Friday October 2
By Steve Propes
Saturday, September 12
Stearns St. and Granada Ave. At 1:35 p.m., a large structure fire necessitated the closing of Stearns Street in both directions. As a consequence, lights at the six-way crossing at Los Coyotes Diagonal, Clark Avenue and Stearns were stuck on red, causing a major traffic impact.
Viking Way at Carson St. At 3 p.m., a group of about 20 young well-dressed Hispanic teens and young adults patiently waited outside the door of Eight Nine Barbershop. Asked what or who they were waiting for, one of the youth answered “to meet a rapper,” name? “Devour.” According to Caesar at the barbershop, Devour was in the midst of his Southern California Barbershop tour.
Woodruff Ave. near Parkcrest St. At 3:30 p.m., as a man was exercising at a power pole on the sidewalk, a oversized green golf cart holding several teenaged girls dressed in soccer garb approached from the rear, telling the pedestrian he was in the way. “I didn’t know these carts were legal on the sidewalk,” said the pedestrian. “This one is,” said the impatient and snappish male driver, who hightailed across the park, yelling something unhearable.
Palo Verde Ave. and Don Julio Dr. At 4:22 p.m., a 25-year-old male resident of Long Beach on a 2013 Suzuki GSX motorcyclist traveling southbound on Palo Verde Avenue at a high rate of speed lost control of his motorcycle, drifted into the northbound lanes and collided head-on into a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 73-year-old female resident of Long Beach. The rescue and investigation shut down area traffic from the 405 Freeway to Willow Street. Police said, “The motorcyclist suffered severe injuries. Paramedics transported the motorcyclist to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The Tahoe driver and passenger did not sustain any injuries and remained at the scene and were subsequently released.
Sunday, September 13
200 block of Obispo Ave. At 12:20 a.m., the male resident of an apartment was wakened by his cats. “Stop it!” he said in a loud voice, then he heard a loud thump outside the back window. Looking outside, he saw a man enter the backyard and approach his bike. 911 told him a helicopter was on the way, but it never arrived. The police searched, found no one, told him to call back if he returns. Right. The resident then put his bike into the laundry room out of view and went back to sleep.
Tuesday, September 15
Pacific Ocean. Because of a sewage or other toxic spill in San Gabriel, at least 20 miles to the north, beachgoers in Long Beach were denied access to the closed beach. Can’t it be returned to sender?
Lakewood Blvd. and Willow St. At 3:10 p.m., a shirtless man holding a pair of steak knives was yelling at passing cars, then running around the Spires restaurant, hopefully not in quest for something to sink a blade into. Before the cops arrived, he ditched his knives in the bushes at the Chevron station, then walked away on Willow, probably into a homeless camp under the freeway.
Bellflower Blvd. and Wardlow Rd. At 3:15 p.m., a serious two-vehicle accident between a gray sedan and a gray van occurred, with the older female occupant of the van being loaded onto a gurney for transport.
Thursday, September 17
Pine Ave. and the 405. At 3 p.m., a bus driver was shot at with some sort of projectile, the second time it happened to this very driver on this very day.
Saturday, September 19
Clark Ave. south of Atherton St. At 9 a.m., a red-haired female in her 40s garbed in a dark top and jeans, embellished with flip flops walked north and at the same time, busied herself attempting to fight passing motorists, as so often, many of them will.
Sunday, September 20
Carson St. just west of Studebaker Rd. An SUV rolled over into the driveway of the service station adjoining McDonald’s at 4:30 p.m. No word as to casualties, but it did draw a healthy crowd of onlookers.
Monday, September 21
Los Coyotes Diag. and Stearnlee Ave. At 2:37 a.m., a northbound driver lost control of his car, which struck a tree on the center median and caught fire. The driver and a woman were critically injured and had to be extricated by the LBFD and were taken to a hospitals in critical condition.
Tuesday, September 22
Lakewood Blvd. at the 405 Tunnel. At 10:15 p.m. came reports of a male on a skateboard, who was jumping into traffic, making cars avoid him. At 10:24 p.m., cops checked the tunnel and found the skateboard escapee had done a wheelie to somewhere unknown.
Wednesday, Sept. 23
Shoreline Village parking lot. At 6:10 a.m., a woman broke the parking lot gate arm near Parker’s Lighthouse, then drew her blouse over her head to expose her breasts, an unlikely diversion.