Youths shot, hit by car
Four young people were injured in and one was killed the last week in violent confrontations, including Tierra Hartfield, pictured above. She was one of two women shot Tuesday at an apartment complex in the 13500 block of South Cordary in Hawthorne.
The young women were not the intended targets of what is suspected to be a dispute between neighbors. On Oct. 20, an 8-year-old boy was hit by a car while riding his bike near 1706 W. 104th St. in Los Angeles. The car, described as a Nissan Altima with damage on the right side and driven by an African American in his 20s, fled the scene.
The boy, who has not been identified, is currently on life support. Finally, on Oct. 16, a 16-year-old was shot and killed while a 19 year old was shot in the leg at 67th Street and 11th Avenue.
Watts Village Theater Company (WVTC) will celebrate 15 years of serving youth in the Watts and South Los Angeles area by hosting the WVTC Coming of Age fundraiser Monday at the California African American Museum, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
COMPTON, Calif.—Bail was set at $3 million today for a 15-year-old boy charged as an adult in a June 4 shooting that killed a 14-month-old boy and wounded his father in Watts.
Donald Ray Dokins made his initial court appearance this afternoon but did not enter a plea. His arraignment was postponed to July 16 in Compton Superior Court.
Dokins faces one count of murder stemming from Angel Cortez’s slaying and one count of attempted murder for allegedly shooting the boy’s father, Mauro, in the shoulder.
More than 200 children ages 5 to 16 recently participated in a project to paint a mural at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center (MACC).
These youngsters, who were part of the Freedom School summer programs held throughout Los Angeles County in conjunction with the Children’s Defense Fund, helped paint the 900-foot-long canvas as part of the ongoing construction surrounding the 2013 reopening of the Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A series of 10 free basketball clinics for children ages 6 to 14 conducted by the Los Angeles Clippers will begin Monday at the Exposition Park Intergenerational Community Center.
There will be a maximum of 250 participants in each clinic—100 from the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks day camp program and summer basketball leagues and 150 who registered in advance through the Clippers website, www.clippers.com, or by telephone at (310) 862-6031.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A bill to ban minors from using ultraviolet tanning beds was approved today by the Assembly Business, Professions and Consumer Protection Committee and sent to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.
Teens between 14 and 17 are required by law to obtain permission from a parent or guardian to use tanning beds. Children under 14 are banned from using the beds.