Transient accused of Pasadena residential burglary

PASADENA — Police jailed a man Friday after he was spotted burglarizing Mar Vista Avenue home, officials said.
Justin Hampton, a 31-year-old transient known to frequent Pasadena, was arrested on suspicion of residential burglary in connection with the break-in, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. in the 1300 block of Mar Vista Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A witness called police after seeing a man — later identified as Hampton — leaving the home of neighbors who were on vacation, he said.
“Officers found one of the doors had been smashed. Someone had been inside,” Clawson said.
Hampton was found during a search of the neighborhood and taken into custody without a struggle, the lieutenant said. It was not clear what, if anything, had been taken from the burglarized home.
Hampton was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail pending his initial court appearance, according to Los Angeles County booking records.

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Man threatened at gunpoint in Pasadena

PASADENA — A man escaped unharmed after a group of apparent gang members threatened him at gunpoint late Friday, police said.
The incident took place about 10:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue and Claremont Street, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
A 23-year-old Pasadena man was walking when a car containing a group of suspects approached, the lieutenant said. A detailed description of the vehicle or its occupants was not available.
“One of the occupants yelled out a gang slogan, then pointed what was believed to be a handgun at the victim,” Clawson said.
The victim ran away, he said. No shots were fired.

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Police checkpoint planned next weekend in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police are planning to hold a checkpoint next weekend in Pasadena to screen drivers for sobriety and valid licenses, officials said.
The checkpoint will be held from 8 p.m. to 3 p.m. June 27 at an undisclosed location within the city, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
Over the past three years, four people have died and 95 others have been injured in DUI-related crashes, according to Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Police traffic safety crackdown planned Friday in Pasadena

PASADENA — Police will be conducting two separate traffic safety enforcement campaigns Friday, one targeting speeders and the other monitoring intersections with high rates of crashes, officials said.
Extra officers will be on patrol Friday morning looking for speed violators, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said in a written statement.
Then in the afternoon, police will shift their focus to local intersections known for traffic accidents, Hettema said.
Funding for both operations is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

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Coroner: Human skeletal remains found on Pasadena hillside belonged to young man; rusted shotgun found nearby

PASADENA — Skeletal remains found last month by a work crew clearing brush along a Pasadena hillside are believed to be those of a young man, and a rusted shotgun was recovered along with the bones, coroner’s officials said Friday.
The identity of the man whose remains were found May 22 along Linda Vista Avenue, just south of Fern Drive, remained a mystery, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said. He was listed at the coroner’s office as John Doe 145.
Following examination of the skeleton by an anthropologist, “He’s believed to be a male Hispanic, 18 to 25, 5 feet 8 inches or so tall,” Winter said.
An officials cause of death had not been determined, Harvey said.
But investigators did note some clues into how the man may have died.
A rusted shotgun was recovered from the same portion of the hillside as the skeletal remains, Harvey said.
The skull appeared to have been shattered, as if from a gunshot, he said. “The skill shows the effects of what appears to be a firearm discharge.”
A wallet was found among the bones, but it contained no identification, Harvey said. It did contain $22 in cash, a lighter and several receipts. Further details regarding the receipts were not available.
The bones were already partially bleached when discovered by a Caltrans crew clearing brush from the hillside shortly after 1 p.m. May 22, according to coroner’s and Pasadena police officials.
They had been scattered over a 75-foot-diameter area of the hillside by animal activity, and possibly by the work crew as they cleared brush prior to discovering the remains, Harvey said.
It was not clear exactly how long the bones had been there prior to being found, Harvey said, however investigators noted the same hillside was cleared by workers one year prior.
The remains were found on a hillside just north of the Arroyo Seco, which officials and nearby residents said is a popular camping spot for transients.

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Police: Probationer caught with drugs, stolen documents in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police arrested a probationer Saturday in a Pasadena parking lot after finding marijuana, methamphetamine and documents believed to have been stolen from at least a dozen people in his car, officials said.
Timothy Jerome Fisher, 33, of Pasadena was arrested on suspicion of drug possession as detectives continued investigating how he came to obtain the checks, bank cards and other documents of a dozen or more other people, according to Pasadena police and Los Angeles County booking records.
He was taken into custody just after 2:30 p.m. in the larking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 900 N. Lake Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Officers were on foot patrol in the lot when they spotted Fisher sitting in a car parked behind the store, Clawson said.
“They noticed marijuana in the driver’s door panel,” he said. “Upon a further consent search of the car, officers found two grams of methamphetamine and paraphernalia.”
Also found in the car were the documents in the names of other people, Clawson said. Police had contacted two of the potential victims Sunday, and both reported have their documents stolen in car break-ins.
The investigation was ongoing.
Booking records indicated Fisher was being held without bail pending his initial court appearance.

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UPDATED: 7-year-old boy fatally struck by pickup truck in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A 7-year-old boy died late Saturday after he was struck by a pickup truck while walking with his family in Pasadena, authorities said.
The boy was struck about 7:30 p.m. in a crosswalk spanning Hill Avenue at Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
An officials identification was not available Sunday from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, however a sign at a roadside memorial to the boy read, “Our beloved Aidan Tam.”
BpE1JT0IgAA5ih7A family of four was walking together when the incident occurred, he said.
“One of the juveniles was running in the crosswalk when he was struck by a passing vehicle,” Clawson said.
None of the other family members who were with the boy were struck, he said.
Paramedics took the injured boy to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, police and coroner’s officials said.
The driver of the pickup truck that struck the boy, a 53-year-old Pasadena man, “stopped at the scene, remained there and cooperated with the investigation,” the lieutenant said. “There were no overt signs of impairment.”
The driver was not arrested or cited as police continued their investigation, Clawson said.
The family was walking east across Hill Avenue when the boy was struck, Clawson said. The pickup truck was headed north on Hill Avenue on Colorado Boulevard.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the incident were not available.
A memorial of flowers, candles, written messages, a small toy dragon and beverage cup from Jack In The Box restaurant marked the scene of the fatal collision Sunday.
The memorial was directly in front of a Jack In The Box location at the northeast corner of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, though it was unclear Sunday if the restaurant was the family’s destination when the boy was struck by the pickup truck.
Neighborhood resident Isabel Ramirez, 65, stopped by the memorial to pay her respects.
“It breaks my heart,” she said, adding that she has a grandson of about the same age.
The tragedy hit especially close to home for Ramirez, who said she has a grandson of about the same age and feels for the parents of the boy.
“It’s hard to believe this happened,” Ramirez said. “These things should never happen.”
The family could not be reached for comment Sunday.
The intersection of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard remained closed for more than three hours as officials investigated the scene.

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UPDATED: Firefighters rescue trapped kitten from Pasadena storm drain pipe


PASADENA >> Firefighters who rescued a black kitten from a storm drain pipe Friday afternoon named him “Lucky.”
The incident kicked off about 3:45 p.m. when a caller reported hearing the feline in a pipe connecting a storm drain and a drainage ditch along the 2900 block of Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Officials were lowering a firefighter down to the pipe, which was about 3 feet wide, to look for the imperiled animal.
After spotting the black kitten, firefighters performed a “confined space rescue,” Derderian said.
“We sent a firefighter inside about a 36-inch pipe with a breathing apparatus,” she said.
The firefighter pulled the kitten, estimated to be about 4 months old, from the pipe.
“It was purring very strongly, so it appeared to be healthy,” Derderian said. Firefighters christened the kitten Lucky.
No one came forward to claim the cat, which was turned over to the Pasadena Humane Society.
PHS officials could not be reached late Friday for comment regarding Lucky.
But the rescue came only hours after the PHS reminded residents via its website that June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat Month.”
“During June only, the adoption fee for all adult cats (one year old and older) is cut in half — $35! In addition, all cats adopted in June will receive a free nail trim!” according to the PHS statement.
In addition, PHS runs other programs year-round to help adopt out cats to good homes.
All cats with black markings are available for an adoption fee of $13 on the 13th of every month, PHS officials said. Two adult cats may be adopted for a fee of $50. Any cat that has been at the shelter for more than a month is available for $35. Adoption fees are waived for senior adopting cats more than 5 years old, though a $20 mandatory microchipping fee still applies.
Adoption fees includes the spay or neuter surgery, officials added.

PHOTO by Mike Mullen

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San Gabriel Valley police, firefighters to square off on basketball court in Arcadia to help the Special Olympics

2014 Battle of the Badges

San Gabriel Valley police officers will take on their fire department counterparts on the basketball court in Arcadia this weekend as the annual Battle of the Badges tournament returns bigger than ever to raise money for the Special Olympics.
The series of games will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in the gymnasium of Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive in Arcadia, organizers said in a written statement. The cost of admission will be a “donation of your choosing,” and proceeds will benefit the Special Olympics Southern California.
In addition to the action on the court, there will be jumpers for children, refreshments, a SWAT demonstration, historical vehicles, a fire truck and gaming booths set up by Dave & Buster’s, Arcadia police Detective Walter Ashby said. An iPad Air will also be raffled off.
“One-hundred percent of the proceeds are donated directly to the Special Olympics,” he said.
San Gabriel police officers will take on San Gabriel firefighters at 10 a.m.; Alhambra police will play Alhambra firefighters at noon; El Monte police will take on Upland firefighters at 2 p.m.; Pasadena police will play Pasadena firefighters at 4 p.m.; and Arcadia police officers and firefighters will face off on the court at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact Detective Ashby at 626-821-2654, or email

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UPDATED: Skateboarder severely injured in Pasadena crash

A man suffered severe injuries after colliding with two cars at a major Pasadena intersection Wednesday, authorities said.
The crash took place about 3:45 p.m. on Marengo Avenue at Washington Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. John Dewar said.
The skateboarder, estimated to be in his 20s, was taken to a hospital in “very serious condition,” Sgt. John Luna said.
Officials had not yet determined his identity late Wednesday afternoon as remained hospitalized in an intensive care unit, Lt. John Dewar said.
Both drivers involved in the incident remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, Dewar said. No arrests or citations were made at the scene.
Initial investigation indicated the skateboarder was heading south along Marengo Avenue down a steep hill just prior to the collision, Dewar said. “He didn’t stop for the intersection.”
The skateboarder went into the street and struck the side of two vehicles that were traveling on Washington Avenue, Dewar said.
Investigators shut down the intersection as they investigated the scene.

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