Posts Tagged SMPD

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Saturday September 08 2012

Kiwanis to Honor Sierra Madre First Responders on 9/11

Posted 9/6/12 - The Sierra Madre Kiwanis Club will honor the Sierra Madre Police and Fire Departments at a special breakfast at their usual meeting location, The Lodge at 33 E. Sierra Madre Blvd. immediately following the Memorial Service at the Fire Station on September 11th.  All police and firefighters are free. The program is free. If you would [...]

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Thursday March 29 2012

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 3/11/12 to 3/17/12

Posted 3/29/12 – During the week of Sunday, a March 11th, to Saturday March 17th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 225 calls for service. See www.crimereports.com for updated information. Monday, March 12th: 7:29 AM- Petty Theft, 500 blk. W. Orange Grove St.  Unknown suspect(s) entered an unlocked car and stole a Chevron [...]

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Sunday March 04 2012

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 2/19/12 to 2/25/12

Posted 3/5/12 – During the week of Sunday, February 19th, to Saturday February 25th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 223 calls for service. See www.crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, February 19th: 1:21 AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Hastings Ranch and Sierra Madre Blvd. An officer stopped an 18-year old Altadena motorist for a Vehicle [...]

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Friday February 24 2012

Robert Matheson Released from Canadian Custody

Press Release from SMPD posted 2/24/12 – On February 22, 2012, Sierra Madre resident Robert Matheson was released from a Canadian custodial facility after serving time for child pornography-related charges. Matheson returned home on February 23, 2012 and met with local police officials on Friday morning. Matheson voluntarily came to the police station and met [...]

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Thursday February 09 2012

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/29/12 to 2/4/12

Posted 2/9/12 – During the week of Sunday, January 29, to Saturday February 4, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 229 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, January 29th: 12:48 AM- Warrant/Outside/Criminal, 3200 blk. E. Foothill Blvd. An officer stopped a 25-year old Pasadena motorist for a Vehicle Code violation.  [...]

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Wednesday February 01 2012

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/22/12 to 1/28/12

During the week of Sunday, January 22nd, to Saturday, January 28th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 252 calls for service. See www.crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, January 22nd: 12:35 AM- Warrant Arrest, 100 blk. N. Rosemead Blvd. Officers conducted a consent stop on two subjects. One subject was on probation for drug [...]

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Wednesday January 18 2012

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/8/12 to 1/14/12

During the week of Sunday, January 8th, to Saturday January 14th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 277 calls for service. See www.crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, January 8th: 12:59 PM- Use Another’s Personal Identification to Obtain Credit/Etc. This case involves an unknown suspect that used the victim’s credit information to open a [...]

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Monday January 09 2012

Valero Credit Card Follow-up

Posted 4:45pm, 1/9/12 – I just spoke with Edgar Artenyan, co-owner of the Valero Station that SMPD reported in a press release earlier today was vandalized on Dec. 27th and that shortly thereafter, reports of credit card fraud started coming in.  Edgar told me that as soon as they were aware that there may have [...]

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Monday January 09 2012

Credit/Debit Cards Compromised at Valero Gas Station

Press Release Posted 1/9/12 – On December 27, 2011, Sierra Madre Police Department Officers were called to investigate vandalism at the Valero Gas Station located at 4 N. Baldwin Ave. The investigating officers found one of the gas pump doors pried open and evidence that a “fraud skimmer” had been placed inside the gas pumps [...]

Saturday January 07 2012

Police Blotter, Christmas Day to New Year’s Eve

Posted 1/7/12 – During the week of Sunday, December 25th, 2011 to Saturday, December 31st, 2011 the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 233 calls for service. Monday, December 26th 8:17 AM – Arrest, Unlicensed Driver and Unlawful Display of Evidence of Registration, Baldwin Ave and Gloria Ave, in the city of Arcadia. Officer [...]

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Friday December 30 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 12/18/11 to 12/24/11

Posted 12/30/11 – During the week of Sunday, December 18th, 2011 to Saturday, December 24th, 2011 the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 245 calls for service. Sunday, December 18th 12:09 PM – Residential Burglary – 800 block of Skyland Drive. Officers responded to a burglary investigation and found the burglary actually occurred between [...]

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Thursday December 29 2011

Retirement Party for Chief Diaz Tonight

A reception will be held this afternoon to recognize Chief Marilyn Diaz upon her retirement.  Chief Diaz has been with the Sierra Madre PD for just over five years, after serving 32 years with the Pasadena Police Dept.  She was the first female police chief in L.A. County when she was named to run our [...]

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Wednesday December 21 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 12/11/11 to 12/17/11

During the week of Sunday, December 11th, 2011 to Saturday, December 17th, 2011 the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 271 calls for service. Monday, December 12th 10:59 AM – Arrest, Unlicensed Driver and Possession of Marijuana. 100 Block S. Baldwin Ave. An officer stopped a motorist for a Vehicle Code violation. Further investigation [...]

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Wednesday December 21 2011

Council Approves New Terms for POA

Posted 12/21/11 – At a special City Council meeting called for this evening, the City Council approved a unilateral implementation of the City’s last, best and final offer that it had presented to the Sierra Madre Police Officer’s Association (SMPOA) on Dec. 5th.  The only public comment on the issue came from Chris Koerber, who [...]

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Tuesday December 20 2011

City, SMPOA at Impasse, City Likely to Implement Terms Unilaterally

Posted 12/20/11 – A special City Council meeting has been called for Wednesday night at which City staff is recommending that the Council unilaterally implement terms and conditions of employment with the SMPOA, and one of those terms requires an amendment to the percentage paid to CalPERS. According to the staff report, the POA representatives [...]

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Monday December 19 2011

Feds Serve Search Warrant At Matheson Home In Sierra Madre

Feds Serve Search Warrant At Matheson Home In Sierra Madre

Posted 12/19/11 – On Monday evening, December 19, 2011, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, with the assistance of the Sierra Madre Police Department, served a search warrant at the home of Robert Matheson on Liliano Drive.  Matheson is currently serving time in a Canadian correctional facility. He was convicted earlier this month on child [...]

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Monday December 19 2011

Special City Council Meeting Called for Wednesday Night, re: SMPOA

A special meeting of the City Council has been called for Wednesday night, Dec. 21st, at 6pm.  The only action item on the agenda is titled “SIERRA MADRE POLICE OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT” and is described as “Recommendation that the City Council adopt Resolution 11-105: unilaterally implementing terms and conditions of employment [...]

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Tuesday December 13 2011

Chief Diaz Says Goodbye

Chief Diaz Says Goodbye

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the Council recognized retiring Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz, presenting her with the traditional engraved tile of the City seal. Mayor John Buchanan spoke first, followed by Chief Diaz. There will be a City sponsored going away party at the Sierra Madre Room in the Rec. Center, on Thursday, [...]

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Tuesday December 13 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 12/4/11 to 12/10/11

Posted 12/13/11 – During the week of Sunday, December 4th, to Saturday December 10th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 269 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, December 4th: 1:29 AM- Unlawful Display Evidence of Registration, 100 blk. Esperanza Ave.  An officer stopped a 40-year old Sierra Madre motorist for [...]

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Monday December 05 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 11/27/11 to 12/3/11

Posted 12/5/11 – During the week of Sunday, November 27th, to Saturday December 3rd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 399 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, November 27th: 2:03 AM – DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Foothill Blvd and Woodacre Ln.  An officer stopped a 27-year old Monterey Park motorist for a [...]

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Monday December 05 2011

Have You Seen This Man?

Have You Seen This Man?

Posted 12/5/11 – We received an e-mail this morning from a Sierra Madre resident who was forwarding an e-mail he received.  That e-mail alleges that “Last Wednesday at 9:15 AM our home video security camera recorded a suspicious person look(ing) in the garage, back yard and then into the house after ringing the front door [...]

Monday November 28 2011

Vehicle Drives Into Accurate Accounting

Vehicle Drives Into Accurate Accounting

On Saturday afternoon, as vendors were setting up booths in Kersting Court in preparation for Dickens Village, an alarm began sounding, followed shortly thereafter by sirens from police and fire units.  Seems a Honda SUV had driven into the back of the building at 35 N. Baldwin Ave., where Accurate Accounting is located.  The alarm [...]

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Monday November 28 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 11/20/11 to 11/26/11

During the week of Sunday, November 20th, to Saturday November 26th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 252 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, November 20th: 12:40 AM- Possession of Marijuana/1oz or less, Lima St and Ramona Ave.  An officer arrested a 51-year old man for a warrant and found [...]

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Wednesday November 23 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 11/13/11 to 11/19/11

Posted 11/23/11 – During the week of Sunday, November 13th, to Saturday November 19th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 216 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Monday, November 14th: 1:21 AM- Possession Narcotic Controlled Substance, 100 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  An officer stopped a 52-year old Sierra Madre motorist [...]

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Wednesday November 16 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 11/6/11 to 11/12/11

During the week of Sunday, November 6th, to Saturday November 12th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 282 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, November 6th: 7:50 pm- Auto Burglary, 600 blk. E. Sierra Madre Blvd. Unknown suspect(s) entered a parked car on Saturday November 5th, between 10:30 AM and [...]

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Tuesday November 08 2011

SMPD Responds to 245 Calls, Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 10/30/11 to 11/5/11

During the week of Sunday, October 30th, to Saturday November 5th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 245 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, October 30th: 11:02 AM- Concealed Weapons, 100 blk. W. Sierra Madre Bl.  This case involves a consensual car search in which the driver was found to [...]

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Thursday November 03 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 10/23/11 to 10/29/11

Posted 11/3/11 - During the week of Sunday, October 23rd, to Saturday October 29th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 260 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Monday, October 24th: 10:23 AM- Vandalism/$400 or More Damage, 300 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  This case involves a suspect(s) that shattered a glass touch [...]

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Tuesday October 18 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 10/9/11 – 10/15/11

Posted 10/17/11 – During the week of Sunday, October 9th, to Saturday October 15th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 243 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, October 9th: 4:43 AM- Unlawful Display Evidence Of Registration, Baldwin Blvd and Orange Grove St.   An officer stopped a 58-year old Sierra Madre [...]

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Tuesday October 04 2011

“Sierra Madre Honors” Dinner Honors Volunteers, City Employees

  Posted 10/4/11 – The following is the text presented by Emcee Frank Hall at the Sierra Madre Honors Dinner, held at Alverno  High School on Thursday, Sept. 29th.  This was the sixth annual Honors Dinner, which recognizes community volunteers and City employees. “Our first award, the Youth Service Award, recognizes residents ages 11 – [...]

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Tuesday October 04 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 9/25/11 to 10/1/11

During the week of Sunday, September 25th, to Saturday October 1st, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 268 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, September 25th: 3:46 PM- Use Another’s Personal Identification to Obtain Credit/Etc. This case involves an unknown suspect(s) that used the victim’s card to withdraw $400 from [...]

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Tuesday September 20 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 9/11/11 to 9/17/11

Posted 9/20/11 – During the week of Sunday, September 11th, to Saturday September 17th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 312 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, September 11th: 11:19 AM- Attempted Residential Burglary, 600 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Unknown suspect(s) removed a living room window screen and tried [...]

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Wednesday September 14 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, Sept. 4th to Sept. 10th

Posted Sept. 14th, 2011 - During the week of Sunday, September 4th, to Saturday September 10th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 316 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, September 4th: 1:31 AM- Prohibits Person Under 21, Alcohol 0.01%, Baldwin Ave and Foothill Blvd.   An officer stopped a 20-year old Pasadena [...]

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Saturday September 10 2011

SMFD and SMPD to Remember with Special Service on Sunday Morning, 9/11 at 6:45am

SMFD and SMPD to Remember with Special Service on Sunday Morning, 9/11 at 6:45am

“Good morning.  On Sept. 11, 2001, an attack was launched on American soil…”  With these words, or similar, the Verdugo Fire Communications Center each year begins its region-wide 9/11 bulletin,  remembering the horrific events of 9/11/2001, and taking a moment to honor the fallen first responders that died that morning. One year after the attacks, [...]

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Sunday September 04 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, August 21st to August 27th, 2011

Sept. 4th, 2011 – During the week of Sunday, August 21st, to Saturday August 27th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 239 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, August 21st: 3:57 AM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, 100 blk. N. Hermosa Ave.  Officers arrested a 26-year old man for public intoxication [...]

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Wednesday August 10 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, July 31st to August 6th

During the week of Sunday, July 31st, to Saturday August 6th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 282 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, July 31St : 2:08 PM- Grand Theft Exceeding $950, 500 blk. Manzanita Ave.  Unknown suspect(s) stole a detached removable blue hardtop belonging to a Jeep Wrangler [...]

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Tuesday August 09 2011

Letter to the Editor re: Racial Profiling – Update

On July 30th, we posted a Letter to the Editor from one of our readers that felt they had been the victim of racial profiling by the SMPD while riding a bicycle here in Sierra Madre.  I contacted Chief Diaz, who told me that she hoped the person would contact her directly, and the complaint [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

Local Emergency Response Teams Participate in National Night Out

SMPD, SMFD, CERT, SM Emergency Communications Team, and the World Famous Sierra Madre Search and Rescue Team were all on hand at National Night Out.  Booths were set up and demonstrations put on. The In-n-Out truck dispensed free burgers.  Enjoy the picture gallery below, and the video (coming soon, my browser tells me it’s got about [...]

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Tuesday August 02 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter July 24th to July 30th

During the week of Sunday, July 24th, to Saturday July 30th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 318 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Tuesday, July 26th: 9:17 AM- Auto Burglary, 500 blk. W. Highland Ave.  Unknown suspect(s) entered a locked parked car with both of its rear windows down, between [...]

Tuesday August 02 2011

Law Enforcement’s National Night Out is Tonight in Sierra Madre

SMPD will be a participant in the “National Night Out” program, the event taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The public is invited to this event, which is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police community partnerships. Police, Fire, City Staff [...]

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Saturday July 30 2011

Letter to the Editor re: Racial Profiling

Why is being African-American a crime when riding a bicycle in Sierra Madre? 

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Tuesday July 26 2011

Law Enforcement’s National Night Out on Aug. 2nd

Law Enforcement's National Night Out on Aug. 2nd

SMPD will be a participant in the “National Night Out” program, the event taking place on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6pm to 8pm. The public is invited to this event, which is designed to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for anticrime efforts, and strengthen neighborhood spirit and Police community partnerships. Police, Fire, City Staff [...]

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Tuesday July 19 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, July 10th to July 16th, 2011

During the week of Sunday, July 10th, to Saturday July 16th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 238 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, July 10th: 2:54 PM- Drive Vehicle without Required Ignition Interlock Device, Sierra Madre Blvd and Baldwin Ave.   An officer stopped a 19-year old Rosemead motorist for [...]

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Thursday July 14 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, July 3rd to July 9th, 2011

During the week of Sunday, July 3rd, to Saturday July 9th the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 290 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Tuesday, July 5th: 2:09 AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, 3600 blk. E Sierra Madre Blvd. in Pasadena  An officer stopped a 28-year old Altadena motorist for a Vehicle Code violation [...]

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Tuesday June 21 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter , June 12th to June 18th

During the week of Sunday, June 12th, to Saturday June 18th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 302 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, June 12th: 8:25 AM- Residential Burglary, 300 blk. Foothill Ave.  Unknown suspect(s) entered a house between 5:00 AM on Friday June 10th and 8:25 PM on [...]

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Friday June 17 2011

Senior Scam Warning – City is NOT Sponsoring a Home Improvement Program

The City of Sierra Madre is alerting residents of a potential senior scam. A Sierra Madre resident informed the City that a company had contacted them, offering to come to their home to do free construction projects as part of a program with the City’s Senior Center. The City is NOT involved or sponsoring a [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, June 5th to June 11th, 2011

During the week of Sunday, June 5th, to Saturday June 11th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 279 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, June 5th: 12:01 AM- Possession of Alcohol Under 21 yrs old, Auburn parking lot.  This case involves four minors from Sierra Madre, Los Angeles, Agua Dulce, [...]

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Wednesday June 15 2011

SMPD Introduces New Volunteer Corps to Community

SMPD Introduces New Volunteer Corps to Community

Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz introduced a new group of “Traffic Volunteers” to the community at last night’s Council meeting.  Eight members of the community underwent seven weeks of training in traffic control at the Glendora Police Dept. to become certified as traffic volunteers for SMPD.  These volunteers will be employed in the event [...]

Wednesday June 08 2011

Sierra Madre Police Arrest Two Burglary Suspects

On Tuesday morning, June 7th, a resident was in his home in the 300 block of E. Montecito Ave. when he heard loud banging on his front door.  The victim looked through the blinds and saw two unfamiliar men.  The victim did not answer the door, but watched as one man drove a pickup truck [...]

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Wednesday June 01 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, May 22nd to May 28th

During the week of Sunday, May 22nd, to Saturday May 28th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 352 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, May 22ND: 11:23 AM- Possession of Controlled Substance, Mountain Trail Ave and Orange Grove Ave.   An officer stopped a 35-year old Sierra Madre motorist for a [...]

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Thursday May 26 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 5/15/11 to 5/21/11

During the week of Sunday, May 15th, to Saturday May 21st, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 273 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Tuesday, May 17th: 4:48 PM- Petty Theft, 500 blk. Lotus Ln.  A resident reported that a hedge trimmer was stolen from her property.  The victim stated that [...]

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Thursday May 19 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, May 8th to 14th, 2011

During the week of Sunday, May 8th, to Saturday May 14th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 244 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Monday, May 9th: 4:48 PM- Petty Theft, 400 blk. San Gabriel Ct.  An unknown suspect(s) stole a Garmin GPS and a Sony digital camera from an unlocked [...]

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Friday May 13 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 5/1/11 to 5/7/11

During the week of Sunday, May 1st, to Saturday May 7th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 331 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, May 1st: 9:04 AM- Violation of Court Order, 200 blk. W. Sierra Madre Blvd.  Officers were dispatched to a report of a suspect in violation of [...]

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Monday May 09 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 4/24/11 to 4/30/11

During the week of Sunday, April 24TH, to Saturday April 30TH, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 260 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, April 24th: 2:36 AM- Disorderly Conduct/Drunk in Public, Canyon Crest Dr.   Officers responded to a call regarding an intoxicated man arguing with a taxi cab driver. [...]

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Tuesday May 03 2011

Sheriff’s Homicide & Coroner’s Investigators Confirm ID of Armed, Deceased Man Wanted in Chantry Flats Murder

Sheriff's Homicide & Coroner's Investigators Confirm ID of Armed, Deceased Man Wanted in Chantry Flats Murder

LASD Press Release, 5/3/11, 10:49am Los Angeles County Coroner’s investigators and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide investigators are reporting that the body of a man found yesterday in the Chantry Flats area of Angeles National Forest is that of Kevin Wolfe Pochter. Pochter was a 55-year old resident of Huntington Beach. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators [...]

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Tuesday May 03 2011

Body Found Identified as Suspect in Shooting

I just got off the phone with Deputy Jeff Gordon of LASD who confirmed that the body found at Chantry Flats yesterday was in fact the body of Kevin Wolfe Pochter, the man identified as the suspect in the shooting death of Dean Albert on April 28th. Thursday evening shortly after 5:30pm, a passerby discovered the Albert [...]

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Monday May 02 2011

Deceased Male Found in Chantry Flats – Handgun Found Nearby, Possibly Suspect in Recent Murder

Press release from Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept. Monday May 2, 2011 2:35 PM PDT Deceased male found in Chantry Flats. Handgun found nearby. Sheriff’s Homicide investigators report that the body of a deceased man was found in the Chantry Flats area this morning.   Identification of the remains has not yet been made, pending identification by [...]

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Monday May 02 2011

5:40am UPDATE: Search to Resume at Daybreak for Chantry Flat Murder Suspect

Just spoke to the press office at the LA Sheriff’s Dept..  Kevin Wolfe Pochter, the 55-year old suspect in the slaying of 53-year old Arcadian Dean Albert, is still at large.  The Sheriff’s Dept. stated that the search was discontinued overnight, but will resume at daybreak.  The search will again include the use of search [...]

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Sunday May 01 2011

Clarified: Search Continues for Murder Suspect, Latest from LASD – UPDATED

Clarified: Search Continues for Murder Suspect, Latest from LASD - UPDATED

Received the following clarifications from the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. at 7:30pm: Clarification on a few of the facts: 1. The correct spelling of the suspect’s name is: Kevin Wolfe Pochter 2. The correct age of the victim is 55 3. Witnesses recognized the vehicle after seeing a description of the silver sedan in the San [...]

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Sunday May 01 2011

Clarified: Public’s Help Sought to Find Murder Suspect

Clarified: Public's Help Sought to Find Murder Suspect

Received the following clarifications from the L.A. Sheriff’s Dept. at 7:30pm: Clarification on a few of the facts: 1. The correct spelling of the suspect’s name is: Kevin Wolfe Pochter 2. The correct age of the victim is 55 3. Witnesses recognized the vehicle after seeing a description of the silver sedan in the San [...]

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Sunday May 01 2011

Search for Murder Suspect “Closes” Trails – Updated

Search for Murder Suspect

11:45am UPDATE: Just spoke to LASD again.  They stated that the suspect is still at large at this time.  She again stated that there is a press release on the way, however, this time she stated that they are currently editing the release.  That’s a step closer than it was at 9:55, when they were waiting [...]

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Thursday April 28 2011

SMPD Arrests Alleged Peeping Tom, Seek Public Assistance

In the early morning hours of April 25, 2011, a male was looking into a residence window in the 400 block of Sierra Madre Boulevard.  The startled female resident immediately called the police.  Police units arrived in the area within a minute and began checking the area. A plain-clothes officer located the male in the [...]

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Wednesday April 27 2011

Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz Announces Retirement

Sierra Madre Police Chief Marilyn Diaz Announces Retirement

After five years of service to the City of Sierra Madre, and a law enforcement career spanning 37 years, Police Chief Marilyn Diaz has announced her retirement at the end of this year. Chief Diaz’ 32 years of experience with the Pasadena Police Department, combined with her status as a long-time resident of Sierra Madre, [...]

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Tuesday April 26 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 4/17/11 to 4/23/11

During the week of Sunday, April 17TH, to Saturday April 23RD, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 372 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, April 17th:  2:40 AM- Possession of Marijuana in Vehicle, 300 blk. N. Lima St.  An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle with two males. Further investigation revealed [...]

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Tuesday April 19 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 4/10/11 to 4/16/11

During the week of Sunday, April 10th, to Saturday, April 16th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to 352 calls for service. See www.crimereports.com for updated information.  Monday, April 10th: 2:11AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Highland Ave and Baldwin Ave.  An officer stopped a 38 year old Sierra Madre driver for a Vehicle Code violation and determined [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

EVG Update

EVG Update

At this morning’s Business Watch meeting hosted by the Sierra Madre Police Department, Lt. Len Hundshamer provided an update regarding the EVG identity theft case that has now affected nearly 500 Sierra Madreans. According to Hundshamer, the case now has a total of 606 victims reported, with 80% of the victims Sierra Madre residents.  While [...]

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Wednesday April 13 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 4/3/11 to 4/9/11

During the week of Sunday, April 3RD, to Saturday April 9TH, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 376 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Tuesday, April 5th: 11:37 PM- Possession of Marijuana/Hashish for sale, 100 blk. S. Baldwin Ave.  An officer stopped a 24 year old Temple City motorist for a [...]

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Wednesday April 06 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 3/27/11 to 4/2/11

During the week of Sunday, March 27th, to Saturday April 2nd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 398 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Tuesday, March 29th: 10:03 AM – Tampering/Injuring Vehicle or Contents, 700 blk. N. Sunnyside Ave.  Unknown suspect(s) or object smashed a car’s front windshield. There was no [...]

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Wednesday March 30 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 3/20/11 – 3/26/11

During the week of Sunday, March 20th, to Saturday March 26th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 419 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.  Sunday, March 20th: 6:00 PM- Petty Theft, 1000 blk. E. Grandview Ave.  A resident left his car unlocked in his driveway.  Between Saturday night, March 19th and [...]

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Wednesday March 30 2011

SMPD Joins Effort to Crack Down on Cell Phone Use and Texting While Driving

How often do you see drivers texting or talking with hand-held cell phones and wish they would be stopped and cited?  As part of California’s first Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, law enforcement in California will be holding zero tolerance days for cell phone use and texting.  A ticket for violating either the hands [...]

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Monday March 28 2011

Sierra Madre Police Warn Residents of Burglary Ruse

On Friday, March 25, 2011 at approximately 10:30 AM, a man in the 300 block of Mariposa went to the front door of a senior female resident and identified himself as a local water company employee. The man told the resident that he needed to check her plumbing for the quality of water being supplied [...]

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Wednesday March 16 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 3/6/11 to 3/12/11

During the week of Sunday, March 6th, to Saturday March 12th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 406 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, March 6th: 8:37 PM- Possession of Marijuana/1oz or less, Nathaniel Trail.  An officer saw two vehicles trespassing in the 1 Carter area.  Further investigation revealed that [...]

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Wednesday March 02 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 2/20/11 – 2/26/11

During the week of Sunday, February 20th, to Saturday February 26th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 362 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, February 20th: 12:56 AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Baldwin Ave and Hampton.  An officer stopped a motorist for a Vehicle Code violation, and determined that the driver was [...]

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Wednesday February 23 2011

SMPD – Definitely Fireworks, Not a Gunshot

Earlier today, about 7am, we reported that there had been calls to the SMPD about a possible gunshot south of Victoria Lane.  SMPD told us that after investigating it, they were treating it as possible fireworks, not a gunshot, based on conversations with people in the field, and the fact that they didn’t have confirmation. Ran [...]

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Wednesday February 23 2011

SMPD Investigates Reports of Gunshot, Determines Possible Fireworks – Updated

Shortly after 6am, I had received multiple reports that people had heard a gunshot over near Victoria Lane.  Contacted SMPD, and asked about it.  Was transferred to voice mail for their PIO.  Contacted Capt. Giannone directly, who informed me that they were still investigating the reports, and he would let me know what they found [...]

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Tuesday February 22 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 2/13/11 – 2/19/11

During the week of Sunday, February 13th, to Saturday February 19th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 366 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Friday, February 18th: 4:43 PM- Petty Theft, Montecito Ct. Unknown suspect(s) stole an unlocked blue Moongoose dirt bike in an alley behind Bean Town. 10:40 PM- Possession [...]

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Friday February 18 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 2/6/11 – 2/12/11

During the week of Sunday, February 6th, to Saturday February 12th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 334 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Monday, February 7th: 10:00 AM- Residential Burglary, 100 blk. Lowell Ave.  Unknown suspect(s) entered through an unlocked door.  The stolen items included $500.00 cash, and a Dell [...]

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Tuesday February 01 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/23 – 1/29/11

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/23 - 1/29/11

During the week of Sunday, January 23rd, to Saturday January 29th, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 295 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information. Sunday, January 23rd: 1:43 AM- DUI Alcohol/Drugs, Esperanza and Baldwin Ave.  An officer stopped a motorist for a Vehicle Code violation, and determined that the driver was [...]

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Thursday January 27 2011

Sierra Madre Police Blotter, 1/16 – 1/22/11

During the week of Sunday, January 16th, to Saturday January 22nd, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 360 calls for service. See crimereports.com for updated information.   Tuesday, January 18th: 11:03 AM- Make Annoying Telephone Calls, 100 blk. E Montecito Ave.  A Sierra Madre resident reported annoying and unwanted telephone calls.  6:23 PM- [...]

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Monday March 31 2008

(3/29/08, modified 3/31/08) City Clerk’s Self-Serving Gesture Shouldn’t Fool Voters

When the City Council (rightfully) rejected Nancy Shollenberger’s offer to reimburse the City for expenses incurred because of her error in preparation of the sample ballot, It would seem the next obvious thing for her to do would be to announce that she would not accept the City’s payment of $6500 for managing (mismanaging?) the [...]

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Tuesday March 25 2008

(3/25/08) Editorial – Should Nancy Pay? I’m Not So Sure

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger announced today that she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample ballot. She gave no indication as to whether she will also take financial responsibility for the City’s Court costs if the election is challenged, or if the resolution of the challenge is that [...]

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Sunday March 23 2008

(3/23/08) Editorial – Time for a Change

City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger responded to my e-mail asking if she would reimburse the City for expenses incurred due to her error on the Sample Ballot by saying that she would be making a public announcement at the Kiwanis candidate forum and the City Council meeting this Tuesday.  The implication is that Ms. Shollenberger will [...]

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Wednesday March 19 2008

(3/19/08) Editorial – City Clerk No Stranger to Controversy – Ballot Error Just the Latest in String of Issues Involving City Clerk

The error on the sample ballot under City Clerk Nancy Shollenberger’s stewardship is just the latest in a series of issues that have occurred through the years, ranging from outdated handbooks being given to candidates, concerns over judgment regarding partiality, to an eight-year period in which no ordinances were published, and thus did not officially [...]

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Sunday March 16 2008

(3/15/08, modified 3/16/08) Why Sierra Madre Needs Karma Bell

Karma Bell wants to establish regular office hours for the City Clerk.  And Karma Bell wants to spend those City Clerk hours actually in the place where much City Government business takes place – City Hall.  There’s a novel concept.  A City Clerk, who is accessible to her constituents for multiple hours each week, in [...]

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