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By: 
Steve Propes

Saturday, August 19

Lakewood Blvd. and Spring St. A two-car accident occurred at 9:20 p.m. when one of the cars jumped the center divider.

Wednesday, August 23

4400 Graywood Ave. at 11 a.m., animal control reps showed up to verify pet tags and rabies vaccinations, telling one resident, “if we see a cat sitting in the window, it should be licensed.”

Heartwell Park. At 11:45 a.m., a fire ladder truck, lights and siren activated pulled up to help a male, proving you don’t need a street address to summon 911 help. It was more like “third rock from the duck pond.”
Saturday, August 26

100 block of Lime Ave. A 12:15 a.m. stabbing was followed by two more stabbings in nearby neighborhoods. Police located a juvenile suspect, who police said had property and identification taken during three separate robberies. Two of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition with multiple stab wounds, but those injuries weren’t life-threatening. A third victim had only superficial cuts and was treated at the scene. The boy was arrested on suspicion of multiple counts of armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon

2400 block of Pasadena Ave. Still another stabbing of a 25-year-old male at 9:30 p.m. after a dispute between several people. No word on a suspect. This victim was also hospitalized with wounds that didn’t appear life-threatening.

Monday, August 28

Clark Ave. and Conant St. At 6:10 a.m. came a coyote described as “large and healthy” by the NextDoor informant. No word on “happy.”

10th Street and Walnut Avenue. At 10:05 a.m., police responded to a domestic violence call when the suspect took off in a Jeep. A clearly unobstructed route into Signal Hill.

Cherry north of Willow. At 10:10 a.m., a Jeep crashed into a vehicle at Willow Street, which caused the Jeep to go airborne, then flipped and rolled onto two stationary cars in a turning lane. One person was trapped inside the overturned Jeep. Four cars heavily damaged with another driver also trapped inside another vehicle. Long Beach Police responded, as did Signal Hill Police, as this was inside their jurisdiction. But because one of the trapped victims was wanted by Long Beach Police for fleeing, the next question reduced to DUI or not-DUI? Three people were transported to the hospital, two of them with extensive injuries. There were no fatalities, but several busy intersections were closed for several hours.

Tuesday, August 29

Pacific Avenue and Wardlow Road. At 8:52 p.m., police officers assisting fare compliance officers on a train platform detained a suspect of fare evasion with narcotics on him. When the suspect attempted to flee, he and an officer fell onto the platform. With the suspect’s lower extremities partially off the edge of the platform, he was struck by a Blue Line Train, trapping him between the train and the platform. The Long Beach Fire Department extricated the suspect by use of big balloons, which separated the area enough to pull him out. The suspect was taken to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

Wednesday, August 30

200 block of W. 14th Street. At 2 p.m. police found a wounded male juvenile victim with a gunshot wound to upper torso, his condition unknown. A male juvenile suspect was located in the 1500 block of Pacific Ave, where he was seen getting into a vehicle as the cops arrived. They followed the vehicle, which was stopped near Pacific Coast Hwy and Locust Ave. The suspect was taken into custody and a gun was recovered from inside the vehicle. The shooting is being investigated as possibly gang related.

Friday, September 1

2600 block of Willow St. At 9:20 a.m., a motorist following a Bakemark truck saw it drop flour, turning black top into a powdery surface. The following motorist, who preferred a gluten-free roadway was forced to take evasive measures to avoid the powder, his allergies the main concern.

1200 block of Long Beach Boulevard. At 12:50 p.m. a man stabbed several people on a northbound Blue Line train, then fled before the train reached the Anaheim Street station. Witnesses fingered the man and officers stopped him near Anaheim and Locust Avenue. Police said the victim had wounds to his torso and was hospitalized in serious condition.

Saturday, September 2

3430 block of E. Broadway. At 2 a.m., a car crashed into several parked vehicles and ended up in the closed Long Beach Pizza Company, where it caused extensive damage, but no harm to any pizza. Police saw the driver running away, abandoning a passenger with upper body cuts. They caught and arrested the driver, 21-year-old Long Beach resident Joshua Lewis at Broadway and Loma Avenue. No pizza for felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run suspects, held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

steve@beachcomber.news

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