From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 4
By Steve Propes
Saturday, January 26
Ocean Blvd. and Chestnut Pl. The police department’s traffic division conducted a DUI and driver license checkpoint on from 7 p.m. until 3 a.m., during which 1,581 vehicles passed through the checkpoint with 722 being screened with four DUI arrests; an unlucky seven cited for unlicensed driving and seven more luckless license-less drivers cited for a suspended license and six vehicles impounded.
Sunday, January 27
First St. and Pine Ave. A Massachusetts woman in her 20s, reportedly in town for a hair styling convention jumped from a downtown parking structure at about 1 p.m., sustaining head trauma. She was reported in critical condition once hospitalized.
El Dorado Park. At 1:30 p.m., two individuals were reported climbing the power towers on the east side, south of Willow Street. They were reported to be wearing climbing gear; well, we hope so.
Pine Ave. and Ocean Blvd. At 6 p.m., a model at a Convention Center show had a purse snatched with the snatcher dashing north, having made off with $1,000 and a good portion of our out-of-town convention goodwill.
Belmont Shore. Opposite sex dine and dashers were nabbed at 9:10 p.m. near the Sports Authority.
Pine Ave. and Ocean Blvd. At 9:15 p.m., a naked man was walking around the bushes outside Rock Bottom, which pretty well describes the situation.
Tuesday, January 29
3900 block of Woodruff Ave. At 9 a.m., police were called in to deal with a pink shelter set up at a school by transients.
Seventh St. east of Bellflower Blvd. Because of the 4:30 p.m. collapse of a renegade construction crane at the 605 transition to the 22 Freeway, cars were completely stopped on Seventh Street for an extended period with the prospect of them being turned around, diverted to neighborhoods or even worse, on to the CSULB campus. As of the next day, the mess won’t be cleared out for at least one more day, though the traffic jam part has apparently been solved, in favor of the traffic.
Wednesday, January 30
Pacific Coast Hwy near Molino Ave. On a bad week for cranes, such an animal blocked most eastbound lanes of Pacific Coast Hwy between Molino and Stanley in the early morning hours. Tow trucks were dispatched. Not really a living bird, more like a construction crane.
Veteran’s Memorial Stadium. At 4:30 p.m., Long Beach City College cops were investigating an open gate when they observed a subject inside with his large mixed breed dog which the dog’s owner unleashed and which charged them, “prompting at least one officer to open fire,” according to a police statement. “The dog was not hit, and after the shots were fired, the dog quickly turned and ran out of the stadium. Backup units were able to follow the dog back to its home, where Long Beach Animal Care Services officers were called out to talk to the dog’s owners about the city’s leash law.”
700 block of East Shoreline Dr. At 9 p.m., an officer saw an impaired man get into his vehicle and attempted to stop him but the man drove off, leading police on an erratic chase that ended in the airport. “The driver, wearing jeans and a white muscle shirt with a shaved head, then exited the car with a backpack, which he placed on the hood and from which he removed several items, which couldn’t be clearly seen.” Police used a Taser to subdue him. He was arrested at 10:09 p.m. and was taken away in an ambulance.
Thursday, January 31
Oakbrook Ave. and Willow St. A police pursuit that began in Los Alamitos ended the hard way with two traffic collisions at 1:07 p.m. when the suspect’s car rear-ended a civilian’s car and a Los Alamitos police car collided with a Verizon truck. After all that, the crime was attributed to “low blood sugar” and tow trucks were called in.
Friday, February 1
Carson St. at the 605 Freeway. When police attempted to pull over two riders on a purple Harley Davidson, their chopper took the southbound freeway at about 95 mph at 8:50 p.m., exited at Katella Ave., turned left on Los Alamitos Blvd. with Long Beach cops handing the pursuit over to the local cops.
Saturday, February 2
5900 block of Parkcrest St. A 7:40 p.m. fight in a parking lot of a church between a man and a woman involved a tree branch, a running car, a baby and some screaming and yelling.
1700 block of Coronado Ave. At 9:44 p.m., police discovered Frank Gordon, a 21-year-old resident of Long Beach, who had been shot and died at a suspected pre-Super Bowl party with many guests at the scene. “Detectives believe this crime could possibly be gang related,” a police release stated.