Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department

By Capt. Chris Blanek
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station

Capt. Chris Blasnek

As most of you are aware, there have been recent news articles concerning two home invasion robberies in La Cañada Flintridge. Although alarming and causing great concern, it is important to clarify some of the facts and what is being done.
It is the job of your Sheriff’s Department to keep residents safe and to do everything possible to identify the suspects and bring them to justice. I would also like to stress that during times of a serious crime, the Sheriff’s Department needs your support more than ever. Remember, we are here all year long for you, patrolling your streets, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We have a dedicated staff of deputies and professional staff. Most of the residents know us and enjoy a great community relationship. Continue reading “Residents’ Concerns Addressed by Sheriff’s Department”

Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions

Capt. Chris Blasnek

Stephanie Arnold said she’s gotten messages from eight people seeking advice about starting a Neighborhood Watch on their blocks since a pair of armed home invasions were reported last month in La Cañada Flintridge.
“Home invasion robberies are a next-level thing,” said Arnold, who’s captained her Neighborhood Watch group for the past year. “Something I really take a lot of pride in is that we are a safe town, and to see that bubble burst a little bit, I’m sad.”
Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek said he too has heard from many residents since masked men, allegedly armed with a handgun in both instances, were reported to have forced their way into a home in the 800 block of Inverness Drive on Dec. 12, and into another home in the 800 block of Flintridge Avenue on Dec. 31. The assailants allegedly tied up residents, ransacked their homes and made off with valuables.
“The main thing I want to tell the residents is: Trust in us,” said Blasnek on Monday, after returning from a day spent issuing evacuation orders in the Kagel Canyon area susceptible to mudslides. “We’re there for them all year long and we need them to be there for us now. We take it seriously and we’re going to do everything we can to catch these guys, and eventually, we will catch them.” Continue reading “Sheriff Ramps Up Traffic Stops in Wake of Home Invasions”

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”

Body Discovered North of La Cañada Flintridge

The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says its homicide detectives are investigating a stabbing death of a 21-year-old Hispanic woman, identified Wednesday as Raylynn Josephine Deanna Hernandez, whose body was discovered by a hiker at about 1:20 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 24, near mile marker 30.45 in Angeles National Forest, approximately four miles north La Cañada Flintridge.
According to a release from the sheriff’s, the hiker saw the victim on a hillside just off of Angeles Crest Highway. Continue reading “Body Discovered North of La Cañada Flintridge”

Residents Tied Up in Home Invasion

Three female occupants were tied up in their home on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 12, as four men armed with a handgun allegedly ransacked the residence and made off with collectibles and electronics, according to Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Sgt. Alan Chu.
The residential robbery was reported in the 800 block of Inverness Drive, where the men — whose faces reportedly were covered and who were wearing hooded sweatshirts — forced open a back door at approximately 7:30 p.m.
“It’s a big deal,” Chu said. Continue reading “Residents Tied Up in Home Invasion”

LCF Residents Keep Abreast of Fire News

La Cañada Flintridge residents kept a wary eye this week on the Creek Fire raging, uncontained, in the hills near Sylmar and Sunland. By midday Wednesday, it had burned more than 11,000 acres, destroyed at least 30 structures and spurred widespread evacuations.
Though it didn’t immediately threaten LCF, the blaze affected business in town, where traffic slowed because of Tuesday’s 210 Freeway closure.
La Cañada Unified School District managed to find substitutes Tuesday to fill in for at least six staffers who couldn’t make it to work because of the fire and at least 16 others who left at midday to evacuate their homes, Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said. Continue reading “LCF Residents Keep Abreast of Fire News”

Nearby Arrest Prompts Lockdown at PCY

Paradise Canyon Elementary School was locked down for about 15 minutes Monday morning as Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputies struggled to subdue a suspect who reportedly was sleeping in a stolen Prius near campus, according to Lt. Mark Slater.
Deputies responded at 8 a.m. to reports that a man was asleep in the car, blocking traffic at Gould Avenue and Paulette Place. The vehicle was reported stolen in Clairmont on Oct. 16, Slater said. Continue reading “Nearby Arrest Prompts Lockdown at PCY”

Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout

La Cañada Flintridge’s Ring.com Residential Video Doorbell Rebate Program — which allowed residents to purchase the home security device for $100 less than its regular $200 price — was so popular with residents that it was less than a week before the city exhausted the available subsidies.
The program opened on Oct. 24 and within four days, the program was full.
“We are very pleased with the response we received from the community regarding the program,” Mayor Michael Davitt said in an email. “It is a very cost-effective tool to help with our continuing efforts to increase public safety and public awareness.” Continue reading “Video Doorbell Rebate Program a Sellout”

Firefighters Make Quick Work of LCF Brush Fire

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK
Area firefighters got a handle on a brush fire Friday along the 210 Freeway within minutes.

Firefighters needed only about 15 minutes to douse a brush fire along the westbound 210 Freeway on Friday afternoon, according to L.A. County Fire Department Station 82 Capt. Adrian Murrieta.
He said it’s unknown what sparked the fire beside the freeway on-ramp at Angeles Crest Highway, but firefighters from his station were on the scene within 90 seconds of receiving the call reporting it.
“Obviously, the quicker we can get there, the quicker we can put water on it and keep it from spreading,” Murrieta said. Continue reading “Firefighters Make Quick Work of LCF Brush Fire”