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By Megan O'Neil | December 11, 2009
On Dec. 8, 1985, an intentionally-set fire destroyed a small retail shop in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles. One person was killed, and Rosie Sanchez, a single mother of four, was charged and convicted of first-degree murder. Twenty-four years later, Jenny Shanley Farrell, a 1999 La Cañada High School graduate and second year student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, is trying to secure parole for Sanchez, who she believes was falsely convicted.
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October 16, 2008
La Cañada voters will find the usual grab bag of topics ranging from reapportionment to gay marriage on the November ballot. The 12 propositions include initiatives, bond issues and mandated reforms in state government, as California continues its tradition of asking the voters to take a major role in determining state policy. Proposition 11, sponsored by California Common Cause, the League of Women Voters and the California Taxpayers Association among others would create a state commission to handle the drawing of district lines for the state Senate, Assembly and Board of Equalization after the next census.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 15, 2007
Michael Demirdjian's sentence of 50-years-to-life in prison was left standing by the California Supreme Court in a decision handed down late last month. Demirdjian was convicted for the July 2000 murder of two local teens in a La Crescenta school yard, Blaine Steven Talmo Jr., 14; and Christopher McCollock, 13, of La Cañada. The court voted 6-0 to deny Demirdjian's petition for review. In October 2006 a similar appeal was upheld in the Court of Appeal, rejecting claims by Demirdjian's attorney that the sentence represented cruel and unusual punishment due to his client's age, 15, at the time murders were committed.
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By Joe Piasecki | October 28, 2010
A search of the home of a La Crescenta man arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of burglary yielded a treasure trove of property that appears to have stolen from local homes. Sgt. Ray Harley of the Crescenta Valley Sheriff's Station said jewelry, cameras, computers and other items have been linked to as many as 10 recent burglaries or thefts in La Crescenta (See Crime Blotter, A8), but much of the recovered property remains unclaimed and might belong to residents of La Cañada Flintridge and surrounding communities.
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February 4, 2010
Letters to the Editor Salutes Boy Scout organization, leaders 2010 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America. Thank you for the excellent coverage that The Valley Sun has provided over the years of the adventures and accomplishments of our community’s Scouts. I want to pay tribute to the many outstanding past and present adult Scout leaders in La Cañada who have given generously of their time and means to help build boys into young men of character and capacity.
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By Megan O’Neil | May 6, 2010
Los Angeles police officers have arrested a man suspected in the April 19 robbery of a Bank of America branch in La Cañada Flintridge. Daniel Nardine, 31, dubbed the Foothill Bomber Bandit by the FBI, is also being investigated in a bank robbery in Tujunga the same week. Robbery charges will be filed next week, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. David Silversparre. LAPD officers arrested Nardine on April 24 in Hollywood on drug charges, Silversparre said. He was later linked to the Bank of America robbery.
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By Megan O’Neil | May 6, 2010
The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation is expected to release 17 parolees in the coming months to the Crescenta-Cañada area under the state’s new early release program, according to authorities. In a presentation to the La Cañada Flintridge City Council on Monday, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Capt. David Silversparre said eight parolees will be released in La Crescenta, eight in unincorporated canyon areas and one in La Cañada. There is no official timetable, Silversparre said, but he added that corrections officials believe 6,500 such parolees will be released by August.
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November 8, 2007
Foothill Boulevard , La Cañada, a 36-year-old woman was arrested for shoplifting at T.J. Maxx; 660 block at 9 p.m. on Saturday. Fairmont Ave., La Crescenta, the rear window of a vehicle was smashed while in was parked in the street; 2900 block between 3 and 5 p.m. on Friday. Foothill Boulevard , La Crescenta, a cell phone and lap top was stolen from a vehicle when it was parked on the street; 1900 block at 9 p.m. on Friday. Fairview Drive , La Cañada, the driver’s side rear passenger window of a vehicle was smashed while it was parked in the driveway; 1000 block between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Friday.
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By Mary O’Keefe | June 19, 2008
A woman has been arrested for allegedly committing numerous commercial burglaries including the Valero service station on Foothill Boulevard in La Crescenta. According to CV Sheriff Detective Rodger Burt, at around 5 a.m. on May 30 Jackie Arias allegedly smashed a window of the Valero service station and stole several items, including 800 lottery tickets. The state lottery has an agency that investigates stolen tickets. Burt contacted the agency and discovered that several of the tickets were redeemed at a store in Pasadena.
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By Megan O'Neil | December 11, 2009
On Dec. 8, 1985, an intentionally-set fire destroyed a small retail shop in the garment district in downtown Los Angeles. One person was killed, and Rosie Sanchez, a single mother of four, was charged and convicted of first-degree murder. Twenty-four years later, Jenny Shanley Farrell, a 1999 La Cañada High School graduate and second year student at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, is trying to secure parole for Sanchez, who she believes was falsely convicted.
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