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Community Scanner
Community Scanner

Friday May 15

By Steve Propes

Monday, April 20

4100 block of East Willow St. A man with a handgun entered a hotel lobby and demanded money from the clerk. An hour and a half later, a male suspect entered a hotel Arcadia, and did the same thing, demanded money from the hotel clerk. In both cases, the gunman fled in a silver colored passenger vehicle. Cash was taken in both instances, but fortunately no employees were injured in either incident. Arcadia and Long Beach detectives IDed the suspect as 22-year-old Joseph Casey of Los Angeles.

Thursday, April 23

1100 block of Hoffman Ave. At 2:45 p.m., officers responded to a trespassing and vandalism call inside a vacant residence with two broken windows. Inside, they saw 19-year-old Hector Morejon of Long Beach, who turned toward an officer in an action he perceived was pointing a gun. Officer Jeffrey A. Meyer fired, the suspect was transported to a local hospital in critical condition and was later pronounced deceased. The interior of the residence was covered with gang-related graffiti. A weapon was not recovered from the scene.

Also detained at the scene and arrested for trespassing were Edgar Rodarte, 20, Yesenia Pineda, 22, and Celia Cox, 22, all of Long Beach. German Rodarte, 21, of Long Beach was arrested for trespassing and a gang injunction violation. In addition to investigations of the shooting by the district attorney’s and coroner’s office, the family of the deceased has called for the U.S. Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting. Officer Meyer, a 25-year LBPD veteran, has been reassigned from the field.

Friday, April 24

College Park Dr. bridge over the San Gabriel River. After crashing a car into the river from a side road near the western bank at 5:06 p.m., a male driver swam to safety, but was taken into police custody after being evaluated by paramedics. The fire department sent two divers to determine whether others were stuck in the crashed car. They weren’t.

Sunday, April 26

Ximeno Ave. and Ocean Blvd. At 6:15 a.m., a Nissan Sentra vs. Mustang encounter caused air bags to deploy.

Tuesday, April 28

1600 block of Loma Ave. A garage fire, reported at 6:30 a.m., was quickly extinguished, which prevented the flames from spreading to a nearby apartment building.

Bixby Park at Cherry and First St. At 1:25 p.m., a bit of dispute developed at the Farmer’s Market, with some claiming an older male made threatening motions with a knife. Others said, the knife part didn’t happen, so the cops resolved the matter with no further action needed.

1000 block of Termino Ave. A naked man busied himself masturbating in a blue vehicle while following a female leaving school at 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29

5300 block of E. Second St. At 3 a.m., burglars figured out how to break into a free standing ATM machine at Riley’s Pub and Grill and made off with currency they weren’t entitled to. Police responded at 5 a.m., identified the problem and called in burglary detectives.

5500 block of Atherton. At 10:45 a.m., a road rage situation culminated into both cars stopping and a woman allegedly struck by a woman in a Jeep Cherokee with Indiana plates, who then took off, but was stopped on Bellflower Blvd. a short distance away, a fer piece from the Hoosier State.

Thursday, April 30

East Long Beach. A 7 a.m. earthquake centered in the city of Carson sounded much like a thud with a whole little amount of perceptible shaking goin’ on.

Lakewood and Wardlow. An owner of a missing cell phone got into a 11:15 a.m. dispute with an Uber driver after he claimed to have tracked the phone to that very location, either a remarkable coinkydink or a solved case of the missing cell phone.

Willow St. and the 405 Freeway. A 12:15 p.m. police pursuit entered the 405 freeway, heading north into Carson and well beyond, off at Wilmington Ave., then north to Watts, where the driver and passenger bailed out at Jordan Downs Housing Project, taking the time to wander around, check out parked cars until located by the authorities and thus taken into custody, as is the current practice in such matters.

Friday, May 1

Offramp from the northbound 710 Freeway at Anaheim Street. At 4:07 a.m., a 1998 Jaguar XJ going at high speeds veered into a canal by the Los Angeles River and landed on its roof on the rocks by the water, killing Fabian Cazares-Garcia, 19, Alicia Yanonis, 17, and Armando Herrera, 19, and injuring one passenger.

Fanwood Ave. and Atherton St. At 9:20 a.m., a vehicle hit a CSULB sign that was just minding its own function.

Saturday, May 2

6200 Pacific Coast Hwy. At 9 a.m., a Boston Whaler pulled up at a dock. Apparently under the influence, the two men and two women commenced to skinny dip in front of all, as reported by a citizen who apparently chose not avert his or her glance.

4000 block of East Seventh St. At 12:18 p.m. a car crashed into a support structure between the several bays at a smog check business, dislodging that support askew and tossing bricks about the premises. Though the damage was less than significant, two people were hospitalized with injuries.

Pacific Ocean. At 3 p.m., a man in his 20s got onto a locked AquaLink water taxi and appeared to walk off the boat’s bow into the water. Rescue units were dispatched at 3:08 p.m. and rescue divers pulled the man out of the water about 3:50 p.m. He is listed in grave condition.

steve@longbeachcomber.com