Friday November 29
by Steve Propes
Saturday, November 9
Walnut Ave. and 14th St. At 4:55 p.m., a man was trapped to his waist in mud, unable to escape until crews from the Long Beach Fire Department came to save him. He was then transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in minor distress, which is probably considered an optimal outcome.
Sunday, November 10
Anaheim St. and Magnolia Ave. At 6 p.m., a man fired his weapon at a car at a Shell gas station. The car sped away. Police found the man on Anaheim St. walking toward Chestnut Ave. where an officer-involved shooting occurred. The man, who was “possibly in his 30s” was hit and police attempted to render first aid, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital and a handgun was recovered at the scene.
Aquarium of the Pacific. At 8:50 p.m., a large group formed, possibly not completely composed of fish fans.
Monday, November 11
College Park at San Gabriel River. A shotgun and possible shells were spotted in the river at 10:45 p.m., raising suspicions as only a floating shotgun might do, so a police officer attempted to retrieve the thing, but at about 20 feet out, it was beyond his reach, so he called in a dive team to make the recovery. Then the question became whether it should be retained in water to preserve it as evidence.
Tuesday November 12
Parkcrest St. and Bellflower Blvd. A TrafficManagement.com truck was stopped at the foot of Parkcrest to manage traffic by blocking egress onto Bellflower Blvd. at 9 a.m. Isn’t the idea of traffic management to expedite, not stop?
Viking Way and Village Rd. Several entrepreneurs took to the alley in a truck or a van behind several businesses to offer several hot deals in state of the art stereos at 11:40 a.m.
2200 block of Vuelta Grande Ave. A homeless person generally stationed at Target Stores began roaming the neighborhood for unknown purposes at 11:41 a.m.
6500 block of Pacific Coast Hwy. At 12:10 p.m. came reports of other mobile businessmen from San Jose cruising the Trader Joe’s parking lot in a van, offering to fix problem cars, yet when money was advanced for such work, the fixers drove off, neglecting to earn their cash.
Thursday, November 14
Lakewood Blvd. north of Conant St. A red four-door Chevy being driven in a supposed reckless manner at 11:40 a.m. jumped the center divider, where it got stuck, which is pretty much no good for those in the area who like their driving safe and sane.
Long Beach City College. A noontime event permitted for on-campus veterans turned out to be too loud for some in the area.
Friday, November 16.
Third Street and Long Beach Blvd. At 9:50 a.m., police confronted a 32-year-old Long Beach resident, Adeline Arroyo, who was apparently armed with a handgun. The woman refused to respond to police or mental health evaluation team and when she turned the gun on police, they fired, wounding her. She was later taken to the hospital and booked for displaying a replica firearm in the presence of a police officer.
Sunday, November 17
605 and 405 Freeways. Call it a bad way to visit local freeways and towns of two counties by way of an older model Mercedes which led the Highway Patrol from the 22 Freeway at Golden West Street at 8:50 p.m. onto the northbound 605 Freeway, the 105 Freeway to the southbound 405 Freeway, to the southbound 710 Freeway in Long Beach to northbound Pacific Coast Highway, a U-turn in Wilmington then back on PCH, through the Traffic Circle and into Huntington Beach, where the local cops simply put out spike strips, ending the grand tour at 10:20 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19
400 block of Nebraska Ave. During a 2:30 a.m. traffic stop at Walnut Avenue and Third Street, Tyler Damon Woods, 19, of Rialto reportedly ran from the vehicle, according to police. Passengers in the cars told police Woods was wanted for a carjacking in Los Angeles, a warrant for which described him as an armed and dangerous felon. Reports came of the suspect at an apartment building, where police found Woods on the roof.
According to police, “the suspect took a kneeling position and began to turn toward” police. “The officers discharged their weapons believing the suspect was about to fire at them.” No weapon was found at the scene of the 20th police-involved shooting of the year that resulted in the death of a suspect.
Saturday, November 23
Stearns St. and Marwick Ave. A 9:27 a.m., Tyler Whitsill, 20, of Lakewood was killed when a Yamaha motorcycle he was riding westbound on Stearns Street collided with a Nissan Altima driven by a female resident of Long Beach, who was attempting to make a left turn into the shopping center.