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Mountain Views-News Saturday, January 26, 2013 



Award To Be Presented at 
Chamber Directors Installation 
Dinner March 21

The Arcadia Chamber of Commerce is 
pleased to announce that Jim and Shelly 
Romo have been named Citizens of the 
Year for 2013-14.

Individually and together the couple 
who have known each other since seventh 
grade has devoted a lifetime of 
volunteer service to the community 
of Arcadia through scouting, schools, 
church and myriad organizations.

Most recently, Shelly, a former school 
teacher, has been President of Assistance 
League of Arcadia and overseen 
the operation and annual Holiday sale 
of the Bargain Box thrift store that 
funds the providing of clothing and 
school supplies to needy children. Jim, 
a partner in the law firm of Atkinson, 
Andelson, Loya, Rund & Romo, recently 
began serving on the board of new 
Performing Arts Center Foundation.

“Our participation in this wonderful 
community has given us many rewards 
– the most important is the friendship 
of so many giving and caring people,” 
said the couple who stll find time for 
community work while enjoying even 
more rewarding volunteer time spent with their two grandchildren and three adult children.

The Romos will succeed Alice Wang, this year’s Citizen of the Year, at the 2013 Citizen of the Year 
/ Installation Dinner to be held on March 21 in the Chandelier Room at Santa Anita Park. The annual 
dinner event, featuring the induction of the new Chamber officers, including Chairman-elect 
Alynn Robinson of Century 21, Earll, and presentations by Chamber and City leaders and political 
dignitaries, is considered one of Arcadia’s premier events and features an auction. For information 
and tickets, call the Chamber office at 626-447-2159.

Other recent Citizens of the Year include Sho Tay, Vince Foley, current City Councilmen Gary Kovacic 
and Mickey Segal, the latter along with his wife Lee Segal, and Gail Jensen.

Over the years, Jim has been President of the Arcadia Unified School District Board of Education 
twice during his 10 years on the board, and also served two terms as President of the Arcadia Educational 
Foundation. For his volunteering efforts with the schools, Jim has received the Golden Service 
Award from Arcadia school district, the Honorary Service Award from the Council PTA, and the 
“Very Special Person” award from Arcadia High School. He has been a coach and advisor for 15 
years to the AHS recent state and national champion Government/Constitution Competition Team.

Shelly has been President of Assistance League of Arcadia twice and been named Most Valuable 
Member by the organization. She has also been President of the Sierra Madre Nursery School board 
of directors, and served as President and other capacities for the PTAs at Highland Oaks Elementary 
School, Foothills Jr. High, Arcadia High School, and Arcadia Council.

Shelly has also been recognized by the schools with awards for Honorary Service, Continuing Service, 
and Golden Oak from the PTAs, and her own Golden Apple award from the school district.



 Cardiologist K. Heiner Vogelbach, 
MD, will be honored 
at Methodist Hospital’s Mardi 
Gras Tuesday, February 12, at 
Sirona’s, Santa Anita Park. 

For his faithful support of 
Methodist Hospital and the 
clinical care he has provided to 
thousands of patients as director 
of cardiology over the past 
15 years, Dr. Vogelbach has 
been selected to preside as king 
of Mardi Gras 2013, one of the 
hospital's most popular fund-
raising events.

 More than 500 local community 
members and businesses, 
including two dozen restaurants, 
are expected to participate 
in the 18th annual "beads 
and boas" celebration February 
12 at Sirona's Restaurant, Santa 
Anita Park, 285 W. Huntington 
Dr., Arcadia. 

 The fun-filled event will feature 
a 1980s theme against a 
backdrop of old New Orleans 
to raise money in support of the 
hospital's outstanding cardiac 
catheterization lab. Co-chairing 
this year are four-time chair/co-
chair Lindburgh McPherson, 
Methodist Hospital Foundation 
board member Sherry Wang 
and longtime hospital supporter 
Patty Soldo.

 "Methodist Hospital is a 
great organization that does so 
much good for the community, 
and when I was asked to co-
chair again, I couldn't say no," 
McPherson said. "Plus, I have a 
great deal of fun participating."

 Lindburgh, who first chaired 
the "Fat Tuesday" event in 2009, 
said organizers hope overall attendance 
will rise, more businesses 
will participate, and the 
money raised for Methodist 
Hospital's lifesaving cath lab 
will reach a record level, perhaps 
exceeding $100,000. 

 "Through the years we've seen 
more participation from the 
smaller healthcare entities such 
as nursing homes," Lindburgh 
said. "That's a good thing. We're 
especially excited this year because 
Dr. Vogelbach has been 
a terrific supporter of Methodist 
Hospital and Mardi Gras. It's 
really fitting that we recognize 
him as our king in 2013."

 Aside from his work as director 
of cardiology, Dr. Vogelbach 
is a member of the Methodist 
Hospital Foundation board of 
directors. He has chaired the 
Crystal Ball and serves on the 
Crystal Ball Committee, is co-
chair of the Cardiac Council 
and has been involved in fundraising 
initiatives such as the 
physician campaign supporting 
The Next Generation of Care. 
Through the years the German-
born physician has encouraged 
patients, friends and associates 
to support the hospital. 

 "This is my second Mardi 
Gras,” said co-chair Patty Soldo. 
"I am a nurse, and my husband 
is a cardiologist who works with 
Dr. Vogelbach. I am excited to 
help the cardiologists in any 
way I can." She said she hopes 
to see more of the newer and 
younger community members 
attend the 2013 event to raise 
funds that will enable the Cath 
Lab to update its equipment and 
ultimately provide even better 
care to the community. 

 "Sherry (Wang) asked me 
to participate this year, and I 
couldn't say no," Patty said. 

 Sherry, a member of the Mardi 
Gras committee for the past 10 
years, also hopes to see more 
young members from within the 
community become involved 
with the event this year. "This 
is not only a fund-raising event; 
it is a friend-raising event," she 
said. "It's a perfect venue to 
break into a new environment."

 Mardi Gras has undergone 
many changes through the 
years. Once a black-tie event, 
the celebration is now more 
casual. The Mardi Gras parade, 
featuring the Arcadia High 
School Pep Band, started three 
years ago. With a live band performing 
each year, the event has 
become a prominent and enjoyable 
one for all who attend.

 The 80z All-Stars, one of Southern 
California's premier 1980`s 
tribute bands, will provide the 
evening’s lively entertainment. 
Other activities will include a 
silent auction, the annual Mardi 
Gras parade, an Elvis Presley 
impersonator, dancing and 
mouth-watering culinary delights 
prepared by some of San 
Gabriel Valley's most celebrated 
and successful restaurants. 

 Tickets are $80 each. To reserve 
yours, contact Gloria Rico 
at 626-821-2340 or mardigras@ 


For the period of Sunday, January 13th, through Saturday, January 19th, the Police Department responded 
to 861 calls for service of which 120 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of 
the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, January 13:

1. At approximately 11:57 a.m., officers responded to the area of Santa Clara Avenue and Second 
Avenue in reference to a disturbance. Officers contacted a subject walking away from the scene of the 
disturbance. A records check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant. The 28-year-old, Black 
male was subsequently arrested for having an outstanding warrant, and was transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 
2. At about 12:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 W. Huntington 
Drive, regarding a subject being detained by security officers for trespassing. An investigation revealed 
the subject was previously escorted from the property and returned without permission. The 52-year-
old male was arrested for trespassing and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Monday, January 14:

3. Around 10:37 a.m., officers responded to the 1200 block of Encino Avenue regarding a mail 
theft. Investigation revealed that suspects drove up to the victim’s mailbox in a blue van, stole the items 
inside the mailbox, and fled the scene. The suspects were not located during a subsequent area check. 
4. At about 10:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 000 block of W. Pamela Road in regard to 
a residential burglary. Officers discovered the suspect(s) removed a kitchen window screen and entered 
through an unlocked window. Further investigation revealed the bedroom was ransacked and property 
was stolen including cash, an iPad, and a camera. There were surveillance cameras at the residence, but 
no witnesses. 

Tuesday, January 15:

5. At approximately 3:28 p.m., officers responded to the Arcadia Public Library, 20 W. Duarte 
Road, regarding a physical altercation between teenagers. An investigation revealed that one of the 
teenagers pushed and spit in the other teenager’s face. The 14-year-old, Hispanic male was arrested 
for battery and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. He was subsequently released to his 
6. At about 2:12 a.m., officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a broken tail light on Santa 
Anita Avenue near Colorado Boulevard. During their investigation, officers discovered the driver was 
under the influence of alcohol. The 51-year-old, White male was subsequently arrested for drunk driving 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. 

Wednesday, January 16:

7. At approximately 7:02 p.m., officers responded to Macy’s at the Westfield Shopping Town, 400 
S. Baldwin Avenue, regarding two female subjects in custody for theft. The subjects concealed several 
clothing items inside a bag, and exited the store without paying for the items. The 19-year-old and 
20-year-old, Hispanic females were arrested for commercial burglary and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 
8. Shortly after 8:00 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of San Carlos Road regarding 
a residential burglary occurring while the resident was home. Investigation revealed that the suspects 
attempted to open several doors to the house, and pried open a bathroom window screen after ringing 
the doorbell twice. The resident ran out of her home when the suspects entered her backyard. During a 
search of the area, officers contacted and detained two suspects matching the description. A consensual 
search of the suspects revealed they had jewelry on their person that appeared to come from a residence 
in the area. The 18-year-old, Black males were arrested for suspicion of residential burglary and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for processing. 

Thursday, January 17:

9. At about 10:10 a.m., an officer responded to Westfield Shopping Town, 400 S. Baldwin Avenue, 
regarding an auto burglary. Investigation revealed two Hispanic males, driving a red minivan, parked 
in front of a white delivery truck and broke into the truck by cutting open the padlock. Fifteen boxes of 
merchandise were stolen. There were no signs of the suspects in the area, and no further evidence was 
10. At approximately 10:48 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of Arcadia Avenue in 
reference to a possible assault with a deadly weapon. An investigation revealed a juvenile subject was 
hiding out in his girlfriend’s house without permission. The girlfriend’s grandmother attempted to detain 
the subject, and he grabbed a kitchen knife and threatened to kill her before running away. Officers 
looked for the juvenile suspect, but did not find him. A records check of the 14-year-old, Hispanic male 
revealed that the juvenile was also reported missing in Arcadia, West Covina and Pasadena. 

Friday, January 18:

11. At about 8:16 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a construction site in the 000 block of E. 
Huntington Drive regarding a commercial burglary. Investigation revealed that suspect(s) pried open 
a rear door, and stole several tools and a television. There were no witnesses or signs of the suspect(s) 
in the area.
12. At approximately 3:18 p.m., an officer responded to CVS Pharmacy, 1401 S. Baldwin Avenue, 
regarding a male suspect in custody for robbery. Investigation revealed the male suspect grabbed two 
bottles of alcohol, ran out of the store without paying for them, and physically resisted with a loss 
prevention officer who tried to detain him. The loss prevention officer ultimately tackled the suspect 
to the ground and handcuffed him. The 17-year-old, Chinese male was arrested for robbery, and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, January 19:

13. Around 3:52 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 1000 block of W. Huntington Drive 
regarding a residential burglary. Officers discovered that the suspect(s) entered the home through an 
unlocked bathroom window. Further investigation revealed that the bedrooms were ransacked and 
a Playstation 3 had been stolen. There were no surveillance cameras or signs of the suspect(s) in the 

 At about 6:08 p.m., an officer responded to Macy’s at Westfield Shopping Town, 400 S. Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a female suspect in custody for theft. The suspect concealed a scarf, gloves and 
several wallets in her purse, and exited the store without paying for the items. A search of the suspect’s 
purse revealed she was also in possession of pills and drug paraphernalia. The 45-year-old, White 
female was arrested for theft and possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. She 
was subsequently transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.


On January 24, 2013 shortly after 10:00 a.m., the police department was notified of a safety concern 
on the Arcadia High School Campus. An anonymous email was received by a school administrator 
stating there might be two students on campus with handguns. Police arrived on campus and 
remained through the pre-scheduled dismissal time of 12:27 p.m. No suspicious activity was 
discovered and no lockdown occurred. The school day had been shortened due to mid-term testing. 

The source of the email is being investigated by Arcadia Police Detectives. 

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to contact the Arcadia Police Department 
at (626) 574-5150, case #1300378. 

If you prefer to provide information ANONYMOUSLY, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 
800-222-TIPS (8477), texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the tip 
page at Los Angeles Regional Crime Stoppers.