Written by AARON CASTREJON | Citywatch Editor
LOS ANGELES - The Rialto woman arrested after allegedly sending threatening letters, drugs and white powder to a Glendora Catholic school pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Magaly Esmeralda Alvarenga, 39, pleaded not guilty to eight counts: three counts of criminal threats, three counts of false personation, and two counts of attempted false imprisonment by violence by fraud, according to Sarah Ardalani of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Alvarenga first allegedly sent a letter to the all-girls St. Lucy’s Priory High School, 655 W. Sierra Madre Ave., in December 2017 in which threats of gun violence and burning down the school were made.
The letter was signed with the initials of a student, Ardalani said.
Alvarenga allegedly sent a letter each on May 10 and May 23, this time packed with white powder and drugs, Ardalani said.
Glendora detectives were able to identify Alvarenga as a suspect and arrested her.
Alvarenga is being held in lieu of $700,000 bail and is scheduled to return to West Covina Superior Courthouse June 8.
If convicted as charged, Alvarenga faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.
REGION - A bomb threat was emailed to multitudes of schools Friday the 13th, setting off investigations to find the source of the message.
Schools across California, Virginia, Georgia, Ohio and more received an email bomb threat, likely as part of a widespread hoax, authorities reported.
The Glendora Unified School District received the email threat, district official Michelle Hunter said in an email to parents Friday.
"The Glendora Unified School District was one of many districts across the state who received an email bomb threat today. Glendora Police Department was immediately contacted and again is being proactive in monitoring our campuses as well as immediately investigating the threat. It was determined to be a hoax and sent by the same entity that sent the threats earlier in the week," Hunter said.
Glendora Police are investigating the threat, but detectives are fairly confident the threat is part of the same widely-distributed hoax, said Lt. Rob Lamborghini of the Glendora Police Department.