Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Explorer Academy Seeks Students

First published in the Jan. 6 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is opening enrollment for its next 18-week Explorer Academy, starting in late February.
Young adults between 14 and 20 years old are encouraged to join the program held every Saturday once started at the STARS Center in Whittier, California.
Requirements for participants include a 2.0 or higher GPA, no serious criminal/probation record, passing a drug screening and submitting to a background check.
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Man Arrested for Alleged Crimes Involving a Minor

First published in the Dec. 25 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A homeless man remained in custody Thursday for allegedly committing various crimes involving a child.
Simon Lopez, 21, was arrested on Monday and booked on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic violence, “engaging in intercourse with a minor,” and for an outstanding warrant, the Glendale Police Department reported.
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New Local Sheriff Pleased to Serve LCF

First published in the Dec. 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Several members of the La Cañada Flintridge community attending the final City Council meeting of the year Tuesday were introduced to the new sheriff in town.
Lt. Robert Hahnlein provided a public safety update and did so as acting captain, a position that was appointed to Todd Deeds more than two years ago.
“I’ve been here maybe five weeks now,” Hahnlein told the Outlook Valley Sun in a phone interview, “and it’s been a good experience. Everyone here is very friendly and has been very welcoming.”
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Arraignment Set for Man Connected with Teen’s Overdose

First published in the Dec. 18 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A Los Angeles man is expected to be arraigned in federal court on Tuesday in connection with the July overdose death of a Glendale girl.
Johnny Castillo, 18, was arrested Monday on a federal grand jury indictment that alleges Castillo provided fentanyl-laced pills to the 15-year-old girl prior to her fatal overdose, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. The indictment, which was filed on Friday, Dec. 10, charges Castillo with one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death, two counts of possession with intent to distribute fentanyl and one count of possession of a firearm with no serial number in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
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Local Search and Rescue Team Scouts New Members

First published in the Nov. 27 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

Embedded in the foothills of La Crescenta, the Montrose Search and Rescue team spent the early hours of a warm November morning setting up a recruiting event at Deukmejian Wilderness Park for the first time in its 74-year history.
More than 30 recruits were faced with one task, to complete the near 2-mile trek with dozens of switchbacks and close to 1,000 feet of elevation change in 60 minutes. Waiting for them at a lookout point were a windbreak of rocks and a flagpole, known by many local hikers as the “rock circle.”
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Carjacking Suspect Remains in Custody

First published in the Dec. 4 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A man arrested in November for an alleged carjacking and robbery remains in custody of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and awaits his next court appearance on Friday, Dec. 10.
The 27-year-old Los Angeles man, arrested on Nov. 2 for the alleged crimes, is being held in the Men’s Central Jail on $415,000 bond, according to Sheriff’s Department records. The Glendale Police Department has filed charges of robbery, attempted home invasion and carjacking against him.
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Hit-and-Run Suspect in Custody

First published in the Nov. 6 print issue of the Glendale News Press.

A 19-year-old Elk Grove man remained in custody on Friday after being arrested last weekend for allegedly striking and killing a pedestrian in Glendale.
The suspect was being held in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility downtown Los Angeles on $150,000 bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He awaits his next court appearance in Burbank Municipal Court, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9. He faces charges of felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence, according to the Glendale Police Department.
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Driver Evades Law Enforcement in Early Morning Pursuit

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

A driver whom authorities suspect was under the influence ran red lights and sped across local freeways last week as deputies followed, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
Ultimately, deputies did not detain the driver of the black Audi, which on Saturday reached speeds of more than 100 mph while on the 2 Freeway, an incident report from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said. However, deputies managed to read the vehicle’s temporary license plate and identify the registered owner.
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City Hears From Residents Supporting Sheriff’s Dept.

Capt. Todd Deeds

A number of La Cañada Flintridge community members have voiced opposition to a recent petition calling for the termination of the city’s contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
As of its meeting Monday, the City Council had received more than 100 emails from residents in support of the department’s local presence. Many of the messages, which were posted on the city’s website but not read aloud during the meeting, opposed a petition written by La Cañada BLM that called on the city to dissolve its relationship with the law enforcement agency.
“It would be a public safety calamity to terminate our contract with LASD for policing services, or to reduce the amount of funding currently dedicated to policing in our city,” wrote Sean Carney, a prosecutor from LCF. “There are numerous public safety concerns that cannot be adequately addressed by the police alternatives currently being urged on the [council]/commission.”
La Cañada BLM has organized weekly protests in LCF, and its members recently flooded the Public Safety Commission and City Council with emails in support of the petition, citing civil rights abuse allegations against the Sheriff’s Department.
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LCF Protesters Want Sheriff’s Dept. Cut From City Budget

Following weeks of protests, a wave of petitioners are calling on La Cañada Flintridge to end its contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
The city’s Public Safety Commission was rushed with emails, which were read on Monday during a lengthy public comment portion. Many community members expressed support for an online petition started by La Cañada BLM, a group that has organized several protests in recent weeks.
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