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loSt World War I medalS reuNIted WItH 
reCIPIeNt’S FamIly

 While working in the 
Monrovia Police Department 
Property and 
Evidence Room, Property 
Officer Tom Carroll 
came across a box of unclaimed 
property from 
years past, containing 
amongst other personal 
possessions, military 
medals from the United 
States Army, including 
a “Purple Heart” from 
World War I. The Purple 
Heart had been awarded 
retroactively in 1935 to 
Frank Q. Newton, who 
had been injured in 1919 
while serving on the 
front lines, nearly 100 
years ago.

 The Purple Heart is the oldest 
military award still given to 
members of the United States 
Military and is awarded to 
those who have been wounded 
or killed while serving. 
Property Officer Tom Carroll, 
a United States Army veteran 
and recipient of the Purple 
Heart himself, immediately 
recognized the box that contained 
the medal and felt the 
importance of reuniting this 
military decoration with the 
family of the recipient.

Initially, he contacted the 
Purple Heart Foundation, the 
repository for information on 
Purple Heart recipients. Unfortunately, 
this attempt met 
with no success, as the foundation 
has only been in existence 
for just over fifty years. 
Tom then began searching 
law enforcement databases, 
but again, was unsuccessful. 
He then sought assistance 
from the Police Department’s 
Technology Bureau Supervisor, 
Jim Emett, who began 
searching through public genealogical 
databases for information. 
He entered the name 
and army unit of Frank Q. 
Newton, searching his military 
records, and eventually 
was able to positively identify 
him, which ultimately led to 
identifying his living relatives.
Subsequent searches in law 
enforcement databases and 
contacting two other outside 
agencies finally revealed the 
recipient’s family currently resides 
in Northern California. 

 The family knew the story of 
their father receiving the Purple 
Heart, but had no idea his 
medals still existed, and they 
were amazed and grateful 
when they learned the medals 
would be returned to them. 
Property Officer Tom Carroll 
had the medals mounted in a 
shadow box for the family, 
and the medals were hand delivered 
to the family at the Los 
Angeles International Airport 
on July 23, 2013.

 Frank Q. Newton served as a 
frontline Ambulance Wagoner in the European Theater during the First World War. He was severely 
injured from exposure to mustard gas while serving on the front lines for the United States Army. He 
died in 1975 in San Diego, California. -Story and Photos courtesy City of Monrovia 

reSIdeNtS to Celebrate duarte’S 30tH 

Put It IN tHe CaN 

A Campaign to Keep Monrovia Beautiful 

In a seven block radius of Old Town Monrovia you will find 72 trash cans. They are conveniently 
located on each corner, in mid-blocks, at every entry and exit to the public parking lots, behind businesses 
and next to homes. 
Yet, somehow, every day, some trash never makes it the last fifteen feet to these containers. 
Here’s why it’s so important to find the trash can:

you ensure that your soda can or plastic bag make it back into the economy, not the landfill. 

they spend on parks and potholes. 

“I take great pride in our Old Town area and all of Monrovia. I will gladly pick up trash when I see it, 
but lately the amount of trash I am seeing is overwhelming,” says Mayor Pro Tem Becky Shevlin. “I 
am asking people to join with me in keeping Monrovia beautiful!”
As economic development picks up and Monrovia becomes an even more popular destination, we 
will have more traffic and consequently, more trash. 
How can you help reverse this new trashy trend? 

1. Start by making sure all of your trash makes it into the can. 
2. If you see trash in the street, pick it up. 
3. Lastly, tell a friend. 
Let us know how you did! Tag us with #CANit @MonroviaCA. 
Below is a photo taken by Mayor Pro Tem Shevlin in one parking lot in Old Town. Remember - Put it in the Can. 

monrovia Police blotter

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of July 22-Residential Burglary24, 2013 July 23 at 6:49 a.m., police responded to the re

port of a burglary at a residence in the 1200 block 
During the last seven-day period, the Police De-of South Alta Vista. The suspect(s) entered an 
partment handled 480 service events, resulting open living room window. The screen was closed, 
in 84 investigations. To see a complete listing of but the suspects cut and removed it to enter. This 
crimes reported, go to http://www.crimemap-incident occurred sometime during the night. for crime mapping. The residents were home asleep, but did not hear 
For Police Department news and information, anything. When they awoke in the morning, they 
visit our website and follow us on Twitter for po-discovered the burglary. A 20-inch flat screen 
lice notifications. television and a silver watch were taken. 
Commercial Burglary / Robbery - Suspect 
Arrested Wanted Parolee at Large - Suspect ArrestedJuly 22 at 3:30 p.m., a male adult entered a busi-July 24 at 8:01 a.m., an officer on patrol saw a 
ness in the 1600 block of South Mountain and bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation in the 
selected a power tool, placing it into a backpack. 2200 block of South Myrtle. He contacted the 
Loss prevention personnel observed him and fol-subject and a computer check revealed the sub-
lowed him as he left the store without paying for ject was a wanted parolee at large. The subject was 
the item. The loss prevention officer identified arrested and taken into custody. 
himself and the suspect swung at him, striking 
him in the face. He then attempted to flee, but Trespassing - Suspect Arrestedwas restrained by assisting loss prevention per-July 24 at 3:21 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
sonnel; they detained him until officers arrived. a motel in the 1100 block of East Huntington re-
He was arrested and taken into custody without garding a guest who was refusing to leave his unfurther 
incident. paid room. The officer and the motel owner asked 
Residential Burglarythe patron to leave; however, he refused. He was 
July 22 at 6:41 p.m., a burglary was reported in arrested for trespassing and later released on citathe 
300 block of Prospect Avenue. The victim left tion to appear in court. 
for work at 5:00 a.m. and returned home at 5:00 

p.m. When she returned home, she noticed the Battery / Drunk in Public - Suspect Arrestedgarage door was open. She called her husband July 25 at 2:17 a.m., police were dispatched to the 
and asked if he was home; he was not. She went 500 block of King Street regarding a male subject 
into the house through the garage and the house who was causing a disturbance. When officers arlooked 
normal. She searched her dresser and rived, they found an intoxicated male subject. He 
noticed her rings were gone. Several other items had punched the side of a car and then hit the 
were taken. The investigation is continuing. driver. He was arrested and charged with battery 
and being drunk in public. 

FrIeNdS oF tHe moNroVIa PublIC lIbrary moNtHly 
HalF-PrICe booK Sale 

Friends of the Monrovia Public Library will hold their monthly Half-Price BookSale in the Friends 
Store throughout the month of July. This month, adult books and media with a blue dot on the 
spine are half-price. While some items are individually 
priced, regular prices range from $0.25 to $2.00 Visit the Friends Store (Monrovia’s only Bookstore!) 
early for best selection. 

The Friends Store is located inside the Monrovia Public 
Library. Store hours are Monday-Wednesday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m. and Thursday-Saturday, noon -5 p.m. 

The Friends of the Monrovia Public Library promote the Library by encouraging a greater use and 
appreciation of the literary, educational, and cultural advantages the library offers to the 

aNNual NatIoNal NIGHt out 

DUARTE, CA., July 22, 2013 

— Imbibing in ice cream sodas, 
hot dogs and pie may not appear 
like an effective way of fighting 
crime but that’s exactly what 
residents will be doing when 
they gather in neighborhoods 
throughout Duarte to celebrate 
the City’s 30th annual National 
Night Out Against Crime on 
Tuesday, Aug. 6. 
Hundreds of Duarte 
residents are expected to 
participate in the citywide 
“going away party” for crime 
at block parties, cookouts and 
ice cream socials. Duarte will 
join citizens, law enforcement 
agencies, civic groups, 
businesses, neighborhood 
organizations and local 
officials from over 10,000communities across the nation 
in participating in National 
Night Out, sponsored by the 
National Association of Town 
Watch. The crime, drug and 
violence prevention program is 
designed to send a message to 
criminals that neighborhoods 
are organized against crime and 
fighting back. 

Neighborhood Watch area 
coordinators and block 
captains, with the support 
of Duarte Public Safety and 
Duarte Sheriffs, are helping 
to coordinate the activities. 
Residents can contact the Public 
Safety Office to gather ideas, 
event flyers, and to schedule a 
Deputy to visit their block party. 
Duarte deputies, firefighters, 
and city officials will visit each 
gathering to pass out emergency 
preparedness information, 
coloring books to kids, and 
other goodies provided by 
official local sponsor, Target.

One hard-working 
Duarte Neighborhood Watch 
area will be celebrating its 
block party in style as winners 
of a Neighborhood Watch 
Block Captain Recruitment 
contest. The Duarte Public 
Safety Commission launched 
the competition among Block 
Captains earlier this year to 
help expand the Neighborhood 
Watch program. The Beardslee 
Neighborhood in Area 4 won 
a $500 block party courtesy of 
Burrtec Waste Industries, the 
City’s contracted waste hauler 

for recruiting the most new 
Neighborhood Watch captains. 

“Neighborhood Watch 
is one of the most effective and 
least costly ways to prevent 
crime and reduce fear because 
it fights the isolation that 
crime both creates and feeds 
upon. It forges bonds among 
area residents, helps reduce 
burglaries and robberies, and 
improves relations between 
law enforcement and the 
communities they serve,” said 
Duarte Public Safety Director, 
Brian Villalobos. 

Residents are invited 
to bring donations of canned 
goods to the neighborhood 
gatherings. Members of the 
Duarte Community Service 
Council and Duarte Public 
Safety Department will stop by 
to collect the donations that will 
benefit the community’s needy.

For more information 
on how to host a National 
Night Out gathering, contact 
the Duarte Public Safety 
Department, call Aida Torres at 
Duarte Public Safety (626) 3595671, 
ext. 316, or visit www. 

at Beardslee Elementary School to make sure that we are spending 

reSIdeNtS INVIted 

Cafeteria, 1212 E. Kelwill Way. the people’s money as efficiently and to meet WItH Neighborhood meetings effectively as possible. Receiving 
offer a close-to-home opportunity input from the citizens in locations 

CouNCIl at 

for residents meet with City Council around the city that encourage NeIGHborHood members and discuss issues of participation, is a positive approach 
importance to the community. to responsible stewardship in our 


Topics of discussion community,” said Mayor Margaret meetINGS will include the City budget, Finlay. 

development update, community For more 
Duarte City Council members outreach, public safety, and Gold information, call Duarte City Hall, 
will hold the second in a series Line construction. City Clerk’s Office at (626) 357of 
neighborhood community “As a public servant 7931, ext. 219.
meetings on Tuesday, July 30, at charged with improving the quality 
7 p.m. The meeting will be held of life in the City of Duarte, I want