Friday, December 10, 2010

Altadena Staion Annual Food and Toy Drive from Carolyn Sietz

Many of you have asked how you can help the Sheriff's Department this year with the packing of the boxes of food for distribution and the sorting and packing of toys for each family that will receive them
Here's the schedule of times when packing and sorting will take place next week, beginning Monday at the Altadena Sheriff's Station (780 East Altadena Drive):
Monday 7 am to 5 pm
Tuesday 7 am to 6:30 pm
Wednesday 7 am to 8 pm
Thursday 7 am to 8 pm
Friday 7 am to 8 pm
If you are already a credentialed Station Volunteer or Volunteer on Patrol, Member of the Clergy Council, Sheriff's Support Group or a Community Advisory Committee member, all you need to do is show up whenever it works for you.
If you are not a regular volunteer but are interested and willing to help us pack boxes and sort toys, we'd love to have your help as well. Please let me know which days and times you can be there and we'll make sure that you're on a list so the Watch Deputy knows to expect you and can direct you to the right place. The Sheriff's Station is still undergoing renovation and so please wear comfortable clothing. You'll be working in a garage or in a construction zone, and it will still be fun and worthwhile!
We will also be doing the annual distribution of food and toys on Saturday, December 18th. If you willing and available to help us that morning, we would really appreciate your being at the Altadena Community Center at 6:00 am for a briefing and then to help set up and stage the distribution. The distribution will begin no later than 8 am, Saturday, December 18th.
Because we'll be using the parking lot at the Community Center (730 East Altadena Drive) for the staging and distribution, we'll ask you to park on Altadena Drive or in the parking lot at Rite Aid on the north side of Altadena Drive. Be very careful crossing the street - the crosswalk at Altadena Drive and Lake is best. You can also park on El Molino, along the east side of the Station.
Thank you very much for all of your contributions. We will likely serve 300 to 350 families this year, and we can't do any of that without you.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Safety Tips

With the holiday season upon us and the shopping frenzy in full swing, the Altadena Sheriff’s Station would like everyone to take extra precautions while out shopping, and also around your home or business during this festive time of year. Suspicious activity should always be reported immediately, whether you are at home or away, and people are strongly encouraged to practice the following safety tips that may prevent you from becoming a victim:
While shopping:
• Place all gifts and packages in your trunk or out of sight
• Be aware of your surroundings at all times and walk with confidence
• Park in well-lighted areas
• Avoid shopping alone; there is safety in numbers
• Try to use credit or debit cards for purchases to avoid carrying large amounts of cash
• Keep your car doors locked and windows closed
• If you carry a purse or bag, carry it up close to your body
• Have your car key in your hand prior to getting to your vehicle
• Always report suspicious activity immediately to on-site security or the police department
Suggestions in and around your home:
• Keep gifts in areas that cannot be seen from doorways or windows
• Install motion sensor lighting in a location that it cannot be easily tampered with
• Keep bushes and shrubbery trimmed down and thinned out to eliminate places for thieves to hide
• If traveling, postpone your mail and newspaper deliveries so your home doesn’t look deserted
• Do not store gifts in vehicles or unsecured areas
• Always report suspicious activity immediately to your local sheriff’s station or police department 
If you operate a business, some of these tips may be helpful:
• Lock unused doors as long as you are not in violation of the Fire Code
• Keep only necessary cash in the register and vary the schedule and route for your bank deposits each day
• Make sure your cash register is clearly visible to passers-by
• Advertise your security alarm system with signs in visible locations
• Develop a mutual aid system among stores on your block or close to you
Joseph E. Dempsey, Lieutenant
Altadena Station - Detective Bureau
626-296-2131 - Office
323-415-4728 - Fax

Friday, December 3, 2010

Community Message from LASD

Community Message has been issued by the LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Friday December 3, 2010 10:58 AM PST
Partner with The Sheriff's Department to Help bring joy to children this holiday season. visit the link for more...
As we get closer to the Holidays, The Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department is collecting new, unwrapped toys for children between the ages of one and sixteen.
From now through Friday, December 17, 2010, The public may drop off toys at any Sheriff s station or facility. Toy Bins have been provided at each location.
The toys will be distributed to underprivileged children throughout Los Angeles County during the holiday season. Please help us make a difference. One small contribution can make a great impact on the life of a child.
For further information, contact Deputy Luis Castro at (323) 267- 4812 or Sheriff s Headquarters Bureau at (323) 267-4800.
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Deputy Luis Castro
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau

Sunday, November 14, 2010

New message from LASD

Advisory Message has been issued by the LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Saturday November 13, 2010 11:04 AM PST
Overall 2010 Crime Declines Compared to 2009 in Communities Policed by the LASD (100 pages of detailed crime stats)
Over 100 pages of details showing reported crime statistics for the unincorporated communities and 42 contract cities policed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department can be found at Visit the Crime Prevention and Information page of, or access them directly at
These include year-to-date 2010 reported crime statistics, compared to 2009, and compared to five years ago (2005). Reported crimes for each sheriff's station and city include homicides, robberies, burglaries, etc. (To review the statistics, open the file, right click with your computer mouse, and use the search engine.)
As of October 31, 2010, preliminary crime data shows that criminal homicides in Sheriff s patrol areas have decreased by 15.52 percent, compared to the same year-to-date period last year (175 homicides last year compared to 148 this year). This follows a five-year continuous decrease, resulting in a 51.96 percent decrease in homicides compared to five years ago, and the lowest homicide rate since 1975.
Most notable were decreases in homicides in the Compton Station area (including the city of Compton and nearby unincorporated areas) and Century Station area (which includes the city of Lynwood and nearby unincorporated areas). Compton Station homicides have reduced by 40.66 percent, with 37 homicides last year compared to 22 this year. Century Station had 30 homicides during the same period last year, as compared to 23 homicides this year, for a 23.29 percent decrease.
Reported incidents of violent crimes (Part I) have declined 1.74 percent, and serious property crimes (Part I) have declined by 3 percent in Sheriff s patrol areas countywide, compared to last year at this time. These numbers combine to show a 2.74 percent decrease in overall Part I crimes. Sheriff s stations experiencing the most significant decreases in overall violent crimes (Part I) over the same period last year included Marina del Rey Station at 25.5 percent, Walnut Station at 25.1 percent, Industry Station at 24.2 percent, and Altadena Station at 22.5 percent.
Crime prevention information, as well as reported crime statistics can be found on the Crime Prevention and Information page of the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Dept. website,, or can be accessed directly at These include over 100 pages of specific statistics for each city and unincorporated community patrolled by the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Dept.
Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff s station. Or if you wish to remain Anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website
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Mike Parker, CaptainSheriff's Headquarters BureauLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800
Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff
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Thursday, November 11, 2010

New Community Message from LASD

Community Message has been issued by the LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.
Thursday November 11, 2010 3:40 PM PST
LASD combats driving under the influence deaths and injuries with help from traffic safety enforcement grant
A new $1.1 M traffic safety grant has been awarded to the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department (LASD) for a year-long anti-DUI program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways.
Additional enforcement measures in place to combat impaired driving are coming as a result of a recent $1,100,000.00 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. The LASD is dedicated to keeping our streets safe through both enforcement and education.
The special DUI Enforcement and Awareness grant is to assist in efforts to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol and other drug related collisions in the community. The grant activities will specifically target impaired driving offenders as well as educate the public on the dangers of impaired driving.
This will be done through the use of DUI/driver s license checkpoints, warrant searches and stakeouts for repeat DUI offenders, saturation patrols, and court stings where DUI offenders with suspended or revoked driver licenses get behind the wheel after leaving court.
Drunk driving is one of America s deadliest crimes. In 2009, over 10,839 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. California data for 2009 showed that 950 died in Alcohol Impaired Collisions, a 7.6 percent reduction in deaths from 2008.
Everyone in California should be heartened with these figures, said Christopher J. Murphy, Director of the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). But as encouraging as this is, we can t let up on the efforts to promote and enforce traffic safety. Far too many are still losing their lives or being severely injured on our roadways.
For the second year in a row, the LASD will be conducting three special Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations. Motorcycle fatalities have finally turned and dropped in California, following an 11 year, 175 percent rise in deaths. In 2009, 393 motorcyclist were killed, a 29 percent drop from 2008 statistics. Sadly, California remains one of 3 states that still lead the nation in motorcyclists deaths.
LASD Deputies will be conducting specialized enforcement efforts throughout the course of the next year. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcycles. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists, and other vehicle drivers, that result in far too many motorcycle collisions, injuries and deaths.
These figures represent more people making it home safely and alive each day, said Murphy. But to keep this trend going, we will continue to strive to meet our vision Toward zero deaths, every 1 counts. Funding for this program is from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
42 of the 88 cities of Los Angeles County contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department to be their sole police department. In addition to crime prevention and enforcement for those cities, the LASD has sole responsibility for traffic enforcement and the prevention and handling of traffic collisions. The LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority also contracts with the LASD to be their policing agency for Metro buses and trains, which includes traffic enforcement.
National Law Enforcement Challenge:
The traffic strategies of the Los Angeles County Sheriff s Department (LASD) earned the First Place award from the annual National Law Enforcement Challenge (NLEC), for sheriff s departments with more than 1,000 deputies. More than 530 law enforcement agencies submitted publications for this competition, detailing their traffic strategies.
Awarded in October 2009 at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference in Denver, Colorado, the NLEC is a friendly competition between similar sizes and types of law enforcement agencies and is financed through a grant awarded to the IACP by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NLEC is designed to strengthen and support traffic enforcement nationwide and targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding. The LASD was recognized for its strategy of officer training, public information, and enforcement to reduce traffic and injuries within its jurisdiction.
Detective Daniel A. DailTraffic Services DetailRisk Management BureauLeadership and Training DivisionLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Captain Mike ParkerSheriff's Headquarters BureauLos Angeles County Sheriff's Department(323) 267-4800 Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff

Annual Altadena Sheriff's Station Bike Tour

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Saturday, October 9, 2010


Due to the ongoing reconstruction of the Altadena Sheriff's Station, we will not be able to hold our annual Haunted Jail.

However, on October 29th there will be Halloween activities at the Altadena Community Center.

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We hope to see you at the 2011 Haunted Jail.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

New Community message from LASD

Community Message has been issued by the LASD - Altadena Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff.

Saturday September 25, 2010 7:40 AM PDT

Take-Back and Drop-off Unused Prescription Drugs on Sat., Sept 25 - Join the Nationwide Effort

Safely Drop-Off your unused prescription drugs today or any day, or join us in a special nationwide effort on Sat., Sept. 25 at any of these sheriff's stations of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. LASD Safe-Drug Drop-off boxes are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week in front of the below Los Angeles County Sheriff's patrol stations:

1. Carson Station
2. Century Station
3. Compton Station
4. Crescenta Valley Station
5. East Los Angeles Station
6. Industry Station
7. Lakewood Station
8. Lancaster Station
9. Lomita Station
10. Malibu / Lost Hills Station
11. Marina Del Rey Station
12. Norwalk Station
13. Palmdale Station
14. Pico Rivera Station
15. San Dimas Station
16. Santa Clarita Valley Station
17. Temple Station
18. Walnut / Diamond Bar Station
19. West Hollywood Station
20. South Los Angeles Station (Replaces Lennox Station)
1310 W. Imperial Hwy, Los Angeles 90044

Since the LASD started the Safe Drug Drop-off program one year ago, the public has shown a strong willingness to help protect the environment and reduce the possibility of unused prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands. Also, the attached chart reflects the number of syringes (sharps) collected during 2010, including an average of about 450 syringes (sharps) per month.

During this past year, the following has been collected by the LASD and disposed of in a safe manner:

9,546 pounds of prescription medications (nearly 5 tons)

4,520 pounds of used (512,662) syringes (2-1/4 tons)

6.1 pounds of Illicit Drugs

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Office of Diversion Control and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, want you to know about a nationwide effort to encourage people on Sat., Sept. 25, 2010, to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets.

To read about National Take-Back Day and to see additional sites where you can drop-off your unused prescription medication throughout the U.S., visit the DEA website at:

Note that most non-LASD locations listed on the DEA website are one-day, temporary locations available only on Sat., Sept. 25, 2010. Also, only LASD stations accept syringes (sharps).

In September of 2009, Sheriff Lee Baca was joined at Lomita Station by members of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, along with various city officials from the South Bay to promote the new “Safe Drug Drop-off” program.

A year later, this successful program continues to provide a unique opportunity for residents to safely and anonymously drop-off expired or unused prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, syringes (sharps), and any other controlled substances.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department participates in this program 24-hours a day, seven days a week, to ensure that residents have a safe way to dispose of these items. The practice of flushing medicines down the drain can have an adverse impact on aquatic wildlife. Wastewater treatment plants are not able to test or treat for pharmaceuticals. Therefore, the drugs end up in our rivers, streams, lakes, groundwater systems and oceans.

Saving unused or expired medications can lead to improper and illegal use if they fall into the wrong hands. Children and others may access these medications from medicine cabinets and either use them inappropriately, sell them or give to others for illegal and unintended uses. A safer solution for the environment is to bring your old medications to the designated drug drop-off boxes available at twenty of our sheriff's stations listed above.

Click on this link to see the 2009 announcement of the LASD Safe Drug Drop-Off Program:!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3hLAwMDd3-nYCN3M19LA0_nEDPvMJMAQ_8QM6B8pFm8hQEEAOU93Qw8_d093QKMzY0MnMwJ6A4H2Ydbf5AJfnmQ-SB5AxzA0UDfzyM_N1W_IDfCIDMgXREAv8HHeQ!!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfOTAwMEdPQlMyRzZNOTBJQ1Q2S1Y0UDFPMzA!/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/lasd+content/lasd+site/home/news+room/news+crime+information/122a-09_mediascroll

Captain Mike Parker
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800

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Friday, September 17, 2010

LASD New Message

Advisory Message has been issued by the LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.

Friday September 17, 2010 4:53 PM PDT

San Gabriel Valley resident arrested for murder and kidnap for ransom. Click the link for Suspect photo and more info

On Wednesday, September 8th 2010 Suspect Deqiang Song met the victim in the San Gabriel Valley for a planned trip to the Santa Anita Shopping Mall. The victim, a 21 year old Chinese woman, had met Suspect Song, in a social club, one week earlier. She knew him by the alias of “Xia-Yu” (Sha-Yu).

During the afternoon, the suspect detoured the outing to the Apple Valley area, San Bernardino County, using a fabricated errand. Already within the suspect’s vehicle were the instruments he ultimately used to commit the kidnapping and attempted murder of the victim. After reaching a remote area between Victorville and Apple Valley, the suspect drove down a secluded dirt road. He proceeded to bind the victim, and used the victim’s phone to make his initial call to her father, demanding a ransom in exchange for her safe return.

Suspect Song then donned latex gloves and strangled the victim with a cord, until he believed she was dead. After realizing that the victim was still breathing, Suspect Song used a knife to slash the victim’s throat. After removing her restraints, Suspect Song left the victim for dead and returned to the San Gabriel Valley to continue his mission of obtaining the ransom money.

After receiving the initial ransom call, the victim’s father called 9-1-1 and reported the kidnapping to Sheriff’s deputies. Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives were dispatched and began the search for the victim. Efforts to locate the victim and the suspect continued as Investigators, through the father, negotiated with the suspect to obtain the victim’s safe return.

During the investigation, detectives learned that the victim had been located. After regaining consciousness, she reportedly walked approximately two miles through the desert to a house, where residents called 9-1-1. She was airlifted to an Antelope Valley Hospital, where she underwent emergency surgery to save her life.

Simultaneously, detectives agreed to a ransom payment in an effort to lure the kidnapper into the open. Hours later, a ransom drop was made in the city of San Gabriel. The suspect was subsequently arrested while attempting to retrieve the ransom money. Inside of his vehicle at the scene, investigators located the victim’s cell phone, which the suspect had used to communicate his demands, and some property belonging to the victim. On Friday, September 10th, detectives located the apparent crime scene in the desert area, where additional evidence was located and collected.

In the days since the incident, investigators have determined that the suspect acted alone in the crime and was positively identified by the victim as her lone attacker. It has been established that the suspect immigrated to the Chinatown area of Chicago, Illinois, from the She n-Yang (Young) Provence of China, in 2008.

He traveled to California during the last week of July, 2010 and has kept residence in the San Gabriel Valley, since then. His vehicle is a black, 2009 Toyota Venza, four-door, with Illinois license number H897160.

Sheriff’s Detectives are asking the public’s assistance in providing any possible information about the suspect and to identify any other crimes for which DEQIANG SONG may be responsible. The planning, sophistication and elaborate nature of this crime, may indicate that this is not the only crime in which this suspect is involved.

Sheriff's Detectives encourage anyone with information which will assist us to contact LASD Headquarters Bureau at 323-267-4800. If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you can call 'Crime Stoppers' by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website

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Robert Boese III
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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New information from LASD

Community Message has been issued by the LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff.

Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:13 PM PDT

Launching the first of its kind, Community Based Information System (CBIS) for Law Enforcement

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and partnering agencies unveiled a nationwide, first of its kind database called the Community Based Information System (CBIS) today at Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. This database is designed to combine crime, demographics, social service referrals, school dynamics and other relevant data. It is the ultimate information led policing system empowering law enforcement in making decisions and improving services. Sheriff Lee Baca stated, “This system has the capability to empower police agencies to effectively identify and assess problem areas, without regard to jurisdictional boundaries, just like crime.”

During challenging economic times when departments are minimizing services, this tool will allow law enforcement partners to continue the ongoing fight to provide public safety by bridging the gaps between information sharing. “The CBIS provides real time intelligence between local, state and federal agencies that will allow us to combat crime together,” said John A. Torres, Special Agent in Charge, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Los Angeles Field Division. “If this database can save one life, and I know it will, ATF will continue its collaboration with this project to ensure open lines of intelligence are being shared with all levels of law enforcement.”

Unlike typical reactive law enforcement technological systems that are used to track criminals or analyze crime, the purpose of this system is to allow agencies to better understand the socioeconomic dynamics that underlie troubled neighborhoods. Chief Charlie Beck commented, “The very nature of CBIS supports our goals to further develop and enhance LAPD’s predictive policing efforts, because it presents a comprehensive picture of the communities we serve, especially those troubled by violence and gang crime. The future of smarter, more effective policing means knowing where and when crime will happen. I’m confident that all agencies participating in this innovative program will benefit.” Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said, “CBIS provides us with a significantly enhanced ability to share information that helps the communities of two counties.”

The entire system will encompass valuable information that will be housed in one secure location and will be accessible to all our law enforcement partners within Los Angeles and Orange County. “CBIS is a breakthrough platform linking law enforcement with quality community data moving law enforcement towards achieving the best of 21st century policing,” said Connie Rice, Director of the Advancement Project. This unique system will assist line personnel with providing immediate referral information to the community. “We can provide the community with tangible solutions to their problems and create a cultural shift within law enforcement,” said Sheriff Baca.

(Original) Press Conference Announcement

LASD and Partner Agencies Launch the First of Its Kind, Comprehensive Law Enforcement Database

Sheriff Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles Police Department; Sheriff Sandra Hutchins, Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley; Special Agent in Charge John Torres, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives; Los Angeles City Attorney Carmen Trutanich; Secretary Matthew Cate, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; Co-Director Connie Rice, Advancement Project in Los Angeles; and Chief Mike Bowman, Los Angeles School Police Department.

Sheriff Baca will unveil the Community-based Information System (CBIS). The first of its kind, this comprehensive database is designed to combine crime, demographics, social service referrals, school dynamics, and other relevant data. It will allow law enforcement agencies to share information throughout multiple jurisdictions. Unlike typical reactive law enforcement technological systems that are used to track criminals or analyze crime, the purpose of this system is to allow law enforcement agencies to better understand the socioeconomic dynamics that underlie troubled neighborhoods.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010 at 2:00 p.m.

Sherman Block Sheriff’s Headquarters Building

To see information about CBIS on the website of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, visit or the direct link at:!ut/p/c5/04_SB8K8xLLM9MSSzPy8xBz9CP0os3gLAwgwcjfzdDPw9Hf3dAswNjcyCDLRDwfpwK3CyRwib4ADOBro-3nk56bqF2Rnpzk6KioCAMV4niQ!/dl3/d3/L2dJQSEvUUt3QS9ZQnZ3LzZfOTAwMEdPQlMyRzZNOTBJQ1Q2S1Y0UDFPMzA!/?WCM_GLOBAL_CONTEXT=/wps/wcm/connect/lasd+content/lasd+site/home/lasd+family/lasd+relevant+links/cbis

Captain Mike Parker
Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
(323) 267-4800

Leroy D. Baca, Sheriff

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Sunday, August 29, 2010

SCS Grand Finale Randy Caputo's Legends Show 9/11 - 7:00 PM

Editor's note: Please arrive early for this concert, we are expecting maximum capacity in the amphitheater.

Randy Caputo and Gina Harlan

Randy and Gina-Harlan Caputo reside in Banning, CA. They are both musical entertainers specializing in jazz and swing music.

Currently the Caputos volunteer and are working with the Banning Redevelopment Historical Committee to strategize on refurbishing downtown Banning and the San Gorgonio Inn. Their goal is to create a nightclub atmosphere featuring live jazz music and wholesome entertainment.

Randy Caputo: has performed with several music legends and artists including: Lawrence Welk, Pearl Bailey, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown, Rosemary Clooney and many others. For years Randy has performed for Disneyland and Disney World, Florida. Randy is also known for his amazing tribute to that Legendary Drummer Man Gene Krupa. Randy was honored as he was voted into the ‘top 100 living drummers’ in the book called Sticks and Skins by Jules Follett.
In 2006 Randy was inducted to the Jazz Legends Hall of Fame society.

Gina Harlan-Caputo: has been a professional singer performing with numerous celebrities including: Tom Jones, BJ Thomas, and Gary Puckett.
Gina’s own group (Company B’) performs in a tribute to The Andrews Sisters. Their performances include the famous ‘Legends in Concert’ series in Branson, Missouri and continually perform for our US military on The USS Midway in San Diego California.
One of Gina’s specialties is her tribute to singer Miss Connie Francis.
Gina has a BA in Music Theory.


Piano: Ian Francisco, Bass: Bill Saitta, Drums: Jimmy Ford and Randy Caputo, Trumpet: Dr. Jack Poster, Sax: Colin Wenhardt, Trombone: Alisha Ard
Vocalist: Gina Harlan, Male Vocalist: Vince Pellegrini, Host/MC- Jim Smith
Company B: (Carla Fiore, Dawn Shelden and Gina Harlan)

Legends Show Band

Randy Caputo (Drums/Leader)
Randy has performed with several music legends and artists including: Lawrence Welk, Pearl Bailey, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Brown, Rosemary Clooney and many others. For years Randy has performed for both Disneyland and Disney World Florida. Randy is also known for his amazing tribute to that Legendry Drummer Man Gene Krupa. In 2006 Randy was inducted to the Jazz Legends Hall of Fame society.

Gina Harlan (Vocalist)
Gina started out as a pianist and received a BA in Music Theory.
She has sung on many commercials, has toured and done back up work for artists such as Tom Jones, B.J. Thomas, Gary Puckett, and many more. One of Gina’s specialties is her tribute to singer Connie Francis.
She is also a vocal arranger and is currently a member of Company B, which is a tribute to ‘The Andrews Sisters’. Their performances include the famous ‘Legends in Concert’ in Branson, Missouri and continually perform for our US military on The USS Midway in San Diego California.

Dr. Jack Poster (Trumpet)
Dr. Poster has toured all over the world with his tribute to “Harry James”. In fact, from 1969 through 1971, Dr. Poster played the lead trumpet in the Harry James Orchestra.
Not only is he the best at his craft but Dr. Poster is a master showman.

Colin Wenhardt (Sax)
To date, Colin has performed with: Liza Minnelli, Don Rickles, Barry Manilow, Keely Smith, Mary Wilson & The Supremes, Ron Hawking, The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, Hal Linden, The Four Freshman, Frank Sinatra Jr. Ray Charles, Crystal Gayle, Jack Sheldon, Rita Moreno, Rich Little, The Four Tops, Barry White, Roberta Flack, Isaac Hayes, Joel Gray, Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Helen O'Connell, Gene Krupa Orchestra, Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. The list goes on and on and on and on and on…

Alisha Ard (Trombone)
Alisha Marie Ard is a jewel of an entertainer. She has mastered the art of playing the trombone and has toured all over the country playing and singing; yes, singing. Alisha isn’t a musician who “happens” to sing, she is a superb vocalist as well as trombonist, who captivates and amazes her audience.

Ian Francisco (Piano)
Ian has played in several productions including Finian’s Rainbow, Fiddler on the Roof, Guys and Dolls, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, My Fair Lady, The Fantasticks, Annie Get Your Gun, South Pacific and the list goes on and on… Ian is a serious studio musician but never too busy to turn down a live performance. More recently he has been the Musical Director for productions of Fiddler, Pippin, Grease, Chicago, and Bye Bye Birdie at San Marino High School. Currently, you will find him playing the stand up bass for the Original group, “Scarlet Furies”.

Bill Saitta (Bass)
Bill Saitta started playing professional bass at the age of 14. He studied the bass & guitar with the legendary Carol Kaye and attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. Bill has shared the stage with many outstanding musicians and celebrities. He has also recorded with numerous artists. He is very active in the So Cal area, playing gigs, shows and symphony concerts. Mr. Saitta is also a staff bassist for the Jazz in the Pines Festival and leads various groups under his own name.

Jimmy Ford (Drums)
“Jimmy continues to tour throughout the United States, Europe and Japan. His kudos includes his very successful drum company called “Ford Drums”, and performances with: Milt Hinton, Clifford Jordan, Benny Powell, Art Farmer, Jimmy Heath, Buddy Tate, Paquito D’Rivera, Slam Stewart, Walter Booker, Roger Neumann, Candido, Sam Harris and Benny Bailey”. Jimmy’s style has been compared to world’s famous drummer Buddy Rich.

Company B (The Andrews Sisters Tribute)
Company B has preformed all over the US with their tribute to The Andrews Sisters.
The trio, (Carla Fiore, Dawn Shelden and Gina Harlan) have performed for the famous “Legends in Concert” theaters in Branson, and many other theaters in the U.S. They continue to perform for our US military on The USS Midway in San Diego California, and recently performed the National Anthem for the Padres game at Petco Park. "Company B" has a tight harmony with matched vocal qualities as well as choreography and always interacting with their audiences.

Jim Smith (Host/MC)
Jim has been the voice and actor for several Radio and TV commercial spots in the Palm Springs area. With his quick wit and magnetic personality, Mr. Smith is a wonderful asset to our stage. Jim knows just how to keep the show running at an even pace and is king of the segues. Jim is also a wonderful auctioneer and has helped raise several thousand dollars for charities. Interaction with the crowd is a must for Jim and he makes any auction fun with guaranteed results.

Monday, August 16, 2010

American Flyers August 28th, Farnsworth Park, 7:00 PM

The American Flyers

The American Flyers came to be in the early 1990’s, born of players that had formed strong friendships in a number of different bands in the 1980’s. The flyers have gone through numerous versions since that time with all members maintaining a strong fraternal bond with one another.
The current line up includes founding members Phil Capuano (Drums), and Van Nixholm (original bassist and current rhythm guitarist), Gene Diorio (Lead Guitar) from our 2nd incarnation, and a new Brother, Dominic Amstutz (Base Guitar).
As in the beginning, these guys play together because they enjoy the camaraderie they share and the music they make. The music they enjoy, mostly rock, blues, and country all has some personal attachment to one member or another, whether they be present players or not currently performing. Please enjoy our musical offerings, it’s from the heart. Partners, Brothers, and Friends.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Those Manning Boys & Friends, Saturday, August 14th, Farnsworth Park, 7:00 PM

Those Manning Boys and Friends 2009 Concert in the Park

Those Manning Boys, Mike and Sean Manning make their sixth straight concert appearance this year. The two Altadena natives have been playing their traditional Irish music for eight years and have assembled quite a supporting cast of Irish traditional musicians and performers. This year returning for also the sixth straight year is the Aniar Academy of Irish dance. Formed in 1995 and run by Christine Byrne the school performs in shows and dance competions(Feis's) throughout the United States. Making his fifth appearance with the Boys is Liam Lewis, fiddle and mandolin player extraordinaire. Liam is writing and playing music, and will be attending the prestigious Berklee College of music in Boston this fall. Also joining the Boys again, another great discovery , Tim Drake, Altadena's very own Uillean piper and whistle player. Tim has been playing these "Irish Bagpipes" for many years, and also plays Irish whistle and flute. Together with newcomer Session guitarist, Jimmy Murphy, Liam and Tim delight crowds with their lively jigs and reels. Rounding out the talent is second year performer on Celtic harp, Barbara Schilling. Barbara has been playing harp for 12 plus years now and her haunting melodies and uplifiting style have delighted audiences at groups and parties of all types. More importantly, Barbara is part of the music therapy department at City of Hope in Duarte. The Boys have decided on a variety show format in order to highlight not only the diversity of traditional Irish music, but also the pure talent of the show's performers. See you there.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

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Monday, July 5, 2010

Down Beat Express Big Band Saturday, July 10th, 7:00 PM Farnsworth Park


Directed by Pat Emmett

Featuring vocalist Jennifer Gates

The Down Beat Express was founded nearly 30 years ago by Pasadena area saxophonist Safford Chamberlain. A year or so later Safford passed the baton to Pat Emmett and the rest is a long swingin' history of concerts, corporate and charity banquets, wedding receptions, dances and the CD recording "The Silver Project".

This performance will feature the band playing original arrangements of big band classics to appear on their next CD release "Big Band My Way". New treatments of hits from the Big Band era's Tommy Dorsey, Charley Barnet, Les Elgart, Gene Krupa and more.

The closing set will showcase the formidable vocal talents of MCA recording artist Jennifer Gates singing new arrangements of American Song Book standards that have made her the hit of hundreds of Down Beat Express arrangements. Jennifer can be heard regularly in area supper clubs with her trio and will appear on the upcoming Down Beat Express CD.

All material performed at this concert has been arranged by band members especially for the Down Beat Express and Miss Gates.

"Silver Project" CD's will be available for purchase during and after tonight's concert. Pat Emmett can be contacted at:

Tonight's comedian is courtesy of The Coffee Gallery:

Pre-order your gourmet picnic dinners at Amy's Patio Coffee:

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Summer Concert opens on July 3rd, 2010 7:00 PM Farnsworth Park.

The Elk's 99 Concert Band returns with an evening of Patriotic Music in celebration of our Nations 234th Birthday. Fun for the entire family.

Elk's 99 Concert Band
Richard Babcock, Conductor

Play list:


BACK TO LIFE RAG - Arranged by Tom Clark


RED RIDING HOOD - Marvin Bonds Vocal - Malinda Zenor


CONCERT BAND MEDLEY - Arranged by John Warrington




ALL IN THE FAMILY - Arranged by Carroll De Camp Woody James, Marvin Bonds Vocals


LINNET'S PARADE - Phyllis Newman, Piccalo Solo - Mark Brewer


Pre-order your boxed picnic dinner at:

Friday, June 11, 2010

14th Annual Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park


Altadena, CA June 11th, 2010 The Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena (SSGA) has announced the line up for the 14th annual FREE Summer Concerts in Farnsworth Park’s out door Amphitheater, 568 E. Mt. Curve Ave., Altadena, CA 91001.

This year’s season kicks off on July 3rd the Elk’s #99 Concert Band who will perform patriotic music in celebration of our Nation’s Birthday The July 10th concert will be featuring the Downbeat Express, Altadena’s Big Band, On July 17th Altadena will have its very own Dixieland party with The Crown City Dixieland Band. Back for her second appearance is Melena Latin Jazz Band for the July 24th concert. On August 31st Upstream will perform Caribbean music. Wreck N Sow will perform on August 7th with Bluegrass, Country and Americana. Those Manning Boys & Friends will entertain with Irish Song & Dance from the Public Houses of Ireland on August 14th.Classic Rock ‘n Roll will be performed by The All American Flyers on August 28th. And for our Grand Finale we will feature Randy Caputo’s Legends Show Band who will pay tribute to drummer legends Gene Krupa & Buddy Rich, along with tributes to Connie Francis, Louis Prima and a special tribute to the Andrew Sisters.

The Summer Concert Series is made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors. This year SSGA welcomes back a major sponsor, Warner Bros. Entertainment whose donation accounts for nearly 40% of the total cost of the Concert Series. “Warner Bros. does lots of filming for both TV and Feature Films in Altadena and we wanted to give back to the Community and felt the Summer Concerts were the perfect community event to be part of.” Said Lisa Rawlins Senior Vice President, Public Affairs of Warner Bros. Entertainment. Bob Klomburg, President of SSGA said “Without Warner Bros. participation we would have had to curtail the number of concerts this year. Their generous support made this season’s concerts possible”. In addition to Warner Bros. the Rotary Club of Altadena is again a major sponsor supporting the Concert Series along with Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Additional sponsors include Toyota of Pasadena, Dickson Podley Realtors, All American Audio Visual, M & M Printing, Trinity Thread Works and My Irish Pride, Beven & Brock Property Management, Georgia Rutherford in memory of Don Rutherford and Altadena Parks Advisory Committee in Honor of Cumi MacKenzie. The Altadena Sheriff’s Station is our host, and Farnsworth Park. For the fist time the Coffee Gallery, will provide professional stand up comedians to serve as our MC and Altadena’s Amy’s Patio CafĂ© will be offering pre-ordered picnic dinners, available at:

SSGA is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that assists the Altadena Sheriff’s Station with equipment and supplies not available through the County budget and are the producers of the 14th Annual Summer Concert Series.

Robert Klomburg
780 E. Altadena Dr.
Altadena, CA 91001


Monday, May 24, 2010

Neighborhood Watch Training

Neighborhood Watch Training Anaheim, CA Monday, June 28 • All Day Event Anaheim Convention CenterUSAonWatch website

Click here to register


Sheriffs’ deputies and police officers who work as Neighborhood Watch Liaisons
Law Enforcement Officers new to crime prevention and the Neighborhood Watch principles
Community members who take a leading role in Neighborhood Watch in their community
Anyone who cares about changing the culture of their neighborhoods


Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis via the USAonWatch website

Questions contact Robbi Woodson at


There is no registration fee to attend
Hotel accommodations, travel expenses & parking must be paid by the participant.
Lunch and Snacks are not provided


Start time for the class on June 28th is 8:30am. Class will go till 4:30pm.
A 2-hour break will be given for lunch and to visit the exhibit hall of the National Sheriffs’ Association Annual Conference

This training is designed to build the capacity of law enforcement officers assigned to work with community groups by providing specific instruction on the Neighborhood Watch Toolkit. The course will increase participants’ skill levels by teaching them the proper utilization of the tools and the most effective methods of maximizing the Toolkit’s value for their citizens and communities. The training is intended to be interactive and applicable to participants with all levels of Neighborhood Watch experience. Once registered for the class a confirmation email will be sent to you. A few days before the class another email with logistics will be sent to you.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

LASD Memorial Run culminates Sunday, May 23rd, at Altadena Sheriff's Station

The Annual Los Angeles County Sheriff Department Peace Officer's Memorial Run will culminate at Altadena Station on Sunday, May 23, 2010. This annual relay run, in honor of fallen peace officers, began on Friday May 21, 2010, at Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau in Monterey Park. The relay run travels throughout Los Angeles county, reaching each Sheriff's station, where the torch is passed on to runners from that station. The relay will culminate at Altadena Sheriff's Station, Sunday, May 23, 2010, at approximately 2:00pm. Torch runners will be escorted down Altadena Drive from Fair Oaks Avenue by Sheriff and Fire Department vehicles to Altadena Station at 780 East Altadena Drive. The Altadena community is encouraged to come out along the route to cheer on runners and attend a memorial ceremony at the station.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Major improvements to the Amphitheater at Farnsworth Park

The 14th Annual Summer Concerts in Farnsworth Park just became much more comfortable for both the attendees and the artists.

The center section of the amphitheater is the last section to receive all new wood seating. Also, the dirt underneath the seats has been concreted over. It's now much cleaner then ever before.

In addition to the new seating throughout the amphitheater we now have a beautiful, brand new concrete stage for our performers to play on. Equipment set up and tear down will be easier now. Sod will be installed around the perimeter of the new stage.

A big thank you to Angie Calleros (Farnsworth Park Supervisor) and her crew at Farnsworth as well as County of Los Angeles Department of Parks and Recreation for a great job!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Exciting new additions to the 2010 Summer Concert Series

The Sheriff's Support Group of Altadena is proud to announce new partnerships with local Altadena businesses to enhance the 14th Annual Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park.

Coffee Gallery will be showcasing family friendly professional comedians who will serve as the MC for each of the concert dates adding a new dimension to the evening's performance. In addition they will be also serving their specialty coffees throughout the evening. We're hoping some of the coffee will be iced!

Also new this year is our partnership with
Amy's Patio Cafe. For the first time concert attendees will be able to pre-order delicious boxed picnic dinners to be enjoyed under the stars while our performers dazzle us with their musical selections. Click on Amy's link for the full menu.

The full Summer Concert Series schedule can be found a little further down this page.

We are very excited about our teaming with the Altadena business community and we are sure you will enjoy this free Summer Concert Series even more now.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Open House March 31st 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM at the Community Center

Please take a few minutes from your busy schedule to bid Captain Roosevelt Blow a happy retirement.

Monday, March 8, 2010

2010 Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at the 14th Annual Summer Concert Series!

Monday, February 22, 2010

2010 Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park

We were not going to release all the details of the 14th Annual Summer Concerts just yet, but someone else already beat us to the punch! No problem though, here is the line-up:

July 3rd, Elk's 99 Concert band playing Patriotic music for the July 4th Holiday.

July 10th, The Downbeat Express will again put on a fantastic Big Band show.

July 17th, Crown City Dixieland Band will give us an evening of foot tapping Dixieland Jazz

July 24th, Melena and her phenomenal Latin Jazz Band will perform

July 31st, Upstream will perform Caribbean music

August 7th, Wreck N Sow Bluegrass, Country and Americana

August 14th Those Manning Boys and Friends will entertain with music and dance from the Public Houses of Ireland

August 28th, the All American Flyers will entertain with Classic Rock 'n Roll

And for our Grand Finale...

September 11th will feature Randy Caputo's Legends Show Band featuring tributes to: Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Louis Prima, Connie Francis and a special tribute to the Andrew Sisters. It will be a swinging good time!

Sponsors are still needed. If your company can help, please e-mail us at:

Again, we are looking forward to seeing you at Farnsworth Park for another great Summer of Concerts under the Stars!

Please keep checking this space as we will have up-dates all the time. Bios will be published with pictures and even sound clips.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Altadena Sheriff's Station Neon Sign Renovation

Along with other proposed improvements to Altadena Sheriff’s Station, the front neon sign will be undergoing renovations. On Friday February 19, 2010, between 7:00am – 11:00am, the sign will be removed and renovated during the week. The front door and lobby of the station will be inaccessible for approximately one hour during this time period. Accommodations have been made to ensure that citizens can continue to obtain any services and assistance needed. Signs will be posted directing the public to another station entrance, where they can contact personnel and conduct any business needed.

Sign renovation will continue with it’s re-placement on Friday, February 26, 2010, between 7:00am – 3:00pm. The same accommodations will be in place to allow for public access. Any questions, please contact Altadena station at (626)798-1131.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010


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Sunday, February 7, 2010

14th Annual Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park

The 14th Annual Summer Concert Series in Farnsworth Park dates have been set.
The dates are: 7/3, 7/10, 7/17, 7/24, 7/31, 8//7, 8/14, 8/28, and the Grand Finale will be on September 11th.
We are in the process of securing all of the great talent we will have this year, but we can tell you the Summer Concert Series will be wonderful this year as they have been in the past.
Business and Corporate Sponsors are still needed to help fund this fantastic Altadena tradition.
Please contact us at if you would like to contribute.
Please watch this Blog for more information as we line up our acts.
Looking forward to seeing you again this summer in Farnsworth Park.
We can give you one hint about the Grand Finale. If you like Swing Dancing and a great tribute Show Band, you will NOT want to miss this concert! Trust us! Seriously! More to come....

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Captain Roosevelt Blow announces retirement from LASD

The purpose of this email is to advise you that I will be retiring from
the Sheriff's Department effective March 31, 2010.

You are a great group of folks and it has been an honor and privilege to
have served with you as part of the LASD family.

Thank you for allowing me to share this part of my life with you.



Thursday, January 14, 2010

Major winter storms approaching Southern California - Updated 1:00 PM Thursday, 21 January, 2010

We normally do not report on news not directly related to the Altadena Sheriff's Station. With several significant rain storms approacing our area, we felt we should post some information regarding these storms. Rain fall amounts in the foothills are expected to be between 8 and 16 inches starting Sunday and continuing through Friday. This will be the first significant rain of 2010. To keep informed visit or

This is the latest information from the National Weather Service:

Flash Flood WatchFlood AdvisorySpecial Weather StatementHazardous Weather OutlookThis Afternoon: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Steady temperature around 51. South southwest wind around 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.Tonight: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. Low around 47. South wind 11 to 14 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 90%.Friday: Showers and possibly a thunderstorm. High near 50. South southwest wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%.Friday Night: A 50 percent chance of showers, mainly before 4am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind between 3 and 10 mph. Saturday: A 20 percent chance of showers before 10am. Partly cloudy, with a high near 55. North wind 6 to 9 mph becoming southwest. Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 45. Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Monday Night: A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. Tuesday: A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 60. Tuesday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Baker to Vegas Run

For those of your who are unfamiliar with the Annual Baker to Vegas Run, click on this link to get a brief history of this great fundraising event.

Sheriff Relay Fundraiser January 14th 2010

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Census 2010

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