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Remembering Officer Chris Cortijo


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Chris Cortijo
Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Police Officer Chris Cortijo succumbed to injuries sustained four days earlier when his police motorcycle was struck from behind by an impaired driver at the intersection of Lankershim Boulevard at Saticoy Street.

Officer Cortijo was stopped at a red light when the impaired driver struck him from behind at full speed, trapping him between the drunk driver's vehicle and the vehicle that was in front of him. He was transported to a local hospital where he remained in a coma until


7 Men Arrested In Separate Torrance-Area Distraction Burglaries


Seven men have been arrested on suspicion of committing two separate distraction burglaries at homes in the Torrance area. The men, who were arrested on Feb. 20, were observed by police at two different homes, Torrance police officials said.

Police say Joey John, 34, of Houston, Texas; Bobby Long, 41, of Stafford, Texas ; Harold Tom Nelson, 37, of Houston; and John Nelson of Kenner, La. were posing as Southern California Edison utility workers in order to burglarize a home in the 4000 block of 176th Street.

Patrol officers saw a vehicle with its engine running and its rear hatch open at the


Torrance police, chamber to honor its officers at luncheon

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Twenty-two Torrance Police Department employees will be honored Thursday at the agency’s inaugural Awards and Appreciation Luncheon recognizing bravery, success in catching criminals and community work.

In addition, volunteers and two corporations will be recognized for their cooperation with the department.

The event, sponsored by the Torrance Chamber of Commerce, is set for 11:30 a.m. at the Torrance Marriott hotel. It is open to the public. Tickets are $40 a person.

“The purpose of the awards is to recognize those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to handle a specific


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