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Weekly E-Newsletter and Crime Log

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

 

IN THIS ISSUE ~ click on link to go directly to section

:: HBNW/HBPD Crime Log

:: Featured CRIME of the week!

:: Bar Check!

:: MBNW/MBPD Crime Log

:: WIRELESS TELEPHONE LAWS FAQ's

:: HELPFUL WEBSITES

:: Community Event ~ Learn to Protect Yourself Against Fraud!

:: MAP YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

:: Code RED - Emergency Notification System for HB

:: Please spend a few hours with HBNW and sell, sell, sell H2O at the FIESTA!

:: WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, Count on HBARA!

:: C.E.R.T. - FUNDRAISER

:: We are here for you!

:: GOT EMERGENCY KITS? GET THEM NOW.

:: IMPORTANT HB Phone Numbers and Websites

 

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 3-10-08 through Sunday 3-16-08

 

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)

 

Friday night 3-14-08

 

Area 2

 

459 PC

300 block of 24th St

Burglary

There was a report of a burglary in the area. A residence was entered by an open front door and a Laptop, IPOD and a camera was taken. This occurred between 2130 and 0330 hours.

       

 

Saturday 3-16-08

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

200 block of 27th St

Theft

There was a report of a subject going through the recyclables in the area. The subject was GOA / UTL

       

 

Area 2

 

484 PC

30th St and Palm Dr

Theft

There was another call of a subject going through the recyclables. Possibly the same subjects as before. They were located and contacted. They were advised of the violation and sent on their way

       

 

Featured CRIME of the week

As reported by the news release, HBPD was involved in a very serious incident this week where an estranged boyfriend stabbed a friend of his ex-girlfriend after forcing his way into her 2nd story apt via the fire escape.  What was not reported was what that was like for the officers on scene.  We thought you would like to know;

 

This call occurred at about 11:30p.m. just off the downtown area which was full of people celebrating St. Patrick's Day after a wonderful parade earlier in the day.  Many of the officers who worked this attempted murder and barricaded suspect call had been working since 1:00p.m.  They were looking forward to going home after bar closing.  Instead they found themselves surrounding a large apartment building, using the Strand wall, a construction site, their vehicles and the darkness to protect themselves from the suspect who frequently threw glass, knives, bottles of alcohol and other items out the window and some in the direction of these officers.  The weather was clear, but very cold and windy.  Officers, even with jackets, had to be wrapped with additional protection, some using what they found next to them including BBQ covers and blankets.  The wind chill was major issue and distraction to these officers who were trying to keep focus on the suspect and the building he was holding up in.  This went on until 4:30 in the morning.  As the SWAT team arrived, some of these officers were able to be relieved of "holding the perimeter" only to return to handling the other calls for service and the closing of the downtown bars.  This included handling a purse snatch and an assault in progress in a residential area requiring an emergency response and search for the suspects.

 

As mentioned in the press release, the law enforcement community pulls together in times of emergency and many different agencies assisted HBPD with this emergency.  However, we thought you would like to know that HBPD had 10 officers working this call and after calling for assistance, had four Detectives, two Division Commanders, the Captain and the Chief of Police respond to ensure this call was handled professionally and safely for the officers and community affected by this violence.   

 

BAR CHECK

OVERCROWDING / HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS

INVESTIGATION REPORT

SUMMARY OF INCIDENT

On March 15, 2008, at 1527 hours, Hermosa Beach Police Officers Sellan, Kansaku and Fire Investigator Powers responded to Hennesey's Tavern for a Fire Code / Life Safety Inspection. Upon entering the business, gross overcrowding conditions were observed. After an occupant load count established there were 233 persons inside the business, it was determined that Hennesey's Tavern was 125% (129 persons) over the posted  maximum allowable occupant load of 104 persons. Citation number was issued to owner, Paul E. Hennesey, for violation of California Fire Code section 107.6- Overcrowding.

MBNW CRIME LOG

 Area 2

03/15/08 - 03/16/08                   6 p.m. - 8 a.m.              800 block of N. Meadows Avenue

(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim parked his vehicle in his driveway and left the top down. Unknown suspect(s) cut three seat belts, two headrests, and the convertible top and made a gash in the left rear tire. A second vehicle also had one tire slashed.

 

Area 2

03/15/08 - 03/16/08                   8 a.m. - 8 a.m.              1200 block of 10th Street

(Vehicle Burglary) The victim's vehicle was parked and locked in front of his home. Unknown suspect(s) cut a hole in the convertible top and took a laptop computer from behind the front passenger seat.   

 

Area 2

03/15/08 - 03/16/08                   9:50 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.   1200 block of 3rd Street

(Vehicle Vandalism) The victim parked and locked her vehicle in front of her home. She returned to discover unknown suspect(s) had made two gashes in the convertible top, cut the driver seat belt and slashed both rear tires.

 

Area 6

03/15/08                                    2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.     300 block of 8th Street

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked his vehicle in the garage with the garage door closed and left the keys in the ignition or on the center console. His son later entered the garage and may have left the garage door open. The victim returned to the garage, found the door open and the vehicle missing. No suspects were seen or heard.

 

Area 9

03/13/08                                    6 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.         600 block of Rosecrans Avenue

(Stolen Vehicle) The victim parked his truck on the street in front of his house, but did not lock it because in a previous incident someone broke the window on the truck to steal the radio. A neighbor informed him that a black male suspect drove away in his truck. The witness saw a suspect "messing with the steering wheel", but thought that someone was working on the truck. Then he saw a late 1970's Ford pickup truck with a dark green and white color scheme backed up to the front of the victim's truck. Shortly after, the witness saw both trucks pull out and take off eastbound on Rosecrans Avenue. He informed the owner of what he had seen and they determined the truck had been stolen. The first suspect is described as a thin black male between 17 to 19 years of age. He is approximately 5'6" to 5'8" tall, with short dark hair, clean shaven and wearing a white t-shirt. The second suspect is a thin black male, also between 17 to 19 years of age, approximately 5'10 " tall, with short dark hair, clean shaven and wearing either a dark or striped shirt.

 

Wireless Telephone Laws FAQs

Two new laws dealing with the use of wireless telephones while driving go into effect July 1, 2008. Below is a list of Frequently Asked Questions concerning these new laws.

 

Q: When do the new wireless telephone laws take effect?

A: The new laws take effect July 1, 2008

Q: What is the difference between the two laws?

A: The first prohibits all drivers from using a handheld wireless telephone while operating a motor vehicle. (Vehicle Code (VC) 23123). Motorists 18 and over may use a hands-free device. Drivers under the age of 18 may NOT use a wireless telephone or hands-free device while operating a motor vehicle(VC 23124).

Q: What if I need to use my telephone during an emergency, and I do not have a hands- free device?

A: The law allows a driver to use a wireless telephone to make emergency calls to a law enforcement agency, a medical provider, the fire department, or other emergency services agency.

Q: What are the fines if I'm convicted?

A: The base fine for the FIRST offense is $20 and $50 for subsequent convictions. According to the Uniform Bail and Penalty Schedule, with the addition of penalty assessments, a first offense is $76 and a second offense is $190.

Q: Will I receive a point on my drivers license if I'm convicted for a violation of the wireless telephone law?

A: NO. The violation is a reportable offense: however, DMV will not assign a violation point.

Q: Will the conviction appear on my driving record?

A: Yes, but the violation point will not be added.

Q: Will there be a grace period when motorists will only get a warning?

A: NO. The law becomes in effect on July 1, 2008. Whether a citation is issued is always at the discretion of the officer based upon his or her determination of the most appropriate remedy for the situation.

Q: Are passengers affected by this law?

A: No. This law only applies to the person driving a motor vehicle.

Q: Do these laws apply to out-of-state drivers whose home states do not have such laws?

A: Yes

Q: Can I be pulled over by a law enforcement officer for using my handheld wireless telephone?

A: YES. A law enforcement officer can pull you over just for this infraction.

Q: What if my phone has a push-to-talk feature, can I use that?

A: No. The law does provide an exception for those operating a commercial motor truck or truck tractor (excluding pickups), implements of husbandry, farm vehicle or tow truck, to use a two-way radio operated by a "push-to-talk" feature.

Q: What other exceptions are there?

A: Operators of an authorized emergency vehicle during the course of employment are exempt as are those motorists operating a vehicle on private property.

 

DRIVERS 18 AND OVER

Drivers 18 and over will be allowed to use a hands-free device to talk on their wireless telephone while driving. The following FAQs apply to those motorists 18 and over.

Q: Does the new "hands-free" law prohibit you from dialing a wireless telephone while driving or just talking on it?

A: The new law does not prohibit dialing, but drivers are strongly urged not to dial while driving.

Q: Will it be legal to use a Blue Tooth or other earpiece?

A: Yes, however you cannot have BOTH ears covered.

Q: Does the new hands-free law allow you to use the speaker phone function of your wireless telephone while driving?

A: Yes.

Q: Does the new "hands-free" law allow drivers 18 and over to text page while driving?

A: The law does not specifically prohibit that, but an officer can pull over and issue a citation to a driver of any age if, in the officer's opinion, the driver was distracted and not operating the vehicle safely. Text paging while driving is unsafe at any speed and is strongly discouraged.

 

DRIVERS UNDER 18

Q: Am I allowed to use my wireless telephone hands free?

A: NO. Drivers under the age of 18 may not use a wireless telephone, pager, laptop or any other electronic communication or mobile services device to speak or text while driving in any manner, even hands free. EXCEPTION: Permitted in emergency situations to call police, fire or medical authorities. (VC 23124).

Q: Why is the law stricter for provisional drivers?

A: Statistics show that teen drivers are more likely than older drivers to be involved in crashes because they lack driving experience and tend to take greater risks. Teen drivers are vulnerable to driving distractions such as talking with passengers, eating or drinking, and talking or texting on wireless phones, which increase the chance of getting involved in serious vehicle crashes.

Q: Can my parents give me permission to allow me to use my wireless telephone while driving?

A: NO. The only exception is an emergency situation that requires you to call a law enforcement agency, a health care provider, the fire department or other emergency agency entity.

Q: Does the law apply to me if I'm an emancipated minor?

A: Yes. The restriction applies to all licensed drivers who are under the age of 18.

Q: If I have my parent(s) or someone age 25 years or older in the car with me, may I use my wireless telephone while driving?

A: NO. You may only use your wireless telephone in an emergency situation.

Q: Will the restriction appear on my provisional license?

A: No

Q: May I use the hands-free feature while driving if my car has the feature built in?

A: NO. The law prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from using any type of wireless device while driving, except in an emergency situation.

Q: Can a law enforcement officer stop me for using my hands-free device while driving?

A: No. For drivers under the age of 18, this is considered a SECONDARY violation meaning that a law enforcement officer may cite you for using a hands-free wireless phone if you were pulled over for another violation. However, the prohibition against using a handheld wireless telephone while driving is a PRIMARY violation for which a law enforcement officer can pull you over.

HELPFUL WEBSITES

Don't get faked out

Since January, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - working with U.S. Customs and with authorities in Nigeria, Canada and Britain - has seized more than 600,000 bogus checks with a face value totaling $2.5 billion. For a victim of Nigerian fraud, the median loss - calculated in 2006 by the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center - was $5,100.

According to California statistics on Internet crime, check fraud accounted for 5 percent of the state's incidents reported in 2006, with a $3,750 median loss per complaint.

Bogus check schemes are among the most popular scams, according to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and National Consumers League, which remind you never to wire money to people you don't know.

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/03/12/MNTTVEAI9.DTL

Preventing ID theft at tax time

For an identity thief, tax time is prime time. Tax documents filed electronically to the Internal Revenue Service are a gold mine for hackers as they contain Social Security numbers, addresses and financial information.

To prevent your identity from being stolen, follow these tax-time tips from the makers of Identity Finder, software designed to help you foil identity theft:

http://www.presstelegram.com/business/ci_8538439

5 rules for thriving in a bad economy

The news is grim. Housing values are dropping, subprime mortgage meltdowns are spreading, the stock market's uncertain and the overall economy seems to be heading into a recession.

5 rules for economic survival

 

http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/pf/20080310_tips_shaky_economy_a1.asp

COMMUNITY EVENTS

Learn To Protect Yourself Against Fraud!
Assemblymember Ted W. Lieu
53rd Assembly District
In Conjunction with the California Department of Corporations &
Retired Seniors Volunteer Program of South Bay present

Panel of Experts from the Department of Corporations, Department of Insurance, Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF), Torrance Police Department, Medicare/Medi-cal and the Public Utilities Commission will discuss: Identity theft, Investment/Telemarketing Fraud, Insurance and other various types of Fraud

Continental Breakfast and Door Prizes Provided!

Torrance Salvation Army
4223 Emerald St., Torrance, CA 90503
(NW corner of Emerald St. & Earl St.)

Thursday, March 20, 2008
9:30 am to 11:30 am
Doors open at 8:30 am

For More Information, Please Call (310) 615-3515

 

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NEXT "TRAIN THE BLOCK CAPTAIN" EVENT

 

When:  Saturday, April 26, 2008

Where: City Council Chambers

Time: 1p.m. - 3:30p.m. 

**Includes a light snack and materials.

 

Please e-mail Kelly to secure a seat!

 

BLOCK CAPTAINS THAT WERE TRAINED THIS PROGRAM BY DR. LUAN JOHNSON NEED TO CONTACT HBNW TO GET THE MATERIALS TO HOST YOUR 90 MIN. MEETING WITH YOUR RESIDENTS.  THIS PROGRAM ONLY WORKS WHEN YOU GATHER THAT IMPORTANT INFORMATION AND WORK AS A NEIGHBORHOOD TEAM!

 

Link to purchase the MYN bag for under your bed.  For any kit purchased from More Prepared, including the MYN bag, free shipping to HB residents applies when you enter Coupon Code MYN2008.  For any other kit, please use Coupon Code HB2007.

 

 

"Map Your Neighborhood" (MYN) is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters.  It is a program that HBNW has adopted and is mandatory that all Block Captains attend and implement on their street.

 

MYN will help you to:

  • Learn the "9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster" to secure your home and to protect your neighborhood. It is hard to think clearly following disaster and these steps will help you to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives.
  • Identify the Skills and Equipment each neighbor has that would be useful in an effective disaster response. Knowing which neighbors have supplies and skills helps your disaster response be timely, and allows everyone to contribute to the response in a meaningful way.
  • Create a Neighborhood Map identifying the locations of natural gas for quick response if needed.
  • Create a Contact List that helps identify those with specific needs such as elderly, disabled, or children who may be home alone during certain hours of the day.

  Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood during the first hour following a disaster and take the necessary actions.

CODE RED

ATTENTION RESIDENTS and BUSINESS OWNERS!

 

Forward this link to all of our friends & neighbors that live in Hermosa Beach.

 

A link to the city web page for residents to go to add their phone number to the city telephone notification/information message system, Code Red. The link provides information about the system, how it will be used and allows residents to add their phone number so they will be in the system for city notifications.

 

SIGN UP FOR CODE RED

HBNW is doing the Fiesta!

We are almost there!  We would like to see 5 more volunteers sign up for a two-hour shift and help HBNW raise over $3,000.00

 

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.  

 

STOP BY AND SAY HI TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!

Jeff & Susan Brown, Pearl Eszlinger, Dave Burleigh, Terrill Burnett, Tracy Hopkins, Kelly Kovac-Reedy, Patrick Kovac, Kris Kovac, Mary Goshtigian, Dave Buckland, Dick Tuey, Anne Elling, Ken & Dorothy Hartley, Kathleen Gerber, Pat Preiss, Councilman Michael DiVirgilio and Julie Jennings.

 

 

 WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS, YOU CAN COUNT ON HBARA

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

REDONDO BEACH CERT ALUMNI ASSOCIATION FUNDRAISER

 

What would you do for a million dollars? Well some of America's most (and perhaps least) talented will compete for $1,000,000 at the America's Got Talent television show.

 

How does RBCERTAA fit it? Have you ever wanted to go to a taping of a live TV Reality Show? Well hang on to your hats because America's Got Talent wants us!

 

RBCERTAA will be paid $15 per person for those we bring to be in the audience. So please come out and support RBCERTAA by joining us for a fun way to raise some much needed funds. 

So invite family and friends and have a guarantee to get in to see the taping of this show. And who knows, you might even wind up on TV yourself as the camera pans the audience.

 

WHO: Open to all RB CERT Alumni, RBFD, family, friends, distant relatives etc.

 

WHAT: Audience participation for the taping of America's Got Talent. http://www.nbc.com/Americas_Got_Talent/video/

 

WHERE: Orpheum Theater

 

WHEN: Sunday, March 30, 2008 10 AM - 3PM

 

WHY: They need bodies and they pay $15 per person for audience participants. Yep, that's right; they will cut a check to RBCERTAA based on the number of people we can get to see a free show!

 

HOW:  As you know Hollywood acts fast. I need to see if we can put this together and get a head count. It's not often that they get a weekend taping so please contact Marcelle at 310-346-8551 or 07rbcertaa.pres@gmail.com as soon as possible.

 

Just think if we get 20 people to go we make between $300, 50 people $750 for having a fun day out.

 

We appreciate your support of the Redondo Beach Community Emergency Response Team.

 

Marcelle

RBCERTAA President

 

 

To Link to the Redondo Beach Fire Department CERT information.

 

To Link to the Redondo Beach CERT Alumni association

CONTACT US!

 

SCHEDULE INTRODUCTION BLOCK MEETING

 

SCHEDULE POLICE OR FIRE RIDE-ALONG

 

SCHEDULE TOUR OF RCC-911 DISPATCH CENTER

 

E-MAIL KELLY KOVAC-REEDY

 

E-MAIL TRACY HOPKINS

 

VISIT US ON THE WEB

 

EMERGENCY KITS
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Order your supplies TODAY!Hermosa Beach resident COUPON CODE HB2007 for FREE SHIPPING TO HB.

 

PHONE NUMBERS AND WEBSITES

HBPD - HBFD DISPATCH

310-524-2750

 

HB POLICE STATION

310-318-0360

 

HB FIRE STATION

310-376-2479

 

CITY OF HERMOSA BEACH

(310) 318-0239