Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Capt. Chris Blasnek, with not even a month of the new job under his belt, admitted he was in the hot seat at the City Council meeting this week.
A handful of La Cañada Flintridge residents pleaded with city officials to take action against residential burglaries and other crimes. One resident even called for the formation of LCF’s own police department.
“One burglary is too many for the city,” said Blasnek, sympathizing with residents. “Even though you can’t prevent them all and can’t be perfect.” Continue reading “LCF Residents Sound Alarm on Burglaries”
Capt. Chris Blasnek took his first tour of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station on Monday, and had only positive impressions to report: “There are a lot of nice people here,” he said. “Capt. Song left me a very nice gem.”
Bill Song, who served as the CV Station’s captain for nearly four years, was promoted to commander last month and transferred, over the weekend, to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Technology and Support Division.Continue reading “Blasnek is CV’s New Sherriff in Town”
Alex Ford said he was 13 the first time he was stopped by a member of the sheriff’s department.
“I was going to get some doughnuts before church,” said Ford, who is black. “I had a nice new button-down shirt, some new pants and new shoes. In the time of exiting my gate and walking past the second house, a cop pulled me over and said, ‘What are you doing here? Do you belong here?’
“And I said, ‘Yeah, I live three doors down, at that house.’ Then he said, ‘Show me.’ I had to walk the cop back to my house.
“At that point, I wasn’t in the mood for doughnuts.” Continue reading “Local Family Says Racial Profiling Targets Son”
Three people, part of a larger group reportedly squatting in a bank-owned home, were arrested Thursday, March 2, in La Cañada Flintridge on charges related to burglary theft, according to Alan Chu, a sergeant at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
He said one of those arrested was a 36-year-old male, who remains in custody and faces charges of grand theft. The other two, a 36-year-old female and a 23-year-old male who are both charged with burglary, were released on their own recognizance Monday, Chu said. Continue reading “Three Squatters Arrested on Charges of Grand Theft, Burglary”
Rather than stand trial in court, the man accused of beating to death his two nephews with a bolt cutter in Arcadia and attacking his estranged wife in La Cañada Flintridge with a wood-splitting tool will be sent to a psychiatric hospital.
On Jan. 11, Judge Roberto Longoria of the Mental Health Courthouse ruled that former LCF resident Deyun Shi, 45, is mentally incompetent to stand trial, according to multiple media reports. That means Shi is unable to understand the nature of the criminal proceedings or to rationally assist his lawyers in the conduct of defense.
Scammers attempted to coerce a La Cañada Flintridge optometrist’s office into sending money their way this week.
Different callers rang La Cañada Eye Care on Tuesday and claimed falsely to be Southern California Edison, stating that the business was delinquent in paying its electric bill and that the power would be cut off shortly.
“They did it with a certain amount of force, with pressure, with a timed [deadline],” said Dr. Tony Chahine. “And, oh, the irony of it all.”
Chahine’s office is solar powered.
A crew of burglars appears to have targeted La Cañada Flintridge last week, breaking into six residences on Friday, Dec. 16, according to reports from the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.
“I think it’s one crew hitting a whole lot of people in the same area,” said Detective Alan Chu of the spate of break-ins, most of which were reported in southern LCF. “That’s just my opinion, but all of a sudden we had a whole cluster of them in the same area, and in just one night.”
It was a great day to be selling cell phones, and La Cañada Flintridge resident Riley Donaldson was on his game, dealing devices to a steady stream of Black Friday customers.
Then, at around 4 p.m., during a lull in the action, a man with a gun walked into the Verizon store in the La Crescenta shopping center in the 2600 block of Foothill Boulevard.
The man said he had just robbed the nearby Rite-Aid for prescription medication before entering the shop where Donaldson and Michael Arnold were working.
Donaldson, a 20-year-old St. Francis High School graduate, spent the next few minutes talking to the gunman, eventually persuading him to let the two of them leave. (There were no customers in the store at the time.)
Five hours later, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Bureau deputies entered and found the suspect dead. Continue reading “Cool Head Leads to Escape in Encounter with Gunman”