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By: 
Steve Propes

Monday, October 31

700 block of East Wardlow Rd. At 7:50 a.m., Adriana Silva, 36, of Paramount was shot next to her parked car; pronounced dead at the scene. The suspected shooter, 47-year-old Paramount resident Jose Luis Vidal and Silva had been dating with relationship problems. When Silva arrived for work, Vidal confronted her inside her parked car, allegedly shot her and then fled the scene before turning himself in to Paramount sheriff’s deputies. Arrested for murder, bail: $2 million.

Wednesday, November 2

Long Beach Blvd. and Third St. At 1:36 p.m., an SUV and a Metro train headed south, the driver of the SUV made a left turn at Third Street into the train. The uninjured SUV driver was taken to a hospital. Part of Long Beach Boulevard on Third Street was closed for 30 minutes, Metro service briefly replaced by shuttle buses resumed at 2:30 p.m.

7400 block of East Willow St. At 10:30 p.m., 48-year-old Richard Bjorn of Murrieta allegedly attacked a man with a metallic cable in a homeless encampment near El Dorado Park. The victim’s parent called the police, intervened and helped his son subdue the suspect. Bjorn died after the attack, suggesting possible self-defense, police said. It’s believed everyone involved knew each other. The cable was found at the scene. The father suffered minor injuries, the son taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thursday, November 3

Redondo Ave. and 10th St. At 7 a.m., a Long Beach motorist with enough dough to fill his gas tank, inserted the nozzle activating the automatic function, which popped out, soaking the man in fuel. He pumped the remainder of his order, threw away his entire wardrobe except for his hat, took an Epson salt bath. Unable to walk into a store barefoot, he hired a neighbor to buy sandals with his credit card, along with some stuff for himself as payment. The whole ordeal ended at about 9 p.m. At no time was he able to notify the cashier in the minimart of his travails.

1200 block of E. Seventh St. Two French Bulldog puppies were stolen from an outdoor kennel. One puppy was recovered Friday evening, the second puppy recovered Tuesday morning along with two arrests: Kevin Holloway, 19, and Juan Sanchez Medina, 18, both of Long Beach were charged with burglary, grand theft of an animal, possession of a controlled substance. Bail: $50,000.

Friday, November 4

405 Freeway just below the 605. At 12:05 p.m., a freeway accident revealed a major vulnerability in a local transportation corridor. A 40,000-pound container truck jackknifed, crushing a 2,000-pound Nissan at the eastbound 405 just below the 605 juncture. A woman in the car with her brother was trapped for 30 minutes. “They had to use the jaws of life to get the door off and air bags to lift the trailer enough to extricate her,” said a post on Facebook. Southbound traffic on Bellflower Blvd. was badly impacted, gridlocked just above Seventh Street as eastbound traffic that couldn’t access the impacted 405 for several hours blocked the intersection. Eastbound traffic on Willow Street, Spring Street, Carson Street and even Wardlow Road suffered similar gridlock and major delays. The motorist who had experienced the gas pump fiasco two days before had to make an illegal U-turn to Bellflower north, turning off onto Anaheim Road to avoid the crush. Other motorists experienced two hour on-ramp waits. The incident expired four hours later at 4:05 p.m.

Saturday, November 5

6400 block of Marina Dr. At 3:25 p.m., police officers referred the discovery of a suspicious device to the sheriff department’s bomb squad. The Second Street bridge closed from Naples Plaza to Pacific Coast Highway while the bomb squad examined the device, looking like a hand grenade. A Belmont Heights resident who left 2nd and PCH was diverted from Marina Drive to PCH, then Eliot Street, to a jammed up three-way intersection near the Colorado Lagoon, a generally short trip expanded to 45 minutes. At 6 p.m. or so, police tweeted: “LASD Bomb Squad rendered the device safe. Roads have re-opened. The investigation is ongoing.” Check all hand grenade vendors.

Tuesday, November 8

2249 Argonne Ave. The basement of a tower at the Fire Captain David Rosa Regional Training Center exploded before noon, breaking windows and damaging the tower. All were “evacuated from the structure and quickly accounted for,” a few suffering minor injuries, one recruit taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Wednesday, November 9

1700 block of Fourth St. At 5:30 p.m., another explosion, an electrical vault one with power lost up to Seventh Street until 6:59 p.m.

Thursday, November 10

Home Depot. A man in the Signal Hill parking lot witnessed a man and woman dashing off with a large apparently stolen object at 7:25 p.m. toward Atlantic Avenue. He called 911 and got Signal Hill, which immediately transferred him to Long Beach, which told him to call Signal Hill. Been there, did that, so in this 911 ping-pong, the Long Beach 911 operator talked to the Signal Hill counterpart, who promised to send an officer to contact Home Depot.

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