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Articles by Gary Kohatsu

Aug. 18 to Sept. 11




14700 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard

Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1:24 p.m.

There were 2 male suspects, one of them approximately age 30.


West 145th Street and South Western Avenue

A jury last week found an 18-year-old Gardena man guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of an El Camino College student, whom he passed briefly in the street.

Jordan Joseph was convicted in the June 26, 2015 shooting death of Kody Ryan Cook, 18. The two males, who did not know each other, crossed paths in the street and made eye contact. Cook asked Joseph, “what’s up?’

Aug. 14 to Sept. 4




2900 block of West Rosecrans Avenue

Wednesday, Aug. 17 at 3:50 a.m.

Cameras, cell phone and computer equipment were reported stolen. The suspects were 2 males.


15400 block of South Western Avenue

It’s that time of the year again when volunteers, both individuals and in groups, will join forces to clean up Gardena. The 17th annual Keep Gardena Beautiful Day is planned for 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 17.

Volunteers will put their talent to work and make a difference by cleaning up City parks, right of ways and neighborhoods.

“We will plant flowers, pain and do minor fix-ups,” said Ledra Sanchez
Administrative Management Analyst, who organizes the mass cleanup.

Aug. 5 to Aug. 28


2700 West El Segundo Boulevard

Friday, Aug. 8 at 4:16 p.m.

Cell phone, currency, purses and wallets were reported as stolen. There was one suspect, male, who reportedly was armed with a handgun.


2100 block of West Redondo Beach Boulevard

July 23 to Aug. 20




West 158th Street and South Denker Avenue

Tuesday, July 26 at 9 p.m.

Cell phone and credit card reported taken. The suspect was described as male, around age 28.


2500 block of West Rosecrans Avenue

As former Mayor Paul Tanaka was forced out of office June 27, when he was sentenced to five years in prison on federal corruption convictions, the Gardena City Council has decided to leave his seat vacant.

The Council voted 3-1 to not appoint a successor, with Councilwoman Tasha Cerda the dissenting vote at the Aug. 9 Council meeting.

Instead, officials will allow Tanaka’s third and final four-year term to expire in March, and also avoid a costly special election. Voters will decide on Gardena’s next mayor during the March 2017 General Municipal Elections.

In an ongoing effort to crack down on drunk drivers, the Gardena Police Department will conduct a DUI-Drivers License Checkpoint in an undisclosed street in the city from 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19 to 3:30 a.m. the next day.

Law enforcement officials say that the DUI checkpoints are cost effective and “have reduced the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol or drug-involved crashes.”

July 17 to Aug. 11




15000 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard

Wednesday, July 20 at 10:42 p.m.

Jewelry-precious metal reported taken. The suspect was male, around age 25.


15500 block of South Vermont Avenue

July 9 to Aug. 7




12900 block of South Vermont Avenue

Saturday, July 9 at 9:42 p.m.

A computer-assisted dispatch.


Attempted Robbery

1200 block of West Rosecrans Avenue