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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 8, 2014 

Arcadia Police Blotter


“G&K Burgers to receive recognition as an Arcadia Business 

ARCADIA, CA (November 6, 2014) - Matt McSweeny, who puts the Matt 
in Matt Denny’s Ale House & Restaurant, will discuss the revitalization 
of Downtown Arcadia as this month’s guest speaker along with Jane 
Garzona on Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce’s 
monthly Networking Breakfast, sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park 
& Mortuary. 

 G&K Burgers will also receive recognition as an Arcadia Business Icon 
Presented by the Chamber in partnership with the Arcadia Historical 

 Join your industry peers for a morning of breakfast and networking 
from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. in the Sunset Room at the Santa Anita Golf 
Course. McSweeny will discuss the progress of the Arcadia Improvement 
Association business district with Executive Director Garzona, 
including a summary of the mission to revitalize the area centered at 
Huntington Drive and First Avenue that includes the new Gold Line 
light rail train station and transit plaza, as well as scheduled events and 
promotions such as the recent dedication of the Thoroughbred Racing 
Walk of Champions, the monthly Carcadia @Route 66, the upcoming 
Christmas Market, a potential Farmer’s Market next spring, and regular 
entertainment by local businesses such the Arcadia Blues Club, La Luna 
Negra, and Matt Denny’s. 

 G&K Burgers, established in 1965 at 4466 E. Live Oak Avenue, will 
become the latest business to receive the Arcadia Business Icon tribute. 
The shop not only features a diverse menu of tradition favorites such as 
delicious cheeseburgers and fried egg and ham sandwiches on rye bread, 
it also showcases a wall collection of license plates from every state and 
Canadian provinces, as well as fun historic photos of the evolution of the 
popular hangout. Current owner Spiro Vagenas says his father William 
bought the shop formerly called Burger Q from Tom Zapala who named 
it after his children Gene and Karen. William leased it to several owners 
over more than a decade, three of whom Spiro worked for beginning in 
high school in 1982 before he took over management of the eatery about 
17 years ago. 

 As always, attendees of the Networking Breakfast (third Thursday of 
each month), sponsored by Rose Hills Memorial Park & Mortuary, not 
only enjoy a great breakfast buffet and valuable networking with dozens 
of others, but also introduce themselves one at a time with a 30-second 
“elevator pitch.” In addition, they have a chance to win one of multiple 
gifts donated by members and attendees for a business card drawing, 
one of which is a free three-minute Business Spotlight, this month by last 
month’s winner Victor Buell of Beacon Media. 

 Tickets to the breakfast, which runs from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m., are $20 in 
advance ($25 at the door) and discounted to $15 for Chamber members 
who pay at least two days in advance ($20 at the door for Chamber 
members). No charge for those holding a Chamber All Access Pass. 

 Tickets: 626-447-2159 or in the “Shop” area at www., or at Chamber office, 388 W. Huntington 
Drive, Arcadia, during regular business hours. 

 Media contact: Scott Hettrick, Chamber CEO: 626-447-2159 / Scott@

For the period of Sunday, October 26th, through Saturday, November 
1th, the Police Department responded to 929 calls for service of which 
119 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report 
of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, October 26:

Just before 10:00 p.m., an officer initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in 
the area of Huntington Drive and Santa Anita Avenue for not having 
their headlights on. Upon contacting the driver, the officer detected 
an odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from the driver’s breath. 
An investigation revealed the 32-year-old White male had a blood 
alcohol content greater than .08%. He was arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

At approximately 11:39 p.m., an officer conducted an enforcement 
stop on a vehicle in the area of Las Tunas Drive and Agnes Avenue for 
expired tags. The officer discovered the 42-year-old Hispanic male 
was driving without a license. He was cited and released in the field. 
The vehicle was impounded for 30 days. 

Monday, October 27:

At about 3:34 p.m., an officer responded to Travel Link USA, 216 
South First Avenue, regarding an attempted burglary report. The 
officer determined unknown suspect(s) attempted to break into the 
business by prying the rear metal security door. No suspects were 
seen and no witnesses were located. 

At approximately 5:57 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a 
vehicle in the area of Huntington Drive and Holly Avenue for expired 
tags. An investigation revealed a 42-year-old Hispanic female 
occupant was in possession of a controlled substance and a 24-year-
old Hispanic female occupant had an outstanding misdemeanor 
warrant. Both women were arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. The driver was released without a citation. 

Tuesday, October 28:

Just after 12:10 a.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on 
a vehicle in the 100 block of East Huntington Drive for expired 
registration. In addition to expired registration, the officer discovered 
the driver displayed fake registration tags on the vehicle, did not have 
their child in a car seat, had a suspended license and no proof of 
insurance. The 31-year-old White male was cited and released in the 
field. The vehicle was left legally parked.

Around 3:19 a.m., officers responded to a business complex at 
11901 Goldring Road regarding multiple burglary reports. Officers 
discovered three office units had their front glass doors or windows 
broken. In all three burglaries, the unknown suspect(s) searched 
through file cabinets or desks however no losses were reported at the 
time of the report. 

Wednesday, October 29:

Shortly after 12:16 p.m., an officer responded to the Arcadia 
Police Department front counter regarding a fraud report. An 
investigation revealed a man by the name of “Max Cooper” from 
“Windows Infinite Tech” asked the victim to refund $1,800.00 to 
the business for an incorrect overpayment of $2,000.00. The victim 
realized the overpayment of $2,000.00 never occurred and was 
scammed into paying $1,800.00. The subject spoke with a thick 
Indian accent.

At about 3:21 p.m., officers responded to Albertson’s, 298 East Live 
Oak Avenue, regarding fraudulent activity in progress. Officers 
discovered a 37-year-old Asian male used the victim’s Driver’s 
License and debit card in an attempt to withdraw $2,000.00. He 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Thursday, October 30:

At approximately 4:58 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection 
of Huntington Drive and Santa Clara Street regarding a man walking 
in the street. The officer determined the subject, a 39-year-old White 
male, was intoxicated and had two outstanding misdemeanor 
warrants. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

Around 9:44 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a bicyclist 
riding on the sidewalk in the area of Huntington Drive and First 
Avenue. An investigation revealed the subject was under the influence 
of a controlled substance and in possession of methamphetamine. 
He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, October 31: 

Just after 12:39 a.m., an officer contacted the driver of a suspicious 
vehicle parked near a complex of closed businesses. An investigation 
revealed the driver was in possession of methamphetamine, and 
had outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants. The 27-year-old 
Hispanic female was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.

At about 3:26 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of Baldwin 
Avenue and Duarte Road regarding a hit and run. Party-1 made a 
left turn into oncoming traffic and hit the rear driver’s side corner of 
Party-2. Party-1 fled south on Lovell Avenue. Party-2 was not able to 
provide a description of Party-1. 

Saturday, November 1:

Just after 9:55 a.m., an officer responded to The Hampton Inn, 311 
East Huntington Drive, regarding a vandalism report. Surveillance 
footage revealed three unknown male suspects broke several lights 
and removed handicapped signs from around the hotel. The suspects 
are described as White males in their 20’s. The total damage was 
valued at $1,175.00. The investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 3:35 p.m., an officer initiated an enforcement stop 
on a man littering at the Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue. 
The officer discovered the subject was in possession of marijuana and 
methamphetamine. The 25-year-old Hispanic male was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monrovia Police Blotter


DUARTE, CA, October 29, 2014-- City of Hope and City of Duarte 
have designated Saturday, Dec. 27 “Duarte Day,” an opportunity 
for local volunteers to work on City of Hope’s especially significant 
2015 Tournament of Roses Parade float. The leading research and 
treatment center for cancer, diabetes and life-threatening diseases 
was founded in 1913 in Duarte and will be a participant in the 2015 
Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.

 “Helping to decorate a Rose Parade float that will be seen and 
enjoyed by millions of parade viewers around the world is a fun and 
exciting way to kick off the new-year. Volunteering to work on the 
City of Hope float is a great opportunity for our Duarte residents 
to salute the City of Hope’s over 100 years of life-saving work,” said 
Deputy City Manager, Karen Herrera. 

 City of Hope is recognized worldwide for its compassionate patient 
care, innovative science and translational research, which rapidly 
turns laboratory breakthroughs into promising new therapies. 
“Inspiring Stories,” the theme of the 2015 Tournament of Roses 
Parade, sets the stage for the City of Hope’s entry “Made Possible 
by Hope” depicting a spray of colorful hot air balloons rising from a 
strand of DNA. The float is being built by Phoenix Decorating Co. 

 The decoration site for City of Hope’s float is Rosemont Pavilion, 
700 Seco St., in Pasadena. Volunteers must be at least 13 years of age 
or over. Opportunities are available for 80 volunteers who will be 
split into two work shifts of 40 persons each. The first shift will work 
from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The second shift from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Duarte 
Day volunteers will receive free City of Hope giveaways. Details 
about volunteering and registration will be available beginning 
November 1, 2014 at
volunteer-rose-float-decorating-tickets-13181998713 to select a shift 
during Duarte Decorating Day. 

Find out more about the float at

About the City of Duarte

The City of Duarte was incorporated on August 22, 1957. With 
integrity and transparency, the City provides exemplary public 
services in a caring and fiscally responsible manner with a 
commitment to our community’s future. For more information visit or call (626) 357-7931. Follow the City of 
Duarte on Twitter @CityofDuarte. 

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events. To see a complete 
listing of crimes reported, go to the City of Monrovia website and click on the 
crime mapping link. Sign up to follow us on Twitter for police notifications.

Domestic Violence / Warrant – Suspect Arrested

On October 30 at 10:00 a.m., an officer responded to the 400 block of East 
Walnut regarding a domestic dispute. Officers arrived and determined the 
male was the primary aggressor and had caused minor visible injury to the 
female. A computer check revealed he also had an outstanding warrant. 
He was arrested for domestic violence and the warrant.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested

On October 30 at 6:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 100 block of 
West Foothill regarding a welfare check. When they arrived, they found a 
male subject passed out and too intoxicated to care for his own safety. The 
male subject was arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody. 
A computer check also revealed an outstanding warrant for his arrest; he 
was arrested for public intoxication and the warrant.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested

On October 30 at 8:47 p.m., Special Enforcement Team officers responded 
to the 2000 block of Broderick in the city of Duarte regarding a bicycle 
theft that occurred in Monrovia. Upon arrival, the officers recovered the 
stolen bicycle and arrested the suspect, who later admitted to stealing the 

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Warrant – Suspects Arrested

On October 30 at 9:25 p.m., an officer stopped a motorist for a vehicle 
code violation in the 800 block of East Huntington. Upon investigation, 
the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was 
arrested. His passenger was found to have an outstanding warrant and 
was also arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect 

On October 31 at 1:14 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a traffic 
collision in the area of Huntington and Monterey. The male driver rear 
ended a vehicle, which continued forward and struck another vehicle. 
The driver of the first vehicle struck had redness to the face, possibly from 
striking the steering wheel. They also had soreness in the head and neck 
area. The male driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. 
The suspect was arrested for felony driving under the influence, due to the 
traffic collision with injuries.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – 
Suspect Arrested

On November 1 at 12:05 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of 
West Cypress on a hit and run traffic collision. The suspect struck an 
unoccupied, parked vehicle and fled the scene. Officers conducted an area 
check and located the suspect passed out behind the wheel of his vehicle in 
the 100 block of East Cherry. The suspect was intoxicated and was arrested 
at the scene.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested

On November 1 at 4:10 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code 
violation in the 800 block of West Colorado. Through investigation, the 
officer determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. 
The officer arrested the driver and she was taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested

On November 2 at 1:15 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the area of Myrtle 
and Lime regarding a man down in the street. When the officer arrived, 
he found an intoxicated subject passed out in the street. His brother was 
with him, but he was also intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. 
Both subjects were arrested for public intoxication and taken into custody, 
where they were held for sobering.

Domestic Violence / Child Endangerment – Suspect Arrested

On November 2 at 3:00 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of West 
Duarte regarding a domestic violence incident. During an argument, the 
male suspect pulled his girlfriend to the floor by her hair while she was 
holding their 11-month-old baby in her arms. The girlfriend sustained red 
marks on her shoulder and complained of pain to the back of her head, 
where her hair was pulled. The baby was not injured. The suspect was 

Critical Missing – Subject Located

On November 3 at 1:49 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting that a 
bipolar female adult with diabetes was missing in Canyon Park. The 
subject had been walking with her husband and a friend, and had walked 
ahead of them. They had walked this area many times before and the 
subject had always waited at a certain place. This time, she took a different 
turn and may have gotten confused. Officers and Park Rangers responded 
and began a search of the area. A helicopter and Sierra Madre Search and 
Rescue were requested, but the missing person was located before they 
could respond. The subject was found near the dam on the paved road 
within 40 minutes of the initial report. She was in good condition, just a 
little confused.

Residential Burglary

On November 3 at 4:46 p.m., a burglary was reported in the 400 block 
of North Primrose. The residents left at 8:00 a.m. and returned after 5:00 
p.m. When they left, their home was locked and secured. They returned to 
find a rear window forced open, and the suspects had taken a safe, jewelry 
and coins. They exited the home through the entry point. It appears they 
backed into the long driveway near the entrance they used. The victim 
reported that the safe had no valuables inside.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision – Vehicle vs. Skateboarder

On November 3 at 5:53, a hit and run traffic collision involving a 
skateboarder was reported to police. The skateboarder was crossing 
Foothill at Mayflower on a green light in the proper crossing area, when 
a vehicle turned left and failed to stop, hitting the skateboarder. The 
skateboarder went over the hood of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle 
did not stop to help the juvenile skateboarder and fled the scene.

Paramedics were summoned, but fortunately, the victim was only scraped 
up and received no serious injuries. The victim was able to remember 
the license plate of the car, which returned to a Toyota sedan out of the 
Altadena area. The officer was able to identify the driver and obtain his 
home address. Night watch officers went to Alta Dena and located the 
suspect. He admitted to being at the location, driving the car that hit the 
child, and driving away. The investigation is continuing.


On November 5 at 9:32 a.m., police responded to the report of a robbery at 
a business in the 500 block of West Huntington. A male and female entered 
the business and loaded multiple items of clothing into a mesh bag; they 
were observed by loss prevention. The male left the store with no items. 
The female left the store a few minutes later with the bag full of clothes 
and made no attempt to pay. The male had pulled a vehicle up to the curb 
and the female started to get in with the bag of stolen merchandise. The 
loss prevention officer identified himself and attempted to get the bag. The 
female slammed the door against the loss prevention officer’s arm and the 
male pulled the vehicle forward, causing the loss prevention officer to fall. 
The suspects fled the area. The investigation is continuing. 


A Smart Gardening Workshop, designed to reduce yard waste, save 
water and encourage composting and grass recycling, is scheduled 
for Saturday, November 8, 2014 in front of the Boys and Girls Club 
(600 S. Shamrock Avenue) located in Recreation Park. Free mulch 
donated by Cal Blend Soils and transported by Athens Services will 
also be available while supplies last. Bring a shovel, gloves and a 
container to take home this valuable resource for your gardens and 
landscaped areas. 

 The workshop is being sponsored by the City of Monrovia and the 
Los Angeles County Smart Gardening Program. It will take place 
from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will learn about composting, 
grasscycling, fire resistant and water-wise gardening. Composting 
bins will be available to residents for purchase at a reduced price. For 
more information, call Environmental Services at (626) 932-5553 or