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Community Scanner

Friday August 8

By Steve Propes

Thursday, July 17

San Gabriel River bike path at Pacific Coast Hwy. At 10:45 a.m., a women reported a male on a bicycle with a pillow on his lap was riding his bike in circles around her with the possible motive of harassing her.

Friday, July 18

Ocean Blvd. and Eighth Place. At 9:45 p.m. a 33-year-old Long Beach female motorcyclist struck a 25-year-old Long Beach female pedestrian after swerving around a vehicle that had stopped for three pedestrians in the Falcon Avenue crosswalk. The motorcyclist then lost control of her 2003 Ducatti GRX, fell to the ground and was struck by a 2014 Hyundai Sonata driven by a 37-year-old Long Beach resident, police said. The car came to rest on top of her. Both women suffered traumatic head injuries and both died.

Saturday, July 19

Lakewood Village. At 6:15 a.m., a low-flying helicopter and an amplified male voice warning some sort of suspect of some sort of crime that the L.A. County Sheriff Department was looking for him provided pretty much a wake-up call for those residents hoping for a few more moments of sleep therapy. By 6:30 a.m., the emergency was pretty much over, except for those now unwantedly wide awake.

191 South St. At 1:45 p.m., a child was trapped atop a parked car owing to a pit bull on the ground. Witnesses reported the child jumped off and ran into an apartment, but the pit bull continued to menace.

Sunday, July 20

Willow St. and Gondar Ave. Two older eastbound sedans got into a rear end metal wrenching kerfuffle at 2:30 p.m., which could have been dangerous to passing motorists had not six, count ‘em, six black and whites been on scene to thoughtfully block two lanes, leaving only the far right available for passage.

Clark Ave. and Hanbury St. A large tree branch covered a whole lane of passing traffic on Clark at 8:30 p.m.

Second St. bridge over Marina Dr. A vehicle passing over the bridge threw something at someone at 8:30 p.m., well a person threw, not the vehicle.

Monday, July 21

Willow St. just east of Studebaker Rd. Just after a black and white police SUV pulled over a van at 10:15 a.m., the van left the scene, the SUV in slow pursuit with lights continuing to flash, as the van rounded the corner and parked on Studebaker. Not to flee. All in the interest of not blocking traffic on a very busy Willow Street.

1100 block of West Ocean Blvd. At 10:10 p.m., a yellow Honda that was apparently racing another car struck a tree on the south side on Ocean, killing one occupant. The second car involved in the race apparently left the scene.

Tuesday, July 22

Wardlow Rd. and Magnolia St. At 10 p.m., a mental patient who walked out with another patient boarded a bus, reached for a stick, which he began wielding; then got ahold of a fire extinguisher and rammed it through the glass roof of the bus, came out of the top and began spraying responding police units with extinguisher foam as they radioed for additional help. One escaped mental patient against the world and the patient was in charge, while one bus route was temporarily interrupted.

Wednesday, July 23

6100 block of Parkcrest St. The discovery of signs of a burglary at an AYSO Storage unit resulted in law enforcement interest.

Conant St. and Hackett Ave. Undercover Lakewood deputies were following two men driving a stolen vehicle and backup units were on their way. As the deputies prepared to pull the vehicle over, it crashed into a fence in an alley at 7:55 a.m. A sheriff copter and a command post was established in the Joanne’s Fabrics parking lot for deputies and search dogs to look for the crash and runners in a joint effort with local police. Two men were arrested of suspicion of stealing a car at 9 a.m.

Pacific Coast Hwy bridge over the L.A. River. At 3:40 p.m., a male was reported struggling with a female in the middle of busy traffic.

Thursday, July 24

Skylinks Golf Course. At 11:15 p.m., a van that had been causing problems overnight with occupants throwing up, returned, and police were asked to check it out.

Friday, July 25

Seventh St. near Redondo Ave. At 1:25 p.m., a citizen complained about a man carrying either a crowbar or a cane, who was then met by police who ordered him to drop it, which he refused.

4800 block of Lorelei Ave. At 3:45 p.m., two men drove up to a home and took a package from the front porch and drove away in a black Suburban. Imagine their disappointment when they discovered the contents were blue air filters, hardly high-ticket items.

steve@longbeachcomber.com