Friday February 20
By Steve Propes
Monday, January 19
8100 E. Wardlow Rd. A woman- to-woman scrape involved an attempted car window smash at 8:20 p.m.
5800 block of Oakbrook St. At 10:25 p.m. came an attention-getting explosion, likely from the flood control area. Neighbors came out from their residences to witness what the hey?
Wednesday, January 21
Lakewood Blvd near 23rd St. The bus was struck by an Audi SUV at a bus stop around 10:35 p.m. Two of the bus’ 10 passengers, but neither driver, were taken to a hospital.
Friday, January 23
Redondo Ave. and Seventh St. A motorcycle collided with a Ford Explorer at 6:20 p.m., the bike getting trapped under the vehicle. Traffic was blocked at southbound Redondo.
Stearns St. and Bellflower Blvd. A four-door black vehicle struck a white car and hit a power pole at 7:40 p.m. with a driver suffering minor injuries.
Sunday, January 25
Traffic Circle. At 10:15 a.m., the cops tried to pull over a white Toyota Corolla, which went north on Lakewood Blvd., then wended its way at 40 mph through the Lakewood Mall, where it encountered a spike strip, went across the mall, turned right on Clark and by 10:30 a.m., was headed south on Clark back into Long Beach, turning onto Wardlow Rd, then south on Bellflower Blvd. with a shredded rear tire. It stopped inside the VA Hospital at 10:45 p.m. with the suspect cuffed and the car cleared.
Tuesday, January 27
LBCC Pacific Coast Hwy. campus. As two burglars were removing a big screen TV from the about-to-be opened building, about 75 press and dignitaries were gathering at 10 a.m. to preside over the opening of the AA and BB buildings. At the start of the speech, a woman who witnessed the big screen caper, screamed “call the police.” College president Eloy Oakley tried to calm the crowd as the burglars ran, dropping the screen. Not certain whether the new tradition will be incorporated into a future campus openings.
Sunday, February 1
Naples Plaza. At 11:45 a.m., about 100 bicyclists were blocking traffic because they could.
Monday, February 2
3400 block of Bellflower Blvd. A three-car accident meant the closing of at least one lane of northbound traffic at 3:30 p.m. One driver appeared unsteady, either sick, drunk or hurt.
Tuesday, February 3
Bayshore Ave. and Ocean Blvd. After shattering glass on Long Beach Blvd., Second Street and Broadway, 14th and 15th Street and Carson Street near Bellflower Blvd., at 10:15 a.m. the so-called BB kings might have caused more car glass damage.
Wednesday, February 4
4400 block of Rutgers Ave. At 3 p.m., police found 57-year-old Salvador Trujillo, and his wife, 57-year-old Sayuri Jean Griffin of Long Beach shot to death. The preliminary investigation revealed there were no obvious signs of forced entry to the home, and a firearm was recovered from the scene.
Friday, February 6
2331 Orange Ave. At 2:30 p.m., garbed in an intriguing ensemble of a black shirt, black pants and black shoes set off by a lab coat and a very distinctive surgical mask over his face, a wanna-be hold up man pulled a large revolver, possibly a Colt Python with a 10-inch barrel and demanded cash from a Munchies ‘n’ Deli female cashier, who was unable to open the register. He then returned to the lab without cash or munchies in a 2006 or 2007 Ford Fusion with paper plates with white lettering over a black background. Police described the suspect as a 20 to 30-year-old Latino or Filipino man with dark, short hair, about 5-foot-7 inches.
Sunday, Feb. 8
Lakewood Blvd and Hardwick St. Out looking for recyclables, a bicyclist found instead a newborn baby in a blanket lying behind a planter on the grass. He took the newborn to a nearby fire station where she was taken to the hospital. As authorities were investigating the incident, a 35-year-old female approached the deputies telling them she witnessed the mother giving birth and helped cut the umbilical cord. During questioning at the sheriff station, detectives saw blood where she had been sitting. Although she denied giving birth, she was taken to Long Beach Memorial Hospital to be treated. The examining physician concluded she recently gave birth because the placenta and partial umbilical cord were still inside of her. The female was admitted for treatment of the recent delivery and is being referred to a psychiatric evaluation.
Wednesday, February 11
Heartwell Park near Bellflower Blvd. A Seal Beach-based semi-professional drone operator had his GPS/Go Pro model drone out for a vertical spin at 10:30 a.m., photographing most everything in its wake.
Lakewood south of Stearns St. At 10:50 a.m., a large tree branch from a nearby yard blocked traffic flow, forcing city employees to fetch it from the street.