Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Community Message from LASD

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

Wednesday May 25, 2011 12:56 PM PDT

Altadena Crime Statistics

The Sheriff’s Department recently released crime statistics for the entire department. Altadena Station has experienced the largest decrease in overall Part 1 crime of any station in the County.

Below is a link to the entire report:

As always we encourage residents to be mindful of their neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity to the Altadena Sheriff’s Station at 626-798-1131. In the event of an emergency please call 911.

Home burglary prevention safety tips:
1. Get to know your neighbors. Exchange names, phone numbers, emails, and other
information that makes your neighborhood become closer as friends and neighbors.
Consider starting a Neighborhood Watch group on your street.
2. Write down the license plate numbers and descriptions of strange vehicles and their
occupants. Make a note of the time and day the vehicle was parked on your street.
3. Leave a light or stereo/TV on or use a timer for your lights if you will be away for a full
day or longer.
3. Put a secondary lock on all windows.
4. Get and close heavy drapes -- especially on rooms where there is expensive
equipment. Thin, sheer drapes allow burglars to look inside.
5. Install a peephole on all exterior doors. You’ll be able to see outside without opening
the door.
6. Safety coat or frost all garage windows. Don’t let criminals see when your car is
7. Make sure your garage side door is made of solid-core wood, reinforced steel, or
fiberglass, and has a deadbolt lock. Padlock the throw-hatch on your garage door
when you’re out of town and invest in a keychain remote opener.
8. Remove shrubs and trees from in front of windows so they can't hide possible
intruders. Keep shrubs trimmed low.
9. Plant rosebushes or other thorny landscaping in front of all vulnerable windows.
This makes getting close to such windows practically impossible.
10. Get a dog. A barking dog, whether inside the house or in the yard is the best
deterrent to burglars.
11. Install motion detectors in areas where no one should be. This way, you know
something isn't right when they go off.
12. Consider installing a security system. These systems are fairly inexpensive to put in.
13. Have the post office hold your mail while you are on vacation. As an alternative, ask
one of your neighbors to bring in your mail and newspapers. Do not leave mail in
your mail box to be picked up later. Take it to the post office or hand it personally to
the mailman.
14. Identify your valuables by engraving your drivers’ license number.
15. Photograph and record the serial numbers of all valuables.
16. Photocopy the contents of your wallet and other documents.
17. Store the copies in a safe deposit box or with a relative
18. Hide spare keys in less obvious places.
20. Pretend to be a burglar. Walk around your property and ask yourself: How would I
break in? Examine your house from the street, where are the blind spots? What are
the most vulnerable areas? Stand outside the windows and look in, make sure no
valuables are visible. Most burglaries occur during the day through the back and
side doors when you are away.

Joseph E. Dempsey, Lieutenant
Altadena Station - Detective Bureau
626-296-2131 - Office
323-415-4728 - Fax

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In Memory of Cue MacKenzie

OBITUARY                                                                                                                         Written by: Frances Dyer

MacKenzie, Cue

Born Eleanor Cumi Burckett in 1918 in Harrisonville, Missouri, Died May 5th, 2011   Cue was the first child of Daisy and Howard Burckett, followed by three sisters and one brother, and later on by two half-sisters.

In 1943 she married Steve Vogliano in Missouri, and then moved to San Gabriel, California, where Steve died in 1953.

Cue married Paul MacKenzie in 1954 and shortly after they moved to Altadena where they both resided until their deaths.

Cue adopted Paul's son Douglas at age 8. Douglas and his wife Gloria have one daughter, Nicole, who has made Cue a great-grand-mother to Nicole's daughter Mailee, for which she is very proud.

After moving to Altadena, Cue and Paul became active in the- Community and because of their love of horses, Cue was the leader of the Junior Rose Bowl Riders Club for some years, and she and Paul also rode their horses in the Pasadena Rose Parade many times. Paul, until his death in 2002, was the Captain of the Altadena Sheriff's Posse, a mountain rescue unit, when horses were often used for rescues.

Both Cue and Paul were not only avid golfers, but made many trips in their motor home, traveling to the Northwest' Territory in Alaska, and also covered all states in the United States, and islands off the coast of Florida. In later years they fulfilled a lifetime dream of traveling to Scotland, Ireland and England. Because of Paul's Scottish heritage they made many trips to meet the "Scottish Plan" Group at the Orange County Fair Grounds.

Cue was very active in the community. Living across the street from Loma Alta Park on Lincoln Avenue she became active with park activities and also in the development the park as it is today. She was Chairman of the Election Board in her precinct, a member of the Altadena Town Council, having been voted in by her census tract, and was elected President for one year. At the time of her death she was a member of the Altadena Baptist Church; a Board member of the Altadena/Crown City Kiwanis Club where she served as Treasurer until the age of 91, as well as the Altadena Sheriff's Support Group, where she served as President. She also served on two boards at the Altadena Senior Center. As a member of the Altadena Chamber of Commerce she was appointed “Citizen of the Year’ and was featured at their annual dinner in January, 1994.

Cue will be sorely missed by many nieces and nephews and by many friends she has made over the years.

She will be buried alongside her husband Paul, in Forest Lawn, Glendale.

Recognition of her life will be held on Friday, May 20th 2011 at 1:00 PM with Rev. George Van Alstine officiating, at the Altadena Baptist Church, 791 East Calaveras Street, Altadena, CA 91001.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New message from LASD

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's DUI Task Force will deploy extra patrols for Cinco de Mayo weekend.

Cinco de Mayo is a special opportunity to gather with friends and co-workers for chips, salsa and margaritas, celebrating California’s rich cultural diversity. It is also a night when dangerous and often deadly outcomes occur because another impaired driver hits the road drunk.

Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force will be deploying overtime patrols onto city streets while CHP will be saturating the freeways and unincorporated communities. They will be looking for the signs of a drunk driver to stop, test and arrest if they have had too much alcohol.

Everyone, including hosts, local bars and restaurants, must be sure to promote designated sober drivers in advance, before the parties begin.

Plan ahead with these tips: Arrange rides home for your friends, family, co-workers and yourself before the drinking begins. Identify and provide free non-alcoholic drinks or other promotional items to the Designated Driver. Party hosts and servers must limit drinks to your guests or patrons. Don’t serve more than one or two over several hours.

Cut back on the amount of drinks you plan to bring to the party – and provide plenty of food. It you see dangerous driving, Report Drunk Drivers – Call 9-1-1!

“Drunk driving affects everyone on the roadway. LASD aggressively enforces our state’s DUI laws to protect the public,” said Sergeant Joseph Jakl of Traffic Services Detail.

Funding for the Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Los Angeles County Avoid the 100 DUI Task Force is a coordinated effort involving 100 police agencies, including the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, to combat senslessdeaths related to drunk driving.

Deputy Daniel Dail,
Traffic Services Detail
Risk Management Bureau
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
LASD - Headquarters Newsroom (SHB), Los Angeles County Sheriff
4700 W Ramona Blvd
Monterey Park, CA 91754