Mountain Views News, Sierra Madre Edition [Pasadena] Saturday, January 12, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, January 12, 2019 



For the period of Sunday, December 30th, through 
Saturday, January 5th, the Police Department responded 
to 948 calls for service, of which 103 required formal 
investigations. The following is a summary report of the 
major incidents handled by the Department during this 

Sunday, December 30:

1. Shortly before 3:54 a.m., an officer conducted a 
traffic stop on a vehicle in the area of South Baldwin 
Avenue and Gate 9 for having their high beams on. 
Upon contacting the driver, the 30-year-old female 
from Monrovia admitted to being in possession of 
drug paraphernalia. During a consensual search of the 
vehicle, the officer located heroin, methamphetamine, 
and a smoking pipe. A records check revealed she had 
an outstanding misdemeanor warrant. She was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
At approximately 2:00 a.m., an officer initiated an 
enforcement stop on a vehicle in the parking lot of the 
Station Bar, 1218 South Baldwin Avenue, for driving 
recklessly. Upon contacting the driver, the officer 
detected a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his 
breath. A series of tests revealed the 23-year-old male 
from Martinez, California had a blood alcohol content 
of .122%. The suspect was arrested and transported to 
the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Monday, December 31:

Just after 10:45 a.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 1200 block of Highland Oaks Drive regarding 
a package theft report. Surveillance footage revealed a 
male suspect stole the victim’s package on this date, at 
10:39 a.m.

 The suspect was seen wearing a black shirt, black 
basketball shorts, and black shoes. The investigation is 

 At approximately 5:22 p.m., an officer responded to 
the Arcadia Police Department front counter regarding 
a fraud report. The reporting party, a recent victim of 
a residential burglary, stated their friend’s credit card 
was stolen during the burglary and was used to make 
fraudulent purchases. The investigation is ongoing. 

Tuesday, January 1:

 Around 7:29 a.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 200 block of Hacienda Drive regarding 
a burglary report. An investigation revealed four 
suspects encountered the victim and fled to an awaiting 

 The suspects are described as four black males. 
They were driving a silver sedan. The investigation is 

 Just before 5:48 p.m., an officer responded to Arcadia 
Methodist Hospital, 300 West Huntington Drive, 
regarding a battery report against a nurse. The officer 
discovered a female caregiver of a patient grabbed and 
pushed a nurse. The 42-year-old female from Fontana 
was gone by the time officers arrived. The investigation 
is ongoing. 

Wednesday, January 2:

 At about 2:34 a.m., officers responded to a car 
on fire near the intersection of Randolph Street and 
Peck Road. El Monte Police Department and the Los 
Angeles County Fire Department responded and had 
extinguished the fire before APD officers arrived. 
No injuries were reported. The arson investigation is 

 Shortly after 4:43 a.m., an officer responded to the 
1100 block of West Huntington Drive regarding a 
stolen vehicle report. The victim stated his 2004 Nissan 
Sentra was stolen from the location sometime between 
December 30th and January 2nd. The vehicle was 
located by Los Angeles Police Department in the West 
Valley area with severe damage and missing license 
plates. The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, January 3:

 Before 8:18 a.m., an officer responded to the area 
of First Avenue and Camino Real Avenue regarding a 
battery report. An investigation revealed an altercation 
occurred between a male and female resulting in the 
female suspect punching the male victim in the chest. 
The 54-year-old female from Arcadia was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

 Around 2:18 p.m., an officer responded to a 
residence in the 500 block of Campesina Road 
regarding a burglary report. The victim discovered 
unknown suspect(s) smashed a rear window, ransacked 
the home, and fled with jewelry and crystal glassware. 
The investigation is ongoing. 

Friday, January 4: 

 At about 9:27 a.m., an officer responded to the 
900 block of South Holly Avenue regarding a vehicle 
burglary report. Surveillance footage revealed a white, 
2-door vehicle parked, the suspect smashed the victim’s 
window, and stole a lunch bag. The investigation is 

 Just before 11:27 a.m., an officer responded to 
a residence in the 500 block of North Altura Road 
regarding a fraud report. An investigation revealed 
an unknown suspect stole the victim’s check after it 
was mailed, altered it, and fraudulently cashed it. The 
fraudulently modified check had been issued to a 
“Mitchell Klein”. The victim does not know a “Mitchell 
Klein” or the identity of the suspect. 

Saturday, January 5:

 Shortly after 12:07 a.m., an officer witnessed 
two subjects arguing before entering their their 
vehicle and driving away. The driver began driving 
erratically and the officer initiated a traffic stop. Upon 
contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong 
odor of alcohol emitting from inside the vehicle. The 
34-year-old male driver from El Monte admitted to 
having an open alcoholic beverage inside the vehicle. 
He was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking. 

 At approximately 9:14 a.m., an officer responded 
to Tierra Verde Park, 211 East Camino Real Avenue 
regarding a vandalism report. The officer discovered 
an unknown suspect used spray paint to graffiti one 
of the restroom doors. No suspects were seen and no 
witnesses were located. 


Interested in volunteering during the annual City 
of Arcadia’s Homeless Count on January 22, 2019? 
The City of Arcadia in partnership with the Los 
Angeles Homeless Services Authority, will conduct 
its annual Homeless Count starting at 8:00pm in the 
Arcadia Community Center, 365 Campus Drive, 
Arcadia, CA 91006. Arcadia participates annually 
as one way to comprehensively identify and address 
homelessness in their communities. Volunteers 
will receive training on site the day of the count 
and all materials will be provided. All volunteers 
must register prior to the count by going to: www. For additional information, 
please call Arcadia Recreation and Community 
Services at 626.574.5113.

About Arcadia

Nestled along the rolling foothills of the San Gabriel 
Mountains and Angeles National Forest, Arcadia 
is a charming, family-oriented community with 
a population of just over 57,000. Located only 13 
miles east from downtown Los Angeles, regional 
transportation networks like the Metro Gold Line 
connect Arcadia as a premier residential, shopping, 
and entertainment destination in the San Gabriel 
Valley. Arcadia is known for its top-rated schools, 
iconic landmarks, and serene neighborhoods. 
Arcadia is an award-winning community having 
been twice named as the Best City in California in 
which to Raise Kids and the 2017 Most Business 
Friendly City in Los Angeles County. With the 
conveniences and amenities of a full-service, mid-
size city, Arcadia’s “Community of Homes” provides 
a quality of life that will go HYPERLINK “https://” Above & Beyond 
your expectations.


 For more information, please visit ArcadiaCA.
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January 11, 2019 – Starting or growing your business? 
Three local libraries are partnering to offer free classes 
on building your business. The Los Angeles Law 
Library, Arcadia Public Library, and the West Covina 
Public Library will be presenting a series of three 
weekly classes starting Wednesday, January 30, with 
“How to Form a Corporation or LLC,” followed on 
February 6, with “Know Before You Sign the Dotted 
Line: Reading and Negotiating Business Contracts,” 
and ending on February 11, with “Make It Official: 
Get Your Business Licensed.” All three classes meet 
from noon to 1:30 pm at the West Covina Public 
Library, 1601 W. Covina Parkway, West Covina, CA. 
Register at 

 For more information, please call 626.821.5569 
or visit the Arcadia Public Library’s website at www. The Arcadia Public Library 
is located at 20 W. Duarte Rd., Arcadia. The Library 
is open Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 
9:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. until 
6:00 p.m. You can also follow the Library on Facebook 
and Twitter.





During the last seven-day period, the Police Department 
handled 372 service events, resulting in 86 investigations. To 
see a complete listing of crimes reported, go to http://www. for crime mapping. 
For Police Department news and information, visit our 
website and follow us on Twitter, Instagram or Nextdoor. 

Injury Traffic Collision 

January 3 at 11:30 a.m., a traffic collision was reported 
in the 900 block of S. California. A vehicle was traveling 
north on California and failed to stop for the red traffic 
signal. The vehicle collided into a vehicle that was 
traveling west on Central. Both parties complained of 
pain and one was transported to a nearby hospital. The 
driver at fault was issued a citation. 

Grand Theft 

January 3 at 6:45 p.m., a grand theft incident was reported 
at a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. An 
unknown male and female suspect picked up a package 
that did not belong to them. The suspects had the tracking 
number to the package, which contained computer 
parts, and were given the package by an employee. This 
investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary 

January 4 at 2:27 a.m., officers responded to a burglary 
alarm activation at a business in the 100 block of E. Maple. 
When they arrived, they found the front door had been 
forced open. They searched the inside of the business, but 
no one was located. The alarm keypad had been ripped 
off the interior wall next to the front door. It is unknown 
what was taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Residential Burglary 

January 4 at 2:48 a.m., officers responded to a burglary 
alarm at an apartment building in the 1100 block of S. 
Fifth. The maintenance storage room alarm had been 
activated. When the officers arrived, they found the 
front door had been damaged. It appeared that someone 
attempted to force the door open, but was unable to gain 
entry. Officers searched the area, but did not locate any 
suspects. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit & Run Traffic Collision 

January 4 at 5:33 p.m., a hit and run traffic collision was 
reported in the 900 block of E. Evergreen. The victim was 
traveling east on Evergreen when another vehicle collided 
into his vehicle and fled east on Evergreen without 
stopping. The investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication / Warrant – Suspect Arrested 

January 4 at 7:37 p.m., a caller reported a male subject 
pushing a shopping cart in the middle of the road in 
the 600 block of S. Myrtle. The subject was yelling at 
motorists, who had to stop to avoid hitting the subject. 
Officers arrived and found the subject in the roadway, 
blocking traffic. He was found to be heavily intoxicated 
and unable to care for his own safety, so he was arrested 
and taken into custody. 

Possession of Methamphetamine / Fraud – Suspects 

January 4 at 9:31 p.m., officers were patrolling in the area 
of 500 W. Huntington when they saw a vehicle commit a 
driving violation, so they stopped the vehicle. The vehicle 
was occupied by two subjects. The officers found both 
subjects to be in possession of methamphetamine and 
credit cards that did not belong to them. Officers were 
able to locate the owner of the credit cards, who said she 
has been defrauded out of thousands of dollars recently. 
Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested 

January 4 at 11:31 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 
2600 block of S. Myrtle when he saw two bicyclists in 
violation of riding laws. He stopped both subjects and 
found one of them to be in possession of glass pipes that 
had been used to smoke methamphetamine. The subject 
in possession of the pipe was arrested for possession of 
drug paraphernalia, and the other subject was issued a 
citation for the vehicle code violation. 

Driving Under the Influence / Public Intoxication – 
Suspects Arrested 

January 5 at 3:02 a.m., an officer on patrol observed 
a vehicle in the 3000 block of S. Myrtle exceeding the 
speed limit by 25 miles per hour. He stopped the vehicle 
and approached the driver, who he found to be heavily 
intoxicated. After field sobriety tests were conducted, 
she was arrested for DUI. There was a passenger in the 
vehicle who was too intoxicated to care for his own safety, 
so he was arrested for public intoxication and taken into 
custody as well. 

Duarte residents set the course for 
the community’s new future by 
voting on November 6th to elect 
its first, seven-member, by District 
City Council. Twelve candidates 
had vied for four District based 
seats with residents returning long-
time incumbents Margaret Finlay 
and Tzeitel Paras Caracci to their 
new District seats in District Nos. 
1, and 4. The race also featured two 
new Districts, Nos. 6 and 7 that each 
had four candidates. In District No. 
6, Bryan Urias, a former Director 
from the Upper San Gabriel Valley 
Municipal Water District was 
elected and in District No. 7, Jocelyn 
Nunez, a healthcare professional 
was the winner. No candidate filed against incumbent 
Samuel Kang in District No. 5.

 One of the first acts of business by the group was a 
unanimous vote for Tzeitel Paras Caracci, Mayor and 
Sam Kang, Mayor Pro Tem for 2018-19. Mayor Paras 
Caracci was first elected November 6, 2001, making 
her the first Duarte High School (DHS) alumni and the 
youngest woman elected to the Duarte City Council at 
the time. In the historic 2018 district-elections, Tzeitel 
Paras Caracci was elected to serve 
a 4-year term representing District 
1. In August 2018, she opened “SEE 
JACK PLAY, an indoor play space 
for children and families. Tzeitel is 
thankful for having the opportunity 
to make a difference each day on the 
behalf of the City she loves and has 
called home for over 34 years.

 Kang, the new Mayor Pro-
Tem, is a successful entrepreneur 
and graduate of UC Irvine 
with a BS in Chemistry and 
Azusa Pacific University with 
an MBA in Finance and a MS in 
Computer Science. He has been 
on the Council since 2013 and 
has previously served as both 
Mayor and Pro Tem. Sam and his family have a 
vested interest in seeing the City of Duarte become 
one of the best Cities to raise a family and works 
hard to accomplish this by being proactive with City 
beautification, economic development, supporting 
existing businesses, developing quality, 21st century 
jobs, creating a “Smart City” initiative featuring free 
community Wi-Fi and working tirelessly to build a 
quality hotel in Duarte.


As we have been contemplating ways to improve 
and stabilize the GoMonrovia program, staff 
has also been assessing how we can better serve 
passengers with disabilities who are in need of an 
ADA accessible vehicle. Currently, ADA rides are 
provided through the City’s dial-a-ride shuttles, 
however, we have observed that users with non-
ADA needs are still utilizing that particular 
transportation option. 

 This has resulted in slower and less efficient 
services for those with ADA needs. In an effort 
to address that particular concern, staff has been 
working to develop a closed system dial-a-ride 
program that only serves those with ADA needs. 
To transition the program, the City will be requiring 
anyone looking to utilize the City’s ADA services 
to pre-register before services will be provided. 
We understand the inconvenience associated with 
instituting new processes, and apologize in advance 
for any impact this change may cause. 

 However, in order to better serve the ADA 
community, we have identified that a registration 
process will be needed in order to reach that 
particular goal. Staff is currently in the process of 
finalizing the registration program details, however, 
in February, those wishing to ride on the City’s dial-
a-ride shuttle vans will have to first complete a short, 
one-time application and waiver. As soon as we 
have additional details of the program worked out, 
will be certain to share that information with the 
community through all of our outreach mediums. 

 Additionally, we are currently planning a 
community meeting and registration drive to take 
place in January as we prepare for the revamped 
ADA-focused dial-a-ride program in February 


Based on the currently approved schedule, rate 
adjustments were instituted on January 1, which 
included the following changes:

Sewer Rates 

For the typical single-family residential sewer 
customer, the sewer rate will increase by $0.24 
/ month, to $9.29 / month (currently at $9.05 / 

Water Rates 

For the typical single-family residential water 
customer, the water rate will increase by $7.57 / 
month, to $65.28 / month (currently at $57.71 / 

 Please note – the water rate adjustment is being 
instituted to fund the regional Watermaster plan 
to purchase and import water into our aquifer. 

 Although the rate adjustments took place at 
the beginning of the year, residents will see the 
changes on their February 2019 utility bill. For 
more information visit us online.

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