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Wednesday, April 24, 2019
A $20,000 reward has been reinstated for the arrest and conviction of the person who murdered 4-year-old Salvador Esparza III on July 5, 2016.
The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau is asking for the public’s help with any information regarding the murder of the baby, who was shot and killed in front of the house on the 300 block of West Figueroa Drive in Altadena.
At around 10:30 p.m., the child was with his parents on July 5 visiting a friend’s home on the corner of Olive and Figueroa in Altadena when a suspect fired several rounds in the direction of the house which killed Esparza and injured a 27-year-old black male, an LA County Sheriff’s Dept. press release read.
Detectives said the shooter was a suspected gang member who chased a 27-year-old man onto the property, shooting 13 rounds and hitting the man and Salvador. The child was struck in the head by a bullet and was killed and the man lived.Read More »
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Sunday, March 31st
5:00 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 100 block of W. Altadena Drive. Stolen: brown Char-Grill smoker.
Monday, April 1st
2:05 PM – A grand theft of landscaping equipment occurred in the 2900 block of Mount Curve Avenue. Stolen: (3) hedge trimmers.
2:45 PM – A robbery occurred at a business in the 2200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect described as a male, Black, approximately 20-25 years old, 5 ft. 8 in. – 5 ft. 10 in. and 130 – 140 pounds. Stolen: currency.
3:05 PM – A package theft occurred in the 3400 block of McNally Street. Stolen: package containing unknown items.
9:45 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue. Vehicle described as black 2005 Lexus ES330.
Tuesday, April 2nd
10:59 AM – A trailer was reported stolen from the 1000 block of E. Woodbury Road. Trailer described as a white 1998 Rockwood M-204055 trailer.Read More »
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Regina Major, Arts Magnet Coordinator at Altadena Arts Magnet, said guests – including parents from both Altadena Arts and Eliot Arts – will begin their experience at 5 p.m. at Altadena Arts Magnet, at the corner of East Calaveras Street and El Molino Avenue, and stroll over to Eliot Arts Magnet, at East Calaveras and Lake Avenue.
The event will also feature live music and light snacks, in addition to arts activities at both schools, she said.
“We’re going to do a joint art show and they’re calling it an art walk because they’re going to start here and observe art and they’re going to have refreshments and we hope to have music and everything,” Major said. “And then from our school, they’ll walk over or drive over to Eliot, which is like less than four minutes away, and see art and explore their art gallery and everything. So it’s a joint effort.”
At Altadena Arts,Read More »
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Monday, March 18th
3:00 PM – A cruelty to an animal and battery occurred in the area of Mount Wilson Road. Suspect described as a male , Black, approximately 63 years old, 6 feet, 220 lbs., with grey dreadlocks. No significant injuries were reported.
8:14 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2500 block of Santa Anita Avenue. Vehicle described as a gray 2010 Honda Accord 2-door.
Tuesday, March 19th
7:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1500 block of N. Harding Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: collectible coins and currency.
3:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: silver handbag, cosmetic bag, and a necklace with white stones.
10:35 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 1600 block of Oakwood Street. Stolen: black NY Film Academy backpack,
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Sunday, March 3rd
4:21 AM – Krzysztof Wroblewski, 34 years old of Washington was arrested in the 1400 block of Altadena Drive for drunk in public.
2:30 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Santa Rosa Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing the window screen. Stolen: unknown.
3:27 PM – Jacinto Ruiz, 54 years old of Altadena and Elmer Martinez, 41 years old of Pasadena were arrested in the area of Sacramento Street and Raymond Lane for drinking in public.
8:30 PM – Oddis Cole, 62 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the area of Lincoln Avenue and Altadena Drive for under the influence of a controlled substance.
Monday, March 4th
3:42 AM – A battery occurred in the 500 block of W. Harriet Street. Suspect has been identified.
1:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the area of Chaney Trail and Brown Mountain. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by punching the driver’s side door lock.
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
The Altadena Area office of the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will conduct a sobriety/driver license checkpoint on Friday, March 8th, 2019, within the unincorporated area of Altadena.
“We would like to remind everyone to drink responsibly and to designate a sober driver. Driving while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is dangerous to everybody on the roadways and has cost the lives of too many people,” said Captain Tai Vong, Altadena Area Commander. The goal of the CHP is to ensure the highest level of safety, service and security to the people of California. Sobriety/Driver license checkpoints are proven, effective tools for accomplishing this goal and are designed to augment existing patrols.
Unfortunately, we see an increase in the number of arrests and traffic collisions involving drivers under the influence during the summer. The California Highway Patrol will be diligently looking for DUI drivers, whether it be drugs and or alcohol. Be responsible; designate a sober driver. The objective is to send a clear message to those individuals considering to mixing alcohol or drugs and/or drive when unlicensed.Read More »
Monday, March 4, 2019
Enjoy a special reading by the talented nominees for the Pushcart Prize for Poetry from the Altadena Poetry Review 2018 hosted by its editors, Elline Lipkin (Altadena Poet Laureate 2016-2018) and Pauli Dutton, with publisher Thelma Reyna on Monday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Altadena Main Library.
The nominees include:
• Thom Cagle – is a native of Nashville, TN, and a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, where he studied poetry with Henry Braun. He is an alumnus of the long-running Wednesday night poetry workshop at Beyond Baroque in Venice, CA, and a past student of Laurel Ann Bogen. He makes his home in Santa Monica.
• Stephen Colley – a retired software engineer/manager, has written mostly meter-and-rhyme poetry for thirtysomething years (especially sonnet variations) and been a co-administrator of Facebook’s Poetry Altadena group page. He’s also written classical music, including a song cycle on Lord of the Rings poems,Read More »
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Sunday, February 10th
11:00 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 1700 block of N. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: brown Michael Kors purse, pink Guess wallet, currency and personal documents.
7:17 PM – Porfino Guadarma, 61 years old of Altadena was arrested in the area of Fair Oaks Avenue and Woodbury Road for drunk in public.
Monday, February 11th
3:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 600 block of E. Palm Street. Stolen: miscellaneous documents.
7:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 200 block of E. Altadena Drive. Suspect(s) entered the garage by prying the door. Stolen: black Vizio television, black suitcase and food.
8:00 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 3300 block of Raymond Avenue. Suspect(s) attempted to enter the residence by prying the window.
Tuesday, February 12th
2:00 PM – A residential vandalism occurred in the 2400 block of Lincoln Avenue.Read More »
Monday, February 18, 2019
Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s February 19, 2019 meeting to be conducted at the Altadena Community Center, 730 East Altadena Drive, starting at 7:00 p.m.
A pdf version is available by clicking here.
1. CALL TO ORDER
1.1 Pledge of Allegiance _____________________________ Altadena Boy Scout Troop 40
Introduction Veronica Jones
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve February 19, 2019 meeting Agenda ________ Pat Sutherlen
2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1 Chairman ______________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2 Vice Chairman ___________________________________ Pat Sutherlen
2.3 Recording Secretary ______________________________ Veronica Jones
2.3.1 Approve January 15, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer _______________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong
3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1 California Highway Patrol __________________________ Officer Stephanie Norton
3.2 Altadena Sheriff’s Station __________________________ Captain Vicki Stuckey
3.3 County Fire _____________________________________ Maria Grycan
4.Read More »
Monday, February 18, 2019
Protesters Disrupt Altadena Church’s Black History Celebration as Los Angeles County District Attorney Attempts to Speak
Loud protesters reportedly including the mothers of several people killed during incidents involving law enforcement disrupted a Black History Celebration at Altadena Baptist Church on Sunday night.
The incident occurred about 6 p.m. as keynote guest Jackie Lacey, the first African-American to serve as Los Angeles County’s District Attorney, was about to speak.
About a half dozen protesters, some holding signs, began shouting and several walked down the sanctuary’s center aisle to face off with Lacey, who was surrounded by her security detail.
Pasadena Black Lives Matters organizer Jasmine Abdullah Richards is seen and heard inside the Church’s sanctuary in video of the incident.
The protesters are angry with the District Attorney’s handling of investigations into the deaths of nine young black men and two young black women during law enforcement confrontations.
As the disruption continued, one witness said he saw members of the congregation wrestle away signs and banners from the demonstrators.
“Tempers flared” and eight Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies physically removed protestors from the church,Read More »