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THE626NOW
February 15, 2012
A would-be robber demanded money from a Pasadena pedestrian early Wednesday morning before fleeing the scene, acording to Pasasdena police. At around 1:20 a.m., an Altadena  man was walking near Lincoln Avenue and Palisade Street when he was approached by a man on a blue mountain bike. The man brandished what appeared to be the handle of a pistol and demanded money. The pedestrian said he had none. The suspect, described as a male Hispanic roughly 30 years old, then fled on his bike.
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June 30, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
Here's a test: Your house is on fire. Your family and pets are out and safe. The fireman says you can go back inside to save one item. What will you save? The vast majority of people answer "photographs. " Could be photo albums, the family portrait on the mantel, treasured pictures on the refrigerator - that's what most people answer. It's not because of their intrinsic value; it's for what these photos represent. They record happy occasions, important events, people long gone ... the pictures represent stories, stories that define your life and...
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THE626NOW
March 26, 2012
One of two suspects in the 2007 killing of an Altadena man and kidnapping of his 4-year-old son was convicted of murder, kidnapping and child endangerment on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mesha Arshaz Dean, 27, faces a possible sentence of life in prison with possibility of parole, according to the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. Sentencing is set for April 11 in the courtroom of Judge Lance Ito. Monroe Miles Jr. was shot to death on March 18, 2007.
THE626NOW
June 14, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
Summer in Altadena - while usually pretty hot - also shapes up to be a fine place for entertainment for all ages. This evening, for example, the California Shakespeare Ensemble presents "Shakespeare's Lovers" at Farnsworth Park. A small troupe of working actors who love the Bard present stripped-down versions of some of Shakespeare's best love scenes - funny, bawdy and poignant. Suggested donation is $10, though no one will be turned away for lack of funds. It starts at 7 p.m. tonight at the Farnsworth Park Amphitheater, 568 Mt. Curve Ave. The production is suggested for mature...
THE626NOW
April 2, 2012
A man who apparently shot a woman and then barricaded himself inside an Altadena home was found dead at the residence Sunday evening, authorities said. The man allegedly shot the woman at a home in the 3200 block of North Lincoln Avenue about 3:30 p.m., according to Mark Pope of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Authorities believe the woman may have been related to the shooter, but details were still unclear Sunday evening on their relationship. Continue reading > > -- Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
THE818NOW
May 12, 2012
A drunk driver with an AK-47 in his car was arrested after a short pursuit Saturday morning, police said. Officers spotted the driver at Glen Avenue and Howard Street in Altadena, said Sgt. Debra Herman of the Crescenta Valley Sherriff's Department. They attempted to pull him over, but he refused. After a three-minute pursuit, he stopped the car, Herman said. Police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence and his passenger for possessing a firearm. Neither had a permit for the weapon, Herman said.
THE626NOW
April 11, 2012
A woman convicted of killing a man and helping to kidnap a boy from an Altadena home in 2007 was sentenced Wednesday to 49-years-to-life in prison, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office. Mesha Arnaz Dean, 27, was convicted  March 26 of second-degree murder, child abuse and kidnapping. The child's biological mother, Vanessa Ochoa, 27, previously pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter, kidnapping and child abuse. Ochoa was sentenced to 15 years in prison on April 9. According to prosecutors, on March 16, 2007, the couple drove from Las Vegas to...
THE626NOW
August 30, 2012
The California Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint Friday in the unincorporated area of east Altadena, officials announced today. "Traditionally, we see an increase in the number of arrests and collisions involving drivers under the influence during the summer. These last few months have been no exception," CHP Capt. Steve Strull, the Altadena area commander, said in a statement. Checkpoints are "proven effective tools" in cutting down on the number of DUI-related incidents, according to the CHP announcement.
THE626NOW
January 5, 2012
A horse named Cowboy found it a tough trot home in Altadena when he stepped on a manhole cover that gave way. The man riding the horse, Damon Scott, managed to leap from the horse to safety. But the horse became trapped in the manhole along Lincoln Avenue, KTLA-TV reported. Scott and two other riders tried to pull Cowboy out. Scott even climbed into the hole to loosen Cowboy's saddle. "As he was in the hole, he was bucking, kicking and trying to get out," Scott said. "He couldn't because he was tired.
THE626NOW
May 9, 2013
Detectives were seeking help from the public Wednesday in tracking down a man who raped a girl in Altadena as she was walking home from school. The girl, whose age was not disclosed, was attacked by the man in the 2500 block of north Fair Oaks after he approached her from behind, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man forced the girl into his car, parked behind a business and attacked her Feb. 27, department officials said in a statement. Continue reading > > -- Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
SPORTS
June 2, 2013 | By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com
Perhaps the best indicator of success for any first-year venture is a second year. After bringing Italian-style cycling to the Crown City last summer, the Grand Fondo Giro d'Italia returns to Pasadena for a second lap this Sunday with a few key changes. As of Thursday afternoon, 800 entrants were registered to run in the three races that begin and end in Pasadena, with that number expected to swell to more than 1,000 by race time, according to ride spokesman Matteo Gerevini. "What we saw last year is that the riders really loved the Italian concept and they loved the...
THE626NOW
May 31, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
The Altadena Town Council may be one of the most powerless bodies in the county. Because Altadena is an unincorporated town, the county Board of Supervisors really makes all the decisions that involve money or exercise of government power. The Council, with no budget and no power other than to give advice to the supervisors, can't really make significant decisions. But, with the supervisors' (and particularly District 5's Michael D. Antonovich's) eyes and ears on the ground, what council members say bears some weight...
NEWS
May 17, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
It's a little-known fact that Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena may have one of the largest collections of remains of Civil War veterans outside of the areas where the battles were fought. According to Nick Smith, a historian who works at the Pasadena Library, local researchers believe that around 700 Civil War soldiers, from both sides of the conflict, are buried at Mountain View. Those soldiers - and the wives they left behind and other contemporaries - will be remembered on Memorial Day with a special ceremony honoring the Civil War dead.
THE626NOW
May 11, 2013
Cartoonist Bert Ring gets some inspirtation from the movie "Up," when musing about the planned demolition of homes to make way for the MonteCedro project in Altadena .  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News Follow Dan Evans on Twitter: @EditorDanEvans .  
THE626NOW
May 9, 2013
Detectives were seeking help from the public Wednesday in tracking down a man who raped a girl in Altadena as she was walking home from school. The girl, whose age was not disclosed, was attacked by the man in the 2500 block of north Fair Oaks after he approached her from behind, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The man forced the girl into his car, parked behind a business and attacked her Feb. 27, department officials said in a statement. Continue reading > > -- Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times
THE626NOW
May 3, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
MonteCedro - the long-planned retirement community on the site of the historic Scripps Home - plans to finally break ground late this summer. The property - which has turned into a field of wildflowers in the years since the Scripps Home was demolished in 2007 - is already seeing some activity, with the last remaining buildings on Crawford Avenue being dismantled and recycled by Habitat for Humanity. According to Martha L. Tamburrano, president and chief executive of the MonteCedro's owner, Episcopal Homes Communities, the development must have 130 residences, or 70 percent, reserved...
THE626NOW
October 23, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Tuesday, October 23. Police in Pasadena were able to stop a man from jumping off the Colorado Street Bridge Monday afternoon. Police closed off the bridge to traffic as police crisis negotiators stopped his suicide attempt . The man was taken into custody and transported by paramedics to a local hospital, reports the Pasadena Sun The identity of the victim in a fatal stabbing case in Altadena has been released . The victim has been identified as 47-year-old Robin Martin of...
THE626NOW
November 30, 2012
Good morning, readers. Today is Friday, November 30. A historic 1898 hotel in Pasadena is giving a rare tour. Castle Green holds the holiday event this Sunday , reports the Pasadena Star-News . Life on Mars? Curiosity hasn't found any organic molecules yet , NASA says. CNET Students at MIT created a website to donate apparel from their rival school, Caltech, to the homeless , according to the Huffington Post . It was designed as a 'joke,' but no one's laughing.
THE626NOW
April 19, 2013 | By Timothy Rutt
Tree-killing invaders: Nancy Romero lives in a 1909 Craftsman farmhouse and - up until late 2012 - she had a row of boxelders of the same vintage. But they're gone now. Not only did they have to be cut down, but also ground up. The sawdust had to be contained, and the tree-cutters had to make sure that the remains never got in contact with green waste or other compost. Why? Romero's trees were victims of the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer. The beetle, named Euwallacea fornicatus, digs small holes into trees to move in. The females carry a fungus with them that infests the tree, and the...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2013
The zany and somewhat irreverent Doo Dah Parade in Pasadena has a new queen -- a singing, dancing, outrageously dressed pirate with a guitar-wielding slave and her own brew. Altadena artist and specialty foods entrepreneur Susann Edmonds was crowned queen of the upcoming parade during a raucous selection party on Sunday that drew some 250 revelers to American Legion Post 280 in Pasadena. PHOTOS: Pasadena Doo Dah Queen tryouts With her pirate slave in tow, she sang, danced and found favor with an amorphous panel of judges by distributing a special “Doo Dah”...
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