Category Archives: Rowland Heights

Planes of Fame Airshow 2020

Planes of Fame Airshow Fans

Planes of Fame Air Museum is proud to present the Planes of Fame Air Show on May 2-3, 2020 ‘Victory Through Air Power’. Celebrating the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII we will be  featuring over 50 historic aircraft, including the B-25 Mitchell, P-47 Thunderbolt, P-38 Lightning, F4U Corsair and P-51 Mustangs flying for your enjoyment. We invite you to join us in honoring the history, contributions, and sacrifices of our Veterans.

USAF Heritage Flight

Performers include: USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo and Heritage Flight, Pacific, European & Korean war era Flight Displays, Gregory ‘Wired’ Colyer T-33 Aerobatics, Philipp Steinbach GB1 GameBird Aerobatics, Sanders Sea Fury Aerobatics, John Collver AT-6/SNJ Aerobatics, Rob Harrison the Tumbling Bear and more!

USAF A-10 Thunderbolt II Demo Team

There will be a Kids Zone, static displays and plenty of food & vendors!

In addition to many other fantastic airplanes that will be performing and on static display, there will be a special panel discussion with some of our honored Veterans. Follow our Planes of Fame Facebook page to receive up to the minute news on Performers, attending Aircraft and Veterans!

Start your Air Show weekend early! Planes of Fame Air Museum opens at 10:00 am on Friday May 1st. Regular admission to the Air Museum includes a tram ride out to the display area as well as access to Planes of Fame Air Museum. Participating aircraft will be arriving throughout the day. Display area closes to the public at 4:00 pm.

Planes of Fame Air Show, Saturday and Sunday May 2-3 2020  8am – 4pm   See all of your favorite airplanes fly!

Get there Early, you don’t want to miss the ‘Victory Through Air Power’ Opening Ceremony and National Anthem Commemoration!

F4U Corsair. Over 40 WWII aircraft will fly.

Free Admission Kids 11 Years & Under, General Admission $30, Preferred Parking $20,

Grandstand Seats, Sunrise Photo Access Passes and RV Parking are available to purchase online at: WWW.PLANESOFFAME.ORG

SAVE $5 on General Admission Tickets when you purchase online! (Limited Time Offer)


For more information please contact :

Harry ‘T’ Geier

Director of Marketing Planes of Fame Air Museum

14998 Cal Aero Drive, Chino, CA  91710

Tel – 909-597-7576

Rocky Bettar Named Adult Ed Administrator of the Year

Staff Reports 

ROWLAND HEIGHTS –– Rowland Unified Superintendent Dr. Julie Mitchell announced that Rocky Bettar, Director of Adult Education/Career Preparation, has been named as the statewide Adult Education Administrator of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Bettar is considered an industry expert in the adult education field by his peers. He has been a leader in adult education since 1995 when he was named Director of Rowland Adult & Community Education. He is an advocate for Adult Education at the local and state level, serving in many roles in ACSA, such as Region XV Adult Ed Chair and as State ACSA Adult Ed Council President. Bettar will be honored at the 2018 ACSA Leadership Summit November 8-10 in San Diego. 

“To be recognized by State ACSA as Adult Ed administrator of the year is very humbling,” said Bettar. “This recognition does not occur without the support of our board and district administration as they see the value of Adult Education in RUSD. But most importantly, the teachers and staff at RACE are the ones that allows our school to be what it is in our district community and I am just the beneficiary of this award. This award is truly our schools and the district’s. Without them, it would not have happened.” 

Bettar is proud to have grown the Rowland Adult & Community Education (RACE) program, collaborating with the adult learners since many are parents of the TK-12 students in the district. “As we look to the future, the landscape for adult education has changed and now that we are part of a consortium and have dedicated funding, hence the flex years which damaged Adult Ed in the state is a thing of the past, we are ramping up program and services,” said Bettar. “We currently offer classes at 16 different locations in our district boundaries. We are expanding our Distance Learning opportunities for our ESL students, expanding this to five elementary sites during the morning, we have created what is essentially individual learning plans for our adult diploma and GED students, which we call ACES, Adult Compact for Educational Success and continue to explore and try different things that will resonate with the adult learner.” 

Under Bettar’s leadership, the school has been awarded the California Golden Bell for its’ Community Based English Tutoring program, and has attained a 6-year WASC Accreditation in every WASC that the school has done since 1995. Bettar has also been instrumental in Career Vocational Education in Rowland Unified, founding the unique Career Pathways Program where every high school student in Rowland Unified is exposed to two or more Career Technical Education (CTE) courses in a student’s area or career interest to graduate. Pathways are in 8 of 15 industry sector areas and students can also choose to earn a Certification of Completion in a career pathway that further develops professional and personal skills including participation in an internship. 


Indecent Exposure Incidents near Rowland High School

Walnut/Diamond Bar Station

Rowland Heights – There has been recent incidents of indecent exposure near Rowland High School. Previous incidents involve students being asked for directions from someone inside of a vehicle. Suspect described as a male White or male Hispanic in a dark colored vehicle.  The public is asked to remain vigilant in the vicinity of the school.
•     Be cautious of strangers calling you towards their vehicle
•      Do not approach vehicles you do not recognize
•      Stay in groups of two or more while walking home or waiting to be picked up (use the buddy system)
•      Be aware of your surroundings, do not become distracted with your cell phone
•      Call for help should you find yourself in an uncomfortable or potentially dangerous situation
•      See something, say something
In an emergency dial 911
If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website

Any information for  Jim McDonnell, Sheriff, Los Angeles County

DETECTIVE L. GOMEZ OR DETECTIVE D. COLEMAN Walnut/Diamond Bar Station Detective Bureau
21695 E. Valley Blvd., Walnut, 91789

(909) 595-2264


Large Amount of Cash Found

Sheriff Dept. Looking For Owner

By Michael Armijo

Rowland Heights, CA –A large amount of money that was found in Rowland Heights and turned into the Walnut Diamond Bar Sheriff Station is looking for it’s owner. And if no one come forward, the Sheriff’s Department will deposit it into an account unless the finder makes a claim.

“A resident found the large amount of money and turned it into us, so we are currently looking for the owner,” said Detective Blaylock, from the Rowland Heights substation. “They have 30 days to recover the money, and we will not be releasing the amount, the location, nor the denominations of course. The owner will know those facts.”

The process of unclaimed money is the owner has 30 days to claim the money to get it back. After the 30 days, the FINDER can make a claim to the money. But what if you DON’T report the money?

So what’s the law?

Until now, laws around keeping found cash has been pretty hazy. Technically, the crime is known as ‘theft by finding’.  This means that if you find a wad of cash on the street and don’t try to return it to its owner – by handing it into the shop, for example, or the police – you’re guilty of theft.

What if there’s no way of knowing where it came from?

You should try and find the owner – even if it’s only $5. This is where it gets a little bit more complicated…

Daniel Wise, associate solicitor at Slater Heelis LLP, told that not reporting this money is ‘theft’. ‘There are many cases will no doubt come as a surprise to many people, but it serves as a timely reminder of the definition of “theft” – which has remained largely unchanged for almost 50 years,’ he said.

‘Under the Theft Act 1968, a person is guilty of theft if they “dishonestly appropriate property [including cash] belonging to another”.

‘Lost property will continue to “belong to another”, unless it has genuinely been abandoned by the owner. The fact that cash has been dropped in the street does not necessarily mean it has been abandoned.’

However, he adds that in the end it’s down to whether you could reasonably believe the owner of the cash was untraceable, or you had already taken reasonable steps to find them – such as by going to the police.
But for now, a large amount of money is sitting in the Sheriff’s Department looking for it’s owner. If you are, or know of the owner, please contact Det. Blaylock at the Sheriff Sub Station: 626.913.1715, directly: 909.859.2838, email:, or go to the Walnut Station located at 21695 Valley Blvd, Walnut, CA 91789.

Housekeeper Arrested For Burglary

Staff Reports

Rowland Heights – Marco Rivas, a 25 year old man from Rowland Heights was stopped by Walnut deputies on a routine traffic stop. He was driving a Green Honda Accord and was pulled over at Batson Avenue and Colima Road. When the deputies questioned Rivas they discovered that he was had never been issued a driver’s license in his life. Upon a search of his vehicle a large Samsonite bag containing jewelry and jewelry boxes with Asian writing on them were found. The search also produced several smaller bags containing watches, electronics, and credit cards in other people’s names. The last thing they were able to find was a bag with what can be described as burglary type tools. Rivas was arrested for receiving stolen property and possession of burglary tools. Later at the station during questioning Rivas confessed to stealing the items while working as a housekeeper. According to Captain Reyes of the LACSD at the Walnut/Diamond Bar Station, “they have only able to trace one of the victim’s credit cards back to them and have not been able to identify the victim’s of any of the stolen jewelry or other credit cards”. The case was rejected because the LA County District Attorney’s office did not approve of the complaint report that was filed and decided not to prosecute Rivas. Not all arrests or citations result in the filing of criminal charges. In some cases district attorney’s office may decline to prosecute or “reject” a case if there is insufficient evidence or if more investigation is required. The statute of limitations for the district attorney’s office to file misdemeanor charges is generally one year and they three years to file on most felonies.


Upcoming RHCCC Meeting

Rowland Heights- The Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council (RHCCC) holds a monthly community meeting the second Monday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Rowland Heights Community Center located at Pathfinder Park, 18150 E. Pathfinder Road, Rowland Heights. Supervisor Don Knabe & Sheriff Jim McDonnel will be featured at this event.

This month’s meeting will be held September 12, 2016.  The first hour of the meeting will consist of a reception and award ceremony honoring Los Angeles County Fourth District Supervisor Don Knabe on his 20 years of service.  At 8:00 p.m. the featured speaker for the evening will be Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell. He will give a presentation on a special training program he has introduced to better train deputies to recognize mentally ill patients and provide them options to minimize the need for resorting to deadly force.

All residents in surrounding areas are welcome to attend.  There is no admission fee.

June 2016 SGV News

2016-06-SGVNews-COVERSGV News covers Diamond Bar, Walnut, La Puente, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of the San Gabriel Valley; portions of the western Inland Empire; and northern Orange County. Click this link to access the complete issue in PDF format: 2016-06-SGVNews-WEB

Rowland Heights: Woman Charged With Fatal Stabbing

Photo Courtesy:  DMV  Lisette Kimberly Moreno

Photo Courtesy: DMV
Lisette Kimberly Moreno

Staff Reports

Rowland Heights – On Tues., Aug. 18, a 19-year old woman was charged with killing her brother’s girlfriend with a pair of scissors.
According to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, Lisette Kimberly Moreno has been charged with one count of murder. The felony complaint includes a special allegation that the defendant personally used a deadly and dangerous weapon – scissors – during the commission of the crime.
Moreno was scheduled to be arraigned on Aug. 18, but the court appearance has been continued to Sept. 17 in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Pomona Branch.
Prosecutors said on Aug. 16, Moreno reportedly got into an argument with her brother’s girlfriend at a Rowland Heights home. Following the verbal exchange, Moreno allegedly stabbed the victim, Annette Martinez, before fleeing the area.
Authorities were called and Martinez was taken to the hospital, where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
After the attack, law enforcement located Moreno and arrested her in connection with the fatal stabbing.
If convicted as charged, Moreno faces a possible maximum sentence of 26 years to life in state prison.

Rowland Heights: Buckboard Days Scholarship Pageant

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By Gina Ward

Rowland Heights – With an outpouring of community and business support, a new scholarship pageant has launched to help local high school students receive funds for college/career plans.

The Miss Buckboard Days Scholarship Pageant will be held on Sat., Sept. 12, 11 a.m., at the Rowland Heights Community Center (18150 E. Pathfinder Road, Rowland Heights).

The scholastic event focuses on the spirit of giving which mirrors this year’s Buckboard Parade theme of, “Good Neighbors, Good Friends.” A distinguished panel of community members will judge students on community-focused speech presentations. A total of $1,800 in scholarships will be given with a $1,000 Scholarship, a $500 Scholarship and a $300 Scholarship. The Queen and her Court will ride in a traditional horse-drawn buckboard in the 43rd Annual Buckboard Days Parade and Festival on Sat., Oct. 17.

“We are excited to showcase this pioneering group of student contestants who truly showcase the values of our community, the skills being taught in our schools, and reward our top contestants with scholarship funds to help them reach their goals,” said Teri Malkin, Pageant Chair.  “We want to thank our many supporters including the Nogales High School Fashion Design Class that designed formal attire for some of the students, and support from the Rowland Unified School District and Family Resource Center.”

Student contestants are all juniors and seniors residing within the Rowland Unified School District boundaries.

The event is sponsored by the Buckboard Days Parade Committee, Diamond Plaza and support from Los Angeles County. More information can be found at

Rowland Heights: RUSD Student Wins Poster Contest

Staff Reports

Rowland Heights – Rowland Unified School District/Killian Elementary Student, Marlene Tjutiwaty, recently became the 3rd Grade winner of the Los Angeles Fire Department’s, “Junior Fire Chiefs Poster Contest.”

The contest was designed to help send the message to “Visit a Professional Fireworks Show,” in an effort to promote Independence Day safety.”

Tjutiwaty – daughter of a Rowland Unified School District employee – was selected from more than 200 3rd Grade entries. She was recognized – along with all the 2015 Junior Fire Chiefs – on July 2, at a press conference at Los Angeles County Fire Department Headquarters.

San Gabriel Valley: Church Youth Leader Arrested

Photo Courtesy:  SBSD  Yanhao Ren

Photo Courtesy: SBSD
Yanhao Ren

Staff Reports

Rowland Heights – On Sun., July 12, just before midnight, CHP Officers conducted a welfare check on the occupants of a vehicle parked in a turn-out of Highway 330, near Fredalba Road in San Bernardino County.  A 24-year old male and a 13-year old female were found in the back of the vehicle. According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department – in cooperation with personnel from the California Highway Patrol’s Lake Arrowhead Office and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Twin Peaks Station – Detectives from the Crimes Against Children Detail arrested Yanhao Ren (aka Eric Ren), 24, of Fullerton, on Mon., July 13, for engaging in a sexual relationship with the victim, 13, of Rowland Heights.

Ren has been a youth leader for the Evangelical Formosan Church of Rowland Heights for the past two years, and has attended that church since 2006.  The victim met Ren while attending youth programs there. They told officers they have been involved in a sexual relationship since May. Investigators have determined that during the following months they engaged in several sexual acts in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino.

Ren was booked into the Central Detention Center on charges of Sex Crimes, Sodomy, Oral Copulation, Penetration with a Foreign Object and Kidnapping (all with a child under the age of 14).  He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail and was arraigned on July 15 at the San Bernardino Justice Center.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is encouraged to call Detective John Everman at the Crimes Against Children Detail, at (909) 387-3615.

DEL Records Donates $12,000 To Nogales HS

By Gina K. Ward

DEL WEBRowland Heights – On Fri., Apr. 10, the Rowland Unified School District announced that DEL Records – the largest regional record company in the United States – along with SONY Latin U.S., has donated more than $12,000 to RUSD for student and teacher scholarships.

“On behalf of DEL Records, we are pleased to make a difference in the lives of future leaders,” said Nogales High School Alumnus and Executive Vice President of External Affairs for DEL Records, Brian Gutierrez. Of the funds donated, DEL Records will contribute $5,000 to Nogales High School for student scholarships that will be awarded to graduating seniors and one underclassman student.

“We want to recognize students for their academic efforts, good citizenship and commitment to their community. DEL Records believes that students today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Gutierrez.

Nogales High School students can apply for the DEL Records Scholarship beginning the week of Apr. 27.

An additional $3,000 will be used for RUSD teacher classroom grants.

“It is important that teachers are recognized for their hard work and dedication to students. This grant will allow them a shopping spree to buy materials and other items for their classrooms and students,” said Angel Del Villar, owner of DEL Records.

A donation of $4,200 was also made by DEL Records to support this year’s “Principal For A Day” event, which supports schools and student scholarships for the Bassett, Hacienda, La Puente, and Rowland Unified School Districts, and the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program.

DEL Records is the largest Latin Regional music record label in North America and is a subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment Latin U.S. For more information, visit or



First General Bank Continues RUSD Scholarships

By Gina Ward

Rowland Heights – On Mon., Feb. 2, First General Bank announced that applications for the 2015 First General Bank Scholarship Fund were available. The scholarship fund provides financial assistance to graduating Rowland Unified School District (RUSD) high school students who have demonstrated academic excellence, leadership and community involvement.  This is the third year of support to RUSD – offering five scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000 each – for students in need.

“We are pleased to continue our support for education in our community through working together with RUSD,” stated President and Chief Executive Officer, Cliff Hsu. “Once again, this year First General Bank will award a total of $5,000 in scholarships to five eligible students, providing financial assistance for their higher education expenses.”

Seniors from Rowland High School, Nogales High School and Santana High School that are in financial need, have a 3.5 GPA (or higher) for all four years, and who have demonstrated leadership through school and community involvement and service may apply for the scholarships, Feb. 2 through 20.

“We appreciate the continued support of our students by community partners such as First General Bank,” said RUSD Superintendent, Julie Mitchell, Ed.D. “We thank them for making this opportunity available for our students who desire to continue their education, but who have financial challenges which make it difficult for them to achieve their post-secondary goals.”

The First General Bank Scholarship deadline is 4 p.m. on Feb. 20.  Applications are available at each high school. For more details about the application process, please contact the RUSD Educational Services Division at (626) 854-8348.

RUSD is proud to serve 15,000 students at 20 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, contact Gina Ward at (626) 854-8352 or visit

Rowland Heights: 42nd Annual Rowland Heights Buckboard Days


Rowland Heights – This year’s 42nd Annual Buckboard Days Parade and Festival will be held on Sat., Oct. 18, in Rowland Heights, and will be bigger than ever with the theme, “Nature in Our Own Backyard.”  


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Co-organized by the Rowland Heights Chinese Association and the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council, the parade will feature a variety of local school bands, community organizations, equestrian groups, floats, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach. Local environmental scientist and educator, Kimo Morris, Ph.D., is this year’s Parade Grand Marshal.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Nogales and Colima, and will conclude at Rowland Heights County Park. There is no parade entry fee for community organizations and individuals. There is a $50 fee for each commercial or business application. The deadline for Buckboard Parade Entries to be included in the parade program is Sept. 17. To be in the parade but not the program, the final deadline is Oct. 10. All parade and festival applications can be found at Applications can be emailed to

Following the parade will be a Family Festival at Rowland Heights County Park from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For everyone’s enjoyment, there will be entertainment on stage and throughout the park, with a variety of community booths offering food, handmade arts and crafts, and community information and services until 2 p.m., organized by the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation. For Festival Booth Applications, please contact Letty Guerrero at Rowland Heights Park by email at Applications are available at

The Hacienda Heights Kiwanis Club will be sponsoring a pancake breakfast before the parade, starting at 7 a.m. Come early and enjoy breakfast at the Bell Memorial Church parking lot on Nogales, near the corner of Colima (1747 Nogales Street, Rowland Heights). Breakfast is just $5 per person.

The Parade Co-Chairs are Rachel Fung, Rowland Heights Chinese Association, and John Grant, Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. The Buckboard Days Parade Sponsors are Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe; Los Angeles Parks & Recreation Department; Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol; First General Bank; Aera Energy, LLC; Southern California Edison; Henry Woo Architects; Rowland Water District; Walnut Valley Water; Southlands Christian Schools; Advanced Martial Arts; SK Taekwondo School; and the Shaolin Temple Cultural Center.




The Weekly News Complete Edition 09.06.14

The Weekly 09.06.14


The Weekly News covers community news for Diamond Bar, Walnut, Chino Hills, Rowland Heights and surrounding areas of San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. Click this link Sept6WeeklyAll to access the complete Sept 6th issue in pdf format.

Rowland High School’s 50th Jubilee

Rowland Heights – Community Support Needed for Volunteer Event: The entire community is invited on Fri., Sept. 26, to celebrate Rowland High School’s 50th Anniversary with a fun-filled, community jubilee!

With a bow to its beginnings when Rowland was a small community where students were just as likely to ride a horse to school as drive a car, the 50th Jubilee will boast a good ole’ fashioned Country/Western theme. Everyone is invited: alumni, students, parents, faculty/staff (past and present), and community members. The campus will be filled with activities such as food booths to tantalize a variety of tastes, game booths, entertainment, a trip down memory lane, and tours of the new modernized facilities will begin at 3:15 p.m. Afterward, everybody is invited to the stadium to cheer the Rowland Raiders football team on to victory at 7 p.m.

Rowland High School Principal, Mitch Brunyer, is in charge of the volunteer committee. “Being a lifelong Raider as a student, teacher, and now principal of the school, I am very proud of its history and traditions. I look forward to highlighting the school and its connection to the community – we hope everyone can help support and attend this community event!”

Please help with this gala by donating funds and/or goods. All contributions are tax-deductible. Banners are available for purchase ($250-$1,000) for display outside the Rowland High School Tom Aney Stadium for the entire school year. Contact ASB Director, Leslie Phillips, at (626)965-3448, ext. 3323, or For more information, visit


FOOD & DRINK ITEMS IN NEED                                    SAMPLE OF OTHER ITEMS

Water bottles Toys & giveaways for game booths
Hot dogs/hot dog bunsHamburgers/hamburger Buns Paint (cans of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, black, and white)
Condiments Brushes, rollers, & paint trays
Soda, lemonade, ice tea Plywood
Individual bags of chips Poles/logs for hitching post & directional signs
Fruit or fruit trays Tall metal stakes to hang lanterns
Veggie trays Hay bales
Rolls of blue & white checkered table covers Plastic sleeves for scrapbooking
Paper plates & napkins Adhesive (Tombow) for scrapbooking pictures
Napkins & silverware (clear plastic) Picture canvas/framed/acid free pen
Troughs for ice/drink storage Mannequins, scarecrows/t-type poles to display clothing
                DECORATION ITEMS 2 x 4 – 20 ft. STD/BRT Premium Doug Fir (need 6)
Any Country Western items/style decor 2 x 4 – 12 ft. STD/BRT Premium Doug Fir (need 28)
Old wagon wheels 2 x 4 – 16 ft. STD/BTR Premium Doug Fir (need 21)
Fake horses for hitching post
Wine barrels to use for tables
Cowboy hats
Electrical spools for tables



Rowland Heights: Local Kidnap and Ransom Rescue




Rowland Heights garage where kidnap victim was held. (Photo Courtesy: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)

Rowland Heights – On Mon., Aug. 4, the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department’s (LASD) Major Crimes Bureau became involved in a kidnap for ransom case. LASD reported that the victim, a 44-year old female, had been forcibly kidnapped in the Rowland Heights area and a ransom demand of $110,000 for her safe return had been made to a family member. The caller indicated that the victim would be harmed or killed if the ransom was not paid.

LASD reported that approximately 25 Detectives initiated an around-the-clock investigation, and through resources, developed several leads which eventually focused on a multi-unit housing complex located in Rowland Heights.

Detectives obtained a search warrant for the location and on Wed., Aug. 6, at approximately 9 a.m., the warrant was served. Detectives discovered the victim, who was bound and hidden in a dark, cluttered garage at the location. One of the victim’s captors, suspect Francisco Inacua, 34, who was guarding her at the time of the encounter, was immediately arrested. The victim obviously dazed and traumatized by the ordeal, emerged from the garage in tears, hugging one of detectives that had rescued her.

Quickly following the rescue of the victim and the arrest of Inacua that same day, Detectives arrested Inacua’s sister, suspect Rocio Inacua, 32, and Rocio’s common-law husband, suspect Uziel Figueroa, 32, for their active involvement in the kidnapping of the victim. Ironically, it was Francisco Inacua, (whose wife, suspect Judith Maldonado, 40, had befriended the victim while the two worked together for quite some time at a factory in the City of Industry) that had offered the victim a ride home following work after the victim had missed the bus.

While driving the victim toward her home, suspect Francisco Inacua – who had coordinated the kidnapping with the other suspects – pulled into a restaurant parking lot and exited the vehicle, while suspects Rocio Inacua and Uziel Figueroa kidnapped the victim at gunpoint, forcing her to the floorboard of the vehicle. She was driven to the garage, bound and blindfolded by duct tape, and kept in squalid conditions until her rescue two days later.

Suspect Judith Maldonado was arrested the following day, and all of the suspects have admitted their role in kidnapping the victim. The motive appears to be for financial gain only. The suspects were charged with kidnapping for ransom and conspiracy to commit kidnapping, and remain incarcerated in lieu of $2 million bail. All four suspects are residents of Rowland Heights.


Rowland Heights: RUSD And Teachers’ Assoc Reach Tentative Agreement



Rowland Heights – The Rowland Unified School District Board of Education announced on Thurs., July 10 that a comprehensive three year (2013-2016) Tentative Agreement was reached on Tuesday evening, July 8, by RUSD and the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) negotiation teams after meeting with the state-appointed mediator for a fourth session. As a result, there will be no formal negotiations during the 2014-2015 school year, and only limited negotiations during the 2015-2016 school year.


RUSD Board President, Heidi L. Gallegos, observed, “The tentative agreement reached clearly recognizes the dedicated work of our Rowland teachers while leaving the District in a solid financial position for the future. I would like to acknowledge the hard work done on both sides of the aisle by our bargaining teams.”


Highlights of the Tentative Agreement include a multi-year agreement; salary increase of 4% retroactive to July 1, 2013; salary increase of 4%, effective July 1, 2014; District’s maximum contribution to employee health and welfare benefits increased to $11,000, effective Jan. 1, 2015; $1,500 cash-in-lieu payment for eligible employees who elect to opt out of District health and welfare benefits coverage; late start to continue at high schools for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 schools years; and reduced counselor ratios.


ARE President, Shay Lohman, stated, “The Association is pleased that after a very long struggle a fair agreement has been reached and can be sent to membership for a vote. We are very grateful for the leadership provided recently by interim superintendent, Dr. John Roach, and we are excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for RUSD.”


The Tentative Agreement will be presented to ARE members for ratification within the next two to three weeks. After ratification, the agreement will be presented to the District’s Governing Board at its Aug. 12 meeting. As part of the District’s review process, the economic provisions of the Tentative Agreement will also be shared with the Los Angeles County Office of Education.


Each team vowed to work diligently to implement the terms of the agreement once it is approved by all parties.


“I am thrilled that the teams reached an agreement [yesterday],” said interim superintendent Roach. “The school year will begin with all employees focused on meeting the needs of our students.”




San Gabriel Valley: Community Events



event-calendar-imageFree ESL and Citizenship Classes

When: Monday through Thursday, 9 to 11 a.m.; or Monday through Thursday, 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: 2100 Lerona Avenue, Rowland Heights

Details: Rowland Adult & Community Education is now offering free English as a Second Language and Citizenship courses to adult students this summer due to a grant received from the Majestic Reality Foundation in the City of Industry.

Contact: Call (626) 965-5975, or visit


Mt. Calvary Lutheran Summer Kids’ Day Camp

When: Monday, Now through Wednesday, August 20; 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church & Schools, 23300 Golden Springs Dr., Diamond Bar 91765 Details: A fun, safe, Christian environment for your school age children. Kids’ camp is a summer day camp program based on fun, personal and spiritual growth, and the celebration of God’s Word through various activities, field trips, and daily devotions.  All children ages 5 – 12 are invited to attend.  Check out the Mt. Calvary Lutheran website for more information about daily activities, registration, and fees.


West Covina Summer Concert Series

When: Thursday evenings, now through August 7; 6 to 9 p.m.

Where: West Covina Civic Center, 1444 W. Garvey Avenue

Details: Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and dancing shoes and enjoy this summer entertainment:

  • Jul 24: Sgt. Pepper
  • Jul 31: Cold Duck
  • Aug 7: Mariachi Divas
  • Aug 16: Food Truck Frenzy and Concert

Contact: Community Services Department, (626) 939-8489.


Diamond Bar Concert/Movie Series

When: Wednesday evenings through August 13; 6:30 p.m.

Where: Sycamore Canyon Park, 22930 Golden Springs Drive

Details: Free admission and free parking

  • Jul 23: The Answer (Classic Rock); The Great and Powerful Oz.
  • Jul 30: Box Car 7 (Blues, R&B); Free Birds.
  • Aug 06: Cold Ducks (70s Tribute); The Lego Movie.
  • Aug 13: Little Lies Band (Fleetwood Mac Tribute); Despicable Me 2



21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival

When: Saturday, July 26

Where: Oxnard, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: For $20 per person you can enjoy salsa, food, music and dance. Lunch is on your own at the festival. All ages are welcome.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.


Reduced Cost Vaccination Clinic

When: Tuesday, July 29, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: Chino Community Building, 5443 B Street, Chino

Details: The Inland Valley Humane Society and SPCA will hold a reduced fee vaccination and licensing clinic for pets. Dogs: Rabies/$6; DHPP/$15; Bordetella/$15. Cats: Rabies/$10; FVRCP/$18.

Contact: (909) 706-4601


Chino Youth Museum Family-Friendly Programs

When: Now through August 2014

Where: 13191 Sixth Street, Downtown Chino; Tuesday – Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Nominal fees.

Details: There are some amazing events taking place this summer, from art projects and entertainment, to edible art creations and Kids Night Out. Enjoy special activities like You & Me Time, Beat the Heat cool activities, and special day Museum Birthday Parties.

Contact: (909) 334-3270 to find out more about the summer-fun schedule.


Wheel Food Fest

When: August 1, September 5, October 3 (1st Friday of the month); 5 to 8:30 p.m.

Where: Walnut Valley Unified School District, 880 S. Lemon Avenue, in Walnut.

Details: The Walnut Valley Educational Foundation is sponsoring a family fun night with a variety of gourmet food trucks. This is a delicious way to support your students, schools and community. There are no entry fees, and there is plenty of free parking. Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy! Food trucks may include: The Slummin’ Gourmet, Macho Nacho, Rolling Sushi, Cup Cakery, Crepes Bonaparte, White Rabbit, and Dos Chinos. Please leave your pets at home, and do not bring alcohol, outside food or drinks.


Chino Relay for Life

When: Sat., Aug. 2, 9 a.m. through Sunday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m.

Where: Ayala Park, 14201 Central Ave, Chino

Details: 24-hour event that helps to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Run, Walk, Sponsor!

Contact: Kristine Travis, at


Youth Citizens Police Academy Class VIII

When: Monday – Thursday, Aug. 11-21; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Chino Police Department, 5450 Walnut Avenue

Details: High school teens, 14-18 years of age, who live or attend school in the City of Chino, can get an inside look at all the functions of their local law enforcement agency. Participants will get hands-on experience with SWAT, Patrol, Criminal Investigations, K-9, CSI, Narcotics, Traffic and much more!

Contact: Olivia Le Van, (909) 334-3087, or for applications.


Hollywood Bowl Fireworks Finale featuring the Simpsons!

When: Saturday, Sept. 13

Where: Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, CA (busses depart from Park-N-Ride, 20983 La Puente Road (at Gartel Drive).

Details: Journey from the animated Springfield Bowl to the Hollywood Bowl for this unprecedented event as the famous orchestra accompanies your favorite scenes from the Simpsons on the big screen. Seats are located in Section F2, Rows 5, 6, and 7. The fee is $55 per person, appropriate for all ages.

Contact: For registration and additional information, call Walnut Community Services Department, (909) 598-5605.



Bookstore Blowout

Where: Twice Sold Tale Bookstore located at the Walnut Library, La Puente Road, Walnut CA 91789

When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Details: All books and media: Any four items for $1 ($1 minimum purchase).

Contact: (909) 595-0757 or email


Resources for the Classroom Days at Basically BOOKS

When: Second Tuesday of every month.

Where: Basically BOOKS locations: at 23447 Golden Springs Road, Diamond Bar and at the Diamond Bar Library: 21800 Copley Drive, Diamond Bar.

Details: Books and education videos will be offered at special discounts for teachers at all levels. Teachers can sign up at either Basically BOOKS locations or email to join these special teacher appreciation afternoons.


Free Acupuncture for Veterans, Active Military, First Responders

When: Every Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Where: 12598 Central Avenue, Unit 113, Chino, CA 91710.

Cost: Free

Contact: (909) 590-4183 or


Jack Newe’s Farmers Market sponsored by SGV Regional Chamber of Commerce

When: Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Mt. San Antonio College Campus, Parking Lot B, 1100 N. Grand Avenue, Walnut CA 91789

Rowland Heights: Retired Superintendent Roach Selected as RUSD Interim


John Roach, Ed.D


Rowland Heights – Educational and leadership consultant John Roach, Ed.D, (John Roach & Associates) will be the Interim Superintendent at Rowland Unified this summer while the superintendent search process continues.

Roach is an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California teaching the courses “Leadership” and “Accountability.” He was Superintendent of Carlsbad Unified from 2004-12 and at Charter Oak Unified from 1998-2004, and is known for his leadership while also serving in Brea Olinda Unified and East Whittier City School Districts. He serves on the Dean’s Superintendents Advisory Group of the University of Southern California and has been active in the Association of California School Administrators Association, serving as charter president and on various state committees. Roach received his Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Southern California and his M.A. in English from Loyola Marymount University.

“The Board is delighted to have Dr. John Roach join the Rowland Unified School District.  Dr. Roach comes with a broad range of experiences to assist the district during this transition process,” said Board President, Heidi L. Gallegos. Roach will serve as Interim Superintendent on a part-time basis, approximately three days per work week, during the summer months pending completion of the current search for a permanent superintendent. The timeline for the superintendent search process includes advertising and applications for the position concluding on July 11.  Interviews will take place in August, with the hiring of the new leader expected in September, 2014.

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