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Community Scanner
Community Scanner

Friday September 5

By Steve Propes


Thursday, August 14

East Anaheim St. and Gundry Ave. At 7:06 p.m., fire responded after a vehicle struck one adult female and five children aged 4 to 12 years old, who were crossing the street and who sustained apparently minor injuries. All six were transported to local area hospitals for further evaluation via paramedic units and the driver, John Untershine, 59, of Long Beach was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence with a $100,000 bail and bonded out several days later.

Citywide. Police cited 34 motorcyclists for unsafe driving, 15 motorcyclists for non-approved helmets, four who had no motorcycle endorsement on their license, six who had suspended licenses and three auto drivers for not having a driver’s license.

Monday, August 18

Southbound 405 Freeway near the Lakewood Blvd. exit. A motorcyclist suffered a leg injury in a collision with a car at 11:15 p.m. and was thusly hospitalized.

Wednesday, August 20

Eastbound Wardlow St. at Palo Verde Ave. A FIOS truck and crew in the right turn lane created a small crush of cars. At 10:45 a.m., a white sedan crashed into and straddled the center divider, crushing a street sign. As two men waited outside the car for some sort of help, the FIOS crew lent some orange cones to warn and block off passing traffic from both directions.

605 Freeway at Carson St. At 1:15 p.m., during a Garden Grove and CHP chase, two males and a female stopped and fled from the car being pursued toward the Town Center. Local police at the nearby academy were notified of the activity. Hiding reports varied; either hiding in the hedges near In-N-Out or possibly in drainage ditch that empties out in a park in Hawaiian Gardens. At 1:41 p.m., the perimeter was broken down, CHP and Garden Grove cops went home leaving the suspects apparently still at large.

Willow St. and Studebaker Rd. A person was seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash near El Dorado Park Wednesday afternoon, when a sedan broadsided a dark small SUV at 3:15 p.m. Paramedics transported one person to the hospital in serious condition. During the cleanup and investigation, traffic heading eastbound on Willow was not allowed to turn onto Studebaker, but had to continue eastbound.

Temple Ave. and 17th St. At 8:54 p.m., a young male was sitting on the middle of the street after jumping in and out of traffic. Some method of mind alteration assumed. Then he left.

710 at Anaheim St. Police attempted to deal with a woman walking northbound in the southbound center divider at 9:30 p.m. Because it was out of CHP jurisdiction, local police attempted a traffic break to help her keep breathing.

Thursday, August 21

Lakewood Blvd. at the Long Beach Roundabout. A 3:10 p.m. collision involved a Yellow Cab with passengers anxious to get to the airport to catch a flight. Warning to travelers, find ways to avoid the vicious circle. And have a backup plan ready.

Saturday, August 23

Southbound Clark Ave. at Willow St. At 1:30 p.m., a collision between an out-of-state Nissan and a large black Chrysler wielded by female drivers caused big damage to the front of each car. Both fire and police responded to help.

3900 block of E. Ocean Blvd. At 3:05 p.m., a knife fight broke out between two males of two races, one of whom quit and walked away from the seafood and beer location while customers informed management, who called the cops.

Sunday, August 24

Pageantry St. and Rutgers Ave. At 12:10 p.m., a Honda a collided with a Subaru, which flipped over. The trapped occupant got out before fire arrived about five minutes in.

Airport. At 2:50 p.m., a helicopter practicing landings flipped over on its side, indicating the need for more practice.

39th Pl. Outside a popular food and beer locale, still another fight with four homeless males beating up on one male, who was also cut with a knife at 3:30 p.m. One arrest was made and the victim was hospital-bound. Witnesses reported a large amount of blood at the scene with pedestrians diverted long after the fight.

Atherton St. near Bellflower Blvd. A case of bike rack rage at 7:15 p.m. when a potential bus rider on a bike saw that the three racks were full, the driver told him to wait for the next bus. The man used an expletive, the driver told him “watch it,” the man threw a pebble a the driver, who called authorities, so the man and his bike left the scene.

3900 block of E. Ocean Blvd. As a local market was about to close at 10:55 p.m., a departing shopper saw a old brown VW van with a man in a Jason mask behind the wheel. He then called 911, the shopper, not the masked man, perhaps a really early Halloween celebrant or Jason himself.

steve@longbeachcomber.com