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By Daniel Siegal, | December 7, 2011
Sheriff's deputies arrested a trio of alleged car burglars in La Cañada Flintridge last Friday, and now they're looking to find the rightful owners of the burglars' loot. Detective Rodger Burt said that the three men were caught in a car on Ocean View Boulevard around 2:30 a.m. Dec. 2 after the suspects committed a rash of vehicle burglaries and thefts. Burt said that he was able to link the men to two burglaries and five thefts through property recovered from their vehicle, but he thinks there are victims he has yet to identify that are still missing property.
November 21, 2011
Drivers on Foothill Boulevard had to watch out last Friday night, as a driver took his 1988 Chevrolet Cavalier down the wrong side of the road and through a red light before being stopped by Sheriff's deputies by Verdugo Boulevard at 10:30 p.m.  After pulling over the car, deputies found that the car had been reported stolen, and arrested the driver, 25-year-old Matthew Decker of Pollock Pines, Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station...
By Daniel Siegal, | October 19, 2011
A potential traffic tragedy was averted on Monday when a woman whose car would not stop accelerating on Foothill Boulevard was able to stop the vehicle, thanks to the instructions of a Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station dispatcher. The woman, a 40-year-old resident of Sunland, and her daughter, 5, were eastbound on Foothill Boulevard at 10:55 a.m., approaching Sport Chalet Drive, when their car's accelerator became stuck, forcing the vehicle to move at 20-25 miles per hour. The woman called 911 from her cell phone, and said, sobbing, “There are cars in front of me and I can't stop.” The 911 operator patched the woman through to the local Sheriff's day shift dispatcher, Richard Engersbach.
By Daniel Siegal, | October 7, 2011
A national program to bring clean water to the developing world has finally reached California - and La Cañada Flintridge is its first outpost in the state. The Wash Away Thirst campaign, started by Georgia-based carwash owner Jim Dudley, has now enlisted more than 100 carwashes across the country to fund clean water projects across the globe, and La Cañada's Foothill Car Wash is, so far, the only California carwash to participate. Lauren Locher, a spokesperson for Wash Away Thirst, said that after Dudley had returned to the states from a church mission trip to Guatemala, he asked himself the question, “If I died and the only thing I had done for myself was owned a car wash would I be happy with my life, is that what I want to be known for?
By Nancy Turney | August 31, 2011
A reader recently contacted me asking for copies of the series of articles I wrote in May 2009 regarding transportation options once one has given up driving. Here is the first of that series. The other two will follow in the coming weeks. Q. I recently gave up driving when I finally admitted that my reaction time had slowed down to a point where it was no longer safe for me to be behind the wheel. Can you give me some tips on how to make this adjustment? I feel like I am trapped at home.
By Andrew Shortall, | June 15, 2011
It’s no secret the Foothill Car Wash Lube Oil and Detail Center has gone green. The giant solar panels on top of the car wash are dead giveaways and there are multiple signs posted at the site, in the 2300 block of Foothill Boulevard. It’s safe to say Steve Berkman, the owner of the business, isn’t shy about his newly-acquired power. “We provide 60% of our electricity [with solar power] and that’s significant in this business. We use a lot of electricity,” said Berkman, whose solar panels at the Foothill Car Wash have been up and running since March 8. It’s also significant because the installation saves Foothill Car Wash, in business for 25 years, quite a bit of green.
By Veronica Rocha, | May 11, 2011
GLENDALE — A 27-year-old Tujunga man is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday on charges that he fatally shot his cousin before dumping her body on the Foothill (210) Freeway last month, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives arrested Aram Sarukhanyan Tuesday night on suspicion of murder after he was released from Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he had been admitted as result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound shortly after the body of his cousin, Adrine Arzumanyan, was discovered on the La Crescenta Avenue offramp.
By Joe Piasecki, | April 29, 2011
A driver who lost control of her car, sped into an embankment, felled a metal light pole and rolled the car over multiple times on the interchange from the westbound Foothill (210) Freeway to the southbound Glendale (2) Freeway was taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center on Friday afternoon after complaining of neck pain. Los Angeles County firefighters arrived on the scene around 2 p.m. and extricated the unidentified driver from her silver sedan, said California Highway Patrol Officer R. Siemens, who was at the scene.
By Joe Piasecki, | April 26, 2011
A westbound segment of Foothill Boulevard near Gould Avenue was briefly shut down at around 4 p.m. Tuesday after a wrong-way driver collided with two cars and ran over the sidewalk near La Cañada Tire Center. According to a witness and another individual involved in the crash, the apparently elderly driver of the white Mercedes C220 sedan turned left from Gould into oncoming traffic on the wrong side of a traffic median. . Continuing against traffic, the Mercedes scraped the front right fender of a black Volkswagen Jetta that was in the left lane, then smashed the front right fender of a silver Toyota Matrix in the right lane before ending up on the sidewalk.
April 25, 2011
Detectives with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Arson and Explosives Unit are looking into a suspicious car fire that happened just after 2 a.m. on April 19 in the driveway of a La Cañada Flintridge home. “It’s a suspicious fire, and we’re still investigating,” said Det. Greg Everett, who confirmed that the fire occurred on the 900 block of Regent Park Drive. Firefighters with L.A. County Fire Station 82 in La Cañada who responded to the blaze found the car, identified as a Volkswagen Jetta, burning intensely by the time they arrived, said Capt.
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