Friday August 22
By Steve Propes
Saturday, July 26
Lakewood Blvd. and Willow St. According to a driver, a motorist showed a gun at 3:40 p.m., then headed south toward the Traffic Circle, where gunfights aren’t appreciated.
405 Freeway exit at Bellflower Blvd. At 6:10 p.m. a guy in an burgundy Astro Van was waving a baseball bat at other drivers. Having to drive an Astro Van shouldn’t be that stressful.
Parkcrest St. and Los Coyotes Diag. A citizen spotted a man get off a bicycle at 11:15 a.m., then hop over a nearby fence, which prompted law enforcement to get involved.
Wednesday, July 30
700 block of Dawson Ave. A 9:50 a.m. a burglary call resulted in an intense police search for suspects, with one being arrested. Because of the neighborhood lockdown and the inability of some residents to move their cars, at 11:45 a.m., police requested these same cars not be cited for street sweeping violations, which would have followed. A fence was damaged in the search and one arrest was made in a garage. Cops photographed the damaged fence and likely the suspect also.
700 block of Terraine Ave. A knock on the door was followed by someone jumping into a back yard, then retreating when someone yelled at noon.
Hallbrite Ave. near Wardlow Rd. At 7:30 p.m., a couple of youngsters ended up under a street by way of a local manhole cover. An extraction team was summoned.
Thursday, July 31
Rutgers Ave. near Harvey Way. Two young male prowlers were doing just that at 11:30 a.m., then left, splitting up in different directions, one taking Harvey Way and one taking Centralia. Police showed up to find out if a burglary was involved.
Friday, August 1
Anaheim St. and Redondo Ave. At 2:50 p.m., a person spotted a panting dog locked in a car in the parking lot, with police and the store manager notified, and announced “dog on a hot tin roof.” The notice got no notice; the cops sought out the car owner, which turned out to be an elderly woman and a younger woman, who expressed surprise over the attention given to their dog, which was better when the windows were opened. No charges were filed, nor were any citations issued in this dog day debacle.
L.A. River south of Pacific Coast Hwy. At 2:15 p.m., police came across some canoes and canoers which came down from L.A., where such activity is legal. Rather than forcing them to abandon ship and strand them in a dicey neighborhood, police advised them to be careful and finish their journey to the ocean, where officers would await their arrival and then deal with the situation, which apparently is still forbidden in our town. Could become a watershed case.
4306 E. Anaheim St. At 7:20 p.m., a non-sanctioned bar fight at Iguana Kelley’s resulted in one man being hospitalized and 37-year-old Jerome Davis of Long Beach arrested for public intoxication. He posted bail and was released Saturday.
Saturday, August 2
Seventh St. at 22 Freeway. At 4:30, a vehicle crashed into the 22 Freeway wall.
Monday, August 4
7500 E. Spring St. At 7 p.m., a report was made about two males throwing a hatchet at a target in the archery range, which indicates the complete lack of a municipal hatchet range opportunities.
Wednesday, August 5
Bellflower Blvd. and Harvey Way. A motorist reported that teenagers were throwing eggs at passing cars at 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 9
Lakewood Ave. and Cover St. A VW overturned at 2:10 p.m., with passing motorists attempting to right it.
Seventh Street and Federation Dr. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., police conducted a checkpoint looking for DUI and unlicensed drivers. Of 542 drivers screened out of almost 2,800 vehicles that passed by, four field sobriety tests were conducted and two drivers were arrested for DUI and one was arrested for DUI drug. Three drivers were cited for unlicensed driving and one driver was cited for suspended license and 18 drivers cited for unsafe driving, though it was not specified how driving through a checkpoint could be considered unsafe. Or maybe that part was citywide.
Sunday, August 10
4100 block of Bellflower Blvd. Passersby stood and gawked as at 2 p.m., a large white SUV forced a small red sedan to stop in front of the closed Bach Library. The male driver of the small red sedan got out and approached the SUV, yelling at the male driver. Then the red sedan driver got in the passenger side of SUV, which drove off. The front seat passenger in the red sedan got in the driver’s seat and also drove away, following the SUV as if nothing had happened, which probably is the case, maybe to repeat the dramatic scene at another nearby intersection.