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Hit and Run Driver Identified, Pasadena PD asks for help in locating.

September 3, 2010 in News, San Gabriel Valley

The Pasadena Police Department is looking for Lucio Morales, AKA Martin Beltran, for felony hit and run. Morales is described as Hispanic, 5 feet 8 inches, approximately 160 pounds, with wavy black hair. Anyone with information about him is asked to contact the Pasadena Police Department at (626) 744-4241.

Wednesday, Frank Paneno, an 83-year-old Pasadena resident, was riding his motorized scooter in the bicycle lane westbound on Cordova Street when he was struck by a vehicle driven by Morales that was traveling east on Cordova Street and making a left turn onto Chester Avenue. Morales struck Paneno in the intersection, dragging him and his scooter several feet before stopping. Morales, along with his passenger, stopped to pull the scooter and victim from underneath the vehicle. Morales got back into his vehicle and fled the scene, leaving his passenger and the victim behind.

Paneno suffered major injuries to his head and body. He was transported to a local hospital in critical condition.

The suspect’s vehicle was located, abandoned in Los Angeles.

Police Tape Got You Down? Find Out What’s Up!

June 9, 2010 in Crime, LA, Law Enforcement, Online

I came home this evening to find a lot of police activity in my neighborhood and had to do a little detour. I realized that the happenings were pretty close to my street. In fact, one end of my street, about half a block from my house, was yellow taped off. I really wanted to find out what was going on, but wasn’t too keen on wandering over to the scene. I learned some basic information from a neighbor (suspicious package, homes evacuated), but I wanted to follow the progress.

Someone suggested I go to an online police scanner, which hadn’t occurred to me. I found what looks to be a pretty good resource. Radio Reference.com’s Los Angeles County page has live communication feeds from a variety of police, fire, and EMS departments. I tuned in to the Los Angeles Police and Fire-San Fernando Valley Divisions broadcast and  learned fairly quickly that the situation was resolved and that the “resources” were being released. In a relatively short period of time, I heard all kinds of things from animal bites to suspects being apprehended. I know I’m not the only one who get frustrated when up-to-the-minute info is not readily available, even on Twitter. You might want to bookmark this one.

Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Studio City

March 10, 2009 in Crime, Law Enforcement, The Valley, Twitter

badgeThe Valley has seen its fair share of crime during the current recession. Car break-ins. Knock-knock bandits. And now, armed robbery with semi-automatic weapons.

Just last night, a woman was robbed at one of the busiest and most public intersections in the Valley, at Ventura Boulevard and Laurel Canyon. At 9:30.

Are you paying attention, Mr. Mayor? While you continue to play coy about your intentions to run for Governor, the city of Los Angeles is spiraling out of control. Do something, before citizens begin arming themselves for their own protection.

As for Erin Muir, he is her entire email account of what happened last night, posted with her permission:
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Is Valley Crime Getting Worse?

January 12, 2009 in Crime, The Valley

photoIs the L.A. crime rate really at its lowest point in years? I’m just wondering, because there seems to be a rash of vandalism and burglaries in the 818.

  • Someone broke into my co-worker’s car in a gated parking garage in Sherman Oaks about 5 months ago.
  • Someone broke into my car in a gated parking garage in Studio City on December 23.
  • Someone broke into my other co-worker’s car in a gated parking garage in North Hollywood on January 11.
  • Then, there’s the well-mannered Knock Knock Bandits, who have the courtesy to knock on your door before relieving you of all your prized possessions. They’ve politely hit 40 homes since last Summer.

Are these incidents gang-related? Is the economy to blame? Is LAPD doing enough to protect citizens?

How safe is your neighborhood these days?

LA City Budget Survey: Share your voice!

December 13, 2008 in Biking in LA, Crime, Driving, Education, LA, Law Enforcement, Mass Transit, Politics, SoCal, Social issues, Transportation, Utilities

I’m on a mailing list for NorthEastLA (NELA) community issues and this came across my desk: the City of Los Angeles Budget Survey. I just completed the survey myself. I think it’s a good exercise and brings up a lot of interesting questions. Why no survey questions about subway funding or routes? And why do they even have to ask about what they call “needs based budgeting,” which would divert funding to areas that appear to need them the most? Is the city actually NOT “Repaving streets based on condition of the streets and the usage of the particular street?” or NOT “Focusing gang reduction services in communities where gang crime occurs most”…? Why do they even have to ask me if this is a good idea?! It made me think of a recent report I heard on local newsradio, where a representative from the Westside was bitching about higher-crime communities diverting his crime-prevention forces. “I know we don’t have as much crime as those areas,” he admitted, then went on to whine about the whole thing.

Well, ’nuff said. Go voice your own opinion here. The letter that came with the link is behind the jump.

Info on the current budget & process is here; the fiscal year 2008/09 budget itself is here. Read the rest of this entry →

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Scams increasing as economy sours

November 6, 2008 in Crime, San Gabriel Valley, Social issues

Last night we got a robo-dial message from Dr. Taylor, MUSD Superintendent advising that a group of people identifying themselves as being part of the High school’s ROP program were trying to sell subscriptions to the LA Times.  It was false and instructions on how to handle were included in her recorded message.

This morning’s Crime Scene Blog put up a post “Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves” that recapped a story appearing in the San Gabriel Tribune regarding scammers preying on the elderly in the eastern SGV.  That article outlined the usual distract while a partner ransacks the house scam we see.  What is interesting is that the articles actually give the names of the suspects who live in the Long Beach area and have been hitting numerous spots in the LA Metro.

My personal solution when strangers are at the door has been to ask for ID and to see their “solicitation permit” which scares most away.  (I know there isn’t such a requirement but it does freak them out).  What is your solution to dealing with unwanted visitors at your door?

Neighborhood Watch — Avocado Unit

April 5, 2008 in Food & Drink, West Side

avocadotheft1.jpg I saw this sign in my neighborhood recently and it surprised me. I know avocados had gotten pricey in the last few years, but yowza, I guess people gotta have their guac!