From Issue: Volume XX - Number 26
By Steve Propes
Saturday, Dec. 8
405 Freeway at the Orange Ave. ramp. At 2 a.m. tow truck driver Faapuna Mac Manu was inflating the spare tire of a Mercedes-Benz when Raymond Burley, 26, of Los Angeles allegedly drove onto the right shoulder, killing Mac Manu. Burley allegedly continued northbound, sideswiping the disabled vehicle. The CHP placed Burley under arrest on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.
Sunday, Dec. 9
10th Street and Olive Ave. At 7:52 p.m., an armed male suspect robbed a pizza deliveryman that resulted in an officer involved shooting. After the robbery, the suspect, identified as a male black wearing dark clothing, fled on foot. A responding officer located a possible suspect and gave chase. The officer confronted the suspect in a driveway in the 800 block of Lime Avenue with the officer involved shooting. The suspect then jumped a fence and continued fleeing out of sight.
The suspect, believed to be contained within the established perimeter, meant SWAT was activated, though after a thorough area search, the suspect was not located and remains outstanding. It is unknown if the suspect or the pizza was struck by gunfire. No officers were injured during the incident and the investigation remains ongoing.
Monday, Dec. 10
Woodruff Ave. and Los Coyotes Diag. At 7:15 a.m., five passenger vehicles and a school bus with children on board were in an accident when a 2006 Toyota driven by a 21-year-old Huntington Beach man northbound on Woodruff approached a red light and struck an Atlantic Express school bus driven by a 56-year-old Lakewood woman eastbound on LCD.
The spare tire on the Toyota dislodged and hit a 1998 Toyota driven by a 59-year-old Long Beach man traveling westbound on LCD, then hit the front right of a 2008 Ford driven by a 24-year-old Los Alamitos woman, while the out-of-control 2006 Toyota hit the left rear of a 2003 Honda driven by a 17-year-old Long Beach girl and a westbound 2001 Kia, driven by a 19-year-old Long Beach woman. The only injuries, which were minor, were to the school bus driver. No one was arrested. Tow truck drivers had a field day, with wait for the school bus tow continuing for at least two hours.
Carson St. and Lakewood Blvd. At 3:25 p.m., police were called to investigate a report of a bicycle being stolen off a bus. When the victim next saw the bus, the bike was back and that suggested maybe a suspect was back on the bus or at least, lurking in the area, or maybe the bike wasn’t so very missing after all. Cops were sent out to find out.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
Seventh St. & Obispo Ave. At 3:25 p.m., three vehicles came together in a metal crunching sort of manner.
Tenth St. and Ximeno Ave. A group of bicyclists rode close to parked vehicles and allegedly hit one passing vehicle as they headed west at 8:25 p.m. No damage as a result, but still the usual authority notification.
Seventh St. and Ximeno Ave. At 8:35 p.m., a two-car accident narrowed traffic on these busy corridors, in a part of town most corridors are already narrow.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Northbound 405. North of Cherry Avenue, a driver reported a projectile through his windshield after 9 a.m.
3903 E. Anaheim St. Police made three arrests at a dispensary in the Anaheim Street Marijuana District.
Thursday, Dec. 13
6950 Orange Ave. Rolling Hills Nursery proved the highest point in Long Beach, both address-wise and with apologies to Tennessee Ernie, the 16 tons of marijuana allegedly found in two large storage containers by narcotics investigators.
According to an L.A. County Sheriff press release, “The estimated value of the marijuana is between $150-$300 million dollars depending on the quality. Four male Hispanic suspects were arrested at the scene and subsequently transported to Lakewood Sheriff’s Station for booking. No further details are available at this time due to the ongoing investigation.”
3749/3751 E. Anaheim St. Speaking of ganja, police made seven arrests at this dispensary location.
3702 E. Anaheim St. Police made eight dispensary arrests, their final in two days at four locations at the Anaheim Street Marijuana District which police described as a “joint operation” - seriously.
Spring St. at Long Beach Airport. What appeared to be a major incident attracting two media helicopters turned out to be the 9:25 p.m. return of the remains of Jenni Rivera, which were then transported via limo with an impressive police escort documented by live coverage to All Souls Cemetery at Cherry Ave. north of Carson St., where the police department maintained a presence for about 24 hours after her arrival.
Friday, Dec. 14
Citywide. At 2 a.m., some sleeping and awake residents felt a shaking that reminded them that we’re all still earthquake central.