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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sunday, January 8th
12:05 AM – Andre Dillingham, 45 years old of Altadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue for possession of a controlled substance.
12:40 AM – A grand theft from a residence occurred in the 900 block of E. Mendocino Street. Stolen: Winchester shotgun, brown wallet, cellphone, vehicle keys and Ford Contour vehicle. Suspect identified as the victim’s friend.
8:30 AM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window. Stolen: camo shoulder bag and toys.
6:00 PM – A shoplifting incident occurred in the 700 block of E. Altadena Drive. Suspect described as a male, 6 feet, between 180 – 200 pounds. Stolen: black camcorder.
Monday, January 9th
1:45 PM – A package theft occurred in the 2300 block of N. Maiden Lane. Suspects described as two males in a white truck. Stolen: package containing a black workout bicycle.Read More »
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger reestablishing a $20,0000 reward for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of a suspect or suspects responsible for the murder of Marcus Nieto.
Nieto was discovered on the Altadena Crest horse trail by two riders on horseback on February 16, 2013. Investigators have confirmed that Marcus Nieto left his residence to visit an acquaintance in Pomona but may have returned to the Covina/Azusa area at some point before he went missing. The Medical Examiner-Coroner has determined the mode of death to be a homicide. The $20,000 reward offer approved by the Board on April, 2014 has since expired.
Supervisor Barger encourages anyone with information about this heinous crime to contact L.A. County Sheriff Sergeant Robert J. Gray at (323) 890-5500.Read More »
Monday, January 16, 2017
Altadena will be taking part in the annual homeless count that Los Angeles County conducts every January, and is calling on volunteers to help in the counting. This year’s Homeless Count is on Tuesday, January 24.
Judy Matthews, Altadena Town Council Member, said volunteers will be deployed from Loma Alta Park, located at 3330 Lincoln Avenue in Altadena. Volunteers are advised to sign up for the count at www.theycountwillyou.org.
Last year, Los Angeles County recorded the largest homeless census in the nation with over 7,500 volunteers, over 5,000 demographic surveys completed, and 100 percent coverage of the Los Angeles Continuum of Care census tracts.
The annual homeless count usually takes three days and aims to gather valuable data that would support programs and funding that will address – and hopefully bring an end to – the critical issue of homelessness in the region. With the data, the county hopes to bring leaders, residents and stakeholders together, and ensure the delivery of vital community resources for the solution of the problem.Read More »
Monday, January 16, 2017
Sunday was a busy evening for members of the Altadena Mountain Rescue Team (AMRT) as they helped in the search for a child who went missing out of an Altadena group home, and at least two hikers who were overdue while on a hike from Switzer Falls to Altadena.
The first call came at about 5:09 p.m. when the Altadena Sheriff’s Station said they were missing for a critical missing 11-year-old boy, AMRT said in a Facebook post. The child’s family said he could probably have headed towards the hiking trails near the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
As team members brought out two ATV’s and four-wheel-drive vehicles, a sharp JPL security officer called and said they have sighted the missing boy. It turned out a person on horseback had located the boy and flagged down staff from the group home who were also out looking for the child.
AMRT members and patrol deputies located the child at Ventura Street and Windsor Avenue in Altadena and took him home.Read More »
Saturday, January 14, 2017
Diane Marcussen, Chair, Altadena Town Council has issued the agenda for the Council’s January 17, 2017 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 ___________________________ Councilmember
1.2. Roll Call _____________________________________ Recording Secretary, Judy Matthews
1.3. Approve January 17, 2017 meeting Agenda
2. OFFICERS’ REPORTS
2.1. Chairman ____________________________________ Okorie Ezieme
2.2. Vice Chairman ________________________________ Damon Hobdy
2.3. Recording Secretary ___________________________ Judy Matthews
2.3.1. Approve December 20, 2016 Meeting Minutes
2.4. Treasurer ____________________________________ Patricia Sutherlen
2.5. Corresponding Secretary _______________________ Billy Malone
3. PUBLIC SAFETY REPORTS
3.1. California Highway Patrol _______________________ Officer Mike Ulloa
3.2. Altadena Sheriff’s Station ______________________ Captain Stuckey
3.3. Cert ________________________________________ TBD
3.4. County Fire __________________________________ TBD
4. SPECIAL PRESENTATION
5.Read More »
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Building Biographer Tim Gregory presents free program Monday Jan. 23 on famed architects’ Altadena homes
Today, homes designed by Altadena architects Wallace Neff, Kenneth A. Gordon, Harold Bissner, and Theodore Pletsch are much sought after. But where did the architects themselves live?
Building Biographer Tim Gregory will present capsule biographies of these, and other, famous Altadena architects and of the Altadena homes they designed for their families in a free, public program presented by the Altadena Historical Society at 7:30 p.m. Monday Jan. 23.
The program will be in the Altadena Community Center, 730 E. Altadena Drive, 91001–next to the Sheriff’s Station and across Altadena Drive from RiteAid.
Gregory’s firm, The Building Biographer, has done more than 2,600 property histories for homeowners and real estate firms. He has master’s degrees in library science and public history/preservation, and is a nationally certified archivist and a registered public historian.
He was the founding chairman of Altadena Heritage, for which he was named the 1991 Altadena Citizen of the Year by the Altadena Chamber of Commerce.Read More »
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sunday, January 1st
4:09 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2200 block of Marengo Avenue. Suspect has been identified.
10:00 AM – A petty theft from a business occurred in the 1800 block of N. Allen Avenue. Stolen: propane tanks.
Monday, January 2nd
3:00 PM – A shoplifting incident occurred in the 2200 block of N. Lake Avenue. Suspects described as (2) males. Stolen: laundry detergent.
10:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 100 block of E. Woodbury Road. Vehicle damage: shattered window.
Tuesday, January 3rd
12:25 AM – Robert Ramirez, 52 years old of Pasadena and Roland Mimms, 46 years old of Pasadena were arrested in the 1800 block of E. Washington Boulevard for possession of a controlled substance.
10:20 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 2300 block of Tanoble Drive. Suspect entered the residence by shattering the patio door windows. Suspect described as a male in a black VW Passat.
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Residents of Altadena and Pasadena can enjoy Disneyland with two different special three-day tickets that Disneyland Resort is offering exclusively for them.
One of the special tickets, a three-day, one park per day ticket, is good for only one Disneyland Resort theme park per day and costs $149.
The other ticket, a three-day park hopper ticket, is good for both Disneyland Resort theme parks on the same day and costs $189.
Both of the special tickets include early admission to Magic Morning, before the park opens to the public on most Tuesdays, Thursdays or Saturdays.
The tickets are on sale up to May 22 and are valid for entry from January 9 through May 25, excluding block-out dates – meaning no admission – from April 9 through April 23.
Patrons should be able to present proof of residency upon purchase and admission. Any qualified patron with a valid ID can buy up to five tickets per person per day.Read More »
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Recently the Pasadena-Altadena Chapter of the Links Inc. hosted their annual holiday gathering, “Holidays with the Links” in Paseo Colorado’s Noor Ballroom.
At the sold-out affair, over 250 guests enjoyed a lively cocktail reception, savory brunch fare, and greetings from Chapter President Yvonne Hill and Event Chair Mildred Dockery. Four Pasadena area community champions were honored: Lucille Bartlett, Chapter Charter Member of 53 years; Sylvia Wiggins, Alumnae Member of 48 years & long term co-chair of the chapter’s annual Senior Talent Show; Billy Mitchell, jazz musician and producer of various music programs for San Gabriel valley students, and PUSD’s 2016 Principal of the Year, Timothy Sippel, John Muir High School.
Guests from as far away as Dallas, TX to San Francisco, CA along with Pasadena natives marveled as Marissa Dodd, a previous Links Up for Success mentee & 2013 Scholar of Excellence chapter scholarship recipient, described her appreciation in being able to purchase her quarterly textbooks and the overall positive impact the chapter has had on her educational pursuits.Read More »
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Advisory: Barger Seeks to Double the Number of “Mental Evaluation Teams” and Develope a Mental Health “Triage Help Desk”
To help prevent use-of-force incidents and improve outcomes for individuals with mental health issues, the Board of Supervisors will vote on a motion by Supervisor Kathryn Barger to expand the utilization of Mental Evaluation Teams (MET teams) at their regular meeting Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room (500 West Temple St., L.A.) MET teams consist of a mental health clinician paired with a law enforcement officer who respond to emergency calls involving psychiatric crisis or critical incidents and provide immediate assistance to those in need.
“Proactive engagement that includes a mental health expert will reduce confrontations, and provide access to treatment for individuals in crisis that may lead to a full recovery,” said Barger. “Expanding this vital program will also help law enforcement in its effort to avoid violent incidents, protect the public and save lives.”
Los Angeles County was the first in the nation to develop co-response teams as a pilot program in the early 1990s.Read More »