Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect

A La Cañada Flintridge homeowner encountered a burglar in her home Saturday afternoon, one frightening part of a bizarre sequence that began with a stolen car in Burbank and ended with a crash and an arrest in North Hollywood, authorities said.
Crescenta Valley sheriff’s deputies responded at 2:15 p.m. to a report of a burglary in progress in the 5500 block of Alta Canyada Road, according to sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek.
The suspect, who has no known home address, was charged this week with burglary, grand theft and identity theft, Sgt. Alan Chu said. The suspect allegedly stole more than $950 worth of items from an unlocked car parked in front of the home he attempted to burglarize. Continue reading “Resident Encounters Burglary Suspect”

Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard

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A 3-year-old female black bear navigated a short wall in a yard on Daleridge Road last week before he was tranquilized and returned to Angeles National Forest.

Summer vacation got off to a wild start last week for Randall Bradley, who returned from his last-day-of-11th-grade celebration to find a crowd of people — including local law enforcement — on his family’s street.
They mentioned that a black bear had been spotted in the neighborhood of Daleridge Road and Burgoyne Lane, so Bradley went to go check for it in his family’s backyard.
“He came back and said the bear was there,” his mother, Trisha Stites, wrote in an email. “I really did not believe him at first. I thought he was joking with me.”
She went to see for herself and, yes, there was the bear, just “poking around” in the yard. Continue reading “Bear Necessitates Removal From Yard”

Fire Guts Empty Home on Milmada Drive

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A home burned Wednesday morning in the 900 block of Milmada Drive.

Investigators with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department will seek to identify the cause of a fire that gutted an empty house Wednesday morning in the 900 block of Milmada Drive. No one was injured in the blaze, which appeared to have started in the attic area and proceeded to burn through the home’s floor and ceiling, said Capt. Robert Bauer, of L.A. County Fire Department’s Station 82.
Architect Jay Lee said remodeling had begun within the past two weeks on the home, which was purchased on March 30 for $1.14 million, according to Zillow.
“I don’t know what caused the fire, but it caught fire,” said Lee, of JL Construction Service. Continue reading “Fire Guts Empty Home on Milmada Drive”

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”

LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures

The 17th school shooting in the nation this year occurred Tuesday morning at a high school in Maryland. On Tuesday night, concerned members of the La Cañada Unified School District community reconvened at a Governing Board meeting to talk security locally.
“Everything we can do, we will,” Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said.
That includes anything from inviting a pack of drug-sniffing dogs to visit the La Cañada High School campus to scheduling conversations with architects about fencing at all of the district’s traditionally open campuses. Continue reading “LCUSD Governing Board Considers More Safety Measures”

Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern

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Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Deputy Eric Matejka offers a lesson on fast-moving vaping trends at the YMCA’s Strategic Partners Network meeting last week at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital.

Deputy Eric Matejka said he was stunned that so many parents at a recent La Cañada Unified School Board meeting were unfamiliar with the concept of “Juuling,” and unaware of how hot a trend vaping — e-cigarette smoking — has become.
“I haven’t caught a kid with a cigarette in years,” said Matejka, the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’ Station’s dedicated resource officer, who spends a lot of time at La Cañada High School. “But the Juuls and the vapes have gotten really big.” Continue reading “Teen Vaping is a Growing Concern”

Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity

La Cañada Unified School District launched the Spartan Tip Line largely in response to recent events involving drugs and threats to campus, said Jim Cartnal, executive director of pupil and personnel programs and services.

The “tip line” that district officials promised at a Governing Board meeting last month went live last week and immediately began receiving reports, La Cañada Unified School District administrators said.
“It’s being used,” said Jim Cartnal, the district’s executive director of Pupil and Personnel Programs and Services. “It’s being used somewhat regularly, and in particular with the events leading up to the [walkout] on March 14, it was a venue where various people and students reported concerns related to rumors they heard on social media about possible negative behavior toward the school.”
Superintendent Wendy Sinnette said last week that rumors were unsubstantiated, that there was no threat to campus on March 14 and, with additional security on site, the walkout proceeded peacefully. Continue reading “Spartan Tip Line Offers Anonymity”

LCF Sees Fewer Burglaries in February

Before heading to Kagel Canyon to begin evacuations ahead of this week’s rainstorm, Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek stopped by Tuesday’s City Council meeting to report that the flurry of burglaries that hit La Cañada Flintridge at the start of the year seems to have subsided.
“The February statistics are in, and home residential burglaries went way down to four,” said Blasnek, comparing that tally with the 14 that occurred in January. “One is too many. However, I would like to share some notes I took on these burglaries.” Continue reading “LCF Sees Fewer Burglaries in February”

LCHS Swept Up in National Walkout

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Senior Ethan Crane tells his peers that they’re there together “to honor the 17 lives lost during the Parkland shooting and to honor all victims of gun violence — not with thoughts and prayers, but with action!”

Sara Kahn was moved by the sight of so many students spilling out of classrooms and into the La Cañada High School quad at 10 a.m. Wednesday. They arrived in bunches, some toting signs, the majority of them wearing orange, the color a symbol of what hunters wear to protect themselves from being shot at by other hunters. Continue reading “LCHS Swept Up in National Walkout”