Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, July 29, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, July 29, 2017 



For the period of Sunday, July 16th, through Saturday, July22nd, the Police Department responded to 972 calls forservice, of which 121 required formal investigations. Thefollowing is a summary report of the major incidents handledby the Department during this period. 

Sunday, July 16:

Shortly before 11:04 a.m., an officer responded to aresidence in the area of West Live Oak Avenue and 
McCulloch Avenue regarding a vandalism report. Thevictim discovered unknown suspects damaged hervehicle by spray painting graffiti and dousing it in gasolinesometime during the previous night. No suspects wereseen and no witnesses were located. 

At approximately 5:22 p.m., an officer responded to Aldo,
400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding an embezzlementreport. An investigation revealed the store manager hadembezzled more than $11,000 over the past 4 years fromthe company. The suspect, a 24-year-old male from Azusa,
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail forbooking. 

Monday, July 17:

Just after 2:20 a.m., an officer responded to 24 HourFitness, 125 North First Avenue, regarding a vehicleburglary report. The officer determined an unknownsuspect broke the rear passenger window of the vehicle,
rummaged through some paperwork, and fled withoutany property. No suspects were seen and no witnesseswere located. 

At approximately 12:47 p.m., an officer respondedto a residence in the 100 block of East Wistaria Avenue 
regarding a grand theft report. An investigation revealedan unknown suspect entered the unsecured backyardand stole more than $7,000 worth of new pool equipmentsometime during the previous week. No suspects were seenand no witnesses were located. 

Tuesday, July 18:

Around 12:15 a.m., officers responded to the intersectionof Baldwin Avenue and Camino Real Avenue regardinga car on fire. The officers discovered the suspect collidedinto several parked cars before coming to a stop, then thevehicle caught fire. Upon contacting the driver, the officerdetected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath.
Through a series of tests, it was determined the 47-yearold 
male from Temple City had a blood alcohol contentof .146%. The suspect was arrested and transported to theArcadia City Jail for booking. 

Wednesday, July 19:

Shortly after 3:01 p.m., an officer responded to BrittonChiropractic, 638 West Duarte Road, regarding a grandtheft report. The victim stated she left her necklace at thelocation and, upon returning the next day, the business wasunable to locate the missing property. No suspects wereseen and no witnesses were located. 

At about 3:19 p.m., an officer responded to a residencein the 00 block of West Santa Anita Terrace regarding 

a burglary report. The officer discovered an unknownsuspect broke into the home through a kitchen window,
ransacked a bedroom and closet, and fled undetected. The 
loss is unknown at the time of this report. The investigationis ongoing.

Just before 7:09 p.m., an officer responded to the ArcadiaPolice Department front counter regarding a fraud report.
The victim stated her wallet was stolen out of her pursewhile eating at Olive Garden, 430 East Huntington Drive,
and a short time late, she began receiving notifications thather credit cards had been used without her permission. Theinvestigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, July 20:

Before 10:15 a.m., an officer responded to a residence inthe 1800 block of Elevado Avenue regarding a mail theftreport. An investigation revealed an unknown suspectstole mail and a small package from the victim’s mailbox.
No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located.

Around 12:57 p.m., an officer responded to the frontcounter of the Arcadia Police Department regarding a theftreport. The victim stated an unknown suspect stole onehub cap from their vehicle and attempted to steal a secondone sometime during the previous night. No suspects wereseen and no witnesses were located. 

At about 7:11 p.m., an officer responded to the SantaAnita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a 
grand theft report. An investigation revealed an unknownsuspect stole the victim’s wallet from her unattended purse.
The investigation is ongoing. 

Friday, July 21:

Just before 11:40 p.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop ona vehicle in the area of Huntington Drive and Old RanchRoad for not having any license plates. A records check ofthe driver revealed he was a wanted fugitive out of the Stateof Montana for felony forgery. The 47-year-old male fromMonterey Park was arrested and transported to the ArcadiaCity Jail for booking.

At approximately 9:11 p.m., an officer responded toa residence in the 300 block of Vaquero Road regarding 
a burglary report. The officer determined unknown 
suspect(s) pried open a rear exterior garage door, forcedtheir way through the interior garage door into the house,
ransacked the residence, and fled with firearms, a men’s 
watch, and a laptop. The investigation is ongoing. 

Saturday, July 22:

Shortly after 7:28 p.m., an officer responded to theSanta Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regardingan activation of an Arcadia Police Department GPStracker. Arcadia PD detectives had previously deployeddecoy bicycles with tracking devices to combatthe increase in bike thefts throughout the city. Aninvestigation revealed a 54-year-old male from Los 
Angeles was in possession of the stolen bicycle and GPStracker. The suspect was arrested and transported to theArcadia City Jail for booking. A records check revealedthe suspect was on probation. 

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.
To see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to the City ofMonrovia website and click on the crime mapping link. Sign 
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Driving Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance/ Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Verifiedwas searched, she was also found to be in possession ofhypodermic syringes. She was arrested and later releasedto an outside agency on the warrants. 
Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer – SuspectArrested July 22 at 1:29 a.m., an officer was dispatchedto the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding suspicious

During the past week, City staff received somefeedback regarding the recent cost increase for trashservices provided by Athens Services. As you mayrecall, beginning July 1, 2017, trash service ratesincreased by 4.32%. This meant that for the typicalresidential customer, solid waste services increased 
by $1.24 / month, from $28.79 / month to $30.03 /

Based on the questions that we have received, wecertainly should have spent more time articulatingthe reasons why the trash service costs increasedby 4.32%, and we apologize for not being moreclear! There were several components that blendedtogether to account for the total cost increase. Those 
components included:
2.66% - CPI cost factor increase (calculation fromApril 2016 – April 2017)
1.00% - enhanced State environmental complianceand landfill cost factor increase 
0.66% - State minimum wage cost factor increase4.32% - Total Cost Increase July 1, 2017

Our current contract with Athens Services allows 
the City to veto any rate increase above 5% per year.
Simultaneously, the contract also allows AthensServices the ability to implement reasonable costadjustments based on external factors, such as CPIincreases, State regulatory impacts, and minimumwage increases.

We did want to share that City staff analyzed 
the proposed adjustments that Athens Services 
submitted, and the proposed increase did meet all 
of our contractual obligations. Furthermore, as part 
of our assessment, we also compared our monthly 
cost for trash service with other communities 
in our service area. That assessment illustrated 
that Monrovia’s trash service costs continue to 
remain among the lowest in our region, ranking 
5th lowest out of 14 identified cities. The overall 
monthly trash service cost comparison includes 
the following:

What is also important to keep in mind is thatnot only are Monrovia’s trash services among thelowest in the region, we also have an overall solidwaste services program that is among the mostenvironmentally robust in the region. The City hasdeveloped with Athens an overall organics recyclingprogram to keep the City in compliance the State 

mandates contained in AB 1826 and also AB 1594. 
AB 1826 requires that all commercial and multifamily 
properties recycle organics trash.

The State requires that all municipalities divert50% of all trash away from landfills. Prior to the 
adoption of AB 1594, green waste was counted 
towards that diversion rate. Since the adoption ofAB 1594, the State no longer accepts green wasteas part of the mandated diversion rate calculation,
which required the City to develop a plan to continueto meet our diversion rate without counting green 

Given both of those pieces of legislation, the Cityand Athens Services partnered together to developthe overall Organic Recycling Program to keep theCity in compliance with State requirements. In an 
effort to obtain additional value for our community,
the City’s contract with Athens Services alsoprovides that residents be provided with compostand mulch at no additional charge. On an annual 
basis, City staff coordinates with Athens Servicesto develop mulch and compost give away events,
and we are currently working to coordinate a futuregive-away event for later in Fall 2017.

Finally, given the trash / recycling cost increasethat has been implemented, the City has alsodeveloped a unique program for Athens Services 
customers. There are times when adjusting solidwaste service levels can end up saving a customermoney, without impacting their trash serviceneeds. To that end, if any Athens Services customerwould like to have a 1-on-1 Solid Waste Services 
Optimization Meeting to explore possible ways ofsaving money for on your trash / recycling servicesbill, Alex Tachiki, Management Analyst, can help!
Alex can be reached at (626) 932-5553, or via e-mailat Alex will review 
each individual situation and work with each 
customer to determine the feasibility of makingservice changes that save money but don’t impacttrash / recycling needs.

We hope that this overview provides some morecontext for the recent trash services cost increase. 
If you have any additional questions, feel free tocontact Alex Tachiki, Management Analyst, at (626)
932-5553, or via e-mail at atachiki@ci.monrovia. 

Complaint Filed July 20 at 6:00 p.m., a disturbing subjectwas reported at a business in the 200 block of E. Duarte.
An officer responded and located the subject drivinga vehicle near the location. Through investigation, theofficer determined the subject was driving under theinfluence of a controlled substance and he was found 
to be in possession of hypodermic needles. He wastaken to a hospital for treatment. A verified complaintwill be submitted to the District Attorney for filingconsideration. 

Injury Traffic Collision / Missing Person Located July 20 at

10:15 p.m., an officer responded to the report of an injurytraffic collision in the 800 block of W. Chestnut. A vehicle 
traveling east on Chestnut moved to the right and collidedwith a parked vehicle. The driver, a 94-year-old male,
suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment.
He was disoriented and he thought he was in another city.
The subject had been reported as a missing person fromLos Angeles. 
Residential Burglary July 20 at 10:45 p.m., a residentialburglary was reported in the 200 block of El Nido. The 
resident left the location at approximately 1:00 p.m.
When she returned at 10:45 p.m., she found her homeand been broken into and ransacked. A small safe and 
other miscellaneous items were taken. The investigation iscontinuing. 

Battery – Verified Complaints Filed July 21 at 12:31 a.m.,
a battery incident was reported in the area of Primroseand Linwood. Two subjects were involved in a fight. Thesuspects know each other and both desired prosecution.
Verified complaints will be completed and submitted tothe District Attorney’s office for filing consideration. 

Violation of Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested July21 at 8:30 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 200 block of

W. Huntington when they saw a male and female that arethe subjects involved in a restraining order. The femalesubject has a valid domestic violence court order to protecther from the male subject. Officers contacted the maleas he was leaving the area and took him into custody forviolation of the court order. The suspect was booked and isbeing held pending his court appearance. 
Warrant – Suspect Arrested July 21 at 3:47 p.m., officerswere on patrol in the 400 block of E. Walnut whenthey recognized a subject they knew had a number ofoutstanding warrants. The suspect has been evadingarrest. Officers contacted the suspect and placed himunder arrest. The suspect was booked and is being heldpending his court appearance. 

Elder Abuse – Suspect Arrested July 21 at 9:03 p.m.,
officers responded to the 800 block of W. Duarte regardinga disturbing subject. The suspect threatened his 84-yearold 
grandmother and pushed her. She was fearful becauseof prior acts of violence. The suspect was arrested for elderabuse. 

Warrants / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – SuspectArrested July 21 at 10:43 p.m., officers contacted twosubjects in the 1300 block of S. Magnolia. One subjectwas found to have warrants for her arrest. When she 

persons in the area. Upon their arrival, one of the 
subjects ran. A foot pursuit ensued and the suspect wastaken into custody. He was arrested for resisting anddelaying a peace officer. He was booked and released ona citation to appear in court. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested July 22at 3:12 a.m., an officer observed a vehicle commit several 
traffic violations at the intersection of Mountain and 
Huntington. He followed the vehicle and noticed the driverwas swerving. The vehicle was stopped and the driver wasdetermined to be under the influence of alcohol. He was 
arrested for DUI and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Burglary July 22 at 6:00 a.m., the victim parkedand locked her vehicle in front of her home the nightbefore. Sometime during the night, unknown suspectsentered her vehicle and stole the registration from theglovebox. Nothing else was taken. The investigation iscontinuing. Bicycle Theft July 22 at 8:30 a.m., a theft ofbicycles was reported in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista.
Two bicycles were taken from an open garage. No evidenceor witnesses were located and nothing else in the garagehad been disturbed. The investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested July 22 at 1:49p.m., a domestic violence incident was reported in the1300 block of S. Mayflower. A male and female werereported to be verbally arguing in a parked vehicle.
Officers arrived and contacted the female, who was now 
standing outside the car and had visible facial injuries.
The male subject had left the area. The victim was treatedat the scene, but refused to be taken to the hospital. Theinvestigation revealed her boyfriend had battered herduring an argument and fled prior to police arriving.
Officers located the suspect a short distance away andarrested him. The suspect was booked and is being heldpending his court appearance. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested July22 at 7:04 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 300 blockof E. Lemon saw a vehicle attempting to park. Theofficer saw the vehicle collide into a parked vehicle. Theofficer contacted the driver and, through investigation,
determined he was driving under the influence ofalcohol. The driver was arrested for DUI and taken 
into custody. Driving Under the Influence / Hit andRun Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested July 23 at

12:04 a.m., dispatch received numerous calls reportinga vehicle had crashed into a structure in the 100 block 
of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and found the driver 
had fled the scene on foot. The occupant of the housethe vehicle crashed into was uninjured and none ofthe vehicle occupants were injured. The driver waslocated at Mountain and Olive. He was identified byseveral witnesses and showed signs of intoxication. Aninvestigation was conducted and the driver was arrestedfor DUI. Driving Under the Influence – SuspectArrested July 23 at 1:49 a.m., officers were working aDUI patrol assignment and observed a vehicle speedingon Myrtle. A traffic stop was conducted and the drivershowed signs of intoxication. A DUI investigation wasconducted and the driver was determined to be too 
intoxicated to operate his vehicle safely. The driver wasarrested for DUI. 
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