From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 7
By Steve Propes
Saturday, March 9
Bellflower Blvd. and Viking Way. Two car wreck at 3:20 p.m. with a broken axle on one vehicle and all sorts of like complications, such as no driver’s license.
1800 E. Anaheim. Across the street from Long Beach Transit’s worldwide HQ, at 3:50 p.m., an accident caused a vehicle and a building with an incense purveyor inside to connect.
2200 Bellflower Blvd. Outside the Target Store, a man and a woman got into a 4 p.m. dispute during which the woman felt the urge to pull a knife and slash the tires belonging to an innocent white explorer in the parking lot. A vehicular Explorer that is, not a person visiting from farthest climes.
Sunday, March 10
Anaheim Street near Locust. Will it ever stop? A transient got in a dispute with the driver of a car, over which he dumped a soda at 4:40 p.m. — the car, not the driver.
4300 Elm St. At 6:35 p.m., a man in a tee shirt and swimming trunks began acting strangely, then fled from the cops until they caught him at San Antonio at 6:40 p.m.
6400 block of E. Spring St. An eastbound Dodge Caravan collided with a westbound Ford Expedition, driven by a 30-year-old woman. The Caravan with an elderly couple inside landed on its side, prompting firefighters to perform an advanced extrication of the injured couple. The couple was transported to a local trauma center and the driver of the Ford Expedition was transported to a medical facility with back pain and other minor injuries.
Tuesday, March 12
2300 Bellflower Blvd. At 7:15 a.m., police were called out to help a man seemingly stranded on the center divider, but when they arrived, it was clear the man intended to stay put, so professionals of another specialty were called in to help get him off dead center.
San Gabriel Bike Path near the Haynes Steam Plant. A 40ish male bicycle rider who likes to yell at other bikers on the path threw his bike at a female cyclist who was passing by at 4:45 p.m. She continued to bike on, but the police wanted to know more when they went out to find him.
Friday, March 15
The Seventh Street on-ramp to the northbound 605 and 405 freeways. At 4:40 a.m., a 103-ton component of a rock crusher piece of machinery fell from a big-rig, cracking part of a freeway overpass that connects the street to the freeway, shutting down that bridge and also preventing access to the eastbound 22 freeway, pretty much making that area completely freeway non accessible.
2270 Bellflower. At 11:45 a.m., a male adult in a so-called doo-rag was walking around a store with a knife, which he was using to open packages, such as a set of headphones. Such self-help is discouraged, as hired help is made available to assist customers with or without their own blades.
Saturday, March 16
Viking Way. Several passersby were concerned that several crying youngsters had been left alone in a car at 3:45 p.m., but when the mother showed up, she drove off without further intervention.
5400 block of E. Ocean. A group of teens was spotted near the volleyball courts outside a popular dining spot at 7 p.m. smoking those funny kind of cigarettes.
PCH south of Loynes. Irresponsible party-busing was assumed to be the root of such a bus driving recklessly southbound with items being thrown, thankfully toward Orange County, where such behavior is better tolerated.
Sunday, March 17
Termino and Fifth. At 5 p.m., a woman was sitting at the sidewalk screaming at the birds.
Monday, March 18
Magnolia Ave. and Eighth St. A fleeing male suspect fired several shots from a handgun at a pursuing police officer at 6:35 p.m., but not hitting her. Then the cops set up perimeters and command posts while shutting down all sorts of nearby streets including 7th St. on its way to the freeway, with hopes of boxing in the assailant, followed by evacuations of nearby neighborhoods. By 9 a.m. the next day, the perimeter was relaxed, but people were still not allowed into an apartment house central to the search. The command post was officially broken down at 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, March 19
Clark Ave. at Garford St. A three-car wreck involving a Ford Taurus, a Mercedes and a Silverado truck, completely went right-side-up into the flood control at 10 a.m. At 10:05, the tow truck was summoned to, well, tow the Silverado from the channel.
Broadway near Redondo Ave. Lady walks into a liquor store, asking if she could leave her empty vodka bottles for disposal at 11:40 a.m., and when management demurred, she got testy, walked into a nearby coffee location and a dubious vodka recycling center.
Wednesday, March 20
Hallbright and Littlefield near Bloomfield. A 6:45 p.m. search for a burglary suspect was mounted.
A steam plant which had been acquired by private ownership developed a 6:45 a.m. steam leak that caused at least one employee to flee. The steam leak was controlled and the workday proceeded apace.
Thursday, March 21
Wilmington. The Long Beach Police Department SWAT Team arrested 24-year-old Juan Carlos Vasquez, a resident of Long Beach. Vasquez, who is a gang member, was booked for the attempted murder of a police officer and is being held without bail.
Willow and Grand. It was lights out when at 4:30 p.m., a seriously elderly male driver crashed into a light pole at the DMV site, which could possibly combine driving past and driving future into one incident. The lights were indeed out at Grand.
Friday, March 22
Near 10th street and Temple Ave. Police were called in to investigate the allegations at neighbors in an apartment building were trading off a blue handicapped placard to each other in order to park in a blue zone.
Saturday, March 23
Vincent Martinez, a 60-year-old Department of Water and Power employee was found dead in an area of the plant located away from construction activity currently underway at the Haynes Generating Station at 1:30 a.m.