Here is a look at what made headlines in our area this week:
Driver Dies After Striking Horse: A man was killed early Tuesday morning after his vehicle struck a horse in Rolling Hills Estates. Rancho Palos Verdes resident Ryan Y. Koyama, 69, died at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, according to Coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter.
Refinery's Scheduled Flare Sends Up Billowing Smoke: Black smoke billowing from the ConocoPhillips refinery in Wilmington on Saturday came from a "scheduled flare"—a planned burn-off of gases—at the plant and was not an emergency, according to a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Identity of Mystery Ship Revealed: Earlier this month, multiple Patch readers reported spying a large ship anchored off the Palos Verdes Peninsula; however, nobody seemed to be able to identify it. After viewing photos of the ship, Patch contributor Philip Friedman said it looked like some sort of survey vessel.
590 People to Leave Northrop Grumman: Nearly 600 people will leave Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems as part of a voluntary buyout, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The company, which has a large campus in North Redondo Beach, offered the buyout due to uncertainty over sequestration—a series of Pentagon budget cuts that could exceed $500 billion over 10 years. The cuts could begin in January if a budget agreement is not reached in Congress.
: Three people, including a Redondo Beach man were arrested today on federal charges alleging they were operating a scheme to defraud insurance finance companies.
Redondo Parents Rally in Support of Proposition 38: Redondo Beach PTA members and parents held a rally at Alta Vista Park Wednesday in support of Proposition 38, the income tax increase on the November ballot supporters say would guarantee more than $37 million for Redondo Beach Unified School District schools over the next 12 years if approved by voters.
Man Pleads No Contest to Lewd Acts With Minor Under 14: A 33-year-old Redondo Beach man has pleaded no contest to a charge of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 nearly two years after Hermosa Beach Police detectives were contacted by the boy's mother. Daniel “Danny” Joseph Gibb, who was the boy's ice hockey coach, now has a felony strike on his record and will serve three years in state prison and be required to register as a sexual offender for life, said HBPD Detective Mick Gaglia. Gibb surrendered to court Sept. 13.
Hot's Loses Foie Gras Ban Battle: A federal judge in Los Angeles on Wednesday rejected a bid to overturn the state's recently enacted ban on the sale of foie gras, the delicacy prepared from the force-feeding of ducks and geese. Hot's Restaurant Group—which operates eateries in Hermosa Beach and Northridge contends the statewide ban is "unconstitutional, vague and interferes with federal commerce laws."
El Pollo Inka Burglarized: An adult male broke into El Pollo Inka around 5:20 a.m. on Sept. 7, taking a cash register, safe and drill with him, according to a Hermosa Beach police report. The man can be seen on surveillance video parking a vehicle directly in front of the restaurant at about 4:50 a.m. He then hangs out in front of the eatery, prying the front door open with what police believe was a large, long screwdriver about 30 minutes later.
: Dr. Christopher J. Orenic, a devoted father and loving husband, passed away unexpectedly on Sept. 17 from complications following heart surgery. He was 54. Chris was widely known in the South Bay for having built a successful optometry business, Advanced Eyecare Center of Manhattan Beach, and for his active involvement in the community.
Maria Sharapova Receives I Heart MB Award: Tennis star and Manhattan Beach resident Maria Sharapova was awarded Mayor Wayne Powell's "I Heart MB Award" during the ceremonial portion of the City Council meeting Tuesday night.
Also Making News
Space Shuttle Endeavour Lands in Los Angeles: After more than 122 million miles in space and 25 completed missions, the retired space shuttle Endeavour spent its final moments in the air soaring above Los Angeles before touching down for the last time Friday. Endeavour landed at LAX just before 1 p.m. Friday on top of the massive Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft.