Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, July 13, 2019

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, July 13, 2019 



We wanted to let everyone know that the Monrovia Police Department is set to be featured on 
a true crime documentary being filmed for the TvOne Network for a series called, Fatal Attraction. 
Jupiter Entertainment will be producing the show, which is focused on telling the story of 
the LaJoya McCoy murder case from 2015, where the defendant in the case (her boyfriend, Jose 
Turner) was recently found guilty of the heinous crime. 

As you may recall, the Monrovia Police Department were the first to address the situation when 
our police officers responded to a welfare check at Ms. McCoy's residence on Olive Street after 
she was reported missing. And kudos to the men and women in our fabulous Police Department 
here in Monrovia for their work in helping to solve this crime, and for the hard work that everyone 
is engaged in each and every day to make Monrovia the most premier place that it can be. 

The team producing Fatal Attraction will be interviewing a number of people associated with 
the case, including Monrovia police officers who worked on the case, prosecutor Fernanda Barreto, 
family members of Ms. McCoy, and her closest friends. The documentary will highlight 
key moments in the investi-gation and prosecution of the overall case to illustrate how the crime 
was eventually solved. 

The series will be filming for the next few weeks, and we will be sure to pass along additional 
information about the show as it becomes available. Also, additional information about the 
production company Jupiter Entertainment can be found online.

For the period of Sunday, June 30th, through 
Saturday, July 6th, the Police Department responded 
to 921 calls for service, of which 110 required formal 
investigations. The following is a summary report 
of the major incidents handled by the Department 
during this period.

Sunday, June 30:

1. Shortly before 12:30 a.m., an officer responded 
to the 300 block of East Huntington Drive regarding the 
activation of an Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. 
Arcadia PD detectives had previously deployed decoy 
bicycles with tracking devices to combat the ongoing 
issue of bike thefts throughout the city. An investigation 
revealed a 29-year-old male transient from Arcadia was 
in possession of the stolen bicycle, GPS tracker, burglary 
tools, and methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested 
and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
2. At approximately 10:52 a.m., an officer 
responded to the intersection of Louise Avenue and 
Rodell Place regarding found mail. The reporting party 
located stolen mail in the bushes and returned the items 
to the rightful Arcadia residents. The investigation is 

Monday, July 1:

3. Just after 6:33 p.m., an officer responded to 
Macy’s, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a suspect 
in custody for shoplifting. A loss prevention employee 
witnessed the suspect conceal $329.00 worth of cologne 
before exiting the store, failing to make payment. The 
59-year-old female from Pasadena was arrested and 
transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking. A records 
check revealed the suspect also had an outstanding 
misdemeanor warrant. 
4. At approximately 7:56 p.m., an officer initiated 
a traffic stop on a vehicle after being flagged down 
by a citizen regarding a possible drunk driver. Upon 
contacting the driver, the officer detected a strong odor 
of alcohol emitting from the driver’s breath. The officer 
determined the 19-year-old male from Temple City was 
driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and/
or a controlled substance. The suspect admitted to being 
in possession of a Xanax and stated he sold them to bar 
patrons. The suspect was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking.

Tuesday, July 2:

5. Around 7:58 a.m., an officer responded to 
a construction site in the 00 block of East Colorado 
Boulevard regarding a burglary report. An investigation 
revealed unknown suspect(s) entered the construction 
site and removed previously installed wiring from the 
structure but left it behind and fled undetected. The 
investigation is ongoing. 
6. Just before 6:06 p.m., an officer responded to 
440 East Huntington Drive regarding a theft from vehicle 
report. The officer determined unknown suspect(s) 
attempted to enter the vehicle by tampering with the 
driver’s door handle but fled when they were unsuccessful. 
No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Wednesday, July 3:

7. At about 1:09 a.m., an officer conducted an 
enforcement stop on a vehicle in the area of Santa Anita 
Avenue and Duarte Road for speeding. Upon contacting 
the driver, the officer detected a strong odor of alcohol 
emitting from her breath. A records check revealed 
the 32-year-old female from Arcadia had a suspended 
license due to a previous DUI conviction. A 34-year-old 
female passenger from Arcadia also exhibited signed 
of being under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. 
In an attempt to tow the vehicle, the officer asked both 
occupants to exit the vehicle. The passenger became 
combative and resisted the officers. Both occupants were 
ultimately arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking.
8. Shortly after 6:13 p.m., an officer responded 
to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 614 
West Foothill Boulevard, regarding a vandalism report. 
Sometime between July 2nd and 3rd, an unknown suspect 
removed the American flag and burned it in the parking 
lot. No suspects were seen and no witnesses were located. 

Thursday, July 4:

9. Before 5:30 p.m., officers responded to the 600 
block of Vaquero Road regarding the activation of an 
Arcadia Police Department GPS tracker. Arcadia PD 
detectives had previously deployed decoy packages with 
tracking devices to combat the persistent issue of package 
thefts within Arcadia. The officer discovered the suspect 
was in possession of the stolen property, tracking device, 
and a fraudulent credit card. A records check revealed 
the 30-year-old male from Los Angeles was on parole for 
robbery. The suspect was arrested and transported to the 
Arcadia City Jail for booking. 
10. Around 9:06 p.m., an officer responded to 
the San Gabriel Valley Medical Center, 438 West Las 
Tunas Drive, regarding an aggravated assault report. An 
investigation revealed the victim of a gunshot wound to 
his knee was checked into the medical center and did 
not recall being shot. He remembered being behind Aldi, 
1403 South Baldwin Avenue, when he felt dizzy and asked 
a friend to transport him to the hospital. The investigation 
is ongoing. 

Friday, July 5: 

11. At about 12:54 p.m., an officer responded to the 
intersection of South First Avenue and California Street 
regarding a physical altercation. The officer determined 
a male and female were arguing when the male punched 
and choked the female victim. The male suspect also 
admitted to being under the influence of an alcoholic 
beverage while in public. The 37-year-old male from La 
Puente was arrested and transported to the Arcadia City 
Jail for booking. 
12. Just before 1:47 p.m., an officer responded 
to a residence in the 1700 block of Orangewood Lane 
regarding a fraud report. The victim signed a sublease 
contract to rent a room and paid $1,830.00 in rental fees 
but after transferring the money, discovered he had been 
scammed. The investigation is ongoing. 

Saturday, July 6:

13. Shortly after 2:12 p.m., officers responded to the 
Santa Anita Mall, 400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding 
a battery report. An investigation revealed the suspect, a 
former acquaintance of the victim, threw the victim’s tray 
of food onto the victim and referenced a previous fight 
the two had engaged in. The suspect fled on foot. The 
investigation is ongoing. 
14. At approximately 4:35 p.m., officers responded 
to the Santa Anita Race Track, 285 West Huntington 
Drive, regarding a vandalism report. After a verbal 
altercation with the suspect, the victim used her phone 
to take a picture of the suspect’s car. When the victim did 
this, the suspect grabbed her phone and threw it on the 
ground, causing the screen to break. The suspect fled in 
her vehicle. The suspect is described as a Hispanic female 
in a newer white SUV. The investigation is ongoing. 



• Duarte City Council appointed 16 applicants to the Ad Hoc Citizens Finance Advisory 
Committee at the City Council meeting on June 11.

• The Committee will provide input on the City's long-range financial forecast, and provide 
recommendations to the Council for revenue enhancements and cost containment.

• The Committee will hold its first meeting on Thurs., July 18 at the Duarte Senior Center 
(1610 Huntington Dr.) from 6-8 p.m.

• Subsequent meetings will be held in the Duarte Community Center (1600 Huntington 
Dr.) from 6-8 p.m. every two weeks. Meetings are open to the public.


• The City Council will have a regularly scheduled meeting on July 23 in the City Council 
Chambers (1600 Huntington Dr.) at 7 p.m.

• The public is always invited to attend. The agenda and minutes from previous meetings 
can be found at


• The City of Duarte is applying for Prop 68 - Statewide Park Development and Community 
Revitalization Program funding.

• Community input is needed to provide the City with a more indepth understanding of 
the community's recreational needs in our local parks.

• All ages are invited to join us at the meetings below:

July 16, 6 p.m. – Royal Oaks Park Building July 20, 2:30 p.m. – Royal Oaks Park Building

July 24, 8 a.m. – Royal Oaks Park Building July 30, 3 p.m. – Royal Oaks Park Building

Doing Business As, 
Fictitious Business Name Filing 
Obtain Street Address - Business Stationary - Flyers 
Rubber Stamps - Business Cards - Mailing Service 
80 W. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre 
NASA Maps Surface 
Change in Recent Quakes

Wildlife Safety Workshop

Visual presentation 
by the Pasadena 
Humane Society 


14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 
p.m. South Pasadena 
Library Community Room 
1115 El Centro. South 
Pasadena communities 
are teeming with native 
wildlife. Years of drought 
and warmer weather have 
caused wild animals, like 
coyotes, to venture further 
into our communities in 
search of food, water and 
shelter. Join Pasadena 
Humane Society & SPCA’s 
Lauren Hamlet (Wildlife 
Manager) for a presentation 
on coexisting with urban 
wildlife. Topics will include 
how to make your property 
uninviting to wildlife, 
keeping your pets safe, and 
hazing techniques to use if 
you encounter a coyote. 

Bill Expands Protections of 
the San Gabriel Mountains


 Damage from two strong 
earthquakes that rattled 
Southern California on July 
4 and July 5 — a magnitude 
6.4 and a magnitude 7.1, 
respectively — can be seen 
from space. The epicenter of 
the quakes was near the city 
of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles 
(241 kilometers) northeast of 
Los Angeles. According to 
the U.S. Geological Survey, 
the 7.1 quake was one of the 
largest to hit the region in 
some 40 years.

 The Advanced Rapid 
Imaging and Analysis (ARIA) 
team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion 
Laboratory in Pasadena, used 
synthetic aperture radar 
(SAR) data from the ALOS-
2 satellite to produce a map 
showing surface displacement 
from the earthquakes. The 
post-quake imagery was 
acquired on July 8, 2019, and 
compared with April 8, 2018, 
data from the same region.

 Each color cycle represents 
4.8 inches (12 centimeters) of 
ground displacement either 
toward or away from the 
satellite. The linear features 
that cut the color fringes in 
the southeast indicate likely 
locations of surface rupture 
caused by the earthquakes, 
and the “noisy” areas in 
the northwest may indicate 
locations where the ground 
surface was disturbed by 

 The USGS reported over 
1,000 aftershocks in the 
region following the July 
5 earthquake. State and 
federal scientists, including 
those from the California 
Geological Survey and 
USGS, are using this surface 
deformation map in the field 
for assessing the damages 
and mapping the faults that 
broke during the two major 
earthquakes as well as the 
thousands of aftershocks.

 In the aftermath of the 
earthquakes, NASA’s Earth 
Science Disasters Program 
is in communication with 
the California Earthquake 
Clearinghouse, which is 
coordinating response efforts 
with the California Air 
National Guard, the USGS 
and the Federal Emergency 
Management Agency. NASA 
analysts are using data 
from satellites to produce 
visualizations of land 
deformation and potential 
landslides, among other 
earthquake impacts, and 
are making them available 
to response agencies. 
NASA’s Disasters Program 
promotes the use of satellite 
observations in predicting, 
preparing for, responding to 
and recovering from disasters 
around the world.

 The Japanese Aerospace 
Exploration Agency (JAXA) 
provided the ALOS-2 data for 
the production of the map. 
The ARIA team’s analysis was 
funded by NASA’s Disasters 

 To see the full photos in 
color or for more information 
about ARIA, visit: aria.jpl.

 For more information about 
NASA’s Disasters Program, 

 Rep. Judy Chu testified 
Thursday before the Natural 
Resources Subcommittee on 
National Parks, Forests and 
Public Lands in support of her 
bill, the San Gabriel Mountains 
Foothills and Rivers Protection 
Act (HR 2215). This bill would 
expand the borders of the San 
Gabriel Mountains National 
Monument to include the 
western Angeles National Forest. 
It also establishes a National 
Recreation Area to enhance 
conservation, increase access for 
all communities by connecting 
park poor areas to open space, 
and improve the management 
of the area through improved 
resources, education, and public 
engagement. The 15,878 acres 
of expanded wilderness and 
15,191 acres of new wilderness 
areas will benefit from the 
highest form of protection of 
any federal wildland. These 
areas of untouched nature will 
remain open to hiking, camping, 
and other recreation activities 
encouraged in the San Gabriel 
Mountains National Monument, 
but commercial activities and 
motorized vehicles will be 
prohibited in order to prevent 
over-development, pollution, 
and habitat destruction. Private 
property and other existing rights 
and claims will be unchanged. In 
the Senate, Sen. Kamala Harris 
(D-CA) introduced a companion 
bill. Rep. Chu released the 
following statement:

 “The San Gabriel Mountains 
provide 30 percent of Southern 
California’s water, comprise 70 
percent of Los Angeles County’s 
open space, and are home to 
historic habitats of species like the 
California Condor and Nelson 
Bighorn Sheep. That makes them 
the best, and one of the only, 
options for outdoor recreation 
for Los Angeles County, which 
averages just 3.3 acres of park 
space per 1,000 people. Already, 
President Obama’s National 
Monument declaration has 
increased funding and resources 
for these mountains, allowing 
more visitors to appreciate 
these trails and rivers more 
safely. But there is still so much 
work to be done. That is why 
we need to expand the National 
Monument boundaries, protect 
more wilderness areas, and 
establish a new San Gabriel 
Mountains National Recreation 
Area to further connect urban 
and wild places, helping more 
communities improve access to 
the mountains and provide new 
recreation opportunities. I’m 
grateful for the opportunity to 
share the importance of these 
mountains and wilderness areas 
with the Committee and I’m 
eager to see this bill voted on 
soon so we can continue our work 
of preserving, protecting, and 
appreciating our environment.” 

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