Mike Fronterotta named new Inglewood police chief
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—The Inglewood City Council appointed interim police Chief Mike Fronterotta as the permanent head of the department, it was announced today.
Fronterotta had been serving as interim police chief since June of last year.
“I’ve known Mark for over 30 years, and his integrity is beyond reproach,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts, Jr. “I was his first supervisor when he went to patrol after graduating from the police academy ... and he is one of the brightest and most capable police executives I have worked with in my 40 years of public service.”
Fronterotta, a 31-year veteran of the police department, served as commander of the Office of Patrol Services, and he participated in a restructuring of that office that focused on community collaboration and the use of new technology.
He is a native of Haverhill, Mass., and graduated from Lowell University with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
The city council approved his permanent status at its meeting last Wednesday.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. — Authorities today identified a man who was fatally shot by Inglewood police after he allegedly smashed the windows of eight squad cars with a sword in a police station parking lot.
The shooting occurred Saturday night, after the man damaged the vehicles using a sword that was thicker and heavier than a machete, police said. The dead man was identified as Charles Curl, 46, of Los Angeles, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said.
In the last several weeks local law enforcement officials have been involved in altercations with three African American males that have resulted in two fatalities and another young man clinging to life in a local hospital.
The first incident, involved 43-year-old Inglewood resident, Reginald Andre Linthicum, who according to his family had just been paroled from state prison in June after more than 11 years.
The Crenshaw Subway Coalition is gearing up for a possible showdown over additional funding for the Crenshaw-to-LAX light rail line, including a Leimert Park Village Station, but may have to await a May 23 decision by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on just how bruising—or necessary—a showdown will be.
Candidates running for Inglewood City Council seats bring a diverse collection of experiences to the contest to win a seat to govern in the “City of Champions.” On April 2, at the end of the day, they hope to be the ones left standing so they can deliver a pot of gold to residents in the form of paved streets, quieter airplanes, sewers free of tree branches, and a return to yesterday.
District 1 candidates George Dotson, LeRoy N. Fisher, Felicia Ford and Daniel Tabor, are running against incumbent Mike Stevens.
INGLEWOOD, Calif.—Three people were injured today in a fire at an Inglewood apartment building, including one who suffered second-degree burns, authorities said.
The fire at the two-story building at 109 N. Eastwood Ave. was reported at 1:16 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatch supervisor Andre Gougis.
Firefighters were on scene by 1:20 a.m. and knocked down the blaze 17 minutes later, he said.