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THE818NOW
February 10, 2012
Regional law enforcement agencies performed a sweep of several cities Thursday in response to a recent spike in property crimes, arresting eight people and seizing three weapons. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department joined forces with Glendale police as well as state parole and probation authorities. During the sweep, which began at 7 a.m., deputies and officers checked 44 locations in La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, Pasadena and Altadena.
NEWS
December 11, 2011
Every Wednesday promptly at 1:30 p.m., 50 or more cops and some civilian staffers assemble in the meeting room at the Glendale Police Department for the fastest 60 minutes in crime-fighting. They call it the “Week in Crime.” A glimpse inside what Glendale police are doing with high-tech computers in every car, software that connects them to every database, video surveillance systems on the streets and increasingly sophisticated analytical techniques gives a civilian the feeling he has entered a world that resembles crime-of-the-week TV shows like NCIS.
THE818NOW
By The Los Angeles Times | August 22, 2011
Los Angeles police are investigating a hate crime at a West Hills synagogue where suspects spray-painted two swastikas and "Go Home" on the congregation's property, officials said Monday. The graffiti, which also included the numbers "666" within the swastikas, was discovered about 6:30 a.m. Monday spray painted on the corner of temporary offices at the Temple Judea satellite campus in the 6600 block of Valley Circle Boulevard, according to LAPD officials. There was no immediate description of a suspect or suspects, police said.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | February 17, 2011
CRESCENTA VALLEY — The number of crime-related responses fielded at Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station increased 9% in January, although the station has seen an 8% decrease in crimes over a five-year period, according to recently released figures. Violent and property crimes reported in the Crescenta Valley increased from 14 last year to 22 last month compared with the same period last year, a 57% increase, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
NEWS
May 3, 2012
The Glendale City Council accepted $23,778 in federal funding to pay for equipment that will allow Glendale police detectives to more effectively investigate computer and Internet-related crimes. The U.S. Department of Justice issues grants to local police agencies to improve public safety and reduce crime. Police have used similar grants in the past to purchase “less lethal” weapon technology, training supplies, tactical equipment, digital evidence photography systems and update computer equipment.
LOCAL
By By Vince Lovato | December 21, 2005
$10,000 reward for information after church covered in anti-religious graffiti.LA CRESCENTA -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors announced a $10,000 reward Tuesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who destroyed doors, screens and playground equipment and sprayed "God is Gay" on Gethsemane Lutheran Church. The vandals who defaced the church at 2723 Orange Ave. on Sunday are wanted for committing a hate crime, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Det. Daniel Zumer said.
NEWS
By Leslie Simmons | December 4, 1999
The Glendale Police Department began the first half of the decade with two homicide investigations they believe were linked. In 1950, the badly beaten body of an 84-year-old woman was found in her home on Monterey Road. The primary suspect in the case was an 80-year-old man who was also reported missing at the same time. The whereabouts of the man - who lived three blocks away and was an old friend of the victim - was not known for years. The case took an even stranger twist when in 1954, the man's remains were found in Dead Horse Canyon.
NEWS
August 3, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Five years ago, Bob Packwood sat down in the Glendale Adventist Medical Center cafeteria with Glendale Police Officer Louie Mazadiego and began to outline what was to become an annual tradition in the city. After four hours, they had enough to set up a committee in charge of Glendale's first National Night Out event. Half a decade later, Packwood is still on the job and has worked for the past five months to expand the reach of the event, which is designed to "give crime and drugs a going-away party," he said.
NEWS
October 2, 2001
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Escalating reports of hate crimes against citizens of Middle Eastern descent have prompted the Armenian National Committee Western Region to establish its own hate crime watch program. "The idea behind the program was to first and foremost help law enforcement authorities in identifying hate crimes," said Alex Sardar, executive director of the Glendale-based committee. The program stems from fears that Armenians might be the targets of anti-Middle Eastern or anti-Muslim crimes after the terrorist attacks of Sept.
LOCAL
By Angela Hokanson | August 8, 2008
About 100 local residents circled the Montrose Shopping Park on Thursday night to express their stance against crime and their unity as neighbors as part of the 2008 National Night Out. The nationwide event was started in 1984 by the National Assn. of Town Watch, a nonprofit, crime-prevention organization. The annual neighborhood walk is designed to strengthen the relationship between police and the community, raise awareness about drug and crime prevention efforts, and demonstrate to criminals that law-abiding citizens have a stake in their neighborhoods.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
Two local lawmakers recently announced their picks for “Women of the Year” and they all come from a variety of professional and community-advocacy backgrounds. During a luncheon on Tuesday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank) honored Alexandra Helfrich of Burbank, Cheryl Davis of La Crescenta and Christy Schilling of Glendale, among other women from his district. Helfrich has served on the Burbank Arts for All Foundation board of directors since 2007 and was co-chair from 2010-13.
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NEWS
January 24, 2014
Greetings, 818 readers and happy Friday to those of you wrapping up the work week. Today is Jan. 24, 2014. The National Weather Service expects temperatures for today in the Glendale area to see a high around 76 and a low of 50. We're rounding up the top news headlines in your region: Burbank resident Moises Diaz, 40, pleaded not guilty to one count of murder for the alleged killing of his mother, Maria Huezo Diaz, 77, whose body...
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | January 15, 2014
For the first time in four years, the overall crime rate increased slightly in Glendale last year, with a spike in the number of property offenses. While violent crimes - which include homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults - remained low last year, property crimes jumped and pushed up the overall crime rate by 3%, from 3,283 incidents in 2012 to 3,383 last year. Still, police expected violent crimes to stay down, which is in line with a nationwide reduction, Glendale Police Chief Robert Castro said Wednesday at a Community Police Partnership Advisory Committee meeting.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
For the first time in four years, the overall crime rate increased slightly in Glendale last year, with a spike in the number of property offenses. While violent crimes - which includes homicides, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults - remained low last year, property crimes jumped, which pushed up the overall crime rate by 3% from 2012. Increases in the number of break-ins, auto burglaries and petty thefts drove up property crimes by 5%, according to the Glendale Police Department's 2013 crime statistics, which were released Tuesday.
NEWS
January 6, 2014
If legislation introduced Monday by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) becomes law, college officials across the state would be required to report certain crimes occurring on or near campuses to law enforcement to investigate, if the victim does not request anonymity. AB 1433 comes after several California colleges have been accused of covering-up on-campus sexual assaults because of concerns that higher crime statistics would lead prospective students to choose elsewhere, Gatto said.
NEWS
By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times and By Richard Winton and Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times | December 31, 2013
Los Angeles recorded another large drop in homicides in 2013, and nowhere has the trend been more pronounced than in the San Fernando Valley. The Valley had 40 homicides this year, dropping 35% from 2012 - the biggest decline of any region in the city. As recently as 2006, the region recorded 87 homicides, the Los Angeles Times reports . When it comes to falling crime, much of the focus has been on traditionally high-crime areas like South L.A. and the Eastside. But police officials and community leaders say the decline in violence in tough parts of the Valley, notably Pacoima, Lakeview Terrace, Sun Valley and Sylmar, has also been striking.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 28, 2013
Though all years have their share of oddness, 2013 seemed bit more fruitful than most in the Jewel City. From rockers fleeing through the streets, to cremains being stolen from a minivan, to a Cadillac landing on a roof, Glendale's strange side kept its finest more than a little busy. Goth rocker Peter Murphy arrested Bauhaus fans flipped this year after British Goth rock icon Peter Murphy, the band's front man, was arrested for crashing a car in Glendale and fleeing in a Subaru Forester.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | October 17, 2013
Technicians at the Verdugo Regional Crime Laboratory will soon be able to work more efficiently during DNA extractions thanks to two robots the lab is going to purchase. The City Council Tuesday approved use of a DNA backlog grant from the National Institute of Justice to pay for a DNA extraction robot and an automated liquid-handling robot, bringing the total number of robots at the lab to four. The lab had one robot when it opened in 2012 and it purchased another one with grant money in July.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | September 27, 2013
Starting Tuesday, residents will be able to report crimes and file police reports online from their computers or smartphones. The Glendale Police Department is launching its new Citizens Online Reporting system. It provides residents another avenue to file reports online for minor and non-emergency crimes instead of calling and waiting for an officer to arrive at the scene. After clicking an icon on the department's homepage, residents will be given options to report a harassing phone call, identity theft, lost property, a stolen bicycle, thefts or vandalism.
NEWS
September 11, 2013
Eight people, including four who live in Burbank, Glendale and Montrose, pleaded guilty Monday to various charges, including racketeering conspiracy, bank fraud and identity theft, centered around the activities of an Armenian organized crime ring, authorities said. The eight are among the 70 people charged two years ago during a massive regional crackdown against the gang called Armenian Power. Fifty-one other defendants have pleaded guilty, according to a U.S. attorney's office news release.
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