Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 25, 2017

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 25, 2017 


November 21, 2017 --- It’s already November and 
Santa and his elves are starting to gear up for the 
Holiday Decoration Awards on December 14. As 
the excitement of the season kicks in, haul out 
your decorations, string your lights, and spread 
holiday cheer. Judged by the Arcadia Beautiful 
Commission, this annual event recognizes 
properties decorated in the most festive and 
creative ways. Get ready to deck the halls and 
illuminate the community with holiday spirit!

“The Holiday Decoration Awards are a great 
tradition in the City of Arcadia. This contest 
recognizes residents who enjoy displaying their 
holiday spirit,” said Jan Shimmin, Chairperson for 
the Arcadia Beautiful Commission. 

To be considered for an award, please have 
your decorations up before Monday, December 

5. Once your home is decorated, leave your lights 
on until 10 p.m. for nomination and judging 
purposes. Winners of a Holiday Decoration 
Award will receive a yard sign, holiday gift, and a 
personal visit from the Santa Squad on Thursday, 
December 14. 
To nominate a property for consideration, please 
call the City Manager’s Office at (626) 574-5434 or 
email before Monday, 
December 5. Please include the complete address 
including the street, avenue, etc. 

Properties are only eligible to win every 4 years. 

About the City of ArcadiaNestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile 
community with a population of just over 56,000. 
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. 


November 20, 2017 – Arcadia Mayor Peter 
Amundson is hosting an assembly for Arcadia 
residents to discuss a variety of topics of 
community concern. The free event is open to 
the general public and will be held at the Arcadia 
Public Library, located at 20 W. Duarte Road, on 
Monday, December 4, 2017 @ 7:00PM. For more 
information, please contact the City Manager’s 
Office at (626) 574-5401. 

About Arcadia 
Nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel 
Mountains, Arcadia is an 11.38 square mile 

community with a population of just over 56,000. 
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. 


For the period of Sunday, November 12th, through Saturday,
November 18th, the Police Department responded to 918calls for service, of which 93 required formal investigations.
The following is a summary report of the major incidentshandled by the Department during this period. 

Sunday, November 12:

Shortly before 10:29 a.m., an officer responded a residencein the 00 block of Alta Street regarding a vandalism report.
The officer determined an unknown suspect likely used apiece of glass to cause a tear in the cloth convertible top ofthe victim’s vehicle. No suspects were seen and no witnesseswere located. 

At approximately 9:49 p.m., an officer responded toa parking lot in the 100 block of East Huntington Driveregarding a vehicle burglary report. Sometime between

5:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on this date, an unknown suspectsmashed a rear window and fled with boxes of books and 
various vehicle repair supplies. No suspects were seen andno witnesses were located. 
Monday, November 13:

Just after 8:27 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the1300 block of South Fifth Avenue regarding a burglary inprogress. An investigation revealed 2 to 3 suspects brokea rear window but were seen fleeing before entering theresidence. 

The suspects are described as black males wearing tightfitting hooded sweatshirts and driving a newer model blacksedan with tinted windows. The investigation is ongoing.

At approximately 12:18 p.m., an officer respondedto Hickman & Son Mechanical LLC, 11930 GoldringRoad, regarding a burglary report. Surveillance footagerevealed a single suspect forced open a perimeter gate,
used a torch to cut a lock to a storage box and proceededto steal more than $50,000 in pipe cutting machines andwelding tools.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male,
20 to 30-years-old, dark hair, goatee, and wearing a lightcolored hooded sweatshirt. He was seen driving a newermodel white Mercedes Sprinter van. The investigation isongoing. 

Wednesday, November 15:

Shortly after 1:41 a.m., an officer responded to a residencein the 00 block of Genoa Street regarding a disturbancereport. An investigation revealed a physical altercationoccurred between an elderly mother and her adult sonresulting in the son punching and pulling his mother’shair. The 25-year-old male from Arcadia was arrested andtransported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

At about 11:36 a.m., an officer responded to a commercialconstruction site located in the 00 block of East Duarte 
Road regarding a burglary report. The officer determinedthe unknown suspect(s) entered the construction site,
forcefully broke into a locked storage container, andstole nearly $1,400.00 worth of tools. The investigation isongoing.

Just before 11:45 a.m., an officer responded to the SantaAnita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a batteryreport. The officer discovered the adult son, possibly underthe influence of drugs, pushed his father down the escalatoroutside of Dave and Buster’s Restaurant. The investigationis ongoing. The 25-year-old male from Los Angeles is 

outstanding at the time of this report. The victim did not 
require medical attention.
Around 6:05 p.m., an officer responded to Sephora, 400South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a shoplifting report.
Surveillance footage revealed the female suspect concealedmerchandise, and then exited the store, failing to makepayment. The Loss Prevention employee then contactedher and escorted her into the security office. Once there,
the suspect’s boyfriend pushed the employee in an effort tohelp his girlfriend escape. Both the 23-year-old female fromSouth Pasadena and the 29-year-old male from Pasadenawere arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail forbooking. 

Thursday, November 16:

Before 11:47 a.m., an officer responded to the 100 blockof Crystal Court regarding a theft from vehicle report.
The officer discovered sometime between 6:20 a.m. this 
morning and 10:40 a.m., an unknown suspect entered theunlocked vehicle and stole the victim’s wallet containing$240.00. No suspects were seen and no witnesses werelocated. 

Around 12:16 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 100 block of La Sierra Drive regarding a burglaryreport. The officer determined unknown suspects smasheda rear window, rummaged through the residence, but fledempty handed. The investigation is ongoing. 

Friday, November 17:

At about 4:49 p.m., an officer responded to the Santa AnitaMall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding an activationof an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. ArcadiaPD detectives had previously deployed decoy bicycleswith tracking devices to combat the increase in bike theftsthroughout the city. An investigation revealed a 44-year-oldmale from Azusa was in possession of the stolen bicycle, theGPS tracker, and he also had two outstanding misdemeanorwarrants. The suspect was arrested and transported to theArcadia City Jail for booking.

Just before 7:32 p.m., an officer responded to a residencein the 800 block of West Camino Real Avenue regardinga threat report. The victim stated his brother had beensending him text messages throughout the day threateningto kill him. The suspect then arrived at the brother’s housewith an unknown object behind him and threatened to stabthe victim. The suspect, a 32-year-old male from Arcadia,
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail forbooking. 

Saturday, November 18:

Shortly after 10:29 a.m., an officer responded to theintersection of Duarte Road and Golden West Avenue 
regarding an intoxicated subject. Upon contacting the60-year-old male from Monrovia, the officer noticed 
symptoms of alcohol intoxication and determined the 
suspect was unable to care for himself. A records checkrevealed the suspect also had an outstanding misdemeanorwarrant. He was arrested and transported to the ArcadiaCity Jail for booking.

At approximately 1:50 p.m., an officer responded to aresidence in the 00 block of East Floral Avenue regarding 
a burglary report. An investigation revealed unknown 
suspects shattered a rear door, stole a camera and souvenir,
and fled the residence. The investigation is ongoing. 



By Joan Schmidt

In Duarte the Mayor’s Annual Prayer Breakfast andCommunity Service Awards are held the day beforeThanksgiving, and this year’s was surely the bestever; about 200 attended. Could it be because of 
the dynamic Keynote Speaker, Pastor Rafer Owens,
Faith Inspirational Missionary Baptist Church,
and a veteran Deputy Sheriff at LASD’s ComptonStation? Maybe anticipation of the first-time evermusical performance in Duarte by Lake AvenueChurch’s Bell Choir or just Recognition of many fineDuarteans? 

The Program began with a warm welcome byRobert Stone, CEO, City of Hope. Tina Carey,
Duarte Kiwanis Club, Mistress of Ceremonies, also 
welcomed us and introduced Dignitaries: DuarteMayor Pro Tem John Fasana, Council MembersLiz Reilly, Sam Kang and Tzeitel Paras-Caraci, CityManager Darrell George, Deputy City ManagerKaren Herrera, Duarte School Board President 
Reyna Diaz and Board Members Doug Edwardsand Dr. Irene Murray; Terrence Williams, VicePresident Monrovia School Board and MAD Town 
Council Member; Field Representatives, HectorElizalde for Congresswoman Napolitano, Kristi 
Lopez for Senator Portantino, Alfonso Somilledafor Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio, and DebbyMendelsohn for Supervisor Kathryn Barger; andCaptain Flores and Sergeant Kearny from TempleStation. 

The Presentation of Colors was by LACFDHonor Guard, Flag Salute by Tina Carey, a beautifulrendition of “God Bless America” by Duarte’sown Melida Smith-Byrd and Invocation by PastorEmilito Hernandez, Church of the Foothills, 
United Methodist. Patrick Miller, Mayor’s PrayerBreakfast Chair, gave Personal Testimony of“Being Thankful”- both his son and wife are cancersurvivors. He explained how hard it was to deal with,
but emphasized his gratitude for their recovery tothe Lord, and to the City of Hope for their fine care. 

After an awesome Musical Performance by theBell Choir of Lake Avenue Church, (“Grace andThanksgiving” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness”),
Father Randy Campos prayed a National and GlobalPrayer. Max Lee and Carly Lyman treated us to arendition of their song, On the Duarte. Then DanielZamarripa, a 10 year old student read his testimonythanking the City for its youth mentoring program(Thank you, Deputy Abernathy) and the HolidayBasket giveaway.

It was now time for the Awards. All four 
representatives from our elected officials and MayorPro Tem Fasana stood in a line on stage and Tinacalled up each recipient, one at a time. There wereCertificates from each elected official and a plaquefrom the City.

The Honorees were Outstanding Youth Award:
Yesenia Chavez and Faith Peoples, OutstandingService to Youth Award: Naeth Othman, 
Outstanding Service to Senior Citizens/DisabledAward: Kirsten Nielsen, Outstanding Civic 
Service Award: Steve Hernandez, OutstandingHumanitarian Award: Tina Carey, OutstandingBusiness Person Award: Raul Villanueva, Duarte 
Tile & Stone, and the Lifetime Achievement Award: 
Jim Kirchner. 

Pastor Owens gave an inspirational talk withfocus on the Bible Story from Luke, Chapter 17,
about the ten lepers who were cured, but only one,
a Samaritan, came back and thanked Jesus. He 
spoke of what we should be grateful for, and how weshould appreciate loved ones and tell them that. Hesaid there are MANY good people in the world, butthe Media only concentrates on the bad. Pastor hada loud, forceful voice, blew everyone away and had astanding ovation!

The Bell Choir performed again, Benedictionby Pastor Ivan Villalta and Tina thanked us all forcoming. What an inspirational event, and DarrellGeorge said, “I’m going home and hugging mykids!” Thank you Duarte and all involved! WOW! 

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

Injury Traffic Collision November 16 at 10:54 a.m., 
an elderly female driver was pulling out of a parkinglot onto eastbound Huntington and failed to yieldto traffic coming off the 210 Freeway offramp. Shecollided into three vehicles. She complained ofpain to her shoulder from her seatbelt. A DMV reexamination 
form was completed for the driver. 

Vehicle Burglary November 16 at 6:29 p.m., a vehicleburglary was reported in the 700 block of S. Myrtle.
The victim’s car had been parked in the parkingstructure for two days. When he returned to hisvehicle, he discovered the window had been broken 
and electronic items that had been left in the vehicle 
were missing. The investigation is ongoing. 

Stolen Vehicle Recovered November 17 at 1:41 p.m.,
a suspicious vehicle was reported in the 800 block of

W. Chestnut. The vehicle was parked in a red zonefor several days with a flat tire and it had paper plateson it. Officers responded and conducted a computercheck of the VIN number, which revealed the vehicle 
had been reported stolen out of San Dimas. Thevehicle was recovered. 
Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested November 17 at 4:35 
p.m., a shoplifting incident was reported at a businessin the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The suspectentered the store, took a circular saw from a displayand walked out of the store without paying for it. Hewas detained by loss prevention personnel. A privateperson’s arrest was completed and the suspect wastaken into custody for the theft. 

Shoplifting / Warrant – Suspect Arrested November 
17 at 8:07 p.m., officers responded to a business in the500 block of W. Huntington regarding a shopliftingincident in progress. The suspect fled and ran throughthe parking lot. An officer arrived and the suspectwas detained on Huntington. A computer check ofthe suspect revealed an outstanding warrant. Thesuspect was arrested for shoplifting and the warrant. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision November 18 at 11:31 
a.m., a hit and run traffic collision was reported inthe 400 block of S. Myrtle. The female suspect parkedher vehicle in the rear lot of a business. Another 
driver double parked behind the suspect’s vehicle. 

As the suspect was backing out and was trying notto hit the vehicle that blocked her in, she ended upcolliding into the building, striking a water main.
Water started shooting out into the parking lot. Thesuspect then fled the scene in her vehicle at a highrate of speed. Witnesses obtained a license platenumber from the vehicle. The Los Angeles Sheriff’sDepartment was called to assist in locating theregistered owner at their residence, however, theywere unable to locate the owner at the location. The 
investigation is continuing. 

Injury Traffic Collision November 18 at 1:29 p.m.,
a traffic collision involving injuries was reported atMayflower and Lime. A driver was traveling weston Lime, stopped at the stop sign at Mayflowerand entered the intersection, failing to yield tooncoming traffic. The vehicle collided into anothervehicle and rolled over in the intersection. Three 
subjects involved were taken to a nearby hospital fortreatment for minor to moderate injuries. 

Vehicle Burglary November 18 at 5:49 p.m., a vehicleburglary was reported in the 1200 block of N. Canyon.
The victim parked their vehicle and went hiking inCanyon Park. When they returned approximatelyfour hours later, they found their wallet containingcredit cards and cash had been taken from their car. 
The victim’s credit card was used at a business in 
Monrovia and then in Pasadena. The investigation iscontinuing. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant –
Suspects Arrested November 18 at 10:59 p.m., anofficer stopped a vehicle in the 100 block of W. Walnutfor vehicle code violations. After investigation, thepassenger was arrested for warrants and the driverwas cited for possession of drug paraphernalia. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect

Arrested November 19 at 2:06 a.m., an officer stoppeda subject riding a bike without lighting equipmentduring darkness. After further investigation, therider was cited in the field for possession of drugparaphernalia. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested

November 19 at 2:43 a.m., an officer stopped a 
vehicle for vehicle code violations in the area of 
California and Euclid. The driver was found to 
be too impaired to drive a motor vehicle safely. 
After further investigation, the driver was arrested 
for driving under the influence. The vehicle was 

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