U.S. Coast Guard flight training
TORRANCE, Calif.—The U.S. Coast Guard will begin a series of standardized training sessions tomorrow for its flight crews, meaning an increased number of helicopter flights at Torrance Airport.
The training will continue through Feb. 11, Petty Officer Adam Eggers said. Training will be conducted on weekdays primarily between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eggers said.
"Residents living near the Torrance Airport can expect to see and hear the air station's MH-65 Dolphin helicopters more frequently during that time period,'' Eggers said.
Some training will be conducted at other airports, he said. The sessions will be taught by instructors from the agency's training center in Mobile, Ala.
"Every Coast Guard air station must complete the two-week check,'' Eggers said. "The purpose of the flight checks is to test a pilot's ability to handle emergencies like an engine failure and other critical facets of being a military aviator.''
The standardized training ensures that members of a flight crew who have never worked together will be able to do so in an emergency, Eggers said.
COMPTON, Calif. — Former Compton Fire Department Deputy Chief Marcel Melanson is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on grand theft and arson charges related to a fire at the department’s headquarters.
Melanson is suspected of stealing thousands of dollars worth of Motorola radios, selling them online and intentionally setting the Dec. 11, 2011 fire to destroy evidence of the thefts, Steve Whitmore of the sheriff’s department said.
TORRANCE, Calif. — Torrance police today announced they are seeking a man in his 20s suspected of exposing himself near schools twice in a seven-day span.
Two students were walking home from Bert Lynn Middle School Tuesday when they saw a man seated in the driver seat of a small blue or gray four door sedan, possibly a Honda. His passenger window was down and he chuckled at them.
He was holding his exposed penis with both hands, laughing. He said nothing and the victims turned away and quickly went home, police said.
TORRANCE, Calif. — The Torrance Police Department announced today that it has three suspects in custody who are believed to have been involved in credit card fraud victimizing 37 people from San Diego to Simi Valley.
The investigation began on Sept. 17, after a Torrance resident living in the 17500 block of Emanita Avenue was fraudulently billed for a delivery to a FedEx office at 21023 Hawthorne Boulevard.
Surveillance video allegedly showed a suspect picking up a package.
TORRANCE, Calif.—A coroner's official today released the names of a husband and wife, both in their 70s, who died in a murder-suicide inside the woman's room at a Torrance hospital.
They were Marlow Hugo Galbraith, 75, and Joanna Sue Galbraith, 74, both of Torrance, said Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Joe Bale.
A substance abuse counselor was charged with murder and other counts for allegedly driving drunk, running into a pedestrian and driving two miles with him embedded in her car’s windshield before other motorists stopped her.
Sherri Lynn Wilkins, 51, of Torrance, was arraigned Tuesday in Torrance Superior Court on one count each of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with a .08 percent or higher blood-alcohol content causing injury and leaving the scene of an accident, according to the district attorney’s office.