Downey will host its annual tree-lighting ceremony Monday, Dec. 8, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Civic Center outside City Hall. The free event will feature entertainment from local schools, a snow play area, arts and crafts, and photos with Santa Claus.
NORWALK >> A Downey man pleaded no contest Wednesday to fatally stabbing a Long Beach man during a dispute at a Norwalk home earlier this year, authorities said. William Edward Johnson, 38, appeared in Norwalk Superior Court on a count of voluntary manslaughter for the March 4 stabbing death of 53-year-old Darin Sivley , Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said.
The actress and daytime TV personality kicked off the ceremony with a monologue celebrating the show's first-ever televised broadcast - "I know what you're thinking: 'Did I miss the first 17 Hollywood Film Awards? You always remember your first" - and noted how it's a well-known predictor of Academy honors. She also noted how she was just happy to be part of the ceremony because she's such a fan of film, which incited applause from the star-studded audience.
SAN BERNARDINO >> Police were still out this morning in the San Bernardino neighborhood where a narcotics investigation Thursday erupted into gunfire that wounded a police officer and left a suspect dead. On Thursday, a seldom-mentioned Los Angeles task force tracked a car containing what is believed to be a large quantity of drugs to a home here, where the investigation turned deadly.
Holiday street banners will be posted on street lights along Firestone Boulevard, between Dolan Avenue and Myrtle Street; on Downey Avenue between Firestone and 4th Street; and on 3rd Street between New Street and Civic Center Drive. LED light strands will be wrapped around 20 new palm trees on Firestone, and 119 trees on Downey Avenue.
DOWNEY aS' This week the Downey City Council unanimously approved $16,000 from the Art in Public Places fund to install a mural of Don Lamkin's art piece "Downey Doodle-icious" on the east wall of the parking structure belonging to Porto's Cuban Bakery. The 16-foot-high copy of the popular painting will face Downey Avenue, and is the latest in a series of civic enhancements to the city's historic commercial area.
At 10:45 a.m., the victim of a residential burglary that occurred on 9/15/14 came to the front desk to report he had seen the named suspect of the burglary in the area of Downey and De Palma. Officers responded and detained the suspect.
A pre-teen boy who fled war-torn Hungary, a record-setting track star, and a beloved former activities director were inducted into Warren High School's Hall of Fame this week. Les Fendia , Paul Wilson and the late Joe Francis were enshrined during Warren's second annual Induction ceremonies, which took place Thursday in the campus gym.
Democrat Tony Mendoza is heading back to Sacramento next month to represent the 32nd state Senate district after voters gave the former assemblyman a narrow victory over Republican challenger Mario Guerra on Tuesday. With all precincts reporting, Mendoza earned 52,442 votes or 51 percent of the vote while Guerra, a former Downey mayor and current councilman, garnered 48,740 votes or 48 percent of the vote.
Turnout in Tuesday's midterm elections in Long Beach was 22.1 percent, less than half the figure from two years ago, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk's Office. That's even less than the 25.2 percent turnout across Los Angeles County, itself a record low for a nonprimary election.
This project was conceived under the direction of a new student club at Warren High School called Stay Connected. The primary objective of this initiative was to raise breast cancer awareness in Downtown Downey by linking residents to the cause.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> A former ice skating coach was sentenced Thursday to 98 years, eight months to life in prison for molesting a boy and a girl when he was living in Hacienda Heights and Downey. Sarah Ardalani, spokeswoman for the District Attorney's Office, said the court ordered Vincent to pay $3,506.25 in restitution.
"After 9 months of intensive development, Team Downey is pleased to announce our 2014 fall/winter project," he wrote. "Principal photography commenced 11-14 and will continue until she says, 'Dad! You are embarrassing me ... I'm 30, this has gotta stop.'
A book about attempted escapes under the Berlin Wall and the support of American television has been acquired by Crown Publishers and optioned for a feature film. 'Iron Man' actor and wife Susan welcome daughter, Avri Roel, whom Downey said 'is accompanied by a variety of Susan's traits that have seemingly overwritten my 'junk DNA.'