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Community Scanner

Community Scanner

From Issue: Volume XX - Number 24
11/30/2012


By Steve Propes

Thursday, November 8

Stearns Street, just east of McNab Ave. At 7:25 a.m., a white 1985 Mazda GSL driven by a 25-year-old Baldwin Park man was apparently traveling too fast for the rainy conditions when he lost control of the car and entered on-coming traffic lanes and spun out, which caused it to be broad sided by a 2009 gray Nissan Rogue driven by a 39-year-old woman from Long Beach. The man who was wearing a seat belt was ejected from the car through the hatchback window of his car and is listed in extremely critical condition. One of the cars also briefly caught on fire. The woman was also taken to the hospital with undetermined injuries. A major portion of the street was closed to traffic for several hours. Anyone with information about the crash is urged to call the Accident Investigations at (562) 570-7355.

First St. and Livingston Dr. At 8:50 p.m. came reports of a naked man sitting on a couch in a liquor store, thought it’s not clear why the authorities would be interested in a liquor store couch…maybe it’s an ABC thing.

Friday, November 9

4000 block of Bellflower Blvd. At 7 a.m., the first in a three-day string of car burglaries was reported near or at the park.
4400 block of Greenmeadow Rd. At 4:23 p.m., an assault and battery occurred in this Lakewood Village neighborhood.

Saturday, November 10

5300 block of E. Carson St. The series of car burglaries continued down the park, across the pond and possibly across the busy street, or not, at 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 11

Viking Way at E. Carson St. At 6 p.m., still another auto burglary was reported. Three burglaries in as many days might indicate an emerging pattern or it might be three different squads of busy burglars.

2200 block of Seventh St. At 9 p.m., after a pedestrian was struck by a westbound hit and run white SUV, a large crowd gathered, some fears were expressed and precautions were taken on accounta’ the alleged intoxication factor lest more pedestrian vs. traffic accidents might occur.

Monday, November 12

269 Loma Ave. At about 10:25 p.m., swastikas and anti-Semitic words were discovered spray-painted on the wall of the newly renovated Temple Israel. The graffiti was removed the following morning. Anyone with information about this vandalism should contact the Violent Crimes Detail at (562) 570-7250.

Tuesday, November 13

2800 block of Bellflower Blvd. At 1:11 a.m., police responded to the Verizon wireless store in the same building as the Starbucks. Apart from a shattered glass door, any additional loss was yet to be determined.

6700 block of Pacific Coast Hwy. At 8:15 a.m., a 42-year-old Calabasas man who had just arrived at work felt ill. The man leaned forward, resting his head on the steering wheel of his pick-up truck. Apparently, this action caused the pick up to move forward, coming to rest in the San Gabriel River. A co-worker, Ryan Gordon saw the incident and rushed to the driver’s rescue from the second floor of a nearby building, nearly getting trapped in the process. A passing jogger, Keith Dodson helped Gordon rescue the victim by means of a rock through the passenger window. The rescued victim declined paramedics’ help.

Wednesday, November 14

Los Coyotes Diag near Ximeno Ave. A different kind of stealing at the site of a local bank, stealing a kiss, that is. At 1:10 p.m., a female bank customer was returning to her car in the parking lot, when a male with a large pierced nose approached and allegedly attempted to kiss her. He then ran into the bank, but was last observed heading northbound on a bicycle. Possible charges of sexual abuse await him at the end of his bike ride.

Friday, November 16

Norwalk Blvd. and Wardlow Rd. A vehicle vs. power pole smashup occurred at 12:10 p.m.

Saturday, November 17

Fourth St. and Loma Ave. At 11 a.m., a fire unit contacted another unit already in the field to return to the fire station to check the stove, make sure it’s turned off.

2900 block of Redondo Ave. at the 405 Freeway overpass. At 6:20 p.m. a northbound 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 truck hit the concrete support pillar for the 405 Freeway overpass. Investigators believe the driver lost control of the steering as a result of excessive speed for the rainy conditions, which caused the truck to hydroplane when the driver, 36-year-old Mark Martineau of Seal Beach, initiated a change to the number two lane. Martineau and 54-year-old Richard McAleavey from Long Beach, who was not wearing his seat belt, were pronounced deceased at the scene. The front passenger, 36-year-old Terrence Harris of Long Beach was extracted from the truck and later died in the hospital.

steve@longbeachcomber.com