A scheduled court appearance for Joseph Chandler Davall took a surprise detour on Tuesday when the accused rapist spoke in open court and expressed his disappointment with the judicial process and requested to take his case straight to trial.
With slicked-back hair and a clean-shaven face, Mr. Davall was escorted into the Pomona courtroom in handcuffs and seated next to his attorney, public defender Anna Armenta-Rigor. The two talked briefly, but intently, to one another before Judge Tia Fisher called the case to set a preliminary hearing date.
With the sunshine glinting on its branches one last time, Claremont said goodbye to the fatally wounded live oak on the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Indian Hill Boulevard early Thursday morning.
The tree, estimated to be more than 100 years old, was unable to be saved following the loss of one of its two primary branches last month, which left the live oak with a large wound and decay deep into its trunk. The eastern branch of the heritage tree had fallen and knocked down cable lines, requiring Claremont’s city yard on-call staff and the LA County Fire Department to respond to the scene where they spent roughly six hours working together to remove the fallen limb.
Claremont FLOW will host a series of informational coffees to help residents gain information on the city’s proposed acquisition of Claremont’s water system.
The first meeting will take place Tuesday, August 19 at 7 p.m. at the home ofSusan Schenk, 845 N. Indian Hill Blvd. Guests are asked to RSVP to by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 621-6381.
Workers with West Coast Arborist begin the process of removing a hundred year old oak tree on Thursday at Seventh Street and Indian Hill Boulevard in Claremont. Officials decided that the tree was too diseased to be saved after it dropped a limb last month. The tree will be turned into mulch which will be available to the public soon. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
As part of its agreement with Golden State Water signed on August 4, the city has released the financial feasibility study and amended ballot language in exchange for the stopping of a petition drive for a counter initiative and dropping of legal claims and lawsuits.
The financial feasibility study is a 110-page computer financial model of the Claremont water system, which is currently owned by Golden State.
Early morning light silhouettes the local mountains and highlight distant clouds on Tuesday in north Claremont. Temperatures have cooled a bit over the last week but the unusual high humidity continues making the days seem hotter. Forecast is for low 90s all week with lots of sunshine. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Author of “Pomona A to Z” David Allen talks with some of the people who bought his book during a book signing Saturday at Rhino Records. Mr. Allen is a columnist for the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and is a Claremont resident. COURIER photo/Helen Arase
The City of Claremont and Golden State Water came to a compromise last week in the ongoing dispute over Claremont’s water system. The five-page agreement between the parties adopted at a special city council meeting on July 31 is evidence that both sides are capable of coming to the water table and making concessions for the greater good of Claremont.
Signed by Mayor Joe Lyons on Monday, August 4, the agreement requires the city to release financial feasibility documents and revise the ballot question to seek approval of $135 million in bonds rather than $55 million as previously stated.
UPDATED: Claremont Police question a man who reportedly was a passenger in a vehicle that drove the wrong way on Claremont Boulevard causing a collision Wednesday afternoon. The driver is suspected to have been drunk. Witnesses at the scene said that an aging Chrysler PT Cruiser was headed north on Claremont Boulevard when it jumped the median near Arrow Highway and continued north in the southbound lanes. A work crew installing a pipe had one southbound lane closed which forced the vehicle to use the remaining lane. He narrowly missed a bus and another vehicle before crashing into a grey sedan.
Good eats, live music and a blockbuster movie under the stars made for a great evening at Memorial Park on Tuesday night as residents of all ages come out to celebrate Claremont’s National Night Out.
The event kicked off with a concert, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Claremont and performed by local favorite, The Happy Crowd. Band members Hai Muradian, Kenny McSpadden, and Professor "Smartie" Martie took to the stage and got Claremonters up on their feet and dancing to songs like, “Say Something Nice About Someone” and “Around in a Circle.” COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Mount Baldy resident Brian Daniel digs his silver Kia sedan out of the mud on Monday one day after a flash flood surrounded the vehicle with mud and debris. A thunderstorm dropped as much as four inches of rain over 90 minutes on the mountain community swelling the creek, damaging cars and buildings. One man died in the flood when his vehicle was swept away further up Mount Baldy creek, several homes in the area were deemed uninhabitable and four hikers had to be rescued. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Surprise thunderstorms caused major flooding in the San Bernardino Mountains apparently originating near the Claremont area on Sunday afternoon. COURIER readers captured photos of flooding in the foothills and some backyard rain gauges topped the two-inch mark. The storm caused heavy flooding in the Mt. Baldy area, but the worst flash flooding was in Forest Falls. The much needed rain made a quick exit as skies cleared and cooler, yet more humid conditions prevailed. This week Claremont temperatures will be in the upper-80s, with lows in the 60s. No rain is in the forecast through the weekend. COURIER photo/Catherine Fleming
In May of 2000, the unthinkable happened. A young woman ran a stop sign and broadsided Celeste Palmer’s SUV, causing it to roll. The accident left her, at age 50, bereft of a lifetime of memories.
Ms. Palmer sustained a traumatic brain injury, which left her with anterograde as well as retrograde amnesia. Not only is she unable to recall her pre-accident past, she has difficulty making new memories.
She didn’t recognize her three children and—as someone who no longer remembered how many times a day to brush her teeth—had to consciously relearn her mothering skills in order to care for her 13-year-old son.
The Claremont School of Theology will host a screening of the documentary film Lloyd & Marion, including a Q&A session with the film’s subjects, Lloyd and Marion Wake, as well as filmmaker Amelia Chua.
The screening will take place on Sunday, August 10 at 4 p.m. at Mudd Theater, located on the CST campus. A reception will take place immediately afterwards.
Lloyd & Marion depicts the story of Lloyd and Marion Wake—a Japanese American couple whose relationship blossomed following their experiences in internment camps located in the American west during World War II.