Friday October 17
By Steve Propes
Sunday, September 21
Willow St. and Lakewood Blvd. Resident Nicholas Bulum reported, “from about 12:30 a.m. until 1:15 a.m., a police helicopter was shining its spotlight on some criminal activity at the intersection of Willow and Lakewood. The helicopter circled low over the houses of nearby residents non-stop for 45 minutes, waking up small children and pets and (worst of all) disrupting my viewing of ‘Big Trouble in Little China.’ Not sure who was being apprehended, but it clearly must have been some kind of master criminal to justify the ridiculous noise and lights.”
Police said a male transient allegedly threatened another male transient with the claim of having a gun and would shoot him and burn his house down. Police officers arrived shortly after midnight and learned that the first transient didn’t actually see the suspect with a gun, the suspect only threatened to have one and the allegations were the result of a disagreement. As precaution, officers surrounded and search a brush area near the 405 Freeway with assistance from the police Fox helicopter, but located nary a suspect. The police took their report and cleared the area shortly after 2 a.m.
Willow St. and Lakewood Blvd. At 8:52 a.m., the victim transient called police again once again, saying the suspect transient had returned to the area. This time, without the brush search or need for Fox to be called in, police found the suspect transient and detained him to investigate the facts of the original two transient complaints.
Monday, September 22
3700 Block of E. Fifth St. At 4 p.m. as Long Beach Fire Department Engine 4 was returning to the station, the crew witnessed an elderly woman, “defenseless and lying on her back, being brutally attacked by a large dog. Engine 4’s crew immediately exited the fire engine and aggressively engaged the dog.” The crew secured the dog, saving the woman from further injury. “The elderly woman was transported as a trauma patient to an area hospital. A firefighter from Engine 4 was transported to an area hospital with puncture wounds to his wrist and forearm. He was treated and released from the hospital.” No word about what happened to the dog’s owner.
Willow St. and Redondo Ave. A 6:15 p.m. car accident resulted in fire being called in to deal with the consequences.
Thursday, September 25
Pacific Coast Hwy and Seventh St. At 4:30 p.m., a 30ish male with a bandaged head was running back and forth between traffic, attempting to jump in or otherwise commandeer a passing automobile.
1900 block of Ocean Blvd. At 8:30 p.m., a driver crashed his ride in a wall, then attempted to disengage and take off, the driver, not the wall.
Long Beach Roundabout. At 8:40 p.m., a propane tank was rolling around on the road, most likely not the most effective terrorist move.
2600 block of Pacific Ave. At 10:12 a.m., a potential customer jumped over a Walgreens counter, snagging cough syrup with codeine. The exact same thing happened at the Walgreens at 3500 block of Atlantic at 10:39 a.m. Cops were notified to not exactly stake out nearby Walgreens, but keep out an eye for jumpy people at counters.
Sunday, September 29
Long Beach Towne Center. Wild behavior became charges of resisting authority at a popular eating spot at 4:45 p.m. and continued on, though likely not until Friday, thank goodness.
Monday, September 30
4300 block of Whitewood. At 10:15 a.m., a resident reported a valuable parking permit was stolen, a city college student leading the suspect list.
200 S. Pine Ave. At 9 p.m., a naked unofficial female greeter at the Hyatt Hotel ran off when the cops appeared. During her run, she donned black slacks. With this dangerous malefactor safely in custody, at 9:07 p.m., the area could relax.
Tuesday, October 8
700 Seaside Way. At 6:15 a.m., cops were called when a man and a woman began hitting a city tree with an unknown object.
Thursday, October 9
El Dorado Park Nature Center. At 4:20 p.m., a male donned in a black ski mask jumped a fence into the park. Then came a report of the report of a gunshot. Police surrounded, then began searching the Nature Center, looking for the volunteer who makes sure the center is visitor-free prior to closing. A center employee told police that as the volunteer’s car was not in the parking lot, he must be on vacation and not trapped with a masked gunman, who continued to be the subject of the police search.
Friday, October 10
5500 block of E. Carson. At 9:15 a.m., a white van in the Heartwell Park parking lot was being directed in backing out by a woman standing directly behind the van, using the proven technique of banging on the door before being run over.