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Friday, September 24, 2021
CITY NEWS SERVICE
The search for an 11-year-old boy who vanished after walking away from school in Altadena on Monday was found Thursday evening, sheriff’s officials said.
Ivan Molina was reported missing after he left Eliot Arts Magnet Academy in the 2100 block of Lake Ave. about 11 a.m. Monday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
A second boy who initially went missing along with Molina was found Tuesday morning, officials said. But Molina remained missing.
Officials announced shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday that Molina had been located.
“Thank you to the public, the media, Aero Bureau, and deputy personnel for their tireless efforts in the search for Ivan,” Deputy Shawn Du Busky of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement.
No further details were immediately available.
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Thursday, September 23, 2021
BY BRIAN DAY
Deputies continued their search Wednesday for an 11-year-old boy who went missing Monday after walking away from school, authorities said.
Ivan Molina was last seen about 11 a.m. Monday when he left Eliot Arts Magnet Academy in the 2100 block of Lake Avenue, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials.
Initially, Molina went missing along with another boy, but 12-year old Johnny Martel was found safe early Tuesday morning, sheriff’s officials said.
Detectives did not suspect foul play in the disappearance, Sgt. Anna Fernandez said. Investigators were looking into the possibility he may be with other family members in Los Angeles.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.Read More »
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
By BRIAN DAY
Deputies asked the public’s help in finding two young boys who went missing in Altadena on Monday.
Ivan Molina, 11, and Johnny Martell, 12, were both last seen about 11 a.m. in the 2100 block of North Lake Avenue, near Eliot Arts Magnet Academy, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Molina was described as Latino, about 5 feet tall and 162 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes, Deputy Eva Jimenez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau said in a written statement. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, gray shorts and a black backpack.
Martell was described as white, about 5 feet 2 inches tall and 207 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes, Jimenez said. He was wearing a black shirt and black pants.
The families of both missing boys were concerned and asking for the public’s help, the deputy said.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit at (323) 890-5500.Read More »
Thursday, September 16, 2021
CITY NEWS SERVICE
A state appeals court panel Thursday ordered a new hearing for one of two men convicted in a 1997 crime spree that ended with an Altadena woman being shot to death outside her home.
The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal found that Jason Mency “is not entitled to re-sentencing at this stage of the proceedings,” but that an evidentiary hearing should be held to determine whether he could now be convicted of felony murder as a result of changes in state law since his trial.
Mency and co-defendant La Min Johnson, now both 48, were convicted of the Jan. 3, 1997, killing of Marsha Lee Birch, who was shot as she walked to her car.
Mency subsequently told police that he and Johnson had just burglarized a car belonging to Birch’s neighbor when the mother of four stepped outside her home.
He said Johnson then stole the woman’s purse and shot her with a gun that had been stolen from the neighbor’s car.Read More »
Sunday, August 15, 2021
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department released video footage Sunday stemming from the fatal shooting of a knife-wielding man in Altadena that took place shortly after the suspect had beaten and stabbed an elderly woman in a seemingly random attack in Altadena last January.
Allen Mirzayan, 48, described as a U.S. Army Veteran from Pasadena, died from multiple gunshot wounds following the shooting, which took place just after 4 p.m. on January 10 at Lincoln Avenue and Figueroa Drive, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
Video footage taken from multiple sources, including surveillance cameras and deputy body cameras and witness cell phones, captured both the shooting, as well as the attack and confrontation with deputies that preceded it.
Mirzayan walked up to the elderly woman, who was using a walker to make her way down the sidewalk.
Without any apparent reason, “[Mirzayan] can be seen knocking the elderly woman to the ground,Read More »
Thursday, August 5, 2021
By KEITH CALAYAG
When Cobhan Kale joined scouting in first grade, he never knew he would stay for years in the organization, thanks to the outdoor activities and backpacking which inspired him to continue.
“First, while I was in scouting, I wasn’t really sure if I wanted to do it or not.”
“I started to really enjoy going on backpacking trips. And it really gave me the confidence to keep going,” Kale told Pasadena Now.
Kale’s favorite experience throughout his journey — the 50-mile backpacking trek in the eastern High Sierras.
After over a decade of scouting, the Altadena resident, who just graduated from St. Francis High School, progressed through the ranks and finally reached the pinnacle of a Boy Scout’s career.
On Tuesday evening, Kale was officially recognized with the Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor during a ceremony held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.
Troop 1 Committee Chair Craig Snodgrass served as the master of ceremonies along with Senior Patrol Leader Jackson Brooks and presented the Eagle Scout awards to Kale on behalf of Scoutmaster Don Matsumoto.Read More »
Wednesday, June 23, 2021
California Humanities has announced the recent round of Humanities For All Quick Grant awards. The Altadena Library District has been awarded $3,412 for its project entitled “Shared Landscapes: Mapping Teen Altadena.”
The Humanities For All Quick Grant is a competitive grant program of California Humanities that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.
The “Shared Landscapes” project is a teen-generated digital and print story map that documents the human geography young people create and inhabit in Altadena and the greater San Gabriel Valley. In the first phase of the project, teens will use technology to create audio, visual, and written records of specific locations associated with meaningful experiences. In the second phase, a teen editorial board will create digital and print maps that plot the submitted locations and integrate the accompanying documentation.Read More »
Thursday, June 3, 2021
CITY NEWS SERVICE
Restaurants in the Southland and across the state will be able to continue offering a service that evolved during the COVID-19 pandemic — selling alcoholic beverages to-go, Gov. Gavin Newsom said today.
Newsom said the state will also continue permitting restaurants and bars to operate in outdoor areas such as sidewalks and parking lots, although such operations are still subject to local zoning regulations.
According to Newsom’s office, the governor is “urging local governments to facilitate outdoor dining through local zoning and programs that support and promote expanded, open-air, take-out and delivery options.”
Expanded outdoor dining options and the sale of to-go alcoholic beverages emerged during the pandemic in an effort to help restaurants struggling to survive under strict COVID-19 regulations, which forced indoor dining to close for months and restricted eateries to open-air or take-out service.
Newsom noted that while the sale of to-go alcohol will be able to continue, such sales will have to be coupled with food purchases.Read More »
Friday, May 28, 2021
Richard W. Jewett Jr. 78 passed away April 30, 2021 surrounded by his wife and children.
Rick was born June 2, 1942, he grew up in Glendale CA and graduated from Glendale High School in 1960. Never being one to sit idle Rick had 2 careers. 37 years with Lockheed Martin Skunkworks where he proudly contributed to the success of some of our nation’s greatest military aircrafts know to date. At the same time Rick worked 33 years retiring as a Capitan for the Los Angeles Sheriff Department.
Rick is survived by his wife of 29 years, his children; Richard III (Lori), Audra (Greg) Norman, Jonathan (Erin) Brackney. Grandchildren; Connor, Brandon, Aubree (Marcos) Flores, Deklan Brackney. Brother David (Karen), Sister-In-Law Joanne Jewett-Burt.
Rick is predeceased by his brother John.
Private services will take place on Catalina IslandRead More »
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
CITY NEWS SERVICE
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors renewed a $25,000 reward in the case of a 4-year-old killed by an errant bullet in a 2016 gang shooting in Altadena.
Supervisor Kathryn Barger asked her colleagues to renew a $25,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the gunman who shot and killed 4-year-old Salvador Esparza on July 5, 2016.
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.
Witnesses say the gunman was chasing and fired on the older man, striking both victims, before running away south on Olive Avenue. Sheriff’s investigators believe the suspect is a gang member and the shooting was gang related, and that the child was not an intended target.Read More »