• PASADENA (CNS) -Police today released a composite drawing of a man who
    tried to abduct an 11-year-old boy at La Salle High School while the child was
    attending a football game at the Pasadena campus.
    The boy told investigators he was accosted about 8 p.m. Oct. 7 when he
    left his parents to meet some friends near the parking lot of the school in the
    3800 block of East Sierra Madre Boulevard, said Pasadena police Lt. Tracey
    Ibarra.
    “Prior to contacting his friends, a male suspect … came out of some
    nearby bushes and placed his hand on the juvenile’s arm,’ Ibarra said. “When
    the suspect directed the boy to go with him, the boy pushed the suspect away
    and ran back toward the field.’
    Police released a computer-generated composite of the suspect, described
    as a white man in his mid 60s, about 5 feet 9 inches tall and 130-140 pounds,
    with short gray hair and thin eyebrows.
    The man got into a small, older-model, dark pickup truck and drove off
    eastbound on Sierra Madre Boulevard, Ibarra said.
    Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at (626)
    744-4241.

    by David Winchell

    Looking to stay in
    first in the Mission Valley League standings, the EL Monte Lions went right to
    work against the visiting Gabrielino Eagles by scoring on their first four
    drives of the game. Big plays for long
    gains and the efficient sped up offense gave the Eagles grief from the
    outset. Building a lead 27-7 at the
    first break, the Lions cruised to a 48-28 victory, leaving them tied with
    Arroyo at the top of the league standings.
    The Lions hurry-up, no-huddle offense compiled 511 yards but their
    defense proved a bit porous, giving up 350 yards to Gabrielino.

    The Lions took the
    opening kickoff and on the fourth play from scrimmage, Lions quarterback,
    Brandon Martinez scampered 46 yards for a score. After a three and out, the Eagles punted the
    ball back to the Lions. The drive took
    10 plays, but the result was the same as Martinez
    ran it in again, this time from just the three yard-line. The APT was no good and with just half way
    through the quarter, it was a 13-0 game.
    Another punt to the Lions after three offensive plays, El Monte used just a two play drive and
    scored on a 21 yard pass from Martinez Juan Ceballos and the Eagles were down
    20-0. GHS fumbled, the Lions recovered
    and Martinez
    took advantage again with a pass on the next play to Josh Wu for 24 yards and
    another score. Gabrielino found
    themselves down 27-0 with 3:17 remaining
    in the opening quarter.

    Gabrielino go busy
    and tried to get close, but the Eagles and Lions traded scores for the rest of
    the evening. The Eagles were led by three
    Juniors. Bryan Vargas (111 yards rushing
    and 4 catches for 51 yards, one for a touchdown), quarterback Mark Winchell
    (19-32 for 227 yards, two touchdowns and one interception) and Cameryn Dennis-Matthews
    (9 catches, two for touchdowns and 92 yards) worked hard all night but could
    not overcome the large, early deficit.

    The Lions were command
    by QB Martinez who completed just 9 passes, two for touchdowns and 218 yards.
    He also ran for four more scored, gaining 152 yards in nine carries. Senior Frank Lopez carried the ball 14 more
    times, compiling 90 yards.

    Next week
    Gabrielino (0-3, 3-5) travels to Arroyo facing the 7-1 Knights and are
    undefeated in league play. The Lions
    will take on South El Monte
    who have a 2-1 league record and are 6-2 overall. Looking ahead, their final game will be at Arroyo,
    and will probably determine who will wear the league crown.

     

    by Winston Chua

    SAN MARINO – The San Marino Police Department, spearheading an investigation called
    Operation “Pysched Out” is reporting that at least 16 people have been
    arrested, including the owners of the Huntington Pharmacy in San Marino
    and a Glendale medical clinic in a Medicare and Medical scheme to
    defraud the government of roughly $18 million. A total of five
    pharmacies are involved and as many as 20 warrants have been issued.
    The Department of Justice, the FBI, the IRS, the United States Marshals Service, the California Pharmacy Board, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department,
    HALT Team and the Drug Enforcement Administration are all involved in the case that revolves around the illicit circulation and sales of antipsychotic medications like Abilify, Seroquel and Zyprexa. San Marino Police Department’s Sergeant Jay Wilburn has said that the Russian mafia is involved and that the investigation began in September of 2009.
    Two of the arrest warrants the SMPD assisted in serving were for Mr. P.K. Lim, 42, of Pasadena and his wife Mrs. T.S. Khou, 39.

    A
    federal criminal complaint unsealed this morning charges 17 defendants
    and alleges a scheme in which people associated with Manor Medical
    Imaging Clinic and pharmacies
    in and around the San Gabriel Valley participated in a “prescription
    harvesting” scheme that defrauded Medicare and Medi-Cal, causing at
    least $7.3 million in actual losses to the government health care
    programs. Fifteen of the 17 federal defendants were arrested
    this morning, and authorities arrested an additional defendant charged
    by the California Attorney General’s Office, for a total of 16 arrests
    today. One federal defendant was arrested earlier this month in
    relation to another Medicare fraud case, one person
    named in the federal case remains a fugitive.

    The
    affidavit in support of the criminal complaint alleges that Manor used
    “cappers” to recruit Medicare and Medi-Cal beneficiaries – including
    veterans, the homeless,
    low-income patients and the elderly.

    All
    17 defendants named in the federal criminal complaint are charged with
    conspiracy to commit health care fraud, a charge that carries a
    statutory maximum penalty
    of 30 years in federal prison. The 15 federal defendants arrested this
    morning are expected to make their initial appearances this afternoon in
    United States District Court in Los Angeles.

    Medicare and Medical recipients with legitimate pharmaceutical prescriptions who receive such drugs at little or no cost resold drugs to middle men for a small amount, perhaps $100, and were likely taken advantage of, before these middle men turned around and sold the same antipsychotics to the highest bidder. Monthly prescriptions for some of these medications can cost in the thousands of dollars.
    The investigation appears to be centered in Glendale, but several news outlets came onto the scene on Huntington Drive to learn that Huntington Pharmacy was the largest distributor in a plot to re-bill the government many times over for fake prescriptions.
    San Marino police officers on multiple occasions since 2009 observed car loads of subjects from out of town making prescription purchases at the pharmacy. Suspicious activity was then monitored and authorities learned that the individuals with the drugs would distribute these drugs through their own criminal network sold in the black market.

    Dr.
    Peter Budetti, Deputy Administrator for Program Integrity, Centers for
    Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), stated: “Today’s arrests further
    signal CMS’ commitment
    to preventing fraud in Medicare and Medicaid. In this situation, our
    beneficiaries played a pivotal role in rooting out fraud, reporting
    their suspicions to their Medicare Prescription Drug plan. Beginning in
    2007, CMS’ anti-fraud units opened investigations
    and made referrals to law enforcement. Since then, CMS has actively
    supported the investigation by our law enforcement partners and will
    continue to work with them to minimize the theft of taxpayer dollars
    while maximizing criminal consequences to thieves.”

    Wilburn said the SMPD has known about this for “some time” now and recommends that patients head to other pharmacies for service. 
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    After a weekend altercation with former San Gabriel School Board Member Scott Svonkin, San Gabriel School Board candidate Andrew Ammon says he aims to stay positive on the issues that benefit San Gabriel K-12 students, issues like school safety and decisions that will benefit the student body.

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    by David Winchell

    In a Mission Valley League game pitting two squads looking for their first league victory of 2011. The Rosemead Panthers having lost to El Monte in week one and the Gabrielino Eagles losing to South El Monte were both thirsting for a win in week two. The Panthers completed a 24-6 win with a defense that allowed less than 100 yards in offense to dominate the Eagles.

    The game opened with both teams exchanging punts until the Panthers crafted a 67 yard, 10 play scoring drive culminating in a 6 yard touchdown run by Christian Garcia. Gabrielino was continually frustrated on offense as with 5:01 to go in the second half, Rosemead connected with a 34 yard field goal extended the lead 10-0. The ensuing onsides kickoff was recovered by Rosemead but on the first play from scrimmage, Eagle Albert Garcia intercepted a pass. The Gabrielino offense was forced to punt the ball back to the Panthers, but Eagle Mark Winchell recovered the muffed punt at the Panther 10 yard line. Two plays later, Lorenzo Mena rumbled in from 5 yards out. The PAT was blocked leaving the score 10-6 going into halftime.

    The Panthers took the kickoff starting the third quarter and put their ground game into effect and did so successfully. The 21 play, 86 yard drive took up 9:40 seconds of the third quarter and put a dagger into the heart of the Eagles. The drive consisted of 20 runs, 14 by Matt Eddy, gave the Panthers a 17-6 lead and broke the spirit of Gabrielino. Eddy, the Panthers leading rusher, had to leave with an injured knee early in the first quarter. He ended the game with 117 yards rushing in 25 carries. Rosemead capped the scoring with a 34 yard run by Garcia with 7:30 left in the fourth. Using the running game successfully, Rosemead ran 64 offensive plays, ,compared to Gabrielino’s 33.

    Next week Gabrielino will travel to face El Monte (5-2, 2-0 in league) looking for their first league win. El Monte has defeated Rosemead and Mountain View and share first place with Arroyo. Last year Arroyo beat Gabrielino 31-19 at GHS.

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    The Pasadena Tournament of Roses named Drew Helen Washington as the 94th Rose Queen today. This announcement concludes a month-long process that began with approximately 1,000 Pasadena-area young women who participated in the Tournament of Roses Royal Court tryouts. Queen Drew was selected from the recently appointed seven-member Royal Court. The Rose Queen and Royal Court will reign over the 2012 Tournament of Roses festivities, culminating in the 123rd Rose Parade® presented by Honda and themed Just Imagine…, and the 98th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO.

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    PASADENA – The seven members of the 2012 Tournament of Roses Royal Court were announced today at Tournament House from a group of 34 finalists. As ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Royal Court members will attend more than 150 community and media functions leading up to the 123rd Rose Parade® presented by Honda and 98th Rose Bowl Game® presented by VIZIO on Monday, January 2, 2012.

    Members and supporters of a radical labor union stampeded a San Marino at
    6:00 p.m. because he is an officer with a major banking institution.

    Piggybacking on the anarchist Occupy LA and Occupy Wall Street model, approximately
    100 protesters were bused to a residence on Woodstock Rd., trampled the landscape and
    repeatedly pounded on the front door. Nobody was home, as the residents had
    been tipped off by the financial institution’s security department. One source
    told The Tribune that several of the protesters have been identified as members
    of Organize for America
    – President Barack Obama’s campaign organization – and the discredited ACORN.
    San Marino
    police arrived approximately fifteen minutes after the protesters were
    delivered by two buses to the residence on Woodstock Rd. and immediately called for
    back-up. San Marino Police and Fire Chief John Schaefer said officers were
    summoned from South Pasadena,
    who arrived to help control the mob, many of whom were conducting interviews
    with local news organizations.

    Schaefer said that a call was received at the SMPD at 6:04 p.m. indicating
    protesters were in the front yard of the home. An officer arrived at 6:11.
    According to Schaefer, the officer identified a leader of the protest and told
    the leader, a male, to remove the buses from the area. When the leader told the
    protesters that the buses had to be removed from the street, they boarded the
    buses and left the area. The office cleared the area at 6:54 p.m. after the
    disturbance had died down. Other actions taken by the officer during the
    forty-four minutes he was at the site are less clear.

    Tim Sloan, the owner of the residence told The Tribune today that there was
    little damage to the yard and that “some windows were pounded on and some
    lights were broken,” but there was no further damage to the structure.

    “We are OK,” Sloan said. “We had enough warning and the family
    wasn’t there. Nobody was hurt and we have to be more prepared for things like
    this. It seems as though the rhetoric right now is against people who are
    successful. Especially with banks. It’s like we are evil and we have done all
    these bad things.”

    “They were disgruntled Ohio State fans,” University of Michigan grad Sloan quipped.
    Schaefer said he is “extremely disappointed that the protesters breached
    the property and conducted their protest in the front yard of the homeowner.
    This is unacceptable and despite the peaceful outcome and the restraint
    exercised by our police officers, I would have preferred a more proactive
    approach and in the future our officers will act to better protect property and
    if necessary arrest protesters who violate the law. The bad part is, the
    public’s confidence is shaken and people might be saying “are protesters
    going to be at my front door? Where are the cops? Why is someone not on the
    scene?”
    Schaefer also said that although his department had received a cal from bank
    security personnel that protesters seemed to be congregating at the corner of
    Fair Oaks and Huntington Drive and “could be coming to San Marino,”
    police officials were hampered by a large power outage, a report of smoke
    emanating from a storm drain on Oak Grove Ave., and a domestic battery incident
    that had investigators searching for a possible perpetrator.

    Many of the local protests have been bankrolled by the Service Employees
    International Union, who boast on the home page of their website; “SEIU
    has issued a union-wide endorsement of support for Occupy Wall Street and its message about
    shrinking income inequality, investing in public education, and making the rich
    pay their fair share in taxes. We’re excited to be able to contribute our
    union’s energy, resources and organizing strength to the resilient
    demonstrations that began in downtown Manhattan
    more than two weeks ago.”

    Schaefer said the protesters might come back to San Marino.
    “We are looking at this and there are pieces we would like to handle
    differently,” he said. “There are pieces that are beyond our control,
    but they are NOT going to able to break the law and be on people’s property.”

    by Charlene Liebau

    In the past two weeks this column has been addressed to
    current high school seniors and the challenge of writing the college “essay” –
    the personal statement. This week
    I turn to current sophomores and juniors as they begin to think about starting
    the college search process.

    The first step in a new project is often the most difficult
    one. Starting the college planning
    process is no exception. How and
    where to begin? What information
    do I need? What questions should I
    be asking?

    The college planning process does not begin by comparing
    colleges: the number of majors offered; the student/faculty ratio; typical
    class size; or number of books in the library. The process begins with the student having a long, honest,
    candid talk with oneself to determine priorities. I refer to this first step as Self-Assessment. It takes time, is not easy, and is
    often frustrating. How do I know
    I’ve asked all the questions I need to ask? And, what if “I don’t know” is the answer?

    Begin by putting basic questions associated with choosing a
    college into four categories:
    Academic, Student Life, Physical Characteristics, and Financial. In this column I will raise questions
    and set priorities related to Academics and Physical Characteristics. Next week I will touch on Student Life
    and Financial questions.

    The
    student begins by asking:

    ACADEMICS: Have
    I decided on a major field of study?
    Am I ready to decide? Based
    on what? What are my academic
    strengths, weaknesses, interests?
    How open am I to taking general education or core program courses? In what kind of environment do I learn
    best? Most enjoy learning? Does studying a diversity of courses
    appeal to me? Is the opportunity
    to participate in research or internship program as an undergraduate important
    to me? What about study abroad
    programs? To what degree do I want
    to be challenged academically by the faculty? Challenged by fellow students?

    PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS: Location. Where do I want to live for the next
    four years? Which region of the
    country – north, south, east, west, mid-west? In what kind of setting: urban, suburban, or rural? Why? How far from home?
    How much time am I willing
    to travel to get there? Size. Do I want to know my professors and
    classmates? Is actively
    participating in class discussions important to me? Or, do I prefer a lecture
    format? Is having access to a wide
    range of courses and activities important? Do I want to be able to participate in music or theater
    activities even though I am not majoring in them? If I combine my preferences for location and size what is my
    “best fit”? A small college in a
    large city has a very different feel from a small college in a rural setting
    just as a large university in an urban setting differs from a large university
    in a small town. Resources. Do my academic and co-curricular
    interests require specialized resources?
    For example – special library collections or research and laboratory
    facilities.

    As
    the student begins to consider these questions the response “I don’t know” is
    quite acceptable. But for those
    questions you can answer with some degree of certainty, also ask: On what
    basis? What experience influences
    your answer? Is your reason a
    solid one? Your goal is to
    determine three or four priorities under the two categories presented. These priorities will begin to give
    direction, will help drive, the college search.

    Next week:
    Setting priorities for Student Life and Finances.

    PASADENA (CNS) – A stubborn fire caused about $750,000 in damage today
    to a three-story house in Pasadena, but no one was hurt, authorities said.
    Firefighters sent to the 100 block of Sequoia Drive about 2 a.m.

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