Wednesday morning report, Sept. 23

Five things to know this Wednesday morning: 

1.) Downey resident Trisha Chopin pleaded not guilty last month to charges that she embezzled $1.2 million from her Irvine employer.

A federal indictment accused Chopin of manipulating the payroll system of her employer, Steadfast Companies, to issue herself checks starting in 2008.

She was caught when the payroll service noticed the alleged embezzlement and contacted federal authorities, reports the Orange County Register

If convicted, she faces up to 80 years in prison.


2.) A gathering of poets, musicians, artists, filmmakers and other creative people will gather for an event known as "100K Poets for Change" this Saturday from 5-10 p.m. 

The event will take place at a private home in Downey but is open to the public. Check out this Facebook page for details. 


3.) Our story on the wild brawl outside Buffalo Wild Wings on Sunday has been updated with details from the police department and quotes from city officials. 

"As a local resident and parent, I was appalled at the behavior I witnessed in the video footage from this weekend, but I am confident that Downey Police will complete a thorough investigation and justice will be served," said Mayor Luis Marquez.


4.) The Bicycle Casino in Bell Gardens is opening a boutique hotel Dec. 1. 

The hotel will feature 99 rooms, including 29 suites and a 2,040-sq. ft. presidential suite. The hotel cost a reported $50 million to build. 


5.) An interesting article by KCET on a topic that is becoming increasingly relevant in Downey: How Downtown L.A. became a place to live without parking.