Gardena, CA
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Articles by Gary Kohatsu

March 25 to April 27




West 147th Street and South Western Avenue

Tuesday, March 28 at 1:21 p.m.

A cell phone was reported stolen. There were 2 suspect, approx. ages 24 and 17 and driving a gray 2010 Kia Sol.



Dec. 29 to Jan. 26




2200 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard

Thursday, Dec. 29 at 8:45 a.m.

Currency reported stolen. Arrested was a male, 28.


14200 block of South Western Avenue

Dec. 20 to Jan. 19




1400 block of West 139th Street

Tuesday, Dec. 20 from 12:40 to 12:52 a.m.

Carjacking. Suspect was described as male, and took a Toyota Tacoma pickup.


2100 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard

Holiday program receives $1,000 check from Brookwood Companies

Evette Wedlow-Benjamin, the City of Gardena Helping Hands coordinator, asked for one more week of taking official donations for the 2016 Helping Hands drive for the needy.

“It’s not too late to help us reach our goal,” Wedlow-Benjamin said.

Her faith was rewarded this week, when Brookwood Companies, Inc. stepped forward with a check for $1,000. This last contribution pushes the HH drive past its $22,500 goal to a final tally of $2306.59, Wedlow-Benjamin said.


Dec. 14 to Jan. 12




1700 block of West 146th Street

Thursday, Dec. 15 at 8:40 pm.

The suspect was a male.


1000 block of West Rosecrans Avenue

A computer-assisted dispatch.

Helping Hands for the needy needs additional $600


As this season’s Helping Hands program bid farewell to 2016, program coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjamin accepted the last few donations. She said this year, “we came within $593.41 of reaching our goal of $22,500.”

3 donations are significant, but HH program still shy of 2016 goal by almost $3,500


A chilly and wet New Year’s week keep contributors at home, and the 2016 Helping Hands holiday drive short of its dollar goal

Three donations came through to her desk, hands coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjamin said. There were two donations of $200 — one from Lutheran Oriental Church up the street on Gardena Boulevard, and another from DaySpring Christian Church. The law offices of Steven I. Awakuni was not far behind with a gift of $150.


Dec. 8 to Dec. 29




1000 block of West Artesia Boulevard

Friday, Dec. 9 at 12:25 p.m.

Currency reported taken. Arrested were 2 females.


14400 block of South Budlong Avenue

Gardena Emblem Club No. 257 steps

up with monetary donation, gift cards


As the Helping Hands holiday program comes down to its final days, the Christmas week had most people spending time on and with family.

But one group made the program for needy families cheering.

The Gardena Emblem Club No. 257 made a $200 donation and backed that with $190 in gift cards this past week.

Nov. 24 to Dec. 22




2200 block of West Marine Avenue

Friday, Nov. 25 at 6:41 p.m.

The suspect was described as male, around age 22.


2200 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard

Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 8:26 p.m.