Crime Report

Thursday, May 31At 7:00 p.m., Downey officers detained a male in the 12400 block of Brookshire who was wanted for domestic violence by the Upland Police Department. An officer from the Upland Police Department responded and took custody of the suspect.

At 7:00 p.m., officers arrested two adult males at the Downey Inn (11510 Lakewood) after one was found to be under the influence of narcotics and the other was found to be in possession of illegal nunchakus.

At 10:00 p.m., officers conducted a foot patrol at Apollo Park looking for any illegal activity. Officers contacted a 28-year-old male on a bicycle. During their contact, they determined the male was a parolee-at-large and he was arrested. He was later transported to the Los Angeles County Jail.

At 10:30 p.m., officers arrested a 45-year-old female from Downey and a 52-year-old Norwalk man for trespassing at the Downey Studios (12214 Lakewood) after they were found on the roof of one of the buildings. The male was later transported to the Los Angeles County Jail for an outstanding warrant as well.

Friday, June 1 At 2:00 a.m., a male walking in the 8200 block of Firestone was approached by three men who demanded his money. As the victim was reaching into his pocket, one of the suspects struck him, knocking him to the ground. All three suspects then kicked the victim numerous times before fleeing. The victim received moderate injuries and was treated at a local hospital. Detectives are investigating.

At 9:00 p.m., officers arrested male who was found to be in possession of a "billy club" during a traffic stop in the 7900 block of Firestone. He was booked on a misdemeanor weapons charge and released on a citation to appear in court.

At 10:30 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was riding his skateboard home near Hall & Coldbrook when another male approached him and pushed him to the ground. A struggle ensued over possession of the victim's skateboard and the victim was stabbed with a sharp object in the upper arm. The suspect fled with the skateboard. Detectives are investigating.

Sunday, June 3 At 4:00 a.m., a male was driving his car northbound in the 9200 block of Paramount Boulevard when he fell asleep at the wheel. His car veered and struck a 56-year-old male who was standing on the street next to the driver's side of his parked vehicle. The driver was not injured, but the pedestrian is in critical condition at a local hospital.

Monday, June 4 At 3:00 a.m., two vehicles collided in the intersection of Old River School Road and Stewart & Gray. One vehicle was driven by a male and the other by a female. Both drivers were taken to a local hospital where they later succumbed to their injuries. Investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, June 6 At 12.00 p.m., officers responded to the 10400 block of La Reina Street regarding a man with a handgun. Officers arrived and after a brief investigation arrested a male inside of an apartment. Officers also recovered the handgun allegedly used during the incident. There were no injuries during the incident. Infromation provided by the Downey Police Department

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"The Pajama Game"

Brittany Rodin stars as Mabel in "The Pajama Game," playing for two more weekends at the Downey Theatre. Rodin appeared twice previously with the Downey Civic Light Opera, performing in "Singing in the Rain" and "Cole." Good seats to "The Pajama Game" are still available. For tickets, call the box office at (562) 923-1714. ********** Published: June 07, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 08

Ex Sheriff's sergeant gets prison term

LOS ANGELES - A former Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department sergeant convicted of sexually assaulting one woman - a single mother from Downey - and inappropriately searching two others was sentenced to more than nine years in prison last week.Mark Fitzpatrick, 42, was sentenced to nine years, four months in state prison by Judge Sam Ohta. Jurors convicted Fitzpatrick last October of one count each of penetration under threat to arrest or deport; sexual battery by restraint; and sexual penetration by foreign object by force, violence, duress and/or menace. He was also convicted of three counts of false imprisonment by violence. The charges stemmed from three separate incidents in May 2008 during which Fitzpatrick conducted traffic stops. The Downey woman was pulled over in Paramount when Fitzpatrick allegedly accused her of drunk driving before asking, "What are you going to do for me in order for me not to bring you to jail tonight?" Fitzpatrick allegedly made the woman show him her breasts before following her home. The alleged sexual assault took place in the woman's driveway. The woman reached a $245,000 settlement with the Sheriff's Department.

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Cat adoptions discounted to $9

DOWNEY - Now through the end of August, the cost to adopt an adult cat at a Downey animal shelter is only $9.All cats will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and implanted with a microchip. The promotion is sponsored by the Found Animals Foundation and was launched with the summertime kitten season fast approaching. Adult cats are defined as those nine months and older. "Our adult cats have a difficult time finding new homes, especially in the middle of kitten season," said Marcia Mayeda, director of the County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control. "We are excited and hopeful to see our adult cat adoption rate rise. Adult cats are generally low maintenance and make wonderful pets." Animal control officials also pointed out that adult cats are more independent and do not require constant attention, making them ideal for employed, active and busy owners. With an adult cat, owners also have an accurate idea of the cat's full grown size and temperament. For more information about the summer promotion, stop by the county animal shelter on Garfield Avenue or the SEAACA shelter in Downey or go online to

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Warren High students land scholarships

DOWNEY - The Assistance League of Downey and Gypsy John Auxiliary have announced the winners of its 2011-12 scholarships.All 10 students are from Warren High School and were chosen for their community service and for maintaining a minimum 3.0 grade point average. The students include Bianca Lee, Isaac Medina, Saumya Papneja, Angela Rodriguez, Edgar Villaruel, Bo Boe Jeong, Beatrix Jimenez, Jennifer Tritz, Cody Trepte and Josue Ayala.

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Rummage sale at Woman's Club

DOWNEY - The Woman's Club of Downey will hold a rummage sale in its parking lot June 16 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.Spaces are available to rent for $25. Tables are available for an additional $5. To rent a space, call (323) 496-1867.

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Fashion show at Rio Hondo

DOWNEY - The Downey Newcomers Club will host its fashion show at the Rio Hondo Event Center on June 18.Featuring fashions by Nena and jewelry by Parklane, the event begins with social house at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling Polly at (562) 927-0166 or Barbara at (562) 869-1044.

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Pageant winner to speak

DOWNEY - Arlane Hart, winner of the Ms. Senior America Pageant, will be guest speaker at the Downey Christian Women's Club meeting June 13 at 11:30 a.m. at Los Amigos Country Club.Men and women are invited. Admission is $14 and reservations are requested by calling Anita at (562) 861-3414.

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Toastmasters open to new members

DOWNEY - Residents interested in improving their communication and speaking skills are invited to attend a Downey Toastmasters meeting.Meetings are held every Tuesday at 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Downey in room 116. The Toastmasters Club can help residents overcome their fears of public speaking, improve their job interview skills and provide inspiration for more effective business presentations. For more information, call Fionnuala Anderson at (562) 928-2658.

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2 killed in traffic collision

DOWNEY - Two people were killed in an early morning traffic collision Monday at Stewart & Gray and Old River School roads.Firefighters responded to the two-vehicle collision at about 3 a.m., said public information officer Jason Patao. The collision involved a Honda Accord and Chevy Silverado. Claudia Ferrer, 43, and Raul Chavez Jr., 22, were transported to St. Francis Medical Center where they died. Ferrer was driving the Accord and Chavez the Silverado. Police suspect alcohol played a factor in the collision. "Drivers need to remain alert at all times, even when driving at times when few people are on the road, and above all else, always wear your seat belt," Patao said.

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Realtors meet with policymakers

DOWNEY - The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) concluded this year's National Policy Day in Washington, D.C. last week, where they met with policymakers to discuss the sharp decline in homeownership among the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.Downey realtor Caroline Gim serves on the AREAA national public policy committee and attended the event. She met separately with congresswomen Lucille Roybal-Allard, Linda Sanchez and Maxine Waters and with HUD's Fair Housing Office to discuss homeownership challenges directly affecting Southeast Los Angeles County homeowners. "I was pleasantly surprised at how our busy representatives made themselves available to meet with me and discuss these important issues," Gim said. "In more than one instance [a] congresswoman stepped out of a committee session and met with me in the hallway to make sure we had a chance to talk...They are very aware of the situation and open to ideas and suggestions." According to Gim, the real estate market is being further damaged because not enough distressed homeowners "are reaching out for help. Instead, they try to pay someone to take care of the problem and then lose their homes without really knowing what happened." Homeowners can talk to HUD-approved housing counselors at no charge or ask their elected representatives for help. "But please," Gim added, "do not wait until the day before the foreclosure sale to call them."

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Students appointed to military academies

LA MIRADA - Rep. Linda Sanchez has appointed five students from her congressional district to U.S. service academies.This year's class of appointments is among the largest in district history, with students set to graduate in 2016. Aaryn Bouzos (La Mirada High School), Kevin Cabusora (Mayfair) and Jerry Peer (Gahr) were appointed to the Air Force Academy. Bouzos is currently attending the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School while Peer is at UC San Diego. Nicholas Musquiz, a student at La Mirada High, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy. Sanchez appointed Grant Escobar, a student at Whittier Christian High School, to West Point. "A service academy appointment requires tremendous achievement in both academic study and extracurricular activities," said Sanchez. "All of these students displayed remarkable dedication to earn some very impressive accomplishments. It is inspiring when such talented young people commit themselves to serving our country, and I am confident these students will make our communities and our country proud." A congressional nomination is required to receive an appointment from four U.S. service academies: the Air Force Academy, the Merchant Marine Academy, the Military Academy at West Point and the Naval Academy. These service academies, plus the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, offer young men and women a free college education at a top-ranked university and train them to be commissioned officers in the armed forces. Students interested in applying to a service academy should call Sanchez' district office at (562) 860-5050. The application deadline for next year is Oct. 19.

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Christian club meets at Sizzler

DOWNEY - Ernelyn Carpenter, a former longtime Whittier resident active in several church and business groups, will be guest speaker when the Christian Business Men's Club meets June 7 at Sizzler.The meeting starts at noon and is open to men and women. Carpenter is a "police widow," losing her first husband, a police officer, to heart-related complications. Carpenter's second husband, Ernie Carpenter, also had a heart attack and was supposed to die soon after the couple was married but "through prayer and natural remedies they were able to enjoy 22 years together." For more details, call chairman James Vanlengen at (562) 310-1335.

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Beverly Winter mourned

DOWNEY - Beverly Marie Winter passed away peacefully at home May 5 after a brief battle with thyroid cancer.Born Jan. 9, 1930 in Spokane, Wash., she was the youngest of two daughters of Mary and Ira Jessee. She graduated from Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles in 1947, becoming the first one in the family to receive a high school diploma. She and her husband, Donald Winter, were married 56 years. They had met on a fishing double-date. She is survived by her husband, Donald; daughters, Diane and Katherine; son, Robert; granddaughters, Jasmine, Christy and Julie; grandson, Logan; and great-granddaughters Chloe and Brooke. A celebration of life memorial will take place this month. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Children's Hospital Los Angeles or to Faith Care Hospice in Covina.

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Unveiling the mystery of a credit score

Your credit score is a very important number in your life because it is a predictor of how likely you are to make your credit payments on time. In other words, your credit score is a major contributor and a reflection of your creditworthiness. Each person's score is based on information contained in his/her credit report.Credit scores affect your ability to get credit and what interest rate you will pay for credit cards, auto loans, mortgages, and other types of credit. A higher credit score means you are more likely to be approved for new credit, and pay a lower interest rate on your loan. Your credit score may also determine how big a deposit you will have to pay for telephone, electricity, or natural gas service. Fair Isaac Company (known as FICO) was the original developer of credit scores. FICO worked with each of the three major credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax, and Trans Union) to develop a scoring system. The credit bureau scores may vary among each credit bureau because of the different information each bureau receives about you. Lenders purchase your score from one of the three credit bureaus to determine your creditworthiness. FICO scores typically range from 300-850 - the higher the score, the better interest rate you will receive. Your credit score depends on the information the credit bureau receives from banks, credit unions, department stores, and companies who extend credit to you, including utility companies. The information on your account, which is reported to credit bureaus, is called a "trade line", and is one factor used to compute a credit score. How Your Score is Determined As a rule, credit scores are derived from five sources, 1) your payment history, 2) how much you owe, 3) the length of your credit history, 4) new credit, and 5) types of credit used. Here is a brief description of each source: 1. Payment History - about 35% of a FICO Score How and when you pay your bills is important. Late payments, bankruptcies and other negative items can hurt your credit score. A solid record of on-time payments can help your score. 2. How Much You Owe- about 30% of a FICO Score FICO scores look at the amount you owe on all your accounts, the number of accounts with balances and how much of your available credit you are using. The more you owe compared to your available credit limit, the lower your score will be. Example: If your credit limit is $5,000 and you have a $1,000 balance, you have used 20% of your limit. If your balance is $4,500 on a $5,000 credit limit, you have used 90% of your available credit limit. This higher balance will affect your credit score and your ability to borrow more from another source. 3. Length of Your Credit - about 15% of a FICO Score Having a longer credit history will increase your credit score. However, if you have a short credit history, you can still have a high score by using responsible credit management. 4. New Credit - about 10% of a FICO Score If you have recently applied for, or opened new credit accounts, the credit scoring formula will weigh this fact against the rest of your credit history. A FICO score will distinguish between a search for a single loan or a search for many new credit lines by the length of time the inquiries occur. When you shop for a new loan, please inform the credit manager to only pull your credit report when necessary. In addition to your credit score, there is a mix of credit types on your credit report which can add slightly to the score. This mix can include a mortgage, auto loan, credit cards, and personal lines of credit. Be aware of how much credit you use to keep your credit score healthy. Monitoring Your Credit Check your credit score once a year to monitor your financial health. Here are some sources to monitor your credit report and/or score. Annual Credit -A free service where you can get all three credit bureau reports each year. Click on the website to get your free annual credit report or call 1-877-322.8228. - one credit report is $14.95, all three credit reports at $44.85. Individual Credit Reporting Agencies: Equifax 1-800-685-1111 or web Experian: 1-866-200-6020 or web Trans Union: 1-800-888-4213 or web

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A consumerist, not "all of the above," energy policy

President Obama just can't decide on Keystone XL. Earlier this year, he denied approval for the project, which would have unleashed construction of a 2,600-mile pipeline to transport oil from Canadian shales to American refineries.Yet at a recent campaign stop in Cushing, Oklahoma, the Energy-Impresario-in-Chief said he did support the pipeline -- well, part of it. He announced a plan to fast-track Keystone's southern leg, a 484-mile track running from Cushing to the Gulf Coast. A White House that rejects a major energy project one day, then demands fast-track approval for that same project, hasn't exactly established a coherent energy policy. What is that about half-slave, half-free? Obama's limited Keystone approval is part of an "all of the above" energy strategy. Supposedly, his administration will support any project that will ramp up supply, bring down prices, and reduce dependence on foreign energy sources. Sounds great. The problem is, the actual content of Obama's "all of the above" approach is heavily biased toward "green tech" and doesn't even include coal, which generates more domestic electricity than any other source. And in the grand scheme of things, approval for Keystone's southern leg -- an estimated $2.3 billion privately funded project -- is relatively small compared to the tens of billions of dollars flowing to miniscule wind and solar. A smarter approach is to avoid playing favorites. Unless the government has good reason to deny a project, it should be approved and allowed to compete on the open market. Let customers and private investors decide what's worth pursuing. Here are five major steps this administration can take to move energy policy from that sham of "all of the above" to one of "consumer first." First, avoid needless restrictions on hydraulic fracturing -- colloquially known as "fracking." This shows profound promise for developing our reserves of oil and natural gas without compromising the environment. Recent back peddling by EPA on adverse findings and lawsuits is a good start. Lifting unnecessary restrictions would immediately boost our domestic energy supply. There's an estimated 273 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in North America and 1.7 trillion barrels of recoverable oil. That's enough to power this country for 250 years. Second, regulators need to throttle back hasty regulation on offshore exploration imposed after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. When the Interior Department lifted its drilling moratorium , new mandates and go-slow permitting resulted in half of the pre-spill activity (15 versus 30 projects). Third, the government must streamline permitting. Even when energy companies can initiate new projects, getting final approval can be so long and costly they end up quitting. This means we're losing important new projects simply because of bureaucratic overreach. Today, just six percent of the country's onshore energy deposits and 2.2 percent of offshore reserves are actually being developed. That must change. Fourth, the President needs to clean house. A number of his officials are hopelessly biased against traditional energy exploration. Energy secretary Steven Chu once said, "We have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe." And Obama's scientific advisor John Holdren: "More energy for its own sake (or for profit's sake) can no longer serve as the goal of national energy policy." Chu, Holdren, and other federal officials who are anti oil, gas, and coal have no place in an administration that's allegedly concerned about pocketbook energy issues. Finally, the White House should drop plans to levy new punitive taxes on energy development. The President's 2013 budget raises taxes on oil and gas by $27 billion over the next decade. Instead, simplify the tax code to eliminate preferential treatment and let the market sort out winners and losers. "All of the above" is a smokescreen for good energy subsidizing bad. Government officials don't -- and can't -- know the "answer" to this country's energy challenges. They should stop trying and let consumers decide in a free and open marketplace. Robert L. Bradley Jr is the CEO & Founder of the Institute for Energy Research and author of seven books on energy history and public policy. He blogs at

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Response to street sweepers

Dear Editor:The city of Downey website has a link to the street sweeping and trash schedule. ("Street Sweeper," Letter to the Editors, 5/31/12) On the bottom there is this: "On a few of the holidays, the schedule causes trash collection to be on the same day as street sweeping for the remainder of the week. During these times, we request that the trash barrels be placed up on the curb so not to hinder the street sweeper." Shannon Harp Downey

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