From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 13
By Steve Propes
Sunday, June 2
Wardlow Rd. and Orange Ave. At 3:40 p.m., a Hyundai Tucson, heading east, and a Volkswagen Jetta, heading south collided at the intersection and crashed into Hole Mole restaurant, injuring five people.
Monday, June 3
7500 block of E. Carson St. A purse snatcher did his thing, then drove off in a pick up truck toward the nearby freeway and hoped-for safety at 3:30 p.m.
2200 block of Clark Ave. At 4:15 p.m., a male white in his 20s was going door to door, hitting up residents for money and threatening to come back if anyone called police, which they did, who began to seek him out to find out more about his daunting promise.
Tuesday, June 4
Citywide. The feds as well as local police picked up about 10 members of the Longos gang in a nation-wide sweep over methamphetamine sales. Among those arrested were Big Head, 31, of San Pedro as well as Long Beach residents Cisco, 33; Lil Gumby, 32 and Lonely, 28. Sugar Bear, 30, of Bellflower; Smokey, 30, of Cudahy; Wacky, 31, of Downey and Jawbreaker, 41, of Florida, while Serio, 31, was declared a fugitive and Lil Bozo, 35, was deported.
Wednesday, June 5
710 Freeway at 12th St. A 10:15 a.m., a car flew off the 710 and landed into a building on 12th Street, triggering a debate whether this was a local police matter or a CHP problem. Turned out it was CHP’s handle.
Saturday, June 8
5300 block of E. Second St. At 6:30 p.m., a male was stabbed in a sushi spot, which resulted in the arrest of Robert Campbell, 30, of Long Beach for the already mentioned stabbing.
Seventh St. at Federation Dr. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., police officers set up to welcome 2,480 drivers using a popular westbound corridor to find out about drinking and driving practices to the mysterious east. Of 525 vehicles screened, there were three arrests for DUI; twelve citations for unlicensed driving; four citations for suspended license and four vehicles impounded for a grand total of a lot of hassle for those affected.
Monday, June 10
23rd St. near San Anseline Blvd. An alleged example of parked car rifling at about 1:50 p.m. prompted a description of a male, youngish on a black mountain bike westbound with a red seat amongst cops in the affected area.
Tuesday, June 11
Spring St. and Palo Verde Ave. At a few minutes before noon, a man stood outside the local McDonald’s proffering loud religious warnings, varying the routine by yelling at passing youth on lunch break from the local high school. After all, someone must warn them about the McRib.
Sunday, June 16
900 block of E. Second St. At 11:45 p.m., after a female was stabbed in an Alamitos Beach apartment, a tall white man with long hair fled the apartment not long after screams were heard. “We believe it’s domestic violence,’’ said Long Beach police Sgt. David Marander. Paramedics transported the woman to the hospital.
Monday, June 17
Wardlow Rd. and Norwalk Blvd. After a short CHP pursuit of a speeding motorcycle on the 605 Freeway that was discontinued on Spring Street, at 6:10 a.m., the bike crashed into a minivan in Long Beach, killing the biker, Frank Aldana Escalante, 23, of Lakewood and the female van driver, Marianne Krone, 65, of La Palma. The motorcycle burst into flames and the van flipped over several times. The intersection was closed for most of the day with eastbound traffic being sent back to Studebaker Road.
Spring St. and Palo Verde Ave. At 1:30 p.m., shopper Phyllis drove into an Albertson’s parking lot and spotted a family hiding in a planter box in the parking lot. Mama duck wandered the parking lot, a dozen chicks in tow, while nearby humans began organizing to prevent this almost certain death march. A woman brought a box in a shopping cart to scoop the chicks into safety, while mama duck ignored the process. Finally, with the mother duck in the box, one of the humans drove the family to one of several local duck ponds for long-term accommodation planning.
Tuesday, June 18
Bonito Ave. at Second St. At 9:25 a.m., a white American-made sedan driven by a female blonde allegedly struck a parked Jeep and a parked Cougar, with a man simultaneously jumping out of the striking vehicle and into an apartment as the female driver then headed north to Alamitos, possibly in search of more denting opps or a real parking place.
East Eighth St. At 10:30 a.m., police were asked to stand by as a resident removed a bed from a contentious roommate situation and further, the roommate had not cleaned the bathroom. Police declined bathroom cleaning enforcement, but would stand by.