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Friday August 21

By Steve Propes

Friday, July 31

Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. At 2 a.m., a new Lexus driven by a female was allegedly speeding north on Bellflower and crashed into the CVS store, almost hitting a man standing with a bike in front of the store, then caught on fire, injuring the driver. Cops were already parked on the scene and called in paramedics, who transported the woman. As of the end of the week, the affected area of the CVS was boarded up, the burned wall was yet to be cleaned or painted. Several residents speculated about a fire at the CVS.

Saturday, August 1

Downtown. Before 7 a.m., patrol officers saw an erratically driven vehicle, which crashed through barricades in the Special Olympic events area. Officers attempted to follow the vehicle through the Downtown Long Beach bicycle path after it struck numerous objects, but lost sight of the vehicle.

Gerald Desmond Bridge 7:11 a.m., Long Beach Police responded to the eastbound lanes at its crest, regarding a three-vehicle traffic collision, involving the same erratically driven vehicle, which went west on the eastbound lanes, resulting in a traffic fatality. The wrong way car, a 2012 Mercedes Benz driven by Alvin Ray Shaw, 28, of Hawthorne collided with a 2014 Ford Fusion, driven by a 21-year-old resident of San Pedro, and a 2010 Nissan Pickup Truck, driven by Miguel Gonzalez, 30, of San Pedro, an employee of the Queen Mary, who was on his way to work and who died at the scene. A police officer also sustained minor injuries to his arm during his attempt to extricate the driver was treated at a hospital and released.

Monday, August 3

Seventh St. and Elm Ave. At 5:30 p.m., a naked man was walking down an alley with another man, having possibly been involved in a drug deal, possibly clothes for drugs, or not.

Tuesday, August 4

1300 block of Studebaker Rd. At 11:30 a.m., a serial fence-jumper garbed in a black T- shirt, hat and blue jeans was bounding between adjoining backyards over an extensive period of the increasingly hot morning. Police followed information about a garage that should have been empty, but suddenly the door couldn’t open, so the police determined entry might be helpful, so at 12:20 p.m., they detained the supposed jumper.

Friday, August 7

1900 Lakewood Blvd. An under 18 female reported that a male in his 60s in a burgundy shirt and dark pants grabbed her buttocks and made sexual advances at 2:45 p.m.

Monday, August 10

Pacific Ave. and Seventh St. A dark blue Chevrolet Suburban driven by Reginald Chosney, 72, of Hermosa Beach attempted to make a left turn onto Seventh Street, when it hit a Metro Blue Line train. Rail service was interrupted between Anaheim Street and downtown Long Beach, according to Metro.

Carson St. and Bellflower Blvd. Email contact was initiated with CVS corporate representative, Carolyn Castel in Rhode Island, complete with photos of the damaged store, asking when it might be repaired and painted. No response, no paint applied to the building, which was still the case at press time.

Tuesday, August 11

Pacific Coast Hwy. and Pacific Ave. A bus of some sort ran over the foot of someone in the street at 3:50 p.m., after which the driver handed a complaint card to the injured party, then drove off. The cops were called in.

Wednesday, August 12

University Main Library at Cal State Long Beach. At 4:30 p.m., a man approached a female student to purportedly help her with a photocopier and then offered his cell number to her. She refused, so he groped her, caressing her arm, waist and buttocks.

The man was described as light-skinned between 50 and 60 years old and thin, walked with a limp and wore gold-frame glasses, a white-collared button shirt, black baggy pants and gray shoes.

Anyone with information as to the man’s identity, or similar incidents on campus, is urged to contact university police at (562) 985-4101.

Thursday, August 13

Long Beach Courthouse. Alvin Ray Shaw Jr., 28, of Hawthorne, who remains hospitalized, was convicted for drunken driving last year, is charged with murder in the crash that killed a man on the Gerald Desmond Bridge on August 1. Shaw was charged with murder and various other offenses related to a possible DUI in this incident.

If convicted as charged, Shaw faces a possible maximum sentence of 18 years to life in state prison.

Friday, August 14

Signal Hill. A third area-wide power failure hit at 7:10 a.m., however it was not in the downtown area. Instead, the outage affected 61 customers near 1900 East 21st Street. One squirrel met its demise in the making of this failure, which was thought to have been caused by an arc when the squirrel jumped from one line to the next.

steve@longbeachcomber.com