Wednesday morning report, Oct. 7

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Downey is celebrating International Walk to School Day today so expect a greater amount of pedestrian traffic during the morning and afternoon hours. 

Walk to School Day dates to 1997 and serves to promote walkable communities. 


2.) The Downey Chamber of Commerce has its golf tournament today at the Rio Hondo Golf Club. I'm sure it's not too late to buy raffle tickets. 


3.) A man was arrested in Downey over the weekend in connection with a threatening video of an LAPD officer.

Here is how ABC-7 described the video, which was uploaded to Instagram last week but has since been removed: 

"In the video, the LAPD officer steps out of his black-and-white patrol car, which is pulled over to the side of the road in an unknown area. The person shooting the video appears to be in a car parked behind him.

"As the person in the vehicle begins recording the officer in front of him, he then pans down to show what appears to be a revolver in his hand. The person then hides the gun underneath what appears to be a black sweatshirt."

Two people have been arrested but their names have not been released.


4.) Downey school board member Donald LaPlante has been endorsed by Assemblymember Cristina Garcia. 

"Donald LaPlante has a significant long-term record of accomplishment on the Downey School Board and I endorse him for-re-election in November," Garcia said in a statement. "When I was elected to the Assembly, he was one of the first to reach out to build bridges between me and the school community. He has been a leader and deserves another term on the Downey Unified Board of Education." 


5.) The Press-Telegram reports that the transient who admitted beating a man to death and burying his body along the 105 Freeway was sentenced to six years in prison. 

Bryan Petty, 25, claims he killed the victim in self-defense.