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Friday July 24

By Steve Propes

Wednesday, July 1

Ocean Blvd. near Cherry Ave. At 8 a.m., a man pushing a shopping cart was observed removing parking tickets from parked automobiles. Why a variety of tickets had been issued wasn’t clear, but it was very clear that finding no ticket on your ride only meant the original fine plus late fees and more assessments and possible licensing problems. Thanks a bunch, Mr. Shopping Cart.

5800 block of Marita St. At 9:25 p.m., a person in a car was masturbating. There was also a dog in the car. One of those things was a no-no.

Friday, July 3

Donald Douglas and Lakewood Blvd. A traffic collision that involved four children in one car occurred at 3:35 p.m.

Studebaker south of the 22 Freeway. A driver of a teal green Honda Accord was smoking something from a bong at 3:55 p.m.

Monday, July 6

29th Street and Pacific Ave. At 6 a.m., LAPD pursued a driver from the Vincent Thomas Bridge to the Long Beach (710) Freeway and ended with an arrest of two men, the driver and his passenger, in Long Beach. The driver could be booked on suspicion of DUI and evading officers.

Ocean Blvd. and Loma Ave. At midnight, a passerby heard a loud crash, saw a mini-van heading westbound with a flat, rubber was flapping, car stopped, swerved left, pulled into a nearby driveway, tried to back out, vehicle was screeching and shaking, everything but moving, so a 911 call was made. The passerby walked to the sound of the crash, saw a new car that was freshly sideswiped with requisite skid marks, then went up to the cops and told them of the damaged car.

Wednesday, July 8

211 Cherry Ave. At 10:10 a.m. a woman walking out of Rite-Aid passed a man with long black hair on a bike who grabbed her by the buttocks, then kept pedaling away.

2100 Bellflower Blvd. At 4 p.m., as a 75-year-old woman in a wheelchair visited Sears’ women’s underwear table, her chair snagged the tablecloth, causing the dainty goods to spill to the floor, made worse as she wheeled back, catching an opposite table also laden with panties, which also spilled to the floor as did a sign, which blocked her egress, or is it access?

Seventh St. and Park Ave. At 11:20 p.m. a tan Econoline van ran a red light at Fourth St. and Park Ave.; stopped at Seventh Street, the bald male driver getting out and yelled at another driver.
Argonne Ave. north of Anaheim St. At 11:25 p.m., a tan van, check, running red lights, check, Econoline, check, the van parking on Park, check.

Southbound 405 entry from southbound Lakewood. At 3:30 p.m., an accident involved a downed motorcycle with the driver conscious and the other vehicle splits-ville, so the cops and rescue were called in for their respective roles.

Thursday, July 9

Fourth St. and Lime Ave. A completely nude female in her 40s was doing something at 7:34 a.m., but was garbed when the cops got there 20 minutes later.

McDonald’s. At 7:50 a.m., a couple in the drive-through was attempting to pass a bogus $20 in exchange for a real Happy Meal.
Heartwell Park duck pond area. At 6:40 p.m., three teenaged girls were seated at a bench with liquid filled glass bottles, the consumption of which might have influenced their behavior, decided the best option for disposal was crashing them on nearby trees or on the concrete border of the pond.

Ocean Boulevard and Falcon Ave. At 9:40 p.m., a 2003 Ford Mustang, driven by a 19-year-old male resident of South Gate, attempted to make a left turn from eastbound Ocean Boulevard to northbound Falcon Avenue and was struck by a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe traveling westbound, driven by a 17-year-old resident of Long Beach. The impact of the collision caused a passenger in the Ford Mustang, a 19-year-old female resident of Lynwood, to be ejected from the vehicle and sustain traumatic injuries. A witness to the collision attempted life saving efforts until the arrival of the police and fire departments. Long Beach Fire personnel transported the passenger to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the Ford Mustang was also transported to a local hospital for injuries sustained during the collision.

Wednesday, July 15

Cherry Ave. and Fourth St. A 3:45 p.m. collision between two vehicles caused one of them to end up on the sidewalk.

Friday, July 17

54th Place. A man in a green shirt had a bicycle tied to the bike he was riding and at 7:45 p.m., attempted to sell the second bike to a passerby. Possibly a problematic business arrangement, bike might be already spoken for.

Saturday, July 18

1900 Lakewood Blvd.. At 8:30 p.m., an older woman who was operating a Ralphs supplied wheel chair lost control of said machine and several times crashed into a stacked beer display. “The car was out of control,” said a witness. The display fell over causing handcrafted beer bottles to explode on the floor, but that didn’t end the incident, as she kept crashing into the display, backed up and ran into the side of the wall, with the patient manager giving her driving instructions, and after a short lesson, she finally mastered the machine.

steve@longbeachcomber.com