Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, November 17, 2018

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Mountain View News Saturday, November 17, 2018 



For the period of Sunday, November 4th, through 
Saturday, November 10th, the Police Department 
responded to 945 calls for service, of which 113 required 
formal investigations. The following is a summary report 
of the major incidents handled by the Department during 
this period.

Sunday, November 4:

 At approximately 1:30 a.m., officers responded to the 
parking lot of Westfield Santa Anita, 400 South Baldwin 
Avenue, regarding a physical altercation in progress. A 
male and female were seen arguing when the female 
slapped the male across his face pulling his earring from 
his ear. The 22-year-old female from Los Angeles was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 Just before 5:00 p.m., officers responded to Citibank, 
660 West Duarte Road, regarding the report of a strong-
arm robbery that had just occurred. The suspect pried 
a cellphone from the female victim’s hands as she was 
walking down the street. The suspect was described as 
a male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt. He fled the 
scene in a dark SUV with paper plates. 

Monday, November 5:

 At about 7:30 a.m., officers were dispatched to 
Westfield Santa Anita, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, 
regarding an activation of an Arcadia Police Department 
GPS tracker. Arcadia PD detectives had previously 
deployed decoy bicycles containing tracking devices to 
combat the increase in bicycle thefts around the city. An 
investigation revealed a 25-year-old male from Pasadena 
took the bicycle and fled the scene. He was located with 
the bicycle and drug paraphernalia in his possession. He 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 Just before 7:30 p.m., officers responded to Residence 
Inn, 321 East Huntington Drive, regarding a fight in 
progress. Officers contacted the two male subjects and 
determined through a series of tests that both subjects 
were under the influence of a controlled substance. The 
38-year-old male from Pasadena and the 48-year-old 
male from Inglewood were arrested and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, November 6:

 Just after midnight, officers were dispatched to the 200 
block of West Duarte Road regarding an activation of 
an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. Arcadia 
PD detectives had previously deployed decoy packages 
containing bait property and tracking devices to combat 
the increase in package thefts from residential areas. 
An investigation revealed a 46-year-old male from San 
Gabriel had the stolen package and property in his 
vehicle. He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking.

 At approximately 8:00 p.m., an officer responded 
to the parking lot of 24 Hour Fitness, 125 North First 
Avenue, regarding a vehicle burglary report. The officer 
discovered an unknown suspect smashed the front 
passenger window of the vehicle and stole a backpack 
containing a MacBook Pro and a book. No suspects 
were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Wednesday, November 7:

 Just after 7:30 a.m., an officer attempted to conduct a 
traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation near 
Live Oak Avenue and Peck Road. The vehicle failed to 
yield and a pursuit was initiated. The pursuit terminated 
in the City of Baldwin Park, when the vehicle collided 
with an electrical utility box. The suspect ran from 
the vehicle, but was subsequently detained by officers. 
An investigation revealed the 35-year-old male from 
Baldwin Park had an outstanding warrant. He was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

 At approximately 3:37 p.m., officers conducted a 
traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation at 
the intersection of Baldwin Avenue and Naomi Avenue. 
Upon contact, it was determined the driver had a 
suspended driver’s license and was a convicted felon in 
possession of pepper spray. The 34-year-old male from 
El Monte was subsequently arrested and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Thursday, November 8:

 Just after 1:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1200 
block of Oakwood Drive regarding a vehicle burglary 
report. The officer discovered that an unknown suspect 
had smashed the victim’s front passenger side window 
and stole a purse and wallet. No suspects were seen and 
no witnesses were located.

 At approximately 4:30 p.m., officers were dispatched to 
the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington Drive, 
regarding a man found in a vehicle showing symptoms of 
alcohol intoxication. The 29-year-old male from Arcadia 
was subsequently arrested for disorderly conduct and was 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Friday, November 9: 

 At about 7:40 a.m., an officer responded to the 900 block 
of La Cadena Avenue regarding a burglary investigation. 
The investigation revealed an unknown suspect had pried 
open the coin operated laundry machines and stole an 
unknown amount of coins overnight. No suspects were 
seen and no witnesses were located. 

 Just before 9:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to 
the 400 block of East Santa Clara Street regarding an 
arson investigation. The Arcadia Fire Department was 
on scene and had extinguished a fire at the bottom of 
the freeway embankment. The fire department had 
previously extinguished a fire in the area of First Avenue 
and Colorado Boulevard earlier in the day at 8:00 a.m. 
Arson investigators identified a person of interest during 
the investigation that possessed a cigarette lighter. The 
subject ultimately confessed to starting both fires. The 
28-year-old male transient was subsequently arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Saturday, November 10:

 At approximately 6:09 p.m., officers responded to the 
200 block of Colorado Boulevard regarding a grand theft 
investigation. An investigation revealed an unknown 
suspect stole a backpack full of camera equipment from 
a photographer who was hired to photograph a wedding 
reception. The investigation is on-going.

 Just after 8:30 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 300 block of Sharon Road regarding a residential 
burglary investigation. The investigation revealed an 
unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear glass sliding door 
to the residence, ransacked the interior of the home and 
stole property. The investigation is on-going.

November 15, 2018 – The City of Arcadia celebrates 
the start of the holiday season with the fourth annual 
Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration on Thursday, 
December 6 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event takes 
place at the Arcadia Transit Plaza on the corner of 
Santa Clara Street and North First Avenue, and will 
feature the lighting of the official Christmas Tree in 
Arcadia by the Mayor, City Council, and Santa Claus. 

 Santa will arrive on an Arcadia Fire Truck and help 
the Mayor “flip the switch,” bringing the festive tree 
to life with lights and decorations. The celebration 
includes free cocoa and cookies, strolling carolers, a 
kids’ craft table where youngsters can decorate their 
own ornaments, face painting, and holiday photos. 
One of the highlights of this event is the holiday 
craft market featuring a variety of local, handcrafted 
items, gifts, and foods. 

 Bring a little joy to the children in need in our 
community by donating a new, unwrapped toy. 
The City will deliver the donated toys to the 
Foothill Unity Center in time for their annual toy 

 Don’t forget to join us for our other fun holiday 
festivities. The merriment starts at the beginning 
of December with two holiday events. The always 
popular Breakfast with Santa is on December 1 at the 
Community Center with two options for breakfast: 
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. The 
Holiday Snow Festival is also on December 1 at the 
Community Center from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

 For additional information, please contact Laena 
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Honoring veterans, the Duarte Woman’s Club served 24 dozen freshly baked goodies for the 
City of Duarte Veteran’s Day Celebration held on November 12 at Thorson Park. 


Pastor Michael Lee to Deliver Keynote

DUARTE, CA - Duarte will kick off the holiday 
season at the 33rd annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. 
The event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 
7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the City of Hope Cooper 
Auditorium, 1500 E. Duarte Road and feature 
Discipleship Pastor at Fellowship Monrovia and 
adjunct professor at APU, Michael Lee.

 The event also launches the 15th annual 
Holiday of Promise” project to collect food, 
personal items and gift donations to be distributed 
by the Duarte Community Service Council and 
Foothill Unity Center to needy families the week 
before Christmas. The project is sponsored by 
Duarte’s Promise – The Alliance for Youth, Duarte 
Church and Clergy Association, and numerous 
area businesses. Gift donations can be dropped 
off from November to mid December at various 
locations including Duarte City Hall, Chamber of 
Commerce and Public Safety Offices.

 The breakfast is co-sponsored by Burrtec Waste 
Industries, City of Duarte, Duarte Church and 
Clergy Association, City of Hope, Cabrera’s of 
Duarte, the Duarte Kiwanis Club, and the Duarte 
Woman’s Club. 

 A limited amount of tickets will also be 
available at the door. Tickets are $10 for adults, 
$8 for children/seniors or $80 per table. For more 
information on the event, call Duarte City Hall, 
(626) 357-7931, ext. 267 or purchase tickets on 
line by clicking here.

By Joan Schmidt

A very special Veterans Day Observance was held on 
November 12 at Monrovia’s Library Park. Master of 
Ceremony Scott Sinclair, President, Allied Veterans 
Council welcomed us. He thanked us for attending 
and noted the poignant poem, “In Flanders’ Field” 
printed on one side of the program. Since it was the 
100th Anniversary of Armistice Day, Scott felt this was 
very appropriate. Floyd Henderson, Willie Williams, 
Craig Switzer, Ed Barlow and Brian Neumann from 
VFW 2070 posted Colors, followed by Monrovia HS 
Band’s beautiful rendition of the National Anthem. 
The Band also performed “America the Beautiful”, 
“God Bless America”, a “Veterans Salute” (The 
“theme” song for each branch of service) and Taps. 
The beautiful Invocation and Benediction were done 
by Chaplain Lionel Moreno, 18th District American 
Legion. Presenters included Congresswoman Judy 
Chu, Monrovia Council Member Larry Spicer(Army 
Veteran), Arcadia City Clerk Gene Glasco, (Navy 
Veteran), Duarte Mayor John Fasana, Kristy Lopez for 
Senator Anthony Portantino and Hector Rodriguez 
for Assemblyman Holden. All thanked the Veterans 
not only for their service, but the sacrifices made by 
them and their families.

 Guest speaker, Major General Mark MacCarley, 
Deputy Commanding General Support, First Army 
Rock Island Arsenal was phenomenal. As a military 
wife for twenty-two years, who lived in Germany 
and South Korea, I experienced firsthand difficult 
times-Korean President Park was assassinated and the 
wives and children were prepared to leave on short 
notice. What was so heartwarming to me and all 
attendees about the General was he acknowledged 
ALL MILITARY. It didn’t matter what their rank, 
position, or assignment location was. All military 
men and women risk all and give all for our country. 
They make sacrifices leaving their families behind 
and going into harm’s way. The General had great 
praise for lower ranks and non-commissioned 
officers; he spoke of all their hard work and how 
much officers needed and depended on them. 
Everyone in the audience was so blown away and 
appreciative of General MacCarley. I have heard 
many wonderful speakers over the years, but no 
one has ever come close to what he said. Whether 
you worked in a motor pool or an office, no matter 
what your MOS was, you made the sacrifice and 
commitment to serve our country.

 Besides the Willie Williams and Ron Handy from 
VFW 2070, I was thrilled to see Chuck Keen and 
Earle Sweeney from American Legion Post 44.Other 
highlights included the Placement of the Wreath by 
Lt. Col. Charles West, Civil Air Patrol Vice President, 
and Flag Folding by G. Willie Williams, VFW Post 
#2070, (It is folded thirteen times and Janine Coyne 
read the significance of each fold.) There also was 
recognition of the Blue Star Families and a World 
War II Veteran was presented the medals he had lost. 
All attendees were given a small flag.

 THANK YOU to all who played a role in this 
AWESOME OBSERVANCE. It meant so much to my 
daughter and me, and I am sure to all the Veterans 
and their families.

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