This Week's Top News in the South Bay

A look at what made headlines this week in the South Bay of Los Angeles.

Here is a look at some of the top stories this week in the beach cities and Palos Verdes peninsula:

Palos Verdes

25 Arrested After Panga Boat Lands in Palos Verdes: Law-enforcement officials detained 25 suspected illegal immigrants involved in the landing of a panga boat Monday morning at Rancho Palos Verdes, authorities said.

Palos Verdes Estates May Cancel March Election: The Palos Verdes Estates City Council will soon decide whether to cancel its March municipal election, according to city staff. No political newcomers pulled and filed papers and gathered enough legitimate signatures to qualify to challenge any of the incumbents in the upcoming election, according to Deputy City Clerk Vickie Kroneberger.

Redondo Beach

Coast Guardsman Hailed as Hero: Nearly 1,000 people gathered at Redemption Point in San Pedro last Saturday to honor Senior Chief Petty Officer Terrell Horne III, a Redondo Beach resident and a member of the U.S. Coast Guard who died after the inflatable boat he was on was rammed by a small panga boat.

7 Eleven Robbed; Suspects Crash in Palos Verdes: Two people suspected of robbing a South Redondo Beach 7-Eleven eluded capture Wednesday morning after they crashed their motorcycle in Palos Verdes Estates. The crime occurred about 3:30 a.m. at the 7-Eleven at 226 S. Prospect Ave., said Redondo Beach police Sgt. Shawn Freeman.

School Board to Consider Resolution Opposing Power Plant: The Redondo Beach Board of Education will consider a resolution to oppose the rebuilding of the AES Redondo Beach power plant on Harbor Drive at an upcoming meeting, the board decided Tuesday night.

City Treasurer Ernie O'Dell Resigns: Redondo Beach City Treasurer Ernie O'Dell will step down Monday after 18 years of service to Redondo Beach, O'Dell announced in a letter to the city that was also sent to several news organizations. Dated Dec. 4, the one-page letter called O'Dell's decision to retire early "painful" and "especially difficult."

Manhattan Beach

Taxi Driver Accused of Sexual Assault: Police are looking for women who may have been the victim of a male taxi driver that detectives from the Manhattan Beach Police Department arrested on suspicion of sexual assault Nov. 21. The man, a Torrance resident, is believed to have inappropriately touched at least two women, said MBPD Detective Mike Rosenberger.

Woman Robbed at Gunpoint in Manhattan Beach: A man who allegedly robbed a woman using a handgun in the Office Depot parking lot on Rosecrans Avenue was caught later the same day by Hawthorne police, according to Manhattan Beach Police Public Information Officer Stephanie Martin.

Tyler Rodgers to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluation: A judge suspended criminal proceedings against Tyler Lee Rodgers, the man allegedly responsible for a robbery and throat slashing inside the Cigar & Smoke Shop in Manhattan Beach on Aug. 16,  pending a psychiatric evaluation.

: The Manhattan Beach pier was lit up last Sunday night as the city simultaneously celebrated the holiday season and its 100 year anniversary with two separate fireworks shows. 

Hermosa Beach

City Council Adds Additional Safeguards to City Funds: The Hermosa Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to enact additional safeguards that will further protect the city's finances.  The new guidelines, which add additional checks and balances to the City Treasurer position, came after a request from Mayor Pro Tem Kit Bobko for city staff  to look into the security of the city's funds following an alleged extortion attempt against City Treasurer David Cohn and a related sexual assault investigation.

Charlie Sheen Donates to HBPD Officer's Daughter: Charlie Sheen made what he might call a "winning" move Sunday when he donated $75,000 to help a Hermosa Beach police officer's 10-year-old daughter battle a form of childhood cancer.





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