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Animal cruelty to be ‘A’ felony

Karla Rendon Editorial Director The FBI will increase the consequences of violent crimes against animals by reclassifying such crimes as  Group A felonies, FBI officials announced last month. This means that animal abuse will be considered a serious crime against society and stricter penalties will be enforced. The four categories for animal cruelty are simple or gross neglect, intentional abuse... 

La Verne Police and Fire focus on public safety

La Verne Police and Fire focus on public safety
Dave Monday, a firefighter from New York’s Engine Rescue 5, tells San Dimas and La Verne residents Lupe Arellano, Sandra Mendez, Roman Mendez and Karina Mendez the heartbreaking story of a 9/11 fire engine Saturday during the La Verne Police and Fire Departments’ public safety open house. Out of 14 crew members on the engine, there was only one survivor, Bill Spade. / photo by Megan Peralez Melissa... 

LVPD investigates sexual assault

The La Verne Police Department is currently investigating a sexual assault that occurred Sept. 24 in La Verne. On Monday Loretta Rahmani, dean of student affairs, sent an email to the University of La Verne community informing the campus of the assault and asking for any information. According to the email, the assault involved a former student attacking a current undergraduate student near the La... 

Community raises funds for city

Autumn Simon Staff Writer The La Verne Chamber of Commerce and Bonita High School partnered to hold their fifth annual Community Yard Sale in the Bonita High School parking lot last Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Vendors and community members gathered in the parking lot to sell their used and unwanted items for a good cause. “The goal is to offer opportunities for different people to help the charities... 

Search for Claremont rape suspect is ongoing

Kat Simonelli Metro Editor Amanda Larsh Assistant News Editor Residents of Claremont are still on edge as the search continues for an unidentified male who allegedly broke into a home and raped a 12-year-old girl on March 20. So far more than 300 tips have poured in from community members and other law enforcement offices. “Bottom line is we’re having to follow up on all the 300 tips,” said Claremont... 

LVPD buckles down on motorists

Amanda Larsh Assistant News Editor The La Verne Police Department was busy last Saturday night and Sunday morning as officers conducted a DUI checkpoint on Towne Center Drive, with the hope of making the streets safer for drivers. Overall four people were detained for police questioning, including one for DUI at the checkpoint and one they caught trying to avoid it. Officers also stopped but did not... 

$5,000 worth of books stolen

Kristina Bugante News Editor Karla Rendon Arts Editor A man and a woman were questioned by the La Verne Police Department Tuesday in connection with the theft of more than $5,000 worth of textbooks taken from the University Bookstore on Monday and Tuesday. Danielle Gornik and Erich Soiles, both 21 and Claremont residents, were arrested at around 5 p.m. in front of the store. The suspects first visited... 

Open house shakes up awareness

Open house shakes up awareness
Victor Castaneda, a second year in the fire fighting academy at Mt. SAC, guides 3-year-old Asher Baker in spraying a hose at balloons at the Public Safety Open House Saturday. Baker is the son of Aaron Baker, assistant professor of psychology at the University of La Verne. The open house was held along D Street where police cruisers lined the streets open for anyone to sit in for a tour. / photo by... 

Californian campaign delivers checkpoints

Hayley Hulin Staff Writer The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department arrested more than 2,000 people at DUI checkpoints leading to Labor Day. This has prompted the Sheriff’s Department and La Verne Police department to apply for more checkpoint grants. These checkpoints are part of California’s “Avoid DUI Campaign” which started in 1973 and target specific holidays and special events throughout... 

Community News: Walk With a Cop helps nonprofits

<i>Community News</i>: Walk With a Cop helps nonprofits
Officer J. Wells of the K-9 Unit walked with his canine, Maverick, for the La Verne Police Department’s Walk With a Cop event at Bonita High School on Saturday. Families registered children to walk the track with officers and learn about civic history. / photo by Hunter Cole Veronica Sepulveda Metro Editor Sitting in the back of a cop car or being inside of a jail cell may be a nightmare for some,... 
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