From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 1
By Steve Propes
Saturday, Dec. 15
7800 block of Berner St. At 2:20 a.m., a 911 caller alerted police to suspicious activity as two individuals rummaged through his vehicle. The rummagers fled before officers arrived. One got away, but responding officers located two subjects matching the description. A 15-year-old Lakewood male who dropped a backpack with stolen property was actually nabbed even though he cleverly hid behind a tree. Investigation revealed four unlocked vehicles had been entered with valuables removed.
Police suspected the thieves would, oftentimes, check every vehicle in a neighborhood to see if entry could easily be made. Detectives are processing all items and will attempt to locate owners and police are asking residents in the surrounding neighborhoods to come forward if they have been victims of an unreported auto burglary.
Naples. At 5:35 p.m., Naples suffered a power outage just as the Christmas Boat Parade was getting underway. Trouble with a pole was the probable cause as the regularly scheduled outage was over at 7:15 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 16
Second St. and La Verne Ave. A 5:20 p.m. family dispute in the parking lot of a photo shop suggested a family fight from decades past, as photo mats are hardly the ubiquitous presence they once were.
Monday, Dec. 17
Long Beach Towne Center. At 1:50 p.m., the cops got a call about the sound of multiple gunshots, which as it turns out, means that a cop in the adjacent firing range was doing his gun thing.
Willow St. and Golden Ave. At 2:15 p.m., a fight was reported outside a Christmas tree lot. Well ahead of the week before Christmas, generally fisticuffs expected closer to Santa’s promised arrival.
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Long Beach Airport. After enjoying the new lounge, 125 passengers on the 7:25 a.m. Jet Blue flight bound for San Francisco made an unexpected return flight when its engine automatically shut down due to mechanical failure at 8:15 a.m. The passengers returned to the lounge and were booked on another flight, same city.
400 block Loma Ave. While a woman was attempting to leave off an infant at a fire station at 2:15 p.m., she was also simultaneously fighting with her own family.
Spring St. near the 605 Freeway. At 2 p.m., a tumbleweed rolled across the street to the northern curb and was placed on the sidewalk by a passing cyclist. A group of passing youth then began playing with this wonder of nature, the weed, not the cyclist.
Spring St. and Palo Verde Ave. A fight amongst over 30 male youths disrupted the sales track of the newly reissued McRib at 2:25 p.m.
Willow St. west of Palo Verde Ave. A pesky tree branch fell into the roadway at 7:35 p.m., which required a police officer to move it onto the median.
Oakbrook St. and Willow St. At 7:50 p.m., a vehicle hit a small tree, possibly an oak or willow near a flood control, which replaced the brook.
Thursday, Dec. 20
Los Coyotes Diag. at Clark Ave. At 10 a.m., a man struck a female and proceeded to walk eastwardly on Stearns Street.
Monday, Dec. 24
Carson St. east of Clark Ave. A two-sedan noontime rear ender required the presence of no less than four patrol vehicles, with involved drivers already standing outside.
Tuesday, Dec. 25
2200 block of E. Fourth St. In the early morning hours, so-called retro row business Sneaky Tiki was burglarized of $6,000 in collectable Pendletons, car coats, leather jackets and Evil Denim jeans, which as a store brand might well be noticeable at swap meets. Now enter the burglary bars and a $500 reward for information.
7550 E. Wardlow Rd. Two subjects were flying model airplanes outside of the approved area and out of sight of pilots at 11:15 a.m., hardly model activity.
Thursday, Dec. 27
1300 block of Termino Ave. One constant in our town is that street sweeping always follows trash pick-up, as to have these two things on the same day would be akin to sweeping a wall of trash bins waiting for pickup and issuing traffic tickets to cars parked because of trash day would be unwelcome and nonsensical, except for once every seven years, like this day, when the nonsensical and reality intersect as the sweeper did no sweeping, but the ticket giver was in a seasonal Christmas giving mood.
Friday, Dec. 28
Freeman Ave. and Seventh St. At 11 a.m. four members of an alleged tagging crew ambushed and strong-arm robbed another member, who needs to find a better crew.
Saturday, Dec. 29
5400 block of Peabody St. A fire reported at 11:36 p.m. claimed the life of 62-year-old Mark Allen Conway, who was believed to be somewhat disabled, and his two cats. It appeared the fire started in the kitchen. There were no apparent smoke detectors inside the home.