Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, August 14, 2021

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For the period of Sunday, August 1st through Saturday, August 7th, 
the Police Department responded to 1,159 calls for service, of which 
130 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report 
of some of the major incidents handled by the Department during 
this period. 

Sunday, August 1:

1. At 12:14 a.m., an officer responded to Chase Bank, located 
at 60 East Huntington Drive, regarding a commercial burglary 
report. The reporting party discovered a lone suspect entered the 
bank through a side emergency door and fled with a keyboard. The 
suspect is described as a 25 to 35-year-old white male wearing ablack headband and black clothing. 
2. At 3:37 p.m., an officer responded to the 700 block of 
Southview Road regarding a vehicle burglary report. Sometime between 
12:00 a.m. and 6:40 a.m. on August 1st, an unknown suspect 
smashed the rear window of the victim’s Toyota Prius and fled with 
various hand tools and a tablet. 
Monday, August 2:

3. At 1:47 a.m., an officer responded to AMPM convenience 
store, located at 5 West Foothill Boulevard, regarding a suspicious 
occupied vehicle parked in the parking lot. A records check of the 
Toyota Corolla revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen from 
the City of Long Beach and a search of the occupants revealed the 
female suspect was in possession of a methamphetamine pipe. The 
34-year-old female from Hemet and a 33-year-old male from San 
Pedro were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 
4. At 10:01 a.m., an officer responded to the 800 block of Arcadia 
Avenue regarding a grand theft report. Sometime between 
July 30th at 1:30 p.m. and July 31st at 7:15 a.m., someone removed 
the victim’s catalytic converter from her Honda Accord. 
Tuesday, August 3:

5. At 9:21 a.m., officers responded to the 00 block of East Live 
Oak Avenue regarding a grand theft report. The reporting partydiscovered the catalytic converters had been stolen from three of 
his business’s vehicles. The crimes occurred between August 2nd at 
4:00 p.m. and August 3rd at 8:00 a.m. The investigation is pending 
a review of the available surveillance footage.
6. At 12:22 p.m., an officer responded to the intersection of 
Huntington Drive and Second Avenue regarding a theft report. The 
suspect, a 40-year-old local male transient was found to be in possession 
of a stolen shopping cart from Target. He was cited and 
released in the field. 
Wednesday, August 4:

7. At 7:16 a.m., officers responded to the 00 block of Bedford 
Court regarding a burglary report. The officers discovered that unknown 
suspect(s) entered an unsecured and under construction 
residence and stole a refrigerator. The crime occurred sometime 
between August 3rd at 4:00 p.m. and August 4th at 7:00 a.m.
8. At 7:24 a.m., an officer was patrolling Eisenhower Park, located 
at 602 North Second Avenue, when she located graffiti in the 
bathrooms. Surveillance footage was unable to link the captured 
suspect to the crime. The graffiti abatement company was advised 
of the vandalism. 
Thursday, August 5:

9. At 7:14 a.m., an officer responded to the 00 block of Bonita 
Avenue regarding a bicycle theft report. The victim witnessed an 
unidentified suspect cut the security chains to his bicycles and flee 
with two stolen bikes. The male suspect, approximately 5’10” and 
160 pounds, left behind a pair of bolt cutters. 
10. At 9:23 a.m., an officer responded to the 900 block of West 
Huntington Drive regarding a stolen vehicle report. An investigation 
revealed the suspect entered the victim’s unlocked sedan, ransacked 
the sedan, located a key to the victim’s other vehicle, and 
then used the key to steal the victim’s secondary vehicle. 
Friday, August 6:

11. At 10:01 a.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 
400 block of West Lemon Avenue regarding a battery report. The 
officer determined that an altercation between husband and wife 
escalated when the wife threw a bowl at the victim. The suspect, a58-year-old female from Arcadia was arrested and transported to 
the Pasadena City Jail for booking. 
12. At 11:04 a.m., an officer responded to Macy’s, located at 
400 South Baldwin Avenue, regarding a fraud report. An investigation 
revealed the victim had her credit card stolen during a burglary 
and subsequently, unknown suspect(s) used her credit card 
at the Arcadia Macy’s in the amount of $1,794.72.
13. At 10:57 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of 
Baldwin Avenue and Las Tunas Drive regarding a fatal traffic collision 
between two vehicles. The officer concluded that the suspect 
was driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage when 
he collided with an oncoming vehicle containing two occupants. 
The suspect, a 28-year-old male from El Monte, was transported 
to Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) for evaluation prior to 
booking. One of the victims was transported to HMH for treatment 
of her injuries. The other victim of the collision succumbed 
to his injuries. 
Saturday, August 7:

14. At 10:49 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 
2700 block of Bradford Avenue regarding a robbery incident. The 
victim stated an unidentified suspect entered her home, demanded 
money from the victim, searched through her bible and a few other 
items before leaving with $140.00 in cash. The suspect is described 
as a thin male wearing a hooded sweatshirt and a mask. This robbery 
may be linked to a previous burglary of the victim’s residence. 
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nefarious purposes, waking up 
residents in the middle of the 
night. In 1955, blast powder 
and a wick was bought from 
Arnold’s Hardware and used bya juvenile to fire an eight pound 
shotput into the beauty parlor 
across the street causing significant 
damage. In 1956 the canon 
was involved in some Halloween 
mischief when some pranksters 
filled the cannon with gunpowder 
and rocks and fired them 
across Sierra Madre Blvd damaging 
the Old North Church. The 
cannon was also occasionally 
removed from the pedestal and 
rolled down the street on Halloween 
and left in people’s yards. 
The police had had enough and 
the following year they filled the 
barrel with cement and securely 
mounted the cannon to the pedestal. 
After that, the old cannon 
lived a fairly peaceful life. Someone 
painted the back end of the 
pedestal black to "harmonize" 
it with the rest of the pedestal. 
The man who did it phoned the 
police and said he was "George 
Washington" and would see the 
police "across the Delaware." 

The City Council gave the VFW 
$750 in 1963 to refurbish the aging 
cannon, where they patched, 
scraped, and repainted the old 
landmark. The wheels were approved 
for repair again in 1980, 

but not before they were totallydestroyed. The rusted bolts securing 
the canon wheels to the 
base had to be cut off with a 
torch. The city employee made 
quick work of it, cutting off the 
bolts in a matter of minutes and 
leaving. The remaining heat in 
the metal-lined wheels started 
smoldering fires and burned up 
most of the wood on the wheels. 
They were eventually shipped 
off to a Wheelwright in Farmington, 
CA, at a repair cost of 
over $1000. The VFW and the 
Chamber of Commerce raised 
the necessary funds, but it took 
almost two and a half years to 
get the money for refurbishment 
and the new wheels built. As it 
turns out, the wheels have to be 
assembled in the summer, otherwise 
the winter moisture in the 
wood will dry out and they fall 
apart. In the meantime the VFW 
had the infamous cannon sandblasted 
and painted again and 
it was back in "service" for the 
1982 Fourth of July parade. 

In 1984, the cannon successfully 
stopped a car from careeninginto the park. Four years later,
Memorial Park and the cannon 
were vandalized with graffiti. 
Eight local teenagers went to the 
city and offered to clean it all up 
and the city gratefully offered 
supplies for their mission. The 
maintenance with the cannon 
is never ending, having been 
painted again in 1990. In 2006 


By Joan Schmidt 

Back in 1993, there was a library crisis. LA County Library was threatening to close several branches because of funding issues. Locally 
there was a “Funeral” for the Duarte Library and a mock board-up of the Live Oak Library. This was unacceptable to residents and 
members of the newly formed Monrovia Arcadia Duarte Town Council, who participated in both events. 

Linda Sells wasn’t on the Town Council Board yet, but she and her neighbor and good friend John Nicoloro were aghast at losing this 
little beloved library. They walked door-to-door and obtained 1000 signatures on a petition! Everyone’s children went there often and 
checked out books. Teachers used books and videos to supplement curriculum. 

Fast forward a few years and Linda and John are on the Town Council. They are still walking the area, getting signed petitions and 
pleading with Supervisor Antonovich for a much larger space. He listened and the long journey for a new library began. Fortunately his 
successor, Supervisor Kathryn Barger thought a good library was an integral part of every community. The $7.3 million refurbishment 
began in May, 2019 and was completed, September 1 in the middle of the pandemic. 

The opening included a ribbon cutting and snacks and books for the children. The building is four times the size of the old library. 
New features include 38 reader seats, 10 lounge chairs, a community meeting room with kitchenette and audiovisual system, a group 
study room, and an Early Learning and Engagement Center. There are four adult computers, five teen laptop computers, four children’s 
computers, two early-learning computers and two i-pads to assess the catalog. A laptop vending machine features 12 laptops for in-
library use. Live Oak Library Manager Denise Dilley was thrilled to see friends of the library and local leaders gather for the first 
time in months. 

Supervisor Kathryn Barger spoke as did Library County Library Director Skylar Patrick who gave an informative history of the 
Live Oak Library. Members of the Monrovia Arcadia Duarte Town Council, Dave Hall, Terrence Williams, Michelle Wright, Yvonne 
Bullock and Joan Schmidt were thrilled and reminisced how close they came to losing two local libraries. Arcadia Mayor Sho Tay came 
by and reflected their City Library is in the northern part of Arcadia. Although Live Oak is a “County Library”, many residents in the 
southern part of the City have utilized it for years alongside county residents. 

San Gabriel Mayor Chin Ho Liao, Temple Station’s Captain Reyes and Deputies Sanders and Barr, Vicki Paul from Barger’s San 
Dimas Office, many Arcadia officials and Karen Mc Nair and Carrie Barker from the Arcadia Chamber also attended besides MANY 
residents! It was such a happy wonderful event. Ms. Dilley felt like it was Christmas and shared how Live Oak was doing a daily lunch 
program for kids. Thanks you to EVERYONE who had a role in the new Live Oak Library! See you there. Visit
live-oak-library for more info. 

From Monrovia 


Water Conservation is a primary focus for Californians due to the extreme heat and dry conditions. Historically, summer 
creates the potential for higher water use. We hope all Monrovians keep in mind these tools and tips to use water wisely. 

• Always turn taps off tightly so they do not drip. 
• Promptly repair any leaks in and around your taps.
• Use an aerator and/or water flow-reducer attachment on your tap to reduce your water usage. 
Water Smart Home Program 

Upper San Gabriel Water District is proud to announce the debut of its Water Smart Home Program! Qualifying Monrovia 
residents may be eligible to receive up to six types of water conservation items to be installed in their home, free of charge, 
by a licensed contractor. 

Qualifying residents must either: 

• Reside within the designated program area (purple shaded area) of Upper District’s service boundaries, or 
• Be enrolled in an income- assisted water bill program with the City of Monrovia for an address within the Upper 
District’s boundaries. 
For more information go to: 

the cannon underwent major 
refurbishment led by Fire Marshal 
Snyder and Jay Whitcraft. 
Engraved memorial bricks were 
sold to help pay for restoration. 
The wheels were replaced again, 
this time by a San Diego Wheelwright, 
who used solid oak and 
coated it with epoxy. The cannon 
was once again sandblasted and 
painted, and a new raised pedestal 
was built with seating along 
the edges to discourage people 
from sitting on the cannon. The 
concrete was removed from the 
barrel and replaced by a less 
obvious plug further down. A 
concrete mount was then made 
for the undercarriage which contains 
the plaque and takes the 
weight off the wheels. 

Sierra Madre's VFW Post 3208 
has done a great job looking after 
the city's WWI cannon all these 
years, along with help from other 
residents and helpful city employees. 
The VFW has also cared 
for the flag in Kersting Court for 
many decades. Each Memorial 
Day the VFW holds a service at 
Sierra Madre Pioneer Cemetery 
and a Veterans Day Ceremony at 
the Veteran's Wall in Memorial 
Park. A proper “research thank 
you” goes to Debbie Henderson,
historian of the Sierra Madre Library, 
which has made the old 
Sierra Madre News newspapers 
available online, and Bill Coburn 

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