Sheriff ID’s Man Fatally Shot at Motel

July 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

SOUTH GATE – Authorities Monday identified a man who was fatally shot at a South Gate motel.

The shooting occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oak Tree Inn in the 9000 block of Long Beach Boulevard, said Deputy Kelvin Moody of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Samuel Jimenez, 27, died at the scene, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. His hometown was not known.

Detectives were looking for a woman, described as “a person of interest,” who was believed to have been with Jimenez at the motel.

Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.

2 Police Officers Injured in South Gate Explosion

July 19, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Two police officers were injured today in an explosion in South Gate, authorities said.

Fire crews responded about 5:45 p.m. to the blast in the 5600 block of Imperial Highway, according to a dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The officers were taken to a hospital, but their conditions were not immediately available, the dispatcher said.

The officers, one of them from the Downey Police Department, were injured  during a training exercise at a commercial building involving officers from multiple departments, according to broadcast reports.

There was no immediate word on where the other officer was from.

South Gate Shooting Was Gang Related, Says Sheriff

January 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A man was in “extremely critical condition” Wednesday as a result of what sheriff’s investigators say was a gang-related shooting in South Gate. The violence erupted about 12:40 p.m. Tuesday in the 5100 block of Abbott Road, near Atlantic Avenue and the boundary with Lynwood, said Deputy Caroline Rodriguez of the Sheriff’s Information Bureau.

Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau were dispatched to the scene to assist South Gate police in the shooting investigation and found the man suffering from gunshot wounds to his neck and head, Rodriguez said.

He was in the driver’s seat of his car, which was parked alongside the curb, she said, adding that a second man was in the front passenger seat uninjured.

The victim was transported to a local hospital in extremely critical condition, Rodriguez said.

The men were seated inside the car when the suspect’s vehicle pulled up alongside and someone inside opened fire, she said. The suspect’s vehicle left the scene east on Abbott Road, to southbound Saint James Avenue and out of view.

Authorities are looking for two males who wore dark clothing. Their vehicle was described as a light-colored sedan.

Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter

July 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A 34-year-old woman accused of killing one man and injuring two others when she crashed a car into a taco stand in Boyle Heights while allegedly driving drunk pleaded not guilty Monday to vehicular manslaughter and related charges.

Maribel Rosas, of South Gate, faces one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury.

Rosas is due back in court on Aug. 24 for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

On June 26, prosecutors allege that Rosas was behind the wheel of a vehicle that crossed three lanes before running up a curb and crashing into a taco stand in the 300 block of South Clarence Street.

Juan Mendez, 48, was killed and two other people were injured.

Woman Killed In South Gate Attack

July 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A woman who suffered “suspicious traumatic injuries” at her South Gate residence died at a hospital, authorities said Tuesday.

The attack occurred about 4:20 a.m. Monday in the 5200 block of Brookdale Road, said sheriff’s Deputy Mike Barraza.
Nancy Molina, 33, died at a hospital at 9:15 p.m. Monday, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. An autopsy was pending.

No arrests were reported.

Sheriff’s homicide detectives are assisting South Gate police in the investigation.

Fireworks Seized In South Gate

May 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities seized about 200,000 pounds of illegal fireworks worth as much as $4 million and arrested five people in South Gate, it was announced Wednesday.

The seizure made Monday in the 9400 block of Burtis Street was the result of an investigation by the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Arson Task Force, South Gate police and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The suspects were arrested by South Gate police, who said the fireworks were found in a warehouse and adjacent trailers.

Breves de la Comunidad

April 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 


Monterey Park

Kam Hing Wong, 63, se presentó en la corte el martes para escuchar sus cargos por supuestamente atacar a su esposa mientras se bañaba y apuñalarla más de 30 veces.

Wong supuestamente atacó a su esposa con unas tijeras cuando se estaba bañando el jueves pasado, luego la cortó y la apuñaló con un cuchillo de carnicero y un cuchillo regular mientras la perseguía por la casa, de acuerdo con el subprocurador de Distrito, Presciliano Duran.

Wong fue detenido en el patio trasero de la casa de la pareja.

Su lectura de cargos fue pospuesta para el 26 de abril en un delito grave por intento de homicidio, herir a su cónyuge y por causar amenazas criminales.

Si es declarado culpable de los cargos, enfrenta cadena perpetua en una prisión estatal.


South Gate

Una mujer que fue apuñalada en su casa murió el lunes en un hospital, y un hombre fue detenido como sospechoso de su muerte y por el apuñalamiento de una niña de 6 meses de edad que fue hospitalizada.

El ataque se informó alrededor de las 7:10pm el domingo en el bloque de 5200 Pendleton Ave., de acuerdo con la oficina del alguacil.

Alicia Williams, de 32 años, que vivía en el lugar, murió en un hospital acerca las 6:55am del lunes, dijo el subjefe del forense Ed Winter.

El nombre del sospechoso no fue revelado inmediatamente. Las autoridades no pudieron confirmar de inmediato informes de difusión que el sospechoso era el marido de la mujer, y que también apuñaló a la pequeña hija de la pareja.

Detectives del alguacil ayudan a la policía de South Gate en la investigación.

Two Killed in South Gate Hit-and-Run

March 28, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The coroner’s office Sunday released the names of two people killed in a two-vehicle hit-and-run crash in South Gate that injured five other people, three of them critically.

They were Angie Ruiz, 15, and Lester Larios, 55, both from Bell, said coroner’s Capt. John Kadus.

The crash was reported at 4:27 p.m. Saturday on Garfield Avenue near El Paseo Street, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Cheryl Sims.

One of the vehicles careened into a pole, Sims said.

The injured, including two people who were not seriously hurt, were taken to hospitals for treatment, she said.

Investigators were seeking 22-year-old Bryan Rojas, who was last seen with an injury to his forehead that he sustained in the crash, according to a bulletin issued by Bell Gardens police.

Rojas was described as Hispanic, 5 feet-10 inches tall, 180 pounds with brown eyes, black hair and acne and a beard.

Anyone with information about the crash or Rojas’ whereabouts was urged to call South Gate police at (323) 563-5400.

Police is looking for Bryan Rojas, 22. (South Gate police)

Police is looking for Bryan Rojas, 22. (South Gate police)

EPA Announces $22 Million Settlement for Superfund Site in South Gate

December 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice Tuesday announced a $22 million settlement to clean up of South Gate-based Cooper Drum site, which once was used by a company that reconditioned used steel drums.

The settlement — involving 40 parties — requires about $15 million to build the necessary additional groundwater treatment — including wells, piping and treatment costs — and $7 million in reimbursement to the EPA for its past cleanup actions at the 3.8-acre site, according to the EPA.

“Today’s settlement is a binding commitment to pursue the final cleanup of this former industrial site,” said Jared Blumenfeld, EPA’s regional administrator for the Pacific Southwest. “Our goal is to protect the residents of South Gate from the toxic chemicals that have contaminated their local groundwater.”

The Cooper Drum Co. washed used 55-gallon steel drums from industrial customers, such as chemical manufacturers and packagers and oil companies, that contained residual oils and solvents and prepared the containers for reuse from 1974 until its closure in 1992, according to the EPA.

Residual wastes from the drums spilled and leaked on the site, contaminating soils and groundwater at the site that was placed on the Superfund’s National Priorities List in 2001, the EPA said. Since that time, the EPA has overseen the design, construction and operation of soil and groundwater treatment systems aimed at cleaning up trichloroethylene, lead, PCBs and petroleum hydrocarbons.

A soil vapor extraction system, which has been operating at the site since 2011, has removed more than 742 pounds of chemicals from the affected soils, and a groundwater extraction system has treated more than 17 million gallons of contaminated groundwater since 2012, authorities said

All water provided to South Gate residents and businesses meets state and federal drinking water standards, according to the EPA.

The EPA’s cleanup activities at the site between 2001 and 2009 relied on public funding. In 2009, agency investigators were able to identify former customers of the business, who have subsequently funded the cleanup and worked cooperatively with the EPA, according to the EPA.

‘710 Freeway Mayors’ Back Change to Cleaner Trucks

November 19, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Growing up with asthma and constantly winding up in the hospital is not something Jorge Morales wants for his 11-month-old baby.

As a kid, “I remember the faces of my parents looking at me when I couldn’t breath at 2 or 3 in the morning and running to the hospital,” the now Mayor of South Gate told EGP Tuesday morning.

Air quality is an issue that he considers personal.

“Every second there’s a truck going by,” said the mayor, pointing at the 710 Freeway from a spot at South Gate Park where he and others had gathered to push for a solution to the dirty heavy-duty trucks traveling on the 5 and 710 freeways through their heavily polluted cities.

“All those emissions are coming down in the communities here in the southeast, all the way from Long Beach, from the 60 and 10 freeways and we are all impacted,” he said.

Joining Morales were the mayors of Commerce, Maywood, Bell and Compton, and representatives from the Waste Management Company (WM), the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas).

“We want to encourage owners and operators of those heavy-duty trucks to transfer the trucks over to cleaner energy vehicles,” the Mayor of Maywood Eddie de la Riva told EGP.

He said a study of Los Angeles County revealed that residents of Maywood suffer from some of the highest rates of asthma, cancer and other respiratory diseases.

“It is very important for me because it is something that affects my community and my residents,” he explained.

In 2013, nonprofit East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice and their student led group at Bell Gardens High School, Youth in Action, conducted “Truck Thruthing,” a study that looked at truck traffic on the busiest streets in Commerce. The study found that approximately 47,000 diesel trucks travel the 710 Freeway daily, exposing Commerce residents and workers to large amounts of diesel, leading to the same illnesses as in Maywood.

“All the trucks that start at the Long Beach Port end up in Commerce,” Commerce Mayor Lilia Leon told EGP. “We have the two largest railroads and two largest freeways in the nation,” so “it’s very important to have these type of low-emission trucks for the community’s health” she said.

Going green can be an expensive proposition for the owners of heavy-duty trucks, but there are options to help them convert, supporters of the change to cleaner fuels sources said.

One of the options is SoCalGas’ truck loan program, which can help qualified operators of medium- and heavy-duty trucks explore how trucks using compressed natural gas (CNG) works compared to diesel-fueled vehicles in terms of drivability, power and range.

Another option are government incentives, which the mayors said are a practical and affordable way to accelerate the reduction of harmful emissions and improve air quality

According to Rodger Schwecke, SoCalGas vice president of customer solutions, natural gas is one of the most affordable and cleanest burning alternative fuels available today.

Southeast community leaders and representatives from entities advocating for cleaner air gathered on Tuesday to push for a solution so heavy-duty trucks go green. (Southern California Gas Co.)

Southeast community leaders and representatives from entities advocating for cleaner air gathered on Tuesday to push for a solution so heavy-duty trucks go green. (Southern California Gas Co.)

“Heavy-duty natural gas vehicles can reduce smog by about as much as 90 percent. We need to be part of the solution to help clean the air by giving incentives for the transition from polluting heavy-duty trucks to clean alternative fuel vehicles such as near-zero emissions trucks that run on natural gas,” he said.

Janine Hamner, municipal and community relations manager for Waste Management of Southern California, said she’s also pleased to join the movement and talk about the efficiency of the largest fleet—over 45,000—of heavy-duty natural gas trucks in North America.

“Since natural gas-powered collection trucks run cleaner and quieter, we’ve made the commitment to use more in our local operations as we work to keep communities clean in the most sustainable manner possible,” she said.

These trucks have nearly zero particulate emissions, cut greenhouse gas emissions by over 20 percent and are far quieter than their diesel counterparts.

Morales said it is important to get behind the green movement. “We have all the technology right now, we have natural gas vehicles here and they can make a big difference on the air quality of our communities.”

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