CV Sheriff’s Station Nabs Burglary Suspect

First published in the Nov. 18 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested and booked a man on suspicion of burglary in La Cañada Flintridge on Sunday, after he was reportedly spotted breaking and entering private properties on home alarm systems.
The District Attorney’s Office charged him on Monday with two counts of first-degree residential burglary and one count of driving a vehicle without the owners’ consent.
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Two Crashes Occur at Same Intersection Saturday

First published in the Nov. 11 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

History repeated itself not once, but twice, in La Cañada Flintridge with two different vehicles crashing into businesses at the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard last Saturday.
A car collided into Hill Street Café early Saturday morning, and hours later, another vehicle speeding down the highway crashed into neighboring businesses Veruca Salt and Compass Real Estate.
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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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Sheriff’s Crime Report

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

A residence in the 1000 block of Green Lane was reportedly burglarized on Friday, Oct. 8, between 1:23 and 3 p.m. The resident returned to her house to find it had been ransacked, with the sliding door to her living room open despite being locked before she left. She was not immediately aware of anything missing. Surveillance footage showed a man walking up to the front door and ringing the doorbell before walking around the driveway and out of view.

A locked vehicle parked in the 5800 block of Gould Mesa Road was reportedly burglarized Sunday, Oct. 10, between 12:16 and 2:40 p.m. A tablet was taken from a backpack left inside the vehicle while the owner was away. The driver-side door keyhole had been punched in.

Editor’s note: Details included in the Sheriff’s Crime Report are taken directly from individual deputies’ reports on file at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station. The Outlook Valley Sun is not responsible for incompleteness or inaccuracies in the original reports.

If Cupboard’s Bare, You Might Blame the Bear

First published in the Oct. 7 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun. By Camila Castellanos and Oscar Areliz.

A La Cañada Flintridge resident of the 500 block in Paulette Place experienced a break-in by an unusual visitor on Monday.
After hearing dishes fall in the kitchen, the homeowner went downstairs and discovered a bear there. The resident immediately left the house with a dog and called the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station at approximately 1:17 p.m.
According to Sgt. John Gilbert, the bear entered the home by clawing through a window screen, knocked over some small dishes and accessed the pantry to eat sugar. Deputies who arrived at the scene were able to scare the bear out of the house and it returned to the forest.
The bear sighting (and then some, in this case) is one of several that have occurred in LCF recently. Though the sheriff’s station did not specify how many have occurred, Gilbert told the Outlook Valley Sun that there have been numerous calls recently about bears here and in surrounding cities.
Local residents, meanwhile, have been tracking the active bears and posting photos to social media throughout the year. Particular concern was expressed over the summer when a bear was hit by a car on Haskell Street, leaving it with an injured back leg. Some speculated that the incident was an intentional hit and run.
After calling the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, one resident was told that the agency does not rehabilitate adult bears but that it will come out to euthanize the animal if it is in obvious physical distress.
“Apparently the bear was hit by a truck that people said aimed right for it and never slowed down,” said Mack Dugger, an avid supporter of Big Bear Alpine Zoo, to which he reached out about a potential rescue. “For someone to hit a bear, maybe on purpose … one can only hope they damaged their truck.”
The bear was seen hiding under cars and in bushes, and hobbling on three legs for several weeks: “He can’t do much on three legs, especially if he has to hunt and grouse,” Dugger added. “All the neighbors have called but the Forest Service has said the only thing they will do is come out and put him down. And we don’t want that.”
While the bears are typically frequent visitors to the homes bordering the Los Angeles Forest, the animals have begun frequenting more residential neighborhoods as they widen their search for food and water.
Carrie Smith, who lives on Daleridge Road, had never heard of one in her neighborhood before a large black bear climbed the tall pine outside her balcony. It stayed there the entire day, prompting Smith and a few neighbors to become concerned that it might be stuck.
“That was a weird, interesting day,” Smith laughed. “It kept going higher and higher and made no signs of coming down. There was quite a big response from the fire and police department.”
One bear that has a green tag with the number 162 has been repeatedly witnessed bathing in local pools and fountains, as well as tipping over trash cans, prompting some residents to reflect with concern on the old adage “a fed bear is a dead bear.”
Kathryn Leonard, who lives off of Alta Canyada, has repeatedly seen bear 162, including twice at her screen door.
“I tried to shoo him away, but he didn’t seem too concerned about me. … Next time I’m told to bang some pots and pans,” she said, noting that at least three bears have visited her cul-de-sac since summer.
Most recently, the bears have been stealing pumpkins off porches, including Leonard’s, which she found torn into pieces since they only eat the inside.
“I’m changing my way of life and being more cautious to live with the bears,” she said, explaining that she was keeping her trash containers in her garage and completely closing her door, although she prefers to let in the fresh air through the screen.
Officials have recommended that residents request bear-proof trash containers via their waste collection company.
The city recently announced that Fish and Wildlife will give a presentation on human-bear interactions on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. The presentation will be simulcast by Spectrum on Channel 3 (East) and Channel 16 (West) and will include topics such as how to respond and prevent human-bear conflicts.
For more information about the online event, visit cityoflcf.org or contact Christina Nguyen at cnguyen@lcf.ca.gov.

Flock Cameras Praised at Community Meeting

Capt. Todd Deeds

The captain of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station recently lauded the license plate-reading cameras installed throughout La Cañada Flintridge, with Mayor Mike Davitt indicating support for additional devices in the future.
The Flock Safety cameras, which the city installed in August, quickly became a topic of discussion during a public meeting between local officials and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including Sheriff Alex Villanueva. In response to a question from an LCF resident about the cameras at the April 6 virtual forum, Capt. Todd Deeds credited them for helping the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station solve recent crimes.
Dozens of the devices are planted throughout LCF, automatically reading license plates and sending the data to law enforcement. The data can also be shared between county departments, allowing a wider net to be cast when it comes to tracking stolen or suspicious vehicles.
“They have been a great asset to us here at the station as far as crime prevention and being able to solve crimes. Just a tremendous help,” Deeds said.
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LCF Sees Uptick in Larceny, Theft in First 2 Months

The city of La Cañada Flintridge saw a slight uptick in crimes in February, most of which were larceny and theft cases.
Capt. Todd Deeds of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station delivered his monthly crime presentation to the LCF City Council on Tuesday and reported a total of 27 part 1 offenses, which include robbery, aggravated assault, residential burglary and theft. Nineteen of the crimes reported involved larceny and theft, bringing the year-to-date total to 38. In 2020, there were only 15 cases in the first two months.
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Truck Crashes Near Corner of Foothill, Angeles Crest Highway

A truck traveling southbound on Angeles Crest Highway lost control Wednesday and careened through the 76 gas station on Foothill Boulevard, bringing back memories of a horrific 2009 collision at the same intersection that killed two people and injured 12 others. The crash is under investigation.

A driver said he was nearly killed Wednesday when a truck lost control near the intersection of Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard.
Rich Jessup, a Flintridge Preparatory School alumnus and Glendale resident, said he was driving eastbound on Foothill Boulevard shortly after 11 a.m. when he heard a sound “like if a crane dropped a bunch of scrap metal.” He said he saw a box truck coming down on the sidewalk in the intersection near the 76 gas station, and moved his vehicle just in time to avoid a collision.
“It would have creamed me. I would have been dead,” Jessup said.
Sgt. Vincent Vanderhoeven of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station said a truck traveling southbound on Angeles Crest Highway suffered a mechanical failure before crashing into a sign and a boulder, coming to rest on the south corner of the intersection. Both the driver of the truck and the passenger suffered minor injuries, he added, and were taken to a local hospital.
The same intersection has long been plagued by collisions — some deadly. A crash there in 2009 killed two, a 12-year-old girl and her father, and injured at least 12 others.
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CV Sheriff’s Station Ramps Up Patrols of Angeles Crest Highway

Photo courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
Todd Deeds, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station captain, had more deputies patrolling Angeles Crest Highway last weekend after residents expressed concern regarding speedy drivers. The station issued a total of 36 citations.

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station took action and deployed more resources to patrol Angeles Crest Highway after hearing from the Public Works and Traffic Commission and the La Cañada Flintridge community.
Deputies issued 36 citations last weekend, 26 of which were for speeding. Several drivers cited were reportedly going over 70 mph in a 45-mph zone.
“We’re going to keep up with our efforts on Angeles Crest Highway,” CV Station Capt. Todd Deeds said Wednesday. “We realize the problem has gotten worse over time and we’re going to be proactive in our enforcement in the months to come.”
Residents and city commissioners expressed concerns in a meeting on Jan. 20 and claimed they have heard drivers racing on the highway. However, Deeds said he had not seen or heard any races in La Cañada.
Speeding down the highway isn’t the only concern, according to Deeds. Deputies also wrote 10 citations for drivers using their cellphones while driving.
“That’s a huge concern because we hear all the time about horrific accidents because people were distracted and texting,” he said. “That is why we are enforcing those laws. Please obey the traffic laws and be mindful of everyone else around you.”

Cameras Help Net Local Arrests

Photo courtesy Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station
Deputies from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station apprehended two suspected car thieves in La Cañada Flintridge this week, thanks in large part to alerts from the city’s recently installed Flock Safety cameras.

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station deputies arrested two suspects in the theft of a car and recovered the vehicle on Tuesday afternoon with the help of the city’s recently installed license plate-reading devices, known as Flock Safety Security cameras, which alert law enforcement to previously flagged vehicles.
At about 1:20 p.m., deputies were informed about a stolen white Nissan Sentra in the La Cañada Flintridge area, officials said, and Deputy Gregory Afsharian spotted the vehicle near Gould Avenue and Foothill Boulevard. He conducted a traffic stop as the car entered the Trader Joe’s shopping center.
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