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Monday, December 25, 2017
David Larimer was the first Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy assigned to Altadena to lose his life in the line of duty. It happened on a dark Christmas Eve in 1941, shortly after blackouts were ordered in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing.
Retired Lieutenant John Stanley, historian for the Altadena Sheriff’s Station, wrote an account of the accident that took the life of Deputy Sheriff David Stout Larimer’s 70 years ago, and the annual tradition at the station that honors his memory.
Larimer and his partner Benjamin Davis were patrolling Colorado Blvd. just west of Rosemead Blvd. after dark that Christmas Eve when they saw a woman trying to cross the street at Lotus Ave. Larimer usually wasn’t on patrol. Accident investigation was one of his primary responsibilities, and he and Davis were the chief investigators for Altadena traffic collisions at the time.
Because of the blackout and inclement weather, this was a challenge for the woman,Read More »
Thursday, December 21, 2017
This is a warning to everyone about sheriff / police impersonators calling residents and saying, “There is a warrant out for your arrest, and if you don’t pay up, you’ll be arrested.”
An Altadena resident was called at their house by a man from 626 area code, local phone number, saying at he was a L.A. County Sheriff’s Deputy. The deputy told our resident they had two warrants for arrest for missing jury duty. They also said a $1000 cash bond was needed to be paid, or they would be arrested.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will not call you to demand money for arrest warrants. If you are contacted over the phone and are suspicious, ask for the callers name and employee number and call our station, (626) 798-1131 or whichever police department they are representing and ask to verify the information.
If the caller tells you to put money on a prepaid card and give him the card number.Read More »
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Monday, December 11th
1:15 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 500 block of E. Poppyfields Drive. Suspect(s) entered the residence by shattering the sliding glass door. Stolen: passports.
4:00 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 600 block of W. Altadena Drive. Stolen: brown and white Michael Kors purse.
5:57 PM – A stolen vehicle occurred in the 3000 block of Lincoln Avenue. Vehicle described as a green 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.
6:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2300 block of El Molino Avenue. Suspect(s) damaged the vehicle door handle.
Tuesday, December 12th
1:00 PM – A grand theft from a vehicle occurred in the 1700 block of N. Altadena Drive. Stolen: various Canon cameras, lens, and memory cards.
2:19 PM – An assault with a deadly weapon occurred in the 700 block of E. Sacramento Street. Suspect has been identified and investigation is on-going.
5:15 PM – Ismael Garcia,
Monday, December 11, 2017
Catch ’em all! The Altadena Library is sponsoring a Pokemon Club this Tuesday, December 12, for all Pokemon trainers. Kids from 8 to 12 can battle it out, trade cards, and make new friends with other trainers in the Children’s Room of the library.
Pokemon Club organizers say the library will supply cards if you don’t have a set of your own — just don’t trade them.
If you have any questions or require special accommodation, please contact the Children’s Desk at (626) 798-0833 extension 108 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a free event that starts at 4 p.m.
The Altadena Library is at 600 E. Mariposa Street in Altadena.
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Sunday, November 26th
12:45 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2600 block of Lincoln Avenue. Suspect was arrested.
5:40 PM – A shoplifting incident occurred in the 2500 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue. Suspect was arrested.
Monday, November 27th
12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of E. Mendocino Street. Suspect(s) entered the residence via unknown means. Stolen: multi-color designer rug.
Thursday, November 30th
3:00 PM – A grand theft (telephone scam) occurred in the 2400 block of E. Washington Boulevard. Stolen: currency.
5:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Coolidge Avenue. Suspect(s) entered the residence by cutting the window screen. Stolen: designer handbags and jewelry.
Friday, December 1st
7:00 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 600 block of W. Altadena Drive. Suspect has been identified.
7:30 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 1900 block of N.
Monday, December 4, 2017
LASD Recruits to Honor Fallen Deputy may Cause Minor Traffic Delays Monday Morning Along Altadena Dr.
On January 3, 2010, retired Deputy Sheriff Charlene “Charlie” Rottler, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died from injuries she sustained while working on patrol at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Most people are unfamiliar with Charlie’s story. She and her training officer were involved in a traffic collision with a drunk driver on November 5, 1972, nearly 40 years prior to her death last January. That she did not die that day or in the months that followed is nothing short of a miracle. That she survived as long as she did was a testimony to her indomitable spirit.
Charlie’s becoming a deputy sheriff at all was a bit of an accident. Her husband was the one who wanted to be the deputy. He took the written exam twice, failing it both times, so Charlie decided to take the exam to help him out — it was her plan to help him pass on his third attempt. The problem arose when she passed on the first try and the test administrators called to schedule her for an oral interview that afternoon.Read More »
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Sunday, November 19th
10:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of W. Marigold Street. Suspect(s) entered the residence by using bodily force to open a rear window. Stolen: safe.
Monday, November 20th
2:18 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2400 block of Grandeur Avenue. The vehicle, described as a 1992 green Honda Accord, was recovered on 11/23/17 by Pasadena Police Department personnel.
Tuesday, November 21st
2:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 3200 block of GlenroseAvenue. Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by prying the door. Stolen: yellow Partner gas cut off saw, red Milwaukee angle grinder, Radnor torch regulator, and a blue tool bag.
9:30 PM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive. Suspects were apprehended and taken into custody. No life threatening injuries reported.
Wednesday, November 22nd
10:45 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of N.Read More »
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Dawn Mooney Digrius of Altadena, has recently been awarded the Ms. Greater California 2018 title by the Ms. America® Pageant.
The Mission of the pageant is to celebrate the accomplishments of women, encourage them to be involved in community service, as well as use the “Crown for a Purpose” to make a difference.
The pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced or married. The selection process for receiving a title was done by submitting an application, photo and followed up by an interview over the phone. 25 finalists from across the United States will compete in Interview, Sportswear, Evening Gown and On-Stage Interview. “Dawn Mooney Digrius really left a positive impression on our judges and we are thrilled to have her representing California at the 2018 Ms. America Pageant finals this March,” said Susan Jeske, Pageant CEO.
Dawn has been in the Education field for over 13 years and is the Program Director for an Educational non-profit based in Orange County,Read More »
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Police and Fire Department officials say that a 55-year-old Altadena man riding an electric 2017 “Zero” motorcycle heading east on New York Drive near Bradley Street Picture at 12:05 p.m. today lost control of the vehicle, collided with a metal pole and died at the scene.
Pasadena Police Lieutenant Mark Goodman said it is unknown why the crash occurred.
The man sustained major injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased.
The identity of the motorcyclist is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and confirmation by Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
The Pasadena Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident. The cause of the collision is presently unknown, however neither alcohol nor drugs appear to a factor.
Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has information regarding the incident is encouraged to call Traffic Section Lieutenant Diego Torres at (626) 744-7159.
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Members of the Altadena Rotary Club lined Lake Avenue in Altadena with U.S. flags Friday in honor of Veterans Day. The flags will remain hoisted on the light poles along the avenue until next Saturday, November 25.
The Rotary members used ladders to put the flags into brackets on the light poles from Altadena Drive to Woodbury Road starting late Friday afternoon.
Four members split up into two teams, with Tony Hill and Ben Green starting at Altadena Drive and going south, putting flags on the west side of Lake Avenue. Craig Cox and Doug Colliflower started at Woodbury Rd. and went north, putting flags on the east side of Lake Avenue.
The Altadena Rotary Club took over the task of displaying the flags along Lake Avenue on national holidays – the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, etc. – from the local American Legion chapter. They are often aided by local Boy Scout Troop 4.
The Club was chartered on February 14,Read More »