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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 4, 2013 

Pasadena Marathon 
Course Map Revealed 

Local Man 
Arrested for 
Torture and 
Sex Crimes

 Event downgraded 
to half marathon 

 Although this year’s 
Pasadena Marathon is set for 
June 30, the popular event, 
now in its fifth year, will 
be downgraded from a full 
marathon to a half marathon 
officials announced this 
week. Also cut this year is the 
bike tour.

The marathon will feature a 
half marathon, 10K, 5K, and 
kids run.

 “Unfortunately, though it 
was our wish to once again 
put on a great Full Marathon, 
Full Marathon Relay, and 
Bike Tour event, the events 
were not permitted by City 
of Pasadena Staff,” a notice 
says greeting runners as 
they visit the events website

 City staff said the event 
draws less than 1,000 
participants something they 
say cannot justify shutting 
down the high number of 
city streets dunning a full 
marathon. The full marathon 
shuts down 26.5 miles of 
city streets, something city 
officials said is more of an 
undertaking than needed for 
the Rose Parade.

 Pasadena Marathon Race 
Director Israel Estrada is 
no stranger to controversy 
with the city. Estrada has 
said the biggest issue with 
the marathon, in the past, 
has been that the event has 
never had a permanent race 
date. He also said that each 
year, city staff final approval 
does not give runners 
enough time to train. He also 
said that canceling the full 
marathon will stop attracting 
running from as far away as 

 Last year the event was held 
in May and prior to that in 

 This year’s race will again 
start at Pasadena City 
College, then snake through 
the city passing historic 
landmarks such as city hall, 
downtown old Pasadena and 
the Rose Bowl stadium. 

 Organizers also announced 
this year’s art contest winner, 
Marion Eisenmann, who 
designed a new look for the 
marathon including the logo, 
t-shirts and medals. 

 There will also be a question 
and answer session, May 7, 
for team captains or anyone 
else forming a group for 
the run. The meeting will 
be held at 6:30 p.m. at the 
Soupplantation 201 South 
Lake Avenue.

 Pasadena Police Detectives 
arrested a man Wednesday for 
torture, mayhem and various 
other sex-related crimes after 
a woman called police saying 
she had been burned and tied 

 Police later arrested Piotr Igor 
Dudkiewicz of Pasadena for 
alleged kidnapping, rape and 

According to police, shortly 
before 9:00 a.m. Tuesday 
dispatchers received a 911 call 
transfer from the California 
Highway Patrol. The woman on 
the phone was distraught and 
uttered she was in Pasadena 
and had been burned and tied 
up by a male. The call was then 

 Pasadena Police Officer 
connected the caller’s phone 
number to a residence in the 
700 block of N. Pasadena 
Avenue. No one was located at 
the residence.

 Los Angeles Police 
Department notified the 
Pasadena police that a Hispanic 
female-21 was found suffering 
from severe chemical burns at 
a Los Angeles area hospital. 
Pasadena patrol officers 
responded and determined 
she was the original caller.

 The investigation revealed 
that the victim had been 
intentionally burned by a 
suspect, who she met in Los 
Angeles and agreed to follow 
him to his home in Pasadena. 
At the residence, the suspect 
convinced her to pose for a 
picture wearing a motorcycle 
helmet. After placing the 
helmet on her head, the 
victim felt a burning sensation 
against her skin. When she 
attempted to remove the 
helmet, the suspect held the 
helmet in place until she lost 
consciousness. She later awoke 
to find the suspect sexually 
assaulting her. 

 The victim remains 
hospitalized in serious, but 
stable condition with second 
and third degree burns.

 Dudkiewicz remains in 
custody on $1.4 million dollars 

 Pasadena detectives are 
asking that anyone with 
information contact Detective 
Carolyn Gordon at (626) 744-
7113 or the Pasadena Police 
Department at (626) 744-4241.

Doo Dah Parade Strikes Again

 Thousands of parade goers lined Colorado Boulevard in East Pasadena Saturday to get a glimpse of some of 
the wacky entries that made up this year’s 36th occasional Doo Dah Parade including the amusing Flying Baby 
Hammer (pictured above), a Moveable Feast (based on a Hemingway novel), and BBQ & Hibachi Marching Grill 
Team among others. This year’s Queen Susann Edmonds was accompanied by a llama she borrowed from 
Parade Grand Marshal Alan Zorthian. 

Live Stream 
with Author 
Dan Brown

Pasadena Public Library 
will host a Live Stream 
Event of Dan Brown, the # 
1 international bestselling 
author, at Lincoln Center – An 
Evening of Codes, Symbols 
and Secrets on Wednesday, 
May 15 at 4:30 p.m. in Central 
Library’s Donald R. Wright 
Auditorium, 285 E. Walnut St. 
This unique publishing event 
will be Brown’s only public 
appearance and is presented 
by Doubleday.

 Brown will speak about his 
new novel, “Inferno,” plus 
a range of topics, including 
science, religion, codes, book 
publishing, movie making 
plus a few surprise topics.

For more information call 
(626) 744-4294

Queen Susann Edmonds

Pharmacy Bill 
Passes Key 

 An Evening of Codes, 
Symbols and Secrets

 The Assembly Health 
Committee has approved 
Assemblymember Chris 
Holden’s bill to give patients 
a choice in pharmacy health 

 AB 299 targets mail-order 
prescription mandates by 
prohibiting any mail-order 
pharmacy from entering into 
contracts with health insurance 
companies when the insured 
are required to purchase their 
medications from a mail-order 

 “Let’s use some common sense 
here. The average consumer 
wants to have a choice in where 
he or she purchases prescription 
drugs,” said Holden. “These 
plans shouldn’t discriminate 
on where you buy your 
medications. Let the patient 
choose what works best for 
him or her - a local pharmacy 
or a mail-order pharmacy. 
I am especially concerned 
that seniors or those with 
complicated conditions such as 
cancer, hepatitis or HIV/AIDS 
have access to the pharmacist of 
their choice.”

 AB 299 follows reports 
earlier this year that health 
insurer Anthem Blue Cross 
was going to require thousands 
of its California patients 
with chronic diseases such as 
cancer, rheumatoid arthritis 
and HIV/AIDS to buy 
prescription drugs from a mail 
order pharmacy. Anthem has 
since backed off while they 
reevaluate the requirement. But 
Assemblymember Holden felt 
it was important to go ahead 
with the legislation to ensure 
consumers have a choice.

 AB 299 is supported by several 
senior groups including AARP 
California and the California 
Senior Legislature, California 
Pharmacists Association, AIDS 
Healthcare Foundation, Target 
and Walgreens among others.

 Earlier, AB 299 passed the 
Assembly Business, Professions 
and Consumer Protection 
Committee. It now goes to 
Assembly Appropriations for 
fiscal consideration.

Pasadena Marathon 2013 Course Map 

PCC Wins at Public 
Relations State Conference

 The Pasadena City College 
Public Relations Office continued 
its long-standing winning streak 
at the 2013 Community College 
Public Relations Organization 
(CCPRO) Conference with a first 
and second place PRO Award 
in the category of Sports Media 
Guide and a third place win in 
the category of Banner/Outdoor 

 The annual conference, which 
was held at the DoubleTree Hotel 
in Santa Ana, Calif. on April 
18-19, recognizes excellence in 
California’s community college 
public relations and related 

 “We pour many hours of work 
and energy toward producing 
a quality printed sports media 
guide,” said Robert Lewis, PCC 
sports information specialist. 
“To be honored once again by 
our peers in the public relations 
field is special, and we take pride 
that PCC is a perennial winner 
in the sports media category. It’s 
an affirmation that we do our job 
well of promoting student and 
team success.”

 PCC’s first place win came 
from the 2013 Lancers football 
media guide, and the college’s 
second place award was for the 
2013 Lancers women’s basketball 
media guide.

 The PCC sports media guides 
are a collaborative effort, 
written and edited by Lewis, 
with graphics produced by Jesus 
Ruiz, typesetter/production 
artist for the PCC Publications 
Office. Photos are provided by 
Richard Quinton, PCC sports 
information photographer, and 
Richshell Allen, PCC digital 
media technician.

 “I’m inspired to be part of a team 
that puts out such consistent, 
quality work,” Ruiz said. “It’s an 
added bonus that our work is 
recognized by the industry and 
our peers.”

 PCC received third place 
for its Distinguished Alumni 
banners, which can be seen at 
the turnaround in front of the 
Industrial Technologies Building 
on Hill Ave.

White Suits Green 
Thumbs to Help Parks

Pet of the 

 The Pasadena Tournament 
of Roses Association and 
Miracle-Gro have partnered 
to improve and enhance 
parks in the city of Pasadena 
through a project dubbed 
“White Suits Green Thumbs” – 
“white suits” being a reference 
to the traditional New Year’s 
Day uniform of Association 
volunteer members – that 
will have members digging, 
planting and utilizing Miracle-
Gro products in three parks 
on Saturday, May 4. A fourth 
park will undergo a more 
extensive transformation to 
be unveiled in October.

 On May 4, Brenner Park, 
Hamilton Park and Robinson 
Park will benefit from the work 
of 85 Tournament volunteers, 
as well as an additional 91 
family members and friends. 
More than 19,500 square 
feet of mulch and Miracle-
Gro products donated by 
the company will be used 
to improve the soil and help 
ensure that new plants and 
trees thrive.

 The improvement of Central 
Park will be a larger-scale 
project, with work resources 
provided by other parties.

Billy is a sweet and playful 
two-year-old Labrador/pit 
bull mix. He enjoys playing 
with toys and going out for 
walks in the park. He came 
into the shelter as a stray 
and would do well with an 
active family. 

 Billy’s adoption fee is $125, 
which includes his neuter 
surgery, a microchip, the first 
set of vaccinations, as well 
as a free follow-up health 
check at a participating vet. 
New adopters will receive 
complimentary health and 
wellness exam from VCA 
Animal Hospitals, as well 
as a goody bag filled with 
information on how to 
care for your pet. Ask an 
adoptions counselor for 
more information during 
your visit 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A324857, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. in Pasadena. 
Adoption hours are 11-4 
Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday –
Friday, 9-4 Saturday. Pets 
may not be available for 
adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
from phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

May JPL Events Calendar

Altadena Sheriff Crime Blotter


 The Eta Aquarids meteor 
shower will peak in the early 
hours before dawn on Sunday, 
May 5. Away from city lights, 
up to 30 shooting stars an hour 
can be seen. Each one is a small 
bit of Halley’s Comet streaking 
across Earth’s atmosphere. A 
thin crescent moon makes for 
dark skies, and best viewing is 
in the hour or two before dawn. 
Some meteors may be visible 
for a few days before and after 
May 5 due to the broad peak of 
this shower.

 MAY 9-10: FREE 

 Radar is a very powerful 
astronomical technique for 
studying the physical properties 
and refining the orbits of near-
Earth asteroids. The world’s 
only two radar telescopes for 
imaging asteroids are at Arecibo, 
Puerto Rico, and Goldstone, 
Calif. These telescopes can 
image near-Earth asteroids with 
resolutions as fine as several 
meters, which greatly exceeds 
the finest resolution available 
from any ground- or space-
based optical telescope (even 
the Hubble Space Telescope). 
Radar images reveal an object’s 
size, shape, rotation state and 
features on its surface such 
as craters, ridges and even 
large boulders. Scientists have 
discovered that one-sixth of 
near-Earth asteroids larger 
than 200 meters (656 feet) in 
diameter are double systems 
that revolve around each other, 
like miniature versions of Earth 
and Moon, and that 10 percent 
of near-Earth asteroids look like 
gigantic peanuts, while others 
resemble muffins and potatoes.

Free lectures on May 9 at 
JPL; May 10 at Pasadena City 
College; both at 7 p.m.


 On May 23, NASA’s Cassini 
spacecraft will fly within about 
600 miles (970 kilometers) of 
Saturn’s largest moon Titan. 
This is the 92nd targeted flyby 
of Titan in the mission.

Sunday, April 21st 

An unknown suspect 
vandalized a parked car in the 
700 block of Woodbury Road 
by firing a BB gun at the driver’s 

Monday, April 22nd 

Between 5:00 PM and 7:00 AM 
(Wednesday) – A Grand theft 
occurred at Five Acres, 760 W. 
Mountain View St. Loss: laptop, 
digital camera, video game 

Wednesday, April 24th 

Between 8:00 PM and 7:30 
AM (Thursday) – A grand 
theft from an unlocked vehicle 
occurred in the 700-blk of W. 
Sacramento St. Loss: car stereo, 
iPod, amplifier, and equalizer. 

9:30 PM and 10:00 AM 
(Thursday) – A vehicle burglary 
occurred in the 1700-blk of 
New York Dr. Loss: airbags, 
navigation system, speakers, 
and black tailgate. 

Thursday, April 25th 

4:30 PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred at 24Hr. Fitness, 2180 
N. Lincoln Av. Three male/black 
suspects were seen fleeing in a 
black colored car. Loss: purse, 
textbooks, wallet and make-up 

A business in the 2000 block 
of Lake Ave. reported that 
three different suspects passed 
counterfeit money at his 
establishment within two hours 
of each other. The suspects were 
described as two female/black 
adults (50-60 years old) and one 
male white juvenile, driving a 
grey minivan. 

6:20 PM – A victim reported 
that two suspects approached 
her in the 2500 block of Fair 
Oaks Ave. and threatened her 
with a gun. The suspects are 
known to the victim. When 
responding deputies saw the 
possible suspect on El Nido 
Drive, he fled on foot and was 
not located at the time. 

Saturday, April 27th 

Between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM 
– A vehicle vandalism occurred 
in the 1200-blk of Sonoma 
Dr. Suspects(s) unknown 
punctured the victim’s tire. 

Between 10:00 PM and 12:15 
AM (Sunday) – A vehicle 
burglary occurred at 24Hr. 
Fitness, 2180 N. Lincoln Av. 
Loss: backpack and wallet. 

Sunday, April 28th 

4:09 PM – A vehicle (Jeep 
Cherokee) was stolen in the 
2300 block of Olive Ave. 

Between April 21th and April 
28th there were 19 runaway 
juveniles reported to the 
Altadena Sheriff Station.

Library to 
Close for Staff 

 All Pasadena Public Library 
sites will close for Staff 
Development Day, Thursday, 
May 9. They will reopen and 
resume their regular schedule 
on Friday, May 10.

 For more information, 
contact Catherine Hany, or 
(626) 744-4207.