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THE626NOW
November 16, 2011
Pasadena police have closed off streets near North Summit Avenue and Dearborn Street after reports of a person that was shot in the leg. The shooting occurred at around 4:45 p.m., said Pasadena Police Lt. Pete Hettema. The victim was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male. Police are asking residents to stay in their homes during the search. -- Tiffany Kelly , Times Community News Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly  
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THE626NOW
June 26, 2013
A 57-year-old man jumped to his death off the Colorado Street bridge Tuesday night, according to Pasadena police. The man was identified on Wednesday as Douglas Howard Balding of Los Angeles, according to L.A County Coroner's Office Assistant Chief Ed Winter. A witness driving on the bridge around 8 p.m. reported seeing a man who appeared distraught standing outside the bridge's railing, said Lt. Tom Delgado. But once past the man, the driver looked back, but the man was gone.
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THE626NOW
March 8, 2012
A man who allegedly took a backpack from a Pasadena bedroom while the owner slept a few feet away was arrested early Thursday morning, according to Pasadena police. At 12:30 a.m. the resident of a board-and-care facility on the 200 block of El Molina Avenue was awakened by a man taking his backpack. The resident followed the suspect from a safe distance after he left the home and called police, Police set up a containment area and arrested Benjamin Singer, near the corner of Walnut Street and Catalina Avenue.
THE626NOW
June 21, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com
Hoping to dissuade despondent people from leaping to their deaths from the Colorado Street Bridge, Pasadena officials plan to install signs that encourage those considering suicide to instead call for help. City workers will install two 12- by 18-inch metal signs at each end of the storied century-old bridge sometime over the next two months, Assistant City Manager Steve Mermell said. Proposed designs display the number of a suicide prevention hotline and messages such as “Life is worth living” and “There is hope” against a background image of...
THE626NOW
December 19, 2011
Police continue to look for a gunman who shot Pasadena resident Brian Jackson in the shoulder Friday. Jackson, 26, was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital after police responded to reports of multiple shots fired on the 1800 block of Glen Avenue before noon on Friday. He is in stable condition. Police are seeking a suspect described as a black male, 18 to 20 years old, 5 foot 8 or 5 foot 9 inches tall and of medium build. The suspect's car may be a red Dodge Charger, according to Pasadena police.
THE626NOW
December 27, 2011
The body of a man was found early Tuesday morning in Northwest Pasadena after authorities responded to reports of gunshots, police said. The body, discovered in the 100 block of Dearborn Street shortly after 5:40 a.m., was not immediately identified and police were investigating whether he was a victim of a shooting. He was described as a 20-year-old Latino. "He doesn't appear to be related to any of the neighbors," police Commander Chris Russ said.  Remy Ulloa, 64, who lives in the area, said he heard about six gunshots.
THE626NOW
June 23, 2012
The Pasadena Police Department is staffing additional officers Sunday in areas frequented by motorcyclists in an effort to curb accidents. Police officers will be looking out for drivers and motorcyclists under the influence of drugs or alcohol or violating traffic laws. Pasadena saw no fatal accidents involving motorcyclists in 2011 or this year, but the department says fatal motorcycle accidents have increased 175% in California over the last 10 years. The California Motorcyclist Safety Program offers training.
THE626NOW
December 29, 2011
Pasadena police are setting up a DUI checkpoint tonight at an undisclosed location between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Officers will be looking for drivers that show signs of drug or alcohol use. DUI expenses can reach $10,000, police said in a statement. Checkpoint locations are not revealed because officials do not want inebriated drivers to avoid the area, said Pasadena Police Lt. Phlunte Riddle. ALSO: Bicyclist busted with 23 pounds of marijuana in South Pas -- Tiffany Kelly , Times Community News Twitter: @LATiffanyKelly
THE818NOW
July 30, 2012
A Glendale attorney is claiming that Pasadena police officers routinely accept, and solicit, bribes from defense attorneys, the Pasadena Star-News reported.  The claim comes by way of a July 23 court declaration by Jeffrey Voll, who said Officer Kevin Okamoto told him the previous December he and other officers had received trips to Las Vegas from members of the defense bar, the paper stated. During the same conversation, Okamoto, who is currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department on misconduct allegations, suggested tickets to Hawaii might help one of Voll's...
THE626NOW
March 12, 2012
Pasadena police successfully negotiated with a man who had threatened to commit suicide and said he would force police to use lethal force if they tried to stop him, according to Pasadena police. On Friday at 7:35 p.m. a 22-year-old male called police dispatch from a residence on the 400 block of East Claremont Street, saying he wanted to kill himself and would force officers to use lethal force against them if they intervened. Members of the police department's counter-negotiations team engaged the man for more than an hour, after which he agreed to surrender.
THE626NOW
June 20, 2013
Pasadena police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint overnight Friday at an undisclosed location. During the checkpoint, which will operate between 7 p.m. and 3 a.m., officers will be on the lookout for drivers who appear to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, as well as making sure they're properly licensed. The operation is funded through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety.  A similar checkpoint is scheduled for the following night in neighboring Glendale.
THE626NOW
June 18, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com
The mother of Kendrec McDade -- the unarmed teenage robbery suspect fatally shot last year by Pasadena police -- stood on the steps of Pasadena City Hall on Tuesday to call for the criminal prosecution of the officers who killed her son. Anya Slaughter's words came a day after the 911 caller who lied about being threatened with a gun the night police shot McDade, 19, agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor false reporting charges in exchange for...
THE626NOW
June 3, 2013
Kenneth McDade, the father of a teenager shot by Pasadena police last year, claims that local officers roughed him up and are harassing him . Bert Ring gives his take.  -- Dan Evans, Times Community News
THE626NOW
May 30, 2013
Pasadena police have arrested the driver in a March 16 crash that killed a man as he was pulling out of his driveway on Hill Avenue. Kimson James Wright, 48, of Pasadena was arrested Wednesday afternoon on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, according to police. Wright was arrested after toxicology reports indicated alcohol was a factor in the collision, according to a statement from police. Wright was driving southbound in the 600 block of Hill, near Villa street, when he collided with a truck driven by Jose Daniel Moreno, who was leaving his driveway.
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May 25, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com
Pasadena police are searching for 73-year-old man who went missing from a convalescent home Friday night.  Manuel Rojas walked away from the facility in the 1800 block of North Fair Oaks Avenue at about 10 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.  Rojas, who may suffer from memory loss, was last seen wearing a red jacket, dark pants and white shoes. He is 5' 7” tall and weighs about 190 pounds, Clawson said.  Police are asking anyone who spots Rojas or has clues to his whereabouts to call (626)
THE626NOW
May 23, 2013 | By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com and By Joe Piasecki, joe.piasecki@latimes.com
The union representing two Pasadena police officers accused of failing to turn over evidence in a murder trial contends they should be cleared of wrongdoing because prosecutors have admitted to misplacing evidence in the case.  In February, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez ordered a review of all cases handled by officers Kevin Okamoto and William Broghamer after Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Larry Fidler declared a mistrial in...
THE626NOW
July 19, 2012
Pasadena authorities are looking for a schizophrenic homeless woman who was last seen at Las Encinas Hospital on Sunday. Loretta Cleese, 49, is white woman described as 6 feet tall and weighing 200 pounds. Cleese was a patient at Cedars Sinai Hospital and was transferred to Pasadena. On Sunday doctors determined she could be released. She was supposed to take a Greyhound bus to her daughter's house in Oakley, according to Pasadena police, but her daughter never heard from her. Cleese doesn't have any money, identification card or a cell phone, according to police, and is...
THE626NOW
October 25, 2012
Pasadena police have arrested a man on suspicion of making a bomb threat that caused the evacuation of Pasadena Health Department offices on Thursday. An anonymous caller told police at 9:30 a.m. that he had placed explosives in the building at 1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave., prompting the evacuation. While officers were on scene, the department received a second anonymous call at 10:50 a.m. by a man who claimed to have a gun and said officers should not approach the building, said Lt. Phlunte Riddle.
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