Shots fired in La Habra neighborhood

LA HABRA >> Police are investigating a shooting reported in a residential La Habra neighborhood Thursday afternoon.
No victims or suspects were found following the possibly gang-related gunfire, which took place about 5:40 p.m. in the 600 block of Exeter Avenue, according to La Habra police Sgt. Jose Rocha.
“The shooting appears to have occurred between two groups of males, however no one was found injured on scene,” Rocha said in a written statement.
A SWAT team checked a nearby home for possible victims, but found no one inside, he added.
No further details were available as the investigation continued Friday.
“At this time, it is believed that this shooting was possibly gang-related,” Rocha said.
Anyone with information can reach La Habra police at 562-383-4300. Tips may also be submitted anonymously online at

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Pasadena firefighters host open house Saturday


PASADENA >> Firefighters invite the community to meet with them Saturday morning during an open house at the Pasadena Fire Department’s Open House,
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Fire Station 34, adjacent to Caltech at 1360 E. Del Mar Blvd., city officials said in a written statement.
“Fire personnel and department volunteers will be there to meet the public, showcase fire equipment and rolling stock and provide tours, according to the statement.
Other city programs will be on-hand as well to highlight other programs and services.
For more information, email Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian at, or visit

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Career criminal from Pasadena jailed for selling fake Disneyland tickets

LOS ANGELES >> A Pasadena man received a two-year prison sentence Thursday after admitting to selling bogus Disneyland tickets online, authorities said.
Brian Edward Anderton, 43, pleaded guilty in Los Angeles County Superior Court to one county of grand theft, a felony, and four misdemeanor counts of petty theft, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling said in a written statement.
Judge David Horwitz immediately sentenced Anderton to a two-year prison sentence, to be served in county jail under AB 109 guidelines.
“Anderton contacted victims through an online site where he advertised Disneyland tickets for sale,” Risling said. “Over an eight-month period, Anderton stole more than $2,400 from five people.”
One victim lost $1,300 in the con, resulting in the grand theft charge, Risling said. The other four victims lost between $180 and $400 dollars in the scheme.
California law defines grand theft, in part, as the theft of property valued at more than $950.
The victims discovered they’d been scammed when they arrived at the park and were told their tickets were invalid, officials said.
Anderton is no stranger to a jail cell, with a length criminal history, primarily comprised of theft- and drug-related offenses, dating back to 1992, when he was 18 years old. He’s garnered more than 20 criminal cases in Los Angeles County in that time.
Among Anderton’s more recent cases:
He was already on probation after being convicted of theft by false pretenses in a separate case in May, according to Los Angeles County Superior Court records. In that case, Anderton was sentenced to three months in jail and three years of summary probation.
He was convicted of making false financial statements in April, and again in May, records show.
Anderton was convicted of petty theft in November of 2015.
He was also convicted of grand theft and four counts of petty theft in September of 2015, records show.
And he was convicted of possession of drugs for sales and petty theft with a prior theft conviction in December of 2013. He was convicted of another petty theft and drug possession two months earlier.
In 2005, Anderson was convicted of identity theft and carrying a concealed dirk or dagger.

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Police still seeking missing Pasadena woman with dementia

PASADENA >> Police renewed their call for the public’s help in finding a 71-year-old Pasadena woman with dementia who went missing more than a week ago.
Patricia Gwynn Williams was last seen about 11:45 a.m. on Sept. 6 at her home in the 800 block of North Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Vasken Gourdikian said in a written statement.
Her husband returned home about 2:30 p.m. and discovered her missing, he said. “It is believed that she walked away from her residence.”
Officers searched the area but found no sign of Williams, Gourdikian said.
A witness reported seeing the missing woman alone about 9:50 p.m. on Sept. 7 at Roy’s Restaurant, 641 E. Colorado Blvd., police said. But she walked away before officers arrived and could not be found.
“She suffers dementia and has a history of walking away from her residence,” Gourdikian said. “She has also been known to frequent the area of
Williams is white, 5 feet 2 inches tall and about 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a blue-and-white patterned short-sleeve shirt, black and white slacks and gray Sketchers shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

PHOTO: Patricia Gwynn Williams, 71, of Pasadena. (Courtesy, Pasadena Police Department)

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Police: Man arrested outside ex-girlfriends Pasadena home with knife, mask, gloves

PASADENA >> Police jailed a jilted lover Friday after he made threats via phone and text messages to his ex-girlfriend, then showed up at her Pasadena home, in violation of a restraining order, equipped with a knife, a ski mask and surgical gloves, officials said.
Joseph David Sosa, 18, of Pasadena was booked on suspicion of felony stalking, according to Pasadena police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
An 18-year-old Pasadena woman called police about 4 p.m. to report her ex-boyfriend, whom she had a restraining order against, had made death threats over the phone earlier in the day and was sending her photos of himself standing in front of her home in the 1500 block of Locust Street via text message, Pasadena police Lt. John Mercado said.
“When we arrived on scene, he ran from our officers,” the lieutenant said. “The officers noted that he was wearing surgical gloves.”
Once captured nearby, police also found Sosa had a 6-inch-long letter opener tucked into his waistband, as well as a ski mask in his backpack, Mercado said.
Sosa is on probation after being convicted of vandalism in June, Los Angeles County Superior Court records show.
According to booking records, he was being held in lieu of $2 million bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Woman robbed in Pasadena

PASADENA >> Police are seeking a man and woman who robbed woman at knifepoint in Pasadena on Thursday.
The crime was reported just before 11:15 a.m. in the area of Corson Street and Marengo Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. John Luna said.
A 53-year-old Burbank woman was driving through town when the exited the freeway to look for someplace to use the restroom, the lieutenant said.
She parked her car an unknown street and exited when the two robbers approached.
The suspects assaulted the woman and robbed her of her money, Luna said. The male robber brandished a knife during the robbery.
Both robbers were last seen fleeing the area in a dark-colored vehicle, he said.
The victim declined to be taken to a hospital.
Police described one of the robbers as a black man, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, skinny, wearing dark jeans and a T-shirt. His accomplice was described as a black woman, about 6 feet tall and 250 pounds, with long hair.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Elderly Pasadena woman scares off prowlers

PASADENA >> An 83-year-old Pasadena woman was awakened by prowlers climbing on the roof of her house and shining flashlights into the windows late Sunday, police said.
The victim was asleep shortly after 10 p.m. at her home in the 300 block of California Terrace when an unknown number of prowlers used a patio table to climb onto the roof of her home, Pasadena police Lt. Mark Goodman said.
“One of the suspects shined a flashlight into the residence, which awoke the resident,” the lieutenant said.
The prowlers ran away when the woman yelled at them, he said. Police searched the area but found no suspects.
The prowlers did not get into the woman’s home, Goodman added.
Anyone with information can reach Pasadena police at 626-744-4241.

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Slain sheriff’s Explorer, friend honored on 5th anniversary of South Whittier double-slaying

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SOUTH WHITTIER >> Five years have passed since the day a sheriff’s Explorer Scout and his friend were gunned down in South Whittier. But more than 100 loved ones and fellow Explorers took to the street Sunday to commemorate the anniversary of the double-slaying to make it clear that the victims are not forgotten and the search for the killer will not end until justice is served.
The army of marchers demanding justice for 19-year-old Norwalk sheriff’s Explorer Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas has maintained its annual vigil in the years since the Aug. 28, 2011, drive-by shooting in the 11800 block of Painter Avenue. Each year since the killings, family, friends, colleagues and sheriff’s officials have joined together to march through the streets of south Whittier, stopping to leave flowers and light candles on the parking lot where Rodriguez and Villegas lost their lives.
0826_NWS_WDN-L-MARCHmug-300x225At the end of the march, Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, who is handling the investigation, addressed the crowd assembled at Amelia Mayberry Park.
“Don’t lose hope. I have not lost hope,” the sergeant said. “As long as I am in the sheriff’s department, and there is a homicide bureau, we will work this case.”
The lack of answers is the most difficult part of dealing with the loss of Cesar Rodriguez, said his mother, Lupe Rodriguez.
Cesar was friendly and well-liked, she said. “If (the killer) knew him, they would love him, too.”
And although justice would not bring her son back, the mother said it would help her heal a great deal.
“I have to live to see justice,” she said.
Rodriguez and Villegas had just left a friend’s house when a gray Toyota Scion drove up, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Bill Brauberger said at the time. The driver opened fire, mortally wounding booth, before fleeing the scene. The hunt for the killer has continued ever since.
0830_NWS_WDN-L-CESARb - CopyAnd family members have vowed to continue their yearly vigil until the killer is caught.
The key to solving the case likely lies with a witness who has yet to come forward, according to officials and family members. Rodriguez implored anyone with any information on the shooting to call the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
PHOTOS: [ABOVE] – Sgt. Michael Rodriguez of the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Homicide Bureau speaks to marchers at Mayberry Park in South Whittier after a march commemorating the 5th anniversary of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old sheriff’s Explorer and his 24-year-old friend in South Whittier on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. [CENTER] – Cesar Rodriguez, 19, of Whittier. (courtesy) [BELOW] – A T-shirt worn by a marcher seeking information regarding the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Los Angeles County sheriff’s Explorer Cesar Rodriguez and 24-year-old Larry Villegas during a march to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the double-slaying on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016.
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FedEx truck ends up teetering on hilltop in Pasadena

PASADENA >> A FedEx delivery truck ended up precariously perched atop a Pasadena hillside after a crash late Friday, officials said.
The crash took place about 7:40 p.m. in the 400 block of Patrician Way, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
The driver had just made a delivery when he apparently took a turn too sharply, the lieutenant said.
The truck came to a rest with one of its wheels hanging over the roadway, dangling atop a hillside, he said.
Police said the driver suffered no injuries. A home at the base of the hillside where the truck was perched was evacuated as a precaution as officials worked to safely bring the vehicle back onto the roadway.



PHOTOS courtesy of the Pasadena Fire Department

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Man critically injured in Pasadena stabbing, suspect jailed

PASADENA >> One man was hospitalized in critical condition and another was accused of attempted murder on Sunday after an early morning stabbing near Central Park in Pasadena, police said.
Officers arrested 51-year-old transient Lewis Divens minutes after the near-fatal 1:37 a.m. stabbing at Del Mar Boulevard and Raymond Avenue, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“We received a call of a fight,” the lieutenant said. “They located a victim who had been stabbed during this fight.”
The victim, a 56-year-old man also described as transient, suffered “major injuries” in the stabbing and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in critical condition, he said.
Officers found and detained Divens without a struggle about a block away.
Police recovered a knife from Divens that was believed to have been used in the attack, Lt. John Mercado said.
The motive in the stabbing remained unclear Sunday.

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