Retired Glendora police K-9 ‘Roby’ dies

GLENDORA >> The Glendora Police Department said goodbye this week to a faithful four-legged officer who served the community for seven years before retiring in 2014.
Roby, a Belgian Malinois who patrolled the streets of Glendora alongside handler Officer Al Ancheta under the call sign “3K2,” died Thursday, Glendora police officials announced over the weekend.
“Roby died doing one of his favorite things in the world: going on a car ride,” police said in a written statement. “Roby was a strong working dog, a loyal partner to Officer Ancheta and guardian to the Ancheta and Glendora Police Department families. We ask that you keep Officer Ancheta and his family in your thoughts and prayers as they mourn the loss of what can truly be described as man’s best friend.”
Roby was the Glendora Police Department’s second police dog when he joined the agency in 2007, officials said.
“Roby assisted in the arrest of numerous dangerous criminals, the recovery of illegal narcotics and he highlighted countless community events,” the statement said. “Roby was a regular fixture in the Glendora Police station, always walking around with a ball in his mouth begging someone to throw it, yet stubbornly refusing to allow anyone to take it away from him.”
After retiring, Roby lived out his days with Ancheta’s family, becoming particularly fond of Ancheta’s youngest son.
“Roby sired two litters of healthy puppies, the second of which was born only hours before he left us,” according to the statement.
In the statement, the department offered one last parting message to its loyal K-9.
“Roby, you will be missed. 3K2, you are clear to secure.”
But the Glendora Police Department’s K-9 program lives on, with K-9 Bo and handler Officer Scott Salvage.
The department announced earlier this week that Bo will soon be receiving a bullet and stab resistant vest to help keep him safe while on-duty, thanks to an anonymous donor and the non-profit organization Vested interest in K9s.
“I would like to thank the Vested Interest in K9s for providing the Glendora Police Department with a great piece of equipment to protect my partner,” Salvage said. “This will help allow him to better protect our team and community.”

PHOTOS courtesy of the Glendora Police Department

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Glendora man killed by alleged DUI, hit-and-run driver identified


GLENDORA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a 58-year-old Glendora man who was fatally struck by an alleged DUI, hit-and-run driver while working under the hood of a car last week.
Brian Pasley succumbed to his injuries at a hospital shortly after the 10:10 a.m. crash on April 13 along Grand Avenue, just north of Arrow Highway, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He was working on auto repairs along the side of the road when a Scion xB driven by 29-year-old Mark Stephen Gagliardi of Claremont slammed into the rear of the car Pasley was working on, Glendora police Cpl. Bill Lee said at the time.
Gagliardi fled the scene, but was found and arrested nearby after his damaged car broke down less than half a mile away, Lee said.
Investigators determined Gagliardi was driving while intoxicated and arrested him on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI and hit-and-run, according to the corporal.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Gagliardi was released from jail pending his initial court appearance after posting $136,000 bail.

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Glendora man fatally struck by alleged DUI, hit-and-run driver while working on car


GLENDORA >> A Claremont man is accused of manslaughter, DUI and hit-and-run after he crashed his car into a parked car early Thursday, killing a man who was working under the hood, authorities said.
Mark Stephen Gagliardi, 29, was jailed in connection with the 10:10 a.m. crash along Grand Avenue, just north of Arrow Highway, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The victim, a 59-year-old Glendora man whose name was not available, was working on his car, which was parked along the east curbline of Grand Avenue, prior to the crash, Glendora police Cpl. Bill Lee said.
Gagliardi was northbound on Grand Avenue when his Scion xB veered toward the side of the road and rear-ended the victim’s parked vehicle, according to the corporal. The impact pushed the victim’s vehicle forward, crushing him between his own vehicle and another vehicle parked in front of it.
Paramedics treated the badly injured man at the scene and took him to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, Lee said.
The driver, later identified as Gagliardi, tried to drive away, Lee said. But his car, which was damaged in the collision, broke down less than half a mile away. Officers arrested him without a struggle.
Gagliardi was ultimately booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, DUI and felony hit-and-run, Lee said.
According to county booking records, Gagliardi was being held in lieu of $136,000 bail pending his initial court appearance.

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Woman arrested following Glendora sushi restaurant break-in, high-speed chase


GLENDORA >> Police arrested one suspect and sought two more after they burglarized a Glendora sushi restaurant early Saturday, then led police on a pursuit that ended in Compton, officials said.
A burglary alarm triggered about 4:30 a.m. first drew police to the restaurant in the 1800 block of East Route 66, according to Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini.
“Officers responded and immediately confirmed that a burglary had occurred,” he said. Burglars had broken into the business through the back door and stolen cash, but fled before police arrived.
An officer searching the area spotted a suspicious car getting onto the 210 Freeway near Lone Hill Avenue and tried to pull it over, the lieutenant said. The car accelerated away, kicking off a high-speed chase on the 210, 605 and 105 freeways. Suspects inside the car were seen tossing unknown items from the vehicle during the pursuit.
The car exited the 105 Freeway in Compton and came to a stop, Lamborghini said. Two suspects ran from the car and were not found.
The driver, 33-year-old Erika Anette Washington of Redlands, was taken into custody, according to police and Los Angeles County booking records. She was booked on suspicion of burglary and evading police.
The money believed to have been stolen from the sushi restaurant was not found.
According to county booking records, Washington was being held in lieu of $20,000 bail pending her arraignment hearing, scheduled Monday in the West Covina branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court.

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Bandit sought in Glendora bank robbery


GLENDORA >> A man carried out a robbery at a Glendora bank branch on Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crime took place shortly before 5:20 p.m. at the Bank of America, 843 E. Arrow Highway, Glendora police Lt. Rob Lamborghini said.
A man entered the bank and handed a teller a note demanding cash, he said. The robber fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was seen.
Officers searched the area but did not find the culprit, Lamborghini said. A description of the robber was not available.
No further details were available Saturday.
Anyone with information can reach the Glendora Police Department at 626-914-8250. Tips may also be submitted anonymously to L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.

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Elderly Alta Loma man dies after crash on 210 Freeway in Glendora


GLENDORA >> An elderly Alta Loma man died Thursday morning following an apparently minor three-vehicle crash on the 210 Freeway, authorities said.
The man’s identity was not available pending positive identification and notification of family members, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said. California Highway Patrol officials initially described the victim as a 76-year-old Alta Loma man.
The 10:27 a.m. crash on the westbound 210 Freeway, east of Bonnie Cove Avenue, did not appear to involve violent forces, officials said. It was unclear whether the man may have suffered a medical emergency.
He was at the wheel of a 2003 GMC Envoy when traffic began slowing ahead, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said in a written statement.
A 2003 Dodge Ram being driven by a 69-year-old Claremont man failed to slow in time and rear-ended the GMC, Jimenez said. The impact pushed the GMC forward into the back of a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling in front of it with a 53-year-old San Dimas man driving.
“The vehicles began to move to the right shoulder after the collisions, when for unknown reasons, the GMC Envoy continued to the right up the dirt embankment,” Jimenez said. “The GMC Envoy then continued back to the left across all traffic lanes and collided with the center divider wall where the vehicle came to rest.”
The driver of the Ford and another good Samaritan found the driver of the GMC unresponsive and performed CPR, officials said. Paramedics soon arrived and took over treatment as they took the man to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
The two other men involved in the crash suffered no injuries, Jimenez said.
The incident remained under investigation. Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.

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Seven suspects arrested following Glendora break-in

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GLENDORA >> Police arrested seven people on suspicion of crimes including home-invasion robbery and being felon in possession of a gun after a break-in in a Glendora neighborhood late Tuesday, authorities said.
Doncell Alize Hannah, 23, of Palmdale; Christopher Tyrone Hicks, 24, of Pasadena; Howard Dennis Vaughn IV, 24, of Pasadena; Elante Lamar Gilliam, 25, of Altadena; Roger Rynell Tillotson, 22, of Adelanto, Jonee Jaquan Barnett, 25, of Lancaster; and Kayla Johnell Hunter, 28, of Pasadena were ultimately arrested on suspicion of crimes including burglary, home-invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to Glendora police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.
The suspects were charged with crimes including residential burglary, home invasion robbery, kidnapping, conspiracy, felon in possession of a firearm, resisting arrest an acting as an accessory, Glendora police Cpl. Shawna Celello said in a written statement.
The incident began about 9 p.m., when a resident of the 200 block of North Greencroft Avenue, when a resident called police to reports seeing suspicious people in ski masks making their way through his backyard via a home surveillance camera system, Celello said.
Responding officers noticed a suspicious, silver Mercedes-Benz SUV driving through the neighborhood, the corporal said. Police stopped the SUV and ultimately arrested two men inside in connection with the burglary.
“At about the same time officers heard a resident screaming inside of her residence and then saw three males run from that home,” Celello said. “Investigation into the incident revealed that these homeowners had just arrived home and interrupted a burglary-in-progress at the same time the Glendora police officers were containing the area from the original call.”
Three men ran from the home, she said. “Several loaded firearms that had just been stolen from the residence were thrown by the suspects in the street and in a nearby yard.”
One of the fleeing suspects was immediately captured, police said.
Another nearby resident’s report of suspicious person in her neighbor’s yard led officers to find the second fleeing suspect hiding in the crawl space of a house and without a struggle.
The third and final fleeing suspect was found hiding in an parked, covered car and arrested with the help of Glendora police K-9 “Bo,” Celello said.
But the arrests continued.
Officers stopped a second suspicious car being driven by a woman. “Investigation revealed she was attempting to rescue the final outstanding suspect and she was arrested for accessory to the burglary,” according to Celello.
Police also stopped a third suspicious car that was driving through the area without license plates. The driver and passenger were both arrested for accessory to the crimes, but the passenger was ultimately released without charges.
Hicks and Vaughn, who are already on probation due to previous convictions, were being held without bail pending their initial court appearances, according to police and booking records. Hannah, Gilliam and Tillotson were being held in lieu of $500,000 bail each, while Barnett and Hunter were released from custody after posting $20,000 bail each.

BOOKING PHOTOS courtesy of the Glendora Police Department

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Coyote attack prompts trapping, euthanization in Glendora

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GLENDORA >> Officials in Glendora have contracted with a company to trap and euthanize coyotes venturing close to neighborhoods after three of the animals attacked a mastiff as its owner walked it on a leash on Tuesday morning, authorities said.
The attack took place about 8:15 a.m. as a woman was walking her dog near Elderberry Drive and Snapdragon Lane, in the La Colina Estates housing development tract on the site of the former Monrovia Nursery, Glendora city officials said in a written statement.
“A Glendora resident was walking her mastiff on a leash when a coyote attacked the dog seemingly without reason,” according to the statement. “Shortly after the initial attack, two other coyotes joined in. The coyotes were fended off by the resident who threw rocks at the three coyotes and a witness who assisted by clapping her hands and yelling at the coyotes.”
The dog was treated for “minor puncture wounds” to its neck and expected to make a full recovery, officials said. It was to be examined by a veterinarian and quarantined as a precaution pending the result of blood tests.
“As a result of this incident occurring in broad daylight, with a large pet and with a human in close proximity, the City of Glendora has decided it is necessary to take reactive action,” the statement said.
City officials have hired a professional trapping company to trap and euthanize coyotes, in compliance with state law.
“The traps are designed so that they will not harm unintended wildlife,” the statement said. “The traps (were deployed Tuesday) in the area of the incident and in locations as determined by the trapping company professional opinion.”
Anyone who spots a coyote, or any other wildlife, posing an imminent threat is urged to call 911. To report sightings, the Glendora Police Department can be reached at 626-914-8250.
Officials offered some tips to help residents be good neighbors to their coyote neighbors living in the foothills:
• Never feed coyotes or any other wildlife
• Keep pets and pet food indoors. If feeding outside, feed pets during the day, for no more than an hour, and remove the food and water bowls after.
• Stay close to pets when taking them outdoors and always keeping them on a leash, especially from dusk through early morning
• Remove fallen fruit from the ground
• Bag food wastes such as meat scraps or leftover pet food
• Keep trash in containers with tight-fitting lids
• Use “hazing” techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray or throwing objects at the coyote.
• Never run away from a coyote
More information regarding wildlife in Glendora is available online at www.ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/living-with-wildlife.

PHOTO: ***STAFF FILE PHOTO***A pair of coyotes along the roadway in the Angeles National Forest on Saturday July 5, 2003. (Keith Durflinger/San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group)

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Voluntary evacuations issued in Glendora’s Colby fire impact area


GLENDORA >> Anticipated heavy rain on Sunday prompted officials issued voluntary evacuation orders for neighborhoods near the Colby fire impact area in Glendora on Sunday.
Those choosing to evacuate may go to the Glendora Teen Center at 241 W. Dawson Ave., Glendora police officials said in an alert.
Rain-related parking restrictions are also in effect in the affected area, and residents were told to remove vehicles, trash bins or any other obstructions from the streets.
•Map of Colby fire impact area
Additional information regarding the Colby fire impact area is available online at www.ci.glendora.ca.us/residents/colby-fire-information.

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Glendora selects first female police chief

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GLENDORA >> City officials on Wednesday selected San Pablo Police Chief Lisa G. Rosales to take the reins of the Glendora Police Department as first female chief in the department’s 106-year history.
Rosales has 30 years of law enforcement experience, city officials said in a written statement. A former Glendora resident of 19 years, she served with the Pasadena Police Department from 1987 to 2014, before being selected to head the San Pablo Police Department in 2014.
She replaces former Police Chief Tim Staab, who retired last month of 33 years of service to the Glendora Police Department.
Rosales will begin her duty in Glendora on Feb. 6. Capt. Joe Ward is serving as interim chief in the meantime.
Prior to her career in law enforcement, Rosales grew up in Highland Park and worked as a substitute school teacher.
“Her interest in police work was the result of two friends who in 1977 were kidnapped and murdered around her quiet hometown area. The victims were killed at the hands of the “Hillside Strangler” who terrorized the Los Angeles area in the late-1970’s with the killing of 10 women,” according to the statement.
“While in the teaching field, Rosales somehow knew she had to do more to help people and families in the community terrorized by violent crime,” the statement said. “She was hired by the Pasadena Police Department who sponsored her to attend Rio Hondo Police Academy.”
Rosales has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of San Diego, as well as Masters in Public Administration from the University of La Verne. She is a graduate of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Command College Program.
She worked in positions including patrol, detective bureau and administration as she rose through the ranks of law enforcement, officials said.
The selection was made during Wednesday night’s City Council meeting.
Upon accepting a the position as San Pablo’s police chief in 2014, she kept her home in Glendora with plans to return one day, according to the statement.
The Glendora Police Department, with 54 sworn officers and 45 non-sworn employees, is larger that the San Pablo Police Department, which is comprised of 55 officers and 24 civilian employees.
City Manager Chris Jeffers welcomed her back to the community.
“Her desire to contribute and live in Glendora has come true, and we are very fortunate to have her wealth of experience and leadership become part of the Glendora Police Department,” he said.

PHOTO  courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department

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