In the midst of the Guyana Police Force declaring a 19 per cent decrease in serious crimes, a popular exporter was robbed early Tuesday morning near the Ruimveldt Police Station.Reports indicate that businessman Doodnauth, also known as “Mango man” was held at gunpoint at about 10:45h obliquely opposite the Ruimveldt Police Station.According to the businessman, he was relieved of $2.9 million and believed that the gunmen followed him from a local city bank.He related to Guyana Times that he and his wife went to a city bank on Robb Street and while on their way home, they stopped at a store near the Ruimveldt Police Station.It was during this stop that the gunmen pounced on them.According to Doodnauth, he was hesitant at first to hand over his bag but the bandits punched him and then grabbed the bag containing the cash and other important documents.An eyewitness told this newspaper that the businessman’s wife, who is a frequent customer at the store, went into the shop and left her husband in the car.“The female occupant of the car entered the store while the man remained in the vehicle when two men approached the car. The entire scene lasted roughly 30 seconds,” the eyewitness recalled.The two men, who were described as “tall and of African descent” then made their escape in a white Toyota car.They were both wearing striped T-shirts and short pants.The incident was reported to the Police and an investigation was launched. However, no arrests were made up to press time.
Water quality authorities and federal officials on Thursday called on the state to pick up more of the tab for cleaning local groundwater, an effort estimated to cost nearly $1 billion over the next 30 years. Perchlorate contamination and a $400 million gap in funding to clean up pollution were the main concerns cited at a forum on San Gabriel Valley groundwater pollution. The event was sponsored by Rep. Hilda Solis, D-El Monte, at Cal State Los Angeles. “We have been overlooked time after time” when trying to get groundwater cleanup on a state bond, said Grace Burgess, executive director of the San Gabriel Basin Water Quality Authority. “The feds have done their part. Where is the state in all of this?” The San Gabriel Basin is the primary source of water for 1 million Valley residents. Volatile organic compounds were discovered in San Gabriel Valley water in 1979, and perchlorate was discovered in 1997. Solis has introduced legislation to require the EPA to establish a national perchlorate standard. To clean the Baldwin Park site, three treatment facilities have been built and another is under way, funded mostly by responsible parties, the largest which were Aerojet General Corp., Huffy Corp., Oil & Solvent Process Co., and Wynn Oil Co. But in South El Monte many of the potentially responsible parties are medium-sized or small “mom-and-pop” businesses unable to pay for cleanup, said Kathleen Salyer, section chief of the U.S. EPA’s Region 9 Superfund Division. WQA chairman Bob Kuhn said in the South El Monte operable unit, 14 companies have settled with the WQA and are providing $5.8 million for cleanup, but more than 50 are still in lawsuits. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2The Valley’s six contamination sites, under Baldwin Park, South El Monte, El Monte, La Puente, Whittier Narrows and Alhambra, have been polluted with various chemicals including volatile organic compounds and perchlorate. The EPA is investigating perchlorate contamination in an area under Alhambra. The companies responsible for the pollution have funded the bulk of clean-up costs thus far, contributing 81.1 percent, while federal funds account for 13.4 percent and local sources (including water companies) another 4 percent. The state has contributed 1.5 percent to date, according to the Water Quality Authority, which projected a funding shortage of $418 million over the next three decades. The WQA oversees cleanup efforts in the San Gabriel Valley. San Gabriel Valley Water Co. president Michael Whitehead said if the problem is ignored, the burden of paying for cleanup would fall on rate-payers. “The funding gap is going to create a potential crisis in this Valley,” Whitehead said. “We need for the state to participate in cleaning this basin.” Cleanup of the basin would increase storage capacity for dry years and reduce dependence on imported water from the Colorado River, Whitehead said.