Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, October 23, 2021

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Mountain Views-News Saturday, October 23, 2021 




– Arcadia City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto has appointed Deputy Public Works Director Paul Cranmer 
to the position of Director of Public Works Services. He will succeed Tom Tait who announced his 
retirement in October 2021. 

“I want to congratulate Paul on his appointment as the Director of Public Works Services,” said Mayor 
Sho Tay. “Our Public Works Department is vital to the quality of life in Arcadia. Paul was the obvious 
choice to lead the Department.” 

Mr. Cranmer began his career with the Department of Public Works Services in 2016 as Deputy Director. 
Over the past 5 years, he has been responsible for the maintenance and operations of City facilities 
and infrastructure, including building maintenance, street improvements, storm water and sewer networks, 
Arcadia’s urban forest, City parks, and fleet maintenance. 

“Paul is singularly qualified to lead our Department of Public Works Services,” said City Manager 
Dominic Lazzaretto. “His background and experience is ideally suited to manage a complex department 
responsible for Arcadia’s infrastructure, facilities, greenspaces, and water and sewer services, among others. 
Paul is a great addition to the City’s executive team.” he added. 

Prior to his service in Arcadia, Mr. Cranmer was the Community Services Manager for the City of Claremont and was a Public Works 
Inspector for the City of San Marcos. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Paul and his 
wife have a young daughter and enjoy spending time traveling and playing sports. 

“I am honored to be the City’s next Director of Public Works Services,” said Deputy Director Cranmer. “I appreciate the support and confidence 
of the City Manager and City Council, and look forward to serving as Director alongside a highly motivated and dedicated staff.”

 For more information about the Public Works Services Department, please visit 

For the period of Sunday, October 10th through Saturday, October 
16th, the Police Department responded to 1,062 calls for service, of 
which 120 required formal investigations. The following is a summary 
report of some of the major incidents handled by the Department during 
this period.

Sunday, October 10:

1. At 4:29 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1400 
block of North Baldwin Avenue regarding a burglary report. The officer 
discovered two suspects were “squatting”, also known as trespassing 
and living at the location without the authorization of the owner. 
The officer arrested a 35-year-old male from San Bernardino. A records 
check of the second suspect revealed the 29-year-old male from San 
Bernardino had an outstanding felony warrant. He was also arrested. 
Both suspects were transported to the Arcadia City Jail for booking.

2. At 6:58 p.m., an officer responded to the parking structure at 
the Westfield Santa Anita Mall, located at 400 South Baldwin Avenue, 
regarding a vandalism report. The victim discovered her vehicle was 
scratched sometime between 3:30 p.m. and 5:03 p.m. on October 10th. 
The victim believes the suspect is an upset driver she encountered while 

Monday, October 11:

3. At 6:57 a.m., an officer responded to Pho-licious, located at 
529 East Live Oak Avenue, regarding a commercial burglary report. 
Sometime during the previous night, an unknown suspect smashed the 
front window and stole cash, electronics, and the company checkbook. 
The suspect attempted to fraudulently pass one of the stolen checks, but 
the bank was able to cancel the transaction.

4. At 1:59 p.m., while investigating the burglary on October 10th 
in the 1400 block of North Baldwin Avenue, detectives discovered two 
more burglary suspects inside the same residence and a large amount of 
mail, personal documents, credit cards, and driver’s licenses of numerous 
victims. A 34-year-old male from San Bernardino and a 34-year-
old female from Banning were arrested and transported to the Arcadia 
City Jail for booking. The female was found to be in possession of a controlled 
substance and drug paraphernalia. She also had an outstanding 
misdemeanor warrant. 

Tuesday, October 12:

5. At 7:48 a.m., an officer responded to Golden Years, located at 
60 East Live Oak Avenue, regarding a theft from vehicle incident. Surveillance 
footage revealed the lone suspect cut the fuel lines to two vehicle 
and stole numerous gallons of gasoline. The suspect is described as 
a 30 to 40-year-old male wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and mask, 
with a medium build. 

6. At 12:07 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1000 
block of Fairview Avenue regarding a stolen vehicle report. Sometime 
between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on October 12th, someone stole the 
victim’s 2002 Cadillac Deville from the rear carport. 

Wednesday, October 13:

7. At 7:51 p.m., an officer responded to a residence in the 1700 
block of Rodeo Road regarding a burglary report. An investigation revealed 
someone entered the home by smashing a rear window. The loss 
is unknown as of the publication of this report.

8. At 8:18 p.m., officers responded to the 600 block of West Huntington 
Drive regarding a robbery that had just occurred. Surveillance 
footage revealed three victims were exiting their vehicle when they 
were approached by the suspects. The suspects pointed their firearms at 
the victims and stole a toy poodle and a cellphone. The suspects fled in 
a newer model, black Nissan Altima. The suspects are described as four 
Black males, all approximately 6’ tall and were seen wearing hooded 
sweatshirts and sweatpants. 

Thursday, October 14:

9. At 9:25 a.m., an officer responded to the City of Arcadia Public 
Works yard, located at 230 North Second Avenue, regarding a grand 
theft report. The reporting party discovered someone stole eight batteries 
used to power a message board. The batteries were stolen sometime 
since April of this year. 

10. At 2:55 p.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Methodist Hospital, 
located at 300 West Huntington Drive, regarding a trespassing 
report. An investigation revealed a hospital patient refused to be discharged 
and was subsequently arrested for trespassing. During the arrest, 
she resisted. The 67-year-old female from Arcadia was transported 
to the Pasadena City Jail for booking. 

Friday, October 15:

11. At 3:36 a.m., officers responded to the 200 block of East Foothill 
Boulevard regarding a possible catalytic converter theft in progress. 
When the officer approached one of the suspects, he fled, and a 
foot pursuit ensued. The suspect was ultimately located and arrested. A 
second suspect was also located and arrested. A search of their vehicle 
revealed an additional catalytic converter, burglary tools, and a firearm. 
A 31-year-old male from Colton and a 33-year-old male from San 
Bernardino were arrested and transported to the Arcadia City Jail for 

12. At 9:53 a.m., an officer responded to Arcadia Unified School 
District’s Bus Yard, located at 35 West Saint Joseph Street, regarding a 
petty theft report. The officer discovered the suspect, who had just been 
terminated, refused to return a department-issued tablet and master 
key. The 34-year-old male from Arcadia is outstanding as of the time of 
this report.

Saturday, October 16:

13. At 1:37 p.m., an officer responded to Beauty Cultural, located 
at 715 South First Avenue, regarding a petty theft report. Surveillance 
footage revealed an unknown suspect stole the business’s cell phone 
and left behind a suitcase and Bose stereo system. The suspect is described 
as a White male between the ages of 40 and 60-years-old, 140 
to 170 pounds, approximately 5’7” to 5’11” tall and seen wearing a light 
blue and green long sleeve shirt and dark colored pants.


After an 18-month closure, the Monrovia Historical Museum, 
a trove of artifacts and stories on the early days of Monrovia, 
reopens on November 7, 2021. 

The hiatus gave the museum an opportunity to expand and enhance 
its exhibitions. New features include an updated Monrovia 
High School exhibit with yearbooks; a Monrovia Fire 
Department exhibit, still being completed; and an upcoming 
display on the city's diversity created in conjunction with Monrovia 

While the majority of the museum's military exhibit consists 
of World War II memorabilia, World War I artifacts from the 
collection have just been incorporated. Also added are stories of 
the broader community in wartime, including the Japanese internment. 
The Museum's collection of vintage phones has been 
cleaned, researched, photographed and rehung with informative 
signage. Some now ring with their original ring boxes. 

The shutdown also allowed the Museum to start large-scale updates 
in the West Wing. Old lighting was replaced with energy-
saving LED fixtures, and display cases were repainted and refurbished 
to create new exhibit opportunities. 

The Museum building once housed the city's Municipal Plunge, 
the public swimming pool. The former dressing rooms now 
comprise its two exhibit wings, covering more than 8000 square 
feet. Plan your visit now; the regular operating hours are Sunday 
and Thursday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Accessible parking 
is available on the east side of the building. 

About the Museum

In 1986, three years after the closure of the Monrovia Municipal 
Plunge, the City of Monrovia celebrated its centennial anniversary. 
At that time, a group of residents established The 
Monrovia Historical Museum Foundation, Inc. (MHM), which 
worked with the City to turn the Municipal Plunge building 
into an Historical Museum. MHM received a $50,000 California 
State Grant that enabled the Foundation to embark on renovations 
that retained the structure's original architectural features. 
A 50-year renewable lease was granted by the City of Monrovia 
so the Foundation could operate the Museum. Through pledge 
donations, cash, and in-kind contributions, the Museum was 
able to open debt-free on October 2, 1993. It continues to rely 
on public contributions to operate and grow.


The following is a synopsis of crimes reported for the week of October 
10, 2021– October 16, 2021. 


October 10, 2021


777 Encanto Park Way. The Victim was at the park, when the suspect, 
a male Hispanic adult, approached him and began to yell at 
him. The suspect produced a sheathed machete and struck the victim 
several times. The victim attempted to defend himself and was 
hit several times in the arm. The suspect fled the area and was later 
arrested by deputies. The victim was transported to the hospital for 
treatment of his injuries.


1500 Block of Cotter Avenue. The Victim and the witness returned 
from a day out, when the witnesses ex-boyfriend approached the 
victim and began to assault him. The victim was struck multiple 
times in the head and face causing him to fall to the ground. The 
suspect fled the area and was later arrested by responding deputies. 
Victim transported to the hospital for his injuries. 


1500 Duarte Road (City of Hope). The victim reported suspect(s) 
unknown entered her locked vehicle, a 2015 Honda Pilot by shattering 
the rear window. Suspect(s) stole her purse and the contents. 
Loss was approximately $400. 


October 11, 2021


1300 Block Fairlee Avenue. The victim reported suspect(s) unknown 
stole an Amazon package from his porch. Loss was approximately 
$900. No surveillance video.


October 13, 2021


1900 block of Buena Vista Street. The victim reported suspect(s) 
unknown stole the catalytic converter to their vehicle, a 2006 Honda 
Accord. Loss was approximately $1,950. No surveillance video.


800 Block of Crestfield Drive. The victim’s 2006 Chevy Silverado 
was stolen from the location. Vehicle recovered By Pico Rivera 
Sheriff Station. 


2600 Block of Huntington Drive. The victim reported while watching 
her ring camera, she saw a male white adult steal an Amazon 
package from her porch. Loss was approximately $70. Victim observed 
the suspect in the area and suspect was arrested. 


October 14, 2021. 


1802 Huntington Drive (7-Eleven). Three male Hispanic adults 
between the ages of 20 -25 entered the location wearing long 
sleeve hoodies and shirts with facial coverings. Two of the males 
approached the cashier from the front and began ordering the cashier 
to empty the register, while the third came from behind and 
ordered a store customer to empty his pockets. One of the males 
produced a tan colored handgun and fearing for his life the cashier 
emptied the register of its contents. The suspects fled the location 
into an awaiting gray 2005 Chevy Cavalier. Vehicle was reported 
stolen out of Pasadena on 10/13/21 and recovered on 10/15/21 in 
front of 1901 Buena Vista Street, Duarte. Loss was approximately 
$650. Video surveillance available. The estimated loss was $100.


2734 Huntington Drive (Justice Brothers Inc). The suspect drove 
up in a silver Honda Accord possible license plate of 8XAF129 and 
parked next to the victims unlocked vehicle a 2021 Ford F150. The 
suspect, a male Hispanic in his 30’s – 40’s exited the driver side of 
his vehicle and opened the driver’s side door to the victims vehicle. 
The suspect removed a back pack containing a lap top and other 
miscellaneous items. Loss is approximately $1,300. Surveillance 
video available. 


819 Buena Vista Street (Santa Teresita assisted living). The victim 
reported suspect(s) unknown stole the catalytic converter to their 
vehicle, a 2010 Ford E350. Loss was approximately $1,050. No surveillance 


October 16, 2021


1800 block of Buena vista Street. The victim’s 2000 Ford F250 was 
stolen from the location. Recovered by LAPD- Hollenbeck.


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