Friday April 17
By Steve Propes
Saturday, March 21
200 E. Shoreline Dr. At 11 a.m., patrol came across a stranded sea lion on the shore; contacted the aquarium, which allegedly refused to help out. While they waited for animal control, police dispatch suggested throwing a beach ball to motivate the creature to move. At 11:35, operation return-lion-to-water was completed.
Studebaker Rd. and Espanita St. At 5:40 p.m. came reports of a manhole issuing forthwith the strong smell of gas necessitating the evacuation of the area and shutting down of vehicular traffic, lest the unthinkable occur.
Ocean Blvd. west of Pacific Ave. A 7 p.m., police established a DUI/drivers license checkpoint to help those with such problems turn their situation around. It worked. Out of 2,099 vehicles that passed through, five were drivers arrested for DUI (alcohol); four drivers arrested for DUI (drug); five drivers cited for unlicensed driving; one driver cited for suspended license and one vehicle impounded out of 417 cars stopped. At 3 a.m., the checkpoint was closed for further business.
Sunday, March 22
Spring St. and Claremore Ave. At 12:39 p.m., Long Beach Police said a 2010 Toyota Corolla driven by a 28-year-old resident of Stanton was traveling eastbound when it fatally struck pedestrian Beryl Jarrett, 88, of Long Beach, who apparently was walking southbound outside of the crosswalk and against a red light. The driver of the Toyota remained at the scene, was interviewed and released.
Eastbound 2nd St. at PCH. At 4:10 p.m., a Jeep Cherokee traveled at a high rate of speed, driver yelling at other drivers, apparently agitated, though traffic affects everyone identically.
Palo Verde. At 6:50 p.m., a dark, yet small vehicle was driving at excessive speeds near CSULB, right in front of the campus police place, if directions serve.
Tuesday, March 23
PCH and Temple Ave. While walking across Pacific Coast Highway at 7:15 a.m. a woman was struck by an eastbound silver Toyota 4Runner, which then collided with a dark gray Toyota Scion traveling northbound on Temple Avenue. The woman was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Ocean Blvd. and Loma Ave. At 11:05 a.m., an eastbound vehicle with Oregon plates was driving in a fast manner and flipping other drivers off, perpetuating the already chilly diplomatic relations between the two states.
Wednesday, March 24
Redondo Ave. and Seventh St. At 9 a.m., a white sedan and an SUV got tangled in a smashup in this busily travelled intersection, which once had red light cameras and maybe still does.
Thursday, March 25
1000 block of Stanley Ave. At 12:05 a.m., an apartment complex fire was spotted by Long Beach police personnel on a helicopter, with fire units arriving at 12:09 a.m. Heavy smoke poured from the third-floor unit where a mother and her child were inside the bedroom. Firefighters had the fire knocked down at 12:20 a.m., The mother and her 4-year-old daughter were rushed to a hospital in critical condition. Subsequently, Monica Del Rio, 47, was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m. Thursday and the daughter, Camila Nieves, 4, died on April 3 at 7:20 p.m. at the Torrance Memorial Medical Center.
Clark just south of Carson St. At 9:10 a.m., an illegally parked truck impeded right-turning traffic from northbound Clark. A few minutes later, Richard, his name stitched on his shirt left the nearby rest room and approached the Long Beach Gas Department truck, correct in his assumption that a city-owned truck wouldn’t be cited, unlike that of a regular citizen.
2290 Bellflower Blvd. According to the Long Beach Water Department, a McDonald’s restaurant that reportedly continuously violated watering restrictions has been issued the city’s first water-wasting fine of $800 for four violations of the water shortage declared by the Board of Water Commissioners in November.
Saturday, March 26
4800 block of Livingston Dr. A 13-year-old bicyclist crossing Livingston Drive at St. Joseph Avenue was hit by a car making a turn at a low rate of speed. According to a fire department spokesman, “Her bike was tapped by the car.” Her parents then decided the girl, who was wearing a helmet and had some minor scrapes and pain in her ankle would go home and not require transportation to a hospital.
Saturday, April 4
405 Freeway at Willow St. At 2:20 p.m., a 60-ish looking male was observed running on a freeway onramp with a metal pipe in his hand, which was handy for swinging at passing cars while driving under the freeway.
Sunday, April 5
Third St. and Orange Ave. At 11 a.m., a man climbed up a tree and refused to come down for hours. As a result of what was perceived as possible suicidal behavior, a police command post was established, but the man eventually came down at 11:45 p.m. and was referred to mental evaluation. The tree apparently suffered no serious damage in the incident.