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Community Scanner
Community Scanner

Friday March 20

By Steve Propes

Sunday, March 1

1700 block of Ohio Ave. With someone jumping a fence and banging noises coming from a garage at 1 p.m., the possibility of theft was considered. Items were subsequently tossed over the fence.


Monday, March 2

Recreation Park at Pacific Coast Hwy. Giving new meaning to the term recreation, a young male was making masturbating motions ‘neath a blanket at 3:40 p.m.

7000 block of El Paseo St. A white male, who had previously been leaving off a duffle bag was taking pool supplies from a vehicle at 3:45 p.m.

300 block of Carroll Park East. At 6:45 p.m., a resident complained of an unknown vandal, who spray painted swastikas on the sidewalk, hinting strongly at a possible hate crime.

Carson St. near Clark Ave. At 9:30 p.m., a woman reported being approached by a man who attempted to kiss her, then got in an older model white van and drove north on Charlemagne Ave.


Tuesday, March 4

200 block of Obispo Ave. A possibly unprecedented series of thefts, known to some as a burglar rash, struck in at 4 a.m. with two bicycles removed from two different fenced-in yards, followed by two car burglaries with the requisite electronics or other valuables pilfered. One bike in a yard with a higher fence escaped this continuum of convenient greed.

Redondo Ave. and East First St. At 11:55 a.m. a house fire, caused by a heating device, led to the hospitalization of an 85-year-old man with possible smoke inhalation. Five firefighters suffered minor burns, a laceration to the hand and a shoulder injury. The fire was intense; firefighters deciding to switch from offensive to defensive tactics, to prevent flames from spreading to neighboring homes. The fire was knocked down at 1 p.m.

200 block of Obispo Ave. After hearing about the early morning loss of chained-up bikes in her neighborhood, a woman who owned a bike worth over $600 chained up in her backyard, went out to take a look. Result of her investigation: gonzo.


Wednesday, March 4

Coronado Ave near Tenth St. From February 11 through March 4, came reports of six incidents of a male exposing himself and sometimes masturbating as female minors walked by between 7:45 a.m. and 9 a.m. According to police, the suspect was sitting in the passenger side of his parked vehicle with his pants down. He has called out to the minors to get them to walk closer. In another incident, he was parked near Euclid Avenue and Seventh Street from 8:45 to 8:55 a.m. when he called out to two minor victims, then he “opened his door and tried to grab one of them; however, she was able to run away.” The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair, 24 to 35-years-old, wearing a black shirt and black “Dickie” pants. His car is described as white passenger vehicle with tinted windows. Anyone with information should contact Sex Crimes Detective Adriana Jaurigui at (562) 570-7372.

Spring St. and Bellflower Blvd. At 9:40 p.m., an eastbound silver Toyota was driving on the wrong side of the road. Wonder if he knows of the similar car weaving all over the place on Bellflower just south of Carson minutes earlier, or was it a outdoor party we weren’t invited to?

Thursday, March 5
Lakewood Blvd. near Stearns St. At 6:30 p.m., 100 feet of live wire dropped to the busy north-south route, prompting a call to SoCal Edison, which promised to call back. Meanwhile the local cops were forced to shut down this rush hour route and tie up resources, at the mercy of the Edison company.

Recreation Park at Seventh St. Reports came in at 8:50 a.m. about a man in a van with an Air Soft gun firing off at squirrels, just like they do in the holler.


Friday, March 6

4100 block of Viking Way. A fight featuring a few feudin’ females finishing their late evening at 11:30 p.m.


Saturday, March 7

Kilroy Way near Spring St. As four bikers were using an available parking lot as a wheelie run at 9 p.m., what they didn’t know, what they apparently couldn’t know, was that security personnel at DeVry Institute were observing their abuse of asphalt and called in the authorities to deal with these motorcycle maulers.
Pacific Coast Hwy. and Seventh St. In a case of being on the road rage, at 11:45 a.m., a black SUV got into it with another vehicle, then stopped for a Slurpee refill at the local 7-Eleven. Oh, thank heaven.


Sunday, March 8

East Broadway and Orizaba Ave. At 7:30 p.m., a vehicle struck a pedestrian, who was transported to hospital in full arrest. The 70-year-old driver from Long Beach remained at the scene of the crash, police said. Shirley Hyman, 87, of Seal Beach died of her injuries.

steve@longbeachcomber.com