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Police Need Help to Solve Copper Wire Thefts in Boyle Heights
Authorities Tuesday sought public help to solve eight copper-wire thefts from city light poles in the Hollenbeck area since August.

The most recent crime was reported on Sept. 22 at Boyle Avenue and Short Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported. Witnesses described the suspects as two men in a maroon van.

Police have detained possible suspects in connection with the case, but sought public help to provide more clues in the case.

“Copper wire theft has become an alarming epidemic,” said LAPD Capt. Blake Chow.
Chow said the LAPD and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power were working with the community to try to solve the crimes, which often destroy city street lights and affect the community’s quality of life.

Street Car System Plan Gains $5 Million in Support
Last week, the Community Redevelopment Agency of Los Angeles pledged $5 million for a proposed streetcar system that would operate downtown as part of the “Bringing Back Broadway” plan.

The money will be managed by Los Angeles Streetcar Inc., a nonprofit responsible for raising funds to design and operate the streetcar system expected to cost $90 million.  The streetcar would connect Broadway, between Third and Ninth streets, with the L.A. Live and Grand Avenue developments.

Investigation Into Fatal Highland Park Shooting Underway
Police are investigating a shooting in Highland Park that left a 17-year-old boy dead and a 19-year-old man wounded.

Officers were dispatched to 5758 Marmion Way around 12:15 a.m. on Oct. 2 in response to a report of a shooting. Adrian Betancor was shot once in the upper body and taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he later died and Joey Chavez, the second victim, also was hospitalized and is expected to survive.

There were no immediate arrests, and the motive for the shooting is under investigation.  Anyone with information is urged to call LAPD’s Northeast Station at (213) 847-4261, or the 24-hour toll-free line 1-877-LAWFULL.

Mega Million Lottery Winnings Could Go to Fund State Schools
A Mega Million lottery ticket worth $126,163 has not been cashed in, and the California Lottery is hoping someone will check their old stubs to look for a winner.

The winning ticket was purchased for the Sept. 5 game at Ray’s Liquor, 9024 E. Slauson Avenue, in Pico Riviera with winning numbers 1, 6, 15, 27, and 46, and Mega number 39.
If the winner doesn’t surface within six months of purchase, the prize goes to the state schools system.

Local Private School Teacher Faces Child Molestation Charges
A private school teacher, after being arrested Friday, Oct. 3, appeared in court Monday on charges of allegedly molesting two 9-year-old girls in 1988.  The arraignment for 53-year-old Mark Walter Sonnenburg was held over until Oct. 20.  He is currently held on a bail of $300,000.

Sonnenburg was charged last week in a felony complaint for arrest warrant with two felony counts of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 involving two victims and one felony count of sexual penetration by a foreign object on a victim under the age of 14 by a person who was at least 10 years older.

The complaint alleged the crimes occurred between January and August 1988.  One of the lewd act charges involves a victim who was Sonneburg’s student at Eagle Rock Montessori School.  The other lewd act charge and the sexual penetration charge, involves a second victim who was not a student.  Both victims reported the crimes in October 2007 and the criminal complaint was filed within a year as required to extend the statute of limitations for the crimes.

Sonnenburg continued to teach at private schools, including one in Pasadena, until earlier this year.

Deadline to File For Economic Stimulus Checks is Approaching
More than 133,000 Los Angeles County veterans and retirees who have not filed for their economic stimulus checks have less than two weeks to do so, or they could lose money they are entitled to.

The $152 billion stimulus plan, approved by Congress in February, boosts the nation’s lagging economy by putting rebate checks of $300 to $600 in the hands of taxpayers.

AARP representatives had applications available at three Los Angeles-area locations on Tuesday.  Forms can be downloaded at or requested by telephone at (877) 926-8300. Deadline to file is October 15.

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