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Community Scanner
Community Scanner

Friday July 25

By Steve Propes

Saturday, July 5

605 bike path at Second St. At 4:30 p.m. came a southbound bike rider who was simultaneously swinging a stick as a rode, causing concern in the two-wheeler community.

City wide. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., motor officers on patrol looked for impaired drivers and conducted 94 enforcement stops; conducted 19 field sobriety tests, which resulted in four arrests for DUI; one arrest for an outstanding warrant; three misdemeanor citations to unlicensed drivers; one misdemeanor citation to a driver with a suspended license and 23 citations for unsafe driving.

Near Belmont Pier. At 8:45 p.m., an elderly woman drove her car onto the sand, resulting in a stuck vehicle, of which lifeguards assisted her in to a previous unstuck status.

Sunday, July 6

Palo Verde Ave. south of Anaheim Rd. At 10:30 a.m., a CHP dispatcher informed local police of a car vs. bicyclist accident at this intersection. But when police and fire arrived to deal with the consequences, they found nothing, nada, zip. Turns out the CHP dispatcher confused this address with a similar intersection in Rancho Palos Verdes, where there, in fact, was such an incident.

Anaheim St. and Euclid Ave. In front of a towing company, two cars conveniently collided at 7:30 p.m., which resulted in an historically short tow jaunt.

St. Joseph Ave. and Livingston Dr. At 9:45 p.m., the nightly shore fist fight or at minimum, someone down on the ground, was held at this busy location.

Wednesday, July 9

Atlantic and 43rd St. At 8 p.m., a southbound driver hit two parked cars, then continued on his or her way, leading to speculation about hit and run activity.

Bellflower Blvd./Wardlow Rd. collision was reported at 8:36 p.m. and units from stations 19 and 18 were on scene within four and five minutes respectively.
Three persons were transported to hospitals, two with minor injuries and a third via a paramedic unit.

Friday, July 11

Spring St. and Studebaker Ave. At 3:10 p.m., a blue minivan hit a pedestrian standing at a bus stop, then continued on with his westward journey without the courtesy of stopping to enquire about damages or injury.

5337 Calderwood St. At 3:15 p.m., a man approached a postal carrier and asked if he could hide in his mail truck; when that option became non-viable, he began walking toward Stearns St., where well-known hiding possibilities abounded.

Ocean Blvd. near Temple St. At 3:15 p.m., a driver with an open container of alcohol was determined to be heading in an eastbound direction, possibly feeling little or no pain.

Wardlow St. near Studebaker. In money delivery innovations, at 3:25 p.m., a pickup truck with an ATM in its bed was swerving as it headed eastbound.

2100 block of San Anseline Ave. At 8:52 p.m., police were called to deal with a recalcitrant suspect, which required a chopper and some convincing conversation about a permission to drive issue. By 9:15 p.m., the suspect was in custody, the crisis seemingly resolved.

4400 block of Lakewood Blvd. A 9 p.m. multi car crash at the intersection with Del Amo Blvd. caused a bit of traffic crush clear down to Arbor Rd. where Lakewood Blvd. was blocked off northbound.

Saturday, July 12

Elm and Broadway. The driver of a blue Toyota Camry fled the scene after striking two cars at 9:30 a.m.

Northbound Atlantic Ave. south of Artesia Blvd. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., police stopped and frisked 227 vehicles, well, really, gave out four field sobriety tests, from which two drivers were arrested for DUI and one driver cited for possession of marijuana. Five drivers were unlicensed and ten drivers had suspended licenses and of those, eight vehicles were impounded for suspended licenses.

Sunday, July 13

Eighth St. and Atlantic Ave. At 10:25 p.m., an officer of the law came across a stolen white 2002 Suburban pickup leaving a parking lot and casually driving eastbound to the area of St. Mary’s Hospital where he might well have exited and perhaps avoided legal consequences.

Monday, July 14

Heartwell Park at 5100 E. Carson St. A man on a mountain bike was bothering walking women with inappropriate comments at 9 a.m.

Heartwell Park duck pond. A male in a blue T-shirt and blue shorts carrying a green bucket carefully placed two fish from the bucket into the pond at 9:15 p.m. Because of the yucky condition of the pond, one fish failed to swim into the mass at first, so the man pulled it back and tossed it further out, yelling at it when it failed to swim away. He then approached a man on a bicycle and they lingered at a bench and talked.

Wednesday, July 16

3400 E. Broadway. Reports of loud singing coming from the Library, not the public kind, but the coffeehouse kind at 8:55 p.m. indicated some pretty sensitive ears in the area.

steve@longbeachcomber.com