Mountain Views News, Combined Edition Saturday, May 29, 2021

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Arrests Made 
In Shooing of10 Year Old 

AmericaFest Returns to the Rose Bowl 

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Pasadena police announcedthe arrests of two local men 
last week in connection with 
the shooting of a 10-year-oldboy as he was playing in hisfront yard

After a lengthy investigationdetectives said they executedsearch warrants at various 
locations in the Southern 
California area and arrested 
both Joseph Mekhi Knowles a21-year-old Altadena residentand Tanaj Johnson a 22-yearold 
Pasadena resident for 
attempted murder.

According to police, on 
February 14, at approximately

3:00 pm. officers arrived, onscene, at in the 300 block ofParke St.and found10-yearold 
Mario Gabriel Ramirez,
who had been struck several 
times by gunfire.
Police said althoughconscious and alert when 
transported to a local hospitalby paramedics, Ramirez wassuffering from potentiallylife threatening injuries.
He underwent multiplesurgieries and was releasedfrom the hospital in March.

Preliminary investigationrevealed that Knowles and/ 
or Johnson exited a vehicle 
and fired multiple bullets,
striking the victim. The twore-entered their vehicle and 
fled the area in what was 
described as a late model,
light colored four-door 
sedan. There is nothing toindicate the 10-year-old wasthe intended victim policesaid. 

On May 20, with the 
assistance of the U.S. 
Marshal’s Pacific Southwest 
Regional Fugitive Task 
Force Knowles and Johnson 
were taken into policecustody. Pasadena Police 
Department’s Robbery /
Homicide Detectives said 
they believed Knowles andJohnson to be responsiblefor what was deemed the 
Valentine’s Day shooting.

Police also said that at the 
time of arrest, additional 
evidence and items were 
found connecting the 
suspects to the shooting werelocated and collected. 

Detectives said the case was 
presented to the Los AngelesCounty District Attorney’sOffice Monday for review.
Anyone with information 
about the shooting should 
contact Pasadena policedetectives at (626) 744-4241. 

Ask the Athletes 
via Zoom: Tennis

 The Pasadena Senior Games 
has teamed up with the 
California Senior Games 
Association to produce 
a monthly Zoom series 
of sports-related panel 
discussions by seasoned 
current and former 
professional athletes followed 
by questions from viewers of 
the live events. 

 Two big names in the world 
of tennis will be featured 
at 4 p.m. Monday, June 14, 
via Zoom: Rosie Casals and 
Dick Gould. Anyone 50 or 
older may register by visiting: a 
link will be sent via email for 
joining the Zoom discussion. 
Membership and residency is 
not required. 

Pasadena Councilmember 
Steve Madison and DarrylDunn, CEO and General 
Manager of the Rose Bowl 
announced Monday that the 
95th annual AmericaFest, 
the largest fireworks event 
on the west coast, will return 
to the Rose Bowl Stadium on 
July 4.

The announcement came 
during a city council 
discussion on the financial 
struggles the stadium faces 
after not hosting any large 
scale events over the last year 
due to Covid-19. Dunn said 
the Rose Bowl stadium faces 
a deficit of $30 million over 
the next five years. Dune 
added that the stadium was 
it debt before the pandemic.

Madison called the news 
of holding AmericaFest, 
a coming out for the Rose 
Bowl to welcome that back 

to the city.
Dunn said AmericaFest 

this year will cost $350,000 

something they have already 
budgeted for. Dunn said 
that after meeting with city 

officials earlier this month, in 

City Declares June 4 ‘NationalGun Violence Awareness Day’ 

 The City Council issued 
a proclamation declaring 
Friday, June 4,‘National 
Gun Violence Awareness 
Day’ in Pasadena to honor 
and remember all of the 
victims and survivors of gun 
violence and support efforts 
to prevent gun violence. The 
proclamation was issued at 
their May 24 meeting,

 The proclamation was 
received by San Gabriel 
Valley Moms Demand 
Action, a local grassroots 
organization working to 
reduce gun violence. The 
proclamation reads that 
gun violence “touches every 
segment of our society and 
impacts people of all ages; 
it increases the probability 
of death in incidents of 
domestic violence; raises 
the likelihood of fatalities by 
those who intend to injure 
others, and among those 
who attempt suicide; it places 
children and young people 
at increased risk of physical 
harm and injury; and 
disproportionately affects 
communities of color.” The 
proclamation concludes by 
urging all citizens, businesses 
and organizations to work 
collaboratively to reduce gun 
violence in our community.
Wear Orange Weekend, June 

light of financial challenges, 

everyone was on board.

 Councilmember John 
Kennedy also said that 
holding the event would 
give a sense of normalcybut cautioned they need tobe cognizant of the cost as it 
relates to the city’s General 

 In past years along with 
more than a ton of specialeffects fireworks launched 
from the stadium as partof the Rose Bowl daylongfamily-friendly event, there 
has also been freestyle 
motocross and live music. 
The Rialto-California based 
company Pyro Spectacularsby Souza has providedfireworks entertainment. 

Officials said that all details 
still needed to be worked 
out, such as capacity limit 
inside the stadium and other 
Covid-19 health related 
restrictions. As of now, a 
free event is set for outside 
the stadium starting earlyafternoon with an eveningticketed event inside the 
stadium. The fireworks 

 National Gun Violence 
Awareness Day kicks off 
Wear Orange Weekend, 
an event held annually in 
honor of Hadiya Pendleton, 
a 15-year-old who was shot 
and killed in Chicago in 
2013, just one week after 
performing at President 
Obama’s 2nd inaugural 
parade. Orange is the color 
that Hadiya’s friends wore 
in her honor and is worn 
throughout the nation to 
raise awareness about gun 

 The City of Pasadena 
encourages community 
members to wear orange 
June 4-6 in support of the 
gun violence prevention 
movement and to share 
photos on social media using 
the hashtag #WearOrange. 
Pasadena police officers will 
be wearing orange ribbons 
on Friday, June 4.

 Many local groups are 
working together to 
encourage and support efforts 
to prevent gun violence 
and save lives, including 
San Gabriel Valley Moms 
Demand Action, Students 
Demand Action, Mothers 
of Murdered Children, and 
the All Saints Committee to 
End Gun Violence. Contact 
the organizations directly for 
information on how to get 

would begin at 9 p.m.

 For more information visit: 

Police Arrest 
Murder Suspect

 With the assistance of 

detectives from the Monrovia 

Police Department and 

Pasadena Police Department,

Sheriff’s Homicide 

investigators announced 

Wednesday the arrest of three 

suspects, two adults, and 

one juvenile, involved in the

murder of a local area man. 

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s

Homicide investigators

arrested 20-year-old Tanaj

Johnson, 20-year-old Christian

Hall along with an unidentified 

17-year-old male in the 

shooting death of a male adult

identified as Darione Jones.

 According to police, on

Monday, March 29, Darione

Jones was shoot to death at 

approximately 5:25 p.m. on the

100 block of East Los Angeles

Avenue, in Monrovia.

On Thursday, April 15, 2021,

Sheriff Investigators arrested 

a 17-year-old male juvenile as

he was being released from the 

Pasadena Police Department 

on an unrelated charge. On 

April 19, the Eastlake District 

Attorney’s Office filed one 

count of murder with the 

allegation he personally used a


 On Monday, April 19,

Sheriff Homicide Investigators 

arrested one of the adults,

20-year-old Tanaj Johnson,

as he was released from the 

Pasadena Police Department

on an unrelated charge. On 

Wednesday, April 21, the 

District Attorney’s Office 

Community Violence 

Reduction Division filed 

one count of murder against

Johnson with the allegation

that he personally used a 

firearm and one count of 

animal cruelty because he shot

a dog during the shooting of


 On Sunday, May 23,

Investigators learned the 

second adult, 20-year-old

Christian Hall, had been 

arrested by Pasadena Police

Department on an unrelated

charge. Sheriff Homicide 

Investigators additionally

charged Christian Hall 

with the murder of Jones. 

On Tuesday, the District 

Attorney’s Office Community

Violence Reduction Division 

filed one count of murder 

against Hall with the allegation

he personally used a firearm.

The investigation is ongoing.

No additional information 

available at press time 

investigators said.

Anyone with information

should contact the Homicide 

Bureau at (323) 890-5500. 

Pasadena Memorial 
Day Closures, Reminders 

Pasadena residents and 
businesses are reminded that 
City Hall and many Cityservices and administrative 
business offices will be closed 
on Monday in observance of 
Memorial Day, a national day 
of remembrance for the brave 
men and women of the U.S. 
military who died in the lineof duty. Specific closures and 
exceptions are noted below.

City Council will not meet 
on Monday. The next Councilmeeting will be held June 7.

The City’s Citizen ServiceCenter (CSC) will be closed onMonday, and will reopen at 8 

a.m. on Tuesday, June 1.
The City of Pasadena will havetrash collection on Monday.
There will be no delay to trash,
recycling and yard Waste 

 Pasadena Water and Power 
(PWP) will be closed on 
Monday. Residents and 
businesses with any poweremergencies should call thePower Emergency Line at (626)
744-4673. For water-related 
emergencies, call the WaterEmergency Line at (626) 7444138. 
PWP’s regular CustomerCall Center will be closed for 
the holiday, but customers can 
access their accounts and paybills online at www.PWPweb. 
com or by calling (626)
The Permit Center will be 
closed on Monday, but 
will reopen at 8 a.m. on 
Tuesday. Online permitting 

Memorial Day Serviceat San Marino Lacy Park

 After a yearlong absence, theCity of San Marino will return 
to an in-person Memorial 
Day Service Monday at 
Lacy Park. Join city officialsin honoring the fallen andour military veterans in thispatriotic ceremony. The servicewill include recognition of 

veterans, special guest speakersand patriotic music. This event 
is open to the public and willfollow all social distancingsafety protocols. The Citywill also be bringing back theHometown Heroes Display atthe park.

For more information visit: 

services are available 24/7 

The City’s Municipal Services 
Payment Center at City Halland the Parking Office will beclosed on Monday. All parkingmeters not posted as a “NoParking” zone will be free onMonday, and time limits willnot be enforced. Violations 
for overnight parking, red 
curb parking, “No Parking” 
zones, and blocking fire 
hydrants will be enforced. Allregular enforcement resumesTuesday.

Pasadena Transit bus service 
and Dial-A-Ride transportationwill NOT operate on Mondayand will resume regular serviceTuesday.

All Pasadena Public Libraries 
will be closed on Sunday, May30, and Monday, May 31, within-person and curbside serviceresuming Tuesday.

If you’re planning to hostor attend a gathering overthe holiday weekend, pleasereview the health officer order 
for guidance to keep you and 
your loved ones safe from 

 Pasadena Police and Fire 
Departments will be staffed forall patrol, jail, fire, paramedic 
and other emergencyservices, but not business oradministrative offices. If yousee something, say something;
report suspicious activity toPasadena Police at (626) 7444241. 
For life-threateningemergencies, dial 9-1-1.