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 washby@ci.arcadia.ca.us.

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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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Man injured in unprovoked attack in Pasadena

PASADENA — A young man reported he was attacked without provocation by two assailants while walking in Pasadena early Friday, police said.
The victim was beaten and attacked with a bottle just after midnight at Washington Boulevard and El Molino Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. He was taken to a hospital with cuts, though the injuries did not appear major.
Clawson said the 19-year-old Pasadena resident was approached by two attackers wearing baseball caps, one of whom carried a bottle. A more detailed description was not available, and no vehicle was reported in connection with the crime.
“The suspects assaulted him without provocation,” the lieutenant said.
At one point, one of the assailants swung the bottle at the victim, Clawson said. He blocked the bottle with his hand, causing a cut. He also suffered cuts to his face during the attack.
The injured man notified sheriff’s deputies in nearby Altadena of the attack about two hours later, Clawson said. Deputies turned the investigation over to Pasadena police once it was determined the crime took place within their jurisdiction.

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UPDATED: Detectives, coroner’s officials examine human bones discovered on Pasadena hillside


PASADENA >> An investigation was underway Thursday after a Caltrans crew clearing brush near the 134 Freeway discovered human bones on a hillside just south of the Rose Bowl, officials said.
The bones were found by a work crew about 1:15 p.m. on a residential hillside along Linda Vista Avenue, just south of Fern Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
As the investigation continued into the afternoon, “The L.A. County Coroner confirmed they’re human remains,” Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said.
0523_NWS_PSN-L-BONES2No further description of the bones was available, and it was not clear if foul play was involved in the death.
“We’re treating it as a crime scene until we prove otherwise,” Gourdikian said.
The Caltrans crew was clearing brush when they came upon the bones and notified police, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
Pasadena police homicide detectives were also summoned to the scene, police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The remains were expected to be turned over to a forensic anthropologist for examination, Harvey said.
Coroner’s investigators called off their work as night fell, but planned to return with the coroner’s Special Operations Response Team Friday during daylight hours to continue the investigation, coroner’s Investigator Kimberley Arnold said.
The SORT team is called upon when a coroner’s investigation requires excavation.
Nearby resident Curtis Autenrieth, 59, said many transients often camp beneath the 134 Freeway overpass, just a stone’s throw away from the hillside where the remains were discovered Thursday. He added he thought the hillside an unlikely place for a criminal to dispose of a body, as it sits within yards of Linda Vista Avenue, which is well travelled by both vehicles and pedestrians.
“With the amount of transients that are right across the street, it’s highly probably in my mind that a transient just went to sleep there and died,” he said. “It’s unfortunate.”

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Pasadena city commissioner, associate plead not guilty to mortgage fraud charges

A Pasadena city commissioner and his associate, accused of running a $2.3-million mortgage fraud scheme, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a series of felony charges.

Northwest Commission member and real estate broker Allen Bernard Shay, 55, and former real estate agent Eddie Turner, 44, of Altadena appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court to answer to charges stemming from the alleged fraud related to the 2005 purchase and 2007 refinance of a $1 million home in the 2400 block of North Altadena Drive.


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Man runs from would-be robbers in Pasadena

PASADENA — A man fled from two would-be robbers who demanded his wallet late Saturday, police said.
The victim escaped unharmed following the failed crime, which took place about 9:50 p.m. along Hudson Avenue near Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“He was approached by two male blacks who were wearing all dark clothing,” the lieutenant said. One brandished a blunt instrument, though police declined to describe it, citing the ongoing investigation.
“One of the suspects demanded money and the victim’s wallet,” Clawson said.
But the victim ran from the men and over to a nearby business that was staffed with a security guard, he said. Security, in turn, notified police.
The would-be robbers were not found, and detailed descriptions were not available.

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Man awakened by intruder inside Pasadena condominium

PASADENA — A man awoke in his Pasadena condominium early Sunday to find an intruder rifling through his belongings, police said.
The break-in took place about 3:20 a.m. as the victim and his roommate were asleep in their condo in the 1000 block of East Del Mar Avenue, near the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said. It was not immediately clear if the roommates were students at the university.
“During the night, the victim woke up and saw that there was somebody in his residence,’ Clawson said. Upon being notives, the intruder fled. He was only described as a man between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 10 inches tall.
The victim looked around and realized items within his home had been moved around, and a “small amount” of cash was missing from his wallet, the lieutenant said.
The burglar had gotten into the home through a door left open by the residents overnight, he added.

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