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Incidents for past week include two drug-related arrests The following is the Avalon Sheriff's Station significant inci- dents report for the week of April 23 to April 29. A significant inci- dent is defined as one that gener- ates a report. "It is important to note that no assump- tion of criminal guilt or affiliation should be drawn from the con- tent of the information provided in this report. Many. people who get arrested do not get con- victed or even charged with crimes for which they have been arrest- ed," said Capt. Doug Fetteroll, commander of the Avalon Sheriff's Station. April 25 Matthew Garcia, M/22, an Avalon resident, was arrested for burglary and a weapons violation. April 26 No significant incidents. April 27 Anthony Lucki, M/23, a resi- dent of Newport Coast was arrest- Capt. Doug Fetteroll Station commander April 23 John Laspia, M/49, a resident of Dana Point, was arrested for Drunk Driving. April 24 Amanda Cervantes, F/31, an Avalon resident, was arrested for a $25,000 warrant and addi- tionally charged with Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Contact the Islander ! i (310) 510-0500 I [ or editor~hecatalinaislander.corn J ed for battery, drunk in public, and resisting arrest. Daniel Maranon, M/31, a resident of Newport Coast, was arrested for drunk in public. Raul Tello-Tellez, M/29, a resident of Moreno Valley, was arrested for battery and drunk in public. April 28 No significant incidents. April 29 Sheriff's K-9, alerted on an Avalon resident's backpack at the Cabrillo Mole. Approximately one ounce of marijuana was recovered and the resident was cited for possession of marijuana. Golf carts One golf cart was erroneous- ly reported as stolen. The owner believed it was stolen because person(s) unknown took the seat covers and the owner didn't recog- nize the cart. Famous tourist attraction dates back to the 19th century BY JEANNINE L. PEDERSEN Glassbottom boats are one of Catalina Island's earliest attrac- tions. Documented as early as 1899, Catalina may have been the very first place to offer a glassbottom boat ride. (Although Florida residents might argue with that statement.) The first glassbottom boats were rowboats with glass-paneled bottoms. The glassbottom boats were designed for optimal viewing and traveled to the best spots around Avalon to observe the spectacular marine gardens. Early passengers were amazed by the kelp forests and the abun- dance of fish in Catalina's waters. They would also be entertained by glassbottom boat divers who would swim under the glass and point out interesting marine life. Edgar Harrison was one of the famous professional glassbottom boat divers on Catalina Island. He would dive for abalone shells, sea urchins and other marine life requested by enthusi- astic observers. Edgar and a few other glassbot- tom boat divers could stay under water for a very long time. A postcard of the Phoenix, one of the most popular Of Catalina's glassbottom boats. File photo Harrison's record dive was 3 minutes and 51 seconds. Many people remember the glassbottom side-wheelers that were built to accommodate the increased number of visitors who wanted to enjoy the Island's incredible marine gardens. The side-wheelers were con- structed with viewing wells that gave visitors a more comfortable way to enjoy the Island's unique sea life. One of the most beloved glassbottom boats was the M. V. Phoenix. The Phoenix was added to the Santa Catalina Island Company fleet in 1931 and was considered to be one of the world's largest glassbottom boats and introduced thousands of visitors to Catalina's amazing undersea gardens for over 60 years. In 1995 the Phoenix was retired and purchased by the Balboa Fun Zone in Newport Harbor. Most recently the M.V. Phoenix was purchased by Rick Parker. He had plans to take the vessel 450 miles to the coastal town of Martinez, north of San Francisco, and convert it into a dockside Cajun restaurant. However, during her voyage north on June 11, 2006, thePhoenix sank in 500 feet of water off the coast of Malibu, California. Today, the glassbottom boats remain one of the Island's most popular tours. Visitors have the option of viewing the submarine gardens by traditional glassbottom boats or by descending below sea level for optimal viewing aboard one of the exciting semi-submersible tours.