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Community Scanner

Community Scanner

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 23
11/16/2012


By Steve Propes

Wednesday, October 24

Carson St. at Conquista Ave. At 6:55 a.m., a 53-year-old Lakewood male was turning his Toyota van left onto Carson when it was struck by a westbound motorcycle operated by 57-year-old Calvin Riggs of Norwalk, who police said was wearing a non-approved helmet and who later died. Anyone with information regarding the collision should contact Accident Investigations Detective Richard Birdsall at (562) 570-7355.

Lakewood Blvd. near the Traffic Circle. At 6:45 p.m., pedestrian, Nahid Hamidi Keegan, 72, of Long Beach was crossing Lakewood Blvd. when she was struck by a northbound 2011 Jeep Liberty driven by a 26-year-old male Long Beach resident. Paramedics transported the woman to a local hospital, where she was pronounced deceased. The driver was questioned and released, and no charges are pending.

Thursday, October 25

Second St. and Termino Ave. An afternoon strong gas smell permeated Belmont Heights to Park Estates. Long Beach Gas got calls and likely, so did Gary DeLong’s Council office.

Sunday, October 28

4100 block of Viking Way. Stealing from the tip jar is a sure path to unwanted attention, so when stupidity struck at 2 p.m., restaurant employees and/or patrons detained the offender so authorities could tip him off as to proper etiquette.

Monday, October 29

Conant St. at Stearnlee Ave. At 11 a.m., when Charter Cable went down, workers showed up in the early afternoon to get the service quickly restored. Not so fast. At 3 p.m., they hadn’t found the cause. At 4 p.m., cable was restored.

Tuesday, October 30

3875 Ladoga Ave. A 2 p.m. house fire in a vacant residence meant the closing of both Alberan and Ladoga Avenues.
Sixth Street Bridge. At 2:15 p.m., a bridge fire resulted in the closing of the L.A. River bike path.

3585 Los Coyotes Diag. At 2:24 p.m., an apparently homeless male urinated on a vehicle, exposed himself, then decided he needed a rest and lay down at the scene, which was best described as a mini-mall parking lot.

Wednesday, November 1

Studebaker Rd. and Stearns St. At 1:45 p.m., word of a four-vehicle collision was upgraded to five vehicles when authorities arrived at the scene.

Thursday, November 2

Citywide. Police disclosed three “minor decoy” undercover operations in September and October focused on employees of ABC licensed businesses such as liquor or convenience stores, who were “approached by minors under the age of 21, under the supervision of the police, who attempted to purchase alcohol from the establishment.” Of 58 establishments visited, 16 individuals were issued misdemeanor citations. At the conclusion of the operations, detectives notified ownership/management of each business of the success or lack thereof these minor attempts to purchase alcohol from their establishment.

710 Freeway near Sixth St. At 10 p.m., an alleged wrong way driver, Derrick Armstrong, 33, of Buena Park apparently drove his white 1997 Chevy Tahoe northbound on the southbound lanes, collided with gray 1987 Honda Accord, killed 27-year-old Tricia Esmond Cade of Long Beach and trapped a 26-year-old Long Beach female, who remains in critical condition. A white 2010 Toyota Corolla was also hit. According to police, Armstrong fled, but was detained by witnesses until police arrived and was booked for driving under the influence, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and hit and run causing death or injury on a $100,000 bail. Anyone with information regarding this collision should contact Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

Sunday, November 4

Pacific Coast Hwy and Junipero Ave. At 12:45 a.m., a hit and run traffic collision killed 37-year-old Adolfo Lopez-Perez of Long Beach. The green 1997 Geo Prism was later found abandoned in the area of Temple Avenue and 17th Street.

2700 block of E. Spaulding St. At 1 p.m., police arrested and booked Robert Alleman, 48, of Long Beach on a $50,000 bond for vehicular manslaughter of Lopez-Perez about 12 hours previously. Anyone with information should call Accident Investigations Detective David Lauro at (562) 570-7355.

Monday, November 5

4th St. and Orizaba Ave. At noon, a customer bought groceries at a self-checkout stand. Several blocks away, he realized he left $60 in the change tray. When he returned to the store, he blurted out the problem to the cashier, who returned the cash. She said a woman found it and turned it in. “There are still very nice people in the world.” Who knew?

Tuesday, November 6

6200 block of Pacific Coast Hwy. Complaints about a large electric sign urging voters to support a congressional candidate at 11:50 a.m. were possibly by the opponent who didn’t have an opposing electric sign.

3903 E. Anaheim St. At 1:30 p.m. came the serving of a warrant at the Anaheim Street Marijuana Dispensary District.

Wednesday, November 7

3749/3751 E. Anaheim St. Two competing dispensaries were visited by police, pretty much shutting down that Marijuana District.

steve@longbeachcomber.com