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Wrong Way Driver Charged with Murder
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 13, Alvin Ray Shaw Jr. was charged with charged with murder, driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense, driving with more than .08 percent blood alcohol and causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a suspended or revoked license.
The 28-year-old’s blood concentration level was at least .15 percent.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated Shaw, of Hawthorne, is suspected of driving 2012 Mercedes-Benz eastbound against traffic on the Gerald Desmond Bridge on Aug. 1. His actions are suspected of causing the death of one man and injuring another. Shaw collided with a 2014 Ford Fusion, driven by a 21-year-old San Pedro man, and a 2010 Nissan pickup truck driven by 30-year-old San Pedro resident Miguel Gonzalez. The Mercedes Benz and the Nissan truck caught on fire. Gonzalez was pronounced dead at the scene.
Shaw remains hospitalized. An arraignment is pending his release. He faces a maximum of 18 years to life in state prison.
LB North Patrol Cracks Down on Street Gang
LONG BEACH — On Aug. 12, the Long Beach Police Department North Patrol Division Directed Enforcement Team served six search warrants at the residences of North Side Longo Gang members who were wanted on various felony charges.
These search warrants resulted in three (3) felony arrests:
Name, Age, City of Residency, Charges
Steve Orozco, 23, Long Beach, Parole Violation
Gaviel Mayorga, 33, Long Beach, Possession of Stolen Property
Clark Cooper, 31, Long Beach, Possession of Stolen Property
About $35,000 worth of stolen property, believed to be associated with cargo truck thefts that have occurred within and outside of the City, and $4,300 in cash, believed to be related to a north Long Beach burglary, were recovered related to the search warrants and arrests of Mayorga and Cooper. Detectives are still investigating these cases and the origin of these recovered items.
If anyone has information regarding the crimes listed above or about the North Side Longo Street Criminal Gang they are urged to call (562) 570-7370 or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org
POLA Containers Decrease in July
SAN PEDRO — July 2015 containerized cargo volumes at the Port of Los Angeles decreased 2.5 percent compared to the same period this past year. The POLA handled a total of 699,127 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) in July 2015. Current and historical data is available here.
Imports decreased 3.5 percent, from 363,393 TEUs in July 2014 to 350,627 TEUs in July 2015. Exports declined 16.4 percent, from 163,294 TEUs in July 2014 to 136,402 TEUs in July 2015. Combined, total loaded imports and exports decreased 7.5 percent, from 526,688 TEUs in July 2014 to 487,029 TEUs in July 2015. Factoring in empties, which increased 11.2 percent, overall July 2015 volumes (699,127 TEUs) decreased 2.5 percent.
For the first seven months of 2015, overall volumes (4,602,648 TEUs) are down 3.5 percent compared to the same period in 2014.
Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp
Long Beach Sets Cargo Record
LONG BEACH — Cargo container volumes surged through the Port of Long Beach in July, with an 18.4 percent increase over the same month in 2014, making July a record month in the port’s 104-year history.
Previously, POLA’s best year was 2007, just before the Great Recession of 2008. Now, after a slow start at the beginning of 2015, the gains in July mark the fourth time in the last five months that cargo totals have climbed significantly higher.
The port’s terminals moved 690,244 twenty-foot equivalent container units (TEUs) in July, an increase of 18.4 percent compared to July 2014. Imports jumped to 345,912 TEUs, a 16.2 percent increase from last July. Exports increased an impressive 15.9 percent to 143,875 TEUs despite the stronger U.S. dollar, which has made U.S. exports relatively expensive overseas.
July makes the fourth time in five months that the port has seen import gains – July (18.4 percent), May (4.8 percent), April (7.3 percent), and March (42.1 percent) – an indication that the U.S. economy is growing, and the stronger dollar is giving retailers the confidence to order more products from overseas to stock their shelves for consumers. The National Retail Federation foresees at least 3 to 5 percent gains for the back-to-school and early holiday shopping seasons.
Through the first seven months of 2015, Long Beach cargo numbers are edging higher, with total cargo up 2.8 percent compared to the same period last year, imports up 1.4 percent and exports down 10.9 percent.
For all the latest monthly cargo numbers, click here.
For more details on the cargo numbers, please visit www.polb.com/stats.
Center Long Beach Announces Free STI Testing, Treatment Program
LONG BEACH — The Center Long Beach announced that starting Aug. 18, the organization will expand services to include comprehensive testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. This pilot project will start by offering the free service two days a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays and will include screenings for syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis B and C.
The STI testing program will enhance the current rapid HIV testing program that has been extremely successful, conducting more than 7,000 tests since 2010.
The Center Long Beach will be collaborating with St. Mary’s Medical Center to provide a mobile testing clinic and medical staff during the pilot period that will last through the end of the year. During the pilot period, The Center staff will collect data and feedback from the community to develop a program that meets the needs of the LGBTQ community in Long Beach. Additionally, The Center Long Beach will be remodeling its health services space to accommodate additional STI testing services including an exam room, additional lab space and office space for new and current health services staff.
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting Aug. 18
Details: (562) 434-4455; www.centerlb.org
Venue: The Center Long Beach, 2017 E. 4th St., Long Beach
MADE in Long Beach Seeks Crowdfunding for Food Market Expansion
LONG BEACH — In celebration of seven successful months in business downtown on Pine Avenue, the 12,500 sq. ft. “MADE in Long Beach” retail destination is preparing to launch the second phase of their local business incubator: Market at MADE.
Having established relationships with local farmers, food makers, bread bakers, beekeepers, and Long Beach Creamery to name a few, MADE will invest in an expansion to help native culinary businesses and brands thrive and mitigate the usual risk associated with small businesses who open storefronts. Among the requisite facilities and amenities are refrigeration units and display installations to provide for the marketing and distribution of local fare. Market at MADE will also create a location for meeting, mingling and experiencing the unique flavors of the city.
Crowdfunding launched will run until Sept. 6, with a primary goal of raising $75,000.
At every level of support, starting at $5, MADE will reward its contributors. There will also be opportunities for donors to “put their stamp” on the Market by personalizing seasonal menu items, events, and fixtures within the store. MADE will have limited opportunities for these high-profile opportunities and encourages First to Market contributors to get in early before those rewards sell out.
Rewards for contributors come from some of the 100+ makers and merchants whose products are currently stocked at MADE, as well as partners such as Our Town Trolley and Renaissance Long Beach Hotel.