Monday morning report, July 18

Five things to know this Monday morning: 

1.) A Downey man accused of stealing groceries from a Ralphs Supermarket gave himself up Saturday after a 7-hour standoff. 

Police were called to the Ralphs store on Firestone Boulevard Saturday at about 4:30 p.m. after security observed Gerson Acosta-Martinez, 35, place several items in a shopping cart and then leave the store without paying. 

Security followed Acosta-Martinez into the parking lot where he allegedly pulled a gun and threatened the security guard to "get back." 

Police said Acosta-Martinez was involved in a hit-and-run fleeing the store and witnesses saw him entering a house on the 8700 block of Cavel Street. 

Nearby residents were evacuated while the Sheriff's Department's SWAT team arrived to help Downey police officers. Acosta-Martinez surrendered at about 11:47 p.m. and was booked for armed robbery. 


2.) Tickets are now on sale to see Mary Chapin Carpenter when she performs at the Downey Theatre on Sept. 23. 

Carpenter is a 5-time Grammy Award winner. Her 1990 album "Shooting Straight in the Heart" produced four singles that reached the Top 20 of Billboard's country music charts. 


3.) The city of Downey is seeking public input on a ADA transition plan, which will provide a comprehensive plan for access to city facilities, parks, parks, services, programs, activities and events by people with disabilities. 

"We are committed to serving all members of the our community by providing fair and equal access to all city services and programs," said Mayor Alex Saab. "Comments and opinions from the public are important to us and provide valuable information regarding how the city can better serve the needs of individuals with disabilities." 

Surveys are available at the city clerk's office at City Hall, the library, Barbara J. Riley Center, and online

Surveys are due back by Sept. 16. 


4.) The bookstore inside the Downey City Library is having a sale on DVD's: 75 cents each. 


5.) The upcoming Carpenters show at the Downey Theatre gets a nice write-up in Broadway World.