Monday, October 28, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Weekend of October 24-27, 2013

Driving Under the Influence / Traffic Collision – Suspect Arrested
October 24 at 6:35 p.m., a traffic collision was reported at Foothill and Shamrock.  The driver was heading east on Foothill and suddenly veered right, causing his vehicle to sideswipe two parked vehicles.  The driver was determined to be intoxicated and was arrested for driving under the influence.

Commercial Burglary / Conspiracy – Suspects Arrested
October 24 at 6:46 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding two male suspects attempting to steal merchandise.  Officers arrived and detained the two suspects outside the store.  One suspect had purchased a large Halloween decoration and paid for it.  The suspect put the decoration in his truck. The suspect returned to the store and gave his receipt to his friend, who then selected the same ornament and a small plant.  He paid for the plant and when asked about the decoration, he showed the receipt his friend had given him.  The suspects were arrested for the above listed charges.

Unlicensed Driver / Gang Injunction – Suspects Arrested
October 25 at 10:42 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle heading south on Myrtle from Pomona with no headlights.  The vehicle was stopped at Alta Vista and Duarte.  The juvenile driver was unlicensed, and computer check indicated he had been served with the gang injunction; he was arrested.  Two passengers in the vehicle were also arrested, one had an outstanding warrant and the other one was also arrested for violation of the gang injunction.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 26 1:54 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle for speeding and following too close behind another vehicle at Huntington and Monterey.  The female driver displayed signs of intoxication.  She was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 26 at 2:37 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle for a traffic violation at Myrtle and Palm.  The male driver was determined to be under the influence of marijuana and was arrested.

Mental Evaluation
October 26 at 9:48 p.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 700 of West Huntington regarding a male subject who was acting strange.  An officer located the subject and found him to be uncooperative, non-compliant, and paranoid.  The subject is from San Francisco and had psychiatric medication with him.  He was detained and taken to a hospital where he was held on a 72-hour hold for mental evaluation.

Shots Fired / Mental Evaluation
October 26 at 10:06 p.m., police dispatch received a call reporting shots fired from a residence in the 1800 block of South Mayflower.  Officers arrived and containment of the location was set up.  Attempts to contact the subject were started.  The suspect was seen in the front window of the residence and was told to come out by police.  He complied and was detained without further incident.  

Officers cleared the house and yard.  Several bullet holes were located on walls at the residence.  Officers canvassed the area for possible stray bullets to other properties, but none were located.  A handgun was located, along with several pellet rifles.  The suspect was detained and taken to a hospital, where he was held for 72-hour mental evaluation.

Vehicle Burglary
October 26 at 11:26 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 200 block of South Madison.  The victim parked his vehicle on the street and secured it.  When he returned to the vehicle, he saw the dome light was on and the rear hatch was ajar.  He found that his GPS, gym bag, flashlight, and cell phone charger had been taken.  The investigation is continuing.

Special Enforcement Team Weekly Activity

Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
On October 26, Special Enforcement Team officers arrested a disturbing subject at a business in the 600 block of South Myrtle.  A consent search of the subject revealed he had a methamphetamine pipe on his person.  He was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Drunk in Public / Trespassing Warrant
On October 26, while on patrol, Special Enforcement Team officers observed an adult male subject hiding in the bushes near a church at the northwest corner of Palm and Encinitas.  They detained the subject and he was cited for drinking alcohol in public.  A computer check of the subject revealed he had an outstanding warrant for trespassing.  He was then arrested for the warrant and taken into custody.

Alcoholic Beverage Control Operation 
On October 26, Monrovia Police Department’s Special Enforcement Team (SET) officers and four Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents worked a Trap Door Operation and saturation patrol throughout the downtown area.  They arrested an 18-year-old male subject that was intoxicated and tried to enter a bar in the 300 block of South Myrtle.  He was arrested by an undercover officer at the door for being drunk in public.  Three undercover ABC agents requested assistance at a bar in the 400 block of South Myrtle.  SET officers arrived and arrested two male adults for being drunk in public.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Falling off the grid..and it can't happen fast enough

I'm plagued with early adopters syndrome.  I nearly did solar in '07 after we remodeled and added the game room.  It wasn't economically realistic then, pay off to break even was nearly 20 years.

Flash forward to SCE's gawd awful rate restructuring and rate increases it suddenly became a really viable option.  After talking with several companies I ultimately went with Verengo, the same company that did my Uncle Dan's house earlier in the summer.  Its now a matter of days before the install is complete and I fall of the grid generating most of the power I need and only needing to dip into the grid on the hottest of days in July to September.

They have a variety of plans that can be tailored to suit your needs, buy outright, lease and the 0 down/0 outlay where you  in essence buy power from Verengo at a rate nearly half off what SCE charges.

If you want a referral to Mike Jenkins at Verengo who set us up I will gladly do it.  All I need for a referral is your name, address, email and phone number you want to be contacted at.  Message me at and I'll get it done for you.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Week of October 21-23, 2013

Outside Assist / Alhambra Police Department – Rape Suspect Detained
October 21 at 5:39 p.m., officers responded to a business parking lot in the 200 block of West Huntington regarding a suspect wanted for rape by the Alhambra Police Department.  The victim saw the suspect in a vehicle parked in a parking lot and called police.  An officer responded, located the vehicle and detained the suspect.  The Alhambra Police Department was notified and responded to take custody of the suspect.

Runaway Juvenile Located
October 21 at 12:56 a.m., the Temple Sheriff’s Department called and requested an officer respond to a residence in the 1000 block of Royal Oaks regarding a runaway juvenile at the location.  The juvenile had run away from a boy’s home in the City of Chino.  An officer was dispatched to the residence and the juvenile was detained.  The juvenile was taken to East Lake Juvenile Hall.

Loud Explosion/Noise Heard
October 23 at 10:17 p.m., police dispatch received five calls reporting a loud explosion type noise coming from the area east of the 400 Block of South Mayflower.  Officers responded and searched the area reported, but they were unable to locate a cause.    

Tip of the Week

The Monrovia Police Department Wants You to Have a Safe and Happy Halloween

Here are some tips to keep your children safe:

·         Make sure your costume is easy to see.  Light colors or reflective tape are good to use.
·         Make sure that your costume is short enough so you won’t trip on it.
·         Carry a flashlight so you can see and people can see you.
·         Use make-up instead of a mask.
·         Go with friends and/or parents. Don’t go out alone.
·         Cross only at corners and never cross the street between parked cars.
·         Walk only on well-lit streets and stay on the sidewalks.
·         Wait until you get home to sort, check and eat your candy.  Check all your treats and throw away things that are not wrapped.

Make sure you call the police if you see anything that doesn’t look safe.

A safe Halloween is a happy Halloween!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Weekend of October 17-20, 2013

Residential Burglary
October 17 at 3:30 p.m., a residential burglary was reported in the 600 block of Norumbega.  The victim left her residence at 2:30 p.m. and returned approximately an hour later.  When she returned, she discovered her front door had been pried open and the entire residence had been ransacked.  The loss is still undetermined at this time.  The investigation is continuing.

Commercial Burglary / Petty Theft / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
October 17 at 8:35 p.m., officers were dispatched to a business in the 400 block of West Huntington regarding a theft that had just occurred.  As the officers were arriving, a second business called reporting another theft that had just occurred, and the suspect description matched in both thefts.  The suspect was located and detained by police.  The suspect was carrying a backpack which contained stolen property from both stores.    He was also in possession of a methamphetamine pipe.  The suspect was positively identified and was arrested.  

Vehicle Burglary
October 18 at 4:14 p.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of West Olive.  The victim’s vehicle was parked between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 6:45 a.m. When he returned to his vehicle the following morning, he discovered a tool missing from the trunk.  The investigation is continuing.

Attempt Residential Burglary
October 18 at 6:14 p.m., an officer responded to the 100 block of North Fifth regarding the report of a residential burglary.  The incident occurred on October 16, between 8:00 a.m. and 1200 p.m.  The victim found a window screen pulled back and the gates leading to the rear of the location were open.  The investigation is continuing.

Vehicle Burglary
October 18 at 6:25 p.m., the manager of a business in the 800 block of West Huntington called to report her vehicle had been broken into between 3:00 and 6:20 p.m.  The victim parked her vehicle in the parking lot and left her purse inside the vehicle under the driver’s seat.  The rear driver side window was smashed and the victim's purse was taken.  The investigation is continuing.

Possession of Methamphetamine – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 1:56 a.m., officers on patrol in the 400 block South Myrtle observed two subjects sitting at a patio table behind a business in the dark.  One of the subjects had his phone, cigarettes and lighters on the table, and his hands were also on the table.  When the officers moved him from the table, they found he had been concealing several methamphetamine crystals with his hands.  The crystals tested positive for methamphetamine.  The suspect was arrested.  During the booking process at the jail, a search of the suspect revealed an additional plastic baggie containing about 5 grams of methamphetamine crystals which he had concealed on his person.  The subject was charged with possession of a controlled substance and bringing contraband into a jail facility. 

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 3:09 a.m., officers stopped a vehicle at Myrtle and Pamela for a traffic violation.  The driver was observed swerving over the line between lanes and then swerving back into his lane.  Upon further investigation, the driver was determined to be driving under the influence and was arrested.

Assault – Suspect Arrested
October 19 at 9:52 p.m., officers responded to the 200 block of Montana regarding disturbing subjects.  When they arrived, it was determined a father and son were having a verbal altercation, and the father struck the son on the head with a chair.  The son sustained a small cut on his left temple and a contusion on the left eye area.  He refused medical attention.  The father had been drinking and was arrested for assault.

Fight in Progress – Four Suspects Arrested
October 20 at 1:16 a.m., officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 700 block of West Huntington regarding ten people fighting in the lobby.  The manager pointed out a female subject and told the officer she had started the fight during a wedding reception.  Other officers arrived and moved further into the lobby area, where people were still pushing each other.  Officers from Arcadia Police Department were requested to assist.  In all, three subjects, two males and one female, were arrested for public intoxication, and one female was arrested for delaying and obstructing an officer.  The lobby was cleared and the guests dispersed.  

October 20 at 4:15 p.m., an assault incident was reported in the 100 block of West Foothill.  The victim was a 16-year-old male who was selling candy door-to-door.  He went into a business and was immediately told to leave and that he could not sell candy at the business.  As he left, he made a comment under his breath.  A coworker of the person the comment was directed at became angry and followed the victim outside. Once in the parking lot, he hit the victim three times in the face.  Witnesses began yelling at him to stop hitting the victim, and the suspect was pulled away by a coworker.  The case will be sent to the District Attorney for filing.

Possession of Methamphetamine / Possession of Marijuana / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested                                                           
October 20 at 11:55 p.m., an officer on patrol in the 2600 block of California stopped a motorist for a minor traffic violation.  Further investigation revealed the motorist was in possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, and three glass pipes.  The motorist was arrested and taken to jail for the above listed charges.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Week of October 10-16, 2013

Warrants – Suspect Arrested
October 12 at 11:58 a.m., an officer on patrol recognized a male subject who had outstanding warrants walking south on Buena Vista from Huntington.  A computer check confirmed the male subject did have three outstanding warrants for his arrest.  The subject was stopped and arrested for the warrants.

Driving Under the Influence – Suspect Arrested
October 13 at 2:01 a.m., and officer stopped a vehicle at Myrtle and the 210 Freeway.  The driver was speeding and swerved over the dividing line, straddling the line for approximately 40 feet.  Through investigation, the officer determined the driver was driving under the influence and he was arrested.

Vehicle Burglary
October 15 at 5:58 a.m., a vehicle burglary was reported in the 400 block of Monrovista.  The victim believes his vehicle was locked when he parked it.  There were no signs of forced entry.  Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took new clothing in boxes that was left in the vehicle.  The investigation is continuing. 

Shoplifting – Suspect Arrested
October 15 at 12:12 p.m., loss prevention personnel at a business in the 1600 block of South Mountain detained a female suspect for shoplifting.  The suspect was seen by loss prevention putting items into her purse and then exiting the store without paying for the merchandise.  She was arrested and taken into custody.

Tip of the Week

Red Ribbon Week Reminds Parents to Talk to Your Kids About Drugs
October 23 through 31, the Monrovia Police Department will celebrate Red Ribbon Week 2013.  Red Ribbon Week is a national campaign to raise awareness about substance abuse among our youth and our communities.  In 1985, DEA Agent Enrique, “Kiki,” Camarena was murdered by a drug cartel.  To honor his memory and to show support that we will continue the fight against illegal drugs, Monrovia Police Officers will wear red ribbons and red bracelets as part of our uniform to support the fight against illegal drugs, alcohol, and tobacco use.   

Parents are the most powerful influence in a child’s life in preventing drug use, alcohol use, and other risking behavior.  Talk to your children early about drugs before they become involved.  Be involved in their lives, keep them occupied with activities, spend time with them, and know who their friends are.  Drug abuse can start at a very young age, so you need to know who your children are with at all times.  One of the hardest things as a parent is knowing how to keep your child away from drugs and alcohol.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Weekdays of October 7-9, 2013

Annoying Phone Calls / Grandparent Scam
October 7 at 3:22 p.m., a phone scam was reported from a resident in the 100 block of North Magnolia.  The resident received calls telling her that her grandson was in jail in Puerto Vallarta.  The caller wanted 10,000 dollars in 100 dollar bills placed throughout a magazine and mailed to a location in New York.  The victim stopped and confirmed both of her grandsons were in the United States, and then reported the incident to police.  The victim did not suffer any loss.

Fight in Progress / Possession of Drug Paraphernalia / Warrant – Suspects Arrested
October 8 at 9:25 p.m., officers responded to a hotel in the 900 block of South Fifth Avenue on the report of two male subjects fighting in the hotel hallway.  One of the suspects left the location prior to the officers arriving.  Officers located the other male suspect in a hotel room, along with two female subjects.  One of the females was arrested for an outstanding warrant out of San Bernardino, and the second female was arrested for possession of a methamphetamine pipe.  A baggie of methamphetamine was found in the hotel, which possibly belonged to the outstanding male suspect.

Tip of the Week

Grandparent Scam – Don’t Be a Victim
The suspects in this type of scam will call an elderly person and pretend to be a grandchild or young relative of the victim.  They tell the elderly victim they are in some type of trouble and are in jail, and that they need bail money.  They ask the elderly person not to tell their parents.  A second suspect then calls pretending to be the police and proceeds to give the victim instructions on were to wire the bail money.  
The suspects target older folks, hoping they can gain an emotional and quick response to the "need" to help out the young relative, and many times it works.  The victims will quickly go to their bank, withdraw and transfer the money in an attempt to help, and by the time they realize the scam, the money has already been picked up by the suspects and is gone.

It is so important to spread awareness and to educate those that we know in hopes of preventing this crime from happening.  If you have a loved one, a friend, or perhaps a neighbor that is older, share this information with them and help keep them from becoming a victim. 

Celebrate the Arts in Library Park 10/12-13

Click the poster for a bigger view of the events taking places this year.  This is the Monrovia Association of Fine Arts (MAFA) 50th Annual Celebrate the Arts.  This Monrovia's biggest art show of the year.

The featured artist this year is Bill Hyatt. He is a wonderful sculptor working in metals. He does them from small to filling entire walls.  Some even include fountains and water features.  Great stuff.

There will be over 50 artists representing a variety of media.  There will be oil, acrylic, photography and jewelry among the many artists at this event. This is a juried event so you can be assured it will be of the highest caliber.

As always there will be a silent auction to help MAFA fund its various art and art education programs.  On the latter many of the kids at MUSD will get their only art education and exposure through out After School Art Program held in conjunction with the Village After School Program.  I'll have a piece there for you to bid on too.

MAFA sadly said goodbye to their webmaster and long time member Doug Gordon who passed away a few short weeks ago. On Sunday the Der Kleiner Panzers Volkswagen Club will hold a special car show in tribute to Doug.  MAFA will have a tribute booth offering up his art for Sale the whole weekend, much of it is photographs of Monrovia.

On both days there will be Urban Art exhibits and demonstrations. Saturdays demonstrations will include kids from Monrovia's Canyon Oaks High School. There will also be a kids art show and ability to create art on Sunday.

Details.  Celebrate the Arts. Saturday 10/12 and Sunday 10/13/2013, 10AM- 6PM daily. Library Park, 321 S Myrtle Avenue, Monrovia CA  91016

Monday, October 7, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Weekend of October 3-6, 2013

Possession of Controlled Substance / Possession of Deadly Weapon / Parole Hold – Suspect Arrested
On October 3 at 8:53 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 200 block West Huntington for a traffic violation. A computer check revealed that the suspect was on parole for residential burglary.  A search of the vehicle revealed a ball pin hammer and methamphetamine. The suspect was arrested and booked on the listed charges.

Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol – Suspect Arrested
On October 4 at 1:55 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle at Myrtle and Duarte for a traffic violation.  Upon further investigation the driver was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and arrested.

Commercial Burglary / Possession of a Controlled Substance / Possession of Smoking Paraphernalia – Suspect Arrested
On October 4 at 4:45 p.m., officers responded to the 1600 block of South Mountain regarding a theft.  A male and female adult entered a business and were seen selecting merchandise and concealing it into the women's purse.  Both were arrested and transported to the station in separate vehicles.  When the patrol unit transporting the female was at the corner of Ivy and Lime, the suspect spit something out her mouth onto the street through an open window.  A citizen saw this and approached the item and noticed it was a plastic baggie containing methamphetamine.  The citizen took to the item to the police department.  The female admitted to the offense.  The female was additionally booked for the offense.

Driving under the Influence of Alcohol / Child Endangerment / Driving on the Wrong side of the Roadway / Expired Driver’s License – Suspect Arrested
On October 4 at 7:00 p.m., while on patrol an officer observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the roadway in the 300 Block of West Evergreen.  Upon contacting the driver he displayed symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol.  Also, in the vehicle were 4 small children in the two rear seats and a female passenger in the front seat. Through the investigation it was determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol and charged also with child endangerment and expired driver’s license.    

Injury Traffic Collision
On October 4 at 9:36 p.m., officers responded to the 400 block of Norumbega Drive regarding an overturned vehicle. Officers arrived and located the vehicle on its driver's side with the driver still inside. Monrovia Fire Department responded and assisted the driver out of the vehicle. The driver stated he was south on Norumbega Drive and looked down to adjust the air conditioner. The front tire struck the curb and then the vehicle struck a retaining wall forcing the vehicle to roll on its side. The driver sustained minor injuries.
Vehicle Burglary
On October 5 at 9:11 a.m., a victim called to report she had been a victim of a vehicle burglary.  The victim had parked her vehicle in the 700 block of West Huntington overnight and someone smashed the rear window and stole a digital camera left on the front seat.  The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of a Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested
On October 5 at 5:27 p.m., an officer responded to a business in the 900 block of West Duarte Road regarding a suspicious person.  An officer arrived and found the suspect to be under the influence of a controlled substance and was arrested.

Vehicle Burglaries
On October 5 at 6:20 a.m., dispatch received a call of a vehicle burglary that occurred at 200 Block of East Hillcrest.  The suspect vehicle was a dark gray mini Van last seen westbound on Hillcrest.  The officer was unable to locate the vehicle.  When he arrived to take the report, he discovered a second victim also in the 200 block of East Hillcrest.  Both vehicles were parked on the street and both had smashed driver side windows.  The loss was a USB cable and some mail.  The investigation is continuing.

Under the Influence of Controlled Substance – Suspect Arrested

On October 6 at 11:58 p.m., an officer observed a suspicious subject nervously looking around in the area of Myrtle and Pamela.  Upon contacting the subject he displayed symptoms of being under the influence.  The subject was arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance

Friday, October 4, 2013

Highlighted Activity for the Weekend of September 30 - October 2, 2013

October 1 at 2:00 p.m., a robbery was reported in the area of Monterey and Colorado.  The victim was walking southbound on Monterey when a female suspect ran from behind her and stole the iTouch she was carrying in her hand.  The suspect continued running southbound on Monterey to a waiting vehicle and fled the area.  The investigation is continuing.

Grand Theft
October 2 at 10:12 p.m., an officer was on patrol in the 900 block of South Fifth when he saw a 2010 black Cadillac Escalade sitting on its axles without rims and tires in a hotel parking lot.  The owner was staying at the hotel and wasn't aware of the theft, which occurred some time between 9:30 and 10:00 p.m.  A witness saw a male White subject in a white utility van next to the victim's vehicle.  The witness noticed two of the rims and tires were missing, but thought the subject in the van was the owner of the Cadillac.  The investigation is continuing.

Tip of the Week

Mail Theft Prevention
If you order items over the phone, via the Internet, or by mail, chances are those packages will be delivered straight to your front porch.  The majority of deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your door, even if no one is home to accept them.  Some thieves look for crimes of opportunity, but other thieves actually target your delivery.  Thieves will follow or watch for the UPS, FedEx, US Mail, or other delivery trucks, and then target a home after a delivery is made.

Here are some suggestions for helping to prevent a theft of your packages:
  • If possible, use your workplace as the shipping address.
  • Track your shipments by phone or online so that you know what day they should arrive.
  • Ask your neighbor to watch for your delivery and then hold the items until you arrive home.
  • Keep an eye on your neighborhood and report suspicious persons or vehicles in the area.
  • Request a signature delivery option if available or request the shipment be held at the shipping facility such as a UPS office.
  • Check with "mailbox" businesses in your town and see if they will accept shipment of your item for a fee.
  • If you do not receive your shipment on time, check with the company of origin and confirm the delivery. If the item was delivered and you did not receive it, report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company, and your local police.