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Mountain Views-News Saturday, November 7, 2015 

Makes Court 

Dog Rescued from 
Altadena House Fire

Quick thinking Altadena 
Sheriff deputies rescued a 
female pit bull Thursday after 
a house fire left the animal 
trapped inside a smoke-filled 

 According to police, 
Altadena Sheriff’s and 
Los Angeles County Fire 
Departments received a call 
Thursday at approximately 
2:00 p.m. of a house on fire 
on the 600 block of East 
Sacramento St. in Altadena. 
Sheriff’s Deputies arrived 
first and saw a single story 
house with thick black 
smoke pouring out of the 
closed doors and windows. 

 The deputies shouted out 
and heard faint barking from 
inside the house. All the 
doors were locked tight, and 
not knowing if anyone was in 
the house the deputies kicked 
in a side door and went 
inside. Fighting through 
choking black smoke, three 
deputies checked every room 
in the house and only found 
Roxy an 8 year old female pit 
bull in the living room.

 A deputy removed a 
restraint device off his belt 
and attached it to Roxy and 
led her out of the house.

The accidental fire caused 
minimal damage to the 
structure. The fire was 
called in by a concerned 
community member who 
saw the smoke.

 A triple murder suspect will 
be held to answer for a July 
2014 shooting rampage in East 
Pasadena that left 3 dead and 
2 others injured as he made 
his first preliminary hearing 
appearance Monday. 

 Pasadena police officers 
responded to the 1700 block of 
Summit Avenue July 12, 2014, 
at about 4:20 p.m., regarding a 
shooting in progress. The first 
Pasadena Police Officer on-
scene observed a victim lying 
on the sidewalk. He attempted 
to assist the victim; however, 
the suspect, John Izeal Smith, 
opened fired on an officer who 
retreated behind his police 
vehicle. Additional officers 
arrived and surrounded the 
residence. During incident, 
Smith fired more than 40 
rounds from a semiautomatic 
assault-style rifle killing three 
people and injuring two others. 
Smith was subsequently 
convinced to surrender by a 
police dispatcher and arrested 
without force.

 The Los Angeles District 
Attorney’s Office filed several 
felony charges against Smith, 
including Three counts of 
murder, Three counts of 
attempted murder, Three 
counts of personally and 
intentionally discharging a 
firearm (rifle) causing great 
bodily injury and/or death.

 Smith is currently being held 
without bail at the Los Angeles 
County Jail.


Police Alert Public to Utility Scam

By Dean Lee

 Although there have not been 
any recent incidents in Pasadena 
of customers reporting illicit 
phone calls from people posing 
as utility employees, nearby 
Burbank has scene 40 incidents 
in the last two weeks prompting 
authorities in Burbank, 
Glendale, and Pasadena to 
caution the public about utility 
payment scams.

 “We haven’t had any loss 
[from utility scams] this year,” 
said Pasadena police Lt. Tracey 
Ibarra “We started to see a spike 
in 2014 in what was reported to 
us as people trying to come to 
people’s homes to garner funds 
for utility bills.”

 According to police, the 
scammers attempt to convince 
their victim that their power is 
about to be turned off unless 
they make an immediate 
payment of hundreds, and 
sometimes thousands of dollars. 

 “A utility is not going to call 
you out of the blue and demand 
payment,” said Pasadena Water 
and Power interim director Eric 
Klinkner. “That is an instant 
sign that there is something 
wrong and that it’s a scam. There 
is a process that involves getting 
a late payment notice, a shutoff 
notice in the mail and there 
will be numbers for you to call 
to contact the utility to make 

 His best advice is to just hang 
up the phone and let the utility 
know of the potential scam.

 Do not call the number on 
the phone’s caller ID. Rather, 
call your utility company or 
police department to report the 
incident. To confirm that your 
account is in good standing, 
contact the utility using the 
number on your bill or official 
utility website authorities said.

Pasadena City Hall Art 
Project Sound Installation

Local Leaders, 
H.U.D. Discuss 

Author Vimla Kapoor to 
Speak at City College

The Pasadena City College 
School of Humanities and 
Social Sciences will be hosting 
Vimla Kapoor, a teacher, writer, 
and inspirational speaker who 
will be discussing her memoir, 
“For She’s a Jolly Good Fellow,” 
on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at noon in 
the PCC Circadian. 

 Published in 2012, “For She’s 
a Jolly Good Fellow” chronicles 
Kapoor’s life in India, first as 
an ebullient youth growing 
up under British rule, and 
into the 21st Century as an 
immigrant in the United States. 
The memoir provides deep 
insight into Indian culture 
and paints a vivid picture of 
Kapoor’s unbounded love for 
her family and friends, her 
struggles and tragedies, and the 
wisdom gained through her life 

 “When I read the book for the 
first time, what impressed me 
the most was that Vimla does 
not only recount an episode 
or memory, but captures the 
‘true essence’ of the memory 
by bringing meaning to 
the memory,” said Vanitha 
Swaminathan, PCC instructor 
of English.

 Tuesday’s event will mark the 
fifth time Kapoor has visited 
the campus to speak about the 
book. Swaminathan has been 
teaching “For She’s a Jolly Good 
Fellow” in her reading courses 
for the past five semesters.

 “Students love her book 
because they are able to relate 
to it,” Swaminathan said. “She’s 
also able to reach out to a large 
number of students because 
she’s an inspirational speaker 
who is able to relate to them in a 
meaningful yet humorous way.”

 In addition to being an author, 
Kapoor has published articles 
in leading Indian magazines 
and newspapers such as the 
Times of India, Hindustan 
Times, Military Journal and 
Eve’s Weekly. An accomplished 
speaker, she has also presented 
at the Sierra Madre Rotary 
Club, Arcadia Retirement 
Village, and The British Home 
in Sierra Madre.

 The event is free and open to the 
public. For more information, 
please call (626) 585-3071.

Found Dead

 Officials announced this week 
a new public art project at City 
Hall! “Lions, Tigers, And....” a 
sound installation produced 
by the media organization 
Freewaves. The project includes 
a motion activated audio collage 
of sounds lions, nature and 
music in the city hall courtyard. 

 Hear soft roars, jungle sounds 
and musical notes as you walk 
by. Presented by the city’s 
cultural affairs division in 
partnership with Side Street 
Projects, this project is one of 
12 funded through a National 
Endowment for the Arts “Our 
Town” grant. The 12 “ My 
Pasadena” projects will be 
presented to the public in the 
civic center area periodically 
through September of 2016. 
Each individual “My Pasadena” 
project explores some aspect of 
civic life and engagement. 

 Each week, a Freewaves 
representative will be located 
at city hall to engage the public, 
both city staff and visitors, and 
to inspire viewers to think about 
their relationship to civic life, 
city hall, and local government. 
The public is invited to 
participate by answering 
questions and sharing their 
thoughts about the symbolism 
and interpretation of the cast 
stone lions on the Pasadena 
city hall façade. Responses will 
be incorporated into a revised 
public art sound installation for 
the courtyard to be unveiled at 
Spring ArtNight in March 2016.

 A series of free, community 
drum circle events will also 
take place throughout the 
duration of the installation. 
For More information contact 
Rochelle Branch, Cultural 
Affairs Manager at (626) 744-
7062 or visit sidestreet. org/

 Mayor Antonovich, the 
Board of Supervisors and 
Los Angeles City Mayor 
Eric Garcetti met last 
week with Julian Castro, 
Secretary of the U.S. 
Department of Housing 
and Urban Development 
to discuss measures to 
alleviate homelessness 
in Los Angeles County. 
Los Angeles county and 
city officials called for 
more federal resources to 
tackle the growing issue of 

 “A necessary step forward in 
our mutual effort to combat 
homelessness is to ensure 
that stabilization efforts 
include comprehensive 
mental illness treatment 
and rehabilitation for 
alcohol/drug addiction in 
addition to transitional 
housing and wraparound 
services,” Antonovich said.

 Secretary Castro expressed 
his thanks and appreciation 
for the Board’s commitment 
to address one of the largest 
homeless populations in the 

 Katherine “Katie” Wing, 
reported missing last week, has 
been found dead in the back 
seat her car in the 100 block 
of San Miguel Road from what 
police suspect was a suicide.

 Wing was reported missing 
by her family after she failed to 
show up at a Halloween party 
in Glendale. She was last seen 
around 4:30 p.m. leaving work 
in Pasadena.

 Police suspect she committed 
suicide by carbon monoxide 
poisoning. A suicide note was 
left inside the car. 

Pet of the 

Free Upcoming Events at 
Pasadena Senior Center

Crime Blotter for Altadena 

Sunday, October 25th

11:00 PM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 500 block of E. 
Mendocino Street. The cars 
window was shattered.

Monday, October 26th

3:30 PM – A robbery occurred at 
Walmart, 2408 Lincoln Avenue. 
The suspect was a male, Black, 
30 years old, who exited the 
business without paying for the 
items in the shopping cart. The 
loss prevention contacted the 
suspect and a struggle ensued. 
The suspect then entered a gray 
Honda Accord and fled the area. 
The suspect has been identified.

8:15 PM – A petty theft from an 
unlocked vehicle occurred in 
the 2100 block of N. Fair Oaks 
Avenue. A Pomeranian dog 
was stolen.

8:25 PM – Charles Davis, 47 
years old, of Altadena was 
arrested in the area of Altadena 
Drive and Lake Avenue for 
reckless driving.

Tuesday, October 27th

2:10 AM – A robbery 
occurred at 7-Eleven, 1319 N. 
Altadena Drive. The suspect 
John Herrick, 53 years old, 
of Altadena was taken into 

4:00 PM – An attempt 
residential burglary occurred 
in the 2600 block of Fair Oaks 
Avenue. The window was 
shattered and there were pry 
marks on the door, but no entry 
was made.

6:43 PM – A shooting occurred 
in the 300 block of W. Altadena 
Drive. The suspects were 
described as (2) male, Blacks, 
in a black Lincoln sedan. 
The victims suffered non-
life threatening injuries. The 
investigation is on-going.

Wednesday, October 28th

12:05 PM – A petty theft 
occurred at the Super King, 2260 
Lincoln Avenue. The subject 
was a male, White, juvenile 
and was taken into custody for 
trying to steal whiskey.

4:40 PM – A petty theft occurred 
at the Super King, 2260 Lincoln 
Avenue. The subject was a 
female, Black, juvenile and was 
taken into custody for trying to 
steal tequila.

9:30 PM – A vehicle vandalism 
occurred in the 2300 block 
of El Sereno Avenue. The car 
windshield was shattered.

Thursday, October 29th

8:15 PM – An assault with 
a deadly weapon (vehicle) 
occurred in the area of Lincoln 
Avenue and Alberta Street. 
The suspects were described as 
(2) male, Hispanics, in a dark 
colored van. The investigation 
is on-going.

Friday, October 30th

4:00 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 400 
block of Wapello Street. The 
suspects broke the lock on the 
door and stole linens.

4:30 PM – A residential 
burglary occurred in the 1200 
block of E. Mendocino Street. 
The suspect(s) broke through 
the rear door and stole a safe, 
along with a firearms, keys, and 

Saturday, ”Halloween” 
October 31st

10:00 PM – A vandalism 
(graffiti) occurred in the 100 
block of E. Palm Street. 

10:15 PM – Joshua Minor, 27 
years old, of Chatsworth was 
arrested in the 100 block of W. 
Terrace Street for trespassing.

 Ziggy (A386179) is a 
friendly, two-year-old, 
neutered male, white and 
brown pit bull. This sweet 
boy has been out on our 
mobile adoption unit and 
has been friendly and 
playful with everyone he 
has met! While Ziggy can 
be quite outgoing, there are 
times when he is content to 
just relax on the grass with 
a chew toy. Ziggy would 
do well in an active home 
where he could get plenty of 

 The regular dog adoption 
fee is $125 which includes 
the spay or neuter surgery, 
microchip, vaccinations, 
and 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. 

 Call the Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA 
at 626.792.7151 or visit at 
361 S. Raymond Ave. in 
Pasadena. Adoption hours 
are 11-4 Sunday, 9-5 Tuesday 
–Friday, 9-4 Saturday. Pets 
may not be available for 
adoption and cannot be 
held for potential adopters 
from phone calls or email. 
Directions and photos of all 
pets can be found at www.

High Tea 
with the 

Rose Court

 There is something for 
everyone in October at the 
Pasadena Senior Center, 85 E. 
Holly St. Events lare free. You 
do not have to be a member. 
Some events require advance 
reservations as noted.

 Stay Connected with 
Social Media – Tuesdays and 
Thursdays, from 9 to 11 a.m. 
Learn how to keep in touch 
with family and friends via 
email, Skype, Facebook and 
other social media during 
a 30-minute, one-on-one 
meeting. You choose which 
applications you want to learn. 
Bring a laptop or use one onsite. 
If you have an email address, 
bring it and your password. Sign 
up with Edison at the Welcome 

 Smart Phones, Tablets and 
Computers – Any Questions? 
– Tuesdays and Thursdays, 
from 10 to 11 a.m. Get the 
answers you need about 
technology devices, whether 
you own them already or are 
considering a purchase. Learn 
how to text, check voicemail, set 
an alarm, navigate the Internet, 
download apps and more.

 Friday Movie Matinees – 
Fridays, Nov. 13 and 20, at 
1 p.m. – Nov. 13: McFarland, 
USA (2015, PG) starring Kevin 
Costner and Maria Bello. 
A football coach moves his 
family to a remote town and 
turns seven students with no 
hope into cross country stars. 
Nov. 20: A Town Like Alice 
(1956 NR) starring Virginia 
McKenna and Peter Finch. A 
newly wealthy English woman 
returns to Malaya to build a well 
for villagers who helped her in 
wartime (please note this film 
will begin at 2:30 p.m.). 

 Low Vision Class – Thursdays, 
Nov. 12 and 19, from 
noon to 2 p.m. For anyone 
experiencing difficulty with 
daily tasks due to vision loss, 
this class combines a support 
group with guest speaker-led 
discussions about preventive 
treatments, balance, nutrition, 
transportation options and the 
latest technology devices to 
maximize the vision you have 
left. All are welcome, including 
family members and caregivers. 

 Parkinson’s Disease – 
Thursday, Nov. 12, at noon. 
Parkinson’s disease is a 
neurodegenerative disorder 
of the central nervous system, 
and 50,000 to 60,000 new 
cases are diagnosed annually. 
Learn about symptoms, what 
to expect, quality of life issues 
and how to get care. A boxed 
lunch will be served to the 
first 50 people who have 
made confirmed reservations 
by calling 626-795-4331. 
Presented by Dr. Tyler Cheung 
of Huntington Hospital.

 LA Opera: Norma – Monday, 
Nov. 16, at 1 p.m. An LA Opera 
community educator will take 
participants through Vincenzo 
Bellini’s classic bel canto opera 
Norma. Torn between love and 
loyalty to her people, which will 
the Roman priestess Norma 

The Scott Pavilion at 
Pasadena Senior Center 
will be transformed into 
an elegant, beautifully 
decorated tea room 
Monday, Nov. 23, from 3:30 
to 5 p.m.

 Pasadena Senior Center 
members will enjoy high 
tea with 2016 Rose Queen 
Erika Karen Winter and her 
Royal Court Bryce Marie 
Bakewell, Natalie Breanne 
Hernandez-Barber, Donaly 
Elizabeth Marquez, Regina 
Marché Pullens and Sarah 
Sumiko Shaklan.

 Prepaid $10 reservations 
must be received at the 
Pasadena Senior Center 
Welcome Desk no later 
than Thursday, Nov. 19.

Entertainment will be 
provided by The Tap Chicks. 
The event is sponsored 
by Chado Tea Room. For 
more information visit 
org or call (626) 685-6724.

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