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The Weekly Newspaper of Torrance Herald Publications - Torrance, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach, Hawthorne, Lawndale, & Inglewood Community Newspapers Since 1911 - (310) 322-1830 - Vol. 6, No. 10 - March 3, 2016 Inside This Issue Certified & Licensed Professionals.......................8 Classifieds............................4 Crossword/Sudoku.............4 Film Review..........................4 Legals....................................8 Real Estate...................10-12 Sports....................................5 TerriAnn in Torrance.......7,9 Weekend Forecast First Annual Frog Fitness Throw Down Competition Fitness legend Mike O’Hearn awards Powerhouse Gym’s own Simon Schermerhorn (left) and Nick Rotta (right) as they took home first place and a prize package valued over $5,000 each at the 1st Annual Frog Fitness Throw down at the Powerhouse Gym in Torrance. See more photos in our “Community Briefs” section, page 2. Photo by Daniel Huipe. • Retired Lieutenant Devin Chase Honored During City Council Meeting By Cristian Vasquez For 29 years Lieutenant Devin Andrew Chase served with the Torrance Police Department. Treating Pain Leads to New Goal in Life By Cristian Vasquez For 20 years Dr. Harold Kraft used his medical abilities in the operating room as an anesthesiologist; there he was able to treat pain patients with epidural steroids during a time when that was the only treatment available in the field. Eventually, Dr. Kraft would leave the East Coast to California in search of different opportunities and would discover the effectiveness laser treatment to help pain patients; it’s a concept he now wants to push farther by funding a clinical trial that would focus on the efficiency of laser treatment on people with posttraumatic stress disorder [PTSD]. Dr. Kraft was a skeptic at first with regards to using lasers to treat pain patients. However, an old patient of his shared her personal success with laser treatment and the doctor looked further into the technology. “The results that she got were jaw dropping. After studying the biology of lasers, I believe that it is by far the best thing for treating skeletal and muscular pain,” Dr. Kraft said. “The results have been fantastic. I am seeing up to ninety percent of patients get some relief: the average relief is in the area of seventy percent. A seventy percent for pain relief is phenomenal.” Dr. Kraft opened his practice in August of 2015 in the City of Manhattan Beach, See Dr. Harold Kraft, page 2 On March 1, the city council thanked Lt. Chase for the years he committed to the community by adopting a resolution honoring his service and legacy. “I want to thank the citizens of Torrance,” Lt. Devin Chase said from the podium. “The opportunity that was provided to me to serve this community has been a very dear part to my life. I tell others that I have been in contact with that I was blessed to have worked for the City of Torrance and I had a blessed career.” Described as an outstanding employee in the resolution, the Lieutenant was considered to set a high standard for officer conduct with his positive attitude, high energy, attention to detail and patience. Furthermore, his “extensive experience in a variety of assignments” made Lt. Chase a valuable asset for the Department’s efforts to train and mentor newer officers. “On behalf of my colleagues on the council, and the councils and mayors that came before that, we thank you for your service,” Mayor Patrick Furey said. “We are very, very fortunate to have a great public safety face in the city of Torrance. We have always been considered one of the ten safest cities for a city our size throughout the country and a lot of it has to do with you and your progeny and those who were there before you. On behalf on my colleagues and myself, thank you.” Lt. Chase’s career with the Torrance Police Department began on May 9, 1985; on June 11, 1995 he earned his promotion to sergeant and would move up to the rank of lieutenant on Dec 28, 2003. During his 30 years with the department, Lt. Chase worked patrol, was a member of the department’s CSI team, worked gang detail, was a field training officer, field sergeant, area commander, joined the Special Investigations Division in the Vice and Narcotics Section as an officer; he also served as a sergeant and division commander, sergeant in the research and training division and worked communications as the division commander. “Devin, first of all thank you for coming out tonight. It means a lot when retired employees come back to accept a resolution and to offer a thanks to the city that employed you for all these years,” Chief of Police Mark Matsuda said during the meeting. “From listening to the resolution, when I was hired on, I believe you were working CSI at the time so you had yet to become the legend that you are now. It was neat to be able to see you apply yourself with the focus and accepting of the mentoring of those that came before you to become that narcotics legend, in the sense of major narcotics investigation, drug recognition expert and to see you pass that along to other employees, some of who are here today. Lt. Chase’s commitment to law enforcement extended beyond officer training and often See City Council, page 6 Friday Cloudy 65˚/57˚ Saturday Mostly Cloudy 66˚/57˚ Sunday Showers/ Wind 63˚/52˚


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