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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 22, 2014 



ARCADIA, Ca. – Blowing snow, horse-drawn carriage rides, and Dickens 
Christmas carolers in Arcadia?

 The popular Arcadia’s Best Downtown Christmas Market presented 
by the Arcadia Improvement Association returns for a second year every 
Saturday evening in December before Christmas.

 First Avenue will be closed between Huntington Drive and Wheeler 
Street to allow you to stroll around the European-style Christmas Market 
from 5-9 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 & 20, where you’ll also find more than 50 holiday 
food and merchandise vendors, Santa Claus posing for photos, inflated 
jumpers for kids, and live bands.

 New to the market this year will be free rides on a decorated horse-
drawn carriage and “Carcadia Christmas,” a special holiday edition of 
the monthly Carcadia @Route 66 Sunday morning gathering of local car 
lovers. Carcadia Christmas will feature different local clubs each night, 
such as the Santa Anita A’s on Dec. 6, as well as the coolest cars of every 
era and style at each event.

 Carcadia and the Christmas Market are created by the non-profit 
community events group Arcadia’s Best Foundation.

 In addition to the professional Dickens carolers roaming the Market 
on Dec. 6, local singers from the Southern California Mormon Choir, 
Jeff, Cindy, Jocelyn, and Emily Combe, and Beth Stogner, will perform 
traditional Christmas Carols in Dickens-era costumes from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 
20. Stogner is a familiar local singer whose day job is with the Arcadia Fire 
Department, which will feature its vintage fire truck at the Market each 

 The primary sponsor again this year is Metro Gold Line Foothill 
Extension Construction Authority, as well as Forest Lawn, with additional 
support from the City of Arcadia, Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant, 
Marie Taylor of NAI Capital, and Downtown Arcadia attorney April A. 

 The farmer’s market and other elements are provided by Family Festival 
Productions, with the festive holiday lighting, overall atmosphere and 
event management created by Wayne Tay. Decorations and supplies are 
from Town & Country Event Rentals.

 Plenty of free parking is available in several public lots off Wheeler 
Street east and west of First Ave.


 Media Contact: Scott Hettrick, cell: 626-485-8783 / 


Arcadia Police Blotter


Arcadia Senior Services is offering a musical lecture that will focus on the 
life of Bing Crosby on Tuesday, December 2, 2104 at 1:30pm. The lecture will 
take place at the Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, Arcadia. 
This program will highlight the life and music of Bing Crosby, “Call Me 
Lucky”. This Timeless Melodies Foundation for Education musical program 
will trace Bing’s roots and early musical inspirations and how radio impacted 
the development of popular music. The presentation will go into the motion 
picture and sound recordings he made, plus his musical/movie career with 
Bob Hope. This program is for individuals 50 years of age and older. Cost 
of the presentation is $3.00 and is non-refundable. Tickets are available until 
Monday, December 1, 2014. For additional information please call Arcadia 
Senior Services 626.574.5130.

For the period of Sunday, November 9 th, through Saturday, November 15th, 
the Police Department responded to 977 calls for service of which 99 required 
formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, November 9:

1. Just before 4:00 a.m., an officer responded to Premiere, 911 South First 
Avenue, regarding a burglary report. Surveillance footage revealed at least two 
unidentified suspects shattered the front glass door, stole numerous pairs of 
designer sunglasses and handbags, and fled north on South First Avenue. No 
witnesses were located.

2. At approximately 5:16 p.m., an officer responded to Nordstrom, 400 South 
Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft report. An investigation revealed a 27-year-
old Hispanic male placed a bracelet on his wrist, discarded the tag, and failed to 
make payment before exiting. He was cited and released in the field. 

Monday, November 10:

3. At about 12:16 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the 000 
block of East Huntington Drive for driving with their high beams on. Upon 
contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting 
from his breath. The 55-year-old White male was arrested and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

4. At approximately 10:43 a.m., an officer responded to Camino Grove 
Elementary School, 700 East Camino Grove Avenue, regarding a vandalism 
report. Unknown suspect(s) spray painted, “JAHBO” on the wall of the multi-
purpose room sometime over the weekend. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located.

Tuesday, November 11:

5. Around 2:18 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 1100 block of 
Encanto Drive regarding a suspicious subject. A neighbor reported a suspicious 
vehicle parked in the driveway and a subject exiting the vacant home. The 
subject identified himself as “Wayne Morgan” who finds buyers for abandoned 
houses. The subject was gone by the time officers arrived. The subject’s vehicle 
was involved in a recent attempted theft of gasoline from Vons, 618 Michillinda 

6. Just after 6:36 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 400 block of El 
Dorado Street regarding a burglary report. An investigation revealed unknown 
suspect(s) used the victim’s ladder to enter through the second story closed, 
but unlocked, rear sliding glass door. Nothing was immediately reported 
stolen; however, one of the dresser drawers had been searched through. The 
investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, November 12:

7. Shortly after 1:41 a.m., an officer conducted an enforcement stop on a vehicle 
in the area of Diamond Street and Santa Anita Avenue for speeding. As the 
officer activated his overhead emergency lights, the subject accelerated and 
proceeded onto the westbound 210 freeway. The suspect eventually stopped his 
vehicle while still on the freeway and officers were able to arrest him. Upon 
contacting the suspect, officers noticed signs of drug use. After performing 
field sobriety tests, officers concluded the 28-year-old White male was under 
the influence of an illegal substance. He was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

8. At about 9:10 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the area 
of Baldwin Avenue and the 210 Freeway for disobeying a traffic sign. The officer 
discovered the driver had never been issued a license. The 32-year-old Hispanic 
female was cited and released in the field. The vehicle was released to a licensed 

Thursday, November 13:

9. At approximately 10:22 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 000 
block of West Sycamore Avenue regarding a fraud report. An investigation 
revealed an unknown suspect created an online account using the victim’s 
bank account, logged in and transferred money to various entities totaling 
$5,340.00. The investigation is ongoing.

10. Around 4:30 p.m., an officer responded to Macy’s at the Santa Anita 
Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a petty theft report. The officer 
determined the suspect, a 23-year-old White female, concealed merchandise 
in her purse and fled the store without making payment. She was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, November 14: 

11. Just after 1:15 p.m., an officer responded to the 000 block of Live Oak Avenue 
in regards to a stolen license plate. The officer discovered the victim had the 
license plate stolen from his 1992 Mercedes while the vehicle was parked at the 
location. The crime occurred sometime between November 6th and November 

12. At about 1:56 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 800 block 
of San Simeon Road regarding a burglary that occurred the night before. An 
investigation revealed the 85-year-old female victim awoke to an unknown 
male in her bedroom. The victim turned on the light and yelled at the subject 
to leave. The suspect is described as a thin male wearing all black clothing. The 
crime occurred on November 13th at 8:10 p.m. It is believed that the suspect 
entered the residence through the sliding balcony door. The investigation is 

Saturday, November 15:

13. Just after 2:45 a.m., an officer made consensual contact with a subject sitting 
at a bus stop in the area of Live Oak Avenue and Peck Road. The officer located 
an open container of alcohol next to the subject. Upon further investigation, 
the officer determined the subject, a 25-year-old Hispanic male, was under the 
influence of a controlled substance. As the officer attempted to arrest him, he 
resisted and tried to flee. The officer was able to successfully arrest him and he 
was transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

14. At approximately 5:42 p.m., an officer responded to Chase Bank, 700 
West Huntington Drive, regarding a suspicious subject loitering in front 
of the business. Upon contacting the subject, the officer detected signs of 
illegal drug use. The officer determined the 29-year-old male of unknown 
race was in possession of methamphetamine and had an outstanding 
misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.

Monrovia Police Blotter



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.

Attempt Vehicle Burglary

On November 13 at 7:51 a.m., an attempt vehicle burglary was reported in the 
300 block of California. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the window on a Chevy 
Silverado pickup truck that was parked in a rear alley. Nothing was taken from the 
truck. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

On November 13 at 2:10 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of California 
and Cherry when he stopped a motorist for a vehicle code violation. Further 
investigation revealed the motorist to be driving under the influence. The driver 
was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested

On November 13 at 11:00 p.m., a traffic collision in the area of Huntington and 
Shamrock was reported to police. The driver of a vehicle had sideswiped another 
vehicle. Police responded and determined the driver was driving under the 
influence. The driver was arrested and held for sobering.


On November 14 at 2:55 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 600 
block of South Myrtle regarding a grand theft incident. The female victim was 
inside a business and was holding jewelry in her hand. The suspect entered the 
location and grabbed the jewelry from the victim’s hand, taking it by force. The 
suspect then left the location on foot, heading southbound on Myrtle. An area 
check was made, but the suspect was not located. The suspect is described as a 
heavyset male, unknown age, wearing jean shorts and a gray hooded sweatshirt. 
The investigation is continuing.

Battery / Trespassing

On November 15 at 8:54 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of East Pomona 
Street on the report of a battery and trespassing incident. The resident reported 
that he had discovered a male subject sleeping on the west side of his house in his 
front yard. He yelled at the subject to get off his property several times. The male 
subject was not leaving the property, so the resident sprayed water at him from a 
garden hose. The subject became angry and hit the resident in the face with his fist, 
causing a small cut to his nose. The subject ran west on Pomona and out of sight. 
Officers made an area check for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. He is 
described as a male Hispanic, 18-20 years old, 5’4” tall, medium build, wearing a 
black Los Angeles Dodgers cap, black shirt and brown shorts. The investigation is 

Obstructing and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested

On November 16 at 12:15 a.m., police responded to the 600 block of Linwood on 
the report of a battery incident. A male and female were involved in an argument, 
and the male subject pushed the female subject, causing her to fall. During the 
investigation, the male subject was trying to interfere with the officers and refused 
to comply with officers’ commands. He continued to walk away from the officers 
and struggled with the officers as they attempted to detain him. The male subject 
was arrested for obstructing and delaying a peace officer.

DUARTE, CA, November 18, 2014 -- The City of Duarte has been awarded 
a $325,171 competitive state grant under the California Gang Reduction, 
Intervention and Prevention (CalGRIP) Program to sustain its gang 
prevention, intervention, and expand reintegration programs for 2015. The 
grant will be up for annual renewal for the next two years (through 2017), 
pending state restitution funds sourced from the State Budget Act, for a total 
of $975, 513 for three years. Out of 45 applicants, Duarte’s evidence-based 
anti-gang project was one of 19 awardees. 

 A portion of the grant will provide the Duarte Prevention, Intervention, 
Reintegration Project with the funds necessary to maintain the services of 
Los Angeles County Probation and the Sheriff’s departments despite recent 
budget cuts which threatened programs. 

 Grant funds will also support the Duarte Public Safety and Teen 
Center youth outreach programs, including the Duarte Boxing Gym, and 
expansion of Duarte Dance and Arts programming serving the Duarte 
Teen Center, Pamela Park, and Mt. Olive School. Four main partner 
organizations are included in the grant: the Flintridge Center, the Boys and 
Girls Club of the Foothills, the Santa Anita Family YMCA and Southland 
Sings. These non-profit organizations support families with after-school 
care, positive summer programming, and evidence-based programming 
proven to assist in prevention, intervention, and reintegration efforts by 
providing juveniles and young adults with positive alternatives. The grant 
funds will enable the Boys and Girls Club and YMCA to expand their 
services and provide additional positive pro-social activities to families 
in need. Southland Sings will deliver art-therapy based programs to help 
in early prevention, primary and secondary intervention. The Flintridge 
Center will expand reintegration services in the surrounding communities 
of Duarte, Monrovia and unincorporated areas. 

 The focus of the Duarte Prevention, Intervention and Reintegration 
Project is to reduce gang membership, gang related crime and juvenile 
arrests by working closely with at-risk youth, parents and teachers. The goal 
is to ultimately achieve a 25% overall reduction in the aforementioned areas 
during the life of the grant.

 In 2009-2010 Duarte was awarded a Cal-GRIP grant of $191,312, and in 
2013-2014 the grant award increased to $334,332, which positively impacted 
the City’s prevention efforts with a 49% reduction in juvenile arrests. L. A. 
County Probation also reported a significant reduction in gang recruitment 
with fewer of Duarte’s minors being institutionalized in probation camps. 

The City of Duarte’s School Resource Deputy acts as an ambassador for 
the LA County Sheriff Department within Duarte schools. This deputy 
works to build positive relationships with students, parents, school officials 
and community members in order to maintain safety in schools and the 
community. Additionally, this special assignment deputy attends specific 
school and community events and is part of special anti-gang and drug 

 Duarte’s Probation Officers focus on early prevention and intervention. 
They coordinate services with parents, schools, courts, law enforcement, and 
community partners. They act as role models, mentors, and advocates for 
students, and assist to equip families with the skills and services they need to 
be successful. 


Home Burglary Alert

 The City of Duarte and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department 
would like residents to be aware that a home burglary occurred in 
Duarte Mesa of Duarte. 

 On Tuesday November 18, at approximately 9:40 a.m. in the 2200 
Block of Tall Pine Drive unknown suspect(s) entered the residence 
while the resident was out running errands through a back door left 
open for two small dogs and exited through the front door. Over 
$30,000 worth of jewelry was taken by the suspect(s). There were no 

 If you spotted any suspicious person(s), vehicles, and/or any other 
unusual activity in the abovementioned area, or if you have any 
information that can assist in the investigation of this burglary, please 
contact Special Assignment Deputy Goodrich at the Duarte Sub 
Station by calling (626) 357-7938, ext. 320. 

 You may visit our website for crime statistics and an area map

 We also encourage residents to consider the following practices: 

Use Proper lighting

 Proper lighting eliminates shadows that provide burglars with 

 Use adequate lighting at all points of entry

 Leave lights on inside just as you would if you were living in the 

 Include the use of lighting timers and set them to an irregular 

Secure Doors and windows

 Reinforce the backs of doors with crossbars

 Be sure the doorframes cannot easily be “jimmied”


 Quality commercial security locks are great but are not effective if 
they are not properly used by the homeowner

 Unscheduled or surprise visits to your property or project will also 
act as a deterrent to an opportunistic thief

 Update the key in the event an employee leaves or quits a job

Traceable property

 Third party vendors can secure your items with trackers that will 
assist law enforcement with its quick recovery

 If your item does not have a serial number, you can engrave it with 
a unique number or word.

 Please be sure to record serial numbers. In the event the property is 
recovered, the owner can be located.


 Ensure your fences are sturdy and secured.

Patrol Checks

 Call Temple Station and request patrol checks. 

 Arrange for a vacation check with the Duarte Public Safety Office 
(626) 357-7938, ext. 316 or via email at Provide us 
with the time away from home, address and a local emergency name 
and number. Please contact the Temple Station Watch Commander at 
(626) 285-7171 if you would like to schedule a security review of your 

 If you see suspicious persons or vehicles in your neighborhood, 
please make a note of the make/model/color of the car or description 
of the person(s) and Always call in ANY and ALL suspicious activity 
to Temple Sheriff’s Station at (626) 448-9861 or (626) 285-7171. 

 Should you witness a crime in progress, please call 911. 

 If you would like to leave an anonymous tip, that can assist us in 
an investigation or help mitigate an ongoing problem, you may do so 
by calling the Sheriff’s Satellite Station Crime Tip Hotline at (626) 357-
7938, ext. 462. Messages checked daily but for immediate assistance 
please call Temple Station and request to remain anonymous. 

 Tips can also be e-mailed



The Duarte Unified School District Governing Board is holding a meeting 
at Northview Intermediate School, 1401 Highland Ave., Duarte, on 
Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. At that time they will interview 
and make a provisional appointment to fill one Board vacancy. The selected 
candidate will take the oath of office and begin the provisional term at the 
board meeting on December 11, 2014.

 Four candidates applied for the appointment and have cleared the 
requirements including being at least 18 years of age, be a resident of 
the Duarte Unified School District, be a registered voter in the State 
of California, and not be disqualified from holding civil office by the 
constitution or any law of the State of California.

 The four applicants are: Jim Dinsmore, David Hall, Swati Puri, and 
Cheryl Taylor. 

 Contact: Mercedes Ruiz, Administrative Assistant (626) 599-5037