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Safety Tips From LASD

By Captain Alfred Reyes

Walnut – As your Walnut Diamond Bar Sheriff Captain, I would like to encourage you to be proactive in your community as honorary “volunteers” in helping our community remain safe. We would like to promote a few safety tips you should find helpful:

1.      Don’t become a victim of mail theft.  Remove your mail from your mailbox promptly after delivery.  Enroll in the USPS Informed Delivery Program

2.      Keep your car doors locked and do not leave personal items such as back packs, laptop cases, and electronic devices in plain view. 

3.      Report suspicious vehicle and people who may be casing an area to commit a crime. 

4.      If you are considering installing a burglar alarm, be sure to place a sensor on upstairs bedroom sliding glass doors. 

5.      If you own a late 1990’s to early 2000 Honda or Toyota, consider installing an anti-theft device such as an audible alarm, kill switch or steering wheel lock.

6.      Utilize the vacation check program.  (Residence can request patrol checks of their property while on vacation).

7.      Get involved, join a Neighborhood Watch Program.         

These are simple tips that could help you avoid being a victim of a senseless and random crime. Keep an eye out for anything or anyone that may be an obvious sign of a crime or safety issue. Thanks for making this such a great community.

LASD C.A.R.E.S

By Walnut/DB Sheriff’s Station
If you are feeling depressed or having psychological problems, you don’t have to feel alone. LASD C.A.R.E.S. in conjunction with the LA County Department of Mental Health would like to provide you with the following resources:
Life Threatening Emergency- Dial 9-1-1

Call 24 hours a day in case of an extreme emergency if you, your loved one and/or the public are facing an imminent threat.

Urgent Questions-call the DMH ACCESS Center (800)854-7771

If you need help with a situation that seems to be getting worse, but hasn’t turned into an emergency, call the DMH Access Center. They will discuss resources and if necessary, may send a Psychiatric Mobile Response team to your location to help evaluate the situation. However, the Response Team won’t come out right away; it may take a few hours, so if the situation changes to an emergency, dial 911 immediately.

Start a Caregiver Plan- Dial 2-1-1

211 LA County provides access to comprehensive social services and disaster support for Los Angeles County residents. They work closely with the DMH ACCESS Center on mental health resources. They can help you with questions about your loved one’s behavior such as suicidal thoughts, hallucinations or what to do when your loved one becomes gravely disabled. After a series of telephone prompts, you will speak to a live person.

Who Qualifies for a ‘5150’ Hold?

Under certain circumstances, officer can place your loved one a 5150 hold. This means a mentally ill person is held for at least 72-hours at a hospital while being evaluated. This can be done when (1) the individual presents a danger to himself or others, or (2) a person is so disabled that he or she cannot take care of daily life activities (for example, has stopped eating for days and won’t come out of the bedroom). However, this is a very difficult standard to meet. In most cases, the LASD cannot take your loved one to a hospital against his or her will.
Crisis Lines:
Suicide Prevention and Survivor Hotline (24 hours/7 days)
Calling from the Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino, Riverside and Imperial Counties:

  • English: 877-727-4747
  • Spanish: 888-628-9454

Calling from outside the above counties:

  • 310-391-1253

Substance Abuse Hotline:
800-564-6600
Veteran’s Services:
877-452-8387
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
800-950-NAMI (6264)
www.nami.org
Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center:
323-993-7400

La Verne Murder Suspect In Custody

Photo Courtesy:  LASD Murder victims, Shirley and Armie Isom

Photo Courtesy: LASD
Murder victims, Shirley and Armie Isom

By Claire Lewis

La Verne – On Wed., May 6, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) held a press conference to provide an update on the double homicide that occurred on Dec. 26, 2014.

On that grim Friday last winter, Shirley Isom, 74, and her husband, Armie Isom, 89, were found stabbed to death in their home in the 300 block of Roughrider Road in La Verne.  Although a male suspect was seen in the area, no arrests have been made thus far.

The press conference revealed that Homicide Detectives have identified suspect Luke Fabela, a 23-year old male Hispanic.  Fabela is currently in custody in another county, on unrelated charges.

Detectives are continuing to be diligent in their investigation, and are asking anyone with information about this incident to contact the LASD Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.  .  If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

Did You Know?

Staff Reports

Did you know that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) now offers the public an Online Report Tracking System (SORTS) for the acceptance of certain types of reports?

Just last month, the Department proudly launched the first ever, web-based software system accessible by citizens and law enforcement administrators on any Internet-enabled PC or mobile device.  SORTS allows members of the public to report property-related crimes that occurred in the LASD jurisdiction online.

The following types of incidents can be reported in SORTS:

  • Lost or stolen cell phones, valued $950 or less;
  • Lost or stolen property, valued $950 or less;
  • Vandalism, excluding graffiti, where damage is valued under $400;
  • Theft from an unlocked vehicle, valued $950 or less;
  • Theft from an open or unsecured area, valued $950 or less;
  • Supplemental Loss Form (must already have an LASD report number).

Once the report is reviewed, a copy of the approved report is emailed to the reporting party free of charge.  According to LASD, the application is user-friendly and easy to navigate.

Sheriff Jim McDonnell stated, “One of the many benefits of this system is that deputies who were previously dispatched to take reports with no suspect information or leads that are primarily filed for insurance purposes can now be reallocated. They will now proactively focus on crime trends, and it will also decrease our response time to priority calls.”

Technology and Support Division Director, Dean Gialamas, said, “Giving members of the communities we serve the ability to file certain categories of reports online enhances our commitment to outstanding public service.  It provides residents a system that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via computer or mobile device – without waiting for a deputy to respond.”

For more information, log into:  http://shq.lasdnews.net/shq/SORTS/sorts_intro.aspx.

Suspect At Large In La Verne Murders

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Staff Reports

La Verne – On Fri., Dec. 26, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Homicide Detectives responded to the 300 block of Roughrider Road in the city of La Verne to investigate a stabbing incident. At the scene, a female adult was pronounced dead, and a male adult was transported to a local hospital in critical condition; he succumbed to his injuries shortly thereafter.

Detectives learned that a Grounds Keeper found the married couple unresponsive inside the location and contacted the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station. Further investigation found the victims to be Shirley Isom, 74, and Armie “Troy” Isom, 89.

According to LASD, a multitude of detectives and forensic specialists have been involved in the investigation since the beginning. The expansive residence of the victims and its large-scale surrounding property led to a crime scene investigation that spanned several days. In addition, detectives have interviewed family members and many area residents in an effort to determine the identity of the suspect(s) and a possible motive.

At press time, no definitive conclusions have developed and diligent investigation will continue.
Detectives are working to identify and locate a Hispanic male who was seen walking on the roadways in the area around the time the crime was discovered. He was wearing a hooded jacket and was carrying a backpack on his back. It is unknown if this man is connected to the crime, but detectives are seeking to interview him.

LASD held a Press Conference on Jan. 7 to discuss the double-murder investigation thus far, and to seek the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect.

Anyone who has information about the person of interest, or anything to do with this crime, is asked to call the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.