Written by AARON CASTREJON
HACIENDA HEIGHTS - A brush fire burned about eight acres on a Hacienda Heights hillside Friday.
Firefighters have 15 percent containment on the brush fire that ignited near 14710 E. Orange Grove Ave., according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene just before 3 p.m. August 14 and observed a half-acre of fire burning between houses, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Eventually, a second-alarm was requested, doubling resources at the scene.
Flames began spotting near homes near Rockhill Drive, but were not considered a threat, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Written by AARON CASTREJON
HACIENDA HEIGHTS - A youth pastor will have to answer to allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage acquaintance, investigators said.
Jonathan Tsai was arrested July 21 — a little more than six months after the allegations came forward. The victim alleged Tsai sexually assaulted when she was 12 years old and the abuse continued until she was 18, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The abuse happened while Tsai was pastor at Home of Christians Eastern Los Angeles Church in Hacienda Heights. He is currently head pastor at the church, now called Abundant Life Ministries.
“Her family became close with the suspect and his family. During visits to the victim’s home, the suspect sexually assaulted the victim,” according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Information Bureau.
Two additional victims were identified and reported being assaulted by Tsai while they were youths, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.
The West Covina Police Department announced Thursday, August 6 that detectives are also investigating Tsai for alleged assaults in West Covina.
Tsai was booked at the Walnut Sheriff’s Station. He was held in lieu of $1.4 million bail before posting bond.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed four charges of lewd acts on a child under 14 years old, one count of oral copulation of a person under 16 and one count of sexual penetration of a person under 16.
Tsai’s next court date is scheduled for August 26.
Anyone who may have been a victim of Tsai is urged to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau tip line at 877-710-5273, or call the West Covina Police tip line at 626-939-8688.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS – No injuries were reported after four suspects entered a home while the residents were present Tuesday afternoon, a Sheriff’s lieutenant said.
The home invasion occurred around 5:30 p.m. in the 2200 block of Oldridge Drive August 4. Four suspects only described as males were reportedly armed with handguns, according to Lt. Baker of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industry Station.
The suspects took several items and fled in an unknown direction.
Baker did not know what was taken, how the suspects entered the home, or what vehicle the suspects fled in.
Better descriptions for the suspects were not available.