Dodger pitcher gets fine, community service GLENDALE...

Dodger pitcher gets fine, community service

GLENDALE -- Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Guillermo Mota

reportedly pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor reckless driving

charge Thursday and agreed to make Spanish-language public service

announcements about the dangers of drinking and driving.

Glendale Superior Court Judge John Doyle ordered Mota, 30, to

serve three years probation and pay $1,500 in fines and penalty

assessments, according to reports.

Had he been convicted, Mota was facing up to six months in jail,

fines and suspension of his driver's license, according to reports.

Mota was charged in May 2003 with one misdemeanor count of driving

under the influence of alcohol and driving with a blood-alcohol level

of .12. The legal level in California is .08.

Mota, then 29, was stopped about 2 a.m. April 21 by Altadena

California Highway Patrol officers for allegedly speeding west on the

Ventura (134) Freeway, driving about 85 mph. After exiting the

freeway at Pacific Avenue, Mota was arrested and taken to the

Glendale Police Station.

Gary Moskowitz

Police arrest alleged gang members at park

NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Glendale Police officers recently arrested

two Burbank men and one Glendale man on suspicion of threatening

another man with a gun and a crowbar and flashing gang signs,

authorities said.

On Wednesday, police arrested Richard Aceves, 20, of Glendale,

Francisco Juarez, 18, of Burbank, and Jose Daniel Valasquez, 19, of

Burbank, on suspicion of using a handgun and a crowbar to threaten a

Burbank man who was driving next to them in traffic, police said.

Aceves had several warrants out for his arrest and Valasquez was

on probation, according to police reports.

They were arrested at Brand Park, 1601 W. Mountain St., Glendale.

Just before 3:30 p.m., the three suspects, along with three

females, were allegedly tailgating the victim as he drove north on

Western from Glenoaks Boulevard at about 25 mph, police said.

The man pulled over to the side of the road to let the other car

pass, but the driver instead pulled over behind the victim. The

driver got out of the car, pulled a tire iron out of the trunk and

returned to the driver's seat.

The driver then moved up alongside the victim's car, raised a

handgun and said, "What are you doing in my territory? Go home,"

according to police reports. The suspects then drove north on Western

to Brand Park, where police arrested them.

Gary Moskowitz

Suspect in chase

flees on foot

SOUTHWEST GLENDALE -- Police are searching for a man who led

officers on a high-speed car chase through Glendale and ran from the


After seeing the driver of a 1999 BMW 530 run a red light at San

Fernando Road and Edenhurst Avenue on Monday night, a Glendale Police

officer tried to stop him. That led to a high-speed chase down San

Fernando Road, onto Los Feliz Boulevard and into Los Angeles.

By the time the chase was over several minutes later, the man had

abandoned the car and ran away, police said. Police did not give a

description of the driver.

The owner of the BMW told Burbank Police someone stole the car in

front of his business in Burbank.

Police fingerprinted the car and a cellphone that the driver

allegedly used to make several calls during the chase.

Gary Moskowitz

Splish Splash at

Hoover High Saturday

NORTHWEST GLENDALE -- The third annual Splish Splash Family Fun

Day will be Saturday at Hoover High School, 651 Glenwood Road.

Recreational swimming for the day will be free for people who

arrive in time for an hour-long water-safety presentation at 11:30

a.m. The course covers everything from dialing 911 to basic

cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques.

The day won't be all about safety, though, as organizers also plan

to offer some fun and games.

For more information, call 548-3375.

Darleene Barrientos

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