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For the period of Sunday, June 5th, through Saturday, 
June 11th, the Police Department responded to 932 calls 
for service of which 139 required formal investigations. 
The following is a summary report of the major incidents 
handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, June 5:

1. Around 4:28 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence 
in the 300 block of East Norman Avenue regarding a 
911 hang-up call. An investigation revealed a physical 
altercation occurred between a husband and wife. The 
husband was determined to be the primary aggressor 
based on visible injuries to the wife. The 42-year-old 
male from Arcadia was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

 2. At about 3:27 p.m., an officer responded to Burlington 
Coat Factory, 1201 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a 
theft report. An investigation revealed a loss prevention 
specialist witnessed the suspect conceal numerous 
items in a shopping bag before exiting the store, failing 
to make payment. The 19-year-old male from Altadena 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

Monday, June 6:

3. Just before 1:59 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 
area of Portola Drive and Sunset Boulevard regarding 
a male and female arguing in the middle of the street. 
Upon contacting the female suspect, the officer noticed 
symptoms of alcohol intoxication and determined she 
was unable to care for herself. The 19-year-old female 
from Arcadia was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. 

 4. Just after 8:45 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
Dream Spa, 1023. South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a 
robbery. An investigation revealed a male suspect entered 
the spa, grabbed an employee’s purse and attempted to 
flee the location. The employee managed to lock the front 
door trapping the suspect inside. The suspect attempted 
to break the door, but was unsuccessful. He became 
increasingly upset and the employee, fearing for her 
safety, locked herself behind a hallway door. The suspect 
managed to flee the location prior to police arrival. 

 The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 
20-years-old, 5 feet 6 inches tall and 165 pounds. 

Tuesday June 7:

5. At approximately 3:40 p.m., an officer was dispatched 
to the 300 block of East Wisteria Avenue regarding the 
report of a suspicious occupied vehicle. A consensual 
search of the vehicle revealed the driver was in possession 
of fraudulent driver’s licenses, various pieces of mail 
belonging to numerous victims, paperwork containing 
victims’ personal identifying information and 
methamphetamine. The 39-year-old male from El Monte 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 6. At about 3:54 p.m., an officer responded to the area of 
Santa Anita Avenue and Huntington Drive regarding the 
report of a non-injury traffic collision. An investigation 
revealed Party-1 struck Party-2 while changing lanes. 
Upon contacting Party-1, the officer detected a strong 
odor of marijuana emitting from the driver. Through a 
series of tests, the officer determined the 33-year-old male 
from West Covina was driving under the influence of 
cannabis. The suspect was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Wednesday, June 8:

7. At approximately 1:13 a.m., an officer responded to 
Foothills Middle School, 171 East Sycamore Avenue, 
regarding alarm activations. An investigation revealed 
three male adult suspects gained access to the music 
room and stole drum sticks. The two 18-year-old males 
from Arcadia and the 19-year-old male from El Monte 
were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 8. Just after 7:51 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
Zumies, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a theft 
report. A loss prevention specialist witnessed the suspect 
select numerous clothing items before exiting the store, 
failing to make payment. The 18-year-old male from San 
Gabriel was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.

Thursday, June 9: 

9. At about 2:48 p.m., officers responded to a residence on 
the 000 block of West Longden Avenue regarding a panic 
alarm activation. An investigation revealed the victim’s 
ex-boyfriend forced his way into the residence, assaulted 
the victim and held her against her will. The 25-year-old 
male from Arcadia was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

 10. At approximately 6:18 p.m., officers responded 
to City of Hope, 1500 East Duarte Road in the City of 
Duarte, regarding a previously reported vehicle burglary 
that had occurred in Arcadia. The suspect called and 
emailed the victim to inform him that he had his stolen 
property and wished to return it to him. After the victim 
offered the suspect a reward, the suspect agreed to meet 
him at the City of Hope parking lot. Officers witnessed 
the exchange of property for money. The 34-year-old 
male from El Monte was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Friday, June 10:

11. At about 7:17 a.m., an officer responded to SoapSox, 
11605 Goldring Road, regarding a burglary report. An 
investigation revealed an unknown suspect(s) entered 
the business and stole a computer, iPhone and wallet. 
The victim also discovered that his briefcase was missing 
from his unlocked vehicle. Fraudulent charges were made 
to the victim’s credit card. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located.

 12. At approximately 5:01p.m., officers responded to 
the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington Drive, 
regarding a suspect who had taken food and property 
from another patron. An investigation revealed the 
suspect had been previously removed from the location 
for trespassing and was told not to return. The 31-year-old 
male from Arcadia was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, June 11:

13. At about 6:41 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic 
stop on a vehicle near the intersection of Altura Road 
and Hugo Reid Drive for expired registration. An 
investigation revealed the registration had expired in 2012 
and the driver was driving with an expired license and no 
proof of car insurance. He was cited and released in the 
field. His vehicle was impounded for 30 days.

 14. Just after 6:13 p.m., an officer responded to 
Sephora, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a 
report of shoplifting. A loss prevention specialist 
witnessed two suspects conceal numerous items in 
their shopping bags before exiting the store, failing to 
make payment. An investigation revealed the suspects 
had also stolen merchandise from several other stores 
inside Westfield Santa Anita. The 14 year-old female 
from Altadena and 16-year-old female from Pasadena 
were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail 
for booking.

ARCADIA, Calif. --- Fire 
Chief Kurt Norwood will 
say goodbye to the place 
that has been his second 
home for the last 29 years, 
the Arcadia Fire Station, 
and start the next chapter 
of his life, retirement on 
July 9. Having served in 
the Fire Service for 32 
years, the Arcadia Fire 
Department is proud to 
have Chief Norwood as 
a member of its agency 
since 1987, demonstrating 
outstanding leadership 
and the ability to effectively 
manage the technical and 
administrative functions 
of the Fire Department. 
Maintaining a constant 
commitment to excellence, 
Chief Norwood has not 
only been a consummate leader and an inspiration to 
members of the Arcadia Fire Department, he has also 
been a role model for all City employees.

 “It will be a difficult transition into retirement. It has 
been a privilege to serve the citizens of Arcadia. I have 
been blessed to work alongside and lead the men and 
women of the Arcadia Fire Department. I consider 
the members of the Arcadia Fire Department an 
extension of my family,” said Chief Norwood. “I have 
witnessed firsthand the devotion and work ethic of 
City employees and Council Members, and have seen 
how their efforts have made Arcadia the great city it 
is today. Arcadia and the Fire Department have been 
so influential in my life. I am truly blessed to have 
spent my career here. I will miss the community, the 
employees, and especially the men and women of the 
Arcadia Fire Department.”

 Chief Norwood began his career in Arcadia in 
March 1987 as a Fire Fighter, moving quickly up 
the ranks to Fire Paramedic in 1991, and rising to 
Fire Captain in 1998, where he served as an Engine 
Company and Truck Company Captain. From there, 
he was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2003, where 
he served as Fire Marshal and Training Officer, while 
also overseeing various Fire Department divisions. 
He was promoted to Deputy Fire Chief in 2011, served 
as Acting Fire Chief beginning in January 2013, and 
ultimately was appointed Fire Chief in May 2014.

 The City has always taken great pride in Arcadia 
Fire Department’s status as a Class 1 agency. 
Chief Norwood has fortified that distinguished 
classification, providing Arcadians with the best fire 
suppression, fire prevention, emergency medical, and 
disaster management services.

 The Chief’s educational accomplishments include a 
Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Protection Administration 
and Technology, and a 
Master’s Degree in Public 
Administration, both from 
California State University 
Los Angeles. He holds 
numerous certifications 
from the California 
State Fire Marshal’s 
Office, including a Chief 
Officer Certification 
obtained in 2002. Kurt 
is an active member of 
the Los Angeles Area 
Fire Chiefs Association 
and the Foothill Fire 
Chiefs Association. Chief 
Norwood serves as an 
adjunct instructor with 
Rio Hondo Community 
College Fire Technology 
Program, where he plans 
to continue teaching Fire 
Technology students 
preparing for the Fire Service. 

 “Chief Norwood is leaving a legacy of 
professionalism, integrity, and devotion in the Arcadia 
Fire Department. The group of men and women that 
we have protecting our City is unmatched. We owe a 
lot of that to the continued support and leadership of 
Chief Norwood,” said Mayor Tom Beck.

 “Kurt has had a very positive influence on the 
Arcadia Fire Department and the City of Arcadia,” 
said City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto. “His 
devotion to the Fire Service is evident in everything 
he does. Kurt will be missed by all, both personally 
and professionally.”

 While Chief Norwood’s final day will be July 9, the 
impact he has made on the Arcadia Fire Department 
will not be forgotten. He will always be an esteemed 
member of the Arcadia “family.” An announcement 
on Chief Norwood’s replacement is expected in the 
coming weeks.

About the City of Arcadia

 Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile 
community with a population of just over 57,000. 
Located approximately 20 miles east of downtown 
Los Angeles, Arcadia is known for combining 
small-town charm with the conveniences and 
amenities of a mid-size city. Arcadia is a full-
service charter city governed by a five-member 
City Council, elected at large. Recognized 
for exceptional education and recreation 
opportunities and beautiful neighborhoods, 
Arcadia is also defined as the “Community of 
Homes” and has twice been designated the “Best 
City in California in which to Raise Kids” by 
Business Week Magazine.


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FEBRUARY 29, 1940-MAY 3, 2016

By Joan Schmidt

Jan Wight surely was a life well spent for two 
reasons. First, she accomplished so much and 
secondly she challenged people to get involved and 
make a difference. The Duarte View spoke of Jan’s 
many accomplishments which I will share. Then 
I’ll tell how she challenged several of us to make 
a difference.

 Jan was born In Indiana and her parents relocated 
to Monrovia CA. She attended Monrovia Schools, 
married and had a son, David. In Monrovia, she 
worked as an Instructional aide, was a member and 
President of the Monrovia Juniors and Monrovia 
Women’s Clubs. She was involved with politics-
George McGovern’s Presidential Campaign, Dick 
Mountjoy for City Council and State Assembly and 
Bob Bartlett’s first City Council Campaign.

 Jan married Bob Wight in 1980 and they 
moved to Duarte. (At her retirement from the 
Chamber, she spoke lovingly of Bob and all he 
did to support her.) Jan joined Duarte’s Women’s 
Club and served as President. In 1980, she was 
Woman of the Year. Jan joined Friends of the 
Duarte Library, Duarte Historical Society, and 
Duarte Kiwanis Club. In 1983, she was elected to 
the Duarte School Board and served as President 
in 1987, 1990, 1991, and 1995. She served on the 
Duarte Education Foundation and was Chairman 
of the San Gabriel Valley Coalition for Education 
from 1990-1993.

Jan then became President/CEO of the Duarte 
Chamber of Commerce. After our Town Council 
formed, I met her when she included us in many 
Duarte events. Jan challenged me to write for the 
Duarte View when I complained about a local 
paper’s lack of coverage. When I learned of Jan’s 
passing, I was very upset. She was a dear friend 
of many years, and a most thoughtful person. 
(She sent me Ecuadorian roses when I was 
Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy’s Woman of the 
year.) After I learned of Jan’s passing, I met Steve 
Hernandez, from the Duarte Ed Foundation. He 
told me several years ago, he questioned Jan about 
Duarte schools. She challenged him to get involved 
and help make changes, so he did.

 Jan’s services were a Celebration of her life at 
the First Christian Church in Glendora. They 
were beautiful and uplifting. There were Prayers 
and Scripture by Reverend Davis and the Praise 
Band performed Days of Elijah, Did You Feel the 
Mountain Tremble, and Forever. Manoj Patel 
and Diana Burckhard, Jan’s “Chamber Son and 
Daughter” reminisced about their dear friend 
and her accomplishments there: She increased 
Chamber membership, solidified the relationship 
between the City and Chamber, participated in the 
initial Route 66 Parade Committee, created the 
business expo, “Hats off to Duarte” and produced 
and hosted local DCTV Chamber Highlights, 
established awards and launched networking 

 The services were well attended. Some attendees 
included Claremont Mayor Corey Calaycay, El 
Monte’s Jay Gomez, Duarte City Council Members, 
John Fasana, Margaret Finlay, and Liz Reilly, past 
Mayor Lois Gaston, and Bob and Julie Davey 
who drove up from Laguna Nigel, School Board’s 
Reyna Diaz and Ken Bell, Joanna Gee, Director of 
the Duarte Library, Friends of the Duarte Library 
and many more. (Prior to the services, Ken Bell 
shared that Jan challenged him to run for school 
board. Ken has done a fabulous job on it and again 
we learn Jan challenged someone who did make a 
positive change in the community.) Jan had such 
an influence on so many people and will be missed. 
Donations in her name may be made to either the 
Foothill Unity Center or Friends of the Duarte 
Library and would be greatly appreciated. 

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