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
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.
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...
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.
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.
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