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Monrovia Police: Two Drivers Hurt; Woman Scammed for $20,000; Bought a Bad Car and Is Also Arrested; Attacking Safe With Sledgehammer

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 26-29. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 26 at 4:39 p.m., a traffic collision involving injuries was reported at Duarte Road and Sixth Avenue. One of the drivers rear ended the other, causing serious injuries to both drivers. Both were taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

Elder Abuse Scam
January 26 at 7:15 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a residence in the 700 block of S. Fifth Avenue to speak with an elderly female regarding a possible fiduciary crime. The subject said she was befriended by a man on Facebook and they used Facebook messenger to speak with each other. The male subject told her he was in the military and was stuck in Dubois due to an explosion. He told her the explosion destroyed his credentials and he couldn't leave the country. He said he needed money sent to a travel agent in Amarillo, Texas. The elderly female eventually sent $20,000 through a wire transfer. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 26 at 9:20 p.m., dispatch received a call reporting a man yelling and causing a disturbance in the 100 block of E. Olive. When officers arrived, they saw a male subject in the street. They contacted him and determined he was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The subject was arrested for being drunk in public and held for a sobering period.

Violation of Court Order
January 27 at 7:16 p.m., a female subject from a business in the 100 block of W. Lime contacted police to report a violation of a court order. The subject has a restraining order against an ex-employee of hers that restricts contact, including electronic communication. The subject received a message through Yelp from the restrained person. The restrained person claimed the communication was an accident and that she meant to send the message to herself. A verified complaint was sent to the District Attorney’s office for filing consideration.

Bicycle Theft
January 27 at 9:39 p.m., a theft of two bicycles was reported in the 100 block of W. Foothill. Two juveniles left their bicycles outside of a fast food restaurant without securing them and went inside to eat. When they finished and came outside, there was a large group of juveniles in front of the business and their bicycles were gone. No witnesses came forward. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Identity theft – Suspect Arrested
January 27 at 9:44 p.m., loss prevention at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a female suspect they detained for shoplifting. The subject had concealed jewelry and clothing merchandise on her person. She was arrested for shoplifting, and during an inventory search of her property, two driver's licenses and social security cards belonging to other people were found in her possession. The additional crime was added to her charges.

Public Intoxication / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 8:25 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 900 block of S. Fifth Avenue regarding a subject sleeping in a hallway. Officers arrived and contacted the subject, who was too intoxicated to care for his own safety. When officers attempted to arrest the subject for being drunk in public, the subject resisted and struggled with the officers. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Embezzled Vehicle / Bench Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 1:25 p.m., officers located a vehicle at Myrtle and Chestnut that had been reported as an embezzled vehicle. The driver was detained for investigation. The victim was contacted and did not desire prosecution of the driver. The person who embezzled the car from the victim had sold it to the driver. The vehicle was recovered. During the investigation, it was discovered the driver had two outstanding bench warrants and a suspended driver's license. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrants.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 28 at 8:37 p.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver in the area of Myrtle and Duarte Road. Officers in the area conducted a traffic stop of the vehicle and a DUI investigation was conducted. The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested.

Commercial Burglary – Suspects Arrested
January 30 at 1:08 a.m., an alarm activation was received at a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington. When the officer arrived, he saw the front doors had been pried open. The store video depicted three suspects forcing the front door open and they attempted to break into the store safe with a sledge hammer. The suspect vehicle was a dark Chevy Tahoe with paper plates. At 3:00 a.m., an officer on patrol saw the suspect vehicle enter a car wash parking lot in the 100 block of W. Duarte. Additional units responded to assist and the two suspects were arrested for burglary.

Help Centre Stage and Goodwill

Monrovia's Centre Stage theater group is holding a "junk drive" on Feb. 4 to benefit Goodwill and Centre Stage. You can donate items for the drive by contacting Keely Milliken at 297-4758 or centrestageinc@yahoo.com to arrange for pick-up or assistance. Otherwise bring items to the Monrovia Presbyterian Church parking lot between 9 a.m. and noon. 

- Brad Haugaard

Mountain Road and Trail Closed By Rain Damage

 
The road/trail that goes from Monrovia Canyon Park up to the Boy Scout camp (Camp Trask) and points beyond has been closed because of sliding caused by the rain. A ranger told me that there are even parts of the paved section that have been undermined.

- Brad Haugaard 

Dinner at Saigon Avenue

 
Dinner at Saigon Avenue, which is not on Saigon Avenue but on the south side of Lemon a bit east of Myrtle. Got the Classic Pork Trio (pork, shrimp and egg roll) for $11.99 and a beer for $5. Egg roll not shown because it hadn't arrived yet. Food was tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard

Adopt A Dog Day at Krikorian Theater

Adopt A Dog Day at Monrovia's Krikorian Theater, Saturday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Adopted pets will receive a veterinary check-up and one month's supply of flea and parasite control courtesy of Dr. Domotor's Animal House Veterinary Hospital; a 5 lb. bag of dog food courtesy of Canidae Dog Food; treats from Unleashed by PetCo. Local animal rescue shelter, For The Love of Animals, will be on site and everyone who donates a new or used blanket for Project Gidget (to be donated to shelters and rescues for animals in need) will receive a free medium popcorn.

Monrovia Police: Part of Auto Stolen; Wife Choked; Burglaries, Burglaries; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 23-25. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 349 service events, resulting in 62 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
January 23 at 10:20 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle Avenue. The wheels, tires and the back windows were stolen from a customer’s car that was left parked in the business parking lot over the weekend. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
January 23 at 12:40 p.m., a shoplifter was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Avenue. The suspect entered the business and completed a return of merchandise. The suspect continued shopping, selected a door lock set, and then approached the return counter again and attempted to return the lock for cash, but the transaction was denied. The suspect picked up the lock and left the store without paying for the merchandise. The investigation is continuing.

Non- Injury Hit & Run Traffic Collision
January 23 at 7:08 p.m., a vehicle traveling on Royal Oaks collided with a parked vehicle. The vehicle fled the scene after the collision. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
January 23 at 8:04 p.m., the victim of a vehicle burglary came to the police station to report his vehicle had been broken into sometime between the evening of January 22 and the evening of January 23. The vehicle was parked in a parking structure in the 100 block of W. Colorado and was secured. Miscellaneous items were taken from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 23 at 8:55 p.m., a female subject came to the police station lobby to report she had been in a physical fight with her husband. The victim stated her husband choked her and threw her to the ground. She complained of pain and had visible redness around her throat. Paramedics responded and took her to a hospital for evaluation. The husband was contacted and came to the station to provide a statement. He was then arrested for domestic violence.

Residential Burglary
January 24 at 1:00 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of Norumbega Drive called police to report his home had been burglarized. He had been away from his home and when he returned, he found that someone had forced entry into a side door and ransacked the second story. The loss is undetermined and the investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 24 at 10:51 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business at Myrtle and Lime regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The caller said the female subject appeared intoxicated. Officers arrived as the female subject was driving away from the store. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
January 25 at 7:21 a.m., a vehicle was reported stolen from the 1600 block of Pilgrim way. The victim parked and locked his car in front of his home on January 24 at 5:30 p.m. When he returned to the vehicle in the morning, he found it was missing. The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
January 25 at 11:04 a.m., officers responded to a commercial burglary reported in the 500 block of W. Duarte Road. The suspects forced entry into the business and stole a bicycle and cash. The investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 25 at 11:38 a.m., a driver was traveling north on Canyon, approaching Lime, when a driver traveling east on Lime pulled out in front of the northbound vehicle and they collided in the intersection. One of the drivers involved sustained minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Grand Theft Auto Recovered – Suspects Arrested
January 25 at 12:07 p.m., officers located a stolen vehicle heading south on Myrtle and conducted a traffic stop at Chestnut. Three occupants were arrested and taken into custody. The vehicle belonged to a rental company in Las Vegas and was reported stolen after the renter failed to return the vehicle on the agreed date. The investigation is being turned over to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department.

Residential Burglary
January 25 at 8:48 p.m., officers responded to a residential burglary in the 800 block of S. Canyon. The victim left his residence in the morning. When he arrived home at 8:30 p.m., he found his front door wide open and the house ransacked. The suspects shattered the rear sliding door window to gain entry. They burglarized the house and left through the front door. The victim is compiling a list of stolen items. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 25 at 10:50 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 1300 block of S. Magnolia regarding a residential burglary. The victim left the residence at 10:30 a.m. and arrived home at 10:50 p.m. The front door of the residence was wide open and there was a single light on inside the residence. Further investigation revealed the suspect had pried open a living room window to gain entry. Once inside, the alarm activated and the suspects fled out the front door. It appears that nothing was taken from the residence. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Company Testing HIV Drug

Immunotech Laboratories of Monrovia has successfully completed clinical Phase III testing on patients suffering from HIV/AIDS of its patented medical product, ITV-1-ImmunH treatment. https://goo.gl/9nO0hM

Monrovia Police Join 'Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk' Campaign

Football fans across the country will tune in to the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5, and for many, the event often includes alcohol. The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) and Monrovia Police Department are teaming up with law enforcement across the state for a special Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk campaign to urge all football fans to call the right play on Super Bowl weekend and pass the keys to a sober driver before the drinking begins.

Monrovia Police Department will deploy additional officers on special DUI saturation patrols, specifically to stop and arrest drivers showing signs of alcohol or drug impairment during and following the game. As part of the Super Bowl Sunday enforcement efforts, police, sheriffs and the CHP will be on heightened alert, ready to stop and arrest any impaired driver.

Impaired driving can be deadly. A driver is considered alcohol-impaired with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher, but even a small amount of alcohol can impair judgment and reaction times enough to make driving unsafe. Drugs, such as many prescription medications, marijuana or illicit drugs, can also lead to impairment and unsafe driving, leading to a DUI.

“Fans that are impaired can secure a safe ride home by designating a sober driver, using public transportation, or calling a taxi or rideshare program,” said Chief Hunt, Monrovia Police Department.

“Volunteer to be a designated driver to help your family and friends get home safely,” said OTS Director Rhonda Craft. “Impaired driving only leads to disaster and tragedy. It is never worth the risk. If you do plan to drink, and/or are taking medications or using marijuana, plan now to pass the keys to a sober driver before kickoff.”

Drivers are encouraged to download the Designated Driver VIP, or “DDVIP,” free mobile app for Android or iPhone. The DDVIP app helps find nearby bars and restaurants that feature free incentives for the designated sober driver, from free non-alcoholic drinks to free appetizers and more. The feature-packed app even has social media tie-ins and even a tab for the non-DD to call Uber, Lyft or Curb. For those who plan to drive, refrain from any alcohol and be aware of possible drug impairment. Instead, enjoy the game with food and non-alcoholic drinks. This Super Bowl weekend, be a team player and help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. And remember: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who reminds everyone to be alert and ‘Report Drunk Drivers – Call 911’ and if you see a dangerous driver, call immediately!

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Portantino Bill Would Require Fertility Services

A bill introduced into the State Senate by Anthony Portantino (who represents Monrovia) would require health plans and insurance companies that cover medical expenses to cover "medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation." https://goo.gl/SXNAHf

- Brad Haugaard

ULV Guaranteeing Monrovia Students Can Attend

The University of La Verne is guaranteeing Monrovia students (and other local students) who meet minimum requirements can attend the school. https://goo.gl/luHUaK

- Brad Haugaard

Nope, Monrovia Still Has a 'Tremendously Dangerous' Water Problem; Rain Forces Closure of Historic Museum; Ugly Sweater; Romantic Rides; Etc.

In his weekly report City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ You thought maybe the recent rain solved our drought problem? It must have helped some, but Chi says we still have "a tremendously dangerous water situation." In short, we need another 130.3 billion gallons of water, about 2.6 billion bathtubs full. We should have a water level between 200-250 feet of water but even with the rain, we only have about 180 feet.

~ The city is installing a new pedestrian crosswalk and upgrading the pedestrian signals on Mountain Avenue between the BMW dealership and the Best Buy Shopping Center.  It should be done before the end of February.

~ City Attorney Craig Steele won the City Council's Ugly Sweater Contest. See him here: https://goo.gl/99MNnB

~ The Historic Museum has been closed because rain water was "gushing" into the building through an electrical panel.  Some minor flooding damage, but of more concern was that electrical components were damaged.

~ Rehab work on the old Santa Fe Depot means access to the train station from Myrtle has been blocked off. Instead, get to the station from Myrtle go west on Pomona then south on Primrose.

~ There will be Valentine's Day Romantic Carriage Rides through Old Town on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 6 to 10 p.m., with two horse drawn carriages.  Tickets are $10 per person, or $40 for a private ride.  Advanced ticket sales begin Feb. 6.  For more information or to make a reservation, call 932-5562.

~ Count birds as part of the National North American Bird Count, each day between Feb. 17-20, from 9 a.m. to noon at Canyon Park.  Space is limited, so contact Park Ranger Mia Humphreys at 256-8282 to register.  Bring your binoculars and camera.

~ 626 Golden Streets Event, a 17+ mile San Gabriel Valley open streets festival, has been re-scheduled for Sunday, March 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  This is a free event that will open stretches of roadway from South Pasadena to Azusa for people to walk, jog, skate, bike and more.  http://www.626GoldenStreets.com

~ Monrovia Duarte Black Alumni Association will host the first Black History Jazz Brunch event on Feb. 4, at the Monrovia Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Enjoy the smooth and sultry sounds of the Nolan Shaheed Quartetwhile learning about the history of jazz and enjoying great food.  Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased at Simply Divine Salon and Spa (319 W. Huntington Drive, Monrovia).  To register, or for questions, please email, MDBAA.BHM@gmail.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Man Hits Woman; Man Crashes Cemetery; Man Steals Purses; Man Beaten With Belt; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 19-22. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Battery
January 19 at 9:16 a.m., a battery incident was reported at Maple and Mayflower. A male and female subject were involved in an argument, and the male subject punched the female in the face and walked away. The female was treated by Monrovia Fire Department paramedics. She did not know the male subject's full name. The investigation is continuing to identify the suspect.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 19 at 10:38 p.m., police responded to the report of a vehicle that had just crashed through the gate of the cemetery in the 200 block of E. Duarte Road. The reporting party gave a description of the vehicle and driver. An officer responding to the incident saw a vehicle matching the description heading north on Ivy. The vehicle had collision damage to the front and two flat tires. The officer stopped the vehicle and after investigation, the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The driver was also found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
January 20 at 8:24 a.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. A male subject shoplifted items by placing them in his waistband and walking out of the store. Store loss prevention officers attempted to detain the suspect outside of the store, but he resisted and a struggle ensued. The suspect was ultimately detained by loss prevention and no one was injured. The suspect was arrested.

Robbery
January 20 at 10:06 p.m., an officer was dispatched to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a robbery. The suspect entered the business, selected four purses from a display rack and walked toward the exit doors. A loss prevention agent stepped in front of the suspect to block his path to the door. The suspect grabbed the loss prevention agent in a choke hold, pushed her out of his way and fled the business with the merchandise. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 21 at 12:37 p.m., a grand theft incident was reported at a business parking lot in the 400 block of W. Huntington. The victim parked his Toyota Sequoia in the lot and went into the business. He returned to his vehicle approximately an hour later and discovered the catalytic convertor was taken off his vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Theft From a Vehicle
January 21 at 2:37 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the area of Lemon and Heliotrope. The victim parked his vehicle on January 20 at 6:15 p.m. He returned to his vehicle the next day and found it had been broken into and ransacked. A handbag containing a computer and a bag of tools were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
January 21 at 2:40 p.m., a caller reported that a white Toyota Corolla had been parked in the 1100 block of Carmelita Circle for several days and wanted it marked for 72 hour parking. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Whittier. The vehicle was recovered.

Theft From a Vehicle
January 21 at 2:44 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported in the 300 block of N. May. The victim parked her vehicle on the street the day before. She returned to the vehicle the next day and found the interior had been ransacked. A pair of headphones and two bags of new women's clothing that were left in the vehicle were taken. The investigation is continuing.

Assault With a Deadly Weapon – Two Suspects Arrested
January 21 at 9:41 p.m., a male subject was talking on his phone in the 300 block of S. Primrose. Three suspects walked by and began laughing at him. The victim walked away and the suspects followed him. When he got to the corner of Lime and Primrose, the suspects surrounded him. One of the suspects hit the victim several times in the face. Another suspect pushed him in the back. The victim was pushed and hit by the suspects. During the assault, one of the suspects took his belt off and struck the victim twice with it, causing a laceration to his head. The suspects then fled, running west on lemon and south on Magnolia. The victim notified police. Officers arrived and checked the area. They located two of the suspects at a residence in the 200 block of W. Colorado. The suspects were identified by the victim and arrested. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
January 21 at 11:22 p.m., a subject was reported dumping trash behind a business in the 400 block of W. Duarte Road. Officers arrived and detained the subject. A computer check revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. During a pat-down search, the subject was found to have a glass pipe and a small baggie of methamphetamine on his person. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Traffic Collision / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
January 22 at 12:32 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at Magnolia and Huntington. One driver rear ended the other. Officers arrived and determined there were no injuries. One of the drivers admitted to taking prescription drugs and after investigation, was determined to be under the influence. She was arrested for driving under the influence.

Commercial Burglary
January 22 at 4:36 a.m., an alarm company called to report an alarm activation at a business in the 900 block of W. Duarte Road. Officers arrived and saw the glass to the front doors had been smashed. Officers cleared the location, but no suspects were located. It was determined that the suspects took the till from the cash register, but there was no money inside the till at the time. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
January 22 at 10:03 a.m., a vandalism incident was reported at a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The victim reported that her vehicle had been vandalized while it was parked overnight in the hotel parking lot. The rear driver's side window was shattered. The investigation is continuing.

Monrovia Schools: District Encouraged Retirements; Good Auditor Repport; Honorees

A few items from the next meeting of the Monrovia School Board (agenda: here):

~ An interesting tidbit in a staff report: On October 19 last year, the board created a Supplementary Retirement Plan for district staff that was "designed as a retirement incentive program that encouraged eligible employees to retire early." The district offered retirement income of 85% of final pay, and 15 employees (or 11, the report is unclear) took the offer.

~ The Monrovia School District had an audit and it appears the district is keeping its financial books properly. The auditor says: "In our opinion, the financial statements refened to above present fairly, in all material respects, the respective financial position of the governmental activities, business-type activities..." etc.

~ The board will honor Monrovia's California League of Schools Educators of the Year: Paul Dols, MHS; Chad Miller, Santa Fe; and Katie Woodrick, Clifton. Also, the board, together with the Chamber of Commerce, will honor employees of the month: Eva Kum, Instructional Assistant, Monroe Elementary; Gabby Canedo, Teacher, Monroe; Alan Caron, Instructional Aide, Plymouth Elementary; Sandra Jashinsky, Teacher, Plymouth.

- Brad Haugaard


Dinner at Chili's

 
Dinner at Chili's, on Huntington. Got the Santa Fe chicken salad for $10.89 and a beer for $6.09. The salad started life a bit bigger than you see here but I accidentally took a couple bites before snapping a picture. Anyway, nice and spicy and tasty.

- Brad Haugaard 

Elderly Woman Trapped Under Big Rig in Monrovia

An elderly woman was trapped when her car drifted under a big rig on the 210 Freeway in Monrovia. Minor injuries. https://goo.gl/ei0tMy

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Gang Graffiti; Cocaine; Helpful Helicopter; Woman Threatened With Gun; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 16-18. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 374 service events, resulting in 64 investigations.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 16 at 6:37 p.m., officers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in the 500 block of Los Angeles. Upon arrival, they contacted a male adult in front of the house, who was too intoxicated to care for himself. The subject was arrested for being drunk in public and was held for a sobering period.

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
January 16 at 7:10 p.m., a petty theft incident was reported at a business in the 400 block of W. Duarte. A witness reported that the suspect fled across Duarte Road. The Foothill Air Support helicopter was in the area overhead and saw the suspect walking north in the wash. Officers detained the suspect near Genoa and the wash. He was arrested for petty theft and received a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Vandalism
January 16 at 7:23 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the 600 block of S. Primrose. The victim reported gang graffiti that had been spray painted all over his garage. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 16 at 11:21 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 300 block of W. Huntington and observed two subjects loitering in the parking lot near a closed business. He contacted the subjects and a computer check revealed one of the subjects had a warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested for the warrant.

Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 1 at 11:54 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Fifth and Huntington for vehicle code violations. A computer check of the driver revealed he had several warrants for his arrest. During a search of his vehicle, officers recovered a bindle of cocaine near the driver's seat. The driver was arrested for the warrants and possession of cocaine. The vehicle was stored.

Residential Burglary – One Suspect Arrested
January 17 at 10:25 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of W. Colorado regarding a residential burglary. A witness reported that two suspects entered the victim's garage and took a bicycle. The officers located and arrested one of the suspects. The Foothill Air Support helicopter and additional units searched for the second suspect, who rode off with the bicycle, but officers did not locate him. Through investigation, officers learned the identity of the second suspect and he was positively identified in a photo line-up by the witness. The suspect was entered into the law enforcement computer system as a wanted person for the residential burglary. The investigation is continuing.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
January 17 at 8:46 p.m., an adult female called police and reported that her ex-boyfriend pointed a handgun at her and threatened her. Officers arrived and detained the suspect. During the investigation, a loaded pistol was recovered from the suspect's house and he was arrested. An Emergency Protective Order against the suspect was issued by the court.

Residential Burglary / Resisting and Delaying a Peace Officer – Suspect Arrested
January 17 at 11:10 p.m., an officer on patrol observed a subject riding a bicycle in the 400 block of W. Huntington that he knew was wanted for a residential burglary. The subject fled when he saw the officer, but was eventually detained on Cypress. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Tampering – Suspect Arrested
January 18 at 10:23 p.m., a male adult subject was seen walking along Hillcrest at Alta Vista, attempting to get into locked vehicles. Officers responded and detained the suspect a few blocks away and he was positively identified by the witness as the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody. The suspect was later released on a citation to appear in court.

How Growing Native Plants is Different

At the Monrovia Garden Club meeting, Barbara Eisentein will discuss how native plant gardening practices differ from those used in traditional or ornamental landscapes, and give tips on how to succeed with natives. The meeting is Jan. 24 at 7 p.m., downstairs at First Presbyterian Church, 101 E Foothill Blvd. It is open to the public.

- Brad Haugaard

Speed Dating at Monrovia Library


Speed Dating at the Library for Adults 40+. Meet someone special in the new year! Join us for refreshments, icebreakers, and fun. Registration is required, register via the library’s event calendar by selecting the speed dating event on the date of February 14.

- Brad Haugaard

Restoration About to Begin on Old Train Station; Election Options; Huntington Median Project Starts Shortly; Cheaper Fire Insurance? Etc.

The red part of Station Square will be blocked off for renovation.

From City Manager Oliver Chi's weekly report ( https://goo.gl/FhVhQF )...

~ Here are your choices in the April 11 city election: For mayor, either incumbent Tom Adams or challenger Mark Harris. For city council you get to choose two of the following: challenger Clifford DeCosta, incumbent Larry J. Spicer, incumbent Alexander C. Blackburn.

~ Restoration begins next week on the Historic Santa Fe Depot. It should be done by this June or July. Public access to the Station Square Promenade will be restricted for the duration of the construction. The area in red in the image will be blocked off.

~ The Huntington Drive median improvement project begins on Jan. 23 and should be done by late March, making the median more drought tolerant. It involves switching to automated drip irrigation, removing 27 dead or diseased trees and replacing them with 60 new ones, and planting more than 7,500 plants.

~ The fire department is being assessed on Jan. 24 by the Insurance Services Office. If it can bring its ISO rating up from class 3 to class 2 or 11, Monrovia property owners could see a 6-8% decrease in fire insurance premiums.

~ Chon Cervantes, the city's Building Official, will retire after 30 years. His last day will be Thursday, Feb. 2. His going away breakfast party, called "Stop Work Notice" will be held Feb. 2 at 9 a.m. in the city's Emergency Operations Center in the Police building. You are welcome to come. Replacing Cervantes will be Evan Knuckles, current Senior Combination Inspector.

~ City sewers are being cleaned and inspected using a Closed Circuit TV system, starting on Jan. 17 in northwest Monrovia. It'll take a bit over six months to do the whole city.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Busy Burglars; Boyfriend Chokes Girlfriend; Car Hits Tree Hits Car; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 12-15. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Commercial Burglaries
January 13 at 3:21 a.m., an alarm activation was reported at business in the 600 block of W. Huntington Drive. Officers arrived and found the front doors had been pried open. Video surveillance of the business revealed the suspects were two male Blacks, one was dressed in all red and was wearing a mask and black gloves. The second suspect was wearing dark clothing with a dark mask and white gloves. The loss was undetermined. The suspects forced entry with a yellow crowbar.

A second burglary alarm activation was reported a few minutes later at 3:28 a.m. in the 900 block of E. Huntington. Officers arrived and found the front doors to this business had also been pried open. Video surveillance revealed the same two suspects committed both burglaries. The loss appeared to be narcotics from the pharmacy at the second location. A green SUV type vehicle was seen leaving the area. The investigations are continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
January 13 at 8:45 a.m., a female adult phoned from a residence in the 200 block of Terrace View to report she had been beaten up by her boyfriend. Officers responded to the residence and spoke to both parties. The victim reported that her boyfriend strangled and struck her, and she had visible injuries. The male suspect admitted to the allegations and he was arrested. He later bonded out of custody. The victim was notified and provided an Emergency Protective Order.

Injury Traffic Collision
January 13 at 7:56 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Myrtle and Huntington. A vehicle made a turning movement to maneuver around a bus and lost control. The vehicle jumped the center median and struck a tree. The tree then fell over and struck a passing vehicle. The only injury was to a passenger in the primary vehicle.

Drug Offense – Suspect Arrested
January 14 at 9:10 p.m., a caller reported a possible drunk driver in the 1300 block of S. Fifth Avenue. An officer arrived and located a vehicle that matched the description of the possible drunk driver. The officer made a traffic stop and the investigation revealed the driver was in possession of drug paraphernalia. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 15 at 1:11 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 400 block of S. Myrtle Avenue and recognized a suspect who had an outstanding arrest warrant. They contacted the suspect, confirmed the warrant and took him into custody. The suspect is being held pending his court appearance.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 15 at 1:23 a.m., officers were on patrol in the 100 block of E. Lemon Avenue and recognized another subject who they knew had an outstanding arrest warrant. They contacted the suspect, confirmed the warrant and took him into custody. The suspect is being held pending a court appearance.

Volunteer for Homeless Count in Monrovia

If you'd like to volunteer for the homeless count in Monrovia on Jan. 24, contact the city at ssantos@ci.monrovia.ca.us or at 256-5575. https://goo.gl/fE7z5H

- Brad Haugaard

Stream Full at Monrovia Canyon Park

Stream Full in Monrovia Park The rain has filled the stream at Monrovia Canyon Park. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Council to Consider Sharing Officer With Bradbury; Proposed County Tax; Homeless Count; Street-Cutting; Etc.

At the next Monrovia City Council meeting (agenda: https://goo.gl/YyF7uZ ), the council will ...

~ Consider approving a memo of understanding with Bradbury to share the cost of a community services officer, who would investigate "crimes that have already occurred which have little or no workable leads, investigate non-injury traffic collisions, enforce parking restrictions, write crime reports, and handle other public safety related tasks for police officers." https://goo.gl/6fiido

~ Discuss a proposed 1/4-cent sales tax proposed by LA County to fund homeless services, rental subsidies, and housing projects. If passed, the total county sales tax would be 9.5%, the highest county sales tax in the state. https://goo.gl/CMQ0Or

~ Hear a report by City Manager Oliver Chi on the homeless count.

~ Consider - mostly - prohibiting companies from cutting into streets for three to five years following road construction (as is going on now). The idea is that companies should do their under-the-road work before the city fixes the streets rather than just after. https://goo.gl/8h8CVx

~ Consider adding a four-way stop at Scenic and Canyon. https://goo.gl/BQ5Hys (Comment: While you're at it, consider one for the corner of Chestnut and Alta Vista ( https://goo.gl/vMu26I ).

~ Review a report on legislative positions on various water and stormwater topics taken by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Government. Here they are: https://goo.gl/e2QirV

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Mikomi Sushi

 
Dinner last night at Mikomi Sushi, on Myrtle just below the theater. Got the spicy pork ($14) and a large beer ($6). The pork came with tempura, salad and rice. Excellent!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Someone Broke Into Old Monrovia Train Station; Citation for Shoplifting; Stolen Car Arrest; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 9-11. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 367 service events, resulting in 71 investigations.

Fight in Progress
January 9 at 1:43 p.m., officers responded to a possible fight in progress at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Duarte. The fight involved two male roommates, one of the roommates jumped out the rear apartment window when officers arrived and fled, but officers located him on Duarte Road. Paramedics were called for injuries the subject sustained from the fight with the roommate. Both subjects were uncooperative with the officers, but one agreed to leave the location.

Grand Theft Auto / Violation of Restraining Order / Possession of Access Card – Suspects Arrested
January 9 at 9:59 p.m., an officer ran a computer check on a vehicle and discovered it was a stolen vehicle. The officer followed the vehicle until assisting units could arrive and then a high-risk stop of the vehicle was conducted at Second and California in Arcadia. Two subjects were detained. Computer checks of both subjects revealed they had a domestic violence restraining order in place. The female subject was the protected party and the male was the restrained subject. Both subjects were arrested for the restraining order violation and the female driver was charged with grand theft auto and possession of someone else’s credit card.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
January 9 at 5:17 a.m., officers responded to a traffic collision where a vehicle collided at the dead end of Peck, just south of the train station. The driver was not injured and was determined to be driving under the influence. The driver was arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
January 10 at 7:16 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of Monroe Place. The victim parked his vehicle on the street around 3:00 a.m. When he returned to his vehicle later in the morning, he found the interior had been ransacked. A laptop computer and cell phone were taken from the trunk. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
January 11 at 12:02 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a subject detained by store loss prevention for shoplifting. The subject concealed merchandise in a tool bag and left the location without paying for the items. The subject was arrested and released on a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Bicycle Theft
January 11 at 1:00 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from the 300 block of W. Central. The victim reported that the bicycle was stolen from an unlocked garage. The investigation is continuing.

Bicycle Theft
January 11 at 2:50 p.m., a bicycle was reported stolen from the 600 block of W. Palm. The victim locked his bicycle to a palm tree in his front yard. When he returned, he found his bicycle was gone and the lock was on the grass. The investigation is continuing.

Trespass / Found Property
January 11 at 8:46 p.m., officers were dispatched to a possible trespassing incident at the old Monrovia Train Station. It appears someone pried off a board and possibly made entry into the dwelling. Personal property was located and taken for safe keeping. The investigation is continuing.

Events at Monrovia Library

Friend Speed Dating, story times, homework help, book club, etc. https://goo.gl/Mxsx6S

- Brad Haugaard

Myrtle to Be Closed for Disney Filming | Athens to Take Over Monrovia Graffiti Removal

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/uHxhFg ) City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Monrovia will close Myrtle between Lemon and Colorado on Jan. 16 - and there will be traffic control on Myrtle on Jan. 17 - so Walt Disney Studios can film a movie called "Magic Camp," about a group of middle-school aged kids who go to a camp to learn magic tricks. Filming should be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

~ Athens Services will take over graffiti removal for Monrovia, as it has in other local cities, with the coming retirement of Bill Marino, the city's current graffiti abatement contractor. Same process, though. To report graffiti, call Monrovia's Graffiti Hotline at 836-3654 and leave the location, date, and time that you saw the graffiti.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Company Ripped Off On-Line; Returning Products She Hadn't Bought; Man Punches Windshield; Catalytic Converter Sawn Off; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 5-8. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Vehicle Tampering / Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 7:12 a.m., officers responded to the report of a suspicious male adult pulling on the handles to several parked vehicles in the 100 block of W. Lemon. Officers arrived and located a male subject matching the suspect description. They contacted the subject and noticed he displayed signs of being under the influence of a controlled substance. A witness identified him as the suspect tampering with vehicles. The suspect was not able to convey a reason why he would be looking into vehicles. He was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance and vehicle tampering.

Attempt Burglary
January 5 at 2:53 p.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 600 block of S. Primrose on the report of an attempt burglary. Officers found that a window pane to the front door of the residence had been shattered, but the door was secure because of a key deadbolt. Officers cleared the residence and the homeowner found that nothing had been disturbed. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 5 at 4:30 p.m., a grand theft was reported at a business in the 1300 block of S. Myrtle. The investigation revealed that a large quantity of merchandise had been ordered online from the business. The suspect had the merchandise shipped out of state. When payment was not received, the victim contacted the alleged buyer, who informed the victim they did not order the merchandise and no product was delivered to them or any of their customers. The investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 5 at 11:10 p.m., a female suspect was reported shoplifting from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Avenue. The suspect entered the business and selected merchandise. She approached the return counter and attempted to complete a return of the store merchandise with an altered identification card, which was denied. She fled the store, but was detained by officers outside. The investigation revealed the suspect was in possession of narcotics, a wallet with stolen identification from Palm Springs and she had an outstanding warrant out of San Bernardino County. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Vehicle Burglary
January 6 at 9:34 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 800 block of W. Huntington. The victim parked and locked her vehicle in the parking lot of the business and went inside. She returned to find her passenger window had been smashed and items had been taken from the front seat of her vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Violation of Restraining Order – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 11:03 a.m., officers responded to a residence in the 200 block of N. Shamrock regarding the violation of a restraining order. The parent of the subject being protected by the restraining order called police and reported that his daughter's ex-boyfriend was at the location with his daughter. Officers arrived and located the subjects inside the residence. They arrested the male subject for violation of the restraining order.

Shoplifting / Fraud – Suspects Arrested
January 7 at 11:29 a.m., loss prevention from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report two male suspects attempting to commit fraud. The suspects selected merchandise from inside the store and were attempting to return the merchandise for credit. After the transaction was completed, one suspect was detained by officers, but the second fled the store on foot. Officers gave chase and eventually detained the suspect near Shamrock and Duarte Road. He was arrested and taken into custody without further incident.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
January 7 at 7:08 p.m., a vandalism incident was reported in the area of Magnolia and Huntington. A female and male subject who are boyfriend and girlfriend were involved in a verbal argument that escalated. The boyfriend punched the windshield of the victim’s vehicle, causing damage. The suspect was located driving away from the area and his vehicle was stopped by officers. He was arrested for the vandalism.

Commercial Burglary
January 8 at 10:38 a.m., a commercial burglary was reported at a business in the 900 block of W. Huntington. The manager of the business called police to report the front door of the business was unlocked and the store safe was open. Merchandise was taken from the safe. No suspects were located and the investigation is continuing.

Theft of Vehicle Parts
January 8 at 11:31 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 300 block E. Walnut regarding a theft of vehicle parts. The victim reported that someone had cut the catalytic converter off her Toyota Camry sometime during the night. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 8 at 6:29 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 1400 block of Pilgrim Way. The resident left the location at 6:00 p.m., locking and setting the alarm. The alarm company notified police of an activation to the rear door and interior motion. Officers arrived and discovered the rear door had been forced open. No suspects were located and nothing was found missing. The investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
January 8 at 8:08 p.m., officers responded to a residence in the 500 block of E. Foothill regarding a burglary. The victim left the location at 4:30 p.m., securing the doors to the residence. The victim returned to find the kitchen window had been forced open and electronic items were missing. The investigation is continuing.

Emergency Training Course to be Held February

Monrovia Fire and Rescue and Monrovia CERT will hold a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training in February 2017.

The training will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on: Saturday, Feb. 4; Saturday, Feb. 11; and Saturday, Feb. 18, at Monrovia Fire Station 102, at 2055 S. Myrtle Ave.

In this CERT class you will develop skills to help you be better prepared to take care of yourself and your family when disaster strikes, no matter where you are - home, work or play. The coursework follows the FEMA curriculum and includes the following subjects:

  • Disaster Preparedness
  • Fire Safety/Fire Suppression
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • Disaster Medical Operations
  • Disaster Psychology
  • Terrorism
  • CERT Organization & Incident Command System

The final day of class includes a disaster drill, giving participants an opportunity to put what they have learned into action.

You must be 18 or over and live or work in Monrovia.

Class size is limited. Participants must pre-register and must complete all three class sessions to receive a certificate.

To register, please email: sdobson@ci.monrovia.ca.us with your name, address and phone number. Please put "CERT Course Registration" in the subject line.

A confirmation email with information on parking and other course details will be sent to you once your registration is complete.

Source: Monrovia Fire Department press release

- Brad Haugaard

A Volcanic Speech At Monrovia Rockhounds Meeting

Alfredo Petrov will speak on, "Collecting minerals on active volcanos in Japan" at the Monrovia Rockhounds meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Methodist Church, 119 E. Palm Ave. He will show pictures of travel on volcanos, rare minerals - including a few rare gemstones from a volcano - and aspects of Japanese culture, so there should be something for those who like mineralogy and those more interested in cultures and travel. Please enter the basement from the driveway on the west side.

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at 1776

 
Dinner at the new 1776, a sports bar on the east side of Myrtle just south of Lemon. Got the John Quincy Adams, a buffalo chicken sandwich, for $11 and a beer for $6.  Very good!

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Fence Cutting; Counterfeit; Mail Theft; Son Won't Go Away; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for January 2-4. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 264 service events, resulting in 37 investigations.

Vandalism
January 2 at 6:09 p.m., a vandalism was reported in the 500 block of N. Alta Vista. The officer responded to the location regarding a damaged fence at a private lot. No one saw how the damage occurred. After reviewing surveillance video, it appeared a male adult was walking his dog up the hill off Sky Way on a private lot. The subject was unable to exit so he cut the chain link fence to exit the property. It is unknown where he entered from. He was last seen walking east down Sky Way and out of view. The investigation is continuing.

Counterfeit US Currency
January 3 at 3:10 p.m., a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington called police to report a patron attempting to pass a counterfeit bill. The suspect left the store prior to the police arrival. The suspect opened an account with a name, phone and email prior to making his purchase. As the suspect was leaving, the clerk realized the $100 bill was counterfeit. Further investigation revealed that the information the suspect used to open the store account was false. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
January 3 at 5:13 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington Dr. regarding the theft of a wallet. The victim told the officer she was approached by a female who distracted the victim by asking her information about store products. The suspect was able to take the victim’s wallet from her purse while she was distracted. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
January 4 at 4:48 a.m., an officer on patrol stopped a bicyclist for a vehicle code violation in the area of Foothill and Canyon. Further investigation revealed the subject had a $50,000 warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and taken to the Monrovia Police Department where he was booked.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
January 4 at 10:36 a.m., an officer responded to a call at a residence in the 200 block of Stedman regarding a violation of a court order. The Victim was a parent who served her son with a restraining order to stay away from the residence. The adult son was served and refused to leave the property. The subject was arrested for the violation of court order.

Mail Theft
January 4 at 4:14 p.m., a resident called the police to report a female subject was stealing mail in the 500 block of Norumbega. The female was seen running with the mail to an awaiting mid-size, silver truck. The vehicle sped off south on Norumbega. The suspect was a female Hispanic between 20-30 years old wearing a white sweatshirt and pants. The officers checked the area for the suspects but were unable to locate them. The investigation is continuing.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
January 4 at 7:58 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a suspicious subject. Officers contacted the subject and an investigation revealed the subject was too intoxicated and unable to take care of himself. The suspect was arrested.

Profile of Monrovia Street Fair's Pianist

The story of a popular Old Town Monrovia street musician, Dr. Adam Kendall, the man with the piano and the little white dog. Touching. https://goo.gl/TzlgIb

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Investigate Apparent Gang Shooting | Christmas Trees | Martin Luther King Art Project | Etc.

In his weekly report ( https://goo.gl/c830nc ), City Manager Oliver Chi reports ...

~ Police are investigating an apparent gang shooting on Dec. 28. "At 1:15 a.m., at 1324 S. Alta Vista Avenue, a male Hispanic and a female were walking in front of the identified location. A vehicle with three as of yet unidentified African American suspects pulled up, and the individuals were reported to have yelled out 'Duroc,' in reference to the Duroc Crips gang." Chi says five shots were fired at the victims from a 9 mm pistol and the man was struck in the foot and in the upper leg. So, a) be careful, and b) call the Monrovia Police Department if you know anything about this or if you see anything out of the ordinary.

~ Athens will collect Christmas trees on the curbside through Jan. 8. Just place it on the curbside on your regular trash collection day. It would be helpful if you would first remove all ornaments, tinsel, plastic bags, nails, lights, and plastic/metal stands.

~ To honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Monrovia is coordinating a two-part community public art project centered around the theme of, Dreams for our Children. For children and adults. Details: https://goo.gl/c830nc

~ Renovation work at the Historic Santa Fe train depot will begin this month.

~ The State of the City event will be Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m., at the Krikorian Theatre. Details to come.

~ Assembly Member Holden is asking for nominations for his office's Women of Distinction award. If you know someone, here are the details: https://goo.gl/c830nc

- Brad Haugaard

Tree Crunches Car on West Lime


Elizabeth Carlton Chase sent me this photo of the tree-fall on the 300 block of West Lime. She writes that it's "incredible that no one was injured or killed."

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Wife Choking; Bolt Cutter Theft; Suspect Reportedly Asks for Burglary Tools Back; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for December 29 – January 1, 2017. - Brad Haugaard]

Following are the weekend’s highlighted issues and events.

Residential Burglary
December 29 at 6:56 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 100 block of Sutter Creek Street. When officers arrived they discovered the front door was wide open and the glass door on the back side of the residence was shattered. The officers searched the residence but did not locate any suspects and the residence did not appear to be ransacked. The loss could not be determined until the owners take inventory. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
December 30 at 12:53 a.m., an officer on patrol stopped a vehicle for a vehicle code violation at the intersection of Myrtle and Huntington. When contacting the driver, the officer believed the driver might be under the influence of alcohol and after completing her investigation, the driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and taken to the station for booking.

Felony Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 30 at 1:49 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the 100 block of East Walnut when he noticed a known subject he thought had a warrant. Further investigation revealed the subject had a felony warrant. The subject was stopped and arrested per the authority of the warrant.

Driving Under the Influence / Unlicensed Driver – Suspect Arrested
December 30 at 1:57 a.m., an officer was in the area of Huntington and Magnolia when he stopped a driver for a vehicle code violation. When the officer contacted the driver, he saw symptoms of intoxication. After conducting an investigation, the driver was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and it was discovered he was driving without a license. The driver was arrested and taken to the station for booking.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 30 at 7:12 p.m., an officer on patrol was in the area of Myrtle & Chestnut when he observed a subject he recognized from prior contacts. A warrant check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was arrested without incident.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
December 30 at 11:09 p.m., an officer responded to a lobby call at the Monrovia Police Department regarding a domestic violence that occurred in the 200 block of East Central. A husband and wife went out to have dinner with their 15 year old daughter and were arguing on their way back home. Once the couple got home, they continued arguing and the male half wrapped his arm around his wife's neck causing her to choke for a moment and leave a red mark. The daughter witnessed the incident and drove to the station with her mom to report it. An officer went to the location and arrested the male half for domestic violence.

Grand Theft
December 31 at 9:29 a.m., an officer responded to the report of a theft in the 800 block of East Huntington Dr. Surveillance footage shows a male white suspect using bolt cutters to break the coin dispenser at the drive-thru carwash. The suspect reached up into the machine and took over $1,000 worth of bills from the machine. The suspect was in a silver 2-door Chevrolet sedan with damage to the front. The investigation is continuing.

Tree Emergency
December 31 at 10:45 p.m., a caller reported a large tree on private property fell over and struck three parked vehicles and blocked the entire street in the 300 block of W. Lime. Officers arrived and made contact with the owners of the tree and parked vehicles. Public works responded and began cutting the tree limbs to open the lanes of travel for Lime Ave. In addition to the major damage to the vehicles, the sidewalk was also uprooted in front of the residence.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
December 31 at 10:45 p.m., a resident in the 600 block of W. Colorado called police to report a subject banging on her window. Officers arrived and made contact with a male subject and a computer check revealed the subject had a warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
December 31 at 11:17 p.m., an officer responded to a call in the 300 block of S. Myrtle regarding an intoxicated subject who was attending the New Year’s Eve event in Old Town Monrovia. The officer determined the subject was very intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The subject was taken into custody, booked and held for a sobering period.

Battery Report
January 1 at 1:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 100 block of W. Olive to a report of a fight in progress. Officers arrived and investigation revealed some type of altercation between an employee and a patron took place and it is alleged the patron was battered. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspects Arrested
January 1 at 3:36 a.m., an officer on patrol observed a vehicle in the 900 block of S. Myrtle commit a vehicle code violation. The officer stopped the driver of the vehicle and upon contact noticed obvious signs of alcohol intoxication. Further investigation revealed the suspect was driving while intoxicated and he was arrested. The passenger in the vehicle was also arrested for being drunk in public.

Suspicious Circumstances
January 1 at 3:51 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of Heather Heights Ct. called to report a male subject was attempting to gain access into her back yard. The subject was described as wearing all black with a large dark jacket. The resident turned on her yard lights and it scared the subject away. Officers searched the area but did not locate anyone. Officers located a bag on the resident’s property that contained burglary tools.

On January 1 at 11:32 a.m., officers responded back to a call from the same resident in the 300 block of Heather Heights regarding a suspicious subject. The subject knocked on the resident’s front door and asked for his tools back, he told the resident he was their neighbor from a nearby street. The subject became upset when the resident told the subject that the police had his tools. The subject quickly left and got into a white Toyota Yaris driven by a female and headed toward Scenic. Officers located the female driver in the 500 block of W. Lime and investigation revealed she had warrants. The female suspect was arrested. While fleeing the area the male subject dropped a backpack he was carrying. There appeared to be stolen property inside the backpack. The investigation is continuing.

B1 Over Monrovia

Some nice pictures of the Stealth bomber flying over Monrovia this morning at Gem City Images. https://goo.gl/IH5N8h

- Brad Haugaard