28th annual National Night Out
Crime and drug prevention
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Communities throughout Los Angeles County will participate tonight in the 28th annual National Night Out crime and drug prevention event.
“National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for and participation in local anti-crime efforts; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships, and send a message to criminals letting them know neighborhoods are organized and fighting back,” said Stephanie Martin of the Manhattan Beach Police Department.
Beginning as early as 4 p.m. in various communities—and extending for several hours—residents are urged to turn on their outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police officers, who will be out in extra patrols.
Among the planned events:
• 4 p.m. in West Hollywood, there will be block parties at Sherbourne Drive and Ashcroft Avenue; Lloyd Place near Elevado Street; Norton Avenue near Laurel Avenue; Hayvenhurst Drive near Santa Monica Boulevard; 1100 block of Kings Road; and Vista Street near Lexington Avenue.
• 4 p.m. in Los Angeles, Van Ness Recreation Center, 5700 block of South Second Avenue.
• 5 p.m. in Valinda, County Supervisor Gloria Molina will be among those on hand at Rimgrove Park, 700 block of North Rimgrove Drive.
• 5 p.m. in Pomona, Civic Center Plaza.
• 5 p.m. in Altadena, Farnsworth Park, 568 E. Mount Curve Ave.
• 5:30 p.m. in Baldwin Park, there will be a march from City Hall, 14403 Pacific Ave., to the parking lot of the Target store, 3100 Baldwin Park Blvd., where a celebration will begin at 6:30 p.m.
• 5:30 p.m. in Burbank, Chandler Boulevard bike path near Keystone Street.
• 6 p.m. in Pasadena, Victory Park, 2500 block of Paloma Street.
• 6 p.m. in Hawaiian Gardens, public safety center, 11940 Carson St.
• And 7 p.m. in Manhattan Beach, various neighborhoods.
National Night Out is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. More information is available at www.nationalnightout.org.
Los Angeles police say two suspects have been arrested for the murder of 5-year-old Aaron Shannon, and are being held without bail. Leonard Hall Jr., 21, was taken into custody today (Friday) about at 2:10 a.m. at an apartment in the 200 block of West. 27th Str. Marcus Denson, 18, was arrested Thursday evening by Sheriff’s deputies in the 1100 block of East 83rd Street. Law enforcement officials say both suspects are active gang members.
David Starr Jordan High School sits smack within one of America’s best known ghettos—Watts. In the past, most of its students have consistently performed on par with the ambience of their surroundings.
Family and friends of Kendrec Lavelle McDade gathered this week in Altadena to lay to rest the 19-year-old man who was shot and killed by Pasadena police.
The tearful morning funeral was held at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Altadena and McDade’s body was then taken to Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary in Whittier for burial.
GARDENA (CNS) - A man who was shot by Gardena police after allegedly threatening to shoot himself and another man died at a hospital, authorities said today.
Noel Salinas, 49, of Gardena was shot about 11:45 a.m. Thursday in the 13900 block of Van Ness Avenue, said Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast. He died about seven hours later, according to the coroner's office.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—Los Angeles Police Department officers will staff two sobriety/driver’s license checkpoints this weekend, beginning tonight, in an ongoing effort to combat drunken driving.
From 8 p.m. until 2 a.m. Saturday, officers will run a checkpoint at La Cienega Boulevard between Rosewood and Oakwood avenues near West Hollywood.
And from 8 p.m. Saturday to 2 a.m. Sunday, there will be a checkpoint on Manchester Avenue between Main Street and Broadway in South Los Angeles.