In wake of robbery, LAPD urges caution, not concern

first_imgStudents are taking preventative measures in light of the recent armed robbery that occurred at an off-campus apartment Thursday, but Los Angeles Police Department officials say there is no real need for concern.Though many students living in the area of 29th Street — where Thursday’s robbery occurred — said they still feel the neighborhood is safe, many added that they are taking additional safety measures.Chris Farro, who lives in the building where the robbery occurred, said that his landlord installed bars on all the windows in the complex Saturday.“I don’t think they’re going to come back or anything, but we’ve been a lot better about locking our own rooms,” said Farro, a junior majoring in business administration. “I also just got renter’s insurance.”Other students are taking similar precautions.Michael Scott, a junior majoring in computer engineering who lives on 29th between Orchard Avenue and Hoover Street, said he thinks the neighborhood is safe because it is regularly patrolled by USC’s Department of Public Safety. Scott added, however, that he plans to take extra safety measures.Scott said before the robbery he had casually asked his landlord to put bars on the windows, but now he intends to make sure it happens.“It has made me want to push my landlord to put bars on sooner,” Scott said.Megan Dickey, who lives on 29th and Hoover, said she is locking her bedroom door at night as an extra security measure.“When we heard about [the robbery], one of my other roommates said we need to make sure that our doors are locked at all times,” said Dickey, a junior majoring in broadcast journalism.Though LAPD officials said they are encouraging students to take these precautions, they believe Thursday’s robbery was an isolated incident.Because they think the robbery was a one-time incident, LAPD said they advised DPS not to issue a crime report.Capt. Art Miller of LAPD’s southwest division said LAPD officials did not think it was necessary to raise concerns among members of the USC community.“I think it sends the wrong message,” Miller said of a crime report. “It sends the message that there are some suspects out there running rampant and doing home invasions, and that’s not the case.”Though LAPD is still investigating the robbery, Miller said its unique circumstances have led officials to believe there is little risk of a repeat crime.“There’s nothing in terms of this being a serial type incident,” Miller said. “If it occurred as alleged, it was probably a one-time deal.”LAPD officials will continue to investigate the crime and will be re-interviewing the victims, Miller said. He said he could not put a time frame on the investigation, but noted residents in the area have little to be concerned about, even though no arrest has been made.“I would say that I would not worry about it, but at the same time, I wouldn’t let my guard down on the normal activities of my life,” Miller said.Miller suggested residents continue to lock their doors and windows and take other basic safety measures.Though no crime alert was issued, fliers with tips on preventing home invasion were distributed to residents in the neighborhood.“It was just a bunch of tips like, ‘Have really good locks,’” Dickey said. “I saw them all down Menlo, on cars and on 29th. It was all just common sense, nothing that I hadn’t thought of already.”Alex Norby, who lives on 29th and Hoover, said he thinks it’s good for students to be aware and take precautions.“I think generally most of us feel safe because we hear about stuff happening in the papers, but we don’t actually experience it. The closer you are, the more you react to it,” said Norby, a sophomore majoring in business administration (cinema-television). “Most freshman live on campus, and when they move over here they don’t realize we don’t live on campus anymore.”Alexandra Tilsley contributed to this report.last_img read more

CNW90 April 15, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 15 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.Coming up in the newscast, Florida food stamps recipients can soon purchase food online, Feeding South Florida begins weekly distribution of groceries and the Jamaican government raises millions through its COVID-19 telethon.Now for the news in the detailFamilies who use Florida’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase foods can soon order their groceries online. On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of Florida’s request to provide online grocery purchases through the SNAP program. This means that SNAP recipients in Florida will be able to order food online through the authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart. According to the Department of Agriculture, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, covering about 1.5 million households.In the meantime, “Feeding South Florida”, the largest food bank in the state, has launched a weekly grocery distribution effort at the Palm Beach Outlets shopping center.The drive-up distribution, which began this week, will take place every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. until June 1. The program is operating on a “first-come, first-served” basis, available to anyone who needs food supplies. The distribution bags contain a week’s supply of fresh produce, milk, eggs and a protein, plus other essentials. The food bank said since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Florida, they have distributed over 9 million pounds of food to 160,000 households.In the meantime, President Donald Trump recently announced that visa sanctions be imposed on countries that deny or unreasonably delay accepting their citizens that are scheduled to be deported from the United States. President Trump said that the new directive is motivated by COVID-19 and will remain in place until December 31. The order comes just days after several South Florida Haitian leaders called for Trump to pause the deportation of immigrants to Haiti and other Caribbean islands. Many Caribbean islands like Haiti and Jamaica have closed their borders to all residents and tourists overseas.In Caribbean News, On Easter Sunday, some of Jamaica’s biggest names in music came together to raise millions to help doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, with Jamaica’s first-ever government-led telethon. The six-hour concert featured appearances from Freddie McGregor, George Nooks, Richie Spice, Shaggy, Julian and Ziggy Marley, Capleton, Spice, among others. During the telethon, donations totalling millions came in from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke, Usain Bolt, and several organizations. The telethon has since received over 200,000 views from countries across the world.For more information on these and other stories, visit Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.You’ve been watching CNW90last_img read more