Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Jan’s Towing offers a program called “Tipsy Tow” throughout the San Gabriel Valley. If you have been drinking and are unable to drive, Jan’s will dispatch a driver to take both you and your car home for free. Call Jan’s Towing at (626) 334-1383 for details.
Remember to report drunk drivers to your local police or dial 911 if you suspect someone of driving under the influence.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The five locations that were not in compliance were:
Ocean Health Center, 556 W. Las Tunas Dr. #201
CH Health Center, 178 W. Live Oak Ave.
New Life Acupuncture, 610 E. live Oak Ave.
Arcadia Spa, 28 E.. Duarte Rd.
Best Health Center, 25 N. Santa Anita Ave. #C
Inquiries regarding Arcadia Police involvement can be directed to the APD Detective Bureau at (626) 574-5160. For questions pertaining to the EDD aspect of the investigation can be made to the State Department of Media Relations at (916) 654-9029.
The other new law that will apply to many drivers pertains to the use of portable GPS devices. There are now only two locations that you can lawfully mount your portable GPS device while driving: either the lowermost 5” corner of the driver’s side windshield or the lowermost 7” corner of the passenger side windshield. This section is meant to keep your forward view through the windshield from being obscured in any way.
Refer to the CHP website, HERE, for a brief on other new laws for 2009.
Friday, December 26, 2008
There was no shortage of traffic converging on the Santa Anita Race Track this morning for opening day of the regular race meet for 2008-2009. Combine the shoppers headed to Westfield Shoppingtown for after Christmas sales and there was quite the amount of traffic in town today. No major traffic related incidents were reported throughout the day.
The SGV Tribune has a fairly detailed story on the robbery HERE.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
The Arcadia Police Officers' Association is proud to announce that Detective Troy Hernandez was named 2008 Officer of the Year and that John Lo was named 2008 Civilian Employee of the Year. The recipients were named at the APOA annual Christmas party held on Saturday, December 20th. Troy (left) and John (right) are pictured above with Chief Robert Sanderson (center).
Troy is the APOA President and has been with APD for five years, currently assigned as a property crimes investigator in the Detective Bureau. Troy was honored by his peers and supervisors for his dedication and efforts throughout this last year with the APOA as well as his quality investigations resulting in many follow-up arrests in the Detective Bureau. Troy has about 11 years experience as a police officer having lateraled to APD some years ago.
John is two-time recipient of the Civilian Employee of the Year award, being honored previously in 2004. John is a contract maintenance employee who works tirelessly for our Department. John handles just about any task at hand and makes himself available to all of our staff. Not only does he work at APD, but he also volunteers his time as a VIP and translator.
Both of these awards are well deserved and the members of the APOA congratulate both Troy Hernandez and John Lo.
HERE is also a link to the Wireless Amber Alert website. Enter your cell number on the website and you will be notified in the event of a local Amber Alert.
Watch out for your kids and don’t wait to talk with them about safety. In this holiday season, stores and malls are packed with patrons making your job even more difficult. Stay alert to your children. Never assume that they are just around the corner or hiding behind a clothing rack. Keep them in your sight and don’t hesitate to report suspicious activity to your local police.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are some suggestions for helping to prevent a theft of your packages: Use your workplace as the shipping address, track your shipments by phone or on-line so that you know what day they should arrive, ask you 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 and vehicles sitting or cruising 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 recieve 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, then report the theft or loss to the original company, the shipping company and your local police.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
*Armed Robbery* 140 E Duarte Rd (Parking Lot) Arcadia; PD onscene, 2 male blacks armed w/ handguns robbed 2 subjects in 99 cents store parking lot, Suspects last seen fleeing in dark colored 70's El Camino vehicle, Taken was cell phones, PD searching area; 507.0625@1819 CABN01 ###
Posted by CA Breaking News Support at 6:20 PM
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Male Asian, 50-60 yrs, 5’08”, 170 lbs, grey hair with a bald spot on top of his head, yellow teeth, blue sweat pants, white sneakers, clean shaven, and he was carrying an umbrella with a circular design.
If anyone has information regarding this incident or suspect, please contact the Arcadia Police Department Detective Bureau at 626-574-5160.
Ref: Case #08-6068
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
No damage was discovered to any surrounding buildings or vehicles and no eye witnesses were located. A check with area hospitals reported no gunshot victims.
Once again, anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626)574-5160.
The suspects were described as two (2) male Hispanics in their 20’s. Both suspects were approximately 6 ft. tall, wore dark pants and covered their faces with black bandannas. Suspect # 1 wore a white hoodie with a “G-Unit” logo and Suspect # 2 wore a black hoodie. The weapon was described as a small, silver colored handgun, resembling a starter’s pistol.
Please refer any information to APD Detectives at (626)574-5160. Photo by LA Times.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
However, observations of the location and interviews lead to the discovery of the residence being used as a "House of Prostitution". An Asian male adult and an Asian female adult were both arrested and booked at APD for maintaining the house.
This is a good example of the importance of getting to know your neighborhood. Be aware of who your neighbors are and who belongs in the area. If an unusual amount of activity is observed at a particular home, call your local police. Record license numbers and descriptions of vehicles. If this residence was being used for any amount of time in this manner, there was sure to have been a high amount of foot and vehicle traffic. Be it prostitution, drug sales, or other illegal activity, we depend on your eyes to help us out!
UPDATE 12/05/08: KABC7 ran a story on the brothel discovery HERE.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
UPDATE, 12/03/08: The LA Co. Coroner has identified the deceased as 25 year old Daniel Delgado of Duarte. Witness accounts and preliminary investigation show that speed was a contributing factor in the collision. Our condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Delgado.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
As noted by Brian Day in the CrimeScene blog, this is indeed the second suspicious death reported at the Park in less than a year. The Park has a large body of water with minimal improved shore line. Although open during the day, the Park is fenced and closed at night. The Park attracts all sorts of folks including fisherman, picnickers, walkers, transients, trespassers, and those looking for a little quiet. Like any other body of water, one has to be careful around the shore with footing, especially at night. Stay on the trails, use only the improved shoreline and visit the Park during the posted hours.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Here are a few quick tips to help keep your home safe:
- Close and lock your windows and doors! Thieves look for an easy target.
- Lock your garage door. Thefts from garages are common and it offers ready access to pry tools.
- Keep bushes and shrubs trimmed so that windows and doors are visible.
- Maintain your home and make it looked lived in. Arrange for care if you leave on vacation.
- Don't leave newspapers, mail and door hanger material in place. Put a stop on mail and paper delivery, even if only gone for a few days.
- Know your neighbors! Be familiar with cars, faces and who belongs in your neighborhood.
- Leave different lights on when you leave. Use timers when gone overnight.
- How about a radio with a talk show station tuned in when you are gone?
- Use window stops/pins to prevent windows and sliding doors from being opened.
- Maintain lists of account numbers, valuable item serial numbers and important phone numbers. Duplicate the list and maintain a copy elsewhere. Video or photo your belongings. This aids in property recovery as well as insurance replacement.
- Get an ALARM. Even simple alarms that are not connected to a central system are a deterrent.
- Ask and look for helpful tips. Your local police agency will usually offer home inspections and there are plenty of websites that offer prevention tips and ideas.
- Watch for and REPORT suspicious persons and activity. Most arrests that are made for burglary are not from a report by an alarm company, but rather from a local resident. If you see someone that does not belong in your neighborhood or on a neighbor's property, call the police.
If you return home and believe that your home has been burglarized, do not enter the home. Call the police and wait out front. Tell the Dispatcher of your observations and that you have not searched your home. Chances are that the burglar is gone, but you don't want to confront them if avoidable. Entering the home may also destroy certain types of evidence that Officers will be looking for.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Early Friday morning at about 12:30AM, Officers arrested a female adult at the Santa Anita Inn, 130 West Huntington Drive for solicitation. The woman was contacted by phone and later arrived at the motel. After entering the room and offering sexual services for money, she was taken into custody.
At about 9:30PM last night, Officers placed a call to a female subject who also offered to perform sexual services for money. This subject was actually staying in a room at the Santa Anita Inn and when Officers arrived, the female was found to be a juvenile. She was taken into custody along with two additional female adults. The adults were booked for pimping and child endangerment as well.
The computer age and the Internet allow access to almost any information these days. Activity such as this is no exception. These two cases should serve as a warning to anyone who solicits prostitution in this manner, using the Internet and a cell phone. Customer or provider, you will be arrested.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Traffic in the area will be heavy. Please be patient and use alternate routes to reach your destination. Medical offices on Duarte Road and businesses on South Baldwin can be accessed from streets south of Duarte, such as Camino Real and Naomi, from Golden West, Holly and Lovell. Businesses on Balwin between Huntington and Duarte must be accessed from either Golden West, Holly or La Cadena. Cross traffic will not be allowed Baldwin Avenue or Duarte Road within the closure. Westfield Shoppingtown will be accessed as normal with the exception of traffic from the south. Use Golden West, Sunset or Santa Anita to Huntington Drive to access the mall.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
The recovered stolen vehicle that the suspects had been driving was found to contain property from the Panorama burglary and possibly other area residential burglaries. The investigation is continuing. The carjacked vehicle was later recovered, abandoned in Duarte.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
There are sources, such as the Department of Fish and Game, who offer tips in dealing with wildlife. The majority of tips are common sense. Here are two sites that deal specifically with mountain lions and with black bear. Both sites offer tips for encounters of these animals.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
“We then narrowed the list of towns using the following weighted criteria: school performance; number of schools; household expenditures; crime rates; air quality; job growth; family income; museums, parks, theaters, and other amenities; and diversity. We weighted school performance and safety most heavily, but also gave strong weight to amenities and affordability.”
You can link to media stories on the announcement at KABC7 and KCAL9.
All of our residents, students, business owners, AUSD staff and City Employees should take pride in this announcement. “Making a Difference” is the motto of the Arcadia Police Department. Our Officers see this motto each day, posted prominently on the walls of APD. Putting that motto into action helps to make our City a better and safer place. It is pleasing to see that our actions do indeed contribute to a positive impact on the community.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
- Slow down, don't be in such a rush. The sale will still be going on in five or ten minutes.
- Obey the stop signs, yield signs, speed limit signs. They are there for a reason.
- Drive in marked isles. Avoid driving across the parking lot and watch out for those that are using parking stalls as a short cut.
- Park a little further away. It is probably quicker than driving up and down looking for that perfect spot.
- Look all around before backing out and back SLOWLY out of your stall.
- Watch for pedestrians and watch out for yourself when walking in the lot.
- Avoid the urge to "beat" the other driver to that one last spot.
- Practice common sense and courtesy. Everyone can be on edge in a crowded parking lot. Give each other a break.
- Leave valuables at home or at least out of sight in your car.
- Park only in marked stalls.
- Always be aware of your surroundings. Park in well lighted areas. Alert store security to suspicious persons or vehicles.
November 11th is Veterans Day. Take a moment to celebrate this day and say thank you to those that have served and currently serve our great Country! When remembering Veterans Day, think of the original purpose: A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has a website dedicated to the history and celebration of this well honored holiday.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thursday, November 6, 2008
An interesting array of comments can be read on the Topix website HERE. Topix has a link to the story posted in the Pasadena Star News.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Prior to straddling a motor and hitting the streets or freeways, motorcycle riders need to understand their bikes, know their capabilities as a rider and what to look for and expect while riding. To accomplish this, the rider needs to practice, study and hopefully take a safety course. Learning from other's mistakes and taking advantage of the advice from an experienced rider can save your life.
Here are some links to information resources and rider classes;
Monday, November 3, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
We recently ran an entry on "mature drivers". This incident serves as a reminder of the need to consider all factors, medical, mental and physical when making a decision to possibly take the license of a loved one.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
As a precaution, nearby Camino Grove School was placed on lock down for approximately 35 minutes while Officers searched for the subjects. This is common practice when there is police activity in close proximity to any of our local schools.
There have been other recent burglaries reported in the south-east end of town. It is unknown if the burglaries are related. Anyone with information on the recent residential burgs is asked to call Arcadia Police Detectives at (626) 574-5160.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Don't forget to check out this week's Tuesday Tip on Halloween safety and here are some last minute tips from SilentWitness.org (Phoenix AZ);
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Halloween Fun for Kids
Arcadia Community Center
Friday, October 31 • 4:30 - 6:30pm
Join us for our fifth annual Haunted Halloween event! Elementary school students can roam the haunted hallways of the Community Center and enjoy activities like the Eewey Gooey Room, Scary Crafts and a Costume Contest. Trick-or-Treating and Goblin Games will also be featured. Due to the popularity of Halloween Happenings and the extension of Daylight Savings Time, we will be expanding the event to include outdoor activities. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Closing day for the Oak Tree Meet is Sunday, October 26th, and may also draw heavier crowds and traffic to the area. Please be patient with traffic and help the City welcome the 2008 Breeders' Cup to Santa Anita Race Track.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
UPDATE: Since the original post, our Police Chief Bob Sanderson conducted an interview with KABC7 which can be viewed HERE. The interview was aired on October 24th. There is also a fairly detailed article in the LA Times that gives additional information on the topic.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
School buses are equipped with flashing red lights that are activated when loading or unloading pupils. California law requires that drivers approaching from either side of the bus, must stop and remain stopped while the red lights and stop arms are activated. The only exceptions to the law come into play when the bus is stopped on a roadway with multiple lanes and a divided highway or a raised center divider. If you are approaching from the opposite direction and on the opposite side of the road from the bus, you may proceed. This section, CVC 22454, also applies to private roads.
This law was created for the safety of our students. It is imperative that drivers yield and stop for buses with red lights on. School bus drivers are required to assist pupils when crossing in front of the bus and may appear at any time. Be aware of pedestrians and watch our for darting kids!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Officers in the field have the ability to require a driver to participate in a "reevaluation" with the DMV. If an Officer observes that the driver lacks ability, is physically incapable or is displaying signs that their driving is unsafe, the Officer can refer any driver, not just an older driver, to DMV. However, family members, a friend or neighbor can also contact DMV with their concerns. You may write a letter to DMV describing why you believe that a driver is no longer capable of driving safely. This action could initiate a reevaluation as well. Under certain medical conditions, a physician is also required to submit information to DMV.
The best step for anyone with a concern about a friend or loved one's driving is to become involved. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has information on the topic and links to pamphlets that can be downloaded. Another great resource is AARP. The AARP website has a page dedicated to driver safety which includes a link to warning signs, information on classes, a driver safety IQ test, and other information applicable to the topic.
Take a look at these references. Gather information and knowledge on the topic and get involved. Deciding when not to drive is a tough choice and hard to breach with a loved one. Reasons for driving such as independence or even the simple desire to continue driving, need to be weighed against the probability of the driver injuring themselves or even worse, someone else.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Officers from throughout the San Gabriel Valley gathered at APD tonight preparing for mutual aid assignments with LAPD and LASD as part of the Law Enforcement "Area D" Mutual Aid. The mutual aid response was activated to assist with the Marek, Sesnon and Porter Ranch fires. Mutual aid agencies typically dedicate a portion of their forces when called upon in emergencies.
Chief Bob Sanderson proudly introduced two "new" Officers to the APD family today during a swearing in ceremony at the Arcadia City Council Chambers. City Clerk Jim Barrows delivers the oath of office to Officer Joel Ibarra and Reserve Officer Lisa Hogue in the above photo. Joel has been a Reserve Police Officer with APD for about 19 years. He recently updated his training and qualified to become a full time Officer. Lisa has been a Volunteer in our Mounted Enforcement Unit(AMET) for two years and becomes the first Reserve Officer assigned to AMET. Lisa took the initiative to attend the Rio Hondo Police Academy Reserve Program on her own time in order to be appointed a Reserve Police Officer. Lisa is the first Reserve appointed to the Mounted Unit since the 1970's.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
At about 11:41 AM, October 8, 2008, Officers responded to the intersection of Duarte Road and Golden West Avenue in West Arcadia on report of a pedestrian involved collision. On arrival, Officers located an injured male victim in the roadway and the driver of the striking vehicle at the scene. AFD Paramedics arrived and rendered first aid to the victim who was transported to a local hospital. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.
The pedestrian was apparently struck in the crosswalk by a vehicle making a left turn at the intersection. The male victim was an 83 year old resident of Arcadia and the driver is an 88 year old male resident of San Gabriel. The driver was interviewed and not arrested or issued a citation at the time. The investigation is continuing.
The photo above shows Officers conducting a portion of the investigation at the scene. Duarte Road, east of Golden West was shut down to thru traffic for about two hours.
Today, the Red Ribbon Celebration brings millions of people together to raise awareness regarding the need for alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence prevention, early intervention, and treatment services. It is the largest, most visible prevention awareness campaign observed annually in the United States.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Here are some quick thoughts on staying safe while at home:
· Don’t just answer your door. Use peep holes or sidelight windows to see who is at the door. Ask, “Who’s there?” Challenge anyone you don’t recognize as to who they are and what their business is. Take a look out your window. Is there a marked service vehicle, a police car, UPS, or vehicle you recognize?
· If you contact the caller, always ask for work ID if you are not positive of who they are.
· Keep your front door locked, especially if you are upstairs, outback or in another portion of the house. Unlocked doors are an invitation to trouble.
· Keep garages closed. An open garage is an invitation for theft.
· Close and lock windows at night, or at least use a window stop to limit the opening.
· If you have a cordless phone, keep it with you.
· Know your neighbors and your neighborhood. Be familiar with faces and cars. If you see someone in the area that is acting suspicious, on your property or someone else’s, give your local police a call right away.
· Look around as you pull into your driveway or walk outside. Be aware of who and what is around you.
Suspects look for victims. Suspects look for a weakness, an opening, an easy target. Some will try and scam or trick you in to allowing them entrance to your home. Make things as difficult as possible. Do use common sense and be proactive about your own and your family’s safety.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
This photo comes courtesy of former APD Sergeant Paul Tulleners and depicts a group of Officers in front of the Wheeler Station in 1932. Paul has identified the Officers by name. As noted in the previous post, Paul has loaned his 1935 HD Police Motorcycle to APD, along with old photo collages and historical information about APD.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Earlier this summer, Pomona PD took a step forward in the Law Enforcement world by reaching out to the community via the Internet. They have a batch of videos on the Department's YouTube site that give a look inside PPD. Take a look at Chief Joe Romero's introduction to PPD 10-FIVE. This is a great way to touch the community and share information.
Suspect 1: Driver, M/W, tan skin, short dark brown hair, unshaven, 508, wearing a dark shirt and dark pants, NFD.
Suspect 2: Passenger, W/M, tan skin, grey “golfers” style hat, 5-08 wearing a long sleeve white shirt and dark pants, NFD.
Vehicle: Newer black SUV.
Any information or questions, call Det. Hernandez at 626- 574-5168. Case No 08-4791.
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
During follow-up investigation, one of our Investigators and APOA Vice-President, Mike Hale, learned that Teresa’s purse held a Nintendo game belonging to Teresa’s six year old daughter, Jasmine. He also found out that Teresa is a single mom working toward obtaining her teacher’s assistant certificate through Pasadena City College. Teresa is unemployed and had saved for quite some time in order to purchase the game for her daughter. After the theft, Jasmine was heartbroken and told her mom that she could not understand why someone would do such a thing to their family.
The APOA Board heard of the incident and decided to lend a hand. The APOA has purchased a Nintendo Game, a carrying purse and two new games for Jasmine. Teresa, Jasmine and younger sister, Tatiana, came to the Department today to meet with APOA President Troy Hernandez and VP Mike Hale. Jasmine was given her new game and Teresa was presented with a $250 gift certificate to Ralph’s Grocery to help as well. This was a nice surprise for both of them.
Pictured above are Jasmine and Tatiana with Troy and Mike behind.
A local municipal worker goes on a lunch break yesterday and ventures to a shady spot in an Arcadia residential neighborhood. The worker parks their truck and decides to "mellow out" with their friend, "Mary Jane." The worker becomes so relaxed that they lay back in the truck and as one Officer put it, "languidly dangled" their bare foot out the window. An Officer stops to check on the hanging foot and surprises the subject, interrupting their moment of relaxation. Needless to say, the worker left slightly less relaxed and with a citation.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Increasing following distance between vehicles increases our ability to perceive a problem, apply brakes if needed or take some other evasive action. Time and distance is your friend when it comes to speed. As a young driver, you are taught about the Three Second Rule. Sometimes we forget this one important piece of advice. But maintaining a following distance of three seconds between vehicles will definitely increase your ability to avoid a rear end collision. An alternate recommendation is to maintain a following distance of one car length per 10 mph while driving. So, if you are driving 65 mph on the freeway, you should be about 6-7 car lengths behind the vehicle in front of you.
Don’t become overconfident, either in your ability as a driver or in your vehicle. Remember the basic rules and greatly increase your chance to avoid a collision. Think about this; tailgating the car in front of you is not going to "push" them out of the way or down the road. Your disregard for safe following distance will only increase your chances of causing a collision. Take a breath, take your time and we'll all get there in one piece.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Do Not Hesitate to Call the Police
In recent months, there has been an increase in residential burglaries in
our community. In most cases, a residential burglary begins with some type
of suspicious activity within a neighborhood, often in broad daylight.
This activity may range from unknown vehicles perusing the area, to
individuals going door to door, determining whether or not residents are
home. These individuals will most likely have a driver waiting for
them, for a quick getaway in case someone begins to question their
actions. Many times, after burglaries have occurred and after suspects
have escaped, our reports indicate that at least one resident in the
immediate area did in fact witness this, or some other type of activity prior to
the crime, but for some reason, did not think more of it, or simply did not want
to inconvenience the police.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Simply speaking, cameras on the police unit read license plates on vehicles and then compare the plates read to those listed on a computer database. The vehicle and plate are also photographed. If there is a “hit” on the plate, such as a felony want or stolen vehicle, the PIPS system alerts the Officer who can then take action. If there is no hit, the vehicle information is stored in the database. The cameras work in daylight and darkness as they are equipped with infrared (IR) readers as well.
In addition to the use of this technology for recovering stolen vehicles and reducing auto theft, the system can be used to recover vehicles with excessive parking violations and as an investigative database as well. Investigators can conduct many different searches for suspect vehicles by use of the information collected by the PIPS system.
This is a great tool and will no doubt positively impact our ability to investigate all crimes involving use of a vehicle.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Highland Oaks Elementary School in Arcadia has participated in this event for years. The PTA and School Administration encourages the entire student body to walk with their parents, not just this day, but throughout the school year. They have even offered prizes and incentives for the kids to participate. On the designated Walk to School Day, Highland Oaks even has arranged "guest" crossing guards that are stationed at various intersections heading toward the school. Some of the guests have included City Council Members, City Staff, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, and of course, parents. Kudos to Highland Oaks for their efforts and in setting the example for our kids!
Check with your local school and see if they have plans on participating in the California Walk to School Week! If not, maybe you can spearhead the event. Check the Walk to School website for resources and additional information.
Monday, September 22, 2008
This composite was released on Friday, September 19th, and depicts the suspect in a series of robberies and carjackings that occurred in the City of Arcadia. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160. If seen, do not confront the suspect and please call your local police. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.
The suspect in these events is described as a male white or light skinned Hispanic in his twenties, 5’10” tall with a thin build and a shaved head. The suspect is heavily tattooed on his right forearm and he is armed with a silver handgun.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Approximately fifteen minutes later, in the south end of town, the suspect entered a home in the 600 block of Flamingo, pointed a handgun at the resident, and robbed him of cash and the keys for his vehicle. The suspect fled in the victim’s 2001 Toyota Sienna Van, leaving the stolen Ford Expedition behind.
During the area search for the suspect, an unoccupied Range Rover that had been taken in a carjacking in Azusa earlier this morning, was found in the 300 block of east Foothill Boulevard.
The suspect in these events is described as a male white or light skinned Hispanic in his twenties, 5’10” tall with a thin build and a shaved head. The suspect is heavily tattooed on his right forearm and he is armed with a silver handgun.
Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160. The Crime Scene Blog has an entry and associated map detailing information on this crime spree as well.
Update to original post, 6:00 pm;
Additional reports on today's incidents can be found at both the KABC7 and KCAL9 websites.
UPDATE: IN CUSTODY!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Sunday, August 31:
1. Around 3:40 a.m., three male Asian victims reported a verbal altercation with three male Hispanic suspects in the 1000 block of South Sixth. The suspects threatened the victims, and they called another man for assistance knowing that he had handguns in his car. Shortly thereafter, two more Hispanics showed up at the scene; one armed with a handgun and another with a pistol grip shotgun. They brandished the weapons and then all the suspects fled in a silver BMW. Officers located the suspect vehicle and a high risk traffic stop was made. All five suspects, between 19 and 21 years of age, were arrested for making terrorist threats, possession of deadly weapons, and carrying concealed weapons in a vehicle.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
This is the second residential burglary north of Foothill Boulevard in as many days. Yesterday, a home in the 200 block of Hacienda was ransacked and burglarized. It is unknown if the two are related. Anyone with information is asked to call APD Detectives at (626) 574-5160.
We encourage our residents to use City services and resources that are made available to them. The Blog previously ran an entry on “Arcadia Advocacy” which is one way to report perceived problems or concerns to City Staff via the web. There are also several hot lines that a resident can take advantage of when reporting some of these issues;
Graffiti Hot Line (626) 821-4333
Abandoned Shopping Carts (800) 252-4613
Street Lights/Pot Holes (626) 256-6554
Code Enforcement (626) 574-5421
If you are not sure what Department will handle your request, City Hall can be reached at (626) 574-5400 and for after hours, APD Dispatch at (626) 574-5123. We will attempt to route your request to the proper resource.
Monday, September 15, 2008
The driver of a parked car in the lot told Officers that he thought his car was not in gear. He then mistakenly backed out of his parking stall, across the driveway and into the building. The vehicle struck the doorway and wall to one of the motel rooms, causing some minor damage to the structure, trapping a 77 year old motel guest in the room until Officers and Firefighters arrived. Neither the driver nor motel guest was injured in the collision. Motel 6 remained open and relocated the guest to another room.