Here is a look at some of the top stories this week in Belmont Shore and Long Beach:
Belmont Shore Salon Owner Charged With Child Molestation: A Belmont Shore parent and hair salon owner has been arrested on charges of child sexual molestation and remains jailed, Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office spokesperson Sandi Gibbons confirmed Wednesday.
To Catch a Thief: A Firsthand Account: Imagine watching a TV show then hearing what you think are footsteps in the dead leaves on your patio. You open the door and there he is, with that deer in headlights look on his face.
Driver Dies in Fiery Long Beach Collision: A man driving a 1959 Volkswagen Karmann Ghia died Thursday morning in Long Beach after his vehicle collided with a parked car and caught on fire. According to the Long Beach Police Department, the collision occurred at approximately 1:15 a.m. near the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and Marita Street.
Suspect ID'd in Alleged Falcon Avenue Homicide: Long Beach police on Monday identified a suspect in an apparent "domestic violence" murder. Kevin Adonis Forrest, 41, was arrested at the scene of the shooting, 6500 block of Falcon Avenue, reported at 7:20 p.m. Sunday, said Sgt. Aaron Eaton of the Long Beach Police Department.
Fourth Graders Will be Merchants for a Day: It is that time of year again when fourth-grade students at Lowell Elementary School will have the opportunity to get a taste of the real world. About 135 students will participate in next week's Merchant Mentor Days, an annual event pairing them with local business owners.
Gerrie Schipske Wants to Help Future Councilmembers Win Her Seat: Fifth District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske is not scheduled to leave office until next year when her term is up, but she is already making plans to train her successor. Schipske will host a workshop on later this month for potential candidates that is designed to provide the necessary tools to run for office as well as be successful in the position.
Port of Long Beach Reaches Milestone: The Port of Long Beach has achieved the milestone of being "supertanker ready," thanks to efforts on the part of local officials. The newfound status makes it easier for big vessels with larger amounts of cargo to navigate the port, including the British Pride, a supertanker owned by BP.