Padua Park was abuzz with activity on Saturday morning and not because of weekend sporting events. The bustle of activity surrounded a helicopter that made a surprise landing on the field, in response to a vehicle vs. bike incident. Two individuals were riding a tandem bike along Padua Avenue, approaching Pomello when a driver attempted to make a right at the intersection without yielding to the bicyclists.
Claremont police took time out from their usual duties on Tuesday to celebrate two of their own. Officer Jacob Tillman and Detective Robert “Buzz” Ewing received promotions to corporal and sergeant, respectively.
Corp. Tillman was hired as a police recruit while attending the Fullerton Police Academy, graduating in November 2005. In 2009 he was selected as a motor officer with the city’s traffic program and has gone on to be a defensive tactics and baton, as well as an arbor and firearms instructor for the department.
Greg Valencia, a 22-year-old resident of Rancho Cucamonga, appeared to be in such a rush on Saturday, January 11, that he forgot what side of the road to drive on. Police received an estimated 29 calls about Mr. Valencia’s erratic driving, which included driving on the wrong side of the road, failing to stop at red lights, refusing to yield for pedestrians and driving 70 miles per hour in 45 miles per hour zones.