December 14, 2011
The Glendale Police Department earned second place among similarly-sized agencies in California for its education, enforcement and traffic safety efforts. California Highway Patrol Chief Steve Beeuwsaert bestowed the CHP-sponsored 2010 California Law Enforcement Challenge award to Police Chief Ron De Pompa and traffic officers during Tuesday's City Council meeting. “This is indeed in an honor,” De Pompa said. “We appreciate so much our working relationship with our regional partners, and traffic safety obviously is a regional problem.
January 28, 2011
A "person of interest" has been identified in connection with an Orchard Supply Hardware burglary and police pursuit that ended in a Montrose neighborhood on Monday, putting 34 homes under lockdown for three hours for a search that eventually turned up empty. The California Highway Patrol has identified Lang Patrick Martinez, 37, of Simi Valley, as a person of interest in the burglary and ensuing pursuit, which ended when the alleged burglar pulled into a driveway at Sycamore near Cloud, parked and fled on foot.
December 29, 2011
As part of a crackdown on distracted drivers, the California Highway Patrol is not just looking for people illegally talking or texting on their cellphones. Officials will also be looking for drivers eating, reading magazines or applying makeup. From 6 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, the CHP is having a “zero tolerance” cellphone enforcement day. While there is no law saying someone can't eat while driving, a distracted driver is in violation of the law. Under California's vehicle code, a driver can be ticketed $145 to $1,000 for having “wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property.” Officers will also be tracking these distractions and the number of distracted drivers, because there are not very good data on just how many distracted drivers there are. Continue reading> > -- Sam Cohen, Fox 40 Sacramento Photo: Glendale Police officer stops a motorist for using a cell phone while driving on Glendale Ave. just south of California Ave. in Glendale on Tuesday, October 5, 2010.
October 2, 2012
A vehicle was shot at by another passing vehicle Tuesday on the westbound Ventura (134) Freeway, just east of the Golden State (5) Freeway, authorities said. The vehicle's driver and passenger were not injured in the shooting, which occurred at noon on the freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Denmon said. Little information was released on the incident, including the victims, suspects or the make or model of the vehicles involved. The victims, who are in their 20s and live in Van Nuys and Pacoima, were traveling on the freeway when they were fired upon by the other unknown vehicle, Denmon said.
May 27, 2000
Alecia Foster GLENDALE -- California Highway Patrol officials are advising drivers to use extra caution during the Memorial Day weekend. During the 1999 holiday, 28 people were killed in car accidents throughout the state. None were in Los Angeles County, however, according to CHP statistics. Sgt. Rhett Price, a spokesman for the CHP, said drunken drivers traditionally have been the biggest problem. During the holiday weekend last year, the CHP arrested 1,508 people statewide on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, according to CHP statistics.
October 3, 2011
Authorities say they are continuing to investigate the death of a 55-year-old Long Beach man who was struck and killed Saturday night while helping to change a flat tire on the Ventura (134) Freeway, although it appears to have been a “horrible accident.” The man, who Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified as Donald Bishop, was struck and killed on the 134 Freeway near the Buena Vista Street off-ramp at about 10:45 p.m. as he walked back to his car after helping change a tire on a Ford pickup.
December 25, 2007
GLENDALE — A joint Caltrans-California Highway Patrol campaign spurred by the deaths of three Caltrans workers who were killed on the job in the last three months aims to promote freeway safety. In all three fatal accidents — which occurred in Sacramento, the Bay Area and San Bernardino County — a distracted driver was largely to blame, said Douglas Failing, director of Caltrans District 7, which includes Los Angeles and Ventura counties. The joint campaign targets highways and freeways throughout the state, pointing out common mistakes drivers make that put highway workers in danger.
April 12, 2005
Jackson Bell When patrolling unincorporated La Crescenta, CHP Officer Saul C. Velazquez tries to picture himself as one of its residents. "I think to myself, 'If I live in this community, what would I like to see done?'" Velazquez said. "'What is it the community wants me to do?' I put myself in their spot." The Highway Patrol's Altadena station commander in early February created the position of county road enforcement officer and assigned Velazquez to it. His mission?
November 3, 2006
California Highway Patrol is still investigating the vehicle accident late last month that resulted in the deaths of two local young adults. "At this time we are leaning toward the female as driver of the vehicle," said Officer Christian Cracraft of the California Highway Patrol. According to CHP, around 5 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22, Daniel Morales, 23, of La Crescenta and Mallory Peck, 21, of Sunland were traveling westbound on the 210 freeway. The driver took the Ocean View Boulevard exit and for reasons unknown made an extreme right turn, became airborne and landed approximately 60 feet below on a residential street in Montrose.
May 3, 2005
Jackson Bell After seeing police officers keep his neighborhood safe from gangs and crime while growing up, Julio Martinez decided to try joining them. "It has been a lifelong dream for me," the 29-year-old said. "Growing up, I saw them making a difference, and I wanted to do the same." That dream came true Monday for Martinez, one of six new recruits who started their first day as officers at the California Highway Patrol's Altadena station.