Family seeks missing Pasadena man

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PASADENA — The brother of a missing man Tuesday turned to the public for help.

Eric Fowler of Burbank said his brother Marc Fowler, 56, has been missing since midnight Sunday from a board-and care facility on Garfield Avenue in Pasadena.

“He is not dangerous, but he needs his medication,” Eric Fowler said. “He could be anywhere and I dont think he knows enough to find a shleter.”

The missing man, a Vietnam era veteran, has a prostetic leg and walks with a pronounced limp, according to his brother. He is not likely carrying identification.

Pasadena police are conducting the search.

A detective sergeant did not return a call seeking additional information on the case.

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Pasadena smash and grab yields arrests and possible tie-in to Glendale

Here’s a link to our excellent photo gallery.

Richard Ghoogasian, the store manager, said he saw five to seven men when he came out from the back of the store.

“I wasn’t going to get physically involved until I saw one of them take a swing at one of the girls. I threw a phone at them and missed,” he said.

An ambulance was dispatched to treat a female employee injured in the break-in. Police did not release the names of those arrested Wednesday.

According to Ghoogasian, the suspects didn’t take much – “they did more damage than anything,” he said.

Compare that to this Glendale PD video release – then judge for yourself:

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Pasadena: Brown Act and Cops’ rights don’t mix

City attorney Michele Beal Bagneris (who never speaks in person) sent a letter to reporter Brenda Gazzar outlining the suspension of police review boards in Pasadena. Her reason? The Brown Act conflicts with the Police Officers’ Bill of Rights. Open public records experts disagree. Brenda got both sides in her story …which you can read here.

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Pasadena missing child (Dylan Kurihara) timeline

9:35 p.m. Joe and Dylan Kunihara leave Masonic Temple on South Euclid Avenue in Pasadena, according to Pasadena police.
10:35 p.m. Joe Kunihara arrested in the 300 block of East Green Street by Pasadena Police for being drunk in public, according to sheriff’s booking records.
8 a.m. Police receive a phone call from Dylan’s mother seeking information about Joe and Dylan, Pasadena police officials said.
10:55 a.m. Joe Kurihara booked by Pasadena police, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
11 a.m. Amber Alert issued, according to CalFire website.
3:26 p.m. Pasadena police issue press release seeking the public’s help.
10:50 p.m. Dylan located in parking garage at 572 East Green Street by Rowdy Metzger, a Pasadena resident.
11 p.m. Police Chief Sanchez holds press conference announcing the child has been located.
11:22 p.m. Joe Kurihara released from custody, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
11:52 p.m. Sanchez issues press release with updated information in the case.
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Michael Jackson’s brother checks into hospital

PASADENA – Media outlets swarmed Huntington Hospital on Tuesday waiting for confirmation that Randy Jackson, brother of the late Michael Jackson, was being treated for chest pains.

A source close to the Jackson family who spoke only on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly said Jackson, 48, experienced chest pains around noon and was taken to Huntington, where he is awaiting the outcome of tests. The source said doctors think it was a mild heart attack, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The announcement sparked a media frenzy. CBS, ABC and the Star-News were on scene, but unable to confirm whether the member of the Jackson 5 was being treated at Huntington.

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Deja Vu: Pasadena’s new police chief comes from Santa Monica

The last chief Barney Melekian erned his striped in Santa Monica. Now Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck has reached out to the westside to choose Phil Sanchez as Pasadena’s next chief, sources close to the process said Wednesday,

PASADENA – Santa Monica Deputy Chief Phil Sanchez will be named the next Pasadena police chief, according to a source familiar with the hiring process.

City officials have not yet named Sanchez, but have said that the candidate for the job is undergoing a psychological exam this week, and will be revealed to the public next Tuesday.

The city manager was given the task of selecting Pasadena’s new police chief but has never released the names of the finalists for the job.

Sources close to the selection process named the three finalists as Sanchez, interim Police Chief Chris Vicino, and Covina Police Chief Kim Raney.

The 53-year-old Sanchez has served his entire career in the Santa Monica Police Department and was a candidate to become chief in that city during the last hiring process in 2006.

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Fatal shooting reported in Pasadena

This from the Pasadena Police Department:

PASADENA, CA – On Monday, May 25, 2010, at 10:22 p.m. officers responded to the area of Lincoln Avenue and Zanja Street on reports of shots fired. Approximately five minutes later, a local hospital notified the police department of the arrival of two gun shot victims, Emilo Landaverde, 22, and Oscar Mendez, 19, both Pasadena residents. Victim Landaverde later died from his injury. Victim Mendez was treated and remains in stable condition. The suspect was described as a Male Hispanic wearing a white t-shirt.

“The motive for this shooting is unknown,” says Interim Chief of Police Christopher Vicino. “Our detectives responded to the scene last night and are still investigating this senseless crime. It is our intent to find out who did this, bring them to justice and provide the families with some sense of closure.”

Police are asking anyone having information about this incident to contact the Pasadena Police Department at 626-744-4241 or Detectives at (626) 744-4522.

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Pasadena power plant fire

This from Ann Erdman, Pasadena’s PIO: (Photo from Ron Berry)


During some testing a few minutes ago, one of our gas turbines at the Pasadena Power Plant caught fire.  A fire suppression system came on automatically and put out the fire, but there is a smell of burnt oil in the vicinity.  The Pasadena Fire Department responded as well. 


There has been no interruption in delivery of electrical service in Pasadena.

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