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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | 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.
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October 8, 2003
A $200,000 settlement might be awarded to a Glendale family held at gunpoint by Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies who mistakenly forced their way into a home during a murder investigation. Luis Cuateco, his wife Juana, and their six daughters and three sons were ordered into their living room in the 400 block of West Windsor Road in January 2002 at gunpoint after sheriff's deputies used a battering ram on their front door after announcing their intent to search the house, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's report.
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August 18, 2005
Darleene Barrientos A veteran Glendale Police Department officer has announced plans to run for Los Angeles County Sheriff in 2006. Lt. Don Meredith, a 32-year veteran of the department, said Wednesday he submitted paperwork to the California Secretary of State's Office Friday to open a finance committee to begin fundraising for the election in 2006. Meredith, 52, who is now head of the department's Community Services bureau, oversaw the department's traffic bureau for seven years and also worked in narcotics and robbery-homicide.
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July 1, 2013
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad removed a live grenade from a home garage today in La Crescenta, police said. The homeowner discovered the WWII-era grenade in her garage in the 3500 block of Community Avenue about 10 a.m. and immediately notified authorities, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The grenade likely belonged to her husband, who was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, he said. The bomb squad examined the grenade and rendered it safe just after 11 a.m. before hauling it away, Lorenz said.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department will increase officer deployments at sporting events in response to explosions that killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen others at the Boston Marathon . Beginning with the Dodgers - San Diego Padres baseball game Monday evening, Beck said the additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other "precautions geared to...
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November 30, 2013
Actor Paul Walker and one other person were killed in a fiery vehicle crash Saturday in Valencia, Walker's representatives  confirmed on social media . Walker, 40, was best known for his role in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. News of his death was first reported by the website TMZ. Sheriff's deputies responded about 3:30 p.m. to the 28300 block of Rye Canyon loop, where they found a vehicle engulfed in flames, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say is responsible for 58 gas station robberies throughout the Los Angeles County, including in Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. The suspect -- dubbed the “Midnight Bandit” because he typically struck between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. -- is believed to have targeted lone gas station employees who were robbed at gunpoint, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He reportedly committed six robberies per month from April 2012 to May 22 this year.
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By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz | October 31, 2013
A roughly hour-long car chase that winded through the Crescenta Valley foothills during rush hour Thursday ended after the fleeing driver surrendered to deputies. The chase ended in a Tujunga neighborhood at about 8:45 a.m. when officers used the so-called "pit maneuver" to bump the robbery suspect's bumper and spin his car around. The move worked, until the suspect threw his car in reverse and drove backward down the street with squad cars pursuing in front, the Los Angeles Times reported . The suspect eventually exited his car with his hands above his head after his car was pinned in. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies had pursued the man in a white compact car for about an hour as he blew through intersections, school zones and narrow neighborhood streets.
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By By Tania Chatila | February 15, 2006
Lt. Don Meredith wants to bring leadership to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.FOR THE RECORD A story on the front page of Tuesday's Glendale News-Press incorrectly stated that $500 of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department's $1.9-million budget is used for discretionary spending. The correct figure is $500,000. . . . . . GLENDALE -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is in need of a change, according to Glendale Police Lt. Don Meredith. He says he can provide it. The 33-year Glendale Police veteran is running for Los Angeles County Sheriff this year with hopes of bringing leadership back to an agency he says is lacking it. "A lack of leadership has allowed the budget to be overspent or not spent in appropriate areas," he said.
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April 24, 2014
Good morning, 818 readers! Today is Tuesday, April 22. The high in Glendale should reach 70 and low 52, according to the National Weather Service.  These are your top regional news stories:  Though a report released by the California Environmental Protection Agency shows water in La Cañada Flintridge has significant levels of toxicity, local water officials report that contaminant levels are well below maximum levels allowed by...
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | 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.
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By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz | January 16, 2014
The Colby fire that broke out near Glendora, north of Los Angeles on the edge of the Angeles National Forest, exploded in size Thursday morning as dry brush, steep terrain and winds made for rough firefighting conditions. Plumes of smoke could be seen  in the skies throughout Los Angeles County, including Glendale, Burbank and La Cañada. Nathan Judy, a spokesman for the U.S. Forest Service, said the fire had grown to at least 125 acres by 8 a.m. and that it was moving quickly “going up and down the hills.” The fire was reported shortly before 6 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Times .   Judy said that when he arrived at the scene early Thursday morning the fire had burned only four acres.
NEWS
November 30, 2013
Actor Paul Walker and one other person were killed in a fiery vehicle crash Saturday in Valencia, Walker's representatives  confirmed on social media . Walker, 40, was best known for his role in the “Fast and Furious” movie franchise. News of his death was first reported by the website TMZ. Sheriff's deputies responded about 3:30 p.m. to the 28300 block of Rye Canyon loop, where they found a vehicle engulfed in flames, according to a statement issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 6, 2013
Authorities are looking for a 44-year-old man who they say is responsible for a series of commercial robberies throughout the Los Angeles region, including one in Glendale. A felony arrest warrant has been issued for Joseph Fred Clark, who authorities believe committed several robberies in October in Carson, Harbor City, Torrance, North Hollywood and Glendale, according to Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He reportedly used a handgun to commit some of the robberies. At 9:28 a.m. on Oct. 15, Clark entered CK Food Store in the 500 block of South Verdugo Road in Glendale and asked the clerk for coins in exchange for a dollar bill, Glendale Police spokeswoman Tahnee Lightfoot said.
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By Jason Wells and Ari Bloomekatz | October 31, 2013
A roughly hour-long car chase that winded through the Crescenta Valley foothills during rush hour Thursday ended after the fleeing driver surrendered to deputies. The chase ended in a Tujunga neighborhood at about 8:45 a.m. when officers used the so-called "pit maneuver" to bump the robbery suspect's bumper and spin his car around. The move worked, until the suspect threw his car in reverse and drove backward down the street with squad cars pursuing in front, the Los Angeles Times reported . The suspect eventually exited his car with his hands above his head after his car was pinned in. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies had pursued the man in a white compact car for about an hour as he blew through intersections, school zones and narrow neighborhood streets.
NEWS
July 1, 2013
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad removed a live grenade from a home garage today in La Crescenta, police said. The homeowner discovered the WWII-era grenade in her garage in the 3500 block of Community Avenue about 10 a.m. and immediately notified authorities, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. The grenade likely belonged to her husband, who was a WWII U.S. Navy veteran, he said. The bomb squad examined the grenade and rendered it safe just after 11 a.m. before hauling it away, Lorenz said.
NEWS
June 3, 2013
Authorities are asking for the public's help in identifying a man they say is responsible for 58 gas station robberies throughout the Los Angeles County, including in Glendale, Burbank and Pasadena. The suspect -- dubbed the “Midnight Bandit” because he typically struck between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. -- is believed to have targeted lone gas station employees who were robbed at gunpoint, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. He reportedly committed six robberies per month from April 2012 to May 22 this year.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | April 16, 2013
A Glendale man was arrested Monday on suspicion of attempted murder after he allegedly kicked a 39-year-old man's head multiple times outside Dave's Bar, police said. The injured man, whose name wasn't released, remained hospitalized Tuesday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he was treated for blunt force trauma to the head and face, according to Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. The man's medical condition was not immediately available, he added. The man, who lives in La Crescenta, was lying unconscious on the sidewalk and was not verbally responsive when officers arrived at the bar near the corner of East Broadway and Glendale Avenue, police said.
NEWS
April 15, 2013
Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Monday his department will increase officer deployments at sporting events in response to explosions that killed at least two and injured nearly two dozen others at the Boston Marathon . Beginning with the Dodgers - San Diego Padres baseball game Monday evening, Beck said the additional police presence would include deployment of bomb-squad personnel, dogs and other "precautions geared to...
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