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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 20th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 20th

Monday, July 15th

4:10 AM – A grand theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 600 block of Ventura Street. Stolen: black Gucci sunglasses and a black Canon T3 digital camera.
Between 11:30 AM and 12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1600 block of E. Loma Alta Drive. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the window. Stolen: antique jewelry box containing various items of jewelry.
Between 9:00 AM and 11:50 AM (Fri) – An attempt residential burglary occurred in the 2200 block of E. Crary Street. Suspect(s) attempted to enter the residence by shattering a glass door.

Wednesday, July 17th

Between 10:30 PM and 11:30 AM (Fri) – A grand theft of vehicle parts occurred in the 2800 block of Marengo Avenue. Stolen: catalytic converter of a 2008 Toyota Prius.

Thursday, July 18th

12:01 AM – Daniel Menchaca, 21 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2000 block of N.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

There’s a New Captain at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station

There’s a New Captain at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station

Captain Jacobs is reporting for duty. That’s Captain Marjory L. Jacobs, newly minted commander of the Altadena Sheriff’s Station.

Jacobs was selected by community leaders and Los Angeles County representative and approved by Sheriff Alex Villanueva, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD) said.

As the unit commander of Altadena Station, Jacobs will oversee approximately 120 personnel, including a team of volunteer reserve deputies trained in mountain rescue who respond to calls in the mountains above the city.

The Altadena station serves a diverse community, including businesses, residential neighborhoods and parts of the San Gabriel Mountains. Its jurisdiction spans over eight square miles, including parts of unincorporated Pasadena.

Jacobs started her career in law enforcement with El Segundo Police Department in 1991 before transferring to the Sheriff’s Department in 1996 as a deputy at Pitchess Detention Center’s South Facility. She worked in several custody facilities as well as Palmdale Station and Force Training.

When she was promoted to lieutenant,

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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Woman’s Body Found Near Popular Hiking Trail Friday Night

Woman’s Body Found Near Popular Hiking Trail Friday Night

[Updated Saturday, July 20, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.]   A woman’s body was discovered near a popular hiking trail above The Cobb Estate in Altadena just before 9 p.m. Friday night.

Sheriff’s officials were called to the spot by the report of a body inside a tent, authorities said.

The body was located close to the Sam Merrill Trailhead near East Loma Alta Drive and Lake Avenue.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept. homicide detectives responded to the scene.

Coroner’s officials removed the body just before midnight. The woman’s identity has not been released.

A coroner’s official said the body showed “obvious signs of decay,” indicating it has been lying in the spot for some time.

 

 

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 13th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 13th

Monday, July 8th

Between 7:00 PM and 7:50 PM – A petty theft from a business occurred in the 2200 block of Lake Avenue. Suspect described as a female Caucasian, 30 to 35 years, 5’6” – 5’8”, 180 – 200 lbs, short blonde curly hair wearing a black dress and long brown socks. Stolen: credit card swipe machine.

Tuesday, July 9th

Between 2:30 PM and 6:00 AM (Wed) – A commercial burglary occurred in the 500 block of Ventura Street. Suspect(s) entered the location via the roof. Stolen: unknown items.

Wednesday, July 10th

Between 11:00 AM and 6:20 PM (Fri) – A petty theft from a vehicle occurred in the 400 block of Alameda Street. Stolen: 2002 Honda Accord catalytic converter.

Thursday, July 11th

Between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the area of Lake Avenue and Loma Alta Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by prying the driver’s side door lock.

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Monday, July 15, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 16, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for July 16, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s July 16, 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 _____________________________ Fiona Small, Sheriff’s Explorer
Introduction, Victoria Knapp
1.2 Roll Call ________________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve July 16, 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 June 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes
2.4 Treasurer ________________________________________ Jennifer Lee
2.5 Corresponding Secretary __________________________ Dorothy Wong

3. SWEARING IN NEWLY ELECTED COUNCIL MEMBERS AND RECOGNITIONS

3.1 Swearing In of Council Members ___________________ Supervisor Kathryn Barger
3.2 Recognitions _____________________________________ Offices of Supervisor Barger, Congresswoman Chu, Senator Portantino,

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 6th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, July 6th

Sunday, June 30th

10:45 AM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Suspects were taken into custody.

Tuesday, July 2nd

8:37 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the area of Altadena Drive and Roosevelt Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Loss: unknown.
12:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 1200 block of Sonoma Drive. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle via unknown means. Stolen: vehicle registration and insurance card.
8:00 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of N. Mar Vista Avenue. Stolen: brown Ferragamo wallet and currency.
9:00 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2200 block of N. Mar Vista Avenue. Stolen: black/white Jansport backpack, silver calculator and a green notebook.
11:00 PM – A spousal battery occurred in the 2300 block of Canyada Avenue. Suspect has been identified.

Wednesday, July 3rd

3:00 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 1600 block of New York Drive.

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Monday, July 1, 2019

Historian Paul Ayers Presents Program on Abolitionist’s Bloody Deeds, Rock-Star Status in Pasadena and Burial on Altadena Hilltop

Historian Paul Ayers Presents Program on Abolitionist’s Bloody Deeds, Rock-Star Status in Pasadena and Burial on Altadena Hilltop

Drawing on nearly 20 years of research, historian Paul Ayers will present “Owen Brown—Altadena’s First Celebrity” at the Altadena Historical Society, 7:30 p.m. Monday July 22 at the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive.

The illustrated program is free to Historical Society members; a donation is requested of nonmembers.

Ayers, a San Gabriel Mountains historian and preservationist, will recount the histories of Owen and Jason Brown, sons of American slavery abolitionist and insurrectionist John Brown, and their participation in the murderous raid on the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in 1859.

After many years in hiding, Owen and his brother Jason found their way to Pasadena, where Ayers will recount their “rock-star-like reception, their lives of quiet and contemplation in the hills of West Altadena, the death of Owen and his burial on Little Roundtop, a hill above what today we know as the Meadows subdivision.”

Ayers will describe pilgrimages to Owens’ the site, the struggle over access to the site,

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Altadena Artist Celebrated in Group Art Show

Altadena Artist Celebrated in Group Art Show

The Davyd Whaley Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Los Angeles area artists, celebrated their third year anniversary with a special art exhibit showcasing the work of their 2016-2019 grant recipients. Titled, Three Years, The Davyd Whaley Foundation, the opening reception was held on June 8, 2019 at the Castelli Art Space.

Altadena resident Margaret Griffith, recipient of a Mid-Career Artist Grant, was among the seven artists. Margaret’s work takes on a variety of forms, as installation, sculpture and drawing. A self-proclaimed urban scavenger, she searches for interesting patterns and architectural clues that inform her surroundings and help her find deeper connections with the sites she inhabits or experiences. Among some of her pieces shown were “Alba”, Water jet cut copper, 45″ h x 37″ w x 18″ d, 2018 and “15th, 17th, and Pennsylvania” detail, handcut synthetic paper and acrylic, detail. To see more of her work, visit: margaretgriffith.com

Curated by Nick Brown, the show also featured work by fellow artists and grant recipients: Susanna Battin,

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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 15th

Altadena’s Crime Blotter for the Week of Saturday, June 15th

Sunday, June 9th

7:00 PM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 3200 block of Lincoln Avenue. Stolen: miscellaneous documents.

Monday, June 10th

12:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 200 block of W. Palm Street. Stolen: black backpack, Dell laptop, black wallet, and personal documents.
1:00 AM – A petty theft from an unlocked vehicle occurred in the 2800 block of Maiden Lane. Stolen: vehicle registration, insurance card, knife, and currency.
1:00 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 200 block of Altadena Drive. Vehicle has since been recovered and the suspect has been identified.

Tuesday, June 11th

6:00 PM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2900 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Suspects were identified.

Friday, June 14th

12:00 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 600 block of Alberta Street. Vehicle damage: shattered windows.

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Monday, June 17, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 18, 2019

Altadena Town Council Issues Agenda for June 18, 2019

Okorie Ezieme, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s June 18, 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 _____________________________ Justin Robertson
1.2 Roll Call _______________________________________ Veronica Jones
1.3 Approve June 18, 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 May 21, 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 __________________________ Lt. Alex Canchola
3.3 County Fire _____________________________________ Chief Mackey
3.4 CERT ___________________________________________ Deb Halberstadt

4.

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