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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 20, 2012 

For the period of Sunday, October 7th, through Saturday, October 
13th, the Police Department responded to 988 calls for service 
of which 113 required formal investigations. The following 
is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the 
Department during this period.

Sunday, October 7:

1. At about 2:00 p.m., an officer responded to Nordstrom 
at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a theft report. A juvenile suspect concealed a pair of sunglasses 
inside his pants and exited the store without making payment. 
The 17-year-old Hispanic male was arrested, transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking, and later released to his guardian. 
2. At approximately 6:08 p.m., an officer conducted a 
traffic stop on a vehicle for a warrant attached to the license 
plate, in the area of Peck Road and Foothill Transit. The officer 
discovered the driver had a suspended license. The 32-year-old 
Hispanic male was cited, released in the field, and his vehicle 
was impounded. 

Monday, October 8:

3. Shortly after 5:50 p.m., an officer responded to a two-
party traffic accident in the area of Santa Anita Avenue, south of 
La Porte Street. One of the drivers was unable to stop in time and 
rear-ended the vehicle in front of him. The officer determined 
he was traveling at an unsafe speed. No injuries were reported. 
4. Around 10:51 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 
block of Balboa Drive in reference to a burglary investigation. 
An unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a bathroom 
window, ransacked the location, and fled undetected with 
various property. The officer was able to locate one fingerprint 
and a neighbor reported seeing a suspicious male subject in the 
area of the residence. The subject can be identified if seen again. 

Tuesday, October 9:

5. At about 5:48 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 1000 
block of Oakwood Drive regarding a vandalism report. The 
victims discovered the tires had been slashed on three of their 
vehicles. No one saw or heard anything suspicious; however, the 
officer located dried blood around all of the cut tires. It appeared 
the suspect’s hand was possibly injured during the incident. 
Further investigation is being conducted by the Detective 
6. At approximately 3:30 p.m., an officer responded to 
Bank of America, 169 East Foothill Boulevard, in reference to a 
theft investigation. An elderly victim advised bank staff that her 
caretaker had been stealing from her. An investigation revealed 
the caretaker forged numerous checks totally approximately 
$1,900 of which she issued to herself and her boyfriend. The 
22-year-old Hispanic female was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. The case was referred to the Los 
Angeles County Adult Protective Services for further review. 

Wednesday, October 10:

7. At about 2:14 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area 
of Santa Anita Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in reference to a 
traffic collision. The driver of a White Nissan collided with the 
center median and claimed it was a result of his tire going flat. 
An investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of 
alcohol with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08 percent. 
The 42-year-old Hispanic male was arrested, transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking, and his vehicle was impounded. 
No injuries were reported. 
8. Around 2:03 p.m., a victim came to the Arcadia Police 
Department front counter to file a suspicious circumstances 
report. The victim explained he received multiple phone calls 
from an unknown subject claiming to be a computer technician. 
The caller informed the victim that he received an error message 
from his computer and instructed him to turn on his computer 
in order to follow specific instructions. The victim refused as he 
believed it was a scam involving someone trying to retrieve his 
personal information. 

Thursday, October 11:

9. At approximately 12:30 p.m., an officer responded 
to the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding 
a possible embezzlement report. The manager of Extended 
Stay of America, 401 East Santa Clara Street, discovered over 
$6,000 in cash missing. His records revealed an employee was 
depositing lesser amounts into the company’s accounts. Further 
investigation is being conducted by the Detective Bureau. 
10. Shortly after 7:23 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
H&M, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, in reference to a theft report. 
A suspect concealed several items inside a gym bag and exited 
the store without making payment. The 17-year-old Hispanic 
male was cited and released to his mother. 

Friday, October 12:

11. Around 10:18 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the 900 
block of West Duarte Road in reference to a subject check. The 
reporting party advised two subjects were playing loud music 
and possibly drinking alcohol in public. The officer discovered 
one subject was in possession of cocaine. The 30-year-old Black 
female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 
12. At about 10:34 p.m., an officer responded to the 1000 
block of Woodacre Lane regarding a residential burglary report. 
Unknown suspect(s) forced entry through a window, ransacked 
the location, and stole property including a vehicle parked in the 
garage. No one saw or heard anything suspicious. 

Saturday, October 13:

13. At about 3:00 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop 
on a vehicle for drifting lanes in the area of Golden West 
Avenue and Arcadia Avenue. Upon contact with the driver, 
the officer noticed an odor of alcohol emitting from his breath. 
An investigation revealed he was under the influence. The 
53-year-old Asian male was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
14. Shortly after 12:00 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding a fraud 
report. The victim was notified by his bank that unknown 
suspect(s) withdrew funds from his checking account in 
England and Scotland. The victim was in possession of his 
debit card at the time of the report and had no idea how his 
information was compromised. 


From Arcadia’s Best

Iconic singer-songwriter Paul Anka will 
be the headliner of the first major show at 
the Arcadia Unified School District’s new 
$25 million, 1,200-seat, 40,000 square-
foot state-of-the-art Performing Arts 
Center on Saturday, Oct. 27.


Representatives are seeking to raise hundreds 
of thousands of dollars for naming 
rights of everything from an elevator to 
patios at $1,000 – $250,000; sponsored 
plaques and bricks, and tickets ranging in 
price from $100 – $2,500 to cover costs of 
operating and maintaining the new PAC.


The formal Oct. 27 fundraiser, “An Evening 
with Anka,” takes place a week after 
the official grand opening ceremony on 
Oct. 18 and three days of student showcase 
performances open to the public Oct. 
18-21 (see schedule below).


“An Evening with Anka” is presented by 
the Arcadia school district and the Arcadia 
Performing Arts Foundation, a non-
profit 501(c)(3) organization, established 
to support the Performing Arts Center. 
Monies generated from ticket sales for the 
event are donations to Arcadia Performing 
Arts Foundation and will benefit the 
Performing Arts Center, art education 
and art programming for the community.


Ticket order/donations to “An Evening 
With Anka” can be purchased online at To order 
by mail or in person, the address is 
234 Campus Drive, Arcadia 91107- Attn: 
Rachel Abeyta, AUSD Superintendent 
office. For more information, or to purchase 
tickets by phone, please call (626) 


With a legendary career that spans more 
than four decades, Paul Anka is considered 
one of the world’s most prolific and 
beloved singer/songwriters of any generation. 
Named Billboard Magazine’s 21st 
most successful artist to date, Anka’s long 
list of chart-topping hits include the “My 
Way,” “Diana,”“(You’re) Having My Baby,” 
“You Are My Destiny” and “The Tonight 
Show Theme,” among many others.


“We are so proud to officially open the 
doors to The Performing Arts Center in 
such a spectacular way,” said AUSD Superintendent 
Joel Shawn of the opening 
night festivities that honors the vast significance 
of the arts. “This will undoubtedly 
be a history-making moment for 
the district, the students, attendees and 
community as a whole. Having Paul Anka 
perform on our stage is such an honor 
and the opportunity to share the experience 
firsthand with some of our students 
who will accompany him during a portion 
of the concert, is beyond exciting and 


Located on the Arcadia High School campus, 
the Performing Arts Center was designed 
to benefit Arcadia students and the 
San Gabriel Valley as a whole. The modern 
glass and brick architectural center serves 
as an inclusive hub for all of the performing 


Among its many distinctions, the Performing 
Arts Center boasts a performance 
stage that accommodates 200 musicians, 
variable acoustics and orchestral 
shells and professional lighting and sound 
systems. There is also an additional Black 
Box theater with a separate control room 
and flexible seating that can host 125 
guests. The sound attenuated orchestra 
room contains instrument storage, practice 
rooms and a music library.


A professional dance studio with sprung 
wood floors is also housed in the Performing 
Arts Center as are comfortable 
dressing rooms, scene prop and costume 
storage space, back of the house stage 
crafts areas and a concessions booth. The 
superstructure is further adorned with a 
dramatic internal courtyard, lobby and 
outdoor pavilion areas.


“Our students are talented and work hard, 
and they deserve to perform in a facility 
that reflects their level of musicianship,” 
continued Pin Chen, who has served as 
Orchestra Director at AHS for the past 
three years along with veteran Orchestra 
Director Thomas J. Forbes, who is in his 
33rd year of teaching music in the Arcadia 
Unified School District..Over the years 
at Arcadia High School, we have been 
blessed to have fantastic students and they 
have been rewarded with a facility that we 
all can enjoy and be proud of everyday.”


“In the past we would have to rent other 
facilities and take buses to our concerts 
and performances. Having a facility like 
this on campus allows us to do more collaborative 
performances with the entire 
Performing Arts Department,” added 
Forbes, a product of the Arcadia School 
system and longtime employee of AUSD. 
“It is always a thrill to perform with the 
Dance, Choral or Drama Departments on 
the same program. It will also be possible 
to do exchange concerts with other high 
schools and colleges.”


Rick England, Choral Director and former 
Orchestra Director echoes “This is 
my 19th year in AUSD as a Music Teacher 
and we have always had to travel to other 
locations and rent facilities from other 
high schools. It is very exciting to have 
The Performing Arts Center here. We are 
looking forward to hosting regional concerts 
and choral competitions.”


– By Scott Hettrick