SATURDAY, MAY 28, 2016 VOLUME 10 NO. 22 BANK ROBBERS REMAIN AT LARGE On Wednesday at approximately, 1:00 pm, a person dressed in an all-white jumpsuit with a painters-style mask and a black wide-brimmed hat, walked into the Bank Of The West on Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre and orchestrated a take- over style robbery. According to Sierra Madre Police Chief and Public Safety Director Larry Gianonne, the suspect pulled out a gun and demanded $100,000 from one of the tellers. He then pepper sprayed the employees. The Sierra Madre Police Department, the FBI and Los Angeles County Hazmat responded to the event immediately. At the scene was FBI Agent Laura Eimille who identified the weapon as a semi-auto handgun. The amount of money taken has not been disclosed. The suspect fled the scene in what witnesses described as a silver colored sedan, driven by another unknown suspect. This is the first bank robbery in Sierra Madre in many years. One resident remembered an incident where thieves entered what is now Chase Bank through the roof many years ago. Another resident, a retired bank teller now deceased, often recounted being robbed in the same building (before it was Bank of the West), by an armed gunman who was never caught. There may be a connection between this robbery and a string of robberies in LA County recently. Anyone who has any information is asked to contact the Sierra Madre Police Department 626- 355- 1414 immediately. MVNews SIERRA MADRE POLICE BLOTTER MEMORIAL DAY TRIBUTE During the week of Sunday, May 15, to Sunday, May 22, 2016, the Sierra Madre Police Department responded to approximately 120 calls for service. Monday, May 16 A resident reported a bear walking southbound in the 2000 block of Vista Ave. The bear left the location prior to officer’s arriving on scene. At 8:50pm a resident reported seeing a large bear going through the trash in the 1200 block of Arno Dr. Deputies responded as the bear climbed into the backyard and left the immediate area. Tuesday, May 17 Officer dispatched to the 500 block of E. Grandview regarding a mail theft report. The investigation revealed that an unknown suspect drove up in an unknown vehicle and approached the victim’s mailbox. The suspect removed the outgoing mail and drove away westbound on Grandview. The case was forwarded to the Detective Bureau. At 5:30pm., officers met with a resident in the lobby of the station regarding a late reported residential burglary. The resident stated that earlier this morning he left his secured residence in the 100 block of N. Lima Ave with his dog inside his home. Upon arriving home that evening, he discovered his dog was missing. The victim checked the house and the general area outside his home before meeting with the officers. Investigation is ongoing. Saturday, May 21 An officer responded to the 700 block of Brookside Lane regarding a report of an injured female. Officers arrived and soon learned that a woman had fallen into the wash behind her home, possibly attempting to retrieve her injured dog. Along with the Police Department, Sierra Madre Fire and Sierra Madre Search and Rescue responded to the location. The victim was transported to a local hospital by paramedics for treatment of unknown injuries. Sunday, May 22 Officers were dispatched to a non-injury traffic collision at Orange Grove and Rancho Rd. at approximately 9:25am. The collision involved two vehicles that sustained major damage. At 11:50am. officers responded to the 400 block of Foothill Ave. on a late reported hit and run traffic collision. The victim noticed the damage the following day and reported the incident to police. The victim stated that no one contacted her or left a note regarding the damage to her car. A resident reported seeing a lager bear in the yard of their home located in the 800 block of Woodland Dr. The resident said he has seen this particular bear in the neighborhood before. When officers arrived they were unable to locate the bear. By John Bergeron Two United States War Department provided while marble headstones for two local veterans of the last century’s world wars stand here in a family plot at Pioneer Cemetery. One marks the grave of Aubrey C. Young, Sr. who served as a private in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in France during World War I and his son’s, 2nd Lieut. Aubrey C. Young, Jr., who copiloted a B-17 over Germany in World War II. Aubrey, Sr. was assigned to the Third Balloon Company and saw action in the major American-Allied offensives of 1918 – the St. Mihiel Salient and the Meuse-Argonne. The Meuse-Argonne Offensive was the largest in United States military history, involving 1.2 million American soldiers, and brought the war to an end. The battle also cost 26,277 lives, and 95,786 wounded, making it the largest and bloodiest operation of the war for the American Expeditionary Forces and the deadliest in U.S. history. In 1923 Aubrey, Sr., known as Cy, moved his wife Grace and infant son Aubrey, Jr. from his birth and parent’s home in Alliance, NE to here. He became the proprietor of Young’s Meat Market in town. In 1935, at the age of 36, Cy succumbed after a month’s struggle with complications of peritonitis and pneumonia after a ruptured appendix. He left behind his widow, sons Aubrey, Jr. age 14 and John Bradley age 11, and daughter Margaret age 8. Aubrey, Jr. graduated from Sierra Madre High School and attended Pasadena Junior College. At 21 years of age and 3 months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He took his training at Santa Ana, Oxnard, Bakersfield and in Texas. He was sent to Iceland and then to Chelveston, England where he was attached to the 364th Bomb Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, flying missions over Nazi Germany as the copilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress dubbed “The Uncouth Bastard”. On October 14, 1943, the 10-man crew of “The Uncouth Bastard” accompanied 290 other B-17s and 2,900 airmen on the Second Schweinfurt Raid with its aim to destroy the ball bearing plants located there. They were met all along the route to and the return from Schweinfurt by the German Luftwaffe’s fighter arm, the Jagdwaffe, whose fighters were lethally equipped with BR-21 unguided rockets. Over the Netherlands the 305th Bomb Group lost 13 of its 16 B-17s in minutes. The mission’s loss of men and planes was staggeringly high. Sixty bombers never returned to England and 17 were so badly damaged they had to be scrapped. 650 aircrew men did not come home alive. The losses had been so heavy that the USAAF would not return to the target for four months and the raid would become known as “The Black Thursday Mission”. Twelve days later in the late evening a telegram from the War Department arrived at Young’s mother’s Ramona Avenue home informing her that her son was Missing In Action. Four of “The Uncouth Bastard” crew members were taken prisoner and spent the rest of the war in Stalag 17B. Aubrey and five others perished when their fully bomb-loaded plane hit the ground at Immendorf, Germany. There is still and indentation in the ground where it exploded and visitors to the site report some plane parts remain visible. SIERRA MADRE FIRE DEPARTMENT PARAMEDIC SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM Sierra Madre City Council approved a $272.86 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Dispatch Fee for all non-transport EMS calls. This charge goes in effect July 1, 2016 and will only apply to medical incidents where a patient is not transported to the hospital, and will not affect other 911 calls. Members of the Sierra Madre Fire Department Paramedic Subscription Program are exempt from all EMS related charges, including the EMS Dispatch Fee, after insurance billing. The Sierra Madre Paramedic Subscription Program is an official program offered by the City of Sierra Madre to offset the cost of emergency medical responses. Residents may register by mail or in person at City Hall. Online registration coming soon.
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