By Steve Propes
Sunday, February 9
2200 block of Bellflower Blvd. A passing bicyclist was accused of harassing a female by whistling at her and asking her what she was doing tonight. Getting no action tonight, he pedaled south at 5:40 p.m. The woman and her father followed the whistling harasser to a local taco restaurant where they waited for authorities.
1100 block of Stanley. A 9:15 p.m. fight was advanced when one of the participants returned with an improvised fluorescent lighting tube weapon, which proved an environmental hazard to all fellow fighters.
Monday, February 10
1700 block of Ximeno Ave. At 6:45 p.m. Beachcomber reporter Kirt Ramirez was riding a bike when a newer-model black Volvo sedan passed by and a passenger reached out and activated a taser, which meant blue electricity shot out of the gun while making a zapping sound, all of which narrowly missed Ramirez, who wrote, “As the car was slowing down, stopping momentarily up ahead waiting to turn right onto Los Coyotes, I tried to catch up to it to get a license plate but it got away. I instead pulled in to the police station and flagged down an officer and told him what had happened and that the car was up ahead. He said ‘Thank you’.”
Tuesday, February 11
2400 block of Roycroft Ave. Police say they received a tip, investigated, served a search warrant and found nearly 100 plants inside the garage.
The plants appeared to be within weeks of harvesting and detectives learned the marijuana was grown for the purpose of supplying dispensaries. Erick Bermudez, 41, of Long Beach, was arrested and is currently being held in Long Beach City Jail on $10,000 bail. Anyone wishing to provide a tip regarding drug activity is urged to call the LBPD Narcotics Hotline at (562) 570-7125.
Thursday, February 13
Bellflower Blvd. and Beach Dr. In a 10:15 a.m. attempt to avoid hitting a bicyclist, a motorist went up a curb and into a fire hydrant, which dispensed copious amounts of H2O on the local scenery, washing down the sidewalk like it had never been washed before. Appropriate emergency services were called in as the cyclist pedaled on his route.
4000 block of Anaheim St. At 11:42 p.m., Seal Beach police pursued a stolen silver SUV into Long Beach and asked for assistance (the police, not the vehicle). At 11:50 p.m., the SUV headed west on Anaheim Street at Redondo Avenue with five black and whites and a chopper involved; wended its way up to Signal Hill, whose police also joined in. Taking the 405 Freeway in its tour of the town, the police said, “The vehicle pulled over on the northbound 605 freeway near Katella Avenue and the suspect was taken into custody.”
Friday, February 14
100 block of Bonito Ave. At 6:18 p.m. Long Beach Fire responded to the second floor of a three-story apartment building. The fire was extinguished and was limited to the one unit, which sustained moderate fire and smoke damage. The occupant sustained minor extremity burns and was transported by paramedics to the hospital in stable condition.
4413 Bellflower Blvd. At 7:37 p.m. Long Beach Fire responded to a four-stall detached garage fire, which necessitated police shutting down southbound Bellflower. As a barefoot woman was seen leaving the scene with two large bags down the next side street to the west, the garage sustained moderate fire damage with no reported injuries.
>Saturday, February 15
End of Marina Dr. Alleged misuse of a laser pointer drew the attention of authorities at 8:15 p.m., but which resulted in finding nothing laser-ish. Police hung out in case something came to light, or someone.
Loynes and PCH. An 8:30 p.m. two-vehicle collision involving one badly damaged GMC Suburban vs. one slightly less damaged VW kept tow trucks busy.
Wednesday, February 19
4107 E. 10th St. As deputies arrived to serve a search warrant at 6:30 a.m., four adults apparently retreated to the roof of the building, huddled in their PJs, smoked cigarettes and talked amongst themselves, while a TV chopper hovered nearby recording their every important move and action. Finally, the sheriff came to the roof and gathered up the suspects, all but one of whom were later let go. The one taken to the hoosegow, David Penaloza, 23, of Long Beach, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of a controlled substance while armed with a firearm and possession for sales and is being held in lieu of $80,000 bail.
Friday, February 21
Northbound Pacific Coast Hwy. near Bellflower Blvd. At 6:25 p.m., a motorcyclist was involved in an accident which meant rush hour traffic had to be diverted.