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Mountain Views-News Saturday, June 8, 2013 

Trial to Start for Pirates 
Charged with Slaying 
of Pasadena Couple 

in Fatal 

By Dean Lee

 Three alleged Somali pirates 
face the death penalty as jury 
selection is set to begin Tuesday 
for their roll in the 2011 murder 
of four Americans including 
two world travelers from 

 Jean and Scott Adam, both 
from Pasadena, along with 
two passengers Bob Riggle and 
Phyllis Macay were all shot 
dead in February 2011 after 
rescue talks with the US Navy 
broke down. 

 According to reports, Abukar 
Osman Beyle Ahmed Muse 
Salad and Shani Nurani 
Shiekh Abrar are accused of 
kidnapping and intentionally 
shooting the four Americans 
“without provocation.” 

 The trail will take place in 
federal court in Norfolk, 
Virginia and is expected to 
take five to six weeks. Reports 
also say witnesses will include 
relatives of Jean and Scott Adam 
along with FBI agents, forensic 
experts, US military and Somali 

 Jean and Scott Adam’s yacht, 
the S/V Quest, was boarded in 
the waters off East Africa by 
19 men demanding millions of 
dollars ransom.

 Eleven of the men involved are 
also expected to testify during 
the trail after pleading guilty 
to piracy in exchange for life 

 At the time, the US warship 
USS Sterett intercepted the 
pirates and the stolen S/V Quest. 
One of the pirates aboard the 
yacht fired a rocket-propelled 
grenade at the US warship as 
US sailors heard gunshots from 
the yacht. 

By Dean Lee

 Police arrested a driver last 
week on charges of gross 
vehicular manslaughter in 
connection with a crash 
in March that that killed 
a local resident as he was 
pulling out the driveway in 
front of his house. Alcohol 
played a roll in the crash 
investigators said. 

 According to police, 
Kimson James Wright, 48, 
was arrested May 29 shortly 
after 2 p.m. at his Pasadena 
home on charges of 
manslaughter and DUI. The 
fatal collision occurred on 
Hill Ave. near Villa Street. 

 In a statement, police said, 
at about 8 p.m. March 16th, 
Wright was driving his 2004 
Mercedes southbound on 
Hill Ave. when it struck a 
2003 Toyota Matrix. The 37 
year old driver and Pasadena 
resident, Jose Daniel 
Moreno, was transported 
to a local hospital where he 
succumbed to his injuries. 
Moreno was pulled out of 
the wreckage by firefighters. 

 Wright’s arrest was made 
following an extensive 
investigation into the 
circumstances surrounding 
the collision. He was 
released from custody May 
30 after posting $100,000 

Chalk Festival to Draw Thousands

 Over 600 dedicated and talented 
chalk mural artists will come 
together at Paseo Colorado over 
Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 
and 16 to showcase their work 
in this unique form of art.

 Celebrating its 21st year, the 
Pasadena Chalk Festival will 
place over 25,000 sticks of pastel 
chalks in the hands of hundreds 
of chalk street painters. Artists 
will spend the weekend on 
their hands and knees creating 
spectacular murals on concrete 
areas throughout the Paseo 
Colorado stretching over three 
city blocks. 

 In years past, murals have been 
done in every style imaginable, 
from classical to contemporary, 
whimsical and fantastic, to 
socially relevant. The murals 
are designed and created by 
independent artists as well as 
teams representing art schools, 
museums and cultural centers.

 The festival will also feature 
Animation Alley, a specifically 
designed area spotlighting 
some of the top and upcoming 
animators and graphic designers 
from Southern California.

 In addition, guests can enjoy 
live music throughout the 
weekend and children can get 
creative in the Kid’s Chalkland, 
where kids can make Father’s 
Day cards for dad. 

 Outstanding murals of the 
festival will be honored. Awards 
include 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place 
Best of Show, Best Technique, 
Best Use of Color, Best Artist 
Original Design and more. 
Festival visitors will also have 
the opportunity to vote for 
their favorite mural, the “Paseo 
Colorado People’s Choice” 
award. Ballots will be available 
in the shopping center’s 
participating retail stores.

 For festival information call 
(626) 795-8891 or visit www.

Police AirOps to Host 
Annual Open House

Jean and Scott Adam

Teen Arrested in Rash 

of Masked Robberies

New Trustees

Book Sale 

 Police arrested a teenager 
last week for allegedly robbing 
multiple convenience stores 
using a baseball bat and ski 

 Temple Sheriff’s Station 
deputies said they responded to 
a gas station in the 3800 block 
of Colorado Boulevard, in 
unincorporated Pasadena, May 
30 regarding a robbery. 

 According to police, two 
victims, who are employees 
of the gas station, said they 
saw the suspect park a vehicle 
near the business. The suspect 
walked to the front door of the 
business carrying a baseball bat 
and ski mask. 

 Witnesses said, the suspect 
now identified as 19 year-old 
Malcolm Buchanan of Duarte, 
stopped short of the front door 
and placed the ski mask over 
his head and face, after the 
witnesses had already seen his 

 Buchanan then entered the 
establishment, presented the 
bat in a threading manner and 
demanded money from the 
cashier. The victims’ fearing 
for their safety, surrendered an 
undisclosed amount currency 
from the cash register. 

 Buchanan then got into a 
vehicle and drove away from 
the scene. The victims were 
able to provide the license plate 
number on Buchanan get-away 

 A sheriff’s deputy was able 
to locate the vehicle and 
conducted a traffic stop on the 
2600 block of Bashor Street, in 
Duarte. Buchanan was detained 
at that location and arrested 
after he was identified as the 
person who had robbed the gas 
station on Colorado Boulevard 
minutes earlier. 

 A baseball bat and a ski mask 
were recovered from the scene 
at the time of arrest. 

 Temple Sheriff’s Station 
Detectives are also looking into 
whether Buchanan may have 
been involved in at least four 
similar reported robberies that 
occurred in the San Gabriel 
Valley earlier in the day. 

 Anyone with information 
is asked to call the Temple 
Sheriff’s Station.

 Pacific Asia Museum 
announces the addition of 
four members to the Board of 
Trustees: Mi Ryu Ahn, Joseph 
Klauzar, Sangphil Nam and 
Kalika Yap.

 “This is an extremely 
accomplished group, and 
we’re pleased to have their 
broad expertise at Pacific Asia 
Museum,” said Katherine 
Murray-Morse, Chair of the 
Board of Trustees. “Their 
leadership will be invaluable 
as the museum continues 
to further intercultural 
understanding through the 
arts of Asia and the Pacific 

 Mi Ryu Ahn attended 
Mt. Holyoke College and 
graduated from UCLA with a 
B.S. in Public Administration. 
She also attended USC in the 
MBA program. 

 Joseph Klauzar is a Portfolio 
Manager and Financial 
Advisor at MorganStanley 
SmithBarney in Los Angeles, 
and holds degrees from the 
University of California-
Berkley, the University of 
Southern California, the 
Wharton School at the 
University of Pennsylvania, 
and Northwestern University. 

 Sangphil Nam is a jewelry 
designer who lives and 
operates her own jewelry 
business in Los Angeles. 

 Kalika Yap is a Santa Monica-
based serial entrepreneur, 
inventor, wife and mother of 
two young children. She has 
founded several successful 
companies, including Citrus 
Studios, Inc., an award-
winning interactive design and 
consulting agency; Luxe Link, 
and The Waxing Company, 
the first high-end waxing 
company in Honolulu. 

 Ahn and Mrs. Nam have 
already begun lending their 
efforts as Honorary Co-Chairs 
of Pacific Asia Museum’s 
annual Festival of the Autumn 


 Pasadena Police Department 
Air Operations Section will 
again invite the public out to 
see police helicopters, armored 
rescue vehicle SWAT and K9 
demonstrations during this 
year’s AirOps to Annual Open 

 The event takes place Saturday, 
June 29, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
events are free and open to all. 

 Event goers will also have 
the opportunity to meet the 
flight crews and learn about air 
operations and the benefits of 
airborne law enforcement. 

 Displays and demonstrations 
will also include a mobile 
command post, police 
motorcycles, crime scene 
investigation, fingerprinting 
for children. The Employment 
Services Unit will also be 
on hand to discuss career 

 The open house will be at 
the Benedict Heliport located 
at 2175 Yucca Lane Altadena, 
just off the 210 freeway at the 
Arroyo/Windsor exit 

 For more information contact 
Lieutenant Michael Ingram at 
(626) 744-4606. 

 The Friends of the 
Pasadena Public Library 
host monthly book sales 
today at the Central 
Library, 285 E. Walnut St., 
in Pasadena. The sales are 
held on the east patio, near 
our bookstore. 

 We sell donated books--
some are brand new, and 
others are gently used or 
old or rare. Our selection 
changes every month, so 
you’re always sure to find 
some amazing bargains! 
Prices range from 25-cents 
to $5.00 per book but most 
are priced at 50-cents for 
paperbacks and $2.00 for 

Police Conduct Motorcycle 
Safety Operation

 The Pasadena Police 
Department will be conducting 
a specialized Motorcycle Safety 
Enforcement Operation on 
Sunday, June 9, 2013 in an effort 
to lower deaths and injuries. 
Extra officers will be on duty 
patrolling areas frequented 
by motorcyclists and where 
motorcycle crashes occur. 
Officers will be looking for 
violations made by drivers and 
riders alike that can lead to 
motorcycle crashes. They will be 
cracking down on both, those 
operating regular vehicles and 
motorcycles who are under the 
influence of drugs or alcohol, 
speeding, making illegal 
turns, or any other dangerous 

 California collision data 
reveals that primary causes of 
motorcycle-involved crashes 
include speeding, unsafe 
turning and impairment due to 
alcohol and other drugs. 

 The message to all drivers and 
motorcyclists is: share in the 
responsibility and do your part 
by safely “sharing the road.” 
Riders can get training through 
the California Motorcyclist 
Safety Program. Information 

training locations are available 
at or 1-877 
RIDE 411 or 1-877-743-3411.

Pet of the 

Scientist Wins Award for 
Renewable-Energy Work

For the second year in a 
row, a faculty member from 
the California Institute of 
Technology has been awarded 
the Eni Award in Renewable 
and Non-Conventional Energy. 

 This year, chemical engineer 
Frances Arnold—who 
pioneered methods of “directed 
evolution” for the production 
and optimization of biological 
catalysts—has been chosen to 
receive the distinction, along 
with her colleague James Liao 
of UCLA.

 Arnold, Caltech’s Dick 
and Barbara Dickinson 
Professor of Chemical 
Engineering, Bioengineering 
and Biochemistry, has shown 
that mimicking Darwinian 
evolution in the laboratory is 
an efficient way to engineer 
the amino-acid sequence of a 
protein, endowing it with new 
capabilities or improving its 
performance. Arnold and her 
colleagues have used directed 
evolution to improve catalysts 
for making fuels and chemicals 
from renewable resources.

 “There are a lot of creative 
people working on renewable 
and non-conventional energy, 
so it is a huge honor to be 
selected for this distinction,” 
Arnold says. “This prize 
recognizes the basic technology 
we’ve developed over the years, 
but especially the application of 
directed evolution to making 
things that we currently get from 
non-renewable hydrocarbons.”

 The Eni Awards are 
international prizes that 
recognize outstanding research 
and development in the fields 
of energy and the environment. 
Eni is an integrated energy 
company based in Italy. 
According to the company’s 
website, “The Eni Award was 
created to develop better use 
of renewable energy, promote 
environmental research and 
encourage new generations of 

 A 24-person scientific 
award committee selects the 
honorees each year in four 
categories: New Frontiers of 
Hydrocarbons, Renewable and 
Non-Conventional Energy, 
Protection of the Environment, 
and Debut in Research. Three 
additional prizes are awarded 
for innovative and applied 
research within Eni, in energy 
and the environment.

 Arnold, Liao, and the other 
2013 awardees will receive 
their prizes on June 27 at the 
Presidential Palace in Rome.

 Story by Caltech Science 
Writer Kimm Fesenmaier

 Abby is a 13-year-old 
Labrador retriever mix. She’s 
a staff and volunteer favorite 
at the shelter. She’s been out 
on our Mobile Unit several 
times and gets along well with 
everyone. Don’t let her age fool 
you, she’s a spry girl! 


 Abby’s adoption fee is $100, 
which includes her spay 
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. Abby also 
qualifies for our Seniors for 
Seniors program in which 
the adoption fee is waived for 
adopters 60 years old and up. 
Ask an adoptions counselor 
for more information during 
your visit 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA at 
626.792.7151 to ask about 
A325745, or visit at 361 S. 
Raymond Ave. 

Women at Work to Give 
Grant Writer Workshop 

 Women At Work will 
conduct a three-part workshop, 
Demystifying the Grant Process: 
From Start to Funded, on June 14 
(9am – noon), 21 (9am – noon), 
and June 28(9am – 11am). The 
8-hour workshop series teaches 
participants how to create a 
workable management plan for 
the proposal process, complete 
key proposal components, 
develop his/her agency’s 
Elevator Speech, and includes 
an additional free on-on-one 
consultation with instructor. The 
cost of the Workshop is $190 if 
registered by June 7th and goes 
up to $225 after that. Make 
reservations now and save $35! 

 All classes will be held at the 
Women At Work Career and 
Job Resources Center, 3871 E 
Colorado Blvd. The instructor, 
one of Southern California’s 
preeminent nonprofit 
management consultants, Judith 
Carey-Fisher, MPA is founder and 
president of Carey & Associates, 
a Long Beach-based education, 
workforce development, 
and nonprofit management 
consulting company. Ms. 
Carey-Fisher put down her fund 
development roots beginning in 
1998 through national welfare 
reform and hasn’t stopped since. 
She specializes in government 
grants, and was most recently 
part of a Head Start team in 
Los Angeles that under her 
leadership brought over $10 
million in federal funding to 
support families in our neediest 
community. Ms. Carey-Fisher’s 
background includes teaching 
grant writing at Cal State Long 
Beach for more than a decade, 
and using creative collaborations 
and partnerships to build 
organizational capacity, better 
serve constituents, and win 
grant funding for organizations 
locally, regionally, and in various 
parts of the country. She is 
currently consulting for Women 
At Work, providing key fund 
development leadership, grant 
writing capacity, and support 
for the agency’s key fundraising 

 Register now with Women at 
Work by calling 626.796.6870.

Motor Classic 
to Benefit 

 Tune your engines! The 
2013 San Marino Motor 
Classic: Design in Motion is 
set for Sunday, June 9 at Lacy 
Park. Purchase San Marino 
Motor Classic spectator 
tickets through the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA 
and be automatically entered 
in an opportunity drawing 
to win a 1990 Corvette 
convertible. Tickets are 
available online for $25. Visit