Harbor Currents: NEWS Dec. 26, 2012

  • 12/26/2012
  • Terelle Jerricks

The Jerk Who Allegedly Stole Christmas

LOMITA — The Lomita Sheriff’s Department arrested 42-year-old Michael Wieczorek, Dec. 20, on suspicion of theft.

Detectives found that the home of Wieczorek, a San Pedro resident, was full of stolen merchandise, looted mail, identity theft tools and computers. Officials said the suspect would steal packages from people’s porches, opened them, then re-wrap them and re-gift them.

The investigation was opened after a report that someone stole a package from a Rancho Palos Verdes home. After the suspect was identified, deputies went to his home and found stolen goods from communities throughout Southern California, including Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance, Palos Verdes Estates, San Pedro, Los Angeles, Carson, Long Beach, Lakewood, Redlands, Temecula, Auburn, Murrieta and even Bellevue, Wash.

Deputies also found jewelry, vacuum cleaners, toys, cookware, clothes, drugs, credit cards and identification cards that did not belong to the suspect.

Wieczorek was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail. The suspect is scheduled to appear at court Jan. 10 in Torrance.

Details:  (310) 539-1661


POLA Chooses Ports O’Call Developer

SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles announced, Dec. 20, that the LA Waterfront Alliance is its preferred developer for the redevelopment of Ports O’Call Village in San Pedro.

The LA Waterfront Alliance is a partnership between the Ratkovich Co. and Jericho Development Co.

The Ratkovich Co.’s development projects include the Hercules Campus project at Playa Vista, the Alhambra project in Alhambra and the Terminal Annex project at Union Station.

The redevelopment plans for Ports O’Call include a gateway at 13th Street to link the Waterfront with the rest of the San Pedro community. The plans also include restaurants, retail stores, a hotel, a conference center and the relocation of POLA’s administrative offices.

The idea would be to include recommendations from the Urban Land Institute study on Ports O’Call that maintains the San Pedro Fish Market, which is a characteristic element for the community.

Domestic Violence Incident Results in Officer-Involved Shooting

The Long Beach Police Department officers were involved in a shooting Dec. 23, while responding to a domestic violence incident.

Officers responded to a call at about 12:13 a.m. near Pine Avenue at 8th Street, which ended up being domestic violence related. By the time the police arrived at the home, the suspect had fled. However, the officers found the suspect vehicle about 30 minutes later near Long Beach Boulevard at 6th Street.

When the officers approached the suspect’s vehicle, two men ran out of the car. One of the men, 25-year-old Rashad Minor, ran to a parking lot at Long Beach Boulevard and 7th Street and pulled out a gun, wherefore a shooting ensued. Minor was injured and taken to the local hospital. He is being booked with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer. The handgun was recovered.

The domestic violence suspect, whose name is not being released, was apprehended near Pine Avenue and 8th Street.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call (562) 570-7244 or anonymously at (800) 222-8477.



One man was found dead, one other person injured after a shooting at about 11:19 a.m. Dec. 19, in the 200 block of east Pleasant Street in Long Beach, officers reported.

Long Beach Police Department officers found that the two victims had gunshot wounds to the upper torso. Eighteen-year-old Miguel Alvarez, of Long Beach, died at a local hospital. The other victim, whose name is being withheld, is in stable condition.

The victims were found in front of a residence, but no motives or suspect information has been determined.

Anyone who may have information regarding this crime is urged to call (562) 570-7244 or anonymously at (800) 222-8477.


Resident Helps Catch Burglar

LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department caught one of burglary suspects, Dec. 15, thanks to neighbor’s call at the 7800 block of Berner Street.

Officers were dispatched at about 2:20 a.m. responding to a call regarding suspicious activity near parked cars. The resident saw the two suspects rummaging through his vehicle in the El Dorado Park Estates neighborhood and called 9-1-1. The suspects fled before officers arrived at the scene, but a 15-year-old Lakewood resident was apprehended after he dropped a backpack and attempted to hide behind a tree.

Further investigation showed that four unlocked vehicles had been burglarized. The suspect’s backpack was full of stolen property.

The other suspect fled and remains outstanding.

Anyone with information regarding these burglaries is asked to call (562) 570-1433 or anonymously at (800) 222-8477.


Foundation Approves $100,000 for POLAHS Science Department

SAN PEDRO — The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation approved a $100,000, Dec. 18, to the Port of Los Angeles High School Science Department.

The award will go toward the school’s science laboratory project that is slated for construction in the summer of 2013.


Belmont Shore Fire Station Loses Engine

LONG BEACH  — The Long Beach Fire Department released a memo, Dec. 17, detailing the elimination of one of its engine due in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget, effective Jan. 2, 2013.

According to the memo sent to City Manager Patrick West the process of deciding what engine eliminate was complex. The fire department also decided to relocate the paramedic rescue ambulance from Station 14 to Station 8. The department also will no longer operate a four-personnel truck and two-staff fire engine.  Instead it will operate a fire truck from Station 17 and a fire engine out of Station 14, staffed daily with four people.

The reductions and relocations were made to avoid closing any fire station.


LBPD Gets DUI Combat Grant

LONG BEACH  — On Dec. 14, the California Office of Traffic Safety awarded the Long Beach Police Department with a $112,800 DUI checkpoint grant.

The funding was made available through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“DUI checkpoints are effective because they specifically target impaired driving offenders, and they also educate the public on the dangers of driving under the influence,” said Mayor Bob Foster in statement.

Police Still Searching for Hit and Run Suspect

LONG BEACH  — The Long Beach Police Department still is searching for a suspect in a hit and run incident Dec. 9, which resulted in the death of 55-year-old Robert Diaz.



Hahn to Join House Transportation, Infrastructure Committee

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 20, Rep. Janice Hahn was selected to sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has broad jurisdiction over the Nation’s highways, railways, airports, seaports, bus lines, and pipelines, as well as the Economic Development Administration, Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Federal Emergency Management Agency and other economic development programs.

This month, Hahn participated in a Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on California High-Speed Rail. Hahn testified on the importance of high-speed rail to the economic success of California. Then, she joined committee members in posing questions to testifying witnesses including Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

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