From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 3
By Steve Propes
Wednesday, January 16
4600 block of Blackthorne Ave. At 8 a.m. came a possible case of recyclable theft with a man picking up the stuff, while a trailing car followed in case the authorities appear to shut down their operation.
Anaheim Rd. and Bellflower Blvd. At 6:55 p.m., a bicycle versus car incident happened at this light-controlled intersection.
Thursday, January 17
Pacific Coast Hwy. and Redondo Ave. At 7:10 a.m., police located a transient locked inside a liquor store dumpster area, claiming he wound up that way because he’d been hit by a car. Efforts were initiated to free the transient.
Friday, January 18
2500 block of East 10th St. At 4:44 p.m., an 18-month-old baby was hit by a Toyota pickup truck after running out in the street with the mother chasing after her. The Toyota driver apparently panicked and backed up, running over her a second time. The baby was taken to a nearby hospital where she was in critical but stable condition.
1300 block of Termino Ave. From 5 p.m. to 5:28 p.m., houses and businesses were in the dark, thanks to an unknown blackout, with the warmth of candles flickering at a nearby Leprechaun.
Saturday, January 19
Redondo Ave. and Pacific Coast Hwy. Drawing a great deal of attention, at 7:20 p.m., a driver made several illegal u-turns, several passengers jumped out, the driver flipped off a police car, then headed north on Obispo, yelling at all passing cars as he cruised into Signal Hill, took Redondo to Burnett with three trailing black and whites and into opposite lanes of traffic on eastbound Spring into the tunnel at 60 mph, made a u-turn to the shelter of the tunnel, which mandated a return tunnel trip, northbound on southbound Lakewood into where police operate their copter at the airport, where after a Tasing and cuffing, will probably have some serious ‘splainin’ to do.
Sunday, January 20
Spring St. east of Redondo Ave. At 11:55 a.m., a shirtless, tatted skinhead male, who minutes before was observed walking away from the top of Signal Hill, began throwing pinecones from available native species surrounding the 911 center at his young female companion, who was forced to duck, but continued walking behind him.
400 block of Grand Ave. At 3:30 p.m., a motorcycle and motor vehicle came together in collision form.
Tuesday, January 22
E. Anaheim St. An attempt to buy liquor at a liquor store went horribly wrong, when it turned out the minors who approached employees and tried to buy alcohol, or approached customers outside and asked them to buy the liquor were so-called shoulder tap operatives assigned to find those willing to furnish alcohol to a minor. Seven businesses got misdemeanor citations for this offense.
Wednesday, January 23
2500 block of 10th St. According to a business person on this block, a shooting occurred at 7 p.m., reflecting a war between two gangs of different ethnicities, which have likely been involved in several local murders in January. According to this account, several people were walking down the street, a gang member opened fire, but nobody was hit.
Thursday, January 24
Anaheim St. near Loma Ave. At 2:30 p.m., the Healing Tree dispensary was raided by police, and not for the first time.
2510 E. 10th St. At 3:15 p.m., police raided another dispensary, the Patient’s Republic Collective; then reportedly waited outside for an employee to open the clinic at 5 p.m.
Friday, January 25
Seventh St. and Redondo Ave. At 8 a.m., a street robbery of a female in which the suspect ran into the safety of a nearby apartment building or garage caused a police to commence a search, which apparently paid off with a suspect arrest within minutes.
6600 block of Seaside Walk. At 1:36 p.m., police responded to a residential burglary call, arresting two juvenile suspects from Long Beach that neighbors saw running through the area. Property was recovered and returned to the victim
3125 E. Broadway. At 6 p.m., a police helicopter and a dozen black and whites from two jurisdictions arrived in the Taco Bell parking lot and approached a car they had been following from San Pedro. Turned out, tinted windows caused an assumption about it being stolen. It wasn’t. The suspect was cuffed; then all the parties disappeared from the scene, hardly in search of the standard taco.
Seventh St. near Peppertree Lane. Stephen Spado, a 59-year-old transient from San Pedro died after being struck by a 2013 Range Rover at 6:58 p.m. when he stepped off the curb on Seventh Street west of Peppertree Lane and into a traffic lane near Cal State Long Beach. The 62-year-old driver of the Range Rover stayed on scene after the accident. Many of the key intersections were opened up shortly after 11 p.m.