PORT ANTONIO:The Port Antonio Blue Marlin tournament takes a break this morning to make way for the one-day canoe competition, which has attracted approximately 70 local fishermen.After two gruelling days of competition, nine marlins have been tagged and released.Twenty-six fishing boats, including six overseas entries – three from Haiti, two from the Cayman Islands and one American – are competing in the marlin tournament.On Monday, the tournament was declared open by custos of Portland, Lincoln Thaxter, who urged the anglers to continue their friendly rivalry.The custos also lauded the organisers for their renewed commitment to the staging of the tournament, which continues to be a positive spin-off for local residents, who are employed for approximately two weeks.Today’s canoe tournament will see local fishermen vying for the prestigious Stone Ginger Wine Trophy and a cash prize.The marlin competition resumes tomorrow and will climax on Friday with a prize-giving ceremony.
Suspect charged in shooting WHITTIER – Authorities filed several felony charges Wednesday against a 25-year-old Whittier man suspected of shooting another man at a gas station this past weekend. Antonio Ramirez was charged with attempted murder, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, using a firearm to create great bodily injury, possession of a loaded firearm, and possession of methamphetamines for sale. Ramirez was arraigned Wednesday in Whittier Court. He remained in custody in lieu of $1 million bail. The shooting occurred about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 700 block of North Echelon Avenue, said Deputy Bill Brauberger of the Sheriff’s Headquarters Bureau. Fidel Navarette Jr., 18, of Valinda died at the scene, said Craig Harvey of the coroner’s office. A motive for the shooting was not immediately known, Brauberger said. La Habra ticket wins $242,232 LA HABRA – While no tickets sold in California matched all six MegaMillions numbers for the record $370 million jackpot, one ticket purchased in La Habra qualified for one of nine second-tier prizes awarded Tuesday – each worth $242,232. According to the California Lottery, the local tickets were sold at 7-Eleven, 541 W. Imperial Highway, La Habra; 7-Eleven, 10950 Warner Ave., Fountain Valley; Cask & Keg Liquor, 2585 N. Garey Ave., Pomona; Oregon Liquor & Jr. Market, 734 W. Willow St., Long Beach; and Ted’s Liquor Store, 8303 S. Western Ave., Gardena. Post to host chicken dinner LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fundraising baked chicken dinner at 6 p.m. Friday. A donation of $7 per plate is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Meeting to discuss waste management WEST WHITTIER – The West Whittier Community Advisory Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sorenson Park, 11419 Rose Hedge Drive, to discuss the unincorporated area’s franchise agreement with Universal Waste System Inc. Juan Villa from the county’s Department of Public Works, and Matt Blackburn of Universal Waste System Inc. will be guest speakers. Questions about your new trash service? Get them answered at the meeting. For more information, call (562) 949-2421. Clubs seek vehicle donations WHITTIER – The Boys and Girls Clubs of California is asking people to donate their cars in support of the many local programs sponsored by the clubs. For more information, call (800) 246-0493. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Whittier Police Department spokeswoman Diana Salazar said Ramirez is suspected of shooting a 35-year-old man at a convenience store at Lambert Road and Calmada Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The victim was shot while he was sitting in a car, said Salazar. Ramirez was arrested later in the 12900 block of Dunton Drive, Salazar said. Police did not identify the victim, who remained in critical condition Wednesday at UCI Medical Center. Victim in fatal shooting ID’d VALINDA – Authorities Wednesday identified a young man who was shot to death in unincorporated Valinda.