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Monrovia Police: Returning Stolen Headphones | Not Stolen, Drunk

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 26-28. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 380 service events, resulting in 58 investigations. 

Fraud - Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 12:58 p.m., police received a call from a business in the 300 block of West Huntington, reporting a suspect at their front counter who was attempting to return items with a stolen credit card. The suspect had purchased $800 worth of headphones the previous day, using false identification and a stolen credit card. Store employees realized the credit card was stolen after the purchase was made and the suspect had left the store. The suspect had now returned to the store and was attempting to return the headphones for cash. Employees recognized the suspect and called police. Officers arrived at the location and detained the suspect without incident. The suspect was still in possession of the fictitious identification and credit cards. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody for fraud charges. After further investigation, it was learned that this suspect had charged over $100,000 in stolen merchandise throughout the San Gabriel Valley. 

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 8:29 p.m., a female subject called police to report her car was stolen from the 400 block of South Myrtle. An officer was dispatched to the location and he contacted the subject. While he was speaking with her, he noticed signs of intoxication. The officer located the subject’s vehicle on Myrtle, just north of where they were standing. A computer check of the subject revealed she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest; she was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant. 

Monrovia's Myrtle Avenue- Not Named After a Tree

You thought maybe Myrtle Avenue was named after a tree, as many Monrovia streets are named after trees or flowers? Not so. It was named after our founder's eldest daughter, Myrtle Monroe, according to the Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's latest newsletter. Thanks to MOHPG for this photo of Myrtle.

- Brad Haugaard

History of Monrovia's Big M

The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group's latest newsletter has an interesting article on the big M on the hills above town.

The M is 60 feet by 80 feet and was built by the Monrovia High class of 1952. Merchants and community groups donated 500 feet of redwood 2x4s, 25 tons of crushed rock, 500 feet of steel electri- cal conduit, electrical fixtures, and paint. It was later made of concrete to be more permanent. The letter was lit when the school competed and if the football team won, the legs of the M could be dimmed so that only the V, for "victory" showed. It was restored by the MHS Class of 1982, and in 1995 the Monrovia Fire Department Explorers spent two Saturdays clearing weeds and giving the M a fresh coat of paint.

- Brad Haugaard

New Monrovia Church | PTSA Fundraiser

~ A new church has started in Monrovia. Resonate Covenant Church is meeting at 4:30 p.m. at 1307 S. Myrtle, at the corner of Cherry (apparently in the same building occupied by LifeChurch, which meets earlier in the day). It is holding a series of preview services, next  on February 8.

~ Fundraiser for Monrovia High's Parent Teacher Student Association Thursday, Jan. 29, 3-9 p.m. at Paco's Mexican Restaurant, 200 E Foothill, Arcadia. PTSA gets 10% of all dine-in and take-out proceeds (alcohol not included). No flyer or coupon necessary.

- Brad Haugaard

Planning for Suicide Prevention at Monrovia Community Center

Planning meeting for suicide prevention campaign on Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. at the Monrovia Community Center. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Filming on Myrtle, and in North Monrovia

Diane Delmatoff, of the Monrovia Community Development Department, reports that:

"There will be a filming in Old Town on Monday, February 2nd in front of London Gastropub. It is for an insurance commercial. They will be dressing the scene beginning at noon and will be using a couple of parking spaces. Then at 5:00 PM Myrtle Avenue will be completely closed between Lemon and Lime. Lemon and Lime will still be open. The block will reopen at 7:00 AM. And just in case you see a camera car drive down Myrtle sometime before 5:00 PM, that is for a different filming. There has been a feature film (The Other) being filmed in North Monrovia for a couple of weeks now and they are going to get some footage of our beautiful downtown (all with the flow of traffic)."

- Brad Haugaard

Fixing Restroom Roof in Monrovia Canyon Park

A restroom roof was damaged in Monrovia Canyon Park during the big windstorm a few years ago. Now it's being fixed.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovian Cleared in Girlfriend's Death

Autopsy clears Monrovia man of all charges in girlfriend's death.

- Brad Haugaard

Antique Market for Church Building Fund

There will be an antique market in the parking lot of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 122 South California Ave. on Saturday, February 7, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Part of the proceeds will benefit the church building fund. Items for sale include decorative pieces, jewelry, furniture accents, collectibles and more. Rector Neil Tadken said the funds will help with major infrastructure maintenance, including roof replacement and plumbing/electrical upgrades.

- Brad Haugaard

Antonovich Honors Historic Monrovian

County Supervisor Michael Antonovich honored Monrovia Historical Museum for display on Monrovian Allen Allensworth, the first African American to reach the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Robotics Teams All Qualify for Championships | House Fire

~ All five of Monrovia High's Robotics teams have qualified for the LA FTC Regional Championships. Congratulations RED, Kings & Queens, Suit Bots, Thavma and Spectrum. Championships will be at Monrovia High on Feb. 14th. Come cheer for your favorite robotics team. Admission is free.

~ There was a fire on the 100 block S. Ivy Ave. in Monrovia. According to a report a one story house with a kitchen fire. Robert Perry caught a picture.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Xylem Salon Spa to Honor Helping, Courageous Person

Monrovia's Xylem Salon Spa is sponsoring a Valentine's contest. Prize: a Day of Beauty and Wellness. Nominate someone "who lives in our local community and has devoted their time to helping others." Someone selfless, courageous, who has changed our community, or a teacher who goes above and beyond. Details:

- Brad Haugaard

Stephen Grollnek Election Statement - Running for Monrovia City Council

My name is Stephen Grollnek and I am running for City Council. Most of you know me from writing The Monrovia Shadow, implementing the restaurant rating system and helping people get things done when no one in the City will help them.

Sadly, Monrovia has become a city of potholes, dead trees, rotting pipes, cracked sidewalks and homes being torn down to be replaced by oversized mansions which ruin the City’s history and beauty. All citizens hear from the City is, “We have no money.” Look at the right side of your property tax bill. What are the select few in city government doing with these monies? Businesses are closing at a rapid rate in Old Town. Loans are given to special interest groups and contracts awarded to friends of the City Council and Mayor.

Gloria Crutchington in advance of running for office, was put in charge of the Hillside Preservation Project and attempted to take away our rights on this bond issue. She has also been the linchpin working with special interest condemning older houses in Monrovia to replace them with pseudo-mansions on overbuilt lots.

Robert Perry never met a citizen he likes and only attends City Council meetings when there are bicycle issues discussed. Doesn’t he understand he can’t ride a bike on cracked streets with potholes and branches fallen in the street from untrimmed City trees.

Becky Shevlin, the councilwoman with the million dollar smile, tries to get things done but is stopped at every turn by certain cliques on the Council.

The future of the City is in the hands of you the voter. Help me lead our great city back to the All American City it was.

Stephen H. Grollnek 213: 705-2227.

Monrovia Police: Drunk Driving Busts; Missing Teen Found; Multi-Grand Thefts; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 22-25. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 2:00 a.m., an officer on patrol stopped a driver in the area of Hillcrest and Stedman for a speeding violation. He had been drinking at a friend’s house. The driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol and was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 2:30 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a driver driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver was stopped in the area of California and Monrovista. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 3:20 a.m., an officer observed a driver passed out behind the wheel in the 800 block of California. The driver was found behind the wheel and refused all DUI tests. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Critical Missing Person – Subject Located
January 24 at 7:48 p.m., a parent came in to report his son missing from a residence in the 500 block of East Walnut. The teenage son is autistic and had run away from their home. Officers quickly began looking for the subject, and he was located within about thirty minutes.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
January 25 at 3:25 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation in the area of Montana and Myrtle. During the course of the stop, it was determined the driver had been drinking and was under the influence of alcohol. The suspect was arrested for DUI.

Grand Theft Auto
January 25 at 9:05 a.m., an officer responded to the 200 block of West Greystone on the report of a stolen vehicle. The vehicle is a Bronze, 1992 Acura. The vehicle was parked in front of the victim’s home and was left unlocked. The theft occurred sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft – Suspect Arrested
January 25 at 12:32 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 500 block of West Huntington regarding a possible theft. Store security reported a known suspect in the store that had committed repetitive grand thefts. The suspect was collecting expensive items in the store. This suspect is responsible for a string of thefts at different locations of the business from the Monrovia to Pasadena area. The suspect enters a store and fills up a shopping cart with expensive items, and then pushes the property outside the store to an awaiting getaway car.

Monrovia officers arrived at the location, set up containment and waited for the suspect to exit. The suspect exited the store with the stolen merchandise. When he saw police, he dropped the stolen property and ran. Officers detained the suspect, and he arrested without further incident.

Upcoming Monrovia Events: Mudflow, Open House, State of City, Robotics, Etc.

~ Saturday, Jan. 31. City-sponsored discussion of Mudflow and Debris Mitigation Measures at Monrovia Public Library Community Room. City Manager, representatives of Public Works, Fire, LA County will answer questions. 9 -11 a.m. For additional information: Kerri Zessau at 256-8233 or .

~ Jewish Federation Open House, Sunday, Feb. 8, 2-5 p.m. at 114A West Lime Ave.

~ Monrovia State of the City Address, Feb. 9, 7 p.m. at the Krikorian Theater. For information or reservations contact Heather Greer at 303-6602.

First Tech Challenge robotics tournament at Monrovia High, Feb. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

~ Dinner and fellowship to honor Monrovia Chaplain President, Minister Terrance Brown. Saturday, Feb. 21. Hosted by Bethel Monrovia African Methodist Episcopal Church at Monrovian Restaurant. Tickets at . More information at 930-1120 .

~ Monrovia Chamber Business Seminar Series begins Wednesday, March 11, hosted by the Chamber and City of Monrovia at Exelis Inc., 1400 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia; 11:50 a.m.-1 p.m. Free but reservations required (contact Chamber of Commerce at 358-1159 ).

~ Monday, March 30 is the last day to register to vote in the April 14 Local General Election. More info at or contact City Clerk at 932-5505 or .

Thanks to Becky Shevlin for her excellent calendar, from which I swiped these items.

Astronomy Tonight in Monrovia

Take a close-up peek at the moon and maybe Jupiter tonight at the Myrtle-Lime corner of Library Park. Monrovia Sidewalk Astronomers will set up their telescopes between about 6-8 p.m. Because of different layers of air temperature and upper level winds, you may notice a slightly watery effect when you view the moon or planets through a telescope, and the stars may be more twinkle-y when you look up at the night sky.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Moms Club Playdate

Moms Club of Monrovia will hold a playdate in the playground at Arcadia County Park on Monday, Jan. 26.

Should Monrovia Allow Push Carts?

A Monrovian writes in letter to the editor that push cart vendors don't belong here:

- Brad Haugaard

Jordan Kittleson Election Statement - Running for Monrovia City Council

Renowned philosopher Sun Tzu once wrote “Every battle is won before it’s ever fought.” These words speak volumes to the vital importance of dedication, work ethic, preparation, and strategic planning in achieving pure Monrovian exceptionalism.
Holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration, my background neatly attaches itself with the concept of public service. From serving as a Residential Community Advisor and Secretary of Legislative Affairs in graduate school to providing constituent services to the City of Monrovia as an intern in a Congressional office, I fundamentally believe that my skill set is well-equipped to tackle the toughest of City Council assignments.
Although Monrovia continues to hold an unwavering commitment to excellence and sets the standard on many fronts, there is more work to be done.  The epicenter of my platform will prioritize initiatives designed to stimulate community development, emphasize financial responsibility and accountability, expand city volunteerism, and, perhaps most importantly, optimize our potential of educational support for our youth.
Bearing this in mind, it would be my distinguished honor and esteemed privilege to earn your vote on April 14th for the office of Monrovia City Council.  This truly is our time to shine.

City Council Nominee
Jordan K. Kittleson for Monrovia City Council 2015

a: 133 W. Hillcrest Blvd Monrovia, CA 91016

"Let your soul stand cool and composed before a million universes."
--Walt Whitman

A Blustery Day in Monrovia Tonight and Saturday

Windy in Monrovia tonight and tomorrow ( ), up to 35 mph. In fact, windy throughout much of the county:

- Brad Haugaard