From Issue: Volume XXI - Number 20
By Steve Propes
Monday, September 16
Atlantic and 33rd St. At midnight, a man approached a bicyclist waiting for a bus and asked for a buck, which he got. He then began removing stuff from street trash cans, throwing it in the street; then went into the parking lot of a major drug store to remove bottles and smash them in the parking lot, never once breaking the buck. With no cell phone or pay phone in the area, the witness could only observe.
Pacific Coast Hwy between Caspian Ave. and Canal Ave. With so many water-oriented street names, it’s little wonder that a hydrant went loose, flooding these major waterways at 4:30 p.m.
5201 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. Underage persons fanned throughout the city to purchase liquor under the supervision of the vice squad so the cops could bust retailers who didn’t check I.D. or check carefully enough, with Hody Lane Liquor cited for selling to minors. Especially hard-hit was the city’s wine district, Cherry Beer Wine Market, 232 Cherry Ave., Wines Mess, 1770 E. Broadway and Silvers Liquor, 1700 E. Broadway. Two general retailers 7-Eleven, 152 Pine Ave. and CVS Pharmacy, 4570 Atlantic Ave. were similarly cited.
Tuesday, September 17
Seventh St. and Campus Dr. A male was jumping in and out of traffic, seemingly attempting to force cars to hit him at 2:55 p.m.
Friday, September 20
2100 block of Bellflower Blvd. A male customer self-helped at the running shoe department at 2:15 p.m., selecting a pair of runners that met his comfort and walking requirements, on-sale, twenty bucks off. Shoes purchased, the customer departed and a harsh shoplifting tone went off. No one showed up to check out the problem. Alerted to a problem, the customer reentered, which re-triggered the alarm to which store personnel appeared nonplussed. After he proved the purchase, his leg was lifted up to the counter to be disarmed. Not, but his shoe was then properly disarmed. No anti-shoplifting force noted during the entire process.
Saturday, September 21
200 Park Ave. At 6 p.m., police responded to a complaint about a restraining order violation. Suspect, Greg Treadway a 49-year-old resident of Long Beach, reportedly pointed a gun at an officer, police stated they commanded him to drop it, which he failed to do, resulting in his being shot by the police. He was transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition. According to police: “the investigation revealed the suspect came to the location in violation of the restraining order and broke into a garage where it is believed he retrieved the firearm. The suspect was then walking to the front of the residence where the protected person, an ex-girlfriend on the restraining order, was located when the officer-involved shooting occurred. Treadway has been booked on attempt murder, assault against a police officer with a firearm, burglary, and violation of a restraining order.”
Monday, September 23
Bellflower Blvd. and Wardlow Rd. At 8:15 p.m., detecting a smell of burning plastic, a motorist couldn’t figure out what it was and from whence it came, finding the same stink had reached Palo Verde Avenue and Spring Street within a few minutes. He went home to the 3200 block of Petaluma Ave., where he continued to entertain the stink.
Tuesday, September 24
Wardlow Rd. and Palo Verde Ave. At 2:45 p.m., a light case of the stink was noticed.
Wednesday, September 25
Spring St. and Monogram Ave. At 10:30 a.m., a disheveled male was yelling at cars and making threatening gestures, though why these motorists were selected out was likely a mystery to them.
Thursday, September 26
Ocean Blvd. and Magnolia Ave. Overhead street sign fell down at 3 p.m., then a worker came by and picked it up. All clear by 3:01 p.m.
Near Wilson High School. At 4:35 p.m., an LB Transit bus driver reported that a middle school student was setting his socks on fire, making him ineligible to continue on with the transport.
17th St. and Junipero Ave. At 5:15 p.m., a plainclothes police officer was conducting a narcotics investigation in response to complaints, when he spotted an individual he believed was involved in drug activity. He requested backup assistance, however the suspect “approached the officer in a threatening manner while reaching in his waistband attempting to retrieve a shiny metal object. The officer identified himself as a police officer, gave several verbal commands which the subject refused to follow, and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect, 39-year-old Long Beach resident John DelReal was pronounced dead at a hospital.
Spring St. and San Anseline. At 9:30 p.m., emergency personnel were called in to render aid to a motorcyclist who had crashed his ride and had injured himself.
Friday, September 27
Willow St. and Clark Ave. At 7:25 a.m., a two-vehicle crash with one vehicle ending up on the sidewalk bollixed an otherwise normal morning rush hour.