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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log Tuesday, January 29, 2008
IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section
:: Featured BAD GUY of the week!
:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log
:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log
:: TWO HOURS OF FUN!
:: Community News!
:: Dedication Celebration at the new fitness stations!
:: We are here for you!
:: INTERESTING WEBSITES
:: Hermosa Residents can further help in Disaster Preparedness by taking C.E.R.T
:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites
RECOGNITION
 
We would like to THANK Block Captain Dana Graner and the residents of the 400 Block of 31st Street for hosting a INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING.  The meeting was attended by Chief of Police Greg Savelli, Acting Fire Chief Mike Garofano, Fire Capt. James Crawford, EPAC Comissioner Al Benson, Kelly Kovac-Reedy and Tracy & Bree Hopkins.    We appreciate your efforts to organize your neighborhood!

IN REMEMBRANCE:

The funeral services for Gillian Harrigan and her mother are at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach on Saturday, February 2, 2008 at 10 AM.

Bereavement support groups for children, adolescents and adults or

support groups related to other losses, life transitions and adjustments:

The Gathering Place is open Monday through Friday from 10 AM until 4 PM (although on some days it opens earlier, and/or stays open until 5 PM).  To reach them, please call (310) 374-6323 or gathering.place@providence.org.  You can also visit them on their website at www.griefcenter.info.

Featured BAD GUY of the week!

Suspect:         Jason Michael McDermott, 33, Hermosa Beach

Charges:        Possession of Controlled Substance For Sale, Possession of a Controlled Substance while Armed, Carrying a Loaded Firearm

Bail:                $100,000.00  In Custody

 

Synopsis:

Hermosa detectives conduct narcotics investigation leading to the arrest of a mid level local drug dealer.

           

Details:

On 01/28/08 at approximately four in the afternoon, Hermosa Beach Police Detectives served a search warrant at 1836 The Strand #C, Hermosa Beach. The search warrant was obtained using information obtained during a narcotics investigation. Detectives were able to identify the suspect as a mid level dealer of various narcotics including cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana and ecstasy.

 

The suspect was identified as Jason Michael McDermott , 1836 The Strand #C, Hermosa Beach. McDermott claimed that he is employed by a stock brokerage firm based in Torrance.

 

While the investigation was being conducted, Hermosa Beach Police Officers stopped McDermott's vehicle. During that contact, officers located a small amount of methamphetamine in his pocket as well as $1517.00 in cash of various denominations. McDermott consented to a search of his vehicle. During the search officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun, over 6 grams of cocaine, more than 47 grams of crystal methamphetamine, in excess of 200 pills of ecstasy and over 12 grams of marijuana. Additionally a digital scale, transaction and financial records with various apparent customers names was also located in McDermott's car.

 

Detectives will use the information obtained during the search warrant and the information recovered from McDermott's car to further their investigation and potentially arrest additional suspects.

 

During the search warrant of McDermott's residence, a loaded .38 caliber revolver was recovered from the living room floor, a 12 gauge shotgun from the bedroom and paraphernalia indicating McDermott was involved in the sales of narcotics. Detectives located canisters of nitrous oxide, small quantities of cocaine, methamphetamine, hash, and over 200grams of ephedrine, a precursor ingredient to make methamphetamine.

 

McDermott was arrested and booked for possession of controlled substance for sale, possession of a controlled substance while armed, carrying a loaded firearm. McDermott will be arraigned at Torrance Court on 01/30/08. McDermott's bail was set at $100,000.00.

 

 
HBNW CRIME LOG ~ This log contains crimes in HB that residents can read and learn from in order to TARGET HARDEN their home, vehicles and neighborhood. 
 

AREA CRIME LOG

Monday 1-21-08 - Sunday 1-27-08

 

AREA 1 - BLUE (SOUTHWEST area bordered by Pier Ave, PCH & Herondo St.)

AREA 2 - GREEN (NORTHWEST area bordered Pier Ave, PCH and Manhattan border)

AREA 3 - RED (Every HB address on PCH and EAST to Harper/Reynolds)

 

Monday 1-21-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

33rd and Palm Dr.

Theft

There was a call of a person in the area going through the recyclables. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

Unit block of 18th Ct.

Theft

There was another call of two subjects going through the recyclables in the area. The two subjects were located and 2 Field Interview (FI) cards were filled out. They were advised on the city requirements.

 

Monday night 1-21-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

600 block of Longfellow

Theft

There was a call of a male going through the trash in the area. The reporting party (RP) observed until they lost sight of him and we (HBPD) were able to locate and advise the subject. An FI card was also completed.

 

Tuesday 1-22-08

 

Area 2

 

415 PC

700 block of 30th St

Solicitor

There was a call of a solicitor in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

31st and Palm Dr

Theft

There was a call of a person going through the recyclables in the area. An area check for the subject met with negative results. NOTE: This is like a needle in the hay stack for us some times. Just because we don't locate these people every time doesn't mean that nothing is done by your call. It brings us to the area and the scavenger more times than not will see us and think twice about coming back to the area. Keep calling us!!

 

Wednesday 1-23-08

 

Area 1

 

487 PC

415 Herondo

Theft

There was a report of a theft at the clubhouse of the location. There was a laptop taken during the night between 1600 and 0900 hours. No one was seen or heard.

 

Thursday 1-24-08

 

Area 1

 

459 PC

415 Herondo

Vehicle Burglary

There was a vehicle broken into in the parking garage of the location. The vehicle was entered via a window smash and a wallet was removed from the center console.

 

 

Area 2

 

594 PC

400 block of 31st St

Vandalism

There was a report of vandalism to a vehicle in the area. Sometime during the night a window was broken on a vehicle. No signs of entry and nothing reported missing at the time of this report.

 

Saturday night 1-26-08

 

Area 3

 

415 PC

1900 block of Monterey

Solicitor

There was a call of a female in the area selling books. An area check for the subject met with negative results.

 

 

 

 

MBNW CRIME LOG

THE POLICE DEPARTMENT NEEDS YOUR HELP! They want to know if any of you in these areas have surveillance cameras and if so, please review them and see if there is anything you can share with the police. If so, please call the front PD desk immediately at 310-802-5140. And as always, share this informationwith all of your neighbors and remind them to remove everything from their vehicles before locking them and setting the alarm, if they have to park on the street. If there is any way to clean out the garage so that you can park your vehicles in them, now is the time!

Area 7

1/22/08 - 1/23/08     10 p.m. - 7:20 a.m.                    300 block of 31st Street

(Stolen Vehicle) Unknown suspect(s) stole the vehicle from the garage of the residence. Items in the trunk that were taken included a lap top computer, CDs, and miscellaneous papers.

Area 10

1/22/08        2:30 p.m. - 2:35 p.m.                 200 block of Seaview Street

(Stolen Bicycle) Unknown suspect(s) took a bicycle from the open garage that was left unattended for just a few minutes.

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08         7 p.m. - 7 a.m.              500 block of 33rd Street

(Vehicle Burglaries) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the left rear passenger window of the locked vehicle and took a computer, camera, briefcase, iPod, and several papers. Suspect(s) also smashed a rear left window on a second vehicle at the same address, but no theft occurred. Both windows had pry marks on the frames, but because of the rain, no fingerprints were obtainable.

 Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08     4:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.         600 block of 33rd Street

(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger window and took a backpack containing a wallet with ID, several credit cards, checkbook, gift cards, an iPod, and other items.

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08     10:30 p.m. - 9:30 a.m.   500 block of 35th Street

(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked the vehicle in front of her house, but was not sure if she locked it. Unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took a jacket from the front seat. The jacket was recovered at the scene of another vehicle theft and returned to the owner. (See next incident).

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08    5:30 p.m. - 8 a.m.         500 block of 35th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked the vehicle on the street and returned to find the vehicle had been ransacked and a wireless headset, DVDs and a navigation system were missing. The method of entry to the vehicle is unknown and no suspects were seen or heard. Some of the victim's property was recovered in the area, along with a jacket that was taken from another victim's vehicle.

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08                       8:30 p.m. - 7 a.m.         500 block of 35th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) Unknown suspect(s) stole a briefcase and laptop computer from the vehicle which was parked in front of the residence. Victim believes he left the vehicle unlocked.

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08    10 p.m. - 7 a.m.            3300 block of Laurel Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in front of his residence. Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger window and took a briefcase containing several papers and a laptop computer from the vehicle. Items from another vehicle burglary in the area were recovered during the investigation.

Area 9

1/23/08 - 1/24/08      8:30 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.     3300 block of Laurel Avenue

(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked her unlocked vehicle in the driveway when unknown suspect(s) entered the vehicle and took a purse containing check and a debit card from the front passenger seat. A second unlocked vehicle at the same address that was parked on the street was also entered by unknown suspect(s). Sunglasses were taken from the center console and a briefcase from the front passenger area. Some of the items from these two thefts were found nearby.

Area 5

1/27/08 - 1/28/08      6 p.m. - 7 a.m.              500 block of 23rd Street

(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim's vehicle was parked and locked in front of his residence when unknown suspect(s) made two dents and broke the passenger's side view mirror.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08        8 a.m. - 8 a.m.           600 block of 25th Street

(Vehicle Theft) The victim parked her vehicle in the driveway, but failed to lock it. She discovered her navigational system was missing from the windshield and a diaper bag was missing from the rear seat. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 9

1/25/08       12:15 a.m. - 8 a.m.                    600 block of 25th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in front of his residence. He discovered the right rear window was smashed and his backpack and its contents were missing from the rear seat. The backpack contained a computer, video games and two bibles. Smashed glass was found on the ground, but no suspects were seen or heard.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08   4:30 p.m. - 8:05 a.m.       600 block of 27th Street

(Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) took several gift cards from the victim's unlocked vehicle which was parked in the driveway.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08   7 p.m. - 7 a.m.            600 block of 27th Street

(Attempted Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) opened the glove box inside the unlocked vehicle which was parked in front of the residence, but nothing appeared to be missing.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08    10 p.m. - 7 a.m.               500 block of 27th Street

(Attempted Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) opened the center console and glove box inside the unlocked vehicle which was parked in the driveway, but nothing was missing.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08    11 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.     600 block of 29th Street

(Attempted Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the rear window of the vehicle which was parked and locked on the street, but nothing appeared to be missing from the vehicle.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08    10 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.          700 block of 29th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle on the street in front of his residence. At approximately 4 a.m. he heard his dog barking and looked outside his residence, but did not see anything. In the morning he discovered that his front passenger side window had been smashed by unknown suspect(s). Items taken included a navigational system from the glove box and a briefcase from the front passenger seat. A day planner and files which had been inside the briefcase were on the ground outside the vehicle.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08    4:30 p.m. - 5:45 a.m.  700 block of 29th Street

(Attempted Vehicle Theft) Unknown suspect(s) smashed the front passenger side window on the vehicle which was parked and locked in the driveway. It appeared suspect(s) opened the glove box and center console but nothing was missing from the vehicle.

Area 9

1/24/08 - 1/25/08  10:45 p.m. - 6:30 a.m.               700 block of 29th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked his vehicle in his driveway. He returned to discover unknown suspect(s) smashed the right rear passenger window, ransacked the vehicle and removed a black canvas bag from the rear passenger floor area. The suspect(s) removed most of the items from the bag and threw them on the ground. A cell phone and a card file were stolen.

Area 9

1/25/08 - 1/26/08   9 p.m. - 9 a.m.                3600 block of Elm Avenue

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim parked and locked her vehicle in her driveway. She returned to find the front passenger side window had been smashed and her purse was missing from the front seat. The purse contained several credit cards. No suspects were seen or heard.

Area 9

1/26/08 - 1/27/08   1 p.m. - 10:15 a.m.         500 block of 33rd Street

(Theft of Mailbox) Unknown suspect(s) stole the victim's metal mailbox from outside the victim's house. During the night the victim heard what sounded like a gust of wind and then a sound like "flower pots falling over" but did not think much of it. The mailbox was empty.

 

GET INVOLVED IN RAISING $$$ FOR HBNW!

 

A very generous offer from the HB Chamber of Commerce has come our way to sell water bottles donated to the Chamber on the Memorial Day weekend of Fiesta de la Arts.  WE GET TO KEEP THE PROCEEDS!

 

BUT, we can't do it without YOU!  We need at total of 24 volunteers to staff the three day event.  We have Jeff & Susan Brown and Pearl Eszlinger signed up!

 

8 volunteers per day for Saturday, May 24th, Sunday, May 25th and Monday, May 26th.  We would need 2 people working a two-hour shift starting at 10a.m., 12 noon, 2p.m. and 4p.m.

 

Please let Kelly know if you can assist by volunteering for a two-hour shift.  Your Neighborhood Watch program can earn a little extra money to continue giving back to the residents through fun neighborhood events such as National Night Out and Santa Ride!  

 

Thank you for considering it!

 

Community News!

City of Hermosa Beach Blood Drive

Wed., Feb. 13, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers

1 Pint Can Help Save 3 Lives!

To register, call Monica at 310-318-0230 or email mbagnara@hermosabch.org

emergency kit

We hope to see you there!

 

Saturday, February 9th from 11a.m. - 1p.m.

 

Click HERE to see the FLYER.

 
 

If you would like to volunteer at the event, please contact Kelly.

 

 

 

CONTACT US!
 
INTERESTING WEBSITES

Solicitors / Strangers at Your Door

Recently, Manhattan Beach Police Officers arrested two suspects who claimed to be soliciting, but made their way into a residence after knocking on the door and receiving no answer. This activity has not been limited to Manhattan Beach. There have been reports from other cities in the SouthBay of people posing as solicitors to gain access to mailboxes on porches for the sole purpose of stealing the mail and using it to rob residents of their identity.

http://www.ci.manhattan-beach.ca.us/Index.aspx?page=43&recordid=267&returnURL=%2fIndex.aspx%3fpage%3d177

 

Alzheimer's creates ideal prey for scammers

The advice from the geriatric care manager was straightforward: "Get respite care." Even a few hours alone may place a loved one with dementia in a precarious position.

http://www.dailybreeze.com/ci_8060171

 

 

C.E.R.T. - Community Emergency Response Team

 

 

February 7 - March 29, 2008

CERT Academy - # 37 begins!
 

CPR and First Aid renewal classes are

  • 2/21 Thursday - CPR Class for Alumni to recertify
  • 2/28 Thursday - First Aid Class Part 1 for Alumni to recertify
 

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

310-524-2750
 
310-318-0360
 
310-376-2479
 
(310) 318-0239