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6-year-old killed in Berbice accident

first_imgA six-year-old was struck and killed on the Eversham Public Road, Corentyne, Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) after she reportedly ran across the public road.Six-year-old Arianna LowenfieldDead is Arianna Lowenfield, of Epson Village, Berbice. She was a pupil of Eversham Primary School.Speaking with Guyana Times, the child’s mother, Oma Devi Bascom, said at about 15:00h on Tuesday, she sent the child to a nearby shop to make a purchase.She recalled hearing an impact and upon looking outside, she realised her daughter was struck down.Meanwhile, the Police have since said the hire car, HC 2523, was proceeding South along the eastern side of the road and whilst in the vicinity of Eversham Bridge, the pedestrian suddenly ran from West to East from behind a lorry that was proceeding North and came into contact with the front centre of the hire car. Little Arianna was picked up in an unconscious state and taken to the Port Mourant Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.The hire car was driven by a 33-year-old man from Number 79 Village, Corriverton, Berbice.He has since been arrested and is presently in custody at the Number 51 Police Station. A Breathalyser test was administered but no trace of alcohol was detected, this newspaper was told. He is nonetheless assisting with investigation.The child leaves to mourn her two siblings and her parents.last_img read more

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L.A. council seeks gang prevention

first_imgThere are an estimated 40,000 gang members within the city and 90,000 countywide. In the discussion, two council members, Bernard Parks and Jan Perry, revived their concerns over the three-day, 12-hour work schedule approved for more officers. The two said they want a report on what it would take to change the work schedule only at police stations within their districts – drawing a loud protest from Councilman Jack Weiss. Weiss said he would fight any effort to change the 3-12 plan because of the support it has from police officers. “Eliminating the 3-12 schedule is exactly the wrong thing to do when we are adding 1,000 new officers to LAPD, when we are working every day to find new recruits and be competitive with other police departments in the area,” Weiss said. Parks, who fought the change in work schedule when he was police chief, said he is concerned it has reduced the number of officers on patrol, resulted in higher overtime costs and jeopardized some communities by the need to shift officers to other parts of the city to respond to calls. Paysinger noted it is part of the contract negotiated with the Los Angeles Police Protective League and could not be changed by city officials. “We are not sure why council members Parks and Perry want to tamper with a system that is working well,” said Tim Sands, president of the league. “Returning to a less-flexible schedule will not reduce overtime, will not reduce crime and will push experienced officers to request changes in assignments to other divisions.” Parks also said he believes city government needs to look beyond the LAPD to solve its crime problems. Library programs and Department of Recreation and Parks activities, for example, can play roles in keeping young people from joining gangs, Parks said. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo outlined his office’s efforts to crack down on gangs with injunctions as well as to work with young people before they become gang members. Deputy city attorneys are assigned to schools and to an active program through the courts to identify young people susceptible to joining gangs. rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCouncilman Tony C rdenas, who chairs the council’s ad hoc committee on gangs, said he will prepare recommendations for next year’s budget. “We made a promise to the taxpayers that we will have accountability at every level,” C rdenas said. “We need to develop programs that convince young people to do more than say no to drugs. They need to say no to gangs.” Officials agreed they need to do more with prevention programs, particularly to promote a better relationship with Los Angeles Unified School District leaders to use after-school programs to keep young people from joining gangs. Paysinger said the LAPD has promoted closer relations with other agencies, particularly the county Probation Department, to work with gang members and offer alternatives to gangs. At the same time, the LAPD has stepped up its enforcement efforts this year, with top-10 lists of the worst gangs and the worst gang members, and gang crimes, particularly gang homicides, have been reduced, Paysinger said. Told by a police official that residents are “hungry to be free from the scourge of generations of gang violence,” the Los Angeles City Council explored ways Wednesday to keep young people from joining gangs and to find a path for members to leave and rejoin society. In a rare meeting dedicated to a single topic, the council said public safety is a top priority and largely depends on suppressing gangs and keeping young people from joining them. The council heard Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger of the Los Angeles Police Department declare the public hungry to be free of gangs. “All of us have gotten that call where we hear some young person has been shot to death by an errant bullet or stabbed, and we feel helpless,” Council President Eric Garcetti said. “We console families. We pay for funerals. We go to candlelight vigils. “We spend our days talking to family members and mothers, trying to console them. We speak to those who are too afraid to speak out themselves, who sit in shuttered rooms because they are too afraid to go out.” last_img read more

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