News: brad.haugaard@gmail.com   •  Restaurants   •  Library Catalog   •  Library Activities  •  History   •  Facebook / Twitter / RSS

Monrovia’s Devin Paton Second in State Track Meet

Monrovia High’s Devin Paton came in second place, losing first place in a photo finish, at the CIF State Track and Field Championships in Clovis. Details.

- Brad Haugaard 

Get Your Short Poem Immortalized in Concrete

Residents of all ages may submit small poems that may be stamped into newly poured sidewalks as part of the annual Footnotes Sidewalk Poetry Contest. Application and rules here. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, June 29, 2023. For questions contact Kerri Zessau at 626-932-5564 or kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us.

Monrovia Area Partnership Block Party June 24

Monrovia Area Partnership is celebrating it's 17th year with a free block party on Saturday, June 24, 2023, from 5 - 8 p.m. at Julian Fisher Park (915 S. California Ave.). Free food, live music, carnival games, an information fair, raffle prizes. For questions, email map@ci.monrovia.ca.us.


- Brad Haugaard

Toxic Waste Round-Up June 10

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Jewelry Ripped Off of Woman; Pooping in Public; Five Mental Evaluations; Etc.


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


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 374 service events, resulting in 74 investigations.

Vehicle Burglary
May 18 at 12:53 p.m., a victim in the 100 block of E. Foothill called to report that her vehicle was burglarized and the suspects were fleeing the location. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the suspects. This investigation is continuing. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 18 at 6:35 p.m., a caller in the 1900 block of S. Peck reported a male subject loitering. Officers arrived and located the male subject. A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 19 at 8:40 a.m., a victim in the 500 block of King called to report that her vehicle had been broken into some time overnight. A compartment was opened and the interior of the vehicle was ransacked. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 19 at 7:17 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Greystone reported a motorist collided into his home's fence and fled the scene, two days prior. This investigation is continuing. 

Strong-arm Robbery
May 20 at 4:12 p.m., a female subject in the 400 block of Royal Oaks called to report that she had been robbed of jewelry around her neck. She was outside in the front yard of her home doing yard work when an unknown male and female stopped a car in front of her house. The female exited, made small talk with the victim, then physically restrained her as she tore the jewelry from the victim's neck. This investigation is continuing. 

Defecating in Public
May 20 at 9:34 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of King Street reported a male adult had just squatted and defecated on her front lawn. Officers searched the area for the suspect, but were unable to locate him. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 12:45 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Montana when he saw a motorist commit vehicle violations. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver displayed sings of being intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 21 at 6:08 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of S. California reported his vehicle was stolen overnight. The victim parked his vehicle on the street when he returned in the morning his vehicle was missing. This investigation is continuing. 

Burglary / Residential
May 21 at 8:55 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Maple reported someone had broken into his house during the night and stole property. This investigation is continuing. 

Arson – Suspect Arrested
May 21 at 12:20 p.m., a witness in the 1200 block of S. Mayflower reported a male subject had lit an abandoned couch on fire. Officers and MFD responded and put out the fire. A subject was located matching the description. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vandalism / Graffiti
May 22 at 11:50 a.m., a victim in the 900 block of W. Foothill reported graffiti on her property. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 22 at 12:27 p.m., a caller in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported a disturbed subject. Officers arrived and determined the subject was a danger to himself. He was transported to a local facility for a mental evaluation. 

Mental Evaluation
May 22 at 3:30 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Duarte to assist MFD with an injured male adult. Officers contacted to subject who was bleeding due to a bicycle crash. Officers requested MFD for treatment and they responded. The subject did not want to be treated or transported to the hospital. The subject then told one of the officers he wanted to harm himself. It was determined that he was a danger to himself and was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 23 at 6:43 p.m., a juvenile on a bicycle collided with the front of a vehicle in the area of Hillcrest and Melrose. He suffered injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. 

Vehicle Burglary in Progress – Suspect Arrested
May 24 at 2:12 a.m., a witness reported a burglary in progress in the area of Chestnut and Monterey. Officers arrived and caught the suspect in the act. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft
May 24 at 5:09 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of S. Ivy reported her catalytic converter was stolen from her work vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Commercial Burglary
May 24 at 6:09 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of W. Pomona reported someone had broken into their construction site during the night and took multiple items. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
May 24 at 12:37 p.m., an abandoned vehicle was reported in the 3300 block of S. Peck. Officers arrived and a computer check revealed the vehicle was reported stolen out of Alhambra. The vehicle was taken out of the stolen vehicle database. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 24 at 3:39 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Monroe reported their family member was suffering from PTSD and wanted help. Officers arrived and the subject decided to voluntarily be transported to a medical facility for treatment. 

Mental Evaluation
May 24 at 5:16 p.m., a caller in the 300 block of N. Primrose reported their elderly father who suffers from a medical condition was attacking family members because he thought they were after him. The subject was placed on a hold and transported to an area hospital for a mental evaluation. 

Vandalism
May 24 at 7:51 p.m., a victim in the 700 block of E. Los Angeles reported their vehicle was vandalized. This investigation is continuing. 

House Fire
May 24 at 8:53 p.m., a resident in the 1400 block of Alamitas reported a kitchen fire. Officers and MFD responded and MFD was able to extinguish the fire. An adjacent unit had smoke come in but it was not damaged. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 24 at 9:47 p.m., a disturbance was reported in the 500 block of Bradbury regarding a male subject suffering from a mental health problem. Officers arrived and determined he was a danger to others. He was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation. 

Grand Theft
May 24 at 10:30 p.m., a victim in the 300 block of S. Sunset reported her catalytic converter was stolen from her vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Residential Burglary
May 24 at 10:53 p.m., a neighbor in the 100 block of Rose reported a possible burglary. Officers arrived and found a rear window had been shattered and the home was ransacked. This investigation is continuing. 

Monrovia Healing Connections Mental Health Event: 'A Night to Inspire'

- Brad Haugaard

Civil Rights Leader Grew Up in Monrovia to Escape Dangers in Alabama

One-Time Monrovian, Rev. John M. Perkins

By Dr. David Campbell
centurydental.com

The Rev. John M. Perkins, an important civil rights author, was raised in Monrovia to escape dangers in Alabama that led to the death of his brother, Clyde.

It's hard to summarize the significance of Rev. John M. Perkins' life in the civil rights movement. It can said that his renowned book, Let Justice Roll Down, revived civil rights as a movement in the 1970s when the momentum was waning nationally following the 1968 assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King. While the nation reeled from this loss, Perkins focused on the role of churches and their members in helping overcome prejudice and encouraged inner city development for the restoration of oppressed lives across the country.

Perkins was born in Hebron, Alabama in 1930. In 1947 his older brother Clyde was killed by a police officer under suspicious circumstances. His family moved him to a safer community in California. In the 1950s census, John M. Perkins lived at 126 S. Canyon Blvd. in Monrovia, California, in a home torn down in the 1970s to make room for a small apartment.  While prejudices existed in Monrovia, too, the community was much safer for John than Hebron.

In Let Justice Roll Down, Perkins describes his conversion to Christianity in 1957, after he served in the Korean War. He went on to lead a civil rights movement with a church focus across the country.  Let Justice Roll Down became a best seller and is standard reading for the Christian church in America as the pendulum swings from social justice and back to evangelicalism every few years. Perkins has led hundreds of thousands of people in justice marches, including one from Los Angeles to San Diego in the early 2000s. Perkins advocates peaceful economic development and inner city health care access as core movements for progress. 

Today, at 93 years of age, Perkins still leads both Christian Community Development Association (CCDA) and Christian Community Health Fellowship (CCHF), both nationally successful movements with thousands of sites and hundreds of thousands of supporters from within the Christian churches of all denominations across the country.

Photo credit: By Priscilla Perkins - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

- Brad Haugaard

Randy Bell to Remain Athletic Director

Following a planned protest at tonight’s school board meeting, Superintendent Ryan Smith has decided that Monrovia High Coach Randy Bell will continue as athletic director. 

Dina Rose Calabrese had posted on Facebook that she would be standing up for her dad at the meeting and invited other parents to join her.

She wrote: “After 20 years of serving Monrovia High, Coach Randy Bell is being wrongfully dismantled [dismissed] from the athletic director position by the new Superintendent, who has been single handedly gutting the good people out of the Monrovia school district. The reason being for this is that they are going in a “new direction.”

Comments on her post were supportive of her position.

In response, Superintendent Smith wrote:

May 24, 2023

Dear Parents and Families:

As you may have heard, a change in the leadership of the athletic program at Monrovia High School was announced for next school year. After hearing feedback and concerns from the community, the Board of Education asked me to review the specific direction, guidance, and support provided to the Athletic Director by the principal in order to ensure the needs of our student-athletes and programs are met.

I have reviewed the information provided by the school's principal, and have found it to be inadequate. As such, I have directed the principal to inform the Athletic Director that he will continue in his role for next school year.

Our commitment to Monrovia families is that we will provide the necessary oversight, support, resources, and training that are the essential conditions for excellence.

Sincerely,

Ryan D. Smith, Ed.D.
Superintendent

- Brad Haugaard

Dinner at T Burgers


Dinner at T Burgers, on the south side of Foothill just east of Magnolia. Got the chef salad for $10.99 and a drink for $2.79. Wow! A lot more than I could finish. I got two meals out of it. And very fresh and tasty.

- Brad Haugaard 

Easy Going Bubba - Stop and Smell the Flowers


Four-year-old Bubba is an easy-going and friendly guy. He is the kind of dog who enjoys long, slow walks with lots of time to smell the flowers (or anything else that catches his nose). He likes playing with toys but his favorite thing is receiving lots of belly rubs. Bubba clearly has a giant heart to go along with his giant head!

Bubba has gone out with Pasadena Humane’smobile team a few times and has been such a good ambassador! He has met people of all ages, and as long as they give him somescratches or pats, he quickly becomes their best friend. He is a master at sitting for treats, but he actually prefers sitting in your lap and giving kisses.

Come meet this handsome boy today!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

- Brad Haugaard 

A Moment in Monrovia History: 219 N. Myrtle, House of George O. Monroe

Home of George O. Monroe, circa 1900. 219 N Myrtle Avenue. George O. Monroe (1866-1899) was a son of Mary Jane Hall Monroe and William Newton Monroe (one of the founders of Monrovia). Mrs. George Monroe was President of the Woman's Club. Probably Annetta Monroe (wife of George) shown. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Proposal to Rename Louise Taylor Performing Arts Center After Former Board Member Betty Sandford Pulled


I just noticed an item that was pulled from the May 10 School Board agenda. A proposal was made to rename the Louise Taylor Performing Arts Center (aka "Monrovia High auditorium") after former School Board member and president Betty Sandford instead of former superintendent Louise Taylor. Although the name of the person making the request was not mentioned specifically in the minutes, they do record that, "Board Member Lockerbie shared for the record that a letter was written and submitted to her from Betty Sanford’s daughter." Taylor would instead have been recognized by a plaque. The rational for the change was Sandford's numerous contributions to the community, outlined on page 138-139 here. Two members of the audience, Karen K. Suarez and Debra E. Penzer spoke against renaming the Performing Arts Center.

- Brad Haugaard

Schools: Grad Lists; Re-Roofing Clifton and Wild Rose; New Job Positions


At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia Board of Education will ... 

~ Receive lists of graduates, here ...

Monrovia High School
Canyon Oaks High School
Mountain Park School
Community Adult School

~ Consider contracting with Best Contracting Services, Inc. for $3,327,663 to repair and restore the roofs at Clifton Middle School and Wild Rose School of Arts. Details

~ Create two new job positions: Special Education Coordinator, and Coordinator of Athletics and Student Support Services.

The Special Education Coordinator will be "responsible for assisting in the planning, implementation, administration, and maintenance of assigned special education programs."

"The Coordinator of Athletics and Student Support Services shall supervise and assist athletic coaches in the coordination of all athletic activities; schedule and coordinate athletic programs and events on campus; serve as the liaison between the school, Human Resources Dept., parents, students, and outside agencies; supervise and evaluate the performance of coaches and individual sports programs; assume responsibility for student discipline; supervise students during school and extracurricular activities; collaborates with the MUSD Middle School and Elementary School Athletics programs to ensure safe and engaging pathways to the MHS athletic program; advise students in a variety of areas; and perform related work as required."

- Brad Haugaard


School District Obtains Narcan In Case of Fentanyl Overdoes, and Defibrilators for All Schools


With the LA County Department of Public Health warning of the growing use of the deadly opioid fentanyl, Monrovia School District has obtained Naloxone (often referred to as Narcan) to be used in emergencies to treat opioid overdoses. All secondary administrators, nurses, and other staff have completed training, enabling them to administer Naloxone effectively. 

The district has also obtained 16 automated external defibrillators (AEDs), one for each elementary school and multiple units for secondary schools and the Learning Center. The AEDs will be installed over the summer in high student traffic areas to ensure they are accessible during the school day as well as after school in support of the various activities that take place on campuses. Training on how to use the devices will begin in a few weeks.

- Brad Haugaard

Carnival Rides Ready to Go at 5 PM



At 5 p.m. today the carnival rides will open the three-day Monrovia Days celebration. Here is the full schedule

- Brad Haugaard 

Chad Harvey Is New Police Sergeant for Community Activist Policing Program

Chad Harvey, who has been with Monrovia Police Department since 1998, has been appointed as the new police sergeant for the city's Community Activist Policing (CAP) program. Implemented in 1990, CAP addresses the underlying causes of crime by encouraging community-driven initiatives, facilitating problem-solving between public and private agencies, cleaning up neighborhoods, and supporting the development of family and support systems.

- Brad Haugaard

Job Openings With City of Monrovia

Monrovia is recruiting for the following positions: administrative assistant (multiple departments), library supervisor, police officer (lateral), police officer (recruit/entry-level). Details. Click here if you'd like to be notified about new job openings.

- Brad Haugaard

Compost Workshop Thursday, May 25


Email info@monroviacommunitygarden.org to register or for more information. The first 20 people to register will receive a free compost or worm bin.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Garden Club to Showcase Best Gardens in Town

Monrovia Garden Club will present its Annual Garden Awards on Tuesday, May 23, at 7 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of First Presbyterian Church (Foothill and Myrtle). Social hour at 6 p.m. There will be a slideshow showcasing all 10 winning yards and gardens from across Monrovia. The club will provide chicken and lemonade from Raising Cains, as well as coffee and tea. Bring a dish to share with fellow attendees.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Person Threatens to Sexually Assault Employees; Drunk on Sidewalk Soits on Paramedic; Delivery Driver Punches Out Rear Window; More…

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 344 service events, resulting in 55 investigations.

Grant Theft Auto
May 11 at 8:09 a.m., a stolen vehicle was reported in the 200 block of W. Chestnut. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
May 11 at 9:05 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 2600 block of S. Myrtle regarding a male subject drinking alcohol in public and acting inappropriately. The subject was contacted and it was determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Vehicle Tampering
May 11 at 9:06 a.m., a vehicle tampering was reported in the 400 block of Genoa. The victim left her unlocked vehicle parked overnight and when she returned, she found her vehicle doors open and it had been ransacked. No property was taken. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 11 at 11:32 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the 400 block of W. Duarte regarding a stolen vehicle. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 11 at 1:22 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 400 block of W. Huntington regarding a subject who entered a business and threatened to sexually assault the employees. The subject exited the business. The subject was located and detained by officers nearby. The subject was determined to be a danger to others and was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 12 at 2:09 a.m., while on patrol in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle, an officer saw a motorist commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and upon contact with the driver he noticed the driver displayed signs of being intoxicated. A field sobriety test confirmed the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Attempt Grant Theft Auto
May 12 at 7:13 a.m., a victim in the 900 block of S. Primrose called to report that unknown suspect(s) attempted to steal his vehicle, which has been stored without use for years. This investigation is continuing. 

Grant Theft Auto Recovery
May 12 at 9:54 a.m., officers were patrolling the 2200 block of S. Peck when they saw a vehicle that appeared to be abandoned. A computer check revealed the vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Grant Theft Auto
May 13, at 2:10 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of Genoa reported his vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Tampering
May 13 at 9:30 a.m., a victim in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported his work vehicle had been broken into and merchandise and tools had been stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Vehicle Burglary
May 13 at 1:16 p.m., a victim came into the MPD lobby to report that his vehicle was broken into the previous night in the 700 block of W. Huntington and tools were stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Grant Theft Auto
May 13 at 4:12 p.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Fifth reported his vehicle had been stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing. 

Public Intoxication / Battery on Officers and Paramedics – Suspect Arrested
May 13 at 7:03 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Foothill reported a male subject laying across a sidewalk. Officers and paramedics arrived and found the subject to be heavily intoxicated. When officers attempted to arrest the subject, he physically resisted, and spit on a paramedic and on officers. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Attempt Strong arm Robbery
May 14 at 8:29 p.m., a guest of a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington stepped outside the hotel and was confronted by her husband who had followed her from their home. There had been an unreported domestic violence incident that occurred in another city and she was attempting to get away from him. He grabbed her cellphone out of her hands and she screamed for help. He let go of her phone and left the area. He was gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 2:14 a.m., an officer was patrolling the 100 block of N. Mayflower when he saw a suspicious vehicle. He stopped the motorist and the driver appeared to be heavily intoxicated. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 15 at 9:10 a.m., a victim in the 700 block of W. Foothills reported his vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
May 15 at 12:08 p.m., officers responded to the intersection of California and Huntington regarding a traffic collision. A driver ran a red light and collided into another vehicle. 

Vandalism
May 15 at 12:46 p.m., a caller reported a disturbing subject in the 100 block of N. Myrtle. Officers arrived and determined a delivery driver became upset and punched the rear window of a vehicle, causing it to break. The driver had cuts on his hand that required him to be transported to the hospital. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft / Shoplifting – Suspects Arrested
May 15 at 3:44 p.m., a business in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report several people had just stole items and were running out the store. Officers searched the area and located three subjects matching the description. After a field show up with the victim, two subjects were arrested for petty theft. The two suspects were arrested and taken into custody. 

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
May 15 at 5:07 p.m., a caller in the area of Myrtle and Duarte reported a male subject laying on a park bench with a possible gun in his waistband. Officers arrived and detained the subject. The subject did not have a gun, but he did have narcotics and a bench warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Traffic Collision
May 16 at 11:46 a.m., multiple callers reported a vehicle collision where a vehicle had rolled over in the area of Royal Oaks and Mountain. Officers and MFD responded to the scene and extracted a female driver who was later transported to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. The cause of the collision was speed and failing to yield to oncoming traffic, which resulted in a broadside collision. 

Grant Theft Auto
May 16 at 11:34 a.m., a caller in the 500 block of Ranchito reported his vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Death Report
May 16 at 3:18 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of W. Lemon reported she had found her neighbor unresponsive. Officers and MFD responded and determined the female subject was deceased. The female had a history of medical conditions. A local mortuary responded. 

Traffic Collison
May 17 at 9:01 a.m., a witness reported a semi-truck ran over a fire hydrant in the 3300 block of S. Peck. Officers and MFD arrived on scene and controlled the water and cleared the roadway afterwards. The driver of the truck was cited. 

Run-Away Juvenile
May 17 at 10:11 a.m., a caller reported two juveniles walked away from the 100 block of N. Ivy. Officers did an area search but could not locate the juveniles. The two juveniles have a history of running away. They were entered into the missing person's database. This investigation is continuing. 

Petty Theft
May 17 at 3:33 p.m., a victim reported her wallet was stolen from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington. The victim also claimed her credit cards were used at another store. This investigation is continuing. 

Mental Evaluation
May 17 at 3:39 p.m., a male adult subject walked into the MPD lobby drinking a beer. An officer contacted the subject outside the station. The subject stated he needed mental help and then told the officer to shoot him. The subject was detained without incident and MFD responded to the scene. It was determined the subject was a danger to himself and was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation. 

Violation of Court Order
May 17 at 4:22 p.m., a caller reported her ex-boyfriend has been texting and calling her which violated a court order. This investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
May 17 at 10:02 p.m., a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington reported a shoplifting in progress. Officers arrived and detained the male subject before he was able to flee. His duffle bag was full of unpaid merchandise. He was arrested, issued a citation and released at the scene. 

Something Old is New During Monrovia Days - This Friday Through Sunday

During this year's Monrovia Days - this Friday through Sunday - there will be a new exhibit, "Monrovia Days of Yesteryear," in the Community Center's (119 W. Palm Ave.) Multipurpose Room. Watch a sneak peek above. From the Monrovia Historical Society.

- Brad Haugaard

SALT Teens Event May 20

Teens and soon-to-be teens will come together at Second Baptist Church (925 S. Shamrock) on Saturday, May 20, from 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to celebrate being “Strong, Authentic, Legendary, and True” during S.A.L.T. Shakers. This free event is for youth/teens 12-17 *only* to come together, meet new friends, and celebrate being teens. All-you-can-eat pizza from Old Town Monrovia Pizza, Buffalo Wild Wings, a candy station, games, music, and prizes, such as Chick Fil A, In-N-Out, AMC gift cards, and a canvas art expression session for teens.

Swag bags for 100 teens.  Registration ends Friday, May 19. Register here.

For more information, email patricia@setforlifenews.org or leave a message at (626) 408-8268. Follow @setforlifenews or @saltteenfestival for the latest news.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Days - This Friday Through Sunday


Monrovia Days is back, Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21. Activities will include a parade, live music, a beer garden, a pie eating contest, a carnival (tickets here), and more. 

Here's the schedule:

Friday, May 19 - 5 to 10 p.m.

  • 12 to 5 p.m. - Friends of the Library Book Sale
  • 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Youth Performance by MUSD Students
  • 5 to 10 p.m. - Carnival rides, food and games
  • 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - Live Entertainment, Bumptown - Top 40's Band

Saturday, May 20 - 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.

  • 9 a.m. - Opening Ceremony and Dignitary Welcome
  • 10 a.m. - Monrovia Days Parade Celebrating our Scholars and Champions. on Myrtle Avenue at Olive Avenue, and will head north on Myrtle Avenue to Library Park.
  • 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Friends of the Library Book Sale
  • 11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Youth Performances by Centre Stage and MUSD Students

Noon - 10 p.m. - Carnival rides, food and games

  • 4:30 p.m. - Parade Awards Ceremony
  • 5 p.m. - Merengue Bakery Pie Eating Contest
  • 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. - OC Groove - Blues, Rock & Funk Band

Sunday, May 21 - noon - 8 p.m.

  • Noon - 5 p.m. - Youth Performances by Centre Stage
  • 6 to 8 p.m. - Stone Soul - Classic Soul & Motown Band

- Brad Haugaard


Breakfast at Girasol Cafe


Had breakfast recently at Girasol Cafe, a new Mexican style breakfast restaurant in the shopping center at the southwest corner of Huntington and Magnolia. Open 8 to 2. Got the breakfast burrito with chorizo for $12.99 and a Cafe de Ola for $4.49. Tasty. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Trader Joe’s Will Stay Out Of Online Sales

Monrovia-based Trader Joe’s plans never to get into the online grocery business. It likes bricks and mortar. Details

- Brad Haugaard 

Charming Charmin, With Smarts to Match


To be clear, Charmin is not named after toilet paper, he’s just missing the apostrophe at the end of his name. He’s known at Pasadena Humane as Charmin’, because he is quite a charmer. He has won so many staff and volunteers over with his antics that one of his numerous fans has covered his adoption fee.

He's not just a handsome face, though. Charmin has smarts to match. He is very food motivated, and our trainers have taken advantage of that to teach him basic commands and keep his mind active as well. He really enjoys puzzle games, and they keep him on his toes.

An active home would be perfect for this guy, and the more games you can throw at him, the better! Come meet handsome Charmin’ and watch him charm you!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Airmail Postmark -Monry

U.S. Air Mail Envelope mailed from the Monrovia Airport in 1938. Frank J. Bole, Postmaster." Postage was 6-cents U. S. Air Mail addressed to Mrs. Mary E. Barnard of 926 W 4th St, Hudson Wisconsin. The envelope carries the return address on W. Lime Ave, Monrovia. From the Gary Boen collection. See full details here.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

City Still Needs to Buy Water! Monrovia in 'Solid Financial Position'


At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia City Council will ...

~ Believe it or not, consider buying water. Despite heavy rains, Monrovia only has the right to pump a certain amount of water, and city staff predicts the city will use more than its allocation, so it is proposing temporarily leasing the right to acquire 200 acre-feet of water production rights from Azusa Valley Water Company and buying 489.43 acre-feet of replenishment water from the Main San Gabriel Basin Watermaster. The staff report says, "The City has a history of needing more water production than our by-right allocation, even in the years with heavy rains and reduced consumption." Details

~ Receive a budget update. Summary: "The City is still in a solid financial position as we enter the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2022-23. Given that cost increases for rising inflation were incorporated into the original budget, most expenditures are tracking to budget at this time. Additionally, conservative revenues are tracking closely to estimates, and overall finances continue to move in a positive direction." Details

Photo by Daniel Sinoca on Unsplash

- Brad Haugaard

Clifton and MHS Bands Receive $10k Grant with Help from Booster Clubs

Clifton Middle and Monrovia High School bands are getting additional funding thanks to $10,000 grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts (PSHA).

“We are thrilled to be recipients of the Pasadena Showcase House grant,” said Clifton Director of Music Tim Weed. “We will use the money to purchase instruments for the string and band program.”

MUSD parents, who are a part of the Clifton and MHS band's Booster Clubs, applied for these grants to help their school music programs. The non-profit clubs are always looking for ways to bring in new money for program improvements.

“The Boosters work hard throughout the year to raise funds to provide students an enriching musical education beyond what can be provided by the school budget,” said Lisa Reyes, VP of Ways and Means for the MHS Band Booster Club.

The MHS band will use that money to update their drum line gear, which is more than a decade old. These upcoming improvements are music to their director’s ears.

“Our current drum line is 12 years old, and just by the nature of the instruments, they take a beating,” said MHS Director of Bands Daniel Magallanes. “Replacing our current drum line will cost about $18k, and this grant will go a long way towards providing our students with instruments in good working condition for years to come.”

The Clifton band and its booster club look forward to new instruments and repairing older equipment for their growing music program.

“Everyone on the Clifton Band & Orchestra Board was ecstatic about being notified of the grant,” said Jayson Young, Clifton Band & Orchestra Boosters President. “The boosters spend a lot of time raising funds for the program, and this amount will have a meaningful impact.”

Every year, PSHA awards gifts and grants to a broad and diverse list of non-profit organizations to support their efforts in the community. They help support choirs, musical theater, school marching bands, dance programs, opera, jazz bands, and orchestras.

Monrovia Unified is grateful to our supportive families, band booster clubs, and these grants from the Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts to help support our middle and high school music programs. 

Source: Monrovia Schools press release

- Brad Haugaard


City Wants Your Thoughts for Its Disaster Prep Plan; Forum on Police Use of Military Equipment


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

~ The city would like you to share your concerns and priorities regarding natural disasters for the latest version of its Hazard Mitigation Plan. Survey is here. You can learn more by stopping by the HMP booth at the Fire Department Pancake Breakfast this Saturday, May 13, from 7 a.m. - 11 a.m. 

~ The Monrovia Police Department will discuss Assembly Bill 481 on Thursday, May 18 at 2 p.m. at the Community Policing Room at the police station. AB 481 requires law enforcement agencies to obtain approval of a Military Equipment Use Policy by the City Council before taking actions related to funding, acquisition, or use of military equipment as defined by the legislature.

Photo by Nadiia Ganzhyi on Unsplash

- Brad Haugaard

Centre State Auditions for 'Footloose' Musical

 

Details

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Cops Spot Car Driving on Flat Tires, Intoxicated Driver Arrested; Vehicle Hits Gas Line - Residents Evacuated; Graffiti Artist Apprehended; Etc.

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for May 4 – 10. - Brad Haugaard]

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 352 service events, resulting in 69 investigations.

Vandalism – Suspect Arrested
May 4 at 12:01 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Duarte regarding a subject writing graffiti on the wall to a business. Officers responded and detained the subject. He was arrested, issued a citation, and released at the scene. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 4 at 12:36 p.m., a passerby in the 400 block of Monrovista requested a wellness check on a subject who appeared to be sleeping in a vehicle. Officers checked on the subject, and discovered he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 1:45 a.m., a solo traffic collision was reported in the area of Myrtle and Duarte. Officers arrived and conducted a DUI investigation. The DUI investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Grand Theft Auto – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 1:17 p.m., officers were alerted to a stolen vehicle traveling on Mountain. Officers searched the area and located the vehicle, parked and unoccupied. The officers made contact with two individuals nearby and one of the individuals matched the description of the suspect. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Mental Evaluation
May 5 at 3:06 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of Heather Heights regarding a juvenile hitting mom. Officers arrived and they were separated. The mother had visible signs of injury and the daughter was taken found to be a danger to others and was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 5 at 3:15 p.m., a grand theft auto was reported in the 1100 block of E. Huntington regarding a rented vehicle that was never returned. This investigation is continuing. 

Attempt Theft / Weapons – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 6:40 p.m., officers responded to the 100 block of W. Duarte regarding a report of an attempted theft from the cash register. Officers responded and were able to locate the suspect some time later. The suspect was found to be in possession of brass knuckles. He was arrested, issued a citation and released at the scene. 

Missing Person
May 5 at 9:01 p.m., a care giver in the area of Myrtle and Walnut reported an adult male subject with mental health issues became separated from the care giver. The adult male subject was later located on Duarte. 

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 10: 26 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Myrtle and Live Oak and saw a vehicle driving on flat tires. The vehicle was stopped and it was discovered it had just been involved in an accident. The other involved party was contacted and had suffered minor injuries from the collision. The driver was determined to be intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 5 at 11:44 p.m., while on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Huntington, an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle was stopped and the driver was found to be driving under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 6 at 1:14 a.m., an officer in the area of Fifth and Huntington stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations. The driver showed signs of impairment and was arrested for DUI. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 6 at 1:22 a.m., while on patrol in the area of Myrtle and Live Oak and officer stopped a vehicle for vehicle code violations. An investigation determined the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
May 6 at 11:00 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Shamrock and Huntington. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 6 at 4:51 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of Norumbega reported his neighbor’s trailer was stolen from the residence. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 7 at 1:18 a.m., numerous witnesses in the 400 block of E. Lemon reported a vehicle driving recklessly and crashing into parked vehicles. The vehicle was located inside private property and denied access by a gate guard. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 7 at 9:19 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of S. Alta Vista reported their vehicle was stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing. 

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
May 7 at 12:47 p.m., a caller from the 200 block of E. Maple reported that an unknown vehicle crashed into their parked vehicle and fled. This investigation is continuing. 

Drunk in Public / Resisting an Officer
May 7 at 5:13 p.m., a passerby reported a male subject down in the area of Primrose and Walnut. The caller was not sure if the male subject was breathing or not. Officers responded for a welfare check and found the subject laying on the grass. The subject immediately became upset and showed signs of extreme intoxication. Once in handcuffs, he was transported to the hospital. 

Traffic Collision
May 7 at 10:04 p.m., a vehicle pulling a trailer collided into a main gas line in the 100 block of S. Encinitas. Officers arrived and began evacuations. Fire personnel managed to cap the gas line and the Gas Company responded for the repair. All residents were able to return to their homes. 

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
May 7 at 10:26 p.m., a caller reported a male subject in the 1100 block of E. Huntington who they believed vandalized a vehicle. Officers arrived and located the subject. No vandalism occurred. A computer check of the subject revealed he was a parolee at large and was arrested. He was arrested and taken into custody. 

Grand Theft
May 8 at 7:36 a.m., a stolen catalytic converter was reported in the 700 block of W. Huntington. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto
May 8 at 9:43 a.m., a caller from the 100 block of W. Chestnut reported his vehicle was stolen during the night. This investigation is continuing. 

Grand Theft Auto Recovery
May 8 at 12:42 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Anita reported a suspicious vehicle on the street. Officers arrived and discovered the vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 1:50 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for speeding in the area of Myrtle and Brisbane. When contacted, the driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was driving under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Petty Theft – Suspect Arrested
May 9 at 11:48 a.m., a caller from the 700 block of W. Huntington reported a male subject stole items from their business. Officers arrived and located the subject nearby. The subject was identified as the suspect. The suspect was arrested, cited, and released in the field. 

Embezzled Vehicle
May 9 at 10:15 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1100 block of E. Huntington reported a rental vehicle had been embezzled from their company. Officers arrived and attempted to contact the renter, but they refused to answer. The vehicle was listed as stolen. This investigation is continuing. 

Peeking While Loitering
May 10 at 10:40 a.m., a resident in the 400 block of E. Foothill reported that someone has been looking into their bedroom windows at night. The victim claims a male subject was first seen late Sunday night and again the night prior. The victim and her husband had video of the suspect. This investigation is continuing. 

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
May 10 at 11:22 a.m., a caller from the 300 block of E. Lime reported seeing a couple fighting in the street. Officers arrived and detained a male and female adult subjects. It was determined the female was the aggressor who caused visible injuries on the male. She was arrested and taken into custody. 

Injury Traffic Collision
May 10 at 4:26 p.m., a vehicle was traveling in the 100 block of W. Cherry and pulled in front of another vehicle, causing a collision. Both drivers complained of pain and were treated at the scene. 

Dinner at Pieology

Dinner at Pieology, on Huntington just east of Fifth. Got the Chicken Bacon Ranch on a cauliflower crust for $11.95 and a soda for $2.99. The cauliflower was an experiment I tried with trepidation, but it was all very good.

- Brad Haugaard 

Gus Is a People-Centric Dog


Gus is an active young dog who is eager to please. He is always up for a hike or a game of fetch, but his favorite thing is to just hang out with his people. He is friendly and affectionate with people and is clearly ready to have a BFF.
Because Gus is so clever and people-centric, the trainers at Pasadena Humane have been working on giving him activities that make him think and problem-solve. He loves it! 


Gus is also working hard on settling down on his bed. He gets to hang out while his people sit nearby and enjoy a tasty treat- the best things ever! Come meet this smart guy today!

The adoption fee for dogs is $150. All dog adoptions include spay or neuter, microchip, and age-appropriate vaccines.

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 and schedule an adoption appointment at pasadenahumane.org. Adoptions are by appointment only, and new adoption appointments are available every Sunday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

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


Last Evensong of Season at St. Luke's Church

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Monrovia will present its last Choral Evensong in the 2022-23 season on Sunday, May 21, at 4 p.m. Evensong is a reflective service combining Vespers and Compline. St. Luke's Choir, with guest singers, will perform Magnificat, Nunc Dimittis by Richard Ayleward, and Joys Seven by Stephen Cleobury. The church is at 122 S. California at Foothill. The Rev. Neil Tadken will be officiant and cantor, and Sean O’Neal - Director of Music and Organist at St. Cross Episcopal Church, Hermosa Beach - will be guest organist. A wine and cheese reception will follow the service.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: A Mule Riding a Trolley

This mule-drawn trolley served Monrovians in the early days. It traversed Myrtle Avenue from the Santa Fe Depot to Lemon Avenue and thence east. The gradient of Myrtle was sufficient to allow the car to 'coast' on the southbound run, so the mule got a free ride downhill. L to R: J. S. Williamson, Sam Wilson, B.F. Crews. From the Myron Hotchkiss collection. See full details here.

For more historic photos and papers, see the Monrovia Historical Society’s complete Legacy Project collection here. Learn more about the Monrovia Historical Society here.

- Brad Haugaard

Community Meeting on Pedestrian Safety, Street Light Outages, Traffic Sign Installation Guidelines


Monrovia Area Partnership community meeting this Saturday, May 13, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Community Center - Monroe Room. Topics: Pedestrian Safety Tips, Street Light Outages, Traffic Sign Installation Guidelines. Details and register here.

- Brad Haugaard

Applications Being Accepted for Sidewalk Poems


Applications are now being accepted for the city's "Footnotes" program, which features poems and interesting historical facts stamped into newly poured concrete throughout the community. The program aims to encourage walkability and celebrate the poetic talents of local residents.

Residents may submit small poems that fit the requirements for the program's annual contest. The poems must be original, family-friendly, and have a 250 total character limitation. The deadline for entries is June 29, and two poems can be submitted per person.

The Art in Public Places Committee will review and select the poems based on originality, creativity, and quality. Incomplete or late applications, and poems exceeding the character limit, will be disqualified.

For more information or to submit an application, contact Kerri Zessau at kzessau@ci.monrovia.ca.us or call 932-5564.

- Brad Haugaard

Documentary About Ralph Walker Sunday at LOOK Theaters


There will be a KGEM documentary about Ralph Walker's 30-plus years of  volunteering as a Community Activist and Citizen Journalist this Sunday, May 7, 2023, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at LOOK Dine-In Cinema. Tickets are $10 here. To make a donation to The Ralph Walker Paid Internship, click here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police Captain Robert Wilken Retiring

Monrovia Police Captain Robert Wilken is retiring after 30 years of law enforcement, according to City Manager Dylan Feik. Wilken began as a reserve police pfficer in 1993 and over 30 years held assignments such as motor officer, field training officer, detective,  sergeant, and lieutenant before becoming captain. He assisted the Special Enforcement Team, Community Activist Policing Bureau, Chaplain Program, and the Citizen Volunteer Program. He sought and administered state and federal grants awarded to the department over many years.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Girlfriend Attempts To Kill Boyfriend; Woman Convinces Man To Buy Cryptocurrency, Then Disappears With Money; Drunk Riding Mini-Motorcycle Leads Cops On Chase; Five Vehicles Stolen; and More...

[Monrovia Police activities from the Police Department's Neighborhood Watch Report for April 27 – May 3. - Brad Haugaard]


During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 360 service events, resulting in 74 investigations. 

Warrant Arrest
April 27 at 1:10 p.m., an officer recognized a female transient in the 900 block of South Alta Vista who he knew had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. She was stopped and detained. The issuing agency did not want to pick her up so she was issued a citation for the warrant in the field.

Fraud
April 27 at 2:39 p.m., a victim came in to the Monrovia Police Department lobby to report her debit card had been used at the post office in Monrovia and in Arcadia without her consent. This investigation is continuing.

Theft by False Pretense
April 27 at 4:19 p.m., a victim came into the lobby to report that he befriended a female subject on a social media platform. She convinced the victim to purchase a large amount of crypto currency. The victim is now unable to locate the account where the money was placed and the female subject. This investigation is continuing.

Mental Evaluation
April 28 at 7:44 a.m., a witness in the area of Myrtle and Duarte reported a female subject on the roadway. Officers arrived and located the female subject on the roadway, swinging a full plastic bag at cars trying to go around her. Officers detained her and determined she was a danger to herself and others. She was transported to a mental health facility for a mental evaluation.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
April 28 at 9:14 a.m., a resident in the 800 block of W. Duarte reported two subjects sitting in a vehicle in a carport consuming alcohol and urinating in public. Officers located the subjects and determined both were too intoxicated to care for themselves. They were both arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Warrant Arrested – Suspects Arrested
April 28 at 10:44 a.m., an officer was dispatched to the Arcadia Police Department to pick up a female subject being held for a Monrovia felony warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft Auto
April 28 at 4:50 p.m., an employee at a business in the 200 block of Kruse reported that a company truck had been stolen. While officers were responding the employee found the vehicle parked. When officers arrived the vehicle was no longer occupied. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
April 28 at 7:18 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of S. Heliotrope reported the catalytic converter from her vehicle had been stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Family Disturbance / Child Endangerment / Battery on Officer – Suspect Arrested
April 28 at 7:55 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of California reported her daughter was intoxicated and yelling at everyone. The daughter got into her parked car with her infant children in the car, locked herself inside, and was threatening to drive away intoxicated. Officers arrived and prevented the suspect from driving. The suspect was heavily intoxicated, and while attempting to arrest her for being drunk in public, child endangerment and a battery warrant, she kicked an officer. At the jail, she was seen by paramedics and was immediately transported to a nearby hospital.

Graffiti
April 28 at 8:43 p.m., officers were extra patrolling the 100 block of W. Colorado when they came across several juveniles loitering. The juveniles scattered and ran from the building. Officers checked the upper level again and discovered someone had spray in the upper level stairwell. Officers continued searching the area for the suspects who had run from the scene, but did not locate them. This investigation is continuing.

Pursuit / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 28 at 11:31 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Ivy and Cherry when he witnessed a male subject riding a homemade mini motorcycle, illegal for the road, with no plates. He attempted to stop the vehicle, however, the rider refused to stop and led the officer on a brief pursuit. The pursuit ended at California and Central. The driver was found to be intoxicated. A DUI investigation determined he was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Graffiti
April 29 at 12:20 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of E. Walnut reported seeing 5 to 6 male juveniles spray painting the side of a building on his street. Patrol officers arrived and found the fresh graffiti, but the juveniles were gone. They searched the area for the juveniles, but could not locate them. Additional graffiti was discovered in several other locations nearby, including all over a parked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Impound Vehicle
April 29 at 6:31 a.m., the officer responded to the 700 block of Ocean View regarding a vehicle parked on the street with expired registration. A computer check of the vehicle revealed 7 unpaid parking citations and registration expired since 2020. The vehicle was impounded and the registered owner was notified.

Grand Theft Auto
April 29 at 8:55 a.m., a caller in the 600 block of Fano reported their vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
April 29 at 3:31 p.m., a victim in the 500 block of Fano to report his vehicle was stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
April 30 at 8:53 a.m., a victim in the 600 block of W. Duarte called to report his vehicle was stolen overnight. This investigation is continuing.

Arson
April 30 at 11:01 a.m., a reporting party in the 1200 block of Encino reported hearing an explosion and seeing smoke. Officers responded and located a pile of trash in front of a residence in the 800 block of Bonita was on fire. The explosion the reporting party heard was a spray can exploding. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
April 30 at 6:50 p.m., a resident in the 500 block of E. Cherry reported their vehicle stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Criminal Threats – Suspect Arrested
April 30 at 7:36 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of E. Cherry reported her boyfriend and brother were in an argument and the police were needed. Officers arrived and discovered the brother had threatened the visiting boyfriend with death threats and walked into the kitchen to get a knife. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Pursuit / Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
April 30 at 9:33 p.m., an officer was patrolling the 200 block of W. Huntington when he saw a motorist commit driving violations. He attempted to stop the motorist, but she accelerated and led the officer on a short pursuit for a few blocks then finally stopped. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was intoxicated. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspects Arrested
May 1 at 1:59 a.m., while patrolling the 100 block of W. Lime and officer saw a motorcyclist riding the wrong way on a one way street. The officer conducted a traffic stop and an investigation revealed the motorcyclist was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. Traffic collision May 1 at 1:58 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Monterey and Huntington. A vehicle failed to stop and rear ended the vehicle in front. This investigation is continuing.

Strong Arm Robbery
May 1 at 3:44 p.m., a subject entered a business in the 500 block of W. Huntington and stole items. When employees tried to stop the suspect he used force against the employee and fled before officers arrived. This investigation is continuing.

Attempt Murder / Battery on a Peace Officer – Suspects Arrested
May 2 at 7:15 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 600 block of W. Palm regarding a male and female couple arguing over pictures. The male threw the female to the ground and began to strangle the female subject. She punched him to release her and he walked away. She then followed him in her vehicle and got into another argument down the street. She then tried to run him over but he jumped out of the way, causing her to collide into another vehicle. The male then got onto the sidewalk against a block wall. The female then gassed her vehicle toward the male and tried to crush him into the wall. The male dove out of the way at the last second and she crashed through the wall and the incident was recorded by a bystander. While the female was detained, she became aggressive and punched an officer. The female admitted she was trying to run over her boyfriend. The female subject was arrested for attempt murder and battery on a police officer. He was arrested for domestic battery. They were both taken into custody.

Warrant / Drug Arrest – Suspects Arrested
May 3 at 8:10 a.m., officers responded to the 800 block of W. Olive regarding a disturbing male subject. Officers arrived and contacted a male subject who showed signs of being under the influence of narcotics. The subject had a warrant for his arrest and was also found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Warrant Arrest – Suspects Arrested
May 3 at 10:06 a.m., an officer saw a vehicle with expired registration in the 1600 block of S. Myrtle. When the license plate was check a warrant was attached to the vehicle's registration. The officer pulled the vehicle over and contacted the driver. The officer immediately smelled alcohol on the breath of the driver. A DUI investigation revealed the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported ot the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Mental Evaluation
May 3 at 10:44 a.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Foothill and Shamrock when he saw a female adult walking in and out of traffic. The officer stopped and contacted the female who immediately became physically aggressive towards the officers. More units arrived and they were able to subdue the female. It was determined that she was a danger to herself and other. She was transported to a medical facility for a mental evaluation.