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Community Scanner

Community Scanner

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 5
3/8/2013


By Steve Propes

Sunday, February 3

11th St. and Junipero Ave. At a 10:30 a.m. shooting, the heavily tatted shooter got in a car; the victim with a hand wound ran the other way.

Shopkeeper Ave. and Studebaker Rd. At 10:45 a.m., a possibly stolen car, indicated by its flashing lights and honking horn was freeway-bound with no black and white patrol car in the vicinity.

2400 Studebaker Rd. An alleged noon attack on a referee was handled by the cops who discovered the players were gone, but perhaps not the zebra.

Monday, February 4

Bellflower Blvd. at Beach Dr. At 2 p.m., a woman was struck by a motor vehicle at this intersection and was transported to a hospital in critical condition. Police closed Bellflower Blvd. in both directions from Atherton St. to Anaheim Rd.

Anaheim St. and Cherry Ave. At 5:15 p.m., two teens were at a bus stop in front of Long Beach Transit world headquarters, where a parked bus advised them that no smoking is permitted within 20 feet of a bus bench.

Southbound 605 at the west Seventh St. exit. A passing patrol car opined that a crane at that area seemed to be slipping at 6:48 p.m.

Tuesday, February 5

1300 block of Redondo Ave. A green Ford Windstar minivan allegedly swerved in front of a Honda, which caused damage to several parked cars at 12:10 p.m. Then the occupants of said van got out and casually walked away. Then came another person who located them at Wilton and Loma and prevailed upon them to return to the original spot where this all started.

Wardlow Rd. At 12:20 p.m., about $1.5 million in aircraft parts were reported missing. Bookkeeping error or skullduggery?

4700 Fidler Ave. A sheriff patrol car encountered an alleged burglar doing his thing at 3:45 p.m. and acted appropriately, cuffing the suspect and looking for more.

Jordan High School. After a basketball game, teens from Jordan got in fights with Compton teens after 8 p.m. When this first event subsided, the groups retired to the local McDonald’s where they resumed their activity. As the Compton teens were garbed in blue, cops were warned not to get themselves confused with the participants, or was it the other way around?

6500 Atlantic Ave. About 15 of our youth – mixed gender, mixed race – were causing a disturbance at a McDonald’s at 9 p.m. while “breaking down some marijuana.” Not on the regular menu.

Thursday, February 7

Jordan High School. At 4:25 p.m., a Lakewood basketball player punched his Jordan counterpart and the cops were called in to replace the normal zebra.

Friday, February 8

Termino Ave. north of Anaheim St. At 10:16 a.m., immediately after a hail storm and some severe lightning, a 16-year-old female pedestrian was struck by a southbound vehicle on Termino Avenue. Her non-life threatening injuries were treated at a hospital.

Saturday, February 9

Second St. and St. Joseph Ave. A man with a face painted black and white busied himself tossing matches on the floor of a local business at 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, February 12

Pacific Coast Hwy and Orange Ave. Two purported coyotes seen at 8:30 a.m. on the Long Beach City College campus turned out to be two domesticated Huskies, hardly a coyote in dog’s clothing.

City College parking structure on Clark Ave. At 11:40 a.m., a dark Toyota Corolla was smoking on the third floor of the parking structure, so fire was called in as no smoking signs had been clearly posted nearby.

Wednesday, February 13

Pine Ave. near Third St. A late-night argument inside Taco Beach escalated and moved into the street at about 1:30 a.m., where 24-year-old Serena Medina, a Long Beach resident and mother of a four year-old girl was one of two people struck by a reversing silver Lexus when it jumped the sidewalk and fled the scene.

Medina was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. One week later, Edward Martinez, 26, of Bellflower and Froylan Velazquez, 26, of Compton, who was found with the suspect vehicle, were both arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run.

Thursday, February 14

Carson St. west of the Towne Center. At 3:55 p.m., emergency crews rolled out to assist with a vehicle versus a bicylist call.

Friday, February 15

1708 E. Broadway. At 9:45 a.m., two males walked in a smoke shop with some gambling machines they were trying to peddle. Turned down, they decided to take their chances elsewhere.

820 Hoffman Ave. A woman was arrested in connection with a fire the previous day at 1077 Orange Ave., was charged with arson of an inhabited structure and her probation was violated.

Saturday, February 16

17th St. and Daisy Ave. A man was arrested in connection of burning his vehicle in August 2012 and was charged with arson and insurance fraud.

steve@longbeachcomber.com