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Search for Missing Woman Centers on Mt. Baldy Area; Suspect Had Criminal Charges Pending Against Him

The search for the missing Amanda Custer is now centered in the Mt. Baldy area, according to The Monrovia Weekly. https://is.gd/7TE3we

Robert Anthony Camou, 27, the Monrovia man suspected of abducting Custer, had been ordered to wear an electronic-monitoring device, and had a burglary and domestic case pending against him, according to a report in the San Gabriel Valley Tribune: https://is.gd/4cVmvY

- Brad Haugaard

Car-to-Car Shooting on Mountain


On Tuesday, July 30, at approximately 9:30 pm, Monrovia Police Department officers were dispatched to a report of a possible hit and run traffic collision. When they arrived, they determined that the vehicle in question was involved in an alleged car-to-car shooting, and that one of the occupants had sustained a non-life threatening wound to his right arm. Around the same time, the CHP and Los Angeles Sheriff's Department 911 centers began receiving calls of a shooting that had just occurred in the area of 1700 S. Mountain Ave. in the City of Monrovia. Sheriff's Deputies, CHP Officers, and a police helicopter were dispatched to the Monrovia Police Department officers responded and determined that the two incidents were related. The area was closed down for investigation for approximately two hours.

Source: Monrovia Police press release

- Brad Haugaard

Candlelight Vigil for Amanda Custer

There will be a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. tonight in Library Park asking for Amanda Custer's return. Custer has been missing since Monday morning. A man suspected of kidnapping her has been arrested but she has not been found. The vigil is being organized by Monrovian Carmen Martinez.

- Brad Haugaard

Panel Discussion on Senior Scamming

There will be a panel discussion sponsored by Senator Anthony Portantino on protecting seniors from scams at Westminster Gardens, 1420 Santo Domingo Ave., Duarte Thursday, August 8 at 6 p.m.

This free event will include speakers from various Los Angeles County Departments: District Attorney’s Office; Workforce Development, Aging, and Community Services; Consumer and Business Affairs; and the Sheriff’s Department. Speakers will answer questions for caregivers and senior care providers related to protecting seniors from fraud and scams. A mixer with the panelists will follow the panel discussion. For more information please contact Kristi Lopez at Kristi.Lopez@sen.ca.gov or (909) 599-7351.

Comment: Good topic. I really think that if we want to prevent seniors from being scammed, we should especially communicate with banks, markets and wire transfer companies. These scams usually involve telling the senior to buy $2,000 of Target gift cards, or send large amounts of money by wire transfer, and seniors are likely to withdraw large sums from the bank, or buy gift cards for large dollar amounts from markets, or send money by wire transfer. So if the employees at these companies are aware of the scams and see a senior possibly falling for a scam, the employee could perhaps hand the senior a little flyer outlining the scams and gently suggest he or she read it before sending money.


- Brad Haugaard

Trees Removed in Front of Monrovia High; $25 Off Water Bill for Low Water Landscaping, Etc.

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ As you may have noticed, a lot of trees (20 to be exact) were removed on Colorado in front of Monrovia High. Chi said the city considered trimming the roots, but it would have killed the trees; and moving the new sidewalk further from the trees, but the city doesn't have right-of-way to do that. Also, the camphor is considered an invasive tree species. The city will "construct a wider and safer sidewalk that will allow for easier student drop-off and pick-up," and will replace the 20 camphor with 40 new trees.

~ The Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will conduct a walking tour in Downtown Monrovia on Saturday, August 3, starting at 10 a.m. Cost is $5 per person, and the tour will last about two hours.  Meet at the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm.

~ If you have low-water landscaping and want a one-time $25 break on your water bill, go here - https://is.gd/0YMSua - to submit an application for the city's sustainable landscaping program. Your drought-tolerant area should be in the front yard, visible from the street; no more than 50% of your landscape should be turf; and no more than 30% of your landscape should be non-permeable, such as concrete.

~ The Library will have an on-site Veterans Service Officer at its Veterans Resource Center on Mondays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. to provide assistance to veterans and their families. Call 256-8294 for an appointment.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia High Track and Field Upgraded

Monrovia High School's stadium was upgraded this summer. A total renovation of the track and field at Monrovia High School included smoothing out the field to eliminate uneven areas, a complete turf replacement, and an upgrade of the rubber pellet infill to a cool-fill product, which decreases the temperature of the turf. Communication boxes were also relocated to outer parts of the field, ensuring the continued safety of students.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School Superintendent's July Update

Monrovia Unified is committed to the continued success of our scholars, a goal reflected through work done at the District level and at our facilities this summer.

Our Board of Education approved the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for the 2019-20 school year. The LCAP focuses on goals such as high academic achievement and increased student engagement. Major actions outlined in the LCAP are access to experienced teachers, high-quality instructional materials and well-maintained facilities.

During July, the track and artificial turf field at Monrovia High School underwent a full renovation, ensuring that MHS athletes, scholars, and the community can enjoy the field for 10 to 15 more years! In addition, air-conditioning systems at Plymouth Elementary School and Clifton Middle School were replaced.

Continuing on with the exciting news, the District received notice that Monrovia High School was listed on the 2018-19 California Honor Roll. We are proud of our students and educators from MHS and are thankful for this recognition!

Lastly, the City of Monrovia started repairing and replacing crumbling sidewalks in front of Monrovia High School this month. The project includes tree removal, concrete cutting, and curb removal; the city has indicated the trees will be replanted when the project is finished. For more information, please contact the City of Monrovia Public Works Department at (626) 932-5575. We look forward to the improvements beautifying the paths at MHS!

School starts back up on Aug. 14, and we are excited to see the successes our students will achieve this year! From our intensive arts program to dual-language immersion, from robotics to Code to the Future, Monrovia Unified offers a deep array of engaging curricular options to engage our students’ interests and spark their creativity.

Dr. Katherine Thorossian
Superintendent

Source: Monrovia School District press release

- Brad Haugaard

Kidnapping Suspect On Video Rapping About Killing, Burying Woman

KTLA has broadcast a video that it says appears to show Monrovia kidnapping suspect Robert Camou rapping about killing and burying his girlfriend. Camou has been arrested but Amanda Custer is still missing. https://is.gd/vklnpy

- Brad Haugaard

Hagrid - Enchanting Gentleman, Purrfect Manners

The Harry Pawter spell that has recently befallen Pasadena Humane Society, brought us the sweetest, most charming, kitty cat character, Hagrid (A415052). An 8-year-old, mystical, ball of fluff, Hagrid is an enchanting gentleman with purrfect manners. He dreams of magical transport into a forever family and asks that you prepare your Floo Network (for muggles, that's a wizarding transportation) for his arrival. Hagrid is part of our bewitching FREE adoption spell, so count your lucky stars, wave your magic wand and seal the deal. Hagrid is quite possibly your soulmate.

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Faces Greater Wildfire Danger than Paradise, California

According to a study by USA Today and the Arizona Republic, the danger to Monrovia from wildfire is greater than the danger to Paradise, California, which was so badly damaged in the Camp Fire.

On a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the most dangerous, Paradise ranked 3.81. Monrovia ranks 4.46. Of particular concern is Monrovia's "evacuation constraint," meaning the ability of people to rapidly escape an advancing fire. Monrovia scored a very high - and bad - 816 (the median is 110).

My guess is that this refers primarily to the foothills area, especially along Norumbega, and up Canyon Boulevard.

Source article: https://is.gd/I6kFjz
Monrovia stats: https://is.gd/Y5sWz4

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police, Sheriff's Department Working on Kidnapping Investigation


UPDATE: Suspect arrested; woman still missing. https://is.gd/vw1T9v

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau Detectives are assisting Monrovia Police Department with a Kidnapping/ Domestic Violence investigation.  The incident occurred on Monday, July 29th, 2019, at approximately 8:15 a.m., on the 600 block of Vaquero Road, in the city of Monrovia.

Monrovia Police Department responded to the 600 block of Vaquero Road, in the city of Monrovia regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon their arrival they located evidence that there was an apparent assault that had occurred.  Investigators believe the victim was kidnapped and taken against her will in a 2017 gray Toyota Prius, CA License plate, “8AOR167”.

We are seeking the communities help in locating the above vehicle and/or suspect and victim.

The suspect, Robert Anthony Camou, is a male White, 27 years old, 6’00ft, 150lbs, Brown hair and Brown eyes.

The victim is, Amanda Kathleen Custer, is a female White, 31 years old, 5’08, 140lbs, brown hair and green eyes.
     
The investigation is ongoing, and there is no additional information available at this time.

If anyone has any information regarding the above incident or the whereabouts of the victim, suspect or vehicle pictured they are encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

Source: https://is.gd/Dq488a

- Brad Haugaard

Sidewalk Repairs Next to Monrovia High for Next Two Weeks

The City of Monrovia has started repairing and replacing crumbling sidewalks in front of Monrovia High School along Colorado Boulevard to ensure the continued safety of students and community members. The project is expected to run during the next two weeks and to be completed by the start of school on Aug. 14.

The project will include tree removal, concrete cutting, and curb removal; the city has indicated the trees will be replanted when the project is finished.

For more information, please contact the City of Monrovia Public Works Department at 932-5575. https://is.gd/RRSHLs

- Brad Haugaard

Lecture on Collecting at John Moran Auctioneers

On August 18, at 2 p.m., Monrovia's John Moran Auctioneers will open its Monrovia Auction House at 145 E. Walnut for a  program about the art of collecting sponsored by the Pasadena Museum of History.

Learn about the history of collecting and the market for acquiring and selling collectibles. A group of collectors will comprise a panel to discuss What? Why? and How? Reservations required. $12 for members of Pasadena Museum of History; $15 general. Tickets here: https://is.gd/3fS0bf

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia's Oak Crest Institute Wins U.S. i6 Government Grant

Oak Crest Institute of Science, a Monrovia-based non-profit science research and education organization, has been approved for full funding support through the i6 Challenge program under the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s Regional Innovation Strategies Program.

Oak Crest is one of only 22 awardees out of 183 applications in 2019, and one of only two awardees from California.

Since 2011, Monrovia has focused its economic development on making the city a premier location for technology and science-focused businesses, such as Oak Crest.

Source: City of Monrovia press release - https://is.gd/ZBzQ5d

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Oto Oto

Dinner at Oto Oto Izakaya Japonaise restaurant, at the shopping center at Fifth and Huntington. Got the Ginger Pork Set for $16.50 and a beer for $7. Came with egg custard, a side dish (I have no idea what it was but it tasted fine), salad, miso soup and rice. Tasted fine. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Sidewalk Inspiration


Someone has decided to inspire the residents along Hillcrest in Monrovia with chalk- drawn quotes. 

- Brad Haugaard 

No, Edison Doesn't Demand Payment in Bitcoin; Mail Thief Flees in Mercedes; Robbery; Stolen Cars; Drunk Drivers; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 18-24. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 432 service events, resulting in 73 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 18 at 3:09 p.m., officers were dispatched to the intersection of Myrtle and Evergreen where two vehicles collided. One driver had a complaint of pain and was treated by Monrovia Fire Paramedics before being transported to a hospital. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud Report
On July 18 at 4:34 p.m., a male subject came to the police department to file a fraud report. An unknown suspect claiming to be from a malware company called him and asked for money. He told the victim that someone hacked into his computer and committed fraud, and the victim now owed money. The victim agreed to pay and shipped cash to an address in Alhambra. The officer was able to contact the shipping company and alert them the package was fraudulent. An alert was to be placed on the package to prevent it from being loaded onto a truck and delivered. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
On July 18 at 6:02 p.m., a robbery was reported at a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington. Two suspects entered the business and pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim. They took approximately $400 in cash and 30 cartons of cigarettes, then fled in a silver vehicle. Officers checked the area, but were unable to locate the vehicle or suspects. The suspects are described as two male Blacks in their 30's. One was heavyset wearing a grey hoodie. The other had a thin build and was wearing a white hoodie with dark pants and goggles. The investigation is continuing.

Business Dispute – Suspects Arrested
On July 18 at 11:29 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding a dispute between a family and an Uber driver. The family had been driven around all day by the driver. During that time, the driver’s wallet went missing and was found by one of the family members, but the driver’s money was missing. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. They discovered one of the passengers stole the driver’s money and some blank checks. She was arrested for those charges and an outstanding warrant. A second passenger was arrested for two outstanding warrants, and a third passenger was arrested for possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
On July 19 at 8:46 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Evergreen reported a vehicle parked in front of their home with collision damage. A computer check revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Duarte. The same vehicle was stopped by officers the day before with a male subject driving, who was not the owner, but the vehicle had not been reported stolen yet.

Officers arrived at the location and found the vehicle parked. The same male subject that was driving the day before was near the vehicle. After further investigation, the subject was arrested for grand theft auto and the vehicle was returned to the rightful owner.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 19 at 2:12 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 300 block of E. Lime. An officer responded and found both drivers were complaining of pain, but did not have visible injuries. Monrovia Paramedics responded to assist the drivers. After investigation, the party at fault was issued a citation for the driving violation.

Residential Burglary
On July 19 at 2:55 p.m., an alarm company reported an alarm activation at a residence in the 500 block of Norumbega. Officers responded and found the home had been burglarized, but the suspects were not located. The owners of the home were notified, but were not able to immediately respond. The loss is currently unknown and this investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 20 at 7:20 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega reported someone had burglarized his vehicle during the night and took items from inside. The vehicle had been parked on the street in front of the owner's house and locked. The suspect gained entry by breaking one of the windows. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On July 20 at 7:42 a.m., a subject in the 400 block of N. Canyon called police to report his neighbor's door was wide open and broken glass was on the ground next to the door. Officers responded and discovered the house was ransacked, but no suspects were located. The owners were notified of the burglary. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 20 at 8:48 a.m., an alarm was activated at a business in the 400 block of W. Foothill. Officers responded to the business and found the front window had been shattered. The business was closed and no one was inside. Video surveillance revealed a subject shattering the window, but not entering the business. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 20 at 11:15 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Walnut walked outside his apartment and discovered someone had shattered one of his car windows. He had parked his car on the street a half hour prior to discovering the damage. Officers searched the area for possible suspects, but did not locate the suspect. There was no indication the vehicle had been entered and nothing had been taken. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglaries
On July 20 at 11:21 a.m., a resident in the 700 block of Norumbega discovered property on his front lawn that belonged to his neighbor. The neighbor was contacted and told officers the property had been stolen from his vehicle the day before, but the incident was not reported. While speaking with the victim, another neighbor approached officers and advised their car was also burglarized sometime during the night. The investigations are continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 20 at 2:00 p.m., a caller reported a family argument at a house in the 700 block of Ocean View. Officers responded and found a husband and wife yelling at one another. The two were separated and after investigation, the one of the subjects was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 21 at 12:56 a.m., an officer on patrol in the area of Foothill and Heliotrope saw a vehicle speeding without headlights during hours of darkness. The officer initiated a traffic stop and made contact with the driver, who displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. After investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 21 at 7:14 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Hacienda called police to report her vehicle missing. She had parked her vehicle in front of her residence the day before and now it was gone. The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 21 at 10:09 a.m., a resident called police to report his vehicle had been burglarized in the 300 block of E. Almond. He had parked his vehicle earlier that morning and left it. Upon returning to his vehicle, he discovered the driver-side window had been smashed and items had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 21 at 8:04 p.m., officers responded to the report of a fight in progress in the 300 block of W. Central. Two subjects were separated, and they identified themselves as husband and wife. After investigation, one subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 21 at 11:28 p.m., officers responded to the 800 block of E. Foothill. A caller reported his vehicle was stolen from the driveway of his residence. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 22 at 8:04 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim parked his vehicle in a parking structure. Upon returning to his vehicle in the morning, he found one of the windows had been smashed and a bag containing passports was taken. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
On July 22 at 12:21 p.m., a caller reported someone had entered his unlocked vehicle while it was parked in the 900 block of S. Fifth. Officers arrived and conducted an investigation. The suspect had taken the victims work identification and vehicle registration. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
On July 22 at 3:28 p.m., a theft from a vehicle was reported at a parking structure in the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victim had left his vehicle parked and unlocked in the structure. Upon returning, he saw his scuba diving equipment had been taken from inside. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud Report
On July 22 at 5:34 p.m., a resident in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle reported receiving a fraudulent call from a suspect stating they were from Edison. The suspect threatened to shut off his power if he did not pay them over $2,000 in Bitcoin. The victim complied, before realizing it was a fraudulent call. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Tampering
On July 23 at 9:54 a.m., a caller reported finding opened and unopened mail along the 900 block of Ridgeside. Officers responded and determined the mail was from three different addresses. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 23 at 11:21 a.m., officers responded to a traffic collision near the intersection of Monterey and Huntington. A vehicle was driving out of a parking lot and failed to yield to a vehicle on the roadway. One party complained of dizziness, but refused medical treatment.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 23 at 4:16 p.m., officers responded to a three vehicle collision near the intersection of Canyon and Greystone. The first vehicle rear ended the second vehicle, which then rear ended the third vehicle. One party complained of pain, but refused transportation to the hospital. The driver of the first vehicle displayed signs and symptoms of being intoxicated. Investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 23 at 6:26 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of Central and Mayflower regarding an injury traffic collision. One of the drivers involved displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. An investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Vandalism / Assault
On July 24 at 1:02 p.m., a caller reported an unknown woman was vandalizing his car in the 800 block of Naples. When confronted, the woman yelled at him and then pepper sprayed him. She then jumped inside of her car and drove away. The caller does not know the woman. Officers responded, but could not locate the suspect. This investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
On July 24 at 5:50 p.m., a caller reported a female subject taking mail from a mailbox at a residence in the 100 block of N. May. The suspect fled the area in a black Mercedes. Officers responded, but the suspect was not located. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
On July 24 at 8:35 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of S. Myrtle regarding a traffic collision. While contacting both parties, one of the drivers involved displayed symptoms of being intoxicated. Investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for DUI and held for a sobering period.

Arson
On July 24 at 9:02 p.m., officers responded to Canyon Park regarding a fire seen near the entrance. A small brush fire was located near the park entrance and was extinguished by Monrovia Firefighters. A witness reported seeing three subjects lighting fireworks in the area, and fireworks were recovered nearby. This investigation is continuing.

Spoof Article About Trader Joe's

Since Trader Joe's corporate office is in Monrovia, I thought you might get a kick out of this spoof article in The Onion. https://is.gd/X74uen

- Brad Haugaard

Plan for Lucinda Garcia Park; Gold Line Wants Valley Cities' Money; Art Walk This Saturday

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ An initial plan is now in place to revamp Lucinda Garcia Park, at Olive and Mayflower. The plan incorporates a path; native plants demo garden; new play equipment, fencing, tables, benches, drinking fountains and lighting; signs; exercise equipment; and bike rack.

~ The Gold Line Construction Authority is short of money "(again!)" and wants to make up the shortfall "out of the $199 million pot of Measure M Equity Funds that were allocated to the broader San Gabriel Valley region." Chi writes that if that happens, "it would almost certainly mean reduced future transit funding for local jurisdictions." The San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (the official distributor of the money) will hold a special meeting about this, "and the City will be paying close attention."

~  No $5 Movie Tuesday at Studio Movie Grill on July 30 because of a private event. $5 Movie Tuesday will resume the following Tuesday.

~  The next Monrovia Association of Fine Arts Summer Art Walk will be this Saturday, July 27. Enjoy art along the sidewalk in Old Town

~ Beacon Media News annual Reader's Choice awards names Monrovia library as a "Recommended Library."

~ There's a new podcast called Made in Monrovia. https://is.gd/WcmCKS

~ The elevator serving the parking garage at Colorado Commons has been acting up. The problem parts were obsolete, but Mitsubishi Electric has now been able to get the parts and repairs should be finished by this Friday, July 26.

- Brad Haugaard

Jenny the Cuddle Buddy

Jenny (A479266) is looking forward to having some magic waft her way. This 8-year young, blonde beauty is ready for her second act and a chance at unconditional love. Jenny can be a little shy (perhaps because of her vision impairment) but once she’s comfortable, she’s a sweet, tail wagging, cuddle buddy. This special girl is excited and waiting for you to magically appear!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Man Convicted in 2017 Killing at Gem City Grill

According to a news report, a jury has convicted Jeremiah LaCroix, 33, of killing 43-year-old Michael Lowe of Monrovia at Monrovia's Gem City Grill (on Olive just east of Myrtle) just after midnight Dec. 2, 2017. https://is.gd/0zIOw6

- Brad Haugaard

School District Plans to Reach Out to China for Students

At its next meeting (agenda: https://is.gd/nd9oGb) the Monrovia Board of Education will consider hiring Kay Mui for $90 an hour for three months to set-up and manage an account on the Chinese social media platform, WeChat, to promote the district's Mandarin Dl program and grow the district's marketing database and "reach out to overseas schools/agents." She will strategize on WeChat design, plan content and try to increase the number of followers for the district, especially during Chinese New Year. https://is.gd/nzBKI6

- Brad Haugaard

What the New Starbucks Property is Worth


The 27,975 square-foot property with the 2,200-square-foot building that Starbucks occupies at Magnolia and Huntington was recently purchased by an undisclosed buyer for $6.2 million. Starbucks has a 20-year lease on the property. https://is.gd/qLJHUV

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at Monrovian

Dinner at the Monrovian, at the corner of Myrtle and Colorado. Got the Deep Fried Chicken for $12.99 and an iced tea for $2.69. It comes with soup or salad, which I ate so you can’t see it, and a potato, which I swapped out for cottage cheese. Very tasty and filling. 

Just a few extra notes:

My wife likes that she can get fresh sliced turkey here. Most places, she said, give you lunch meat style turkey. 

The restaurant is changing ownership but for now things seem the same, with a notice near the door saying, “The staff will remain! We will continue on as usual with the exception of some updates to the menu and restaurant.”

- Brad Haugaard 

Local Governments Considering Coyote Policy

After reports of coyote attacks - including at least one from Monrovia - the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments may create a "coyote management task force" and decide on a policy to address the rising coyote population, which would focus on "public outreach and education," but not, apparently, on trapping. https://is.gd/Lmy9ZU

- Brad Haugaard

Health and Wellness Fair July 21

Foothill Unity Center is sponsoring a free Health and Wellness Fair, Sunday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its facility at 790 W. Chestnut Ave. Medical screenings; healthy food demonstrations; consultations with doctors; vital signs; blood glucose; lipid, A1C and cholesterol testing; EKGs; vision testing and glasses. And food. RSVP for dental or vision services: 358-3486.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: $100,000 Embezzlement; No, IRS Doesn't Want Gift Cards; Woman Rams Repo Man's Truck; He Picked the Wrong Time to Light Cigarette; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 11-17. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 422 service events, resulting in 81 investigations.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 11 at 12:18 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the 1100 block of S. Mayflower. Officers responded and found one of the drivers was complaining of pain. She was transported to a nearby hospital by Monrovia Paramedics. The party at fault was issued a citation.

Non-injury Traffic Collision
On July 11 at 2:10 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 1300 block of S. Myrtle. Officers arrived and found no one was injured. The party who was found at fault was issued a citation.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Wanted
On July 12 at 5:59 a.m., Los Angeles County Sheriff's called to report a domestic violence incident that occurred that morning at an apartment in the 100 block of W. Olive. The suspect drove the victim to work in Duarte, where staff reported the incident. The deputies had the victim transported to a nearby hospital. The suspect was also transported to a hospital in Baldwin Park for sudden chest pains. Monrovia officers responded to the two hospitals to investigate. The suspect fled the hospital he was at and is now wanted. The victim was treated for her injuries. Investigation continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
On July 12 at 1:59 p.m., a caller reported two motorists collided into one another in the 100 block of W. Foothill. An officer responded and found no one was injured. After an investigation was completed, the party at fault was issued a citation.

Fraud
On July 12 at 3:33 p.m., an elderly resident in the 400 block of Sierra Vista reported that he received a call from someone who identified themselves as the IRS. They told him he owed them $3,000 and if he didn't pay, he would be arrested. They demanded he pay with Target gift cards over the phone, so he complied. This investigation is continuing.

Residential Burglary
On July 12 at 8:10 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of Hill returned home and found her residence ransacked. A review of the home’s video surveillance showed two male suspects entered the backyard of the property. The suspects looked into the windows, then made entry through an open bathroom window by placing a bucket underneath the window. The suspects left the residence with pillow cases containing belongings. The investigation is continuing.

Fire Assist / Investigation
On July 12 at 9:25 p.m., a resident in the 300 block of Palm called to report he heard a loud noise that sounded like fireworks. He walked outside to see what it was and saw the property fence, which has ivy on it, had caught fire. A subject was seen fleeing the scene. Investigation continuing.

Assault with a Deadly Weapon – Suspect Arrested
On July 13 at 1:50 a.m., an officer responded to the report of an assault in the 100 block of W. Central. While a vehicle was being repossessed, the registered owner came out of her residence, entered another vehicle, and intentionally rammed into the truck that was repossessing her vehicle. Officers arrived on scene, conducted an investigation, and arrested the suspect for assault with a deadly weapon.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 13 at 10:01 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 3000 block of S. Peck when he saw a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted, and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the suspect was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
On July 13 at 11:40 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 100 block of W. Foothill. One of the motorists left her name and phone number, and stated she was running late for work and left the area. An officer arrived and is conducting an investigation.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 14 at 1:33 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim reported that while she was inside a business someone broke into her vehicle and stole her purse from the floorboard. A witness described the suspect vehicle as a black Audi SUV, being driven by a female Black driver. The suspect was described as a male Black, 25-35 years old, 5’10” to 6’0”, thin build, wearing a yellow hoodie. The investigation is continuing.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On July 15 at 8:06 a.m., a suspicious subject was reported possibly lighting a fire in the 900 block of W. Duarte. An officer arrived and located the subject, who was lighting a cigarette. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody for the warrant.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On July 15 at 3:46 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Mayflower and Lemon when he saw a subject who he recognized from prior contacts. A computer check revealed the subject had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The subject was detained and arrested for the warrant.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 15 at 7:26 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported at a business parking lot in the 500 block of W. Huntington. While the victim was shopping in a business, a window on her vehicle was smashed and her backpack was stolen from inside. Investigation continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 16 at 10:17 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Pomona called police to report a vehicle burglary. The victim parked his vehicle late in the evening the night before. When he returned to his vehicle in the morning, he saw the rear passenger window had been smashed. His backpack, which contained personal identifying information, was taken. Investigation continuing.

Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 17 at 9:49 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Shamrock and Evergreen when he saw an adult male sitting on a bench huffing an aerosol can. The subject had dried blood on his shirt. Officers stopped and talked with the subject, who displayed symptoms of being under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody. The suspect was then taken by the Monrovia Fire Department to a nearby hospital to be checked out.

Embezzlement
On July 17 at 4:09 p.m., an owner of a business in the 1700 block of California called to report an employee altered financial statements and embezzled approximately $100,000. The investigation is continuing.

Special Meeting of Monrovia Council and Supervisor Barger

The Monrovia City Council and LA County Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger will hold a special meeting  Friday, July 19, at 8:30 a.m. in the Community Room of the Monrovia Public Library. They'll discuss:

- rWMP Storm Water Program
- Youth Employment Services Program
- Homeless Response Program and Information
- Lucinda Garcia Park Improvements

https://is.gd/D845QY

- Brad Haugaard

DUI Checkpoint Tuesday Night, July 23 - Some Tips

Monrovia Police Department will be conducting a DUI / CDL checkpoint on Tuesday night, July 23. Vehicles entering the checkpoint will be stopped. Drivers will then be evaluated for being under the influence of alcohol and checked for having a valid driver's license.

Over the course of the past three years, there have been 127 DUI collisions with 32 of those collisions resulting in injuries, harming our citizens and neighbors of Monrovia.

In California, this deadly crime led to countless deaths, because someone failed to designate a sober driver. Alcohol and drug-impaired deaths still make up the largest category of overall vehicle fatalities, with 29% of all deaths being caused by a drunk driver.

Monrovia Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night of fun without a DUI:

• Always use a designated driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share, cab or public transportation.
• See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take their keys and help them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
• Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
• Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who is drinking and how they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not. Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500. This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses, not to mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to Monrovia Police Department by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Source: Monrovia Police Department press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Honored for GoMonrovia Program

The City of Monrovia received the Chapter President's Award, by the Southern California Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), for the GoMonrovia program.  On July 11, the annual awards ceremony celebrated individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the public administration field.  The Chapter President's Award is presented to a recipient selected by the Chapter President.

Launched in March 2018, GoMonrovia leverages the strengths of the ride-share provider Lyft, in partnership with the City's dial-a-ride operator, to provide fast and affordable transportation throughout Monrovia.  Since its inception, over 23,000 individuals have signed up to use Lyft through GoMonrovia, making the program Lyft's most utilized transportation partnership.

This innovative program addresses suburban mobility challenges by creating a public-private partnership to provide fast, convenient and affordable transportation options around town.  With 30 percent of rides each month beginning or ending at the highly-utilized Monrovia Gold Line station or in Old Town Monrovia, the program fills the previous gap in reliable first and last mile transit connections, reduces parking demand and eases commuter parking shortages.  It has created a viable new model of suburban mobility and accessibility that other cities can replicate.  For more information on GoMonrovia, visit www.gomonrovia.com.

The American Society for Public Administration is a 9,000-member organization of government and nonprofit administrators, scholars, educators and students.  ASPA advances the art, science, teaching and practice of public and non-profit administration.

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

Lowe's Coming to Monrovia


In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ Lowe's is coming to Monrovia, at the former OSH on Huntington Drive, hopefully by this September. Lowe's, which owned OSH, plans for the new store to havean new "appliance-centric" concept, but also with the kind of home improvement items typically found in a Lowe's store.

~  Charter Communication will be installing underground communications conduit through this Thursday, which is affecting traffic on Lemon, just west of Myrtle.

~  Family Hike & Campout in Canyon Park. BBQ dinner, s'mores, a hike, story-time, and more. Dates: July 27-28, Aug. 25-26, Sept. 7-8, Sept. 28-29. Registration opens three weeks before each event. sign up early to get a spot. Cost: $50. For questions call Community Services at 256-8155.

~  Summer Movies in the Park. Bringa lawn chair, blankets, and snacks. Dates: July 20 - Incredibles 2 at Kiwanis Park at Grand Avenue;
July 27 - Ralph Breaks the Internet at Julian Fisher Park; Aug. 3 - Mary Poppins Returns at Rotary Park; Aug. 10 - Wall-E at Library Park. Movies start at dusk.

- Brad Haugaard

Auditions for 'Lend Me a Tenor'

Auditions for the Jewish Federation's The JFed Players' Fall 2019 production of Lend Me a Tenor, directed by Joanne Karr, will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2-4 p.m;. Monday, July 29, 7-9 p.m.; and Tuesday, July 30, 7-9 p.m. All auditions will be held at the Jewish Federation, 114A Lime Ave. For more information call 445-0810.

- Brad Haugaard

Amanda - Hypno-Cat


"Hi, I'm Amanda! Hey, are you listening? Or did you get lost in my eyes? It's OK, that's been happening a lot lately! I'm definitely a head turner, and on more than one occasion I've noticed volunteers stopping mid-walk and coming over to the glass to see me, as if hypnotized by my eyes. That volunteer with the camera was just here the other day, waving her fingers at me while I stared at her. I'm magnetic! And why wouldn't you want a cat that everyone loves? People will be coming by from far and wide to get a glimpse of me! You'll make so many new friends! But even if that's not true, and we live a quiet life without people lined up at the door to see me, I'LL be your friend. And I think that's pretty great!"

 

The adoption fee for cats is $90. All cats are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before being adopted.

 

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.


View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.


Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.


- Brad Haugaard

See Jupiter Tonight in Old Town

From before sunset tonight (at 8 p.m.) to about 9:30 p.m. a few Sidewalk Astronomers will be at the corner of Myrtle and Lime. If you are out and about they should be there to show you Jupiter, moon, possibly Saturn.

- Brad Haugaard

Francisco and Felix Gutierrez to Be Honored With Neighborhood Treasure Landmark



The next Neighborhood Treasure will be a four-sided statue honoring Francisco and Felix Gutierrez. It will be comprised of various materials, with two sides dedicated to Francisco and the other two to his son, Felix, to be placed at the southeast corner of Shamrock and Lemon.

Some detail:

The 1928 Monrovia Business Directory lists Francisco Gutierrez as one of only two Spanish-surnamed business owners, and he did a considerable amount of work to help build Monrovia. Of particular note, Francisco Gutierrez was responsible for installing the sidewalks around the former Monrovia Plunge (and the site of our current Monrovia Historical Museum), Immaculate Conception Church, and the tennis courts at Recreation Park, as well as at a number of private homes in the community. Common to that era, the company that poured concrete would imprint their business name into the sidewalk, and even today, there are numerous sidewalks throughout Monrovia with the Gutierrez imprint.

Francisco’s son, Felix J. Gutierrez, was born in 1918. Felix Gutierrez attended Pasadena Junior College to study art, and during that time, he started a newspaper called Mexican Voice. Launched from his home, Felix Gutierrez was the writer, artist, and editor of the paper, which provided an important voice for the Mexican American movement throughout the Southwest portions of the United States. In an editorial with political cartoons, Mexican Voice questioned the inequity that Mexican volunteers were considered “white” by the World War II draft board, but “colored” by school districts and neighbors. Felix Gutierrez’s efforts, through Mexican Voice, helped lead to the development of a better integrated, more tolerant and fairer society, both in Monrovia and beyond.

Source: https://is.gd/H8vzN4

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Examine Entryway Sign Design; Appropriate Money for Landmarks to Francisco and Felix Gutierrez

At a study session on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30 p.m. the City Council will take a look at the design of an entryway sign on West Huntington Drive at Fifth Avenue. https://is.gd/qVZlZT

At its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m., the council will consider appropriating up to $31,000 to make and install Neighborhood Treasures Landmark posts recognizing Francisco and Felix Gutierrez at the southeast corner of Shamrock Avenue and Lemon Avenue. The father and son team were cement contractors in early Monrovia, and the son published a newspaper advocating for equity in the treatment of Hispanics. https://is.gd/RxGUxU

- Brad Haugaard

Not the Antiques Roadshow (But Similar) Coming to Monrovia

Chris Shackelford, of Pasadena Architectural Salvage, knows pretty much everything about historic house parts. As seen on DIY TV.


On Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., the Monrovia Historical Society will present "Our answer to television's Antiques Road Show" (not the official TV Antiques Road Show) in the Monrovia Public Library's Community Room.

If you are wondering, How old is it? What's it worth?  How do you fix it? you may get your answers from the Historical Society's panel of local experts:

Chris Shackelford, Pasadena Architectural Salvage, antique house parts (hardware, fixtures)

Norm Haley, expert in antique automobiles and rehabbing old structures

Steve Baker, City Historian, antique furniture, Early American Glass and Monroviana

Also, "We may also have an expert from a major auction house or two."

You can bring 1-2 items you're curious about.  If it's large (like a desk or an airplane), or attached to your home, just bring a picture.

Free to Monrovia Historical Society members.  $5 donation requested for non-members.

Get an early place in line by RSVPing to monroviahistoricalsociety1896@gmail.com or call/text 675-8323. More about the Historical Society: monroviahistoricalsociety.org

Source: Monrovia Historical Society press release

- Brad Haugaard

Neighborhood Treasures Project Will Honor Gutierrez Cement Contractors - But Where?

The next people to be honored through Monrovia's Neighborhood Treasures project will be Francisco ("Frank") Gutierrez, and his son, Felix Gutierrez, who opened a cement contracting business in Monrovia in 1925. However, there is a disagreement about where the monuments should be placed, Recreation Park or Library Park. https://is.gd/MdNSfc

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Copper Still Grill

Lunch at Copper Still Grill, on the east side of Myrtle just south of Colorado. Got the chicken quesadilla for $8.50 And a beer (Shiner Bock, which I like a lot) for $5.50  I gave the quesadilla an extra kick with some Tobasco and it was just right. 

- Brad Haugaard 

National Weather Service Warns of Hot Days for Monrovia Area

The National Weather Service is reporting that, "High temperatures of 95 to 103 degrees are expected across most of the Los Angeles County valleys today through Sunday." The eastern San Gabriel Valley is one of the areas with the highest predicted temperatures.

The service warns that, "The extended period of hot weather will create a dangerous situation in which heat illnesses are possible, especially for the elderly and for people working outdoors."

What to do? "Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Never leave children or pets in parked cars, even with windows partially open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life- threatening levels."

- Brad Haugaard

Projects at Monrovia Schools

Monrovia Unified School District's vision of offering world-class schools for our world -class students is reflected in the work being done this summer in our facilities. While budgets remain tight, we were able to find matching grants and capitalize on past work to renovate the air-conditioning systems at Plymouth Elementary School and Clifton Middle School. Most exciting is the use of our restricted funds to renovate the track and field at Wildcat Stadium.

The turf, installed in 2011, was coming to the end of its life cycle. Thanks to the leadership of the Board of Education and the tenacity of the Business Department, the upgrade expected to occur a few years from now, is happening this summer. The project features several remarkable benefits.

First, the upgrades will cost our community a fraction of their cost. Materials used in the original, totaled almost $500,000. The contractor who installed the field stood behind its work and offered not only a free replacement, but a low-cost upgrade to a much higher quality field - and a new warranty extending coverage for eight years.

The more than $210,000 project will include smoothing out the field to eliminate uneven areas that had developed over the last eight years. The District also opted to upgrade the rubber pellet infill to a cool-fill product, which helps decrease the turf temperature. In addition to the turf replacement, contractors will relocate communication boxes to outer parts of the field, ensuring the continued safety of students.

Moving toward a wireless approach, the District is upgrading technology infrastructure by purchasing and testing Sling Studio, a wireless device that allows students to record and stream competitions without having to physically link with communication boxes.

Taken altogether, the project will ensure our athletes and the community can enjoy the field for 10 to 15 more years, while presenting our students with new learning opportunities.

Repairs began June 10 and are expected to be completed by July 19. At the completion of the project, the track will be cleaned and re-striped. At this time, summer practices for MHS sports are being held on alternative fields.

For more information, please call the District office at 471-2000.

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

National Night Out: Meet the Men and Women Behind the Badge

On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout Monrovia are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for “National Night Out.” National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) and cosponsored locally by the Monrovia Police Department, will involve millions of neighbors across thousands of communities from all 50 states.

Monrovia's National Night Out event will be from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Residents of Monrovia are invited to Library Park for a night of free food, music and unity. This is a night for Monrovian’s to meet the men and women behind the badge and learn more about why they chose this profession, what they are doing to keep this community safe, and ask questions they have always wanted to ask a police officer.

Source: Monrovia Police Department

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: OnStar Disables Stolen Car, Police Recover It; Motorcycle Thief Is a Bad Driver; Alcohol; Shoplifting; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for July 3-10. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 497 service events, resulting in 92 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 3 at 9:11 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of N. Madison. The victim called police to report his vehicle had been ransacked and several items were stolen. The vehicle had been parked in front of his residence overnight. The investigation is continuing.

Stolen Vehicle Recovered
On July 3 at 11:01 a.m., the South Pasadena Police Department called to request an area check in the 800 block of Alta for a stolen vehicle. The victim had reported the vehicle stolen and it was GPS located by OnStar on Alta in Monrovia. Officers responded and found the vehicle with its hazard lights flashing. OnStar had disabled the engine and activated the flashers to alert police. The victim responded and recovered his car. No suspects were located.

Warrants / Delaying a Peace Officer / Parolee-at-Large – Suspect Arrested
On July 3 at 8:14 p.m., a police sergeant saw a suspicious vehicle leaving the 500 block of W. Colorado and conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation. During the course of the traffic stop, the passenger provided false information. The sergeant was able to figure out who the subject actually was, and a computer check revealed the subject had two warrants, one for a drug offense and the other was a no-bail probation violation warrant. The suspect was arrested and held pending his court appearance.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 4 at 12:04 p.m., a caller reported a male subject lying in some bushes in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be heavily intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Outside Assist for Pasadena Police Department – Suspect Arrested
On July 5 at 11:23 a.m., Pasadena Police Department requested the assistance of the Monrovia Police Department. A suspect entered a department store in Pasadena and stole a $3,000.00 purse. The suspect was identified and located at a residence in the 1800 block of S. Alta Vista in Monrovia. He was arrested at his residence and the purse was recovered.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On July 5 at 9:02 p.m., a caller reported a family disturbance was occurring in the 600 block of E. Olive. Officers arrived and located the family members. The cause of the disturbance was a male adult who was yelling and being verbally abusive. The subject was intoxicated and unable to care for his own safety and the safety of others. He was arrested for public intoxication and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 1:34 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Primrose and Walnut when he saw a vehicle commit a vehicle code violation. He conducted a traffic stop and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The subject was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 2:22 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1500 block of S. Myrtle called to report a suspicious person. Officers arrived and located the subject, who was found to be under the influence of drugs. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 6 at 9:47 a.m., a resident in the 300 block of E. Palm reported that his 1998, white Dodge truck was stolen from in front of his house sometime during the night. He does not know who took the truck. He advised officers his vehicle doors were locked and he has the keys. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
On July 6 at 2:34 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Olive reported his two motorcycles had been stolen sometime during the night from his apartment carport area. One is a blue, 2002, Yamaha R1. The other is a silver, 2004, Yamaha R6. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 3:57 p.m., loss prevention at a grocery store in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported they were detaining a subject for stealing merchandise. The store desired prosecution for the theft. The suspect was arrested, taken into custody, and later released with a citation to appear in court on the charges. The items were all returned to the store.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On July 6 at 6:13 p.m., a female adult ran out of a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill with over $100 worth of merchandise. She was detained by employees until officers arrived. The merchandise was recovered and a private person's arrest was accepted. The suspect was released in the field with a citation to appear in court on the charges.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
On July 7 at 1:48 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Palm and Ivy when he saw a male adult staggering on the sidewalk and walking into the roadway. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 7 at 2:20 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Huntington when he observed a vehicle impeding traffic on the roadway. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication
On July 7 at 8:15 p.m., a resident in the 1800 block of S. Mayflower called to report a subject that was drunk and causing a disturbance. Officers arrived and located the subject. It was determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and held for sobering.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 8 at 12:02 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 3000 block of S. Myrtle when he observed a vehicle make several vehicle code violations. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the subject was arrested for DUI. The driver was held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
On July 8 at 6:44 a.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Lemon called to report that his vehicle had been burglarized. The driver-side window on his vehicle was shattered with a rock sometime during the night and a black bag and a blonde wig were taken from the vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Petty Theft From a Vehicle
On July 8 at 7:52 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of W. Pomona called police to report a theft from his vehicle. Sometime during the night someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his wallet containing cash, identification and credit cards. Fraudulent activity had already been discovered on one of the credit cards. Investigation continuing.

Attempted Burglary
On July 8 at 8:56 a.m., a security guard from a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report that the front door locking mechanism had been tampered with and the glass door had been shattered. Investigation continuing.

Shoplifting / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Warrant – 3 Suspects Arrested
On July 8 at 2:43 p.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that a male subject just shoplifted. The subject was confronted by loss prevention and he dropped the stolen merchandise and fled in a vehicle that was occupied by two additional subjects. Officers located and stopped the vehicle in the area. Further investigation revealed one of the subjects in the vehicle had a warrant for commercial burglary, another was in possession of narcotics and the third was arrested for shoplifting. All three were arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance / Providing False Information – Suspect Arrested
On July 8 at 7:49 p.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte called to report a subject acting erratic. Officers arrived and located the subject. The subject's actions led the officers to believe he was under the influence of drugs. The officer conducted an evaluation and determined the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance. The subject was arrested. During the booking process it was discovered that the subject provided false information to the officers in the field, which was added to the charges.

Traffic Collision / Stolen Motorcycle Recovered
On July 8 at 11:16 p.m., a caller reported that a motorcyclist went down in the middle of the intersection of Huntington and Monterey, and the rider ran from the scene. Officers arrived and discovered the motorcycle had been reported stolen earlier in the week. The suspect was not located and the investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
On July 9 at 10:42 a.m., a motorist traveling west on Huntington failed to stop for a red light and collided into a vehicle traveling north on Myrtle. One driver complained of pain and was transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. A traffic signal pole was also damaged in the collision. The driver at fault was issued a citation.

Indecent Exposure
On July 9 at 8:34 p.m., a caller reported that a male adult in his 50’s exposed himself to a female at a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain. The father of the victim followed the suspect out of the business and took pictures of the suspect and the license plate on his vehicle. The suspect drove away in the vehicle and out of sight. The investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
On July 10 at 9:26 a.m., a resident in the 100 block of Spanner called to report his vehicle was vandalized sometime during the night. The hood of his vehicle had numerous dents on it and the windshield was shattered. Investigation continuing.

Monrovia High School Recognized as a 'High Performing' School

Monrovia High School has been recognized by the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE) with a place on the 2018-19 California Honor Roll as part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and districts that are improving student outcomes.

The recognition is not one for which schools or districts may apply. In California, CBEE Honor Roll is based solely on objective achievement data from the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The goal is to guide other educators to data-informed best practices for raising student achievement. For that reason, schools are informed about this accolade only upon their selection.

"At Monrovia High School, we are committed to ensuring each one of our students is meeting his or her academic goals and providing all students with the resources they need to be successful," Principal Kirk McGinnis said.

The honor roll highlights schools that show consistent high levels of student academic achievement, are leaders in getting students to grade-level proficiency, and have strong measures of college readiness.

"Preparing our students for college and careers is at the forefront of everything we do," Board President Ed Gililland said. "Monrovia Unified has a strong college-going culture that ensures students are prepared to be successful in all their future endeavors."

Monrovia High school will be provided with an Honor Roll banner and be recognized as a model for other districts and schools.

"Monrovia High School's selection by the CBEE validates the work done by the educators on campus, demonstrating that we are meeting our goal of preparing our students for the challenges of higher education and as contributing citizens of our increasingly connected world," Superintendent Katherine Thorossian said. "We are proud of our students and are thankful for this recognition."

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police to Be on Fatal Attraction; 25,000 In Town for Fourth of July

In his latest report (https://goo.gl/aOqX7O) City Manager Oliver Chi reports:

~ Monrovia Police Department will be featured on a crime documentary being filmed for a series called Fatal Attraction. Jupiter Entertainment will produce the show, which will tell the story of the LaJoya McCoy murder case from 2015. Filming will take place during the next few weeks and producers will interview those who were involved with the case, including Monrovia police officers.

~ Monrovia had 25,000 people in town for the 4th of July.

~ The city is working with the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts to post artwork created by MAFA members at the Monrovia Community Center. The details should be worked out within the next few weeks and "we will likely have new art pieces to display starting at some point this summer."

~  The Monrovia Community Garden Pilot Program  will hold its ribbon cutting  on Saturday, July 20, at 9 a.m. at 303  W. Colorado Blvd. Also, the project will hold free workshops. The first, Veggie Gardening 101, will be Saturday, July 27, at 9 a.m.

- Brad Haugaard

Outdoorsy Lexi Is a Fetch-aholic

Hello! My name is Lexi, and I hope you've got your throwing arm warmed up, because I'm ready to play fetch! I could play fetch all day! But I have other interests too, like did you know I'm pretty outdoorsy? I love hiking. The sights, the smells, the people-watching. It's all so much fun! And after a long hike, there's nothing better than coming home and playing fetch. See? I'm multi-faceted! If you're as outdoorsy and energetic as me, we'd probably get along great. What are you waiting for? There's so much to do, and see, and fetch!

The adoption fee for dogs is $140. All dogs are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated before going to their new home.

New adopters will receive a complimentary health-and-wellness exam from VCA Animal Hospitals, as well as a goody bag filled with information about how to care for your pet.

View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org. Adoption hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Pets may not be available for adoption and cannot be held for potential adopters by phone calls or email.

- Brad Haugaard

Free MAP-edu Community Meeting

There will be a free MAP-edu Community Meeting on Aug. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Senior Game Room in the Monrovia Community Center. Learn the "Top 10 Secret Resources in Monrovia," meet city officials, community policing officers, and free food. RSVP at www.MAPedu.eventbrite.com

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Pleads Not Guilty in Crash that Killed Motorcyclist

A Monrovia man charged in a hit and run crash in Huntington Beach that left a motorcyclist dead has pleaded not guilty. https://is.gd/nzQTo9

- Brad Haugaard

Lunch at Chili’s

Lunch the other day at Chili’s, on Huntington. Got the Southwest Chicken Caesar Salad for $10.78 and a small beer for $6.09   Nice, and the beer was good and just the right temperature. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Happy Fourth!


Happy Fourth of July, Monrovia. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Man Solicits for Funeral of a Very-Much-Alive Person

Here's a video from NBC4 taken by a woman who confronted a fake funeral solicitor on a street corner in Monrovia.

His sign had a picture of a man he said was his brother and it indicated he wanted help to pay the funeral expenses for that brother, except...

It wasn't a picture of his brother, it was a picture of the woman's son, and the son is very much alive. And she was very much annoyed. https://is.gd/2S4KjO

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Man Arrested in Connection With Fatal Hit and Run

The Orange County Register is reporting that a 47-year-old Monrovia man, Julien Cesar Solorzano, has been arrested on suspicion of felony hit-and-run after a crash that killed a Long Beach motorcyclist.  https://is.gd/ltLGsL

- Brad Haugaard

Water District Lawn Removal Videos

Metropolitan Water District wants you to get rid of your grass, and is willing to pay up to $10,000 in rebates to get you to do it.

To encourage you to do that it has come up with several animated videos, four to six minutes each, outline three ways to remove lawns – solarization, sheet mulching and sod removal. Details here: https://is.gd/djd9YG

- Brad Haugaard

Unity Center to Host Wellness Fair July 21

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Car Rolls 100 Feet Over Mountain Road Above Canyon Park; Shoplifter Ticketed; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for June 27 - July 2. - Brad Haugaard]

Vehicle Burglary
On June 27 at approximately 9:00 a.m., three residents from the 1000 block of Oak Leaf called to report their vehicles were broken into and items were taken. There was video footage of the suspects from a nearby camera. The investigation is continuing.

Violation of Court Order – Suspect Arrested
On June 27 at 8:47 p.m., a caller reported a male and female involved in an argument in the area of Duarte and Pilgrim. Officers responded and located the two subjects. The officers had knowledge of an existing restraining order prohibiting the subjects from being together. The order was confirmed and the restrained party was arrested.

Warrant – Suspect Arrested
On June 28 at 8:46 a.m., a police sergeant was patrolling the area of Bradbury and Orange due to recent vehicle burglaries when he saw a subject he recognized from previous contacts, who did not live in the area. A computer check revealed this subject had a warrant for his arrest. He was stopped by the sergeant and arrested for the warrant.

Shoplifting
On June 28 at 4:15 p.m., an employee of a clothing store in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported that a male subject just ran out of the store with clothing and electronics, without paying for the merchandise. Officers responded, but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic in his 30's, wearing a baseball hat that had the number 777 on it. The suspect dropped the electronics just outside the store. This investigation is continuing.

Hit & Run Traffic Collision
On June 28 at 4:29 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 800 block of E. Evergreen. Officers responded and found that one of the drivers had fled, but the other driver took a photo of his license plate. The other driver was located and said he was waiting for police to arrive, but the other driver was yelling profanities at him, so he left the location.

Injury Traffic Collision – Outside Assist for U.S. Forest Service
On June 29 at 1:17 p.m., two bicyclists called police to report that a motorist just drove over the side of the fire road about 3 miles north of Camp Trask. Officers responded with Monrovia Fire and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement. The vehicle was found over the side of the hill and had rolled end over end about 100 feet down, but was stopped by a tree. Firefighters rescued the driver, who is an employee of a contractor for the U.S. Forest Service. The driver was checking electrical poles on the service road when his vehicle slipped in the dirt and went over the side. The driver had minimal injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. The U.S. Forest Service handled the incident.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 3:59 p.m., security at a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington reported detaining a subject for shoplifting. The subject was refusing to identify himself. Officers responded and, through investigation, the suspect was properly identified. She was issued a citation to appear in court on the petty theft charges and the property was returned to the store.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 6:51 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Foothill called police to report a male subject had entered the store, concealed liquor and exited the store without paying. The suspect was detained by store loss prevention. An officer arrived and issued the suspect a citation to appear in court on the charges and he was released.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 6:52 p.m., a caller reported that a male and female subject were involved in an argument in the 1300 block of S. Alta Vista. Officers arrived and located the two subjects. It was determined the male was the aggressor and had caused visible injuries to the female. The male subject was arrested for domestic violence and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
On June 29 at 9:10 p.m., a resident from the 1200 block of S. Fifth called police to report his electric bicycle was stolen from a parking lot near his residence. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On June 29 at 10:17 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Mayflower and Huntington when he saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI. The suspect was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Injury Traffic Collision
On June 30 at 9:02 a.m., a traffic collision was reported at the intersection of California and Huntington. Two motorists collided into one another, causing one of the vehicles to roll over. Officers responded and Monrovia Fire arrived on scene to treat the occupants. One subject was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. Witnesses were located, a police report was taken, and the party at fault was issued a citation.

Vehicle Burglary
On June 30 at 9:54 a.m., a caller reported his vehicle was broken into while it was parked in a parking lot in the 700 block of W. Huntington. A suitcase was taken. Investigation continuing.

Warrant / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 12:02 a.m., an officer was on patrol in the area of Lime and Mountain when he saw a driver commit a traffic offense. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. A computer check revealed the driver had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and is on probation for a drug violation. The driver was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The driver was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
On July 1 at 10:39 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called police to report that two male suspects entered the store, took seven tool kits and exited the store without paying for them. The suspects fled the area prior to police arriving and were not located. The investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 7:09 p.m., a possible drunk driver was reported in the 200 block of E. Palm. Officers responded and located the vehicle, which was parked in the area. The driver was contacted and he displayed signs of being under the influence of alcohol. Field sobriety tests were conducted and the driver was arrested for DUI. He was taken into custody and held for a sobering period.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
On July 1 at 8:16 p.m., a caller reported hearing a male and female subject arguing in an apartment in the 1100 block of Sesmas. The Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department also received a phone call from a resident stating a male subject fled the location on foot. An officer responded and located the male subject a short distance away. Additional officers responded to the apartment and checked on the welfare of the female. After a thorough investigation was conducted, it was determined that the female subject was the aggressor and she was arrested for domestic violence.

Grand Theft
On July 2 at 4:09 p.m., a grand theft was reported in the 400 block of E. Lime Avenue. The victim reported that sometime overnight someone stole the catalytic converter off her silver Ford Excursion. The investigation is continuing.

Mail Theft
On July 2 at 5:20 p.m., a resident in the 400 block of W. Lime reported a mail theft. The resident saw his mailbox was empty, when he normally has mail. He checked his surveillance footage and saw a suspect approach his mailbox, take his mail and flee in a vehicle. The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto / Vehicle Pursuit – Suspect Arrested
On July 2 at 7:29 p.m., an officer attempted a traffic stop in the 200 block of W. Duarte. The vehicle had a flat tire and the driver was driving in opposing lanes of traffic in the area of Myrtle and Pamela. The vehicle fled and the officer initiated a pursuit. At the same time, police dispatch received calls reporting a vehicle that was just stolen from the 200 block of W. Duarte, matching the exact description of the fleeing suspect vehicle. The fleeing vehicle eventually crashed in the area of Redell and Shrode, in the county area of Monrovia. The suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Neighboring agencies responded to assist with containment of the area and began doing searches of residences. The suspect was eventually located and taken into custody. He was medically cleared and held pending his court appearance. Stolen property with a victim's name on it was also located in the vehicle.

Residential Burglary
On July 2 at 10:44 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 200 block of W. Pomona. The victims returned home to find their apartment had been burglarized and called police. The investigation is continuing.