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Claremont Courier 2.2.13

Claremont Courier 2.2.13

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COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont police escort a burglary suspect to a waiting car shortly after he was apprehended following a botched home inva-sion on Wednesday in north Claremont. Quick work by police resulted in the arrest of 3 suspects out of Long Beach. Police foundbags of jewelry and other valuables in the suspectʼs car, which are believed to have been stolen by the trio.
Claremont police nab 3 suspects in home invasion
Story on page 3
Pilgrim Place prepares for Napier Awards ceremony
Story on page 5
In this edition
Fred Claire visits Claremont Place torecount his years in Dodger Blue
Story on page 12
Volunteers hit the pavement after dark tohelp LA County with homeless count
Story on page 14
Mayor Larry Schroeder and thecouncil fill us in on the State of the City
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Gun control
Dear Editor:Recently we’ve all heard discussionsand proposals on gun control. These haveall been about an assault weapons ban, theSecond Amendment, the NRA, back-ground checks, improved mental healthaccess, pervasive video violence, etc. Butnone that I’ve heard have addressed whatI consider the real problem: the Americanculture, which has long been enamored byguns.The media have been able to turn ourpopulace against smoking, drunk driving,certain drugs, obesity, even red meat!They should simply add guns to this list.
Robert Haas
Claremont
Sticking to her guns
Dear Editor:I read the open letter to gun owners inthe January 23 edition of the COURIERand had to laugh at the recommendationthat NRA members should give up theirmembership, “as the NRA does not rep-resent the sensible gun owner.”As an NRA member, I have been ableto access classes such as “Refuse to be avictim,” which teaches a variety of crimeprevention strategies from criminal psy-chology to auto crimes to cyber crime andsome physical combat self-defense tools.It isn’t even a firearms course. That seemssensible to me.Also, there is the Eddie Eagle programteaching pre-K through third grade chil-dren how to avoid gun accidents with theadmonition: “If you see a gun, stop! Don’ttouch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.” Ap-proximately 18 million children in the US,Canada and Puerto Rico have beenthrough the class. That seems sensible tome, too.My favorite take away from my NRA“Gun Safety for Women” class was thatthe average response time to a 911 callcan be 10 to 23 minutes depending on thecity. The response time of a .357 [Mag-num revolver] is 1400 feet per second.I think I would rather occupy a burglarwith my .357 in case the police were de-layed by traffic.Oh…and as a sensible gun owner, Ithink I’ll do the sensible thing and keepmy NRA membership active.
Wendy Hampton
Claremont
Claremont COURIER/Saturday, February 2, 2013
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The Claremont Courier (United States Postal Service 115-180) is published twice weekly by the Courier Graphics Corporation at 1420 N. ClaremontBlvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. The Courier is a newspaper of general circulation as defined by the political code of the state of California, entered as periodicals matter September 17, 1908 at the post office at Claremont, California under the act of March 3, 1879. Periodicals postageis paid at Claremont, California 91711-5003. Single copy: One dollar. Annual subscription: $52.00. Send all remittances and correspondence about sub-scriptions, undelivered copies and changes of address to the Courier, 1420 N. Claremont Blvd., Suite 205B, Claremont, California 91711-5003. Tele-phone: 909-621-4761. Copyright © 2013 Claremont Courier
one hundred and fifth year, number 09
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420 N. Claremont Blvd., Ste. 205BClaremont, CA 91711
(909) 621-4761Office hours: Monday-Friday9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Owner
Janis Weinberger
Publisher and Owner
Peter Weinberger
pweinberger@claremont-courier.com
Editor-in-Chief
Kathryn Dunn
editor@claremont-courier.com
Newsroom
City Reporter
Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Education Reporter/Obituaries
Sarah Torribio
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Sports Reporter
Chris Oakley
sports@claremont-courier.com
Photo Editor/Staff Photographer
Steven Felschundneff
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Reporter At Large
Pat Yarborough
Calendar Editor
Jenelle Renschcalendar@claremont-courier.com
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Kathryn Dunn
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Jessica Gustin
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 Agendas for city meetings are avail-able at www.ci.claremont.ca.us
GOVERNINGOURSELVES
Tuesday, February 5
Planning CommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6
Community and Human ServicesCommissionCouncil Chamber, 7 p.m.
Thursday, February 7
CUSD Board of EducationKirkendall Center, 6:30 p.m.
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READERS’ COMMENTS
Please send readers’ comments via email toeditor@claremont-courier.com or by mail or hand deliv-ery to 1420 N. Claremont Blvd. Ste. 205B, Claremont,CA 91711.The deadline for submission for the Wednesday edi-tion is Monday at 3 p.m.; the deadline for the Saturdayedition is Thursday at 3 p.m.The COURIER cannot guarantee publication of everyletter. Letters are the opinion of the writer, not a reflec-tion of the COURIER. We reserve the right to edit letters.
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Claremont COURIER/Saturday, February 2, 2013
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CITY NEWS
A Claremont woman helped put 3 men behind barsafter a north Claremont home invasion Tuesday after-noon. Police believe the trio of Long Beach residents hasbeen involved in a string of residential burglariesthroughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.Nancy Staples was at her daughter’s home in the 2300block of Oxford Avenue when she heard a knock at thedoor. She peered out a window and because the man atthe door was someone she didn’t recognize, Ms. Staplesleft the knock unanswered. Though theman walked away, he soon returned withanother in tow. They knocked on the door again. Whenno one answered the second time, the men proceeded toenter the home through an unlocked side garage door,according to Ms. Staples, who barricaded herself in abedroom and called the police.Claremont police officers arrived as the 2 men werefleeing the home with stolen electronics. Both subjectswere arrested a mere 25 feet from the house. A third in-dividual found in a car parked nearby believed to be thegetaway driver in the burglary was also arrested. Policesearched the man’s silver Jeep Cherokee and found atleast 8 bags filled with stolen jewelry, according to Lieu-tenant Shelly Vander Veen.The subjects who entered the home, 22-year-oldEdwin Santiago of Long Beach and a 17-year-old minor,and the driver, 23-year-old Martin Campos, also of LongBeach, were arrested for burglary. Both the minor andMr. Campos were already on probation for burglary, ac-cording to police. While investigation continues, Mr.Campos’ bail has been set at $120,000 while Mr. Santi-ago is being held at $50,000. The minor was sent to LosPadrinos in Downey where he awaits court proceedings.The incident on Oxford Avenue was the secondbotched burglary attempt in Claremont this week, ac-cording to police. On Thursday, January 24, a resident inthe 1400 block of Benedict Avenue received a similarhouse call and, like Ms. Staples, did not answer. Soonafter the knock at the door, the resident heard a noise in therear of the house as an unknown subject attempted to pryopen a window, according to Lt. Vander Veen. The resi-dent was able to activate a house alarm before entry wasmade. Police were unable to locate the subject. A con-nection between the 2 incidents is unknown.Claremont residents were put on further alert the day fol-lowing the Oxford Avenue burglary when the
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newspaper deliveryman had,over a 3 year period, given burglars a list of subscribers whohad placed vacation holds on their subscriptions.According to the report, a majority of the resulting bur-glaries took place “along the 210 Freeway in eastern LACounty and western San Bernardino County.” More than$100,000 worth of stolen items have been recovered overthe past 6 months in connection with burglaries through-out San Gabriel Valley, including Diamond Bar, Walnutand Chino Hills. Residents who believe they may havebeen victim to these crimes are told to call the CPD De-tective Bureau at 399-5420, as they are working with de-tectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department toidentify victims.In recent months, Claremont police have noted an up-turn in the city’s burglaries, which include residential bur-glaries, auto burglaries and vehicle theft, according toCaptain Jon Traber in an interview earlier this month.Despite concerns over increased crime, in a recent letterto the public published the same day as the Oxford Av-enue burglary, Chief of Police Paul Cooper insists thatcrime in Claremont actually remains low. While the city’sPart I crimes, broken up into 2 categories—violentcrimes and property crimes—increased 7 percent, or 70additional crimes in 2012, it remains the fourth lowestlevel of Part I crimes reported since 1985, according toChief Cooper.“To really put things in perspective, in 1985 there were1,661 Part I crimes or 714 more crimes than last year,” hewrote.Police ask the help of residents to continue to keepcrime down, advising them to lock doors and windows,report suspicious crime and sign up for the police de-partment’s E-Watch electronic mail program and Ever-bridge mass calling system. Both programs will ensureresidents are kept abreast of city crime.“With the changes to our criminal justice system, Idon’t want to see us return to the crime levels of the past,but it will take a concerted effort on the part of every-one,” Mr. Cooper continued. “The men and women inyour police department are committed to keeping theClaremont community safe. My door is always open andI welcome any questions or suggestions you may have.”
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
Claremont woman helps police catch serial burglars
Thursday, January 24
If you are the owner of a duffel bagsuitcase kept wrapped in a plastic bag,there’s good news: your bag’s been found.Police located the unusually wrapped lug-gage behind an air conditioning unit at theClaremont Metrolink Station. The ownerhas 90 days to claim it.****In other news on Thursday, it turns outa college golf cart is not the place to takecover from the rain. A 28-year-old Clare-mont resident found that out the hard way.Campus safety detained Adam Paredesafter finding him sitting in a Harvey Muddgolf cart around 7 a.m. Mr. Paredes claimshe had been drinking in the ClaremontVillage and was walking home when itbegan to pour, so he took cover in the golf cart, according to Lieutenant Shelly Van-der Veen. Campus Safety didn’t buy hisstory. He was arrested for attempted theft.
Sunday, January 27
In one fell swoop, the owner of a FordF350 parked at the Springhill Townhomesis out a heart-stopping $6000. Carts,clamps, brackets, nuts, bolts and canistersof diesel gas were scooped up from theback of the pickup, leaving the truckempty by the time the driver got back thenext morning. There are no suspects.
Tuesday, January 29
A morning trip to the laundromat endedup costing a Claremont woman $110, andnot because she used the world’s most ex-pensive detergent. As she grabbed her binfrom the back of the car and went in towash her load, a man made off with herpurse, which she had accidentally left ontop of her car. The thief is described as a35-year-old Hispanic man with a baldhead, weighing 200 pounds and standing5 feet 8 inches tall. At the time of the in-cident, he was wearing a gray hoodedsweatshirt and dark sweatpants.****Asphalt is an unusual place to curl upand take a nap, but it was about the mostnormal element of a man’s siesta in themiddle of the Rhino Records parking lotTuesday night. Donte Brown, a 26-year-old Rancho Cucamonga resident, wasfound out cold on the asphalt with hispants around his ankles, according to Lt.Vander Veen. He left behind a couple of unfortunate accidents. Police report hehad defecated and vomited in the parkinglot. A female friend was found asleep inthe vehicle next to where he slumbered.Both were arrested for being drunk inpublic.
—Beth Hartnett
news@claremont-courier.com
POLICE BLOTTER
CRIME
COURIER photos/Steven FelschundneffClaremont Police Officer Sean Evans questions a suspected burglar after he was taken into custody Wednes-day afternoon in north Claremont. The suspects entered the home through an unlocked side door and beganransacking the residence while the homeownerʼs mother called 911 and barricaded herself in a bedroom un-til police arrived. The 3 men arrested were all from the Long Beach area.

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