Author: Andre Coleman

Police investigated controversial officer three years ago on gun complaint

Three years ago, the Pasadena Police Department was asked to investigate a claim about gambling during a social event attended by officers and local politicians at a restaurant in Glendale. Dubbed the “Blue Smoke Crew,” the event at the Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale on Central Avenue included a raffle for ammunition, among other items, and was run by then-Sgt. Vasken Gourdikian, an organizer of the dinner to benefit the Police Athletic League. But while police officials were investigating that claim, another complaint was filed against Gourdikian, this one alleging he tried to sell a partygoer an off-roster handgun, or...

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Officials warn concert goers to be wary of temperatures during music festival

Temperatures are expected to dip into the high 80s and low 90s for this weekend’s Arroyo Seco Music Festival, which will be held on the Brookside Golf Course, near the Rose Bowl. According to, the current heat wave responsible for 100-degree temperatures throughout the San Gabriel Valley earlier this week will break on Saturday, dropping down to 88 degrees on Saturday and 90 degrees on Sunday during concert time. Still, a local official told the Pasadena Weekly, concertgoers should take precautions and stay hydrated and avoid alcohol. “Avoid alcohol and stay hydrated and we will have bike teams...

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Public Safety Committee discusses drones and other new policing technology

The Pasadena City Council’s Public Safety Committee was scheduled to discuss placing new police technology in the city, including drones, cameras and gunshot locator equipment. Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez said the department always has an eye on new technology, but said he was concerned about the privacy issues regarding drones and cameras. “I can’t just fly a drone over your backyard and have it look down at you,” Sanchez said. “Drones concern a lot of people, and rightfully so.” Although the agenda item does not specifically list Northwest Pasadena as the location for the cameras, the city’s Powerpoint...

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As of Monday, 898 days after the war in Afghanistan ended …

2,218 American military service members (3 more than last week) were reported killed in Afghanistan since the war began in 2001, according to The Associated Press. 1 high-level ISIS leader was killed on May 31when Turki al-Ban’ali was killed in an airstrike in Syria, according to The AP and CNN. 1 person was killed and 10 others injured in London on Monday when a van plowed into a crowd of worshippers outside a mosque. Onlookers held the suspect until police arrived, according to Reuters News Service. 1 person was killed and 3 others were wounded on Monday in Mosul. The dead man...

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Protesters want to keep pro-Trump rocker Ted Nugent out of Pasadena

By André Coleman and Carl Kozlowski   Nearly 1,600 people have signed a petition calling on officials at a Pasadena nightclub to cancel a concert appearance by a controversial rock star who once alluded to shooting President Barack Obama. The petition was started by the group Pasadena Against Ted Nugent. “Ted Nugent does not reflect Pasadena values and should not be paid to spew his message of hate in our city!” the petition reads. Many of the people who signed the petition are from out of state. “Tell Nugent and the management of The Rose where you stand!”...

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