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July 24, 1997
Veteran Sierra Madre Police Sgt. Chris Christensen will become the interim police chief in September when Joe Surgent retires from the position, officials said Wednesday. City Administrator John Davidson said he chose Christensen for the position after meeting with the City Council in closed session Tuesday. "I think the council and I were looking for an individual who could ensure a continuity with the community and who is actively involved in youth issues.
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March 28, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
When Marilyn Diaz joined the Pasadena Police Department in 1974, she had to change into her uniform in the bathroom. There was no women's locker room -- because she was the department's first female patrol officer. "Some of the men were resistant to a female working patrol," said Diaz, 54. "While no one was overtly mean to me, sometimes officers would call one another to arrest someone and I wasn't included. So I'd go out and initiate my own arrests."
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996
The Sierra Madre Police Department is looking for volunteer translators who will help officers communicate with the city's growing number of non-English-speaking residents. The department is looking for people bilingual in English and any other language, such as Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese or sign language for the deaf, to alleviate communication problems officers occasionally face, according to Sgt. Chris Christensen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2002 | WENDY THERMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer shot and killed a man outside a Sierra Madre sports bar Thursday after an altercation involving several customers, authorities said. The victim, a 34-year-old South Pasadena man, died at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, authorities said. The name of the victim has not been released. No action has been taken against the officer, Isaac Lowe, 27, a five-year department veteran, pending an investigation by the L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 2002 | WENDY THERMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer shot and killed a man outside a Sierra Madre sports bar Thursday after an altercation involving several customers, authorities said. The victim, a 34-year-old South Pasadena man, died at Arcadia Methodist Hospital, authorities said. The name of the victim has not been released. No action has been taken against the officer, Isaac Lowe, 27, a five-year department veteran, pending an investigation by the L.A.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 2006 | Cynthia H. Cho, Times Staff Writer
When Marilyn Diaz joined the Pasadena Police Department in 1974, she had to change into her uniform in the bathroom. There was no women's locker room -- because she was the department's first female patrol officer. "Some of the men were resistant to a female working patrol," said Diaz, 54. "While no one was overtly mean to me, sometimes officers would call one another to arrest someone and I wasn't included. So I'd go out and initiate my own arrests."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
The call for help crackled over the police radio at 5:13 p.m. John Cordischi, a burly officer with a shotgun at his side, stomped on the gas of his patrol car and sped toward the action. But this was not one of the gang raids, or crack busts, or shoot-outs with Uzi-toting punks that have become daily routines for many Los Angeles-area police departments. This was Sierra Madre--Los Angeles County's safest city--and high atop Oak Crest Drive, Lani Ridley had locked herself out of the house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1997
The effort to recruit a new police chief was dealt a setback this week when a veteran police sergeant favored to get the job decided to retire instead. Sgt. Chris Christensen, a 32-year police officer in Sierra Madre, informed City Manager John Davidson that he will retire from the department in December. Christensen will still assume the role of interim police chief Sept. 29. "It was a surprise to me," Davidson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997 | SUSAN ABRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Sizer remembers Chris Christensen's first words when the two met in the '60s: "You're under arrest." Christensen, a Sierra Madre police officer, was busting him at home for marijuana possession. Sizer pleaded guilty and served three years. Seventeen years after his release, he received a pardon from the state--and found out that Christensen had submitted the paperwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 1997
The city has a new police chief who is accustomed to being near the halls of power as a veteran Secret Service agent who protected Presidents Carter and Reagan. King Davis, 50, will take over the 20-member Sierra Madre Police Department Jan. 5, said City Administrator John Davidson. "I want to come home," said the former Pasadena resident. "I was assigned in Los Angeles . . . from 1984 to 1989. I have always wanted to be a police chief and there is not a better place to do it."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1997 | SUSAN ABRAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Sizer remembers Chris Christensen's first words when the two met in the '60s: "You're under arrest." Christensen, a Sierra Madre police officer, was busting him at home for marijuana possession. Sizer pleaded guilty and served three years. Seventeen years after his release, he received a pardon from the state--and found out that Christensen had submitted the paperwork.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 20, 1997
The effort to recruit a new police chief was dealt a setback this week when a veteran police sergeant favored to get the job decided to retire instead. Sgt. Chris Christensen, a 32-year police officer in Sierra Madre, informed City Manager John Davidson that he will retire from the department in December. Christensen will still assume the role of interim police chief Sept. 29. "It was a surprise to me," Davidson said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1997
Veteran Sierra Madre Police Sgt. Chris Christensen will become the interim police chief in September when Joe Surgent retires from the position, officials said Wednesday. City Administrator John Davidson said he chose Christensen for the position after meeting with the City Council in closed session Tuesday. "I think the council and I were looking for an individual who could ensure a continuity with the community and who is actively involved in youth issues.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 1996
The Sierra Madre Police Department is looking for volunteer translators who will help officers communicate with the city's growing number of non-English-speaking residents. The department is looking for people bilingual in English and any other language, such as Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese or sign language for the deaf, to alleviate communication problems officers occasionally face, according to Sgt. Chris Christensen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 6, 1989 | JESSE KATZ, Times Staff Writer
The call for help crackled over the police radio at 5:13 p.m. John Cordischi, a burly officer with a shotgun at his side, stomped on the gas of his patrol car and sped toward the action. But this was not one of the gang raids, or crack busts, or shoot-outs with Uzi-toting punks that have become daily routines for many Los Angeles-area police departments. This was Sierra Madre--Los Angeles County's safest city--and high atop Oak Crest Drive, Lani Ridley had locked herself out of the house.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2014 | KTLA News
Three men who went missing while hiking in the mountains above Sierra Madre were found early Thursday after an overnight search, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. One of the hikers used a cellphone to call the Sierra Madre Police Department for help after getting separated from his friends in an area between Sierra Madre and Mt. Wilson Observatory around 9:15 p.m., authorities said. A Los Angeles County Fire air unit located all three men around 3:20 a.m., according to Deputy William Harrington of the Temple Sheriff's Station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 5, 1990 | EDMUND NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For years, 75-year-old John Dicmas, a retired hydraulic engineer from Arcadia, hiked the mountain trails in Angeles National Forest. Authorities said Tuesday that a misstep during one of those hikes may have led to his death. "The mountains are not always friendly," Dicmas' wife, Mary, said Tuesday. "But he enjoyed them for years." Dicmas died Monday after he apparently stumbled on a mountain trail and fell 250 feet down a steep slope, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
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