From the Blast Zone: Body found on 210, Burglaries in La Cañada and Dream Dinners fundraiser

Body Found on Foothil (210) freeway early Friday morning


Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that the body of a male adult was discovered on the westbound 210 Freeway near the Ocean View exit around 1:35 a.m. this morning.

“Crescenta Valley Station was called by the California Highway Patrol to the 210 Freeway regarding a possible suicide,” confirmed Capt. Dave Silversparre of the CV Sheriff’s Station. “Our Homicide Bureau, who investigates persons dead, was called to investigate, and the investigation continues.”

The L.A. County Coroner’s Office has confirmed the identity as Kirk Spiegel, 49, from the 91208 area of Glendale. The incident appears to be a suicide, said a spokeswoman for the Coroner’s Office.

Spiegel apparently jumped off the overpass bridge. He was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

The Homicide Unit is investigating the incident.

Deputies Raise Awareness, Ask for Public’s Help

Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station detectives are asking residents to be aware of people knocking on doors in their neighborhood supposedly looking for a friend.

Four residential burglaries occurred in La Cañada on Thursday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. One of the homes was in the 4800 block of Hillard Avenue, one in the 4800 block of Grand Avenue and two homes in the 4900 block of Indianola Way. At one of the homes on Indianola Way a man reported hearing someone knocking on his front door. He had decided not to answer it at first but the persistent knocking; jiggling of the doorknob and his dog barking caused him to go to the door.

“He saw two women had opened his door and were about six inches into his [entryway],” Harley said.

The women are described as Hispanic well dressed between the ages of 18 and 20. The resident asked the women what they wanted and they said they were looking for a friend by the name of Claire. The man told the women there was no one by that name at his home and the women left. He did not call the sheriff’s station at that time.

“We want to remind people when they see strangers asking for someone who does not live in the neighbor they need to contact [the sheriff’s station],” Harley said.

Often people who plan to burglarize will knock on resident’s doors to determine if anyone is home. It is a way of casing the neighborhood to see what home to burglarize, Harley added.

“They [burglary suspects] often use women to make the [initial] contact because they are less threatening,” he said.

Detectives think there may be residents in the area that either saw the women or noticed a strange car in their neighborhood.

“It is likely that these women may have been knocking on several other doors. Residents might be able to give us information and some might have them on a [home] video surveillance,” Harley said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the CV Sheriff’s Station at (818) 248-3464.

Dream Dinners Hosting Relay for Life Fundraiser

Help bring awareness and support cancer research through Relay for Life of the Foothills. The event has teams taking to the field at Clark Magnet High School on May 14 and 15. At least one team member will walk the track at all times during the 24 hour event. Relay for Life raises money and awareness for cancer research.

Dream Dinners will have a fundraising event on Wednesday, April 6 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to stop by anytime within that time frame to purchase and make a meal that serves one to six people at a cost of $25. Dream Dinners will donate half of the price ($12.50) to Relay for Life-Foothills on your behalf.

Sign up for a Dream dinner session in April or May and receive $25 off your order and Dream Dinners will donate another $10 towards Relay for Life. Bring your friends!

Call and order at (818) 957-1499. Or better yet go to Dream Dinners and order or make your own.

We all have to eat and what better way to make a contribution to Relay for Life!

Dream Dinners is located at 4121 Pennsylvania Avenue. Attached is a form for the dinners.