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Monrovia Youth Baseball League Ranks High - 9th Out of 68 at Cooperstown


Monrovia Youth Baseball League congratulated at July 16 Council Meeting for outstanding season performance. The league placed ninth out of 68 teams at Cooperstown. League anticipates future successful seasons. Visit league website for more information.

- Brad Haugaard

Historical Museum Now Open Thursdays and Sundays


The Monrovia Historical Museum at Recreation Park (742 E. Lemon Avenue) is now open Thursdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Exhibits showcase local culture and history since 1886. Free admission.

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Begin Recognizing Monrovia Babies

The City Council will begin recognizing new Monrovia babies at its regular meetings. Contact City Clerk's Office at 932-5599 or cityclerk@monroviaca.gov. Provide baby's full name, birth date, parents' names, address, and phone number. Special memento mailed to families.

- Brad Haugaard

Cooling Center Open for Weekend at Community Center

Hot? Monrovia's Cooling Center opens at Community Center (119 W. Palm Ave.) tomorrow, July 20, and Sunday, July 21, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. All ages welcome. Minors must be accompanied by guardians. 

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Themed Merchandise Available at City Hall


If you want a Monrovia-themed gift item, there is a city store in City Hall that offers a variety of Monrovia-themed merchandise, including shirts and Christmas ornaments. Also available online here.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Shoplifters Walk Out With Refrigerator; Peeing in Public; Robber Threatens Employee With Taser; Thieves Take Copper Wire; Cops Break In to Help Sick Man; 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 466 service events, resulting in 80 investigations.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 10:47 a.m., officers responded to the 600 block of S. Mountain regarding a male subject taking items from a recycling bin. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject who admitted to taking an item. An investigation revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 11 at 11:11 a.m., a business in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report that a male subject walked into a fitting room and left behind items and stole property. Officers arrived and located the male subject. He was found in possession of the stolen property. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
July 11 at 4:25 p.m., a caller in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks advised she was scammed by someone pretending to be a representative from a bank. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
July 11 at 3:30 p.m., a victim working in the 500 block of Alta Vista reported tools stolen from his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 2:30 a.m., officers were dispatched the 1500 block of S. Myrtle regarding a fight in progress. A male subject involved was gone prior to officers’ arrival. Officers arrived and located the subject a short distance away displaying symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation determined he was intoxicated. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period and citation.

Vandalism
July 12 at 4:16 p.m., a resident in the 1000 block of E. Lemon called to report someone smashed a window to the driver's door of his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 6:10 p.m., an employee from a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill called to report a known shoplifter was in the process of stealing items. Officers arrived and located the subject outside of the store. The subject was found to be in possession of the stolen property. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 6:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain regarding a suspicious person wandering the parking lot, possibly attempting to enter into vehicles. Officers located the subject short distance away and made contact with him. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 6:52 p.m., residents in the 100 block of N. Alta Vista called to report a suspicious male subject in the area. Officers arrived and located the subject. A computer search revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 7:23 p.m., officers patrolling the area of Huntington and Mayflower saw a vehicle commit a violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the occupants were contacted. A computer search revealed one of the occupants was wanted on a probation violation. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
July 12 at 8:18 p.m., a store in the 100 block of W. Foothill called to report a female subject stole merchandise. Officers arrived and located the subject nearby. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
July 12 at 8:50 p.m., a retail store in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to report two subjects stole merchandise and fled. Officers responded to the area but were not able to locate the suspect vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 13 at 4:12 a.m., a caller reported a subject loitering in a car lot in the 1400 block of S. Mountain. Officers arrived and located the subject. An investigation revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 13 at 7:39 p.m., an officer patrolling the 500 block of W. Huntington saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. A computer check revealed the driver revealed had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 13 at 9:29 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Colorado and Madison regarding a female subject possibly stealing mail. Officers arrived and located the female subject. She displaying signs and symptoms of being under the influence. An investigation revealed she was unable to care for herself. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Vehicle Burglary
July 13 at 11:32 a.m., a caller in the 400 block of W. Lemon reported that someone broke into his work vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Urinating in Public – Suspect Arrested
July 13 at 4:35 p.m., a witness in the area of Foothill and Myrtle reported a male subject urinating in the area. Officers arrived and located the male subject. The caller desired prosecution. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Shoplifting
July 13 at 6:28 p.m., a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report that two unknown subjects entered the store with a dolly, loaded a refrigerator on the dolly, and walked out of the store with it. This investigation is continuing.

Shoplifting
July 13 at 9:27 p.m., an employee from a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report a male subject stole merchandise and left the location. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Tampering
July 13 at 9:42 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Shamrock called to report his truck had been tampered with. This investigation is continuing.

Vandalism
July 14 at 7:30 a.m., a caller in the 1800 block of Encino reported a male subject drove by, broke her windshield and rear window and drove away. Officers arrived and were unable to locate the subject. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 8:24 a.m., a resident from a complex in the 400 block of W. Duarte reported a suspicious subject. Officers arrived and located the subject. A computer search revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 9:55 a.m., a caller in the 200 block of W. Pomona reported a suspicious male outside her complex, he had followed her home. She was afraid he was waiting for her to come out. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject who appeared to be under the influence of a narcotic. An investigation revealed he was under the influence. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
July 14 at 9:58 a.m., a victim in the 900 block of Diamond reported someone used his personal information to fraudulently open a phone line. This investigation is continuing.

Battery
July 14 at 11:44 a.m., two victims walked into the MPD lobby to report that they were assaulted the night before. Both victims suffered injuries and MFD responded and provided care at the scene. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
July 14 at 6:45 p.m., an employee from a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain called to report a male subject had just stolen items and when confronted by employees, he threatened them with a taser. Officers arrived, searched the area and located the suspect. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
July 15 at 4:50 a.m., an alarm company reported two suspicious male subjects in a yard in the 1400 block of California, stealing copper wire. The subjects were gone prior to officers’ arrival. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
July 15 at 6:46 a.m., a victim in the 200 block of W. Walnut called to report someone crashed into his vehicle while it was parked overnight. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 15 at 10:35 a.m., an employee from a business in the 3300 block of S. Peck reported their bank information had been stolen and a fraudulent check was made. This investigation is continuing.

Overdose
July 15 at 5:07 p.m., a caller in the 200 block of N. Ivy reported a possible overdose. Officers responded and located the subject. Officers administered a dose of Narcan and revived the subject who was transported to a hospital by MFD.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 2:13 a.m., an officer patrolling the 1800 block of S. Mountain saw a bicyclist commit a vehicle code violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the bicyclist. A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
July 16 at 8:40 a.m., officers were dispatched to a park in the 1200 block of N. Myrtle regarding a suspicious person. Officers arrived and located the subject. He was found to be in possession of paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Battery
July 16 at 9:32 p.m., a resident in the 200 block of Los Angeles reported her neighbors fighting. Officers arrived and found the fight was over. One of the subjects had fled the scene prior to officers arriving. The other subject involved was transported to a hospital for treatment. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 2:13 a.m., a resident in the 200 block of Valle Vista reported her roommate fought with him causing minor injuries. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 17 at 10:52 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 200 block of W. Pomona regarding a subject possibly squatting in an empty unit. Officers arrived and made entry into the unit. A male subject was located inside. A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Welfare Check
July 17 at 11:20 a.m., a caller requested a welfare check on a male subject who was not answering phone calls in the 600 block of W. Duarte. Officers arrived and had force entry into the home. The male subject was located and was in need of medical care. He was transported to a hospital for treatment.

Found Property
July 17 at 3:05 p.m., a hiker in the 1200 block of N. Canyon reported finding shell casings on a path. Officers responded and took the shell casings for found property. This investigation is continuing.

Warrant Arrest
July 17 at 3:55 p.m., while patrolling the area of Mayflower and Huntington an officer saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. A computer check revealed he had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Robbery
July 17 at 7:45 p.m., a caller in the 1600 block of S. Mountain Ave reported a couple was inside their store stealing merchandise. The couple left the store without paying for the items and when confronted, the male half threatened to assault the victim. The couple was located nearby at the train station and was identified by the victim. Only merchandise from the male was recovered at the scene. The male half was arrested and transported to the MPD jail.

Curfew
July 17 at 10:30 p.m., a resident in the 900 block of Genoa reported someone was breaking into her house. Officers arrived and detained two juvenile subjects matching the description. An investigation revealed the juveniles kicked the resident’s door and ran. The juveniles were arrested, cited and released to their parents.

Grand Theft Auto / Runaway
July 17 at 11:43 p.m., a resident 200 block of W. Pomona reported their juvenile daughter stole a vehicle and cell phones. The runaway juvenile and vehicle were entered into the system.

Foothill Myrtle Starbucks Now Open


This new Starbucks at the southeast corner of Myrtle and  Foothill opened this evening.

- Brad Haugaard 

Lunch at LeRoy‘s


Lunch yesterday at LeRoy‘s, on the north side of Huntington just west of Mayflower. Got the Reuben sandwich for $15.95 and an iced tea for $4.25. 

- Brad Haugaard 

KGEM to Hold Fundraiser in Library Park August 11

Monrovia's local cable station, KGEM-TV, will hold a six-hour fundraising drive to celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sunday, August 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. near the fountain in Library Park. The event will feature local musicians, organizations and businesses.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia BurgerIM Restaurant to Close July 31


The BurgerIM restaurant on Fifth just south of Huntington has announced that its last day of operation will be July 31. In a post the restaurant wrote: “We tried hard to keep going but in this economy it feels nearly impossible for a small restaurant to survive.”

- Brad Haugaard

Committee Planned to Protect Local Trees

Local residents are invited to an organizational meeting for a tree committee on Wednesday, July 24, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at One Earth Garden, 777 E Greystone, Monrovia. The committee aims to address tree removals in Monrovia, Arcadia, Duarte, and Bradbury, particularly those caused by development following SB9 and SB10. Goals include documenting tree removals, educating the public on tree importance and care, and advocating for tree protection and planting. 

- Brad Haugaard

Auction July 22-28 to Support Parks, Wilderness, and Recreation Foundation


Monrovia Parks, Wilderness, and Recreation Foundation will hold an online auction July 22-28. Here's a preview of the items that are up for auction. Items range from a chocolate cake to bar-tending lessons, to a day excursion to the Channel Islands to gift cards to local restaurants.

- Brad Haugaard

Sunset is a Tail-Wagging Machine


Sunset is guaranteed to make your nights and days so much more fun! This sweet, adorable pit bull mix is a tail-wagging machine who makes friends wherever she goes.

Sunset is the perfect size for hiking and playing all day, and then curling up on the couch all night. She weighs just over 50 pounds and can curl herself up into a lap-sized ball whenever a lap presents itself. 

She has been a favorite of the volunteers at Pasadena Humane who have spent time with her - she loves going on walks and playing in the yard. She has the uncanny ability to go from zooming around the yard to flopping over for a belly rub in the blink of an eye. She’s also very smart and has shown great focus in learning new tricks. Sunset is a beam of sunlight who can’t wait to light up your life! 

Sunset and all other dogs over 40 pounds can be adopted at no charge during Pasadena Humane’s Big Dog Summer adoption event, happening 7/11 - 7/25. 

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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. 

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

- Brad Haugaard

Free Movie for Veterans July 20 at Theater


Free Movie Matinee for Veterans at LOOK Cinemas on Saturday, July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Veterans and service members invited to enjoy a free screening of Twisters (tornado chasing in Oklahoma) with one guest. Registration required by July 19. While ticket supplies last. Register here. For more information contact kgally@monroviaca.gov or call 256-8268.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia School District Welcomes Three New Assistant Superintendents

 Monrovia Unified School District welcomed three new assistant superintendents:

Dr. Landesfeind

Dr. Vanessa Landesfeind, the new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, previously served as Director of Student Support Services at Centinela Valley Union High School District and has experience as a principal and assistant principal. She holds a doctorate from USC and degrees from CSULB, where she's been an educational administration lecturer since 2009.

Dr. Drake

Dr. James Drake, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, brings more than 20 years of experience in school finance and operations from various states. He joins MUSD from Monterey County, where he served as the associate superintendent of business/HR and chief business official. He holds multiple degrees from Northern Illinois University and Governor State University.

Dr. Zamarripa

Dr. Geoffrey Zamarripa, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, is a long-time Monrovia resident with 29 years in education. His career includes roles as director of special education in Temple City, principal at Santa Fe Computer Science Magnet School in Monrovia, and various positions in the El Monte City School District. He holds a Doctorate in Education from USC.

Details.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: 1900 Monrovia High Class Picture

1900 Monrovia High School class picture. L to R: Front Row: Josie McKeller, Edna Walker, Clara Rooksby, Adelaide Babbit. Man on left with dark moustache is T.H. Kink, the principal, and next to him is Geo. Walter Monrovia the science teacher. On extreme right next to top row is Myron Burr. 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

Teen Game Hangout at Library This Friday


Teen Game Hangout at Library. Friday, July 19, 3 to 5 p.m. Nintendo Switch games like Mario Kart & Smash Ultimate, board games. Snacks. Drop-in event for grades 6-12. Contact Teen Librarian Amanda at 256-8274 or acarey@ci.monrovia.ca.us for information.

- Brad Haugaard

Magic Show at Library Wednesday


Arty Loon Magic Show at the Library, Wednesday, July 17, 4 to 4:45 p.m. Juggling, illusions, and comedy. For all ages. Children must be accompanied by adult; no drop-offs. For more information contact: mplyouthservices@ci.monrovia.ca.us or 256-8274.

- Brad Haugaard

Bookstore Cafe and 'Superfood' Restaurant Planned for Monrovia

 A new bookstore cafe and a 'superfood' restaurant are planned for Monrovia.

The Black Cat Bookstore & Cafe plans to locate at 415 S. Myrtle, between Lime and Lemon. The cafe will also have books and a reading area, and will host workshops focused on arts and crafts for adults. Details.

TruBowl Superfood Bar plans to locate on the west side of the Huntington Oaks Shopping Center. Details. TruBowl is a chain with 12 locations, including one in Azusa, and features a line of health food snacks. Here's the company's signature bowl, Ez-TRŪ, "acai, cold oats, og chia pudding, hemp granola, strawberry, banana, blueberry, almonds, hemp hearts, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, coconut, almond butter, pink salt, date honey…" Small for $11.

The Development Review Committee (agenda) will consider sign requests for these buisineses at its next meeting. - Brad Haugaard


Reunion in the Park - Food, Music, Car Show - July 13


The Monrovia-Duarte Black Alumni Association (MDBAA) will hold its annual Reunion in the Park at Recreation Park, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 13. The event features food, music, vendors, raffles, games, robotics, and a car show, and raises funds to support education. Donations can also be sent to MDBAA at P.O. Box 1638, Monrovia, CA 91017 or through Zelle at mdbaainfo@gmail.com.

- Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Firefighters at Shelly Fire


A four-person Monrovia Fire Rescue team is in Siskiyou county for the Shelly Incident Brush Fire. The Shelly Fire started on July 3, has burned an estimated 9,234 acres and is zero percent contained.  The crew is currently assigned to structure protection near Mugginsville.

- Brad Haugaard

City Council to Consider Designating Side-by-Side Early Homes as Historic Landmark


At its next meeting (agenda here) the City Council will consider designating the two houses on former City Historian Steve Baker's property (508-512 South Ivy) as an historic landmark. The Blair and Brossart houses were built by early Monrovians. The houses are being renovated to be a bed and breakfast. Details

- Brad Haugaard

New Alexan Marmont Apartments Now Leasing


The newly completed 436-unit luxury apartment complex on South Magnolia, at the west end of Pomona Avenue near the train station, is now leasing. The Alexan Marmont has units ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, from 491 to 1,545 square feet. Units feature 9-foot ceilings, kitchens with stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, full-size washers and dryers, and keyless entry. Details

 - Brad Haugaard

Monrovia Police: Lots of Drunks and Drugs; Blown Tire Flips Car; Sleeping Driver Stops When Hits Stop Sign; and More ...

[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 633 service events, resulting in 130 investigations.

Grand Theft
July 3 at 2:49 a.m., a resident in the 600 block of Royal Oaks reported a catalytic converter stolen from his vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
July 3 at 9:37 a.m., a solo vehicle traffic collision was reported in the area of Foothill and Grand. Officers arrived and determined that the driver fell asleep and collided into a stop sign. There was no indication the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 3 at 2:35 a.m., while patrolling the area of Peck and Camino Real officers saw a vehicle in violation of vehicle code and conducted a traffic stop. The driver parked the vehicle and was attempting to walk away, but officers were able to detain him. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation determined the driver was under the influence. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Robbery – Suspect Arrested
July 3 at 2:47 p.m., a theft in progress was reported in a store in the 500 block of W. Huntington. Officers arrived and determined the suspect assaulted an employee before fleeing the store. Officers located the suspect and made contact with her. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
July 3 at 3:44 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Mayflower and Huntington regarding a traffic collision. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who caused the collision. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. 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.

Drug Arrest / Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 3 at 11:35 p.m., an officer patrolling the area of Myrtle and Live Oak saw a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The officer conducted a traffic stop and made contact with the driver. A computer check revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. The female passenger was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and had a warrant for her arrest. They were both arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
July 4 at 9:45 a.m., a victim in a hotel in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported the wheels of his car were stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Medical Assist
July 4 at 11:23 a.m., a caller in the 600 block of S. Shamrock reported a male subject suffering medical emergency. Officers arrived and began to administer CPR successfully. MFD arrived and transported the male subject to a hospital.

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
July 4 at 7:12 p.m., a traffic collision was reported in the 600 block of S. Primrose where a vehicle collided into two parked vehicles. Officers arrived and made contact with the driver who displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Fireworks – Suspect Arrested
July 5 at 12:34 a.m., a caller notified MPD Dispatch that several subjects were lighting fireworks at a park in the 900 block of California. Officers arrived and located the subjects lighting fireworks. The subject was arrested, cited, and released at the scene.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 5 at 2:57 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of S. Myrtle regarding an injury traffic collision. A vehicle lost control after a tire blew out, collided with two parked vehicles and flipped over. The driver only sustained minor injuries and declined medical assistance.

Grand Theft
July 6 at 7:21 a.m., an employee from a business in the 1400 block of California called to report a grand theft of copper wire. This investigation is continuing.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 6 at 8:27 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Myrtle and Lime conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a violation. The officer made contact with the driver who displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation confirmed the driver was under the influence. She was arrested and transported to the MPD Jail to be held for a sobering period.

Public Intoxication – Suspects Arrested
July 6 at 9:30 p.m., while patrolling the 600 block of S. Myrtle officers contacted two subjects who were passed out on a sidewalk from being heavily intoxicated. Both subjects were unable to care for themselves. They were arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrest
July 6 at 10:51 p.m., a caller in a store in the 900 block of W. Duarte reported a subject passed out in his vehicle. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject who appeared too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
July 7 at 2:38 p.m., a caller in a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle reported a disturbed subject inside. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. Officers determined the subject was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Drunk In Public – Suspect Arrested
July 8 at 2:01 p.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of S. Myrtle a male subject in the business bothering customers. Officers arrived and made contact with the subject. Officers determined he was too intoxicated to care for himself. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period. 

Theft from Vehicle
July 8 at 4:14 p.m., a victim walked into the MPD lobby to report that her purse was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 300 block of W. Palm and her cards were being fraudulently used. This investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Tampering / Burglary Tools – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 5:53 a.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Duarte and 8th regarding a male subject sleeping in a truck with some miscellaneous property lying around the truck. The owner of the vehicle confirmed that the male subject did not have permission to be in the vehicle. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 11:03 a.m., a caller in the 100 block of Lincoln reported a female subject walked onto her front porch and stole property. Officers arrived and located the female subject. An investigation revealed the shoes were returned to the owner by bystanders. A computer search of the female subject revealed she had an outstanding warrant. She was arrested and taken into custody.

Drunk in Public – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 12:34 p.m., a witness in the area in the area of Myrtle and Duarte reported a male subject walking around hitting vehicles. Officers arrived and located the male subject who they recognized from previous contacts for being drunk in public. He was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Missing Person
July 9 at 12:45 p.m., a resident in the 1700 block of Nichols Canyon reported his brother who lives in Hollywood has been missing for two weeks. Report was taken and he was entered as missing. This investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft Auto
July 9 at 1:56 p.m., an employee from a company in the 1400 block of California reported two commercial trucks stolen. This investigation is continuing.

Drinking in Public – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 7:35 p.m., several callers in a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle reported a male adult subject drinking liquor. Officers arrived and found the subject with an open liquor bottle. He had just been released from the MPD Jail after sobering up. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Brandishing a Replica Firearm – Suspect Arrested
July 9 at 8:03 p.m., a resident in the 100 block of N. Primrose walked outside his home and saw a male adult on the street flashing a gun at him. Officers arrived and located the suspect who was found to be in possession of a replica firearm. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Fraud
July 9 at 9:47 p.m., a caller in the 500 block of E. Walnut reported an unknown female subject who he was communicating with him via text convinced him to purchase items for her and that she would repay him, however, no payment was returned to the resident. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 10 at 8:06 a.m., a victim in the 500 block of W. Duarte reported an unknown subject used his information to open a phone account. This investigation is continuing.

Hit and Run Traffic Collision
July 10 at 10:59 a.m., officers were dispatched to a traffic collision in the area of Tenth and El Norte regarding a hit and run traffic collision with a parked vehicle. This investigation is continuing.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 10 at 11:29 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Myrtle and Evergreen. Officers arrived and an investigation revealed that that the driver at fault failed to stop for a red light and complained of pain. The driver at fault was cited and released at the scene.

Injury Traffic Collision
July 10 at 1:34 p.m., officers were dispatched to the area of Foothill and Alta Vista regarding a traffic collision with complains of pain. The collision caused one of the vehicles to hit a stop sign and up over the curb into the wall of a business. The driver at fault was cited.

Public Intoxication – Suspect Arrested
July 10 at 5:02 p.m., a caller in the area of Lime and Primrose reported a female subject sitting on a bench crying. Officers arrived and made contact with her, she admitted to being under the influence of a narcotic. She was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Dinner at Merengue


Dinner at Merengue Bakery and Cafe, on the west side of Myrtle right across from the theater. Got the Cuban Sandwich (pork, ham, pickles, and Swiss cheese) with plantain chips for $10.25 a soda for $3. It was good. 

- Brad Haugaard 

Mini-Husky Reese Would Like a Quiet Home


Reese is a fun guy who has been flying under the radar at Pasadena Humane for too long! This handsome three-year-old husky is ready for his time to shine.

Reese was initially very nervous at the shelter and would sometimes hide in the back of his kennel. Thankfully, he has come out of his shell a bit and is now very happy to see the volunteers who take him out for exercise. He walks along by their sides, tail happily wagging as he prances along.

Reese weighs about 45 pounds, so he is smaller than an average husky. He packs a lot of fun and entertainment into his petite body, though. He loves playing with toys - he will often play fetch with himself - throwing the toy into the air to chase it without needing anyone to throw it for him.

He would love a quieter home as he will probably take a little time to get acclimated to the new surroundings. Once he’s made himself at home, he’s going to be the most fun dog you can imagine! Come meet this sweet guy today!

Reese and all other dogs over 40 pounds can be adopted at no charge during Pasadena Humane’s Big Dog Summer adoption event, happening 7/11 - 7/25.

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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. 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: The Old Monrovia High School, Around 1912

The south side of the old Monrovia High School, built in 1912. It was at the northeast corner of Ivy and Palm, where Clifton Middle School is now. 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

Explore Math for Children at Library July 12


Mathnasium Meetup at the Library on Friday, July 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. STEM program for kids ages 6-12. Explore mathematics through games and activities at various stations. Hands-on learning experiences. Contact: Ms. Annette, 256-8269.

- Brad Haugaard

Family Craft Session July 11 at Library


Craft-tastic program at the Library on Thursday, July 11 from 12 to 2 p.m. Weekly summer craft sessions for families. July's first session: making paper toys. Designed for children with accompanying adults. No drop-offs. Contact: Ms. Ashley, 256-8274.

- Brad Haugaard

Children's Storytime at Library July 10


Storytime program at the Library on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 to 11 a.m. Stories and songs for young listeners aged 2-5 years. Includes sensory activity or craft project. Siblings welcome. Contact: Ms. Annette, 256-8269.

- Brad Haugaard

Summer Crafts for Adults at Library Tomorrow


Summer Craft-tabulous program at the Library on Tuesday, July 9 from 5 to 6 p.m. Arts and crafts for adults to relax and unwind. July's activity: making yarn-wrapped planters. Supplies provided. Registration required, here. 4 seats remaining. Contact: Alison Fisher, 256-8273.

- Brad Haugaard

'Legally Blonde' and 'Annie Jr.' Plays Scheduled for July


"Legally Blonde: The Musical" and "Annie Jr." youth summer camp production at Centre Stage in Old Town. Legally Blonde July 11-13, Annie Jr. July 25-27. Based on popular movie and comic strip, respectively.  Tickets available at Centre Stage, here

- Brad Haugaard

Historic Walking Tour of Old Monrovia Tomorrow, July 6


Monrovia Historic Preservation Group will host an historic walking tour along Myrtle Avenue on Saturday, July 6, at 10 a.m. from the southeast corner of Myrtle and Palm. The two-hour tour costs $5 per person.

- Brad Haugaard

How to Report Vegetation Near Power Lines


Southern California Edison preparation for heat and wildfire threat. Homeowners encouraged to call 800-655-4555 or email safetrees@sce.com if vegetation grows near power lines. To report outages: call 800-611-1911 or visit sce.com/outage.

- Brad Haugaard

Second Community Garden to Open Near Train Station


A second Community Garden will open later this summer near Station Square. Get more information at these meetings: Saturday, July 13 and 27 at Station Square Park (1629 S Myrtle Ave), during Farmer's Market at 9:30 a.m.,  and Tuesday, July 30 at Library Park. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

Home Improvement Assistance Available to Low, Moderate Income Homeowners


Assistance for essential home improvements for low to moderate income homeowners. Submissions accepted Monday, July 8 at 8 a.m. through Monday, July 22 at 8 a.m. Details.

- Brad Haugaard

2024 Monrovia Fireworks

 


Happy Fourth of July, Monrovia.

- Brad Haugaard 


Dinner at Max’s Mexican Cuisine


Dinner at Max’s Mexican Cuisine, on the north side of Huntington across from Target. Got the One Enchilada Combination plate for $14.75 and a beer for $6. Good and filling. One thing I particularly like about this restaurant is that any server will take care of you, and the service is pretty quick.

- Brad Haugaard 

Monrovia Police: Arrested for Fireworks; Robbery With Fake Firearm; Vehicle Hits Restaurant; Attack With Rubbing Alcohol; And More ...

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

During the last seven-day period, the Police Department handled 456 service events, resulting in 103 investigations. 

Pursuit
June 27 at 4:33 p.m., an officer was patrolling the area of Peck and Live Oak when he saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. The officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop, however, the driver refused to stop and a pursuit ensued. The pursuit was terminated by the officer due to high risk to public safety.

Weapon Offense – Suspect Arrested
June 27 at 9:10 p.m., while patrolling the 100 block of W. Duarte an officer saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. An investigation revealed the driver was in possession of a loaded firearm, brass knuckles, a switchblade and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 9:01 a.m., a male subject walked into the MPD lobby to turn himself in on a DUI warrant. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
June 28 at 2:03 p.m., an employee from a complex in the 800 block of S. Myrtle called to report that several tools were stolen from the rear of the property. This investigation is continuing.

Domestic Violence / Court Order Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 9:21 p.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 900 block of S. Fifth regarding a possible fight in progress inside one of the rooms. Officers arrived and determined that two subjects got into an argument which escalated to a physical altercation against the victim, causing injuries. Further investigation revealed that the victim was restrained from contacting the suspect. The victim was arrested for a violation of the restraining order. The suspect was arrested for domestic violence. Both were taken into custody and transported to the MPD jail.

Fireworks – Suspect Arrested
June 28 at 9:38 p.m., officers were dispatched to a park in the 300 block of S. Myrtle regarding a group of juveniles setting off fireworks. As officers arrived the juveniles fled the area on foot. One of the juveniles was located a short distance away. The juvenile was arrested and released to a parent with a citation.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 12:47 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Huntington and Mountain saw a vehicle in violation of a traffic code. A traffic stop was initiated and the driver was contacted. The driver displayed symptoms of being under the influence. A DUI investigation determined the driver was under the influence. The driver was arrested and transported to the MPD jail to be held for a sobering period.

Resisting / Delaying – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 2:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 900 block of W. Huntington regarding a possible fight in progress inside a room. Officers contacted the occupants and determined there was no physical fight. However, one of the persons contacted provided false information to the officers. The subject was arrested and taken into custody.

Commercial Burglary
June 29 at 10:02 a.m., an employee from a business in the 300 block of W. Huntington advised someone broke into the business overnight. The suspect(s) broke a lock box on and used the key to open the door. Once inside, the suspect(s) pried the bolted safe from the wall and dragged it to the rear of the business and fled. This investigation is continuing.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 29 at 10:45 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Mountain and Evergreen regarding a traffic collision. An investigation revealed that one of the drivers failed to stop at a red light and rear ended the vehicle in front of them. No injuries were reported.

Battery – Refusal
June 29 at 11:03 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence in the 400 block of Monrovista regarding a male and female subject involved in a physical altercation. Officers arrived and made contact with both subjects. The female subject claimed she was pushed by the male subject and pepper sprayed in the face. Prosecution was refused by the victim.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision
June 29 at 11:47 a.m., a non-injury traffic collision was reported in the area of California and Duarte regarding traffic collision. This investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary
June 29 at 12:43 p.m., a commercial burglary was reported in the 1400 block of California reported a burglary. Officers arrived and determined barbwire on the property was cut and broken into. This investigation is continuing.

Theft
June 29 at 2:38 p.m., an employee from a business in the 700 block of E. Huntington called to make a late theft report. This investigation is continuing.

Robbery
June 29 at 10:09 p.m., an employee from a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington called to report a robbery. Officers arrived and determined two suspects entered the store and were attempting to leave with merchandise and an employee approached them. One of the suspect’s brandished a firearm at the employee and fled. Officers located both suspects and a replica firearm was located. Both suspects were arrested and taken into custody.

Theft / Weapons – Suspect Arrested
June 29 at 11:04 p.m., officers returned to a store in the 600 block of W. Huntington for further investigation of the incident above when officers were advised of separate robbery. The suspect was located outside the store. The suspect as found to be in possession of the stolen property, a concealed fixed blade and mace. The suspect was arrested and taken into custody.

Drug Activity – Suspect Arrested
June 30 at 1:39 a.m., while patrolling the 2500 block of S. Myrtle an officer saw a vehicle in violation of a vehicle code. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. The driver was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested, issued a citation and released at the scene.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 30 at 3:14 a.m., multiple callers in the 1800 block of S. Myrtle reported that a vehicle crashed into a restaurant. Officers arrived and determined the driver lost control of vehicle and collided into restaurant. The driver suffered minor injuries. There was no indication that the driver was under the influence.

Warrant Arrest
June 30 at 10:50 a.m., an officer patrolling the area of Pomona and Myrtle and saw a vehicle commit at traffic violation. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was contacted. A computer search revealed the driver had a warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Non-Injury Traffic Collision Mayflower / Palm
June 30 at 10:59 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Mayflower and Palm. No injury were reported.

Injury Traffic Collision
June 30 at 11:48 a.m., a caller in the area of Magnolia and Cherry reported a traffic collision. Officers arrived and made contact with the parties involved. One of the parties complained of pain, but refused to be transported to a hospital.

Burglary Tools / Probation Violation – Suspect Arrested
June 30 at 4:48 p.m., an employee from a store in the 1600 block of S. Mountain reported male subject who left the location may have stolen merchandise. Officers arrived and located the subject a short distance away. The subject was found to be in possession of burglary tools. A computer search revealed he was on probation for burglary. He was arrested and taken into custody.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
July 1 at 2:47 a.m., a traffic collision was reported in the area of Shamrock and Evergreen. Officers arrived and discovered a single vehicle traffic collision. Officers made contact with the driver who displayed signs and symptoms of being under the influence. 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.

Warrant Arrest – Suspect Arrested
July 2 at 7:41 a.m., an employee from a business in the 400 block of W. Huntington report two suspicious females inside filling up a bag with merchandise. The employee contacted them and they yelled at the employee. One of the females began pouring rubbing alcohol over her head. Officers arrived and detained the females inside the location. A computer check revealed both females had a warrant for their arrest. They were arrested and taken into custody.

Grand Theft
July 2 at 9:13 a.m., a caller in the 700 block of W. Huntington reported property stolen from her hotel room. This investigation is continuing.

Fraud
July 2 at 12:18 p.m., an employee from a business in the 100 block of W. Olive reported one of their checks was fraudulently intercepted and cashed by an unknown subject. This investigation is continuing.

Shay Is a Well-Trained Snuggle Dog


Shay is a 4-year old German Shepherd mix who loves everyone she meets. She has a new BFF every day! Her favorite thing in the world seems to be snuggling next to whoever is lucky enough to be sitting within her sight.

Shay is also very well trained. She knows all her basic training cues and will eagerly show off whenever she’s asked. She is also house trained and has had really good experiences with the Pasadena Humane foster families who have taken her on overnight trips.

She likes playing fetch, but only half-heartedly returns the tennis ball to you - she seems to enjoy just carrying it around like a security blanket. Shay is a relatively calm girl who is very content to lay by your side and snooze.

She’s had some mixed feelings about other dogs, so it might be ideal for her to be the only dog, or maybe a buddy for another similar-sized dog with a similar energy level.

If you’re looking for an instant best friend who is ready for a good time, Shay might be the girl for you.

Shay and all other dogs over 40 pounds can be adopted at no charge during Pasadena Humane’s Big Dog Summer adoption event, happening 7/11 - 7/25.

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

Walk-in adoptions are available every day from 2:00 – 5:00. For those who prefer, adoption appointments are available daily from 10:30 – 1:30, and can be scheduled online. View photos of adoptable pets at pasadenahumane.org.

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

- Brad Haugaard

State Begins Delivering Water to Local Water District

The Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District reports that on June 26, the State Water Project began delivering water, near Morris Dam in Azusa Canyon, to replenish groundwater. The water is flowing at about 163 million gallons a day from Azusa Canyon to the Santa Fe spreading grounds where it will sink into the ground and be available to help avoid water restrictions during dry periods.

- Brad Haugaard

A Moment in Monrovia History: Workers in a Monrovia Fruit Packing House

An inside view of the Monrovia Heights Co. Packing House around 1900. 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

Veterans Meetup at Library Park July 7


Special Veterans Meetup at Sunday Concert in the Park: July 7, 6:30 to 7 p.m. at Library Park near Rotary Club Bandshell. Veterans Resource Center hosting. Free treats for veterans, service members, friends, and family before concert. Veterans Service Officer from VPAN available to answer questions and share resources. Contact: kgally@monroviaca.gov, 256-8268.

- Brad Haugaard

Rubik's Cube Club Today at Library


Cube Club today at the Library: July 1, 3 to 4 p.m. in the Story Room. For ages 6-11. Kids gather to connect over Rubik's Cube. Seasoned solvers and beginners welcome. Engage in discussions, friendly challenges, and learn from others. Other strategy games available. No registration required. Contact: asimpson@ci.monrovia.ca.us, 256-8269.

- Brad Haugaard

Pet Safety Tips for Fourth of July

Pets are often frightened by fireworks, so for their safety on the Fourth of July don't bring your pet to the fireworks show. Have a quiet room with toys and music to distract them from any fireworks noise, and make sure your pet has a collar with an updated ID tag and microchip so it can be returned to you if he happens to run away. More from Pasadena Humane here

- Brad Haugaard

Council to Consider Approving Mural Design for Huntington Pedestrian Bridge

At its next meeting (agenda here) the Monrovia City Council will consider approving a mural selected by the Art in Public Places Committee that will go on the pedestrian bridge over Huntington Drive between California and Shamrock. The top image shows the view for the eastbound driver, and the bottom for the westbound. Details

- Brad Haugaard

Fireworks 9 PM on Fourth at Library Park

City of Monrovia photo.

Fireworks, of course, at Library Park this Fourth of July. Live entertainment at 7 p.m. and 20-minute fireworks show at 9 p.m. You can reserve a 10-foot square spot starting at 6 a.m. You gotta supervise it the whole time. Details