Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, June 22, 2019

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Mountain View News Saturday, June 22, 2019 



By Joan Schmidt

 Nestled in the San Gabriel Valley 
is friendly Duarte, where very visitor 
feels like they’re “Home”. I learned 
what a “gem” Duarte was in the early 
90’s, writing a weekly Duarte column. 
Their unique City Council Meetings are 
held at their Community Center; you 
sit on chairs, set up that evening. The 
table against the wall has agendas and 
minutes, informative flyers/brochures 
and refreshments. 

 Fast forward 25+ years. Duarte 
is STILL the friendliest, and Chamber of 
Commerce is AWESOME! Two weeks 
ago I attended their Installation of new 
Board Members and thought I was at a 
party! The perfect venue was D’Aquinos, 
(Thank you Gaetano), great food 
(Grano’s), best MC (Victor Benavides 
from City of Hope), a DJ and of course 
Mayor Tzeitel, with her great dance 

 Recently I attended the 
Chamber’s Community Awards: 
Outstanding Civic Service Award 
(The individual consistently active 
in civic service and/or government 
affairs for the betterment of Duarte): 
Genevieve Spinella, Sales Manager/
Senior Designer/Creative Director, 
Duarte Tile and Stone. She serves as 
a Trustee-Board Member, California 
School of the Arts, San Gabriel Valley; 
Community Education Council; School Site Council Member, Royal 
Oaks Steam Academy; Budget Committee Advisor, DUSD; and Face 
book Administrator for Duarte Community Updates.

 Large Business of the Year: Smart & Final Extra! (Chamber 
member who has significantly contributed to the Chamber and employs 
20 or more) Kimberly Wade accepted. Ever since joining the Duarte 
Community, Smart & Final Extra has remained a major supporter of 
the Chamber. It has contributed over a $1000 in supplies at the Taste of 
Duarte and Business Expo and has volunteered in the labor-intensive 
process of restaurant check-in.

 Small Business of the Year: Curo Managed Print Production, 
Adam Knight. “Curo” has been a major factor in the ongoing 
accomplishments of the Chamber. Adam and wife Lily have served two 
years as Chair of Taste of Duarte and Business Expo. Also serves as Vice 
Chair of Fundraising.

 Outstanding Youth Award: Andy W. Miranda. Andy volunteers 
in Duarte Public Safety Office,; reliable, hardworking, self-motivated, 
currently serves as DART Vice President and has performed nearly 700 
hours of community service.

 Outstanding Service to Senior Citizens/Youth/Disabled Award: Steve Hernandez. Steve has been a community volunteer 
extraordinaire for years! (Minimum is 27 years I’ve known him!) He attends EVERY public government meeting known in Duarte, 
while serving on the Public Safety Commission, Youth and Family Masterplan Committee, DUSD Community Education Council 
and Citizens Oversight Committee foe Measure E Bond money. Steve serves on four working groups for South Coast AQMD, and 
volunteers at the Duarte Senior Center, getting up for meals and classes, serves lunches, makes popcorn and delivers cakes. He’s their 
“go to guy.”

 Congrats to all the deserving award recipients and special thanks to event sponsors, OneWest Band and Rana Mandain, Deasy 
Penner Podley. 

For the period of Sunday, June 9th, through Saturday, June 15th, the 
Police Department responded to 1,109 calls for service, of which 133 
required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of 
the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

Sunday, June 9:

1. Shortly before 12:00 a.m., an officer responded to the area 
of 00 Wheeler Avenue regarding an activation of an Arcadia Police 
Department GPS tracker. Arcadia PD detectives had previously 
deployed bait items to combat the increase in thefts from 
construction sites. The stolen items were recovered from a parked 
vehicle near the intersection of Foothill Boulevard and Daisy 
Avenue in Pasadena. A 31-year-old male from Devore Heights and 
a 35-year-old male from Apple Valley were arrested and transported 
to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. While inventorying the vehicle, 
the officer located identity theft items, a controlled substance, drug 
paraphernalia, and burglary tools. These offenses were added to the 
list of charges.

 At approximately 2:38 p.m., an officer responded to BJ’s 
Restaurant, 400 East Huntington Drive, regarding a grand theft 
report. An investigation revealed two suspects sat behind the 
victim at the restaurant and stole her wallet from her purse. They 
then attempted to use her credit cards at a nearby Best Buy store, 
but the transaction was declined. 

The suspects are described as Asian males in business attire. The 
investigation is ongoing. 

Monday, June 10:

2. Just after 7:39 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in 
the 00 block of West Leroy Avenue regarding a battery report. An 
argument between a husband and a wife resulted in the husband 
striking his wife and breaking a door with a hammer while he held 
his toddler son. The 32-year-old male from Vancouver, Canada 
was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
3. At approximately 8:14 p.m., officers responded to the 
intersection of Santa Anita Avenue and Colorado Boulevard 
regarding a stolen vehicle alert. The driver, a 35-year-old male 
from Los Angeles, was arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. During an inventory search of the vehicle, 
officers located a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. 
Four passengers were released.

Tuesday, June 11:

4. Around 2:05 p.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 100 block of East Laurel Avenue regarding a disturbance. 
The officer discovered an altercation between two brothers, one 
under the influence of alcohol, resulted in the intoxicated brother 
breaking a window. The 38-year-old brother from Arcadia was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
A records check revealed he had an outstanding misdemeanor 
5. Just before 4:32 p.m., an officer responded to Extended 
Stay, 401 East Santa Clara Drive, regarding a robbery report. An 
investigation revealed a male victim met a female prostitute at the 
hotel and when he withheld payment, the prostitute retrieved a 
male suspect who then robbed the victim of his phone, cash, and 
ID. The male suspect was identified as a 33-year-old male from Los 
Angeles. The investigation is ongoing. 

Wednesday, June 12:

6. At about 2:39 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in 
the 2500 block of South Fourth Avenue regarding a package theft 
report. The victim stated between 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on June 
7th, an unknown suspect stole approximately $650.00 worth of 
packages from his porch. No suspects were seen and no witnesses 
were located. 
7. Shortly after 3:18 p.m., officers responded to Waxology, 
709 South First Avenue, regarding an attempted commercial 
burglary. Sometime between June 6th and June 12th, an unknown 
suspect left pry marks on an exterior door jam in an attempt to 
enter the business. The investigation is ongoing. 

Thursday, June 13:

8. Before 8:48 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in 
the 00 block of Alta Street regarding a fraud report. The victim 
discovered a fraudulent transaction was made on her credit card. 
The victim was in possession of her credit card and did not know 
how the suspect obtained her personal information or the identity 
of the suspect. The investigation is ongoing. 

Friday, June 14: 

9. Around 2:09 a.m., an officer conducted an enforcement 
stop on a vehicle in the area of Peck Road and Clark Street for 
having expired registration. A records check of the driver revealed 
the 26-year-old male from San Bernardino had four outstanding 
misdemeanor warrants and was in possession of cocaine. He was 
arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
10. At about 12:39 p.m., officers responded to Re-Plant 
Recycle Center, 745 West Naomi Avenue, regarding a disturbance 
report. An investigation revealed an altercation between employee 
and customer resulted in the customer throwing a plastic barrel 
at the employee followed by the employee pepper spraying the 
suspect in self-defense. The victim declined prosecution and the 
suspect was issued a warning. Arcadia Fire responded but the 
suspect declined medical attention.
11. Just before 10:48 p.m., an officer conducted a welfare 
check on a man asleep behind the wheel while stopped at a red 
light in the area of Huntington Drive and Santa Clara Street. Upon 
contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol 
emitting from the driver. Through a series of tests, the officer 
determined the 57-year-old male from Arcadia was driving under 
the influence of an alcoholic beverage. The suspect was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 

Saturday, June 15:

12. Shortly after 4:19 a.m., an officer responded to a residence 
in the 2200 block of South Sixth Avenue regarding a battery 
in progress. The officer discovered an altercation between a 
boyfriend and girlfriend escalated when the boyfriend shot the 
girlfriend with a BB gun. The investigation revealed the female 
victim stabbed her boyfriend two days prior and was arrested at 
that time. The 36-year-old male from Arcadia was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
13. At approximately 10:29 a.m., an officer responded to 
Fidelis Pharmaceuticals, 1002 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a commercial burglary report. The reporting party received 
notification of an alarm activation but declined police response. 
Surveillance footage revealed three unknown suspects pried open 
the exterior door and fled with the cash register and $200.00. The 
register was located in the City of Pasadena. The investigation is 

Above, honorees Kim, 
Diana and Sheryl

Honorees Adam and Kim, Curo

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