From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 2
By Steve Propes
Wednesday, January 2
5100 block of Lakewood Blvd. Two Statues of Liberty were engaged in active conversation at 10:20 a.m. as the male half was placing his greenish crown on his head.
Spring St. and Rutgers Ave. At 12:18 p.m., a Long Beach motor officer hit a raised spot in the eastbound pavement and crashed his cycle into a center divider tree, required he be taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Traffic on Spring between Bellflower and Clark was shut down for several hours after the accident.
Thursday, January 3
Rutgers Ave. and Peabody St. At 9:45 a.m., as a street sweeper made its way past parked trash containers, thus not sweeping most curbs, a black and white drove slowly after the sweeper, apparently to explain why tickets are being given to parked cars, not to parked containers.
Willow St. at Lakewood Ave. At 10 a.m., an insurance company claims adjustment SUV pulled out of a gas station driveway, cutting off eastbound traffic at a red light. When the light turned green, the adjuster, coffee cup in hand continued on his way up a freeway ramp and out of town.
Friday, January 4
Trader Joe’s. At 11:45 a.m., a woman in the parking lot was screaming about demons and spirits, so the cops called a Yellow Cab to take her to a Greyhound station.
1000 block of Junipero Ave. At 4:15 p.m., a well-intended woman pulled her car over to help a dog on the street and some four legged dog with driving skills jumped into her car and took off southbound.
Saturday, January 5
Palo Verde Ave. and Belen St. At. 5:40 a.m., a 2006 Chevy Tahoe driven by a 31- year-old Long Beach resident was traveling southbound on Palo Verde Avenue at Belen Street where it struck Tamara Estelle Lipson, 85, who was attempting to cross westbound at the north end of the intersection, which was posted no crossing allowed, directing pedestrians to cross at the south crosswalk. The driver was interviewed by officers and released.
Monday, January 7
1950 E. Fourth St. At 6 p.m., suspected gang member, 22-year-old Sokha Hor of Long Beach, wanted for a burglary and possible weapons violations was located by police; when he allegedly produced and pointed a handgun, an act that was answered by means of a police shooting. He was rendered first aid by police and transported to a hospital in critical condition.
Thursday, January 10
Anaheim St. At 5:40 p.m., a Long Beach Transit bus mirror was broken by a passing alleged hit and run ambulance.
Friday, January 11
1200 block of Long Beach Blvd. The Little Shop of Meds dispensary was busted by police at 1:30 p.m. According to a source, the security guard’s car was impounded and the guard was charged with a felony as his belt buckle was shaped like a brass knuckle.
Sunday, January 13
Willow St. and Redondo Ave. At 3:30 p.m., a motor vehicle was involved in a collision with the operator of a skateboard, with a surprise kick flip, as the skateboard hit the vehicle, not the potentially more serious way.
Monday, January 14
3500 block E. Anaheim St. Definite early morning signs of a break-in occurred at the Crystal Springs Car Wash and Cash And Carry, or something like that.
5300 block of Centralia Ave. At 11:15 a.m., police responded in force to a report of an armed person on campus at Bancroft Middle School, which was put on lockdown as about 50 police and sheriff personnel searched the entire campus, but found no indication of any gun-toter, while about 400 parents waited behind for students to be released. The lockdown was cancelled at 1:45 p.m. Turned out the assumed-to-be dangerous individual was nothing more than a 19-year-old who showed up on campus to chat up his one-time teachers.
5500 block of Daggett St. At 11 p.m., fire responded to a call about an ablaze detached garage, which also consumed a nearby shed in its wake before being fully extinguished.
Tuesday, January 15
Traffic Circle. At 7:40 a.m. a motorcyclist went down, but apart from back pain, suffered no other apparent injuries, though medical help was summoned.
Anaheim St. and Cherry Ave. at 3:45 p.m., police raided the Disabled Patients Group dispensary.
Bellflower Blvd. at Atherton St. At 7:15 p.m., a southbound 2002 Honda Odyssey driven by a 19-year-old resident of Los Alamitos collided with a westbound bicyclist, 50-year-old Susan E. Curtis, who according to police ran a red light. The driver attempted to render aid to the victim and called 9-1-1, but Curtis died at a nearby hospital. The driver was released at the scene with no charges pending. According to www.ghostbikes.org, which placed a painted white memorial bike at that intersection, as Curtis held several jobs, her bicycle was her main means of transportation.