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April 15, 2011
In response to Greg Hiscott (“Enforce the noise laws,” April 7), you would think the Glendale police would cite violations of the vehicle codes, but it seems that doesn’t happen unless there is a special grant allowed for them to actually enforce the law (i.e. cell phone violations). Noise is a large issue that should be addressed, but it goes unheeded by police. Unfortunately, I live on Fern Lane, where the regional Sports Complex is located. We have a situation here that we have been trying to live with since the complex’s opening: the 300% increase in traffic noise, with loud stereos and mufflers, speeding and litter.
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.
May 27, 2011
La Crescenta Woman’s Club received a visit from public safety representatives at the May 11 meeting. Special guests were members of the La Crescenta Fire Station #63, the Sheriff's Station on Briggs Avenue, and the Glendale Police K-9 Unit. Carol Benedetti and Dea McCrory were co-chairwomen of a fashion show on March 26 that provided proceeds to make donations of equipment for both La Crescenta Fire Station # 63 and the Detective Unit of the Sheriff’s Station. Firefighters Nate De Luca, Matt Ramirez, Capt.
By Veronica Rocha, | April 26, 2011
GLENDALE — The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station has nabbed a third place international award for using some of the best law enforcement practices in the United States, officials said. Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials announced on Saturday that three stations — Palmdale, South Los Angeles and Crescenta Valley — earned top honors from the Altus Global Alliance, a group made up of six non-governmental organizations and academic centers throughout the world.
By Mary O’Keefe | January 25, 2008
During this series, law enforcement officials have agreed that although drugs may not be a huge problem in the Crescenta Valley area, the dangers are out there and they are real. ?Drugs do exist up here,? confirmed Det. Chris Seitz, with Crescenta Valley Sheriff?s Station narcotics division. He added that the drug of choice seems to be heroin, although methedrine is still very popular. Lt. Bruce Fox of Glendale Narcotics said that heroin is usually one of the last drugs kids move to. ?
By Veronica Rocha | June 18, 2008
For Glendale Police Officer Patrick Hamblin, God and law enforcement go hand-in-hand. His passion for both topics recently led him to Uganda, Africa, where he learned about the country and shared his knowledge of law enforcement. Hamblin, 32, visited the country in east Africa from May 24 to June 3 to speak at a two-day conference titled “God, Law and Justice” at the Uganda Christian University in Mukono. The conference was designed to teach people how to combine religion and their career in law enforcement in the pursuit of justice, he said.
By Timothy Rutt | November 6, 2011
We don't have our own police force. As an unincorporated area, we are served by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Furthermore, we're under the rule of the Crescenta Valley sheriff's station. This means that our local captain answers to a commander at Crescenta Valley and 911 calls for service are routed there first. Still, most residents are very supportive of law enforcement: There's a Sheriff's Support Group that raises funds for equipment, a community advisory committee, a clergy council, a volunteer mounted patrol and a Volunteers on Patrol program of unarmed civilians who act as extra eyes and ears for the deputies.
November 9, 2011
Don Short and Tamara Mark's encounter with law enforcement hasn't always been positive, especially when they have been trying to care for their two autistic sons. During a family trip in Hawaii, Short had to restrain one of the couple's son's - 10-year-old Harry, who is nonverbal and prone to injuring himself - because he became extremely agitated at a Honolulu airport. But to the public, his actions looked like child abuse. He was reported to airport police. As Short tried to calm his son, police warned him to let go of his son. He reluctantly complied.
April 15, 2013
Glendale and Burbank police departments finished in the top 10 in a two-day relay race against other similarly sized law enforcement agencies this weekend. Glendale police came in sixth among other law enforcement agencies with fewer than 300 sworn personnel during the two-day Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, which is meant to increase fitness, team work, camaraderie and pride between officers. The Torrance Police Department finished first in the same category. Burbank officers came in ninth place alongside agencies with fewer than 500 sworn and non-sworn staffers working in law enforcement.
February 22, 2003
Rep. Dennis Mountjoy (R-La Crescenta) has introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would place more rigorous reporting requirements on healthcare professionals. Dubbed the Sexual Abuse of Children Reporting Act, the bill would require health-care providers to report to law enforcement any knowledge that a minor has a sexually transmitted disease or is pregnant. Law enforcement could investigate for abuse of the child. If abuse was found, the investigating agency would put the child in protective custody.
By Veronica Rocha, | March 25, 2014
Glendale police finished second over the weekend in the two-day Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, where they competed against other law enforcement agencies. They fell behind the Torrance Police Department, which finished first among law enforcement agencies with fewer than 300 sworn personnel. While Glendale police came in second, their time and ranking improved from last year's race when they took home sixth place. The race was created to challenge police officers to work together as well as increase their fitness.
By Arin Mikailian, | March 22, 2014
A Crescenta Valley sheriff's deputy received the Congressional Badge of Bravery on Thursday for his quick thinking, despite being unarmed, that saved a woman's life during a stabbing attack. On Nov. 21, 2012, Deputy Tai Plunkett was refueling his car while off duty in Burbank when he observed a couple engaged in a verbal argument in a nearby parking lot. In the presence of their two children, the man suddenly pulled out a large knife and started attacking the woman, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
By Liana Aghajanian | March 19, 2014
Lt. Lola Abrahamian never intended to become a police officer. She was already enjoying a fruitful and rewarding career she had had since graduating from college, but an interest in criminal law and a chance meeting with the Glendale Police Department led to a ride-along that completely changed the course of her life. “I went out on the ride-along and I thought this is what I want to do. It was just fun and exciting and I thought , well , this is a lot more fun than becoming a lawyer,” she said with the kind of enchanting, contagious laugh that makes you want to laugh, too. “The problem was that nobody really thought I was serious, because of what I was doing and what I wanted to do.” What she was doing was a world away from law enforcement.
By Veronica Rocha, | January 18, 2014
With a vacancy of 21 sworn officers, the Glendale Police Department has led an exhaustive search to find qualified candidates, but hiring them has not been easy. While the department has received thousands of applications from candidates looking to become officers, many of them don't move on because they can't pass an extensive background check. “It's very difficult to go through the process,” police Capt. Michael Rock said. Another hurdle in the department's recruitment efforts is that other law enforcement agencies are also hiring, which has diminished the pool of qualified candidates.
By Tim Traeger, | January 15, 2014
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a provision that is designed to reduce helicopter noise in the airspace over Los Angeles County, including the San Fernando Valley, where residents have complained about the noise for years. The provision was part of a yearlong spending package, and it directs the Secretary of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to address helicopter noise in the county. It was inserted in the spending package by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Burbank)
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.
By Camila Castellanos | January 2, 2014
The sun shone at Glendale Community College as Art Darbinian, 19, waived to fellow students and maneuvered the tram he uses to help monitor the campus as a cadet at the school's police department. “One of the things I love about my job is that I really get to see the inter-workings of the college,” the biology student said, nodding hellos to custodians and staff as he rattled off the building names and areas where he often patrols. Darbinian is one of 15 cadets at GCC, working part-time to help bolster the college's full-time police department.
October 14, 2013
Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law on Saturday a bill introduced  by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Silver Lake) to address the high number of hit-and-run offenses in California. The legislation, AB 184, provides an additional tool to law enforcement officers investigating hit-and-run offenses by extending the current three-year statute of limitations for such offenses to six years from the date of the offense. “AB 184 will allow victims of hit-and-runs and law enforcement to obtain justice from cowards who do everything possible to avoid responsibility for their actions,” Gatto said in a statement.  “Thousands of hit-and-run victims suffer life-threatening injuries annually.  Allowing the perpetrators to avoid prosecution just adds insult to these injuries.” Brown's decision comes just days after yet another deadly week of hit-and-runs in California, including four hit-and-run victims in Gatto's district, which includes Glendale and Burbank.  Two recent hit-and-runs in Glendale left a 75-year-old woman, a 59-year-old woman, and a 73-year-old woman in critical condition.  Bookending the Glendale incidents were two fatal hit-and-runs.  On Oct. 4, a 22-year-old woman was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Hollywood and on Oct. 7, a hit-and-run collision left a 48-year-old man dead in Encino.  In addition to the recent deaths, many older hit-and-runs around the state remain unsolved, even after months of investigation.  Damian Kevitt...
September 25, 2013
Re: “The case for marijuana dispensaries,” Mailbag, Sept. 11. I disagree with virtually every opinion the writer offers in support of allowing pot dispensaries in Glendale. While various government entities have relaxed the rules for marijuana use and passed medical marijuana laws, the fact is the majority of users are recreational pot smokers, some using unwarranted or fraudulent doctors' “recommendations.” The writer's argument that the city is losing tax revenues to neighboring cities may be true.
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