A 23-year-old man stole three laptop computers at USC Monday at noon and was arrested by Department of Public Safety officers after attempting to flee down Trousdale Parkway while being pursued by DPS and three bystanders.The suspect stole two laptop computers from Leavey Library and another from the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. DPS was notified at noon about the latter theft, obtaining a description of the suspect and his location. However, when a DPS officer approached the suspect, who was sitting on the steps of the Student Union, the suspect fled on foot.Although the officer tackled him on Trousdale Parkway near Moreton Fig, the suspect got back up and continued to run toward Exposition Boulevard. A staff member and two students pursued the suspect. A third student tackled the suspect north of Exposition Boulevard, allowing the staff member to detain him.DPS arrived on the scene minutes later, along with the Los Angeles Police Department Southwest Division and Los Angeles Fire Department Station 15. Ambulances were also present and gave medical assistance to the suspect, who complained of asthma and trouble breathing, and the DPS officer, who sustained minor injuries. Both were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The three laptops were recovered at the scene.The suspect, who is from Long Beach and has no USC affiliation, was taken into custody by DPS.
“A Hero’s Tribute” will honor American servicemen and women from the American Revolution to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with songs ranging from George M. Cohan, Glenn Miller, the Beatles and Lee Greenwood, plus dance numbers and veterans’ thoughts expressed in letters. “The reasons for war may change,” Bauer said, “but how it affects families has never changed. It’s important that we as a community and we as a nation say `thank you’ for your courage to these men and women who are serving our country, and to those who have served in the past.” The 70-minute show contains 35 songs and seven dance numbers. The 32-member cast is made up of students and adults from Duarte and nearby communities. Matt Sanchez, 22, of Pico Rivera is a tenor and a lead singer. “I think I have as much American pride as the next person,” he said. “I just really appreciate everything every soldier has every done for this country.” DUARTE – With one son about to be discharged from the Army after two tours in Iraq and another undergoing military training in Texas, Duarte resident Mike Bauer is sincere when he says the military is on his mind. His thoughts and feelings have taken the form of a musical revue called “A Hero’s Tribute,” that Bauer wrote and dedicated to former and current American military personnel. It will be performed April 26-28 at the Duarte Performing Arts Center, 1401 Highland Ave. With sons Joshua, 20, and Jeremy, 23, to inspire him, Bauer said it only took two hours to write the outline for “A Hero’s Tribute.” “I couldn’t write it fast enough,” he said. “My sons played a major role in that. With their situations, this hits me where I live. Everyone thinks war is terrible. But when your kids are involved you develop a whole new perspective.” Lisa Baird of Duarte is the musical director. Her fiancee, Tom Conklin, wrote a song for the show called “I Lift My Lamp.” “The song is a setting of the poem `The Great Colossus,’ which is inscribed on The Statue of Liberty,” Conklin said. “It’s the same piece that was set by Irving Berlin, but he only sets the last part of the poem,” Conklin said. “I set the entire poem and it’s in a totally different style.” Baird is a former Marine who has a son in the Marines. He’s training to be an Arabic crypto-linguist, she said, and is scheduled to go to Iraq in August. “This show not only means a lot to me as an American citizen, but as a former military person myself, and as the mother of someone who is going to be in harms way,” she said. Brittney Hurlbut of Glendora is the show’s choreographer. “We’re trying to stay true to the times as we cross the years,” she said. “There’s going to be some swing, a little bit of modern dance, a little bit of hip hop. The entire cast will be dancing at one point or another.” Bauer said he recalls the patriotism that flourished immediately after Sept. 11, 2001. “I remember all the flags. The situation never went back to normal after that, but we did,” Bauser said. “The war is still going on. Where is all that patriotism? People were nicer to each other then. Why can’t we be like that every day?” The show will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 26 and 27 and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 28. For tickets or information, call (626) 256-0155. [email protected] (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!Read More