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Touching Base: A Message from the Chief (06/03/12)

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June 3, 2012
 

Save the Date: 

Pasadena Community Gardens is hosting a ground-breaking event on June 9, from 9 a.m. until noon.  The garden, with dozens of individual gardening plots, is located on the historic site of the ranch house once belonging to former California Governor Henry Harrison, 721 Pasadena Avenue, between Bellefontaine Street and California Boulevard. For more information on the event or to see photographs of the garden, please visit www.PasadenaCommunityGardens.org and Facebook/Pasadena Community Gardens (Source:  Community Gardens Steering Committee Member Eileen Read).    

The Pasadena Police Classic Car Show is scheduled for June 17, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Paseo Colorado, 300 East Green Street.  The event is supported by the Pasadena Lions Club and will include awards in several categories, including: Police Chief’s Favorite, Paseo’s Favorite, People’s choice, Best in show, and many others.  For more information about the Pasadena Police Classic Car Show, please contact Pasadena Police Sergeant Michael Bugh at MBugh@cityofpasadena.net or 626 744-3871 (Source:  Sergeant Michael Bugh). 

El Centro de Accion Social is now enrolling students (Kindergarten through 12th grade) in their summer school in the park program.  The program begins June 13.  For more information or to register, please call 626-792-3148, visit El Centro de Accion Social, at 37 East Del Mar Boulevard, or go to their website at www.elcentropasadena.org (Source:  El Centro de Accion Social).    

Our Community: 

On May 22, several Pasadena amateur (youth) boxers traveled to Oxnard to compete in the Adidas National Police Athletics League Boxing Tournament.  The trip north was sponsored by a very generous community member, and our young boxers maximized the opportunity and represented Pasadena very well.  Edgar Nava, Christian Camarena, Paul Davis and Edward Lam all advanced to the semi-finals or finals. Christian was awarded the Silver medal for his effort in the ring.  The trip was supervised by Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Staff member, Fausto De La Torre (he also coaches the boxers and is a tremendous mentor). Villa Parke serves as the home base for the Pasadena Boxing program.  Mercy Santoro is the Director of Human Services and Recreation, of which Villa Parke is a part.  

On May 22, Pasadena Police Foundation Board Member Sandy Greenstein received a $5,520 donation from a community member. The money will be used to support the Junior Public Safety Academy (JPSA), which is an educational program facilitated by the Pasadena Police and Pasadena Fire Departments.  Additionally, the police foundation received a $2,500 grant from the Patron Saints Foundation, which will also be used to support our youth programs. For more information on JPSA, please visit cityofpasadena.net/police/community_services.  To learn more about the Pasadena Police Foundation, please visit their website at: www.pasadenapolicefoundation.org/ourprograms.  

On May 24, I attended the Kiwanis Club of Pasadena’s Student Honor Awards Luncheon.  The event honored several students for their academics and leadership skills.  Yvette McDowell served as the emcee.  Elected officials included Pasadena Vice-Mayor Margaret McAustin, PUSD School Board President Renatta Cooper, PUSD Board Members Kimberly Kenne and Elizabeth Pomeroy.  Chamber of Commerce President George Falardeau also attended.  

On May 25, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle and I participated in the United Nations Association of the United States of America Annual Meeting, which was at Pasadena City College.  I opened the program with a few remarks about the capacity of our future (youth) leaders.  The United Nations Association it is an exceptional organization designed to help students learn about domestic and international affairs. UNA Pasadena Co-President Chris Fennessy helped coordinate our participation.  

On May 26, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Diego Torres stopped by the Historical Lutheran Church’s 120th Anniversary celebration. The milestone was celebrated with two special events, including a carnival and special church service. The Reverend Christopher Schaar coordinated our participation.  

On May 27, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Richard Aversano attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at Memorial Park. I understand the event was well attended and several military veterans participated. Later the same day Lieutenant Jari Faulkner, Sergeant Ed Calatayud, Corporal Jayce Ward, Officers Doug Hamblin, Steve Arcand with his K-9 partner, Figo, and Park Safety Specialist Michelle White attended the Upper Hastings Ranch Neighborhood Memorial Celebration. I’m told K-9 Figo was the highlight of the party.  

On May 30, several Pasadena Police employees, Community Youth Advisors, community leaders/members, and young people attended the Pasadena Police Athletic League’s (PAL) fund raiser at Robin’s Wood Fire BBQ.  The event was coordinated by the PAL Director, Corporal Glenn Thompson.  The funds raised will help support PAL youth programs. 

On June 2, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Phlunte Riddle, PS Laura Morris, I stopped by the Men Educating Men about Health Event, which was held at the Pasadena Senior Center.  There were a number of medical experts lecturing on health, wellness, and longevity. Pasadena Health Director Dr. Eric Walsh was a guest speaker. The event was coordinated by community leader, Jimmy Morris.   

On June 2, several Pasadena Police employees, community leaders, and community members attended the Pasadena Air Operations Open House.  The event was packed with people from Pasadena and neighboring communities. There were a number of static displays (Bear Cat Rescue vehicle, Crime Scene Investigations, and the Mobile Command Post) and demonstrations by the Pasadena Traffic Section.  City Manager Michael Beck also stopped by the open house. The event was coordinated by Pasadena Air Operations Section Lieutenant Mike Ingram, Sergeants Mark Goodman, Steve Kress, and Bard May.  This event is always popular with the community, and this year was no exception. Special thanks to all the Pasadena Police employees and volunteers who assisted with the open house.  

On June 2, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Jari Faulkner, PSS Michelle White, I stopped by the Family Day at La Pintoresca Park.  A number of community leaders and members participated in the well-organized event.   

On June 2, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Commander John Perez, Deborah K. Sanchez, and I attended the Five Acres Up, Up, & Away Gala.  The event was held at the Ambassador Campus, Pasadena, and was very well attended.  Five Acres is a valued community partner and serves a cross-section of our community.  Five Acres is one of the oldest non-sectarian child abuse prevention, treatment, and education agencies in San Gabriel Valley.  

Pasadena’s Finest: 

On May 5, the Pasadena Air Operations Section completed their Night Vision Goggle (NVG) training and equipment project.  The training and equipment increases the Section’s capacity to serve the community in a safe and effective manner.  The project was made possible by state and federal homeland security grant awards.  The awards were based on the Pasadena Police Department’s regional efforts.  The Pasadena Air Operations Section has a long and distinguished history in airborne law enforcement operations, and was a founding member of the Foothill Air Support Team (FAST), the largest regional air support team on the west coast. Pasadena Police Lieutenant Mike Ingram commands the section.  The story was covered by the local media: www.verticalmag.com/news/articles/20679-aviation-specialties-helps-launch-police-department-s-nvg-pr.html.  

On May 19, several Pasadena Police employees participated in the “Take 25” program.  The program is designed to talk with school-aged children about safety.  The following employees participated in the program:  John Watkins, Rodney Wallace, Katherine Favara, Steven Kress, Lorena Caldera, Anthony Riley, Philip Klotz, Domino Scott, Lillie Bayless, Anita Butler, and officers assigned to the Traffic Section. “Take 25” was coordinated by Pasadena Police Administrator, Alicia Patterson.  

On May 22, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls served on a panel of experts discussing gang violence, prevention & intervention.  The panel was part of the First Annual Los Angeles Gang Violence Prevention & Intervention Conference.   

On May 23, Pasadena Police Volunteers Keith Chow, Bert Tibbet, Laura Kendall, and Shar Safford were commended for their assistance during the Pasadena Marathon. Through their assistance, the marathon had a significant positive impact on our community.   

On May 25, I received an email from Tecumseh Shackelford, commending Pasadena Police Commander Lisa Rosales for her presentation to the students participating in the Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD) program. Lisa lectured on a number of topics, including career choices. Tecumseh is the Executive Director of MPYD.  

On May 31, Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, along with 49 other community leaders, was honored as one of 50 Fabulous Women of 2012. The ceremony was held at the La Canada Country Club and more than 500 people attended.  Pasadena Councilwoman Jacque Robinson was also among the many awardees.   The 50 Fabulous Women event was sponsored by THE Magazine.  Publisher Steve Tobia served as the emcee.  

On May 31, Deputy Chief Darryl Qualls, Lieutenant Pete Hettema, Sergeant Chris Gutierrez, Background Investigator Clyde Ito, Corporals Dustin Gomez and Robin Stinson, Officers Andrea Perez, Matt Campeau, Panfilo De La Cruz, and Anthony McGlade attended the Fullerton College Basic Police Academy Graduation. Pasadena Reserve Officer Brian Campeau successfully completed the basic academy and will now begin the department’s field training program.  

Critical Incidents: 

On May 17, Pasadena Police officers assigned to the Burglary Task Force (BTF) arrested a male adult for residential burglary after receiving a “cold case” DNA hit.  

On May 18, Pasadena Police Officer Kenneth Florendo received information about a wanted homicide suspect who was staying at a motel, just outside our city.  Kenneth contacted officers assigned to the police department’s Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Burglary Task Force (BTF).  The officers conducted a brief surveillance and arrested the suspect without incident.    

On May 22, Pasadena Police detectives and Burglary Task Force (BTF) members arrested ten (10) suspects for commercial burglaries following an extensive investigation.  The suspects, all females, committed the crimes in Pasadena and surrounding cities, traveling as far east as Rialto and Ontario. The members of this organized crime group were booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On May 25, at about 12:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers and detectives assigned to the Burglary Task Force arrested three residential burglars in the 300 block of Barthe Street.  The officers and detectives secured an authorization to search the suspect’s residence.  The officers located a safe containing two handguns, methamphetamine, credit cards, and identification belonging to other people.  Additional recovered stolen property included several cell phones, flat screen TVs, and laptop commuters.  The suspects were booked at the Pasadena jail.  

On May 25 at about 12:33 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 3800 block of Ranch Top Drive on a report of two suspicious males.  The caller reported that the subjects were at the front door of a neighbor’s house and had walked to the rear of the dwelling. The officers quickly contained the residence, and later arrested three male suspects without incident (one male suspect was waiting in a vehicle parked in close proximately to the victim’s home). The following Pasadena Police employees were involved in this incident/investigation:  Lieutenant Diego Torres, Sergeant Kate Favara, Corporal Todd McDonald, Officers Don Sevesind, Mario Calderon, Anthony McGlade, Robert Dubois, Cesar Aguilar, Brian Petrella, Brian Murphy, Robert Christian, Ivis Moran, Christian Allen, Bart Horn, Steve Arcand, Donovan Jones, John Watkins, Philip Klotz, Raymond Hsu, and Craig Blumenthal.  Detectives and Air Support included:  Sergeant Marie Sell, Corporal Dennis Beene, Officers Jack Preston, Alex Torres, Steve Thurston, Ed Careaga, Steve Conaway (Burbank PD), and Sean McLaughlin (Glendale PD).  Police dispatchers included Lucy Rokitski, Robin Evans, and Lara McDonald.  Police Volunteer Catherine Lepic also assisted.  

On May 26 at about 12:00 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 3600 block of East Foothill Boulevard regarding a bank robber.  The suspect walked into the bank and approached the teller.  He then displayed a black semi-automatic pistol and demanded money.  The suspect left the bank on foot.  If you have information about this incident, please contact Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra at (626) 744-4241 or you can report your information anonymously by contacting CRIME STOPPERS, at 800-222-8477.  The incident was covered by the local media:  www.articles.pasadenasun.com/2012-05-26/the626now/31862233_1_pasadena-robbery-pasadena-officer-pasadena-police-department. 

On May 29 at about 6:50 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a call regarding a suicide in progress at the Eaton Canyon Nature Center, 1750 North Altadena Drive.  The caller/victim (male adult) told a police dispatcher that he was going to kill himself.  When officers arrived, they found the lifeless body of the victim in the nature center parking lot.  He had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. The gun was in close proximity to the victim’s body.  The incident was covered in the local media: www.latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/05/pasadena-man-commits-suicide-at-eaton-canyon-nature-center.html.  

 On May 30 at about 11:39 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 800 block of Brooks Street.  PPD officers located evidence of the shooting at the crime scene and interviewed a victim who said his residence had been hit by a bullet.  No one was injured in the incident and our investigation is ongoing. If you have information about this incident, please contact Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, at (626) 744-4241 or you can report your information anonymously by contacting CRIME STOPPERS, at 800-222-8477. 

On May 31 at 11:30 a.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the 1400 block of El Sereno Avenue, regarding a gunshot victim.  On arrival, PPD officers located the victim, who was suffering from a gunshot wound in the leg.  The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.  The incident as supervised by Lieutenant Diego Torres and Sergeant Edward Calatayud.  If you have information about this incident, please contact Pasadena Police Lieutenant Tracey Ibarra, at (626) 744-4241 or you can report your information amorously by contacting CRIME STOPPERS, at 800-222-8477.   

In the early morning of June 1st, the Pasadena Police Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Glendale PD, Burbank PD, and Monetary Park PD, served forty (40) arrest and search warrants following a year-long investigation.  Indictments were secured against several suspects charging narcotics and firearms violations.  The investigation was an exceptional effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies.   

During the first phase of the mission, nine (9) suspects were arrested and charged with federal law violations.  Another twenty (20) suspects were arrested and charged with state law violations. Officers and agents recovered two firearms, narcotics, and about $4,000 in US currency.  Pasadena Police Lieutenant John Dewar, Sergeants Jason Clawson and Bobby Crees and the Special Enforcement Section (SES) were well involved in the investigation and arrests.   

This investigation was an exceptional effort between local and federal law enforcement agencies.  The arrests were timed perfectly and should have a significant impact on the recent rash of shootings between Pasadena and Altadena Gang members.  The arrests are another example of the Pasadena Police Department’s re relentless pursuit of criminal predators.  The story was covered in the local media: www.pasadenastarnews.com/ci_20762195/federal-sweep-targets-narcotics-trafficking-related-pasadena-street.  

On June 1, at about 9:30 p.m., Pasadena Police officers responded to the area of Mountain Street and Marengo Avenue regarding a traffic collision (motorists vs. pedestrian).  The motorist, a female adult, was traveling east on Mountain Street, approaching Marengo Avenue, while the traffic signal was turning from yellow to red. The motorists accelerated through the intersection and struck the victim, a male adult, as he was crossing the street. The victim was treated at the scene and transported to a local hospital in critical condition.  The Pasadena Traffic Section was notified and responded to investigate the collision.  Police Chaplin Jay Curry was contacted and responded to assist the involved families.  Sergeant Tory Riley was the on-scene supervisor.  

 

Phillip L. Sanchez
Chief of Police
Pasadena Police Department
207 N. Garfield Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 744-4545
Mission First, People Always 
 

 

Posted: 6/3/2012 08:50:00 AM