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Mountain Views-News Saturday, May 11, 2013 

Police Hold 
First Gun 
Buy Back 

Sheriff Release Sketch of 
Child Molestation Suspect

 The Altadena Sheriff’s 
Station and Special Victim’s 
Bureau is asking the public’s 
help in identifying an alleged 
child molestation suspect 
who abducted and raped 
a girl while walking home 
from school in February. 

 Sheriff investigators released 
a sketch Wednesday asking 
anyone with information 
that could identify the 

 Police say on Wednesday, 
February 27, at 
approximately 5:15 pm, a 
female juvenile was walking 
home from Eliot Middle 
School in Altadena near 
the 2500 block of Fair Oaks 
Avenue, when, police say, 
the suspect approached her 
from behind, grabbed her, 
forced her into his vehicle, 
parked behind a business 
and molested her. 

 The suspect is described as 
a male Hispanic, black hair, 
brown eyes, medium build, 
between 40-50 years old. 

 The suspect vehicle is 
described as an older black 4 
door Mercedes. 

 If you have any information 
regarding the identity of the 
above suspect, please contact 
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s 
Department, Special Victims 
Bureau 24HR Tip Line (877) 
710-LASD (5273).

The Pasadena Police 
Department, numerous faith 
based organizations, and 
many non-profit and business 
sectors have joined together 
to facilitate the first Pasadena 
Gun Buy Back Program and 
Peace Source Fair, being held 
today. The goal behind our 
efforts is to remove unwanted 
firearms from the community, 
to educate the public on 
proactive gun safety, and to 
promote a safer community 
through the showcasing of area 
groups involved in violence 
prevention, intervention and 
resource assistance. During 
the Peace- Source Fair, civic, 
community and religious 
leaders will share insight into 
on-going efforts to reduce 
violence in our community. 

 The Pasadena Police 
Department will host the 
Gun Buy Back Program 
between 11am- 3 pm in front 
of the police station, 207 N. 
Garfield Avenue. Attendees 
will be asked to remain in 
their vehicles with all firearms 
stored unloaded and in 
the trunk of their vehicles. 
Vehicle traffic will be directed 
southbound only on Garfield 
Avenue from Walnut Street. 
Law enforcement personnel 
will contact drivers in their 
cars, safely remove all firearms 
from the vehicle and after 
disposing of the firearms in a 
receptacle, deliver gift cards 
back to the driver, who will be 
directed out of the processing 
area southbound toward 
Ramona Avenue. 

 Gift certificates will be issued 
as follows: $50.00 for a non-
working firearm, $100.00 for 
working handguns, rifles or 
shotguns, and $200.00 for 
functioning military style 
assault weapons. Weapons 
will be evaluation by on-scene 
firearms experts before gift 
cards are issued. 

 The Peace-Source Fair is 
scheduled between 11 am - 2 
pm and situated on Thurgood 
Marshall between Garfield 
Avenue and Euclid Avenue, 
north of Pasadena City Hall. 
The fair will feature speakers, 
live music, resource tables, 
and food trucks. Parking is 
available at Euclid Avenue 
and Walnut Street or Euclid 
Avenue and Union Street.

Terry Tornek, Victor Gordo and John Kennedy take the oath of office. Photo D.Lee/MVNews

New City Council Members Take Oath

 Newly elected Pasadena 
Councilmember John J. Kennedy 
and re-elected Councilmembers 
Terry Tornek and Victor Gordo 
were sworn into office Monday 
night, by City Clerk Mark 
Jomsky. The Oath of Office was 
administered by Jomsky before 
a packed, standing-room-only 
Council Chamber filled with 
family, friends, government, 
business, civic and community 
leaders according to city staff.

 District 7 Councilmember Tornek 
and District 5 Councilmember 
Gordo were re-elected to office 
earlier this year in landslide 
primary election victories. 
Kennedy, who will represent 
District 3, replaces former 
Councilmember Joel Bryant, who 
temporarily filled the District 
3 seat for about five months 
once long-time Councilmember 
Chris Holden resigned after 
being elected to the California 
Legislature last year. Kennedy also 
won election to his first term in the 
March 5, 2013 primary election 
with about 56 percent of the votes 
according to city staff.

2.0 from 

 The Pasadena area’s second 
annual community wide 
book festival is today at 
Pasadena’s Central Park 
(South Raymond Ave. and 
E. Delmar Blvd.

 LitFest Pasadena presents 
three stages packed with 
a day full of panels, in 
conversations, readings, 
performances, poetry, teen, 
middle grade, & children’s 
programs. It is a celebratory 
day featuring well-known 
and upcoming California 
authors, hands-on activities, 
good food, better books, 
and family-friendly fun all 
aimed at promoting the 
literary arts!

 LitFest Pasadena will 
feature more than 80 
authors, storytellers, and 
performers for a day that 
will explore an eclectic mix 
of subjects such as Southern 
California surf culture, local 
history, children’s and young 
adult literature, and more. 
Among the authors joining 
us are Jonathan Gold, Reyna 
Grande, Amber Benson, 
and Severin Browne, live 
music and performances 
by History Lit and The Bob 
Baker Marionette Theatre.

 More than 40 exhibitors 
will entice attendees with a 
variety of products, services, 
and activities. LitFest’s 
unbeatable price--free--and 
easy access (just steps from 
the Central Park Gold Line 
station) will make for a 
fantastic day for all!

Adam Schiff Announces 
Annual Art Contest

Adam Schiff announced that 
Monday that he will host the 
annual Congressional Art 
Competition Forum and Exhibit 
for the 28th District, featuring 
high school students’ artwork 
from the region, on Sunday, 
May 19. The Congressional 
Art Competition is an annual 
contest, with submissions from 
across the country. The winner 
from each Congressional 
District has their work displayed 
in the U.S. Capitol for one year. 
In addition, he has opened up 
the competition with a “People’s 
Choice” award, which will be 
decided through an online vote.

 To vote for the “People’s 
Choice,” constituents should go 
to Schiff’s website. Voting will 
be open through May 15th.

 The Congressional Art 
Competition began in 1982 
to provide an opportunity 
for Members of Congress to 
encourage and recognize the 
artistic talents of their young 
constituents. Since then, over 
650,000 high school students 
have participated in the 
nationwide competition.

 The first place winner’s artwork 
will hang in the U.S. Capitol for 
one year, the piece awarded 
second place will hang in the 
Congressman’s Washington, 
D.C. office for one year, and the 
piece awarded third place will 
hang in his Burbank District 
Office for one year. The “People’s 
Choice” winner’s artwork will 
also be displayed in Schiff’s 
Washington, D.C. office.

 The winners of the contest 
will be announced at the 28th 
Congressional High School Art 
Competition Forum & Exhibit 
on Sunday, May 19, 2013. All 
student participants will receive 
a Congressional Certificate of 
Recognition. The exhibit will 
be held at Descanso Gardens 
in La Cañada Flintridge at 
Van de Kamp Hall located 
at 1418 Descanso Drive, La 
Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. 
Parking and admission to Van 
de Kamp Hall are free.Exhibit 
viewing will begin at 3:00 pm 
and the Forum and Awards 
Presentation will take place at 
5:00 pm. Light refreshments 
will be served.

 To RSVP, please contact Teresa 
Lamb Simpson in Rep. Schiff’s 
Burbank District Office at (818) 
450 -2900 or (323) 315-5555.

Pasadena Starts 

Bike Week Activities

 Pasadena’s Bike Week, starting 
Monday, is an annual week-
long celebration of all things 
bicycle co-sponsored by the 
City and CICLE (Cyclists 
Inciting Change thru Live 
Exchange (CICLE) www.cicle.
org as a safe, sustainable way to 
get around town. 

 The week of free activities 
are designed to teach new 
and existing riders how to 
navigate safely in traffic and 
to encourage motorists and 
bicyclists alike to safely share 
the road. The emphasis is on 
fun, safety, healthy lifestyle 
and reducing dependence on 
car transportation. While all 
residents are encouraged to 
participate in at least one Bike 
Week activity, also consider 
making bicycle riding a year-
round activity! 

 Events include: 

 “A Taste of Pasadena Tour” 
from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., 
Monday, May 13 to sample 
Pasadena Playhouse District 
restaurants. Meet first at 
Memorial Park, 85 E. Holly St.. 

 Ladies Night, 6:30 p.m. to 
9:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 
15 at Paseo Colorado, 280 E. 
Colorado Blvd., with a “nuts-
and-bolts” primer on fixing 
your own bike and group ride! 

 Bike to Work Day, Thursday, 
May 16. All commuters are 
encouraged to get out of your 
car and on your bike! Special 
“Pit Stop” event from 6:30 
a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at Pasadena 
City Hall (Euclid Avenue side) 
with local bicycle vendors, 
displays, free refreshments, 
prizes and surprises for bike-
to-work riders! Locations and 
information on other Bike to 
Work Pit Stops in the greater 
Pasadena and Los Angeles 
County areas can be found at

 “Bike-in Movie Night” from 
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., Friday, 
May 17, at One Colorado. Bike 
in to watch a fun bike flick in 
the courtyard! 

 Kids Costume Bicycle Parade, 
beginning 11:00 a.m., Saturday, 
May 18 at Victory Park, 2575 
Paloma St. Join the Mayor for 
a family friendly Kids Costume 
Bicycle Parade. The bicycle 
parade will be an opportunity 
for everyone in Pasadena to 
come together for a family fun 
bike ride, which highlights safe 
routes for kids and families. 
All ages and skills levels are 
welcome, as are fun and whacky 
costumes for riders and their 

 The City’s Bike Week events 
are held in May, designated as 
National Bicycle Month by the 
League of American Bicyclists,

Pet of the 

Altadena Sheriff Police Blotter

Monday, April 29th 

 At 12:40 AM, an Altadena 
resident was arrested for 
Driving under the Influence of 
Alcohol in the area of Olive Ave. 
and Harriet Street. 

 Altadena Detectives filed 
charges against a local 
registered sex offender who 
fled the state and was located 
in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Jerome 
Dubose (Male/51 years old) was 
arrested by Ohio authorities 
and will be extradited back 
to California to face charges 
of Failing to Register as a Sex 
Offender (Upon Moving). He 
had been living on Santa Anita 
Avenue in Altadena, but left 
the location without notifying 
local authorities as required by 
law. Mr. Dubose has previous 
convictions for sexual battery 
and indecent exposure. 

 At 7:20 PM, Deputies arrested 
two suspects for possession 
for sales of marijuana and 
possession of concentrated 
cannabis. Deputies contacted 
the suspects, who were inside 
a vehicle, in the 2400 block of 
Grandeur Avenue. Deputies 
were alerted to the marijuana 
due to the large amount of 
marijuana smoke coming 
through the open window. 
Both suspects are only being 
identified as male/18 years old 
and male/21 years old, both 
residents of Altadena. Their 
names are being withheld due 
to the ongoing investigation. 

 Tuesday, April 30th 

 Between 7:45 PM and 9:20 
PM – Two vehicle burglaries 
occurred at 24Hr. Fitness, 2180 
N. Lincoln Av. Loss: black 
shoulder bag, purse, credit card 

 Between 11:00 PM and 3:30 
AM (Wednesday) – A vehicle 
vandalism occurred in the 
1500-blk of Tierra Alta Dr. 
Three tires were slashed. 

 Wednesday, May 1st 

 7:00 PM – In the 1100 block 
of Gravelia Avenue, Deputies 
arrested a male/43 years old 
for domestic violence after 
his girlfriend was reportedly 
assaulted by him. 

 Thursday, May 2nd 

 Between 8:00 AM and 12:30 
PM – A vehicle burglary 
occurred at Aveson Charter 
School, 1919 Pinecrest Dr. Loss: 
laptop, case, purse, and wallet. 

 6:30 PM – A street robbery 
occurred in the 400-blk of 
Athens St. Suspects described 
as: (#1) female, Black, 22 yrs, 
(#2) male, Black, 21-25 yrs, 
(#3) female, Black, 22 yrs,. 
Suspects were driving a gray 
Lexus or Honda. Suspects stole 
the victim’s (1,500) baseball, 
football, and basketball cards, 
cellphone, and currency 
after getting into a physical 
altercation with the victim’s 
friend. It appears that the 
parties are known to each other. 

 Between 10:30 PM and 9:05 
AM (Friday) – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 
1100-blk of Gravelia St. Loss: 
purse containing personal 

 Friday, May 3rd 

 Between 1:00 PM and 2:30 PM 
– A petty theft occurred at Eliot 
Middle School, 2184 N. Lake 
Av. Loss: black iPhone. 

 Between 11:00 PM and 7:50 
AM (Saturday) – A vehicle 
burglary occurred in the 2600-
blk of Calanda Av. Loss: purse, 
gym bag, laptop. 

 Saturday, May 4th 

 5:02 PM - Deputies arrested 
Sergio Huezo (male/34 years 
old) on Fair Oaks Avenue for 
being drunk in public after 
he was found staggering in 
the northbound lane and was 
nearly struck by an oncoming 

 8:46 PM – Deputies arrested 
Dean Lawson (male/52 
years old) for possession of a 
narcotics paraphernalia after 
receiving a call regarding him 
acting suspicious in the area of 
Harriet and Fair Oaks Avenue.

Joint Police-
Fire Memorial 

NASA Curiosity Rover 
Wins Prestigious Awards

 The public is invited & 
encouraged to join Pasadena 
Police Chief Phillip L. 
Sanchez; Pasadena Fire Chief 
Calvin E. Wells; City Leaders, 
Police and Fire Department 
personnel, family and friends 
for the second annual joint 
Pasadena Police and Fire 
Memorial Service honoring 
the brave personnel from 
both departments who have 
died in the line of duty while 
protecting and serving the City 
of Pasadena. The program will 
include the Presentation of 
Colors; National Anthem; a 
21-Gun Salute; Ringing of the 
Fire Bell, and Taps.

 The event will be held front 
steps of Pasadena City Hall 
100 N. Garfield Ave. 6:00 
p.m.—7:00 p.m., May 15.

 City staff has said to date; six 
Pasadena Police Officers and 
nine Pasadena Firefighters 
have lost their lives serving the 
Pasadena community.

 This second annual Memorial 
Service will honor their 
memory. It is free of charge.

 Gilbert is a sweet six-year-
old red and white tabby. 
He’s very gentle and loves to 
sit in laps. He loves to play 
with socks too! 

 Gilbert’s adoption fee 
is $70, 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. 
Gilbert also qualifies for 
our “Seniors for Seniors” 
program in which the 
adoption fee is waived for 
eligible adopters 60 years 
old and up. They only 
pay the $20 mandatory 
michrochip fee. 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 
A324317, 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.

Two prominent aerospace 
industry organizations are 
recognizing the contributions 
of NASA, especially the 
achievements of the team 
that landed NASA’s Curiosity 
rover on Mars in August, with 
coveted awards.

 The National Aeronautic 
Association will present its 
Robert J. Collier Trophy to 
the Mars Science Laboratory 
Team of NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., 
at an event in Arlington, Va., 
Thursday night. At an event in 
Washington on Wednesday, the 
team received the American 
Institute of Aeronautics and 
Astronautics Foundation 
Award. Several individuals 
from NASA were also honored 
by the AIAA.

 “It’s wonderful to see 
NASA’s people and their 
accomplishments recognized 
by the aerospace community,” 
NASA Administrator Charles 
Bolden said. “In particular, 
the Curiosity landing was the 
hardest NASA mission ever 
attempted in the history of 
robotic planetary exploration. 
These prestigious awards are 
a testament to the dedication 
and hard work of the entire 
worldwide team.”

 “The prestigious Collier 
Trophy is a wonderful 
recognition for Curiosity, a 
phenomenal engineering and 
science achievement that has 
captured the hearts and minds 
of children and adults across 
America and around the globe,” 
said Charles Elachi, director 
of JPL. “It’s an honor to do 
missions like this one on behalf 
of NASA and the nation.”

 Two other teams from JPL that 
manage NASA spacecraft, the 
Dawn mission to the asteroid 
belt and the Voyager mission to 
interstellar space, were finalists 
for the 2012 Collier Trophy. 
“JPL is a hub of technological 
ingenuity, and we’re honored 
that the accomplishments of 
multiple JPL teams have been 
acknowledged,” Elachi said.

May JPL 

 MAY 23: NASA’S 

 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.