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Community Scanner

Community Scanner

From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 16
1/1/1900


By Steve Propes

Wednesday, July 17

1700 block First St. and Gaviota Ave. Shortly after midnight, a shot rang out and cops showed up, advising residents to turn off their lights, get on the floor because someone in a nearby yard fired the shot. “It could’ve been at least 100 yards away,” said a resident. The cops advised a so-called “skinhead had been followed/chased home and fired a shot to ward off his pursuers.”

Friday, July 19

5200 block of Second St. At 1:30 p.m., some putatively anti-Obama pickets were reportedly too close to bank customers despite the need for free and open expression as opposed to free and open ATMs.

Ocean Blvd. and First Place. A group of about 50 young people assembled at 5:50 p.m., which because of recent so-called “bash mobs,” literally screamed for the cops to move in and investigate why, who and how. Their then-discovered use of beach towels and other accoutrement mitigated against mob status.

Sunday, July 21

Spring St. near Palo Verde Ave. A felony suspect traveling on a skateboard was arrested at gunpoint at 11:10 a.m.

Monday, July 22

1500 block of Ramillo Ave. In the morning hours, the owner of a Chrysler Sebring convertible came out to find writing on the ragtop about “fags” and “gays.” Unknown if it was a prank, hate-speech or some variation thereof.

Atherton St. and Chatwin Ave. At 10:50 p.m., a purloined porta-potty was blocking traffic lanes.

Tuesday, July 23

Olympic Plaza. A humongous amount of smoke happened at 9 a.m. when a burning city-owned tractor blotted out the sun during the arrival of incipient beachgoers.

300 block of W. Ocean Blvd. At 10:30 a.m., a city black and white was waiting at a red light when the driver’s side window was shattered by some sort of incoming mystery projectile. No gunshots were heard before the driver ran a red light to get out of the line of fire, ending up at Magnolia south of Ocean. As on July 11, a black and white had its window shattered by a BB at the same place, the search for a responsible party got serious.

Brayton and Del Amo. At 10:45 a.m., an Edison Company crew reported being fired on by a pellet gun.

Wednesday, July 24

3400 E. Spring St. Just steps away from the 911 center, at 5 a.m., police were called to the discovery of forced entry and the theft of two enclosed trailers, one containing a go-cart, the second containing miscellaneous tools, amounting to a total of over $100,000 in estimated value. According to police, one trailer is painted with Wilson Motor Sports in blue and white. Any information should be reported to auto theft detectives at (562) 570-7362.

Marina Bridge. A two car wreck at 8:45 a.m. tied up the bridge linking Marina Drive into Seal Beach, gateway to Orange County.

Thursday, July 25

Ocean Blvd. at 39th Pl. At 11:30 a.m., upon discovering a lost wallet at a fast food locale, employees told the victim that an apparently homeless male carrying a large black trash bag and his female companion rendezvoused with it and friends on the beach bike-path. The victim didn’t approach, hoping the cops would soon resolve the case of the missing billfold.

300 block of Park Ave. At 1:30 p.m., police investigated reports of a man with a mailbag walking through alleys and acting strangely. The man yelled at officers and when a helicopter arrived, he flipped off the helicopter, actions caused him to be detained, but it was not established if he was doing this as part of some official postal duties.

700 Queensway. At 8:15 p.m., a man went through a hotel’s dining room, breaking things and causing hotel staff, which most likely would have to clean up, to begin chasing him, acting like a bad guest indeed.

Appian Way and the Toledo. A car full of teens stopped their ride in order to facilitate the tossing of empty beer bottles into the street at 9:30 p.m., embellishing this creative activity by shouting vaguely gang-like placas. Big fun.

Friday, July 26

Second St. and Glendora Ave. At 8:45 p.m., a 2005 Toyota Sequoia and two Harley Davidson motorcycles were involved in a collision, that left one of the cyclists, Taryn Hawk, 35, of Huntington Beach dead and the second cyclist, Joseph Daroza, 30, of Huntington Beach in the hospital. The SUV driver, Belmont Shore resident Nicholas Limer, 68, owner of McKenna’s By the Bay was not injured. Charges against Limer are being considered. Daroza was discharged from the hospital shortly after the crash.

Saturday, July 27

Del Amo Blvd. and Autry Ave. Reports came of a possible newly invented sport involving a golf ball-hitting man in the divider with a dog tied-up to a fire hydrant at 9:30 p.m.

steve@longbeachcomber.com