Sheriff: Fairview Fire Ruled Accidental

The fire that claimed a woman’s life on March 8 in the 1000 block of Fairview Avenue was ruled accidental, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said.
“Our arson explosive detail handled the incident,” Blasnek said. “And it was ruled accidental, there was no suspicious activity surrounding it at all.”
According to Blasnek, investigators determined that the fire started in a bedroom and burned “for quite a while,” destroying a lot of evidence in the process. The cause of death was ruled respiratory failure as a result of smoke inhalation.
“They were not able to determine the exact cause,” Blasnek said. “It was a very unfortunate case.” Continue reading “Sheriff: Fairview Fire Ruled Accidental”

YMCA Hosts Drug Drop-Off on April 28

Anyone wishing to safely dispose of unused, unwanted or expired prescription pills, ointments or drops can do so from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at any of the following locations: Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA (1930 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada Flintridge); Verdugo Hills Family YMCA (6840 Foothill Blvd., Tujunga); or Crescenta Valley Family YMCA (3931 Lowell Ave., La Crescenta).
The event is being held in partnership with the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Department, the Glendale Police Department, the L.A. Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
For more information, visit ymcafoothills.org or email jrabago@ymcafoothills.org.

City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March

“Zero,” Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Captain Chris Blasnek said. “Zero, zero.”
He was, at Council Jonathan Curtis’ request, repeating the March tally of residential burglaries in La Cañada Flintridge.
City Council members wished to highlight the drop following an uptick late last year and early this year. In January, 14 residential burglaries were recorded in the city, followed by four in February. So far, two residential burglaries have been reported in April.
“It was a lot of hard work,” Blasnek said. “You saw the extra units, we had our burglary-robbery suppression team, and I think it worked. And it wasn’t just us; it was all the neighboring cities, as far as Agoura Hills.” Continue reading “City Lauds Residential Burglary Stymie in March”

City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek encourages residents to be observant and to call the local sheriff’s station whenever they spot something that looks suspicious.

City officials and local law enforcement personnel hear you, La Cañada Flintridge, and they’re on the case. That was the message at Tuesday’s City Council meeting, much of which was dedicated to sharing various tactics being used to combat a recent uptick in crime.
Echoing the concerns of many in the community, Amy Bernhard told council members that after living in LCF for 17 years, recent crimes — including a pair of home invasions in December — have made her feel unsafe in the city for the first time. She said she found herself setting the alarm during the day when she was home. Continue reading “City, Sheriff Share Crime-Stopper Tactics”

Neighbors Look to Private Patrols for Additional Safety

Flintridge area residents are lining up reinforcements in response to the pair of home invasions reported last month in their neighborhood.
Homeowners are in the process of contracting the Pasadena-based California Metro Patrol, an armed private security company, to help patrol Commonwealth Avenue, Woodleigh Lane and possibly parts of Berkshire Avenue, said Dharshi Chindris, whose home has been broken into twice.
“We’re trying to get the whole neighborhood thing going,” said Chindris, whose family temporarily hired its own armed patrol for its property following the second reported invasion on New Year’s Eve. She said she hopes the neighborhood patrol will provide more long-term security.
“I guess it’s time to do whatever we have to do,” she said.

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s deputies have increased their presence in the
area of La Cañada Flintridge where a pair of home invasions were
reported in December.

Continue reading “Neighbors Look to Private Patrols for Additional Safety”

Prowling Suspect Evades Authorities; PCR Locked Down

Palm Crest Elementary School was locked down after a man with a neck tattoo reading “Wendy” was spotted around noon Tuesday trespassing in a garage in the 1600 block of Alta Canyada Road.
The suspect, who was described as a Hispanic man in his mid-30s, was wearing an orange utility vest and hat, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka, who was among the law enforcement personnel involved with a containment set up in response to the prowling call.
In the end, the man avoided detection, Matejka said, adding that the lockdown was lifted after a few minutes and nothing was reported stolen.
“At one house, one resident confronted him in the garage and he took off running,” Capt. Chris Blasnek said. “So we set up a little area containment to see if we could find him. We even had the helicopter overhead for a while but we did not locate him.” Continue reading “Prowling Suspect Evades Authorities; PCR Locked Down”

Deputy Thwarts Escape of Suspects

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka’s local knowledge helped him arrest a pair of suspects with gang affiliations last week on charges of grand theft auto, reasonable cause burglary and possession of burglary tools and brass knuckles.
The school resource officer at La Cañada High School, Matejka was on campus at about 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, when he heard a call reporting two vehicles seen attempting to commit a theft in the 4800 block of Mesa Vista Drive.
“The call came in off of Descanso [Drive], by Chevy Chase [Drive], so I figured if they were going eastbound on Descanso, they were going to go across Berkshire, so I was going to wait at Berkshire Place — and as soon as I got there, they came around the corner,” Matejka said by phone Wednesday.
Matejka, who has patrolled LCF for 16 years, instituted a traffic stop of the gray 2017 Hyundai (a green Subaru wasn’t located). He said he noticed immediately that the car had no license plate on the front and a paper plate on the back. Continue reading “Deputy Thwarts Escape of Suspects”

LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In

A Los Angeles man in his early 20s was arrested for his role in a residential burglary after he walked into the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Saturday, Jan. 6, Sgt. Alan Chu said.
According to Chu, the man was the driver of a car involved with a burglary that occurred Nov. 28 in the 4900 block of Alta Canyada Road.
“Two males went into the location, one sat in the car and a neighbor took a picture of the car sitting in the driveway, so we followed up on that lead,” Chu said. Continue reading “LCF Burglary Suspect Turns Himself In”

Home Invasion: Masked Men Tie Up, Rob Family

Three masked men allegedly tied up and robbed a couple in their 60s and their adult son on New Year’s Eve at their home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue, authorities said.
One of the men allegedly carried a handgun, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu, who said none of the residents were injured. The assailants allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of cash, a 50-year-old .38 special revolver and the victims’ cellphones.
Chu said there were “similarities” between this home invasion and the one reported on Dec. 12 in the 800 block of Inverness Drive. Continue reading “Home Invasion: Masked Men Tie Up, Rob Family”