PASADENA — A 93-year-old woman woke up to find two prowlers rummaging through her room Tuesday night.
Pasadena Police Lt. Tom Delgado said the burglars took jewelry but didn’t have the estimated value. Police said she chased the suspects but they got away.
The burglary in the 500 block of Toolen Place was reported at 10:14 p.m. Tuesday.
The woman went to bed at 10 p.m. About 14 minutes later, Delgado said the woman was awakened by a loud bang and her security alarm going off.
She saw two men ransacking her bedroom. Delgado said one of the men took a bureau drawer containing jewelry. Both prowlers left through the back door.
Delgado said the suspects were only described as two black men.
- Ruby Gonzales
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PASADENA — A police officer grabbed an apparently suicidal woman by the feet and pulled her back to safety as the scaled a fence along a freeway overpass Sunday, officials said.
Police received a call about 11:15 a.m. from a person reporting a family member was possibly suicidal and considering killing herself by jumping from a bridge, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The family member provided police with the 38-year-old woman’s name and description, and informed them she had last been seen in the area of Orange Grove Boulevard and Fair Oaks Avenue, the lieutenant said.
Officers began searching area bridges and overpasses when Officer Elgin Lee of the Homeless Outreach-Psychiatric Evaltion Team spotted the woman on the Orange Grove Boulevard overpass above the 210 Freeway, Clawson said.
“As the officer approached, she immediately began to climb the fencing,” he said. She had already gotten her upper body over the top of the fence when Lee grabbed her by the feet and pulled her down.
Officials took the woman to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation, Clawson said.
PASASDENA — A fire damaged a Walnut street business early Sunday, officials said.
The fire was reported about 1 a.m. at a home that had been subdivided into two businesses in the 1100 block of East Walnut Street, Pasadena police and fire officials said.
The lone resident was not home at the time, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Firefighters extinguished the flames, and determined the cause of the fire was electrical in nature, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said. A failing electrical wire inside a lamp was ultimately blamed.
No injuries were reported, and the fire was confined to a single room, officials said.
PASADENA — Coroner’s officials Saturday released the name of a man who died in one of two fatal crashes that occurred early Thursday morning on the rain-slickened 210 Freeway.
Gerald Hall, 58, of Arroyo Grande was driving a big rig that struck a concrete pillar just after midnight Thursday on the eastbound 210 Freeway connector road to the continued eastbound 210 Freeway, near the 134 interchange in Pasadena, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers fro the Altadena office of the California Highway Patrol.
After the truck left the roadway and struck the pillar, the trailer jack-knifed, CHP officials said. Five other vehicles subsequently struck the disabled big rig, but none of those drivers were seriously injured.
Hall was the second truck driver to die in a crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway during the early-morning hours Thursday.
A man previously identified by coroner’s officials as Oscar Eduardo Avila Reyes, 33, of Moreno Valley died at the scene of a second crash about 2:30 a.m. on the 210 Freeway near Madre Street, according to CHP and coroner’s officials.
He was thrown from his truck after it overturned and struck a concrete center divider, investigators said.
The second crash was also being investigated by the CHP’s Altadena office.
Two drivers died and four motorists were injured in two separate crashes on the eastbound 210 Freeway in Pasadena early Thursday, authorities said.
The crashes resulted in freeway lane closures that lasted into the evening.
It was not clear if rain was a factor in the crashes, California Highway Patrol officials said. The causes of both remained under investigation.
The collisions not only affected freeway commute, people also couldn’t take the Metro Gold Line train between the Allen Avenue station and Sierra Madre Villa stations due to a tractor trailer and crash debris blocking the tracks.
The earliest crash at 12:01 a.m. involved three big rigs and three vehicles. It occurred near the tunnel connecting the eastbound 210 Freeway to the eastbound 210 Freeway near the 134 Freeway junction. California Highway Patrol Officer Kevin Tao said two of the big rigs overturned.
The name of the driver killed in the crash was not released pending notification of his family members, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said. CHP officials described him as a 58-year-old Arroyo Grande man.
He was driving a 2013 Volvo tractor-trailer when, “For unknown reasons, (the big rig) left the road and struck a concrete over-crossing pillar,” CHP Officer J. Wood of the CHP’s Altadena office said in a written statement.
“(The driver) suffered blunt force trauma to his head and chest due to this collision,” Wood said.
He died at the scene, officials said. It was unclear whether he had been wearing a seat belt.
The big rig and trailer jack-knifed in the crash, blocking all lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway transition road.
Five other vehicles — two big rigs and three cars — subsequently struck the overturned big rig, however none of the drivers were seriously injured, officials said.
CHP Officer Jose Barrios said a 37-year-old Mission Hills man driving a Dodge Charger and a 41-year-old man from Gardena behind the wheel of a Toyota Prius suffered minor injuries and were taken to Huntington Hospital for treatment.
A 30-year-old Riverside man driving a Nissan Altima and a 38-year-old Fresno man who was driving one of the trucks complained of pain but were not hospitalized, Barrios said.
He said the third big driver, a 42-year-old Riverside man, wasn’t injured.
A Sig Alert was issued for the tunnel to the eastbound 210 Freeway at 12:09 a.m. It remained closed well into Thursday evening as authorities worked to clear the wreckage.
The second fatality crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway early Thursday took place at 2:30 a.m. near Madre Street.
Oscar Eduardo Avila Reyes, 33, of Moreno Valley died at the scene of the crash, Winter said.
For reasons that remained under investigation, Reyes lost control of the big rig, which veered to the left across traffic lanes and overturned, CHP officials said. The jack-knifed big rig slammed into the center divider.
“(Reyes), who was not being properly restrained, was fully ejected as (the big rig) slid on top of the raised concrete center divider in an easterly direction,” according to the CHP statement.
The truck ended up partially blocking the Metro Gold Line tracks.
An estimated 50 gallons of fuel and oil spilled from the big rig and went down the storm drain after the crash, according to CHP logs.
Lane closured resulting from the crash remained in effect through noon, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
Because of the crash, Gold Line service was suspended between the Allen Avenue and Sierra Madre Villa stations.
“The truck was blocking part of the track. Debris blocked the rest of it,” according to Anna Chen, spokeswoman for Metro LA which operates the Gold Line.
She said bus shuttles replaced the train. Foothill Transit and the Pasadena Arts bus were also honoring fares from Metro passengers, Chen added.
Metro LA spokesman Marc Littman said the train was back in service at about 11:30 a.m.
Both fatal crashes were being investigated by officers from the Altadena office of the CHP.
- Ruby Gonzales and Brian Day
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PETA wants to see a Sea World’s float in the Rose Parade that looks something like this.
Angered by a Sea World entry in Pasadena’s annual Tournament of Roses Parade, members of the animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), have demanded officials make changes in the Sea World float design.
Here’s a portion of the letter:
I’m contacting you once again, both as a longtime Pasadena resident and on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). We have a proposal that could resolve the controversy caused by the Tournament of Roses’ decision to include a SeaWorld float in the Rose Parade: Require SeaWorld to represent its treatment of orcas more accurately by using the attached design with a slight tweak to the parade’s theme—”SeaWorld: Where Dreams Never Come True.
PASADENA — A man died early Thursday in a wreck involving multiple big rigs and passenger vehicles in the eastbound 210 Freeway tunnel in Pasadena, authorities said.
The fatal collision took place about midnight in the tunnel connecting the eastbound 210 Freeway to the eastbound 210 Freeway near the 134 Freeway junction, California Highway Patrol Office Alex Rubio said.
A man described as about 50 years old died at the scene, Rubio said. Information regarding additional injuries resulting from the crash was not available.
The collision was initially believed to involve three big rigs and three passenger vehicles, the officer said.
All eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway were shut down at the tunnel following the crash, Rubio said, and traffic was being diverted to the 134 Freeway.
PASADENA — Officials arrested a man Wednesday with the help of a K-9 after he led deputies on a brief pursuit in a stolen car in an unincorporated county area near Pasadena, authorities said.
Deputies spotted a car that had been reported stolen about 3:45 p.m. in the area of Colorado and Rosemead boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Tom Harris said.
The driver failed to pull over and led police on a brief pursuit that ended at Lotus Avenue and Green Street when he crashed into a parked car, the sergeant said. The suspect continued fleeing on foot.
A sheriff’s K-9 found the suspect hiding in a nearby backyard and bit him in the arms and buttocks, Harris said. Deputies arrested him on suspicion of auto theft and evading police.
The 33-year-old suspect’s name was not immediately available pending the booking process, Harris said. He was taken to a hospital for examination of his dog bite wounds before being booked into jail.
PASADENA — Police will dedicate extra resources to looking for speeders Friday during a city-wide crackdown, authorities said.
The speed enforcement operation will begin at 6 a.m. Friday and will continue through the morning hours, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
“Speeding is the third highest cause of traffic deaths and the number one cause of serious injuries on California’s roadways,” Hettema said. The Pasadena Police Department is committed to reducing the number of traffic collisions and injuries resulting from excessive speed. The program has been shows to be an effective tool in educating the public in regards to safer driving habits.”
Funding for Friday’s operation is being provided by the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.