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Articles by Gary Kohatsu

First Bank $424 leads monetary donations; Gardena Buddhist Church delivers $$, toys



Two weeks left in the Helping Hands season and the total monetary donation is with $4,500 of its goal of $22,500, coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjamin reported.

First Bank led the way with a $424 donation, followed by Gardena Buddhist Church, which donated $265 in money, and added 249 toys to lead toy gifts for the week.

Gift cards for the week were given by one anonymous source ($100) and by the El Camino Lions ($30).

Nov. 17 to Dec. 15




1400 block of West Gardena Boulevard

Thursday, Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.

A cell phone was reported taken from a victim.


1100 block of West Artesia Boulevard

While the holidays have yet to pass, the 2017 General Municipal Elections is heating up for the most contested city elections in generations. At stake will be a vacant mayors seat, as well as two open council seats.

There will be seven candidates contesting for the mayors post, which was vacated by the indictment of Paul Tanaka earlier this year. The council voted to leave the post unfilled until the March 2017 elections.

All four of the present Council members, Dan Medina, Tasha Cerda, Terrence Terauchi and Mark Henderson have filed for the mayors race.

GV Lions, Hoodlum Club leads this week’s top contributors


With about three weeks to go in the 2016 season Helping Hands drive to help needy families, coordinator Evette Wedlow-Benjamin says that the goal of $22,000 in contributions is attainable.

“We have taken in $16, 960.59 and need $5,539.41. I have faith we can reach our goal,” Benjamin said.

The Gardena Valley Lions Club and the Gardena Hoodlum Club, Inc. each contributed $200.

Nov. 10 to Dec. 8




West 135th Street and South Halldale Avenue

Thursday, Nov. 10 to Friday, Nov. 11

The suspect was described as male.


17200 block of South Dalton Avenue

Sept. 13 to Oct. 9




1700 block of West Artesia Boulevard

Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:05 p.m.

Entry was through a sliding door. Arrested was a female 20. There were also 2 female suspects.


Just days away from starting a new job closer to home, a Gardena man was found dead of an apparent stabbing as he was making the early morning trek to a bus stop en route to his North Hollywood job, officials said.

The body of Robert Mello, a 49-year-old husband and father of two sons, was found in the 14900 block of South Vermont Avenue after 5 a.m. Thursday morning by numerous passers-by. Initially, Gardena police suspected Mello to be the victim of a hit-and-run incident. But later determined he was stabbed to death, GPD Lt. Steve Prendergast told the Daily Breeze.


1700 block of West Artesia Boulevard

Thursday, Sept. 15 at 8:05 p.m.

Entry was through a sliding door. Arrested was a female 20. There were also 2 female suspects.


1300 block of West 139th Street

Friday, Sept. 16 at 3:40 p.m.

A Hawthorne man recently charged in a Gardena robbery, is now being linked to robbery of two El Camino College students near the campus, according to authorities.

Police said that Jhakaree Tyree King, 20, of Hawthorne was arrested two weeks ago after a woman was robbed at gunpoint in the Vons parking lot on Redondo Beach Boulevard just east of Normandie Avenue, as reported last week in the Daily Breeze.

Two other men were arrested in connection with the parking lot holdup.

Aug. 29 to Sept. 18




16900 block of South Raymond Place

Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 2:30 p.m.

A Sony PS Vita with blue case reported taken. The suspect was described as male, around age 16.


1400 block of West Gardena Boulevard