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Police Find UCLA Shooter’s Car in Culver City Los Angeles police shut down several blocks of Washington Place near Sawtelle Boulevard on Friday after finding the car that UCLA shooter Mainak Sarkar had driven here from Minnesota before killing UCLA engineering professor William Klug and himself on the campus on June 1. An inspection of the vehicle turned up a handgun and several gasoline containers, which investigators believe Sarkar used to avoid stopping for fuel during the drive from Minnesota after killing his wife. Even though police did not think there were explosives inside the car, members of LAPD’s...

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Three who Stopped SMC Shooter Get Medals of Valor A Santa Monica College police captain and two city police officers stood among 13 Medal of Valor recipients honored by President Obama at the White House on Monday. SMC Police Capt. Raymond Bottenfield and SMPD officers Jason Salas and Robert Sparks each received a Public Safety Officer Medal of Valor — the highest national award for valor presented to public safety officers — for putting themselves in harm’s way to end the deadly June 2013 shooting rampage at SMC. Bottenfield was off duty when he evacuated students from a counseling...

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Compiled by Gary Walker  Swimmer Dies after Venice Pier Rescue A man who was pulled from the surf near the Venice Pier on Sunday and later died at a local hospital has been identified. Troy Anthony Mendez, 49, was a resident of Westminster, Colo., Los Angeles County Coroner’s office spokesman Ed Winter said. Los Angeles County lifeguards responded to a distress call at 5:30 p.m. involving three swimmers approximately 50 yards offshore north of the pier, lifeguard spokeswoman Lydia Barillas said. “All of the swimmers were conscious when they were rescued and taken back to shore. As the lifeguards...

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 — Compiled by Gary Walker — Marina del Rey Shooting Victim Survives Bullet to the Chest Investigators are still searching for clues to determine who shot a 45-year-old man on Sunday in Marina del Rey. Deputies from the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station responded to the 14000 block of Panay Way at around 12:15 p.m. after getting a report of gunfire in the area. The victim, who suffered a gunshot wound to the chest, was treated at the scene by firefighter paramedics and taken to a local hospital. Sheriff’s Det. Clarence Williams said Tuesday that detectives plan to interview the victim as soon as he is able to answer questions. “He’s still heavily medicated, but we hope to talk to him soon,” he said. Williams noted that shootings are rare in the marina. But they do happen. At just before 4 a.m. on Oct. 25, a 27-year-old man was shot dead in the parking lot of Islands Restaurant on Washington Boulevard. Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Marina del Rey Sheriff’s Station at (310) 482-6000.   Rewards Seek Info on Mother’s Beach Puppy Drowning Editor’s Note (3/25): The Sheriff’s Dept. told the LA Times on Friday that investigators now believe the dog found on Mother’s Beach had died long before it would have drowned and that the decapitated dog was actually a raccoon that was not...

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A Show of Support for Neighborhood Schools Grand View Boulevard Elementary School students, their parents and community supporters gathered at the school on Feb. 17 to participate in an LAUSD-wide “walk-in” to oppose efforts to expand the number of charter schools throughout the school district. Grand View is home to LAUSD’s longest-running Spanish language immersion program, and participants held signs declaring support for the school in both languages. Billionaire philanthropist Eli Board and other education reform allies developed a plan last year to double the number of charter schools in LAUSD by 2023. “We see today as a declaration of support for public education,” Grand View Principal Alfredo Ortiz said. Amy Kurland, whose daughter is in first grade at Grand View, said she attended the walk-in to show appreciation for her neighborhood school. “By doing so, the hope is that the Broad Plan, which threatens the existence of many public schools around the country, will be opposed,” Kurland said. — Gary Walker   Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial Coming to Venice The Venice Chamber of Commerce is bringing “The Wall that Heals,” a traveling memorial honoring Vietnam Veterans, to Windward Circle on Wednesday, March 2. The memorial is a half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., and the chamber is bringing it to Venice in collaboration with Veterans Foundation Inc. in order to raise awareness about the...

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