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Mountain Views News Saturday, September 24, 2011

Arcadia Police Blotter

Mayor Kovacic’s Health 

From Arcadia’s Best

Just 24-hours before making a presentation at 
Saturday’s dedication ceremony of the new north 
tower of Methodist Hospital (Sept. 10), Mayor 
Gary Kovacic was a patient at the same hospital, 
having come dangerously close to a serious heart 
attack or worse.

A day earlier, on Thursday, Kovacic had an 
emergency procedure to put a stent in one of his 
three major heart arteries when it was discovered 
that the Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery 
was 90% to 95% blocked.

He was released Friday (Sept. 9) after an 
overnight stay at Methodist, and 24-hours 
later was back at Methodist for the previously-
scheduled dedication, sharing the story and 
before-and-after angiogram photos of his artery 
with the VIP crowd.

Kovacic said he had been unusually exhausted 
after a short back-pack hike with his son and the 
recent “Cool Breezes” bike ride from Ventura to 
Santa Barbara and back. But that didn’t spark 
him to see a doctor or to cancel his plane trip to 
Texas to see his beloved UCLA Bruins’ opening 
football game.

It wasn’t until his friend Tim Murphy, a former 
fire chief and current member of the Arcadia 
Human Resources Commission, strongly 
suggested he see a cardiologist that Kovacic was 
ordered to have an immediate angiogram that 
showed the blockage.

For the period of Sunday, September 11, through 
Saturday, September 17, the Police Department 
responded to 888 calls for service of which 130 
required formal investigations. The following is a 
summary report of the major incidents handled by 
the Department during this period.

Sunday, September 11:

At about 3:45 a.m., a traffic stop was conducted 
on Santa Anita Avenue and Colorado Boulevard 
for a missing headlight and flat tire. Through 
investigation, the officer learned that the driver, a 
33-year-old male of unknown race, had collided 
with a pole in the center median and was under 
the influence. The male was booked at the 
Arcadia City Jail for D.U.I. 

Officers responded to the 1100 block of West 
Duarte Road in reference to a male and female 
arguing inside a parked vehicle. The two parties 
were contacted and a records check of the 
involved 22-year-old White male revealed two 
outstanding misdemeanor warrants, for which 
he was arrested. 

Monday, September 12:

3. Arcadia High School, 180 Campus Drive, 
and Holly Avenue Elementary, 360 West Duarte, 
reported that sometime over the weekend the 
campus vending machines were vandalized. The 
locking mechanisms were broken and the money 
inside was stolen. 

4. At approximately 5:21 p.m., officers 
responded to the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, 
400 South Baldwin Avenue regarding suspicious 
circumstances. The victim told officers that on 
September 1st, he received a voicemail from a 
male with a heavy “Indian accent” who stated 
he was from “Consumer Affairs and Business 
Regulations” and that he had a business/legal 
matter to discuss with him. Upon returning the 
call, the victim spoke with a female subject that 
identified herself as an attorney, also with a very 
heavy “Indian accent”, and told the victim there 
was an outstanding debt which he needed to pay 
immediately or legal action would be taken. The 
victim, believing this was a true debt, purchased 
a prepaid Visa as instructed and then faxed the 
card information to the number provided by the 
female. The victim believes the incident was 
fraudulent and possibly from outside the country.

Tuesday, September 13:

5. Between Monday September 12th at 9:30 
p.m., and Tuesday September 13th at 8:15 a.m., 
a vehicle theft occurred in the 200 block of San 
Antonio Road. Suspect(s) stole a 2007, black, 
GMC Yukon SUV, parked to the front of the 

6. At about 4:00 p.m., a victim came to the 
station to report that a fraud had occurred on 
September 8th. An 81-year-old female victim 
advised that after shopping at Walgreens, 253 
East Foothill Boulevard, she was approached by 
two males described as Hispanic, in their mid 
twenties, about 5’-07”, 170 lbs., with medium 
length black hair in the parking lot. The suspects 
told her that they were mechanics and would be 
able to repair the existing collision damage on 
her vehicle. The victim agreed and gave the men 
a check to purchase the materials and later meet 
her at her residence to fix the car. The check 
was cashed later that day and the suspects never 
arrived at her home.

Wednesday, September 14:

7. At about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to 
Arcadia Reclamation Inc., 12321 Lower Azusa 
Road, regarding damaged property. Sometime 
between September 12th at midnight, and 
September 14th at 2:00 a.m., suspect(s) stole 
approximately 300 feet of copper wiring from the 
in-ground traffic signal boxes at the location. 

8. A theft occurred in the parking lot of 
Ralphs, 16 East Live Oak Avenue, sometime 
between 8:00 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Suspect(s) stole 
the front tire of a bicycle that was parked and 
locked at the location. 

Thursday, September 15:

9. At approximately 9:10 a.m., a 49-year-old 
Hispanic male, who was soliciting in the area of 
Tenth Avenue and Derek Drive, was contacted by 
officers. A records check of the subject revealed 
he was a Parolee at large with outstanding 
warrants. He was taken into custody and booked 
for the warrants at the Arcadia City Jail. 

10. Between 9:02 a.m. and 5:35 p.m., a 
residential burglary occurred in the 700 block 
of West Fairview Avenue. Suspect(s) entered 
the residence through an unlocked front door, 
ransacked the house and stole jewelry.

Friday, September 16:

11. Between September 15th at 10:15 p.m., 
and September 16th at 7:00 a.m., a theft occurred 
at Baldwin Stocker School, 422 West Lemon 
Avenue. Suspect(s) forced open two vending 
machines and stole the currency inside. 

12. A home in the 200 block of West Magna 
Vista Avenue was burglarized between 12:30 p.m. 
and 3:30 p.m. Suspect(s) entered the residence 
through an open sliding door and stole two 

Saturday, September 17:

13. Shortly after 1:00 p.m., loss prevention 
personnel from Zumies at the Westfield Santa 
Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, detained 
one adult female and one juvenile female for 
theft. The suspects entered a fitting room, hid 
merchandise in their purses and attempted to 
leave. The 22-year-old Hispanic female admitted 
that she brought previously stolen merchandise 
with her to return for cash. Both females were 
arrested, and during a search of the 14-year-old 
Hispanic female, marijuana and other narcotic 
paraphernalia were found on her person. Both 
females were booked at the Arcadia City Jail for 
commercial burglary and additional charges.

14. A victim came to the station around 
3:00 p.m. to report a theft by false pretenses. 
The victim stated that on September 15th she 
had attempted to purchase a vehicle advertised 
for sale on Craigslist. She met the selling party, 
described as a White male in his early to mid 40’s, 
heavy set, clean shaven and well-dressed, in the 
900 block of West Duarte Road to inspect and 
purchase the vehicle. The victim gave the suspect 
a $500.00 deposit, and has not heard from him 


On Saturday, November 5th from 10:00 a.m. to 
1:00 p.m., the Arcadia Association of REALTORS® 
will be hosting a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Both 
REALTORS® and members of the public alike are 
invited to bring their non-perishable food items 
to the AAR building parking lot, 601 South First 
Ave., Arcadia.

All canned goods will be donated to the 
Foothill Unity Center so that those less fortunate 
will have food for the holidays. Please help by 
joining together in the spirit of giving.

The Arcadia Association of REALTORS® is a 
full-service real estate Association servicing the 
needs of local REALTORS® in the east San Gabriel 
Valley. They are the local advocate for their 
REALTOR® members and work to enhance the 
professionalism, integrity and competency of their 
members and to promote private property rights 
for the community. The Arcadia Association of 
REALTORS® can be reached at (626) 446-2115. 



Saturday, October 8, 8:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 9, 8:30am - 3:30pm 

 $195 includes Public Talk on 10/7: See above

 Ecosystem agriculture attempts to mimic the 
structure and function of natural communities 
in food-producing ecologies. This workshop 
explores the vision, theory, design, and practice 
of ecosystem agriculture. Lectures, field 
observations, and experiential classes will 
reveal the nature of ecosystem architecture, 
social structure, underground economics, and 
succession. Participants will draw conclusions 
from these experiences, developing practical 
design principles, practices, patterns, and 
processes for garden design and management. 
You will leave this workshop with an increased 
ability to design your own backyard food-
producing ecosystems. 

 The cost of the weekend workshop includes 
the Friday night lecture, which will lay critical 
groundwork for these two days.

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award 
winning two-volume book Edible Forest 
Gardens, has studied ecology and design since 
the 1970s, and has run his own design firm—
Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. An 
engaging and passionate teacher of ecological 
design and permaculture, Dave has designed, 
built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, 
and c ommunities in the many parts of the 
United States, as well as overseas. A co-founder 
of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, 
he homesteaded there for a number of years. 
Dave holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from 
Simon’s Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape 
Design from the Conway School of Landscape 

TO REGISTER for either or both classes: 626-
821-4623 /

 Full Details:

Tree Pruning Fundamentals

Saturday, October 1


Dr. Jerrold Turney, instructor

$25 Arboretum members

$28 non-members

(no admission fee to the Arboretum is charged when you register for a class)

Please call the class registration line at 626.821.4623 
to register though you may also pay at the door.

Learn how and when to prune trees and shrubs 
from Dr. Jerrold Turney, certified arborist and 
licensed CA agricultural pest control advisor. 
Dr. Turney will cover the fundamentals of 
pruning following the guidelines established by 
the International Society of Arboriculture. The 
pruning of fruit trees (stone fruits, apple & 
pear, citrus, avocado, etc.) for increased fruit 
production and disease control will also be 
covered, as well as the major diseases that attack 
fruit trees.

Please call the class registration line at 
626.821.4623 to register though you may also pay 
at the door.

Learn how and when to prune trees and shrubs 
from Dr. Jerrold Turney, certified arborist and 
licensed CA agricultural pest control advisor. 
Dr. Turney will cover the fundamentals of 
pruning following the guidelines established 
by the International Society of Arboriculture. 
The pruning of fruit trees (stone fruits, apple 
& pear, citrus, avocado, etc.) for increased fruit 
production and disease control will also be 
covered, as well as the major diseases that attack 
fruit trees.

Dr. Turney received his B. S. In Botany from 
California State Polytechnic University and his 
Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University 
of California at Riverside. He has served as 
the curator of the camellia gardens at the 
Huntington Library and Botanic Gardens, 
a research horticulturist at the Los Angeles 
County Arboretum, and is currently the plant 
pathologist for the Department of Agricultural 
Commissioner/Weights and Measures for the 
County of Los Angeles. In addition, Dr. Turney 
was formerly a licensed landscape contractor, and 
is currently a licensed agricultural pest control 
advisor and an ISA certified arborist. His primary 
fields of expertise are plant pathology, mycology 
and arboriculture.