Friday, June 23, 2017

Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic



Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, America’s premier youth fiddling show band from Saline, Michigan, astounds audiences every time the group takes the stage. The musicians, all high school students, present an energetic and polished show that features a diverse range of music from American folk, fiddle, bluegrass, jazz, western swing, and Celtic traditions.  Spirited vocals and Appalachian step dancing combine with the instrumentals to create an unforgettable live performance. 
Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic began in 1994 with a simple idea: introduce an alternative style of music education to public school students to maintain and expand their interest in music performance.  Since then, the group has definitely set the standard for extracurricular music programs in the United States. It has grown into a model of instruction and motivation that is being emulated across the nation.

The Fiddlers have shared the stage with many top artists including Bonnie Rideout, Jeff Daniels, Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper, Jeremy Kittel and Reba McEntire. Their show will delight audiences of all ages.

2017 Summer Concert Series at Farnsworth Park


Monday, June 12, 2017

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Monday June 12, 2017, 4:19 PM

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Jim McDonnell, Sheriff
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Community: Saturday graduation for VIDA youth program students.
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On Saturday VIDA class #33 graduated from the 18 week academy. Captain Stuckey, Javier Arroyo and Deputy Soukup are pictured with the proud graduates.  We are recruiting for the next class right now.
VIDA serves kids between the ages of 11 and 17 1/2 at eight locations across the county. Over the course of the 16-week program, VIDA participants focus on increasing academic achievement, improving family relationships, developing positive social behaviors and realizing the possibilities for a better future.

The program includes regular visits with VIDA staff members, a Saturday component and weekly sessions with the child and parent to facilitate communication and understanding. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a certificate of completion and are referred to other programs to continue their growth.

To learn more about VIDA, please visit see http://www.vida.la or call (661) 753-6293 for more information.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Altadena, CA June 10th  2017

The Sheriff’s Support Group of Altadena (SSGA) is announcing the lineup for the 21st Annual FREE Summer Concerts in the beautiful outdoor Amphitheater in Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mt. Curve Ave., Altadena, CA 91001. All Concerts are on Saturday evening and start at 7:00 PM This year is a milestone for SSGA; it’s our 21st  year of producing a FREE Summer Concert Series!
This year’s season kicks off on July 8th featuring The Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic in their first performance in Farnsworth Park. They come to us from Saline MI. This is a performance you do not want to miss. 35 high school students will fiddle their way into your hearts.  We expect a full house! The July 15th concert will feature the Down Beat Express Altadena’s Big Band featuring Jennifer Gates, yet another concert that can’t be missed. On July 22nd, Bleeding Harp, a trailblazing, rockin’ blues band fusing the deep history of the blues with modern influences of Rock, Jam, and Southern Rock to create a sound all their own. July 29th Whos Next will perform their tribute to the WHO! This will also be a jammed packed audience! On August 5th The Tuners will pay tribute to all the greatest Rock and Roll dance bands, be sure to bring your dancing shoes! On August 12th Upstream returns to our stage once again as everyone’s favorite Steel Drum Socca Band. As it is every year this concert will be a jammed packed audience! On August 19th the featured artists will be The Kings of 88 Playing classic piano rock hits by Billy Joel, Carole King, Elton John, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles, Dr. John, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder and more. "Piano Rock On!" On August 26th Nowhere Man will be in the Amphitheater playing your favorite Beatles tunes and so much more. Don’t miss this one! The Grand Finale of the 21st Summer Concert Series will be on September 9th Featuring Hot August Night in a tribute to Neal Diamond. This is sure to be another packed house!
Each year, the Summer Concert Series has been made possible by the generous support of our Sponsors. This year SSGA welcomes a new major Sponsor, Super King Markets, and we welcome back The Rotary Club of Altadena one of our long term major sponsors. Additional major sponsors include Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Farnsworth Park, Linda Seyffert & Associates, Altadena Community Chest, The Printworks and M & M Printing, Altadena Town & Country Club, El Patron Mexican Food Restaurant, All American Audio Visual, and, Georgia Rutherford in memory of Don Rutherford SSGA’s first President. The Altadena Sheriff’s Station and Farnsworth Park are both hosting once again this year and The Sheriff’s Support Group is producing the series. 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, to promote positive Community Relations. If you wish to become a sponsor for the SCS please contact Robert Klomburg at info@altadenasheriffs.org

El Patron Mexican Food Restaurant will be cooking and selling food at the top of the Amphitheater and The Rotary Club of Altadena will be selling beer and wine from the ground floor of the Davies Building throughout the entire SCS.

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780 E. Altadena Dr.
Altadena, CA 91001

626-798 6335  

Saturday June 10, 2017, 5:39 PM LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB) Advisory: #LASD Homicide Investigators Conclude Search in Santa Barbara County Regarding 5-Year-Old Aramazd Andressian, Jr. Dear Robert Klomburg, Today, Saturday, June 10, 2017, 235 personnel from various agencies responded to the Santa Barbara County area to conduct a search regarding the missing boy Aramazd Andressian, Jr. At this time the search for evidence In Santa Barbara County has concluded. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators coordinated a search encompassing approximately 30 miles of road between Nojoqui Falls, Solvang to the Lake Cachuma area. This search was coordinated and executed in hopes of locating any new evidence in the case. During the search, investigators located possible areas of interest and will resume the search in the future. This matter remains under investigation. Homicide investigators would like to thank the more 235 personnel, who rejoined to the search, from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles County Fire Department, South Pasadena Police Department, along with partnering agencies from the San Gabriel Valley area and Search and Rescue units throughout Southern California. There is no additional information available at this time. Aramazd Andressian Jr. is a 5-year-old boy who was last seen in the early morning hours of Friday, April 21, 2017, when he was in the custody of his father Aramazd Andressian Sr. Aramazd Andressian Jr. is described as White male, weighing 55 pounds, having brown hair, and brown eyes. The father was driving a 2004 Gray BMW 4 door, California license plate 5FIL646. The father was initially detained and has been released from police custody, but the whereabouts of the missing child continue to remain unknown. For a recap on this case, please visit the links below: https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/videos/1783131908380381/ https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/photos/a.227394993954088.77910.225060950854159/1790692367624335/?type=3&theater Please help us bring Aramazd Jr. home. If you have any information on the whereabouts of Aramazd Andressian Jr., or if you know anything about his disappearance, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 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To receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. "If You See Something, Say Something" LA Crime Stoppers: 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 http://lacrimestoppers.org Jim McDonnell, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department For full details, view this message on the web. Sent by LASD - Los Angeles County Sheriffs Dept Information Bureau (SIB) 211 West Temple Street, Hall of Justice - First floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 To manage your email settings, click here. To update your account settings, login here. If you prefer not to receive future emails, unsubscribe here. Powered by Nixle. © 2017 Everbridge, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Advisory: #LASD Homicide Investigators Conclude Search in Santa Barbara County Regarding 5-Year-Old Aramazd Andressian, Jr.
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Today, Saturday, June 10, 2017, 235 personnel from various agencies responded to the Santa Barbara County area to conduct a search regarding the missing boy Aramazd Andressian, Jr.  At this time the search for evidence In Santa Barbara County has concluded.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators coordinated a search encompassing approximately 30 miles of road between Nojoqui Falls, Solvang to the Lake Cachuma area.  This search was coordinated and executed in hopes of locating any new evidence in the case.  During the search, investigators located possible areas of interest and will resume the search in the future.  This matter remains under investigation.

Homicide investigators would like to thank the more 235 personnel, who rejoined to the search, from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles County Fire Department, South Pasadena Police Department, along with partnering agencies from the San Gabriel Valley area and Search and Rescue units throughout Southern California.

There is no additional information available at this time.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. is a 5-year-old boy who was last seen in the early morning hours of Friday, April 21, 2017, when he was in the custody of his father Aramazd Andressian Sr.

Aramazd Andressian Jr. is described as White male, weighing 55 pounds, having brown hair, and brown eyes.

The father was driving a 2004 Gray BMW 4 door, California license plate 5FIL646. The father was initially detained and has been released from police custody, but the whereabouts of the missing child continue to remain unknown.

For a recap on this case, please visit the links below:
https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/videos/1783131908380381/

https://www.facebook.com/LosAngelesCountySheriffsDepartment/photos/a.227394993954088.77910.225060950854159/1790692367624335/?type=3&theater

Please help us bring Aramazd Jr. home.  If you have any information on the whereabouts of Aramazd Andressian Jr., or if you know anything about his disappearance, please contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.or


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Animal shelter scam: from the Los Angeles County District Attorney

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Saturday June 10, 2017, 4:38 PM

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Advisory: Animal shelter scam: from the Los Angeles County District Attorney

 

Photo from Deputy Dan P.
The image of a sad puppy in a cage at a shelter will inspire many animal lovers to donate money to rescue organizations but scammers may be preying on their compassion.

In the animal shelter scam, crooks will post pictures of the animals with false information about “high kill” shelters and imminent death unless they immediately receive money to rescue the pets.
Consumers may be contacted on social media, email, phone or U.S. mail seeking donations to rescue an animal. In one common scam, fraudsters post old pictures of animals or that are not in our region or local shelters and indicate they are legitimate charities when they are not.
The money raised by scammers doesn’t go to the care of the animal, sheltering agencies or to the adopting party or organization.

TIPS:
Verify that the organization or individual soliciting funds is a legitimate 501(C)3 charitable group
Double check that the animal exists, where it is housed and the true extent of its needs
Ask the sheltering agency what help already has been provided to the animal and whether it really is at risk of being put to sleep.

Deputy District Attorney Jessie McGrath from the Consumer Protection Division explains the scam in this video: http://vimeo.com/219930077

Report fraud to the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer and Business Affairs at (800) 593-8222 or http://dcba.lacounty.gov.
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The search for missing five-year-old boy moves to Santa Barbara today

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Saturday June 10, 2017, 4:33 PM

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Community: The search for missing five-year-old boy moves to Santa Barbara today

LA Co. Sheriff's Altadena Mountain Rescue Team, Special Enforcement Bureau and several LA County search and rescue teams assisted with today's search of Lake Cuchuma area, Santa Barbara County search for missing 5 year old.

From KTLA news:
Investigators returned to Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara County early Saturday using unmanned aircraft to resume the search for a 5-year-old South Pasadena boy who has been missing since April.

LASD officials used unmanned aircraft on June 10, 2017 at Lake Cachuma to search for a missing 5-year-old boy.
The search began at 7 a.m. with investigators looking for evidence connected to the disappearance of Aramazd Andressian Jr., who was reported missing by his mother on April 22 after his father failed to return him to a planned custody exchange.

The boy’s father, 35-year-old Aramazd Andressian Sr., told investigators he took his son to the Lake Cachuma Recreation Area the day before he disappeared. A dive team, police dogs, and a helicopter searched Lake Cachuma a few days after the boy’s disappearance, but found no evidence indicating Andressian Jr. was there.

It was unclear what prompted investigators to head back to Lake Cachuma to ramp up the search on Saturday, but the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said there is evidence leading investigators to believe  Andressian Sr. also traveled around the Lake Cachuma area near Solvang and Nojoqui Falls with his son.

The boy was last seen on video footage leaving Disneyland with his father about 1 a.m. on April 21. A witness told police she saw the father and son while she camping the next day at Lake Cachuma.

Andressian Sr. was found unconscious in Arroyo Park in South Pasadena the day his son was reported missing. The father told detectives he had taken his son to the park that morning as he waited for the nearby golf course to open, but did not remember any other details about what happened to his son.

The boy was not with him when authorities arrived at the park and has not been seen or heard from since.

Andressian Sr. was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and child abduction on April 22 after giving contradictory statements to detectives, but he was released from custody three days later after the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department chose not to pursue charges against him.

In May investigators served a search warrant at the home of Andressian Sr.’s mother in Montebello and seized several items of evidence.

Andressian Jr.’s mother, Ana Estevez, said she last saw her son on April 15 during a Skype video call when he was with his father and has since pleaded for her son’s return.

Andressian Jr.’s parents are in the middle of a divorce and have shared custody of their son.

A $20,000 reward has been offered for information related to the case, and a GoFundMe page has been established.
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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Altadena Sheriff's Station Weekly Crime Blotter

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Thursday June 8, 2017, 3:56 PM

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Community: Altadena Sheriff's Station Weekly Crime Blotter

Sunday, May 28th

9:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 500 block of W. Harriet Street.  Vehicle damage: slashed tire.

Monday, May 29th

12:49 PM – A battery occurred in the 1500 block of Oxford Avenue.

Tuesday, May 30th

12:57 PM – Sean Thomas, 29 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 2100 block of Summit Avenue for domestic battery.

Wednesday, May 31st

2:45 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 1800 block of N. Lake Avenue.  Vehicle damage: shattered window.
4:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2100 block of Crawford Avenue.  Vehicle damage: spray paint.
4:41 PM – A residential burglary occurred in the 1800 block of Midlothian Drive.  Suspects entered the location by shattering the rear sliding window.  Suspects described as (2) males  between 18 and 25 years of age wearing dark clothing.  Stolen:  various watches and ring.
9:40 PM – Oscar Sanchez, 21 years old of Los Angeles was arrested in the 1800 block of Allen Avenue for indecent exposure.

Friday, June 2nd

8:30 AM – A vandalism occurred in the 500 block of W. Mariposa Street.  Damage:  shattered light fixtures and damaged trees.
11:00 PM – Juanae Bailey, 23 years old of Pasadena was arrested in the 2100 block of N. Fair Oaks Avenue for public intoxication.

Saturday, June 3rd

5:05 AM – A petty theft of landscaping equipment occurred in the 300 block of E. Woodbury Road.  Stolen:  orange and black Echo backpack blower.
1:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism occurred in the 2200 block of Garfias Street.  Vehicle damage:  scratches.
 
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies to be equipped with Nalxon, to combat opioid overdoses.

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Wednesday June 7, 2017, 4:07 PM

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Advisory: Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies to be equipped with Nalxon, to combat opioid overdoses.

Great story from KPCC:

http://www.scpr.org/news/2017/06/07/72625/la-sheriff-equips-deputies-to-stop-opioid-ods/

LA Sheriff's Commander Judy Gerhardt, whose nephew died of an opioid overdose in Dec. 2016, helped spearhead the department's plan to equip deputies with naloxone.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is poised to become one of the largest law enforcement agencies in the country to equip its patrol deputies with naloxone, a drug that can stop an opioid overdose.

The agency is expected to hand out naloxone nasal spray kits to 600 deputies this week, with an eye toward getting the drug to more than 3,000 of its street cops by the end of the year, according to Commander Judy Gerhardt.

It was Gerhardt who spearheaded the department’s initiative after the growing opioid epidemic touched her personally.

"Six months ago, my 23-year-old nephew passed away from an opioid overdose," Gerhardt told KPCC. "I’ve watched firsthand the devastation."

Her nephew, Maxwell Baker, died Dec. 28 at his Boston area home. Much of the epidemic has been concentrated in New England states, but health and law enforcement officials fear the problem may soon be just as bad in Southern California.

(In April, NPR interviewed Baker’s father and Gerhardt’s brother – a physician – about how to address the nation’s opioid problem.)

Coincidentally, Gerhardt’s daughter already was working on the issue. Unbeknownst to Gerhardt, Sheriff Jim McDonnell had asked her daughter, who works as a civilian in his office, to research naloxone.

"Life works in mysterious ways," Gerhardt said.

When Gerhardt told McDonnell about her nephew’s death and desire to prevent more, the sheriff gave her the green light to work on a plan to get naloxone into the hands of deputies.

"That’s when I realized we really had a chance to make a difference," she said.

Naloxone is a medication that reverses the respiratory depression resulting from an opiate overdose caused by drugs like heroin, oxycodone and methadone, according to the Drug Policy Alliance. After a simple training, naloxone can be safely administered by laypeople, including police officers and family members. The drug is delivered by injection or with a nasal spray.

Until 2015, it was available only by prescription from a medical provider or from a handful of distribution programs. Now, many pharmacies carry it as an over-the-counter drug thanks to a law passed by the California legislature and signed by Governor Brown.

Under the sheriff’s plan, deputies will carry Narcan in their patrol cars. Narcan is the brand name for a device that delivers naloxone through a nasal spray. The first two-dose kits will go to deputies in places where OD's are more likely – community colleges, county parks, East L.A. and Santa Clarita, where Henry Mayo Hospital reported 8 opioid OD’s in one recent 24-hour-period, Gerhardt said.

The kits cost about $75 apiece. The money is coming from a state grant distributed through the county health department.

No longer will deputies have to wait for paramedics as they watch someone struggle for life in the midst of an opioid overdose.

"I don’t want my nephew’s death to be in vain," said Gerhardt.

"Maybe those people who are struggling with the disease of addiction can live another day to at least have the choice to seek treatment and get help" thanks to a deputy who carries naloxone, she said.

Other law enforcement agencies in California already carry naloxone, including the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department. Its deputies started carrying the spray back in 2014.

The LAPD is expected to start handing out naloxone to about 100 officers who deal directly with homeless people on Skid Row and elsewhere in a smaller pilot program later this summer.
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Two hikers descend from Switzer Falls onto Sloan Saddle, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team finds hikers & leads to safety.

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Tuesday June 6, 2017, 5:15 PM

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Community: Two hikers descend from Switzer Falls onto Sloan Saddle, Altadena Mountain Rescue Team finds hikers & leads to safety.

Last night at 7:55pm Altadena Mountain Rescue Team was called for the search for two hikers in the area of Switzer Falls, in the Angeles National Forest. Two hikers had called the Altadena Sheriff's Station and said they were on a three hour hike and become lost. The hikers, 23 y/o male residing in West Hills and 24 y/o male residing in Winnetka were able to send a text message with their location. Altadena rescue team members plotted the hikers location on a mapped the hikers appeared to be on Tom Sloan Saddle, approximately 3/4 of a mile off the Mt. Lowe Fire Road. The hikers had run out of water and becoming cold as nightfall set. We had two teams of rescuers drive as far as they could on the rough mountain road, and then set off hiking almost a mile on the ridge-line to reach the hikers. The pair was relieved to see the rescuers lights getting closer, but it took over an hour to reach them.
When rescuers reached the hikers they said they were part of a four person hiking group, and had become separated from their two friends they were hiking with, and the location of the friends was not known. We had additional rescuers start searching for the additional hikers believed to be lost.
The two hikers were given water, and were able to hike out to the rescue vehicles on their own. The rescued hiker were medically cleared by rescue team members and were driven to Altadena Sheriff’s Station. Within thirty minutes of locating the first two hikers, cell phone contact was made the the remaining two hikers, 25 y/o male and 20 y/o female both residing in El Monte. The second pair of hikers were not lost and able to hike out of Switzer Falls on their own.
Thankfully none of the hikers were injured. They did have small packs with flashlights and equipment with them, but the temperature quickly dipped into the 50's after it became dark.
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