From Issue: Volume XXII - Number 7
By Steve Propes
Saturday, March 8
Pacific Coast Hwy and Ximeno Ave. An area-wide power failure at 5:30 p.m. in the Belmont Heights area, including several large fitness district buildings, might have impacted vehicles which were impacting each other at Termino Ave. and Fourth St. at 6 p.m.; a similar crash at Third and Junipero at 6:20 p.m. and a third crash at PCH and Anaheim St at 6:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 9
1700 block of Bellflower Blvd. Rumble at a gas station when a woman tried to hit a male at 4 p.m. Woman left, guy called the cops.
Second St. Belmont Shore. At 5 p.m., two guys in a rented van offered stereo equipment to the locals, who apparently got either a bad deal or got suspicious and turned the whole matter over to the cops, who had known of a similar operation just leaving Seal Beach.
Monday, March 10
Carnival Cruise Landing. A cruise got off to a shaky start when a passenger in shorts hit a customs officer in the nose at 7:40 a.m., and since the officers were unable to detain the offender or bring him under control, they called in both fire and police. By 7:50 a.m., the suspect was trying to fight others and passengers had scattered because of additional pending violence. Certain passengers require a wide berth.
Tuesday, March 11
Near Hardwick Ave. and Lakewood Blvd. At noon, accompanied by two daughters, Linda was out walking her pet squirrel named Diego on a leash behind a Von’s market.
Northbound Lakewood Blvd. near Del Amo Blvd. Several traffic laws were broken as a woman rode her bike in the middle lane of Lakewood between the double yellow line and the center divider while talking on her cell phone at 12:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12
Khoury’s. A woman was seen laying in the street at 7:40 p.m., well before such bar-closing activity normally occurs.
Thursday, March 13
Chatwin Ave. north of Garford St. At 1:50 p.m., a woman driving a convertible car with a personalized license plate had a small child standing in the passenger compartment while parking the car a half-decade behind normal safety protocols.
<>Cover St. at Worsham Ave. A male on a motorcycle was traveling back and forth for the purpose of doing wheelies in the Douglas Park business district at 2 p.m., while the much more accommodating streets of Lakewood were within wheelie distance.
Citywide. Just in time for St. Paddy’s Day, the vice squad sent out minors under their supervision to ask adults to buy them their weekend supply of hootch. Six buyers got an expensive ticket for their trouble. Moral is, your shoulder tap cooperation equals a sizeable court-imposed wallet tap.
Sunday, March 16
Spring St. near Woodruff Ave. At 3 p.m., a vehicle in the process of driving by was met with a laser flashed by another driver who then turned north onto Josie Avenue.
Seventh St. and Bennett Ave. At 8:45 p.m., a passing car was assaulted by a thrown egg with a crack in the window.
Carson St. and Clark Ave. A man in a Mercedes was arguing with a man in a truck at 10:10 p.m., the consequence of which was to block this busy intersection.
800 block of Roswell Ave. At 10:55 p.m., a resident called the authorities to complain a neighbor stole a Yakima bike rack off the top of his vehicle.
Monday, March 17
St. Joseph Ave at Colorado St. At 11:10 a.m., a woman in tight pants and matching tight hair bun invaded the living space of another woman, whom she pepper sprayed, then demanded property, but escaped when nothing of value was produced.
San Gabriel River flood control channel. At 3:20 p.m., a stray dog was wedged beneath a police patrol car, which meant a call-out to animal control and some other cops as well.
Citywide. During a St. Paddy’s Day sweep starting at 5 p.m., motor officers looked for impaired drivers and found four to arrest. They also gave out two tickets for suspended licenses and impounded those vehicles. After rendering the city safe from these miscreants, they knocked off at 1 a.m.
Wednesday, March 19
Woodruff Ave. at Conant St. Man with a bat emerged from a white BMW and began swinging it, the bat, not the BMW, at a man who came out of a red VW. Their respective cars then left the scene at 11 a.m., with the batman in the white Beemer heading south.
Monday, March 24
Palo Verde and Willow St. A 2.7 magnitude earthquake 5.7 miles deep was felt at 3:05 p.m. only by those in the 90808 zip code, or perhaps in the fringes of nearby zips including one Signal Hill condo.