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Community Scanner

Community Scanner

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 22
11/2/2012


By Steve Propes

Wednesday, October 10

1900 block of Lakewood Blvd. At 4:30 p.m., a French national was riding his bike in the Ralph’s parking lot when a silver Camry hit and knocked him to the ground, causing a swollen leg and minor bleeding. The driver of the Camry shouted “I ain’t givin’ no information!” then did a wheelie, raised some smoke and drove north on Lakewood, suggestive of “hi-yo, Silver Camry!”
Newport Ave. at Pacific Coast Hwy. At 1:58 p.m., came reports of a woman and a steel bar in a fight situation…not at a steel bar, but with a steel bar.

Thursday, October 11

Wardlow Rd. and Palo Verde Ave. A southbound Toyota Tundra pick up and a westbound Corolla collided at 3:10 p.m. with the Corolla then striking a Mercury Mountaineer, which was stopped at a light just steps away from the local fire station. Two injured women and two children in the Corolla had to be rescued and were taken to the hospital. Traffic was diverted at Wardlow and Palo Verde, creating a brief traffic snarl. No citations were issued.

Saturday, October 13

Long Beach Towne Center. A car hit a skateboarder; then the skater employed his board to hit the car windshield at 7:30 p.m.
Keynote St. at Palo Verde Ave. Some automotive vandalism by way of a pellet gun occurred at 8:40 p.m. when the suspects left in separate automobiles in search of a better or fresher targets.

Sunday, October 14

200 block of Termino Ave. At 1:37 a.m., fire department paramedics requested police help with a deceased adult male lying in the roadway. Earlier, 49-year-old Alfonso Meraz of Long Beach man and 40-year-old Sandra Silva of Hacienda Heights got into a verbal altercation at the scene and as Silva attempted to drive off in her 2005 Mercedes E500, and collided with Meraz who was in the street. Silva was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Detail Detective Sirilo Garcia at (562) 570-7355.

Ocean Blvd. near Glendora Ave. A barbecuing woman on the beach drew some attention at 11:20 p.m.

Tuesday, October 16

3800 Chatwin Ave. At 11:20 a.m., police had to enter a residence to offer assistance to someone who might not have been very receptive to the help.

Fanwood Ave. near Atherton St. At 11:30 a.m. came a young male allegedly attempting to expose himself while holding a shiny object in one hand, making him a busy pedestrian indeed.

Friday, October 19

200 block of West Pacific Coast Hwy. At 7 p.m., a 54-year-old man known only as Raul was standing outside the Ranch Market. He was approached by a male suspect in his 20s, who threw a Molotov cocktail at him, narrowly missing a nearby woman with a baby in a stroller. Afire, Raul ran into the parking lot where he was helped by some passersby. He suffered burns to his lower extremities and was hospitalized in critical condition. The police issued a surveillance video of the crime in hopes of identifying the suspect, who was still at large…for the time being.

Saturday, October 20

Palo Verde Ave. south of Spring St. At 9:30 a.m., the sky was drizzling and so was a male in his 50s, who was watering a parkway tree without benefit of a hose. A passing bicyclist shouted “you can’t do this out here,” which apparently wasn’t quite correct, as this public peer continued with his open door policy.

Sunday, October 21

Belmont Shore. At 3:44 p.m., a Mylar coated balloon, likely from a nearby celebration, landed in Edison Company wires, triggering a power outage and causing equipment damage. Police estimated about 2,100 customers were without power, including Second Street drinking outposts where Sunday Night Football and the National League Championship Series were airing on large screen TVs. At football halftime at 6:55 p.m., 738 customers were still in the dark as crews worked through the night, predicting power to return at about 3 a.m.

Tuesday, October 23

2400 block of Atlantic Ave. At 8 a.m., part of Signal Hill oozed into Long Beach when oil from near 27th and Olive Ave. spilled out of a pipe and onto the busy avenue used by many to access Long Beach Memorial Hospital, which was forced to change its main entrance onto Long Beach Blvd.

Spring St. near the 605 Freeway. Well-coordinated police activity, which included the closing of a freeway ramp at 8:30 p.m. and a subsequent lockdown of the Lakes apartment complex, concluded with the arrest of the recently arrested and released “out of town gang member” Jacob Legarde, 27, of Long Beach, for the firebomb attack of Raul on Friday, Oct. 19. In all, it took about ten minutes from lockdown to pat-down of Legarde. Some sources claimed Legarde and the victim lived in the same apartment development and the attack was far from random.

steve@longbeachcomber.com