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Community Scanner
Community Scanner

Friday February 5

By Steve Propes

Sunday, January 17

Colorado Place. A poster in NextDoor described “a very suspicious looking person in front of my house looking inside my car. He then asked me if he looks crazy or suspicious. I obliged by saying he is not but he has to stop looking inside peoples cars, really scary looking wearing long shorts and back pack. He also looks like really high on drugs. Be on the look out.”

Third St. and Cherry Ave. At 9:30 p.m., a tatted up male in his 20s in a Dodger hat deployed a quantity of pepper spray at a passerby. Possible work of a wacko.

Monday, January 18

Long Beach (710) Freeway near PCH. It was a real three dog night. Following a police pursuit that began the on Artesia (91) Freeway in Buena Park near Knott Avenue, at 9:40 p.m. a CHP cruiser pit maneuvered a Mercedes coupe to a complete stop in the middle lane. The shoeless female driver, 48-year-old Tiffini Tobe of Santa Ana, cigarette in hand, got out, loosened at least three dogs onto the freeway while at least two more waited in her car as she was arrested and placed in a CHP vehicle. The CHP then got out sticks with noose devices on the end to corral the dogs. Eventually, the mostly cooperative dogs were confined and taken away as was the woman.

Friday, January 22

Seventh Street and Pepper Tree Lane. At 3:55 a.m., a 1994 Mercedes Benz collided with the signal light pole on the south east corner of the intersection after stopping at Seventh Street and Pacific Coast Hwy for no apparent reason. It then headed eastbound on Seventh street at approximately 25 mph before the collision. Responding paramedics determined the driver, Robert Arnold, 63, of Long Beach, deceased at the scene.

Ocean Blvd. A police foot chase of a tatted-up suspect began on the streets, advanced to the beach at 8:20 p.m., with the suspect out on the sand, limited to but a few staircases that would take him back to the streets, several of which were covered by John or Jane Law. Coronado or Redondo anyone?

Saturday, January 23

1900 block of Lakewood Blvd. At 6:50 p.m., in front of the Ralph’s, an adult woman was observed choking a pit bull, then going on her way, the woman, not the pit.

Sunday, January 24

Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street. At 7:45 p.m., an adult male suspect inappropriately touched a child at Pacific Coast Highway and Second Street. in the men’s rest room of a restaurant, then fled, but his image was captured on video surveillance, but not the suspect, yet. He’s described as white or Hispanic, 20 to 30 years old with a thin build, dark hair, mustache and wore a red hoodie sweatshirt, dark pants, and a baseball cap.

Monday, January 25

Fourth Street from Nebraska Avenue to Almond Street. At 2 a.m., as bars were closing and young people on the street were rumbling, which developed into stabbings if at least three males. The street was closed until 5:30 a.m. for the investigation.

Tuesday, January 26

Anaheim St. at Termino Ave. Several young folks in a silver Toyota were throwing objects and garbage at passing expensive cars at 7:45 a.m.

Wednesday, January 27

Southbound 405 exit at Studebaker Rd. At 10:15 a.m., a Mercedes SUV struck a curb and rolled over, killing the driver, Crisanto Mangaliag, 70, of San Diego and injuring his wife, who was treated.

Palo Verde just north of Stearns. Two separate traffic accidents, one involving two vehicles, the other involving three vehicles, occurred at 2:10 p.m. The fact that CSULB is back in session was no doubt simply coincidental.

Ocean and Termino. Several males were observed stuffing ducks into metal cages at 3:20 p.m., then drove away on Ocean Blvd. for likely fowl reasons.

Thursday, January 28

Junipero Ave. and Third St. A man with a pit bull fled when it did its not unexpected attack thing, the dog, not the man, at 10:30 a.m.

Seventh St. and Alamitos Ave. Two cars got into a wreck, then crashed into a nearby transit bus at 2:40 p.m., with passengers and others outside involved in post-crash conversation, one possibly yelling about the situation.

Friday, January 29

4500 block of Los Coyotes Diag. At 9:45 a.m., a tatted up male bank robber absconded with significant cash from a supermarket Chase Bank teller.

Sunday, January 31

200 block of Obispo Ave. At 1:30 p.m., the window of a shack atop a two-story building shattered thanks to the wind. For the next several hours, trees and other debris lined local streets, like the palm fronds that decorated Temple Avenue from Anaheim Street to Ocean Blvd.

Los Coyotes Diagonal at Woodruff. At 4:30 p.m., the metal siding on a gas station roof collapsed with cars underneath, all of which managed to get out. No one was hurt.

steve@longbeachcomber.com