Injury crashes slow traffic on 210 Freeway in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A crash involving a motorhome and two other vehicles sent two people to the hospital Sunday morning, authorities said.
The three-vehicle collision took place about 11:19 a.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway near Lincoln Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio.
The crash involved the motorhome, a pickup truck and a Kia, officials said.
The drivers of the pickup truck and Kia were hospitalized with major injuries, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. They were described only as adults, and an update on their conditions was not available.
1102_NWS_PSN-L-210CRASH2Two more people involved in the crash initially declined to be treated or hospitalized, Derderian said. But an occupant of the motorhome called authorities back about 30 minutes later to report he was experiencing chest pains. He was taken to a hospital.
The CHP declared a Sig Alert for the two right lanes of the freeway for about two hours following the crash, Rubio said.
A second, unrelated three-vehicle crash reported on the same stretch of freeway shortly after 2:30 p.m. sent another person to the hospital with serious injuries, Derderian said. Four others suffered minor injuries in the crash.
The circumstances and causes of the collision were being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Altadena Office.

PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department.

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Missing Pasadena man found in San Ysidro

PASADENA >> A man with Alzheimer’s disease who was reported missing in Pasadena Friday turned up safe in San Ysidro Sunday morning, police said.
Jorge Correa, 78, of Pasadena was reported missing Friday afternoon after driving away from his home and failing to return, Pasadena police officials said.
Police reached out to the public for help before Correa was found in San Ysidro early Sunday, police said. He was reunited with his family.

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Man wounded in Pasadena stabbing

PASADENA >> A man arrived at a hospital with a stab wound early Saturday, claiming he was stabbed by a relative at a local park but refusing to cooperate further with investigators, police said.
Staff at Huntington Hospital notified police about 2 a.m. that a 54-year-old Pasadena man had just driven himself to the emergency room with a stab wound to his thigh, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
The man told police the stabbing took place at Brookside Park, near the Rose Bowl, and that a cousin of his had stabbed him after accusing him of having an affair with the cousin’s wife, the lieutenant said.
“He would not give us a name or description of the suspect,” Mercado said.
The injury was no considered life-threatening.

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Pasadena police seek missing man with Alzheimer’s disease


PASADENA >> Police have asked the public’s help in finding a 78-year-old man suffering from Alzheimer’s disease who went missing in Pasadena Friday.
Jorge Correa was last seen about 6:15 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of N. El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police officials said in a written statement. He was driving a blue, 2006 Honda Pilot with a California license plate of 5VVP758.
Correa is Latino, 5 feet 3 inches tall and 170 pounds. He is balding with gray hair on the sides and clean-shaven. He was last seen wearing a short-sleeve, button-down “guayabera”-style shirt, khaki pants, a black baseball cap with a Virgin Mary insignia on it and numerous rings and gold chains.
He suffers from “moderate” Alzheimer’s disease, police said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO of Jorge Correa courtesy of the Pasadena Police Department.

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UPDATED: Whittier man found dead in Angeles National Forest identified


Harry “Sam” Bash was an explorer, constantly seeking a new thrill or personal discovery.
It was that passion that led the longtime Whittier man to serve his country carrying out underwater demolitions with the U.S. Navy, to scale mountains and to fly airplanes.
Unfortunately, it was the same passion that put him in the Angeles National Forest, prospecting for gold, when he was caught in a mudslide in September. He was killed in the incident. He was 67.
Bash’s body was discovered by a hiker about 5 p.m. Sept. 19 along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, between the Bridge to Nowhere and Heaton Flats, Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. He was not officially identified by coroner’s officials until this week.
An autopsy determined he died from “multiple blunt force injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Winter said.
Coroner’s records listed no hometown for Bash.
Friends described him as a retired longtime Whittier resident who grew up in Pico Rivera and U.S. Navy veteran who enjoyed exploring the outdoors.
Property records indicate Bash owned a home in Whittier for more than 20 years, but friends said he had lived there more than three decades.
Dan Klausen said he first met Bash when the two attended school together in the first grade. They’ve remained friends ever since.
“He was truly my closest friend,” Klausen said.
“He was just a fun guy. He had a great sense of humor. He would call me up and call me ‘plutonium breath,’” Klausen said.
The friends took many trips together, scaling Half Dome in Yosemite, visiting Mt. Whitney and going on bike trips lasting days and hundreds of miles, Klausen said.
And Klausen said Bash’s curiosity knew no bounds.
Upon looking through Bash’s home following his death, “The books this guy had: quantum physics, geometry, calculus,” Klausen said. “He was so fascinated with science and mathematics and how things work.”
AR-150919318Bash often went prospecting in the mountains, generally taking day trips, but sometimes camping overnight, friends said.
Klausen said he speculated his friend must have touched on a good spot for gold, as he was believed to have been camped in the forest for about a week before becoming swept up in a debris flow.
“Otherwise, he never would have been up there that long,” he said. And witnesses reported that Bash’s car had moved in the parking lot at the mountain entrance at least once during the his camping trip, indicating had returned to it and possible resupplied.
Bash was found with his backpack, indicating he was trying to work his way out of the forest when he died, Klausen added.
Friend Jenny Reisner said she believed Bash may have been caught off-guard.
“He was hard of hearing, so likely didn’t hear it coming,” she said.
Bob Garcia said he was a friend of Bash for more than 50 years.
“Sam was a true outdoors man who loved and lived life to the fullest. He touched the lives of many people and he will be missed by all,” Garcia said.
Garcia said his friend spent four years with the Navy as an underwater demolitions expert, followed by a 29-year career at a chemical company.
Bash was a licensed pilot, a scuba diver an underwater welder, a mountain biker, a hiker, a rock climber, an explorer and a prospector, Garcia said.
Bash’s eulogy,delivered at an Oct. 10 memorial in Whittier, described him as “the quintessential explorer,” an accomplished guitarist and a lover of geography, botany and astronomy who spoke Spanish fluently.
Bash was never married and had no children, friends said.
He’s survived by twin sister, Sally, and sister Barb, three nieces, three nephews, six great-nephews and four great-nieces.
“His zest for life, insatiable love of learning, and thirst for adventure impacted and inspired practically everyone around him,” according to the eulogy. “Sam’s kind qualities, gentle demeanor, boundless curiosity, and beautiful spirit earned him immense love and respect. He will be sadly missed but remembered for the rest of our lives by all those who knew him.”

PHOTOS: [TOP] – Harry Samuel Bash, 67, of Whittier (courtesy, Connie Petty); [BELOW] – Sheriff’s recovery effort (courtesy, LASD)


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3 teens arrested after Pasadena burglary, chase

PASADENA >> A tip from a neighbor led police to arrest three teenagers following a Pasadena home break-in and a short car chase Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The break-in was first reported about 12:45 p.m. at a home in the 1600 block of Paloma Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“A citizen reported three suspects were in the process of burglarizing a residence, Goodman said.
Officers arrived to see three teenage boys driving away from the home in a 1994 Acura Integrta, the lieutenant said. The driver refused to pull over, starting a 90-second chase that ended when the driver lost control and crashed into the side yard of a home along nearby Allen Avenue.
The young suspects continued fleeing on foot, Goodman said. Police quickly apprehended two of them, but the third eluded immediate capture.
Police found him hiding behind a shed, but he refused to surrender, Goodman said. Police dog “Figo” helped subdue the 17-year-old burglary suspect, who was taken to a hospital for treatment of a dog bite to his arm before being booked.
Electronics and jewelry stolen from the Paloma Street home were found inside the suspects’ car, which had been reported stolen to Los Angeles police Tuesday, Goodman said.

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Man wounded in shooting at Villa Park in Pasadena

PASADENA >> An unknown shooter or shooters opened fire on a group of people congregated at Villa Park early Wednesday morning, leaving one man wounded, police said.
Officers responded to reports of “shots fired” about 6:15 a.m. in the park just north of the Villa Parke Community Center, 363 E. Villa Street, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
Police encountered a Pasadena man in his 40s who told officers that someone had opened fire on a group of people gathered at the park, the lieutenant said. The man had not been struck by the gunfire, and the others at the park had left before police arrived.
But a hospital notified police about 15 minutes later that a 19-year-old man had arrived at an emergency room with a gunshot wound to his abdomen, Goodman said. He was hospitalized in stable condition.
No description of the shooter or shooters was available.

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Altadena man charged in connection with 3-hour car chase

PASADENA >> Prosecutors filed criminal charges Wednesday against an Altadena man who led authorities on a three-hour chase throughout Los Angeles County over the weekend following a dispute with a neighbor, officials said.
Karnik Kendirian, 48, is accused of evading police, making criminal threats and five counts of vandalism in connection with Sunday’s lengthy, high-speed pursuit and the alleged crimes that preceded it, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Officials said in a written statement. He was arrested at his home Monday morning, hours after Pasadena police called off the wild pursuit as it passed through their city.
An arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday was postponed to Thursday, court officials said.
The incident series of events began Saturday, when Kendirian scrawled graffiti on his neighbor’s property in Altadena, district attorney’s officials said. He then allegedly threatened his neighbor for reporting the incident to authorities.
“In addition, (Kendirian) is charged with smashing a car windshield, scratching another car door and two other acts of vandalism,” according to the district attorney’s office statement.
California Highway Patrol officers found Kendirian driving about 5 p.m. Sunday and began pursuing him on the 210 Freeway in Altadena when he refused to pull over, officials said.
Traveling at speeds of up to 100 mph, the fleeing suspect led several police agencies on a chase along the 210, 134, 2, 605, 10 and 57 freeways, as well as surface streets.
Pasadena police took over the chase when it returned to their city for the second time after a lap around much of the county. Officers cancelled their pursuit, electing to follow-up with their investigation later instead.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Kendirian about 8:35 a.m. Monday at his Altadena home, according to officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
If convicted as charged, Kendirian could face more than three years in state prison.
He was initially held in lieu of $50,000 bail, records show. Prosecutors planned to ask that bail be increased to $125,000.

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UPDATED: Chase speeds along Los Angeles County freeways

A man described as a Pasadena resident and wanted on suspicion of making criminal threats led California Highway Patrol officers on a high-speed chase that began in Altadena and looped around Los Angeles County freeways and surface streets for nearly three hours Sunday, officials said.
Eventually, Pasadena police called off the pursuit and the black Honda slipped into the night.
The chase began about 5:07 p.m. on the 210 Freeway in Altadena, CHP Officer Michelle Bond said. The vehicle was wanted in connection with a criminal threats investigation, however further details were not available.
The fleeing motorist accelerated to speeds of more than 100 mph as the driver fled east beneath the lenses of television news camera, using multiple freeways, before making his way back toward the east via the 210 Freeway.
The fleeing car then headed south on the 605 Freeway before going east on the 10 Freeway through the San Gabriel Valley and transitioning onto the northbound 57 Freeway through Diamond Bar.
CHP officers followed closely behind as the sedan got back onto the 210 Freeway westbound.
The car briefly exited the 210 Freeway in Arcadia shortly after 7 p.m. The driver drove on the wrong side of the road along Foothill Boulevard for several blocks, narrowly avoiding head-on collisions.
Pasadena police, who took over the pursuit once it reached surface streets in their city, cancelled the chase shortly before 8 p.m., Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
No further details were not available.
Police declined to discuss what their tactics will be in proceeding with the investigation.

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Repeat felon found sleeping in car with loaded gun in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested an armed ex-convict with a long criminal history early Sunday after finding him asleep in a parked car with a loaded handgun, authorities said.
Hayrapet Oganesyan, 29, of Glendale is accused of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm about 9 a.m. in the 400 block of South San Rafael Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Someone called police to report a suspicious person in a vehicle parked in the residential neighborhood, the lieutenant said.
Officers arrived and found Oganesyan, along with a woman, asleep inside a car, he said.
As police tried to get Oganesyan’s attention and ask him what he was doing, an officer saw a loaded .40-caliber handgun sitting on the vehicle’s floorboard, Clawson said.
Police took Oganesyan into custody without a struggle, he added. The woman was not arrested.
According to county booking record, Oganesyan’s criminal record dates back to 2004, when he was 18 years old.
He has casing pending for accusations of drug possession and possession of paraphernalia, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records.
He was convicted of drug possession, drug sales, possession of drugs for sales, being a felon in possession of a firearm in December of 2014, records show. He was sentenced to 180 days in county jail, but released less than three months later in late-February.
Oganesyan was also has conviction including domestic battery, drug-related crimes, false impersonation and forgery, court records show.

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