Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 20-26, 2012

Weekly Tip - Pool & Water Safety

Summer is upon us and one of the biggest attractions during this time of year is the swimming pool. Unfortunately, our pools are also one the leading contributors to accidents, injury and death in the home. Children love water and a pool is an inviting place, not only in the summer, but throughout the year for a young child. That is why there are rules and regulations that apply to all residential swimming pools. Fences, alarms, clearance, self-closing gates and latches, are just some of the requirements. Visit your local City website and view the municipal code requirements or call your local City Hall.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has a handout available on-line that gives excellent tips for pool safety. See the City of Arcadia website and other sources, such as the Red Cross, for additional tips and resources available on the web.

In addition to the physical requirements, remember to always be aware of your young childs where abouts when pools are near. Even if they know how to swim, keep an eye on them. Set rules for your children about not using the pool without adult supervision, keep toys and other inviting objects away from the pool when not in use, always have a phone available near the pool, keep pool gates locked and shut when not using them, do not place ladders or chairs against the outside of a pool fence. Learn basic safety techniques and take a CPR class. Be proactive and prevent accidents before they happen!

Summer time is also a time for outdoor gatherings and hosting a pool party. Never assume your child is being watched. Appoint someone to be the "pool monitor" at all times. Time is not on your side with a drowning victim. Drowning can happen in a matter of seconds. Answering the phone, getting another drink, grabbing a snack, all allow time for a drowning. Be responsible and be always aware of what is happening in the pool! If a child is missing, the first place to look should be the pool. In the event of an emergency, immediately call 9-1-1.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day 2012

To those that are serving, and to those that have served, we wish you the best on this Memorial Day 2012. To the men and women who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice, we salute you! Take the time to say "Thanks" to our vets and current members of our military, not just today, but everyday.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for May 13-19, 2012

News Release - Village Area Burglary Arrests

Incident:     Residential Burglary      

Date and Time of Release:     May 23, 2012 / 1:00 PM

On May 23, 2012, at approximately 10:54 AM, the Arcadia Police Department received a call from a resident reporting a suspicious subject knocking on his door in the 900 block of Panorama. The resident noticed the subject was associated with an occupied vehicle on the street and watched as they continued knocking on other doors in the neighborhood.  As officers arrived, the vehicle was located and a female adult driver was detained.

Moments later a second resident, who was working in his garage in the 1000 block of Panorama, called the Police Department and stated that two male subjects exited the rear door of his residence. One of the subject’s descriptions matched that provided by the previous caller. The resident watched as the two subjects ran down his driveway toward the street at which time they saw the police officers. The two subjects then ran back to the rear yard and jumped over the wall. A police perimeter was established and the two subjects were located in a nearby construction site where they were taken into custody.

Officers discovered a burglary had been committed at the residence of the second caller. Both callers identified the subjects involved. They were arrested and transported to the Arcadia Police Department for processing. The arrested suspects are:

Brian Magallanes, 19 years old from Duarte
Eulises Andres 19 years old from La Puente
Stephanie Iraheta, 18 years old from La Puente.

The case is currently being investigated by the Detective Bureau and the loss is yet to be determined. Please direct all inquiries to the Watch Commander at (626)574-5156.

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By: S. Flores #446, Sergeant

Refer Case #12-2331

Weekly Tip - Walking Safety

Warmer weather, daylight saving time, summer approaching, are all reasons more pedestrians are hitting the road in the early mornings and evenings.  It is important to practice good walking and running safety as a pedestrian.  Many factors impact whether or not drivers will see pedestrians.  Some vision obscurements and lighting conditions are not controlled by the pedestrian, but we can greatly enhance our safety and visibility with some proactive steps:
  • Wear light/bright colored clothing, preferably clothing with reflective strips or perhaps a safety vest.
  • Carry a lighted flashlight when walking at night.
  • Use sidewalks when available.
  • Walk facing traffic so you can see cars approaching.
  • If walking or running in the roadway, stay out of traffic lanes - it is unsafe and possibly unlawful.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing streets, additional lanes, or driveways.
  • Never assume drivers will stop or yield - walk defensively.
  • If you must have music or talk on your phone, use only one earpiece and keep the volume down. Listen for traffic!
  • Be aware of your surroundings and practice personal safety!
    • Vary your routes so you are not predictable.
    • Avoid dimly lit roads, alleys, and areas.
    • Carry identification and a cell phone.
    • Walk with a partner or friend.
    • Don't approach vehicles stopping near you or in your path.
    • Consider personal safety items such as pepper spray.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Students Say "Thank You" - Police Week 2012

Arcadia Police Officers received a special "Thank You" from a group of local elementary students, in honor of National Police Week.  Students in Ms. Susan Kim's class, Camino Grove Elementary, delivered hand crafted cards and a huge cookie to the station yesterday.  Honored by the teacher and students taking the time to think of us.   

Friday, May 18, 2012

Four-Week Closure of Colorado Boulevard for Bridge Removal starts Monday, May 21st.

Four-Week Closure of Colorado Boulevard for Bridge Removal starts Monday, May 21st.

Attention commuters, residents, businesses, and organizations in the vicinity of W. Colorado Boulevard and N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA.

Four-Week Closure of Colorado Boulevard for Bridge Removal

Crews will be removing the railroad bridge over W. Colorado Boulevard, as part of pre-construction activities for the 11.5-mile Metro Gold Line Foothill Extension light rail project. This work requires daily closures of W. Colorado Boulevard at the bridge for a three week period. The street will be closed during the day and reopened each night to thru-traffic. Additionally, a fourth week of complete closure (day and night) will also be necessary.

Weather permitting, the weekday only closures are scheduled from Monday, May 21 to Friday, June 8, 2012. The week of full closures (day and night) is scheduled from Monday, June 11 to Friday, June 15, 2012. All work will be performed during the daytime work hours of 7:00 am to 5:00 p.m.

Crews will be working on W. Colorado Boulevard between San Antonio Road and N. Santa Anita Avenue, Arcadia, CA.

• Local access to residences and businesses will be maintained by use of access streets along the detour route.
• Access to Newcastle Park will be maintained, however, a portion of the eastern edge of the park will be fenced off due to construction.
• During closures, thru-traffic for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians will be detoured to Colorado Place and Santa Clara Street (see detour map).
• Construction equipment noise will be heard near active work zones.

Visit and sign up to receive important progress updates and construction alerts to your email. Community Hotline: (626) 324-7098

News Release: Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Incident:                                             Assault with a Deadly Weapon - Stabbing

Date and Time of Release:                        May 18, 2012, 11:30 a.m.

The Arcadia Police Department was notified by staff at a local hospital they were treating a victim of a stabbing who said the incident occurred in the City of Arcadia.  The victim arrived at the hospital during the evening hours of Thursday, May 17, 2012.

Officers met with the victim, a 20-year-old, male Asian from Hacienda Heights, at the hospital, where he was being treated for a single stab wound to his chest.  The victim said he had walked out of a beverage shop, when he was approached in the parking lot by two males, asking the victim where he was from.  Words were exchanged, and the suspects punched the victim.  One suspect stepped back, pulled out a folding knife, and stabbed the victim in the chest.  The suspects then ran off.  The victim said the incident took place on Friday, May 11, 2012, between 1:00-3:00 p.m., at a business located at Santa Anita Avenue and Duarte Road, Arcadia.  The victim provided a vague description of the suspects as being Hispanic males, 18-21 years old, one wearing a blue “LA” hat, blue shirt, black/gray plaid shorts, and white knee high socks.

The victim does have admitted gang affiliation and based on the victim’s account, the incident may be gang related.  Due to a lack of witnesses and delayed reporting of the incident, we are asking the public’s help in providing additional information on the crime.  Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the Arcadia Police Department at (626)574-5156.  You can also submit crime tips and information via text, phone, or web to LA Regional Crime Stoppers, 800-222-TIPS (8477).

Robert T. Guthrie, Chief of Police

By:      Tom Le Veque

Refer Case #12-2231

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Click It or Ticket! 2012 National Campaign

The 2012 National Click It or Ticket Mobilization Campaign runs from Monday, May 21 through Sunday, June 3, 2011.  In order to support national efforts to make Click It or Ticket a success, the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are asking traffic and patrol officers from every agency to join police departments across the State in conducting maximum visibility seat belt enforcement during the campaign time frame.  To assist with the campaign, Arcadia Police Officers will be conducting increased enforcement looking for seat belt and child restraint violations, both day and night.
It only takes two seconds to buckle up. Two seconds! And those two seconds could literally save your life. They will also keep you from getting a ticket and a fine.
Law enforcement throughout California will be looking for drivers and passengers who don’t buckle up during the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt enforcement campaign. They will be on the lookout for drivers and passengers - including passengers in the back seat, day and night.
Drive Safely!  Buckle Up!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Weekly Tip - May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month.  Here is a post offering some tips on motorcycle safety and education.

Summer time, gas prices, both are reasons why many people turn to a motorcycle for their daily commute. Motorcycles can save time and fuel cost, but without proper training and practice, the rider can be much more prone to becoming involved in a collision compared to driving a car. California law requires that a motorcycle rider obtain a Class M1 endorsement on their license. The test is fairly simple and with a minimum of studying and practice, a rider can pass the tests. However, that is NOT enough.

Prior to straddling a motor and hitting the streets or freeways, motorcycle riders need to understand their bikes, know their capabilities as a rider, what to look for, and what to 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:

•National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Web Bike World

Mt. San Antonio College (Mt. Sac - Local Safety Classes)

Monday, May 14, 2012

CA Police Among Nation’s Most Followed on Twitter

CA Police Among Nation’s Most Followed on Twitter

Arcadia PD ranks third in Twitter followers for similar size agencies according to the study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police Center for Social Media.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day 2012

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.  ~Author Unknown

Wishing all mothers a very Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Weekly Activity Highlights for April 29 - May 5, 2012

Weekly Tip - Traffic Safety Near our Schools is Needed ALL Year Long!

The school year is still in session!  Although we are quickly approaching the summer break, it is important for all parents, commuters, students, and pedestrians to practice good traffic safety near our schools!
At least twice daily, several hundred automobiles converge on each of our City schools to deliver and pick up students. Severe traffic congestion from illegally stopped vehicles and other violations place our children in an unsafe environment.  Traffic problems near schools are not unique to the City of Arcadia.  Like towns throughout the San Gabriel Valley, the Arcadia Police Department receives many requests each school year to increase police patrols, increase enforcement and to assist in making changes to improve the safety of the students.  Many problems can be solved through education of the students and parents, traditional traffic enforcement and through engineering changes.  However, when certain violations continue despite these efforts, law enforcement officers will turn to non-traditional methods to help curb the problem.
In January of 2006, the Arcadia Police Department began using video cameras to record vehicular violations near our schools, as they occur. Traffic Officers later process the video and mail citations to the registered owner of the violator vehicle. Increased compliance with these types of traffic laws will significantly improve the safety of our children.  Our enforcement efforts continue throughout the school year and we encourage all to drive and commute responsibly.

Here are a few things to remember:

DO NOT double-park
DO NOT drop off or pick up a passenger while stopped in traffic
DO NOT stop in red or no parking zones
DO NOT be part of the problem

DO drive safely!
DO be part of the solution!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Community Bike Ride & AFFA Pancake Breakfast

The Arcadia Recreation & Community Services Department is sponsoring the Annual Community Bike Ride, tomorrow, May 5, 2012, at 7:30am. Please join us for a leisurely ride through some of Arcadia’s most beautiful neighborhoods. This slow paced, seven mile excursion, is geared toward families and organized in an effort to create a positive tradition and promote healthy living. Meet in the Community Center parking lot at 7:30am for check in, bike ride begins at 8am. Helmets are required and there will be NO bicycles with training wheels permitted. Children under thirteen must be accompanied by an adult. Bike ride takes place rain or shine. 

The first 50 people to check in will receive a ticket to the Arcadia Firefighters Association Pancake Breakfast also being held on that same day at Station 106. Tickets for the breakfast can also be purchased at the station for $5. 

No registration necessary. For more information please call 626.574.5113 or go on-line to the City of Arcadia’s website:


Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Weekly Tip - Don't Drive Drunk Detour Program

Jan's Towing offers a free service known as "Don't Drive Drunk Detour Program" throughout the year. Jan's is committed to helping to keep drunk drivers off the road and takes an active role by offering this program to those who have indulged a little too much. With the holiday weekend upon us, take advantage of this offer should the need arise. Jan's can be reached at (626) 334-1383.

Remember to report drunk drivers, call 9-1-1 and help keep our roads safe! Have a safe and fun Cinco de Mayo!