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Mountain Views-News Saturday, December 1, 2012 




 Rudy Wunderlin went to God 
on November 27, 2012 at the 
age of 89. He was born in 1923 
near Basel, Switzerland. He and 
his brother Fredi were raised by 
their mother after his father died 

 Rudy came to the United States 
at age 23 and became a citizen. 
He met Mae Belle in California, 
and they were married for 62 
years. In Rudy’s career as a cotton broker, they traveled 
all over the world. They lived with their two children in 
Arcadia, Mexico, Dallas, and New Orleans. They retired to a 
home in Sierra Madre that reminded Rudy of his childhood 
home, with its views of the valley and hillside of fruit trees.

 Rudy is survived by his wife Mae Belle, son Paul, daughter 
Linda, and grandchildren Natalie, Julia, and Matt. He was a 
lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus. Rudy will be 
forever remembered for his goodness, sense of humor, and 
love of mankind. 

 A Mass will be held on December 3rd at 10:00 AM at 
St. Rita’s in Sierra Madre, followed by a graveside service at 
Rose Hills in Whittier and a reception in Arcadia.


January 31, 1918 - November 14, 2012

Loyal is survived by her twin sister, 
Gloria LaFrance Hinshaw (born Gloria 
LaFrance Brown). and brother in law 
Roger A. Munn of Sierra Madre,her 
loving son, Vann Christi Camacho, 
daughter-in-law, Dolores Pumelani 
“Angel” Camacho of Pearl City, Hawaii; 
granddaughter Sherilee Camacho-
Fuentes and grandson-in-law Mario 
Fuentes of Mililani, Hawaii; grandson 
Curtis Christi Kelii Camacho also of Pearl 
City and great granddaughter Chrisjynn 
Not Afraid and great grandson, Kamuela 
Jordan “Kaliiwaiwaiole” Camacho-

 A Desert Reception in her honor followed by a Celebration 
of Life Service.will be held on Friday, December 7th from 1:00 
pm - 2:30 p.m. at the Sierra Madre Senior Center in the Hart 
Park House. Pastries, goodies, sweets, and any refreshments are 
welcome. Condolences and Cards can be sent to: The Camacho 
Family 38 S. Sunnyside Ave Sierra Madre, California 91024.

 Any donations can be made out to the “Pasadena Humane 
Society.” Loyal greatly loved animals and especially cats and she 
would love to continue supporting the care of these precious 
animals. Submitted by the family

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Larry Giannone was formally sworn in as the city’s new Police Chief. In attendance 
at the swearing was was his wife (pictured above) as well as members of the Monterey Park Police Department, where 
Giannone served for 26 years prior to coming to Sierra Madre. He joined the SMPD in 2007. Photo by Dave Felt




 Friends gathered this past Tuesday 
night to say goodbye to Nikki 
Stevens during her last shift at 
the Buccaneer Lounge. 

 Stevens is moving to Washington 
and has purchased her own 
business called The Little Rock 
Saloon in a suburb of Olympia. 
She will partner with friend Jeff 
Hanzo in the venture and is excited 
about the new chapter in 
her life. 

 "Gerri, the owner, was the one 
who planted the seed and told 
me I would make a good bar 
owner," Stevens said. "It was a 
great business opportunity and 
with the support from our family 
at the Buc, we were inspired 
to grasp it and go make everyone 

 Stevens worked the day shift at 
the "Buc" for seven years and will 
be greatly missed. Her friend, 
Debbie Nash, has been hired to 
replace her.

 The Buccaneer Lounge is located at 70 W. Sierra Madre Blvd. and is open daily from 10am to 2am.

Above: Jeff Hanzo, Nikki Stevens, Jennifer Higdon and Buccaneer owner Gerri Fraser

Photo courtesy Terry Miller


 In the November 24, 2012 edition of 
the Mountain Views News, under the 
headline, “Arson and Insurance Fraud 
Filed on two Sierra Madre Residents”, 
the photograph on the left of a woman 
identified as Suanne Ellis of Sierra 
Madre appeared. This is NOT the 
same Suanne Ellis that was arrested 
for the crime. Our apologies for any 
misunderstanding or inconvenience 
this may have caused.

Sierra Madre Police Blotter



November 17-25, 2012

Saturday November 17, 2012

At approximately 1:20pm, police responded to a residential burglary alarm in the 400 block of East 
Sierra Madre Boulevard. It was discovered that unknown suspect(s) had entered the residence by 
removing a bedroom screen and climbing in through an unlocked window. Nothing inside was 
disturbed and it appeared that the suspect may have left quickly when the audible alarm activated. 
Physical evidence was collected from the scene. 

During the afternoon, unknown suspect(s) entered a residence in the 500 block of North Hermosa 
Avenue by smashing the glass portion of a rear kitchen door. Once inside, the suspect(s) ransacked 
much of the residence and removed property. Neighbors reported seeing a white delivery type truck 
parked on Carter Avenue just east of Hermosa Avenue during the mid-afternoon. The witnesses did 
not recall seeing any makings or logos on the truck. 

Tuesday November 20, 2012

Officers served felony arrest warrants for Arson and Insurance Fraud on Michael and Suanne Ellis. 
After a long investigation, the District Attorney had filed the felony counts in response to an incident 
that occurred in October 2011. It is alleged that the parties started fire to their residence in the 200 
block of West Mariposa Avenue and then collected money from their insurance company for the 

At 2am, an officer observed a vehicle driving erratically on Santa Anita Avenue and initiated a traffic 
stop. During the investigation, the officer determined that the driver had been drinking and was not 
able to safely operate the vehicle. The driver (male 21 years of age) was arrested for DUI. 

Saturday November 24, 2012

At 2am a vehicle was observed speeding in the area of Baldwin Avenue and Orange Grove Avenue. 
The officer initiated a traffic stop and determined that the driver had been drinking. The driver (male 
25 years of age) failed to perform the Field Sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. 


The Sierra Madre Rose Float Association (SMRFA) will be holding 
a Floral Arranging Workshop at the Rose Float Barn on Wednesday, 
December 5th at 1 pm. 

Attendees will learn how to copy an arrangement, from soaking floral foam to installing 
the arrangement on the float. There are approximately 70 arrangements on the float and 
SMRFA will need additional help to get these all done on time. The class will cost $15.00, to 
help defray costs, and you get to take your flowers home. If you are interested, please contact 
Kay Sappington at 626-379-0272 or email her at Deadline 
to sign up is December 3rd.

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