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December 3, 2009
Ten Years Ago A 12-liter, $2,000 collector’s edition “Millennium Magnum” of Korbel Champagne, donated by the local Vons market, was raffled off to raise funds for the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce and Community Assn. during December 1999. Twenty Years Ago The cutting of a red Christmas garland marked the grand opening of the La Cañada Flintridge Post Office’s first contract postal unit at Marsh Village Pharmacy in the 2100 block of Foothill Boulevard, where a full line of postal services, with the exception of registered mail, would be offered.
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By Seth Amitin | November 20, 2009
A pending appellate court decision might delay the trial of the driver involved in the April 1 runaway big rig crash that killed two people in La Cañada Flintridge, according to a spokesperson with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. On Nov. 17 the district attorney filed an appeal seeking to reinstate murder charges against driver Marcos Barbosa Costa that had been dismissed Oct. 9 by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench. Costa still faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, for the deaths of Angel Posca and his daughter, Angelina.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 29, 2009
A La Cañada Flintridge couple and a Glendale man were among five people charged with beating and torturing two loan modification agents who were working to keep the couple out of foreclosure, officials said. The couple — Daniel Weston, 52, and Mary Ann Parmelee, a 52-year-old Realtor — allegedly grew frustrated with the loan agents because they thought not enough was being done to get their home on the 4800 block of La Cañada Boulevard out of foreclosure, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
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By Veronica Rocha | October 22, 2009
A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty in Pasadena Superior Court Monday to starting a small fire several days before and six miles north of where the Station fire began, officials said. Babatunsin Olukunle, who is a Nigerian national, was charged with one count of unlawfully causing a fire on forest land, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Los Angeles County sheriff’s detectives had been looking for Olukunle to ask him questions about the Lady Bug fire, which occurred Aug. 20 and was named after the Lady Bug turnout on Angeles Crest Highway.
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By Megan O’Neil and Veronica Rocha | October 15, 2009
The first rainstorm of the season caused plenty of anxiety and dozens of traffic accidents, but no mudslides. Los Angeles County officials have been warning for weeks of a heightened risk of flooding and erosion in the foothills in the wake of the Station fire. The fire burned 160,000 acres in the Angeles National Forest and blackened the hills above La Cañada, creating perfect conditions for dangerous debris flow. Engineers from the county’s Department of Public Works have spent the last six weeks working to identify at-risk homes and to develop individual engineering plans for each property.
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By Megan O’Neil | September 24, 2009
With the Station fire 94% contained, city, county and federal officials are now having to redirect their attention and resources to another potentially devastating disaster ? mudslides. Speaking at the La Cañada Flintridge City Council meeting on Monday, Los Angeles County Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Martin said many of the same La Cañada residents whose homes were threatened by the fire just two weeks ago must now brace themselves for the threat of erosion and flooding.
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By Zain Shauk | September 4, 2009
HANSEN DAM PARK — An ongoing homicide investigation cast a cloud over a prayer gathering at the Station fire interagency command center here early Friday for two firefighters who died battling the massive blaze, which authorities now believe was deliberately set. After firefighters met for the brief service, Incident Commander Mike Dietrich briefed reporters on the status of the 148,258-acre blaze and denounced the deadly act of arson that...
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By Mary O’Keefe | July 16, 2009
No decision was made during a pretrial conference and bail review hearing in Pasadena Friday morning for Marcos Costa, the big rig driver involved in the April 1 crash on Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard that killed a 12-year-old girl and her father and injured several others. Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench said Friday she wanted time to review grand jury findings before making a decision on a request for a reduction in Costa?s bail. On June 11, a Los Angeles County grand jury returned an indictment against Costa that added two counts of murder to previous charges of vehicular manslaughter and three felony counts of reckless driving causing specified injury.
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By Mary O'Keefe | July 10, 2009
No decision was made during a pretrial conference and bail review hearing in Pasadena Friday morning for Marcos Costa, big rig driver involved in the April 1 crash on Angeles Crest Highway and Foothill Boulevard that killed a 12-year-old girl and her father and injured several others. Superior Court Judge Lisa B. Lench said she wanted time to review grand jury findings before making a decision on a request for a reduction in Costa’s bail. On June 11, a Los Angeles County grand jury returned an indictment against Costa that added two counts of murder to previous charges of vehicular manslaughter and three felony counts of reckless driving causing specified injury.
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