From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 1
By Steve Propes
Friday, December 20
Long Beach Blvd. near the Compton Blvd. On December 18, a man left his 80s Toyota Camry with a mechanic for engine work. While at the shop, his Camry was stolen as the owner found out in a 2 a.m. call from the police, who had found a pile of papers, credit cards and the like which was dumped where the car had been stolen. On December 20, again at 2 a.m., police called again. The car was found at Hill St. and Lemon Ave., fitting, as the car was a “lemon.” Owner put all the hoarded papers and the like in the freshly dented Camry, took it back to the same mechanic to get the engine repaired and the fresh dent straightened out.
Faculty Ave. at Harvey Way. A woman walking south on Faculty at 2:30 p.m. was screaming at her male companion to get away from her, which he appeared to ignore by shoving her as they went on their way.
Cowles St. Observed fighting at 2:35 p.m., were described as “middle aged kids” – correction - “middle school kids.” The act of fighting confuses the best of us.
Wednesday, December 25
Cherry Ave. and the 405 Freeway. At 7:50 a.m., a young male poised himself at freeway’s edge as if he wanted to jump. Police responded straight away.
Thursday, December 26
First St. and Pine Ave. At 11:25 a.m., a man and a piece of white picket fence were standing at the street corner yelling at passers-by, the man, not a peep from the piece of wood he was holding. Not a good thing to be doing in anyone’s backyard.
Southbound 710 to northbound 405. As the result of a strong arm robbery at 9:15 p.m. in the area, cops pursued the suspect who apparently resorted to drainage pipe access to a green area between the freeways where homeless camp. Police asked CHP to close one transition ramp, but instead, CHP shut down the 405 as a shirtless male was reported walking along the center divider of the freeway just prior to their CHP’s arrival.
Friday, December 27
Atlantic Ave. and Anaheim St. Several fires begun by a male cross-dresser drew attention of law enforcement and arson investigators at 10:15 a.m. Local mental out-patient facilities were contacted.
Saturday, December 28
Atlantic Ave. and Anaheim St. A woman with scissors and another woman with an ankle bracelet attacked a third woman at 3 p.m., taking their escape, until detained at a bus stop where the first woman told the cops where she had thrown her scissors. Big time excitement; small financial gain.
Sunday, December 29
800 E. Ocean Blvd. A group of about 50 youths began getting agitated, while an obscure affiliate group of about the same number were doing the same thing at the Convention Center at 10 p.m. Being a flash mob, bash mob or cash mob, generally the cops take measures to discourage this behavior.
4700 block of E. Fifth St. At 10:20 p.m., an estranged male began kicking the door of a previous paramour.
Monday, December 30
LBCC. Strong evidence of tampering of an ATM was discovered at 10 a.m. with plans to check for prints, footprints and all other evidence of the attempted malefactor, or maybe just someone frustrated with money withdrawal challenges.
Tuesday, December 31
2200 Bellflower Blvd. An argument between two men over one of the men’s wife resulted in a threat that involved a gun at 5:20 p.m. Even though the threatening man drove off, the police were called in to stop him from taking his best shot.
Pacific Coast Hwy. A report of a Yukon “swerving and driving between legs” at 5:22 p.m. was updated to “driving between lanes,” which would be classified as a wholly different offense.
Wardlow St. and Baltic Ave. When a Signal Hill man called 911 at 5:30 p.m. to report being shot in the face while driving, police directed him to pull over so he could get help, but he kept on driving eastbound into the city, despite being approached by black and whites. As he refused to pull over, police went to his home on California Avenue to intercept him when he got out of his car. Later information suggested he may have been shot in Carson, though there’s always the possibility that projected new year’s eve gunfire might have come down hours early.
Wednesday, January 1
500 block of Coronado Ave. Came at 6:50 a.m. disturbing the peace call from an apartment dweller who complained it sounded like the upstairs tenant was “wrestling alligators,” which might well involve an animal control response mandated by same obscure legal requirement, were the alligator allegation correct.
East Seventh Street. At 1:45 p.m., a man garbed in a backpack and carrying a stick was breaking trees that had just been planted by the city.