Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Mail theft safety tips.


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Tuesday December 12, 2017, 8:00 AM

LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff

Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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Community: Mail theft safety tips.
 
As the holiday season approaches, Altadena Sheriff's Station deputies remain on the lookout for package thefts, and offer advice to residents to avoid becoming a victim of the 'porch pirates.'

Altadena Sheriff's Station is taking steps to help prevent package thefts during the holiday season, with patrol deputies increasing patrol checks in neighborhoods and detectives are working hand-in-hand with the U.S. Postmaster to investigate local mail theft.

Altadena Sheriffs are also asking for residents’ help to report any incidents of theft or other suspicious behavior.   If you see a crime in progress, please use 911 to report.   If you have information about mail thefts that have occurred in Altadena area, please contact our Detective Bureau at (626) 798-1131.


The following tips may prevent residents from being victim to mail and package thefts:

Use the letter slots inside your Post Office for your mail, or hand it to a letter carrier.

Pick up your mail promptly after delivery. Don't leave it in your mailbox overnight.

Don’t send cash in the mail.

Tell your Post Office when you’ll be out of town, so they can hold your mail until you return.

Report all suspected mail theft to the Sheriff's Station and the Postal Inspector.

Connect with your neighbors on the social network and form a neighborhood watch where you can watch each other's mailboxes (and homes).

Some homeowners use video surveillance cameras to detect motion in front of residence.

 If you are expecting a package, use a tracking number to follow your package's status and request that your package delivery requires a recipient signature.

Utilize mail or text notifications regarding the status of your delivery; and consider purchasing a locking parcel delivery box that can be bolted down or otherwise secured.

Consider in-store delivery or have packages delivered to a reputable package pickup location, such as Amazon Locker or other business that accepts package deliveries. Residents could also request that the delivery service leaves your packages at a side door, back door, an enclosed porch or other area where the package will be out of sight.
If permissible, have your packages delivered to your workplace.
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Monday, December 11, 2017

Brush Fire Safety Meeting Wednesday December 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at Altadena Community Center


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Monday December 11, 2017, 5:10 PM

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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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Community: Brush Fire Safety Meeting Wednesday December 13 from 5:30-7:30pm at Altadena Community Center
 
Altadena Sheriff’s Station will be discussing Brush Fire Safety.  Wednesday December 13th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Altadena Community Center, located at 730 E. Altadena Dr.

(CERT meetings are always the second Wednesday of the month).

-We will discuss wildfire safety including things we might do for our homes to make them more fire safe from embers. Deputy Dan Paige would like to tell us about how and what to pack in case of an evacuation.

-CERT members , who become Altadena Station Volunteers, will be apprised of how they might help Altadena LASD in case of evacuation and traffic intersection closures.

-Note: Altadena LASD’s CERT Tour of Cal Tech’s seismology lab is the second Wednesday of January 10,2018 at 6:00pm. Max attendance is 40 people. RSVP to Deb Halberstadt, halfcity@earthlink.net by Jan. 2, 2018
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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Weekly Crime Blotter


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Wednesday December 6, 2017, 3:25 PM

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Community: Altadena Sheriff’s Station Weekly Crime Blotter
 
Sunday, November 26th
12:45 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 2600 block of Lincoln Avenue.  Suspect was arrested.
5:40 PM – A shoplifting incident occurred in the 2500 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue.  Suspect was arrested.
Monday, November 27th
12:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1700 block of E. Mendocino Street.  Suspect(s) entered the residence via unknown means.  Stolen: multi-color designer rug.
Thursday, November 30th
3:00 PM – A grand theft (telephone scam) occurred in the 2400 block of E. Washington Boulevard.  Stolen: currency.
5:00 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Coolidge Avenue.  Suspect(s) entered the residence by cutting the window screen.  Stolen:  designer handbags and jewelry.
Friday, December 1st
7:00 AM – A domestic violence incident occurred in the 600 block of W. Altadena Drive.  Suspect has been identified.
7:30 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 1900 block of N. Lake Avenue.  Suspect(s) entered the location by shattering the glass door.  Stolen: Casio cash register and currency.
Saturday, December 2nd
12:51 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 2100 block of Fair Oaks Avenue.  Suspects entered the location by shattering the front glass door.  Suspects described as (2) males.  Stolen:  cash register, currency, and tablet.


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

LASD recruits to honor fallen deputy may cause minor traffic delays Monday morning along Altadena Dr.


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Sunday December 3, 2017, 4:33 PM

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Community: LASD recruits to honor fallen deputy may cause minor traffic delays Monday morning along Altadena Dr.
 
 
On January 3, 2010, retired Deputy Sheriff Charlene “Charlie” Rottler, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, died from injuries she sustained while working on patrol at the Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Most people are unfamiliar with Charlie’s story. She and her training officer were involved in a traffic collision with a drunk driver on November 5, 1972, nearly 40 years prior to her death last January. That she did not die that day or in the months that followed is nothing short of a miracle. That she survived as long as she did was a testimony to her indomitable spirit.
Charlie’s becoming a deputy sheriff at all was a bit of an accident. Her husband was the one who wanted to be the deputy. He took the written exam twice, failing it both times, so Charlie decided to take the exam to help him out — it was her plan to help him pass on his third attempt. The problem arose when she passed on the first try and the test administrators called to schedule her for an oral interview that afternoon. She got on the phone and asked her husband what to do; they decided she should go for it.
Charlie excelled in the academy; Sheriff Lee Baca, then a deputy, was one of her drill instructors. She graduated from Academy Class 129 in June 1969, just ahead of her husband, (another Charlie, who finally did pass the written exam.)
After graduation, Charlie was assigned to San Dimas Station and handled citizen complaints and other support functions. Women were assigned to patrol stations beginning in the 1940’s, but most never got any closer to a patrol car than the front desk. But not Charlie. She managed to find male deputies who she could ride with in an “unofficial” capacity. Charlie broke into the boy’s club in another way as well. Shortly after graduation, she became the only female member of the Sheriff’s shotgun team. There was no Department mandate to include women; she won her way onto the team by merit.
It was hardly surprising that Charlie volunteered to be a full-fledged patrol deputy when that opportunity was first offered to women in the summer of 1972. Twenty women volunteered and were chosen for this trial program. A patrol school was created to prepare these women for working in a radio car, as the department had no patrol school prior to this time.
Charlene and the rest of her female partners graduated on August 31, 1972 and she was assigned to Altadena Station the next day. During the graduation ceremony, they stood for inspection for Sheriff Peter Pitchess wearing skirts and white blouses and carrying their guns in a purse. This was to be their regular uniform while performing patrol duties with their male partners.
Just two months later, on November 5, 1972, her daughter’s eighth birthday, at approximately 1:00 A.M., Deputy Sheriff Trainee Charlene “Charlie” Rottler and her partner Doug Oberholtzer were traveling down Altadena Drive responding to a battery call. Deputy Oberholtzer was driving, riding in the backseat was Bonnie Clary; a newspaper reporter working on a story on the first women deputies working uniformed patrol.
As the patrol car approached an intersection just west of Altadena Station, a drunk driver ran a stop sign and the radio car broadsided the vehicle. A passenger in that car was killed and two other passengers were injured. Reporter Bonnie Clary suffered a broken leg and Doug Oberholtzer broke a bone on his hand. Typically, only the drunk driver was uninjured.
Charlie’s injuries were catastrophic.
Denise Alvarado, Charlene’s daughter, now a Los Angeles City Firefighter Paramedic, described her mother’s injuries this way:
“My mom’s left lower extremity was the only part of her body that was not injured. Her skull and face were completely crushed. A plastic surgeon did an extraordinary job [repairing the damage] for 1972. … I was told she had over 350 stitches to her face alone. Her seat came off the car and she bounced all around. Her internal organs were all ruptured but the main damage was to her intestines. The doctors said if she made it through the surgeries she would die from the infection that would occur from the ruptured organs. Her back was broken in many places and it was thought her spinal cord was severed. Her heart was not affected but everything else was.”
Initially, the responding firemen thought Charlie was dead. When they realized their mistake, they rushed her to Huntington Memorial Hospital. She endured over 20 hours of surgery on that first day and was in a coma for the next month. The doctors told her family not to expect her to awaken from it. She was monitored around the clock by Huntington Hospital candy stripers.
When Charlie finally did wake up she saw one solitary candy striper sitting in a chair by her bed trying to read under the light of a weak lamp. Charlie’s first waking words were to suggest to the girl that she needed better light. After the young woman recovered from the shock of hearing Charlie speak, she ran out of the room to get help. This was only the beginning of Charlie’s ordeal. Sadly, Charlie’s injuries compelled her to retire from the Sheriff’s Department in April 1974. She endured 55 major surgeries over the rest of her life trying to repair the injuries she sustained in that traffic accident in 1972. When she finally succumbed to them in January of 2010, her body had so deteriorated that she had been compelled for some time to attach herself to a feeding tube each night to ensure she received enough nutrition. Other people might have had an in-home nurse perform this task, but Charlie had enough moxie to do it herself.
Charlene Rottler did not know the meaning of the word quit and she never felt sorry for herself. She continued to fight and to be an inspiration for her family and friends. In 1996, the Sheriff’s Museum dedicated a display in honor of Charlie and her partners who led the way for women to patrol in 1972. Charlie was quite proud that she was still able to fit into the skirt and blouse the ladies were compelled to wear back in the day and she modeled it with pride
for the cameras.
This Monday December 4th at 7:00am the upcoming LASD recruit class will be running along Altadena Drive in Mariposa Street in honor of our fallen Deputy.

 
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


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Wednesday November 29, 2017, 6:21 PM

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Community: Altadena Sheriff’s Station Weekly Crime Blotter
 
Sunday, November 19th
10:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 400 block of W. Marigold Street.  Suspect(s) entered the residence by using bodily force to open a rear window.  Stolen:  safe.
Monday, November 20th
2:18 PM – A vehicle was reported stolen from the 2400 block of Grandeur Avenue.  The vehicle, described as a 1992 green Honda Accord, was recovered on 11/23/17 by Pasadena Police Department personnel.
Tuesday, November 21st
2:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 3200 block of GlenroseAvenue.  Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by prying the door.  Stolen:  yellow Partner gas cut off saw, red Milwaukee angle grinder, Radnor torch regulator, and a blue tool bag.
9:30 PM – A battery occurred in the 2900 block of El Nido Drive.  Suspects were apprehended and taken into custody.   No life threatening injuries reported.
Wednesday, November 22nd
10:45 AM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of N. Lincoln Avenue.  Suspect(s) shattered the rear window.
10:00 PM – A petty theft occurred in the 2300 block of Grandeur Avenue.  Stolen:  Christmas mailbox décor.
Thursday, November 23rd
4:00 PM – A commercial burglary occurred in the 200 block of W. Mountain View Street.  Suspect(s) entered the location via unknown means.  Stolen: blue welder, and miscellaneous tools.
Friday, November 24th
11:05 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 2100 block of N. Lincoln Avenue.  Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the window.  Stolen:  Louis Vuitton wallet, silver MacBook, white Apple external charger, black Littman stethoscope, and credit cards.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Annual Altadena Station Food & Toy Drive


Yes, it is that time of year again.  We are now in full swing for the annual Altadena Station Toy/Food drive.  I have placed a clean trash can in the front lobby area to receive donations from all of you as well as the public.  Canned goods and Pastas are staples as well as Peanut Butter and stuffing.   Please take the time to look in your shelves at home and bring in some canned goods for the drive.  For the toys, gift cards and unwrapped toys are perfect to donate.  Let’s all do what we can to help those that are less fortunate than we are by donating either food, a toy or both.  Thanks in advance for your help!

 

Any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call or email, Thanks

 

SGT HM Sandy Crosthwaite

Altadena Sheriff Station

Community Relations

780 E. Altadena Drive

Altadena Ca, 91001

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Altadena Sheriff’s Station Weekly Crime Blotter


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Wednesday November 8, 2017, 4:27 PM

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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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Monday, October 30th
8:30 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1600 block of Homewood Drive.  Suspect(s) entered the residence via the second floor window and a ladder.  Stolen: unknown.
12:37 PM – A strong arm robbery occurred in the 1100 block of E. Mendocino Street.  Suspects described as two males.  Stolen:  red Echo power blower.
Tuesday, October 31st
11:00 PM – Derrick Ford, 52 years old of Altadena was arrested in the area of Lake Avenue and Alameda Street for possession of a controlled substance.
Wednesday, November 1st
7:45 AM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1200 block of Loma Alta Drive.  Suspect(s) entered the residence by removing a window screen.  Stolen: black laptop and black velvet jewelry box.
Thursday, November 2nd
8:00 PM – A vehicle burglary occurred in the 3100 block of Mount Curve Avenue.  Suspect(s) entered the vehicle by shattering the passenger side window.  Stolen:  brown leather make-up bag.
Saturday, November 4th
8:35 AM – A petty theft occurred in the 20 block of E. Calaveras Street.  Stolen:  three swings.
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Modifies It's Safe Drug Drop-off Program


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Tuesday November 7, 2017, 11:34 AM

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Advisory: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Modifies It's Safe Drug Drop-off Program
 
The current Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Safe Drug Drop Off program is being modified, effective immediately.  In the past, the boxes were not manned, and as a result, unauthorized items were often left in the boxes. These items, such as improperly packaged biohazardous sharps (needles) placed in erroneous receptacles, unidentified liquids, and even firearms, created safety concerns for LASD Narcotics Bureau personnel when they would empty the boxes.  Based on these safety issues, the decision was made to remove the boxes and have a one day drug take back event, sponsored by the stations each month.

All existing station drug collection boxes were labeled with a notice of removal and the process of removing the boxes from their current locations has begun.        

All pharmaceuticals and illicit drugs will continue to be collected by station personnel during a monthly take-back event day. Each station will identify one day during the month to provide the public with take back assistance.  On the designated day, deputy personnel will be present to monitor and identify the items being dropped off. There will be no questions asked and no criminal consequence if illicit narcotics are dropped off during the designated dates. This modification is necessary in order to continue to collect and dispose of drugs in a safe manner.      

The sharps/needle box will remain at each of the Sheriff stations and will be monitored by Los Angeles County Department of Public Works personnel. 

Each Sheriff’s Station will have a pre-set schedule identifying the designated dates on their Department website and social media sites (Nixle, Facebook, Twitter). The public may call their local Sheriff’s station for this information. For a list of stations click on the following link:
http://www.la-sheriff.org/s2/page_render.aspx?pagename=patrol_main

The public may also dispose of pharmaceuticals at any of the following collection locations:
 **The pharmaceutical disposal kiosks at Walgreens pharmacies, available during regular pharmacy hours (24 hours a day at most kiosk locations).
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160725005180/en/

**The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) regularly offers drug take back events.  Consumers can visit the DEA’s website at the following link:
https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

**California Department of Resources Recycling and Resources Facility Information.
http://www.calrecycle.ca.gov/FacIT/Facility/Search.aspx?ActivityID=41#LIST

**Department of Public Works, HHW/E-Waste Collection Schedule
http://ladpw.org/general/enotifyCalendar/Calendar.aspx
                            
For media inquiries please contact Lieutenant Mark Reyes, Narcotics Bureau, at (562)946-7101.


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