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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 16, 2013 

Arcadia Police Blotter


Methodist Hospital Receives A Most Prestigious Award

By Joan Schmidt

 Recently I attended 
a very special event at the 
Methodist Hospital. The 
Hospital was awarded ECRI 
Institute’s 8th Annual Health 
Devices Achievement Award. 
When I first heard about the 
upcoming event, I was very 
excited, but really had never 
heard of ECRI Institute before 
and didn’t really understand 
what this award was for.

 Doneva Garcia, 
Media contact from 
Methodist Hospital’s 
Public Relations and 
Communication Department 
shared the following 
information with me. 

 ECRI Institute 
( is a nonprofit 
organization that dedicates 
itself to bringing the discipline 
of applied scientific research to healthcare to discover which medical procedures, devices, drugs 
and processes are best to enable improved patient care. A pioneer in this science for 45 years, ECRI 
Institute is designated as Evidence-based Practice Center by the US Agency for Healthcare Research 
and Quality, and ECRI Institute PSO is listed as a federally certified Patient Safety Organization by 
the US Department of Health and Human Services. Visit and www. to learn more.

 Why did Methodist Hospital receive this great award? Methodist Hospital received this award 
for its cybersecurity program. The hospital’s winning submission, Redefining Medical equipment 
Management and Giving a Solution to Vulnerabilities from New Medical Device Technology, 
describes its development of a new integrated systems management program that identifies equipment 
vulnerabilities related to patient safety, information availability and cybersecurity that result from the 
introduction of advanced and increasingly complex medical devices in the healthcare setting.

 At the event, I met Anthony Coronado, Methodist Hospital biomedical engineering manager 
and the team. On behalf of the entire team, he said, “We are honored that ECRI Institute has recognized 
the innovative systems-based approach that our team took to address medical device cyber security 
vulnerabilities.” The biomedical engineering team revised its procedures for incoming inspections 
and ongoing device oversight to include verifying the cyber security of networked devices and the 
protected health information they contain.

 Coronado further stated that “Our integrated systems management program was developed 
by a team who was committed to ensuring patient safety and delivering better healthcare.” Coronado 
was a featured presenter in a recent ECRI Institute web conference, “Tackling Medical Device Cyber 

 James Keller Jr., ECRI Institute’s vice president, health technology evaluation and safety, told 
us that cybersecurity risk with medical devices is a serious and emerging concern. However, most 
hospitals have yet to significantly address this issue! “We congratulate Methodist Hospital for this 
important initiative-it sets a great example for other hospitals on how to tackle this issue.” 

 After listening to Mr. Keller and learning about cybersecurity, I was disappointed more 
members of the Press weren’t present in person to see this great award bestowed on Methodist 
Hospital. What an honor! A complete description of the award-winning initiative is featured in ECRI 
Institute’s Health Devices journal and on the ECRI Institute website.

Besides learning about ECRI Institute, I learned Methodist Hospital, founded in 1903 is actually a 
not-for-profit hospital. It’s licensed for 581 beds and services include 24/7 emergency department, 
outpatient surgery, labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, neurosurgery, acute physical rehab and 
complete cardiovascular services including open-heart surgery. The Hospital is a Los Angeles County-
certified stroke center, as well as an approved STEMI receiving center for heart attack patients. It is 
a recognized center of excellence for heart care, knee and hip replacement and bariatric surgery. 
Methodist Hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission with advanced certification in heart failure 
and stroke, and is accredited as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Program by the American 
College of Surgeons Commission on cancer. (Visit 

For the period of Sunday, November 3rd, through Saturday, November 9th, the Police Department 
responded to 940 calls for service of which 131 required formal investigations. The following is a 
summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, November 3rd:

1. Around 3:02 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the Extended Stay Motel, 401 East Santa Clara 
Street, regarding a battery investigation. The suspect punched the female victim in the face, causing 
her nose to bleed. The 24-year-old Black male was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 
booking. During the booking process, the suspect spit in an officer’s face. He was further charged with 
Battery Against a Peace Officer. 

2. At about 9:33 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle in the area of Baldwin 
Avenue and Orange Grove Avenue for an improperly mounted license plate. An investigation revealed 
the driver, a 20-year-old White male, had a suspended driver’s license, no proof of insurance, and an 
outstanding misdemeanor warrant. He was also in possession of a fraudulent Oregon driver’s license. 
He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monday, November 4th:

3. At approximately 3:52 p.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department front 
counter regarding a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. The juvenile explained a female suspect 
hit her on the head with a beer bottle while at a Halloween party on October 31st. The victim’s parents 
learned about the incident after the fact and reported the incident for documentation purposes only. 

4. Shortly after 3:40 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 000 block of Hacienda 
Drive regarding a suspicious circumstances report. A neighbor observed two unknown Black male 
subjects walking through a resident’s driveway and leave in a possible tan or light colored 4-door 
vehicle, described as a Nissan or Honda. Officers checked the location and discovered forced entry was 
made through a rear door. The suspects ransacked the location; however, the total loss was unknown at 
the time of the report. 

Tuesday, November 5th:

5. Around 9:43 a.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding 
a fraud investigation. The victim discovered unknown suspect(s) used his personal information to open 
a Directv account for a residence in the City of Hawthorne. He had no idea how his information was 

6. At approximately 5:12 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for no license plates 
in the area of Golden West Avenue and Duarte Road. The officer discovered the driver was never issued 
a license. The 34-year-old Hispanic male was arrested, transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking, 
and his vehicle was impounded for 30 days. 

Wednesday, November 6th:

7. Just after 2:30 p.m., two officers working full uniformed bicycle patrol observed a male subject 
urinating in the parking lot of the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington Drive. They discovered 
the subject was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The 39-year-old Hispanic male was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

8. Around 11:44 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block of Arcadia Avenue 
regarding a disturbance. The officer discovered the suspect was in violation of a valid restraining order 
as he would not leave the location. He also called the victim over 140 times and left approximately 
45 voicemail messages containing various threats. The 39-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Thursday, November 7th:


9. At about 3:16 p.m., an officer was flagged down by a female subject in the area of Morlan Place 
and Huntington Drive. The 22-year-old Black female explained she needed help locating her vehicle. 
The officer discovered she had two outstanding misdemeanor warrants and was in possession of drug 
paraphernalia and unauthorized prescription medication. She was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

10. Around 8:31 p.m., an officer was dispatched to H&M at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a theft report. The Hispanic male suspect concealed merchandise on his person and 
exited the store without making payment. He told the officer he was a juvenile in hopes of avoiding adult 
charges; however, a records check revealed he was 18-years-old. He was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Friday, November 8th: 

11. Just after 2:50 p.m., an officer was conducting records checks off of the guest registry list at 
the Extended Stay Hotel, 401 East Santa Clara Street, and discovered a subject with two outstanding 
warrants. An investigation revealed the warrants were valid and belonged to a 44-year-old White male 
who was also in possession of drug paraphernalia and a controlled substance for sales. The officer also 
located a 19-year-old White female parolee who was in possession of a controlled substance. Both 
subjects were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

12. At about 7:41 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a traffic collision in the area of Duarte Road 
and La Cadena Avenue. Party-1 was driving on Duarte Road when her vehicle was broadsided by 
party-2, who failed to yield to oncoming traffic. No injuries were reported. 

Saturday, November 9th:

13. Around 6:52 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist for riding with no headlights 
on in the area of Huntington Drive and Santa Clara Street. An investigation revealed the 36-year-old 
Black male was in violation of his parole as he was in possession of a glass pipe. He was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

14. Just after 7:20 p.m., an officer was dispatched to Macy’s at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. An investigation revealed a 23-year-old Hispanic female 
concealed merchandise inside her purse and exited the store without making payment. She was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Anthony Coronado and Team Members

From Arcadia’s Best:


Between two 
weeks of overcast 
the weather 
turned clear 
and spectacular 
for national 
TV coverage 
and the 
nearly 95,000 
people who 
went through 
the turnstiles 
at Santa Anita 
Park in Arcadia 
the two-day 
Breeders’ Cup 
event Friday 
and Saturday, 
Nov. 1-2, 

That was a 5% 
increase over 
last year’s two-
day crowd of 89,742, and the second biggest at Santa Anita in recent years after the combined 96,496 
in 2009, the year Mike Smith rode Zenyatta into history in one of the most memorable races ever.

 This year’s event had its own set of new records and memorable moments, with 50-year-old jockey 
Gary Stevens coming out of a seven-year retirement to win the BC finale $5 million Classic by a 
nose for the first time in his Hall of Fame career and in prime time on NBC no less. And 48-year-old 
Smith won three races to extend his BC records to 20 victories and $25,614,260 in earnings. Smith 
also rode to second, third, and fourth place finishes in other races to earn his second consecutive Bill 
Shoemaker Award for the weekend.

And popular Santa Anita trainer Bob Baffert’s two victories brought his BC total to 10, moving him 
into second behind only D. Wayne Lukas.

Breeders’ Cup, which was hosted in a different city each year for its first 25 years of existence until an 
unprecedented back-to-back run at Santa Anita in 2008-09, has already committed to return to Arcadia 
for a never-before-scheduled third consecutive year in 2014 (Oct. 31-Nov. 1) despite far larger 
crowds and slightly bigger betting handles in other locations such as Churchill Downs in Kentucky 
(114,353 fans and $173 million in betting in 2010.

“We’re thrilled with the crowd over both days, strong wagering levels and our gracious hosts here at 
Santa Anita, Arcadia and the greater Los Angeles area,” said Breeders’ Cup President and CEO Craig 

 On Saturday alone, the crowd of 58,795 was 6.6% bigger than last year’s attendance of 55,123, following 
the Friday crowd of 35,833, according to Breeders’ Cup officials.

Nearly $161 million was bet on races during the two days from all betting outlets, an 11% increase 
over last year, while bets placed at the track itself increased 2% to $21 million. Total two-day wagering 
on the 14 Breeders’ Cup World Championship races up 7% to nearly $137 million, and Saturday 
betting up 13% to $109 million.

 Stevens pushes Mucho Macho Man (inside) to hang on for victory against furious finish line push by 
horse trained by Bob Baffert

The Breeders’ Cup helped push Santa Anita’s 24-day Autumn Meet, which ended Sunday, Nov. 3, up 
12% in overall handle and up 16% in out-of-state handle. The number of horses in each race during 
the meet was also strong, with an average of nine horses per race from Sept. 27 -Nov. 4. Attendance 
and wagers placed at the track itself were flat for the overall meet.

The next and main racing season at Santa Anita opens December 26, with the first-ever extended 
season running until early July rather than ending in mid-April, due to the closure of Hollywood 
Park this year.

“We intend to build upon the foundation we’ve established at this meet,” said Santa Anita Chairman 
Keith Brackpool. “The future of racing and of Santa Anita is bright; we have an incredible, historic 
venue, and the renovations we’ve made have merged the glory of Santa Anita’s original design with 
amenities now necessary for long range success in the decades to come.”

For information on upcoming events, reservations and live racing, please visit, or call 
(626) 574-RACE. – By Scott Hettrick

Gary Stevens running Mucho Macho Man to victory in Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 2, 2013