Victims of wrong-way 60 Freeway crash identified; driver arrested

    The driver of a Chevrolet Camaro who is accused of slamming head-on into a Ford Explorer on Sunday on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, killing six people, was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving, authorities said.

    The two passengers in her car, identified Monday as Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of...

  • Wrong-way driver remains hospitalized after 6 people killed in crash
    Wrong-way driver remains hospitalized after 6 people killed in crash

    The suspected drunk driver who is accused of causing a multi-vehicle crash traveling the wrong way on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, killing six people, remained hospitalized Monday in stable condition.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence...

  • Six die in wrong-way crash in Diamond Bar
    Six die in wrong-way crash in Diamond Bar

    A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed. The driver, Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is in critical condition.

  • Wrong-way driver was going more than 100 mph, witnesses say
    Wrong-way driver was going more than 100 mph, witnesses say

    A suspected drunk driver going in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar was traveling faster than 100 mph when she caused an accident early Sunday that killed six people, witnesses told the California Highway Patrol.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, has been arrested on...

  • Suspected drunk driver held in alleged wrong-way crash that killed 6
    Suspected drunk driver held in alleged wrong-way crash that killed 6

    Authorities have identified a suspected drunk driver who they say drove the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday and caused an accident that killed six people.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana has been arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony manslaughter,...

  • Drunk driver suspected in 60 Fwy. crash that killed 6 in Diamond Bar
    Drunk driver suspected in 60 Fwy. crash that killed 6 in Diamond Bar

    A suspected drunk driver traveling in the wrong direction on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar is being blamed for a crash early Sunday that left six people dead and the driver in critical condition, authorities said. 

    The unidentified female driver was heading eastbound on the westbound 60 Freeway...

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