The Harper boys used to have a pretty clear division of talents.
Ben Harper, who recently joined acts like Booker T. Jones and Justin Timberlake in performing at the White House, has risen to international fame as a musician. Joel Harper, author of the children’s book All the Way to the Ocean, and proprietor of the Freedom Three publishing company, is the writer. And Peter Harper, who is known for bronze creations ranging from large-scale sculptures to belt buckles, is the artist of the family.
In truth, it’s never been that cut-and-dry.
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A Claremont police officer detained 2 suspects just prior to their committing a commercial burglary in the 1300 block of North Towne Avenue. After investigation, Claremont police believe these suspects were also involved in 2 recent burglaries at the Chevron Gas station located at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
A Claremont police officer patrolling the retail business complex on Towne Avenue at about 3:25 a.m. on Friday, April 26, saw 2 subjects near a vehicle backed in to the front of a business. The officer detained the 2 subjects who were found in possession of gloves, a hammer and flashlight.
A father and son, Johnny Walker, 43, and Michael Walker, 20, of Hesperia were arrested for an early morning burglary of a Claremont home.
Claremont Police dispatch received a 9-1-1 call on Friday, April 26 at 4:45 a.m. from a woman who stated that her house alarm had activated while she was upstairs asleep. At about the same time, the Claremont Police Department received a call from the resident’s alarm company advising the same.
Officers immediately responded to the residence and found that the rear glass sliding door had been shattered with a large chunk of concrete. After further investigation, it was a confirmed burglary.
With the approval of the council, the city awarded more than $146,000 to 24 nonprofit, regional outreach groups through the 2013-2014 Community Based Organization (CBO) and Homeless Programs.
Both programs provide an opportunity for the city of Claremont to aid nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing for the needy in the local community. CBO is dedicated to building the social, economic and family infrastructure within the city of Claremont. The homeless program serves those providing shelter and aid to the chronically homeless, those without reliable shelter or on the verge of homelessness.
With over 150 people packing into Claremont Toyota on Sunday afternoon, the Claremont community witnessed how everyone wins with the Claremont Educational Foundation (CEF) Prius Raffle.
For the third year in a row, Claremont Toyota donated a Toyota Prius raffled off by the CEF. The big winner of the day was Jared Anderson of Claremont when the sprightly Ella Hogan, all of 3 years old, pulled his winning ticket from the CEF drum.
Mr. Anderson bought his lucky ticket from Claremont High School Cheer. CHS Cheer, in addition to receiving a portion of their ticket sales, also received a $100 bonus for selling the winning ticket. Mr. Anderson was both thrilled and shocked upon learning the good news.
Friday's COURIER will include our annual Healthy Living special section inserted in the newspaper and published in full on our website. This year's edition has a slight sports theme but also shows unique Claremonters staying notoriously active in different ways. In this photo, REAL Connections Director Brandi Orton embraces Margaret Wise during one of their social gatherings the organization sets up for seniors. Check out our complete story. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
Hikers have one more thing to worry about when making their way out to the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park. In addition to strictly enforcing park hours, officers have now been given instructions to cite visitors who cross Mills Avenue without the use of a crosswalk.
This additional measure is being taken after the Claremont City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to add an ordinance prohibiting jaywalking on Mills south of Mt. Baldy Road. The new measure is the city’s latest attempt to address overcrowding at the popular hiking destination.
Employees of Chevron at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd. are having a bad week. For the second time in 3 days the south Claremont gas station has been broken into. A crook gained entrance by once again prying open the front doors. However, the second time proved less lucrative, at least for the suspect. Though it appears the man attempted to open the register, the effort was for naught. Nothing appears to have been taken. Police, on the other hand, were able to obtain footage of the suspect and a suspected vehicle. The man is described as wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt with a white emblem on the front, black gloves, dark pants and dark shoes. The vehicle appears to be a dark colored sedan. Information should be reported to the Claremont Police Department at 399-5411.
The saga of the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park continues. The Claremont City Council on Tuesday will consider adopting a code prohibiting jaywalking as the city continues to work to address overcrowding at the popular hiking destination.
Over the last 2 years the city council has been working to address overcrowding, littering and safety issues at the park. A major concern for many has been pedestrians using the roadway as a walking path. To fix this problem, the city has created a pathway along the west side of Mills Avenue as well as created a crosswalk connecting the south parking lot with the park itself.
Claremont Graduate University celebrated the winners of the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and Kate Tufts Discovery Award during a recent ceremony on campus. Marianne Boruch, left, won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award and Heidy Steidlmayer won the $10,000 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Photo courtesy of Claremont Graduate University
Claremont Councilman Joe Lyons sustained significant injuries to his hand yesterday afternoon while cutting wood at his Claremont residence, according to the city.
Mr. Lyons was airlifted from Claremont to County USC hospital, where he underwent an 8-hour surgery to repair what was described as a severed thumb and index finger. He remains at USC. No further details were provided but we will keep you updated as information becomes available.
Police are investigating a break in that occurred this morning at the Chevron Gas Station at 267 S. Indian Hill Blvd.
Surveillance revealed a man with a beanie prying open the front doors of the business around 3:40 a.m. He made off with cash from the register and cigarettes. The man was wearing a dark jacket, jeans and black boots. His race is unknown. Investigation continues. Anyone with information on this crime should call the Claremont Police Department at 311-5411.
“This was definitely my last Boston Marathon and, of course, I will never forget it,” said Claremont resident Suzanne Wojcik as she tried to wrap her head around the tumultuous events of the previous 72 hours. It wasn’t until she was in a hotel room 200 miles away from the incident that she allowed her feelings to fully envelop her.
“I just couldn’t stop crying,” she admitted.
Long before the eerie silence that crept over the usually bustling and jovial post-marathon atmosphere, Ms. Wojcik admitted she had been feeling particularly emotional. Being back at the Boston Marathon with her family less than a year after her husband Joe Wojcik’s death from cancer was overwhelming in and of itself.