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Articles by Gary Kohatsu

ROBBERY

15500 BLOCK OF SOUTH NORMANDIE AVENUE, UNKNOWN

Monday, March 4, 10:41 a.m.

No information given. Two suspects seen, ages 18 and 20.

 

BURGLARY - RESIDENTIAL

13000 BLOCK OF SOUTH VAN NESS AVENUE, HOUSE

Friday, March 1, 1 to 2:25 p.m.

Miscellaneous jewelry reported taken. Entry was through a removed sliding door.

 

BURGLARY - RESIDENTIAL

ROBBERY

14600 BLOCK OF SOUTH BUDLONG AVENUE, APARTMENT/CONDO

Friday, Feb. 22 at 3:07 a.m.

Property reported stolen included a cell phone, purses and wallets. There were two suspects taken into custody, one suspect, a 25-year-old female was arrested. The other suspect was also female, 25. The vehicle confiscated, an Infinity FX3 was reported as a stolen vehicle.

 

BURGLARY

 

BURGLARY - RESIDENTIAL

Paul Tanaka easily secured his third term as Gardena mayor, turning back the challenge of Councilwoman Rachel Johnson, 3,035 to 1,874 votes in the March 5 Municipal Election.

The City Clerk’s office updated this week after the counting of absentee ballots.

Mayor Paul Tanaka cruised to his third term in last week’s City elections snaring 62.21 percent of the votes compared to challenger, Councilwoman Rachel Johnson, who garnered 37.79 percent.

In the wake of limited protests from riders, the Gardena Municipal Bus Lines has changed some routes that go into effect this month.

The reduction of lines to downtown Los Angeles, while increasing travel locally to schools and shopping areas was among the noticeable changes, as reported in the Daily Breeze.

Bus Lines director Jack Gabig proposed the changes based on ridership numbers, and the Gardena City Council passed the new plan 4-1 during a July meeting. The lone dissenting vote was cast by Councilman Dan Medina.

Despite impassioned pleas by his attorney to view a drunken-driving  case that killed two people as manslaughter, jurors on Tuesday were not swayed and convicted the driver of murder.

Perry Lee Oaklely, 35, was convicted of murder for a 2011 car crash in Gardena that claimed the life of Sylvester Payne Jr., 6, and his uncle, Samuel Dickens, 62. Oakley was found guilty of seven felonies. He will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.

One suspect was arrested and another still at large in a Gardena home-invasion robbery Dec. 12, police said last week.

The robbery took place around 3 a.m. in the 15500 block of Normandie Avenue, Gardena police Lt. Steve Prendergast said. Two suspects then tried to evade arrest by driving north on the freeway.