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POLICE BLOTTER South Claremont targeted in auto burglary spree
Six vehicles were targeted in a south were parked at a neighboring complex.
Wednesday, April 11 for his mother. Police were finally able Claremont auto burglary spree be- All cars showed signs of forced entry,
A truck driver was caught off guard to detain Mr. Stokes, who was arrested tween Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, according to Lieutenant Shelly Vander
Wednesday morning when a 40-to-50- for resisting an officer and a drug viola- April 17. Four of the burglarized cars Veen, who says the police have no sus-
foot tree branch fell on top of his vehicle tion. were located in the carport and rear pects at this time. The investigation
as he was driving down Claremont alley of the Vista Valle Townhomes, will continue.
Boulevard near Earlham Drive, sustain- Thursday, April 12 670 W. San Jose Ave. The additional 2
ing injuries. The driver was transported A crook left a trail for police after
to a nearby hospital with complaint of breaking and entering into 2 vehicles
pain to his neck. His car was towed from parked on Mt. Baldy Road. Both cars with 2 laptops, ran to the car and drove ****
the scene and city maintenance workers were parked in a turnout near San Anto- off. Police were unable to locate the bur- Police got more than they were ex-
were called to remove the tree branch nio Dam. Sometime between 4:15 and 6 glars. pecting after arresting an intoxicated mo-
from the road. p.m., the thief entered the vehicles by **** torcyclist Saturday night. Police stopped
**** smashing a window. The possessions lo- Police are searching for a hit-and-run Rafael Rodriguez, 46, of Montclair, near
A drug trip quickly went downhill for cated in one of the cars were left un- driver responsible for abandoning his car Indian Hill Boulevard and Auto Center
a Palm Springs man hanging out at the touched, while the other was reportedly in the center median near Arrow High- Drive and soon after determined that he
Chevron/McDonalds at 860 S. Indian missing a wallet with money and credit way and Notre Dame Road. A man was under the influence of alcohol. He
Hill Blvd. Wednesday night. Shane cards, a purse, 2 school backpacks with claiming to be the passenger of the car was also found to be driving with a sus-
Stokes, 22, began violently hitting the books and an MP3 player totaling a loss was found standing nearby, the smell of pended license. Upon searching the man,
countertop inside the McDonalds and ad- of about $500. Though the thief has not alcohol on his breath, according to Lt. police discovered a loaded pistol hidden
mitted to an employee that he was hallu- been located, a stack of driver’s licenses Vander Veen. After making an unsafe under the waistband of his pants and sev-
cinating, according to Lt. Vander Veen. and credit cards stolen in burglaries out turn, the driver reportedly lost control of eral concealed knives. He was booked at
Police responded, but were initially un- of San Bernardino County and Santa the car and crashed into a tree in the cen- the Claremont jail.
able to locate him. He was found 10 min- Ana were found nearby. Investigation is ter of the median. The driver then fled,
utes later at a nearby Sprint Store. ongoing. leaving his passenger behind. Police Tuesday, April 17
When police arrived, Mr. Stokes was were able to obtain the driver’s identifi- A Mountain View Elementary student
talking rapidly on his cell phone, in- Friday, April 13 cation from his abandoned friend and got in trouble with police Tuesday after-
forming the person on the other line that Claremont police are searching for 3 follow-up is being conducted. noon after her can of pepper spray went
he was being followed. He put down the men involved in a house burglary in the off at school. The juvenile was keeping
phone and admitted to the officers that 4000 block of Tenango Road. A witness Saturday, April 14 the can, given to her by a parent, in her
he was under the influence of metham- watched as the 3 burglars, described as College Park was left in the dark after backpack for safety. A fellow student
phetamine, for which he was also on pro- white males estimated to be 25 years old, the power wires were cut in what police went into the girl’s backpack for a pencil
bation. got out of a dark gray newer-model Toy- believe to be an attempted theft. The and the pepper spray was discharged on
Mr. Stokes suddenly became paranoid, ota Camry with paper plates parked power outage took place sometime be- the ground. No one was reportedly in-
jumping up and screaming that the offi- nearby and forced their way through the tween Friday, April 13 at 4 p.m. and Sat- jured. The girl was given a citation for
cers were not “real cops.” The officers front entrance of the home. The men ex- urday, April 14 at 11 a.m. Despite the being a minor in possession of pepper
tried to grab him, but he resisting, yelling ited the residence less than a minute later attempt, the task was left uncompleted. spray.
All of the wiring remained on scene.
continued from the previous page According to the report, Mr. Vos asserted
California Endowment CEO to explore
1946, currently enrolls about 1261 students
and is ranked ninth on the 2012 list of Best
that, though he was acting alone, he felt
pressured to maintain or increase SAT
healthy communities at Drucker School
National Liberal Arts Colleges, as published
by U.S. News & World Report.
scores. However, legal counsel maintains
that the level of pressure felt by Mr. Vos did
‘Skittles, the Supreme Court and Social Change:
“We regret and are deeply disappointed not exceed “the norm” for his position. No Seeking Justice Through Healthy Communities’
by this episode,” said Harry T. McMahon, evidence of verbal abuse, economic pres-
chair of CMC’s board of trustees, in a re- sure or intimidation was found. Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and strengthening the capacity of commu-
cent letter to the community. “Throughout To address the pressures, the college has chief executive officer for the Califor- nity health centers, improving health
its history, the college has been defined by decided to combine admissions, financial nia Endowment, a foundation estab- services for farm worker and ex-of-
its core values of honesty and responsible aid and student affairs under a single vice lished in 1996 to address the health fender populations, and strengthening
leadership.” president. In doing so, the university will needs of Californians, will discuss the pipeline for bringing racial and eth-
Max Benavidez, the college’s associate “better permit the college to capture our “Skittles, the Supreme Court and Social nic diversity to the health professions.
vice president of public affairs, communi- balanced desire for both academic excel- Change: Seeking Justice Through Dr. Ross was named as one of Cali-
cations and marketing, says CMC officials lence and non-academic qualities that de- Healthy Communities” on Monday, fornia’s most influential civic leaders in
are “gratified by the finding” and are hard fine a CMC student,” according to Ms. April 23 at The Drucker School begin- health policy by Capitol Weekly in
at work to ensure a repeat will not happen. Gann. Vice President for Student Affairs ning at noon. 2006.
News broke of the intentional misinfor- Jefferson Huang, who has worked with Prior to his appointment to the Cali- The California Endowment was es-
mation submitted by Richard Vos in Janu- CMC for the last 18 years, will take over fornia Endowment in September 2000, tablished in 1996 to expand access to af-
ary, following a tip provided to President the newly-redesigned position. Dr. Ross served as director of the Health fordable, quality health care for
Pamela Gann by CMC personnel. Em- In the aftermath of reported inaccuracies, and Human Services Agency for the underserved individuals and communi-
ployees had discovered inaccuracies in the CMC leadership has corrected freshman county of San Diego, and Commis- ties, and to promote fundamental im-
SAT scores reported for entering students SAT scores and application statistics. In- sioner of Public Health for the city of provements in the health status of all
in fall 2011. Mr. Vos admitted sole respon- terim measures for reporting accurate data Philadelphia. Dr. Ross has an extensive Californians, with regional offices in
sibility for inflating the annual scores, fur- have been put into place and officials are background as a clinician and public Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacra-
ther revealing that he had been doing so working on a set of guidelines to “regulate health administrator. His service in- mento, Fresno and San Diego and pro-
since 2005. An internal audit showed that the compiling and reporting of all material cludes: medical director for LINK gram staff working throughout the state.
he had routinely raised the scores each year institutional statistics,” according to a news School-Based Clinic Program, Cam- Additionally, the Endowment makes
by an average of 10 to 20 points. release. den, New Jersey; instructor of clinical grants to organizations and institutions
“We take this situation very seriously,” “We have learned a great deal from this medicine, Children’s Hospital of that directly benefit the health and well-
Ms. Gann told the community, noting that unfortunate matter and will become even Philadelphia; and faculty member at being of the people of California. For
the school immediately turned to legal stronger as a result,” Mr. McMahon con- San Diego State University’s School of more information, visit www.calen-
counsel to review admission data and the cluded. Public Health. dow.org.
way the process is conducted. The college will not pursue criminal During his tenure at the California The lecture will take place at The
O’Melveny & Myers found that Mr. Vos charges against Mr. Vos, according to Mr. Endowment, the foundation has fo- Drucker School’s Burkle building, 1021
had not only reported inaccurate SAT Benavidez. “It was never a consideration,” cused on the health needs of under- N. Dartmouth Ave., room 16 from noon
scores, but had doctored ACT, class rank he said. served Californians by championing the to 1 p.m.
—Beth Hartnett cause of health coverage for all children,
and application statistics as early as 2004.