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Steve Propes

Saturday, January 27

Eighth Street and Euclid Avenue. At 7:50 p.m., police responded to on a traffic collision involving a blue 2006 Toyota Tacoma driven by Richard Roberts, a 53-year-old resident of Long Beach, which struck a black 2007 Honda Fit being driven by 49-year-old Long Beach resident Bridget Ingham. The vehicles slid north to their resting place in both lanes of Euclid Avenue. Ingram was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries. Roberts was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Ingram, who was on her way to visit a friend, was a part-time yoga instructor and had worked at O’Malley’s on Main Irish pub in Seal Beach for more than 20 years.

Monday, January 29

Lakewood Boulevard at the Traffic Circle. At 7:15 a.m., an overturned big rig shut down part of on Lakewood Boulevard as firefighters had to rescue one trapped person, who later declined to be taken to the hospital after being freed. At 8 a.m., police warned motorists to expect northbound Lakewood Boulevard to be shut down at the Traffic Circle until about 9:30 a.m. “Los Coyotes Diagonal traffic is also severely impacted,” police said.

Wednesday, January 31

Pacific Coast Hwy. and Second Street. At 4:05 p.m. who passes out the citations when a private vehicle rear-ends an Orange County Sheriff vehicle?

Friday, February 2

Wardlow Road and Palo Verde Avenue. At 6:15 a.m., in pitch black circumstances, a heavy-duty pick up truck and a newer Honda sedan collided, not able to see each other as the traffic lights were non-operational, no flashing lights and street lights were dark. A block away, workers at Los Coyotes Diagonal and Wardlow were busy making repairs.

Monday, February 5

Woodruff Avenue at the Los Cerritos Channel south of Spring Street. At 1:48 p.m., a crash sent an SUV over the edge of a flood control channel, where the vehicle wedged vertically against one of the channel’s walls, preventing it from landing on the bottom of the concrete channel. The driver ended up trapped inside the car and rescue crews had to use the Jaws of Life to cut it open and extract the driver, who was taken to a local trauma center. The SUV was lowered into the channel and removed by a tow truck, while other crews were sent to repair the fence.

Santa Fe Avenue and 19th Street. At 6:40 p.m., 52-year-old Rita Felix of Long Beach, who was waiting for a bus and stepped off the curb to get a better view, was hit by an older model possibly silver or gray lifted Ford F150 pickup truck. At the moment the pedestrian stepped out into the roadway a pickup truck had made a right turn onto Santa Fe Avenue from westbound 19th Street and struck the pedestrian, who was found in a driveway with major injuries. She later died at the hospital. The pickup truck was last seen eastbound on Summit Street and then southbound on Harbor Avenue.

Friday, February 9

5100 block of Ebell Street At 7:30 a.m., according to a resident, a white 2010 Chevy or GMC truck “with a double cab, short bed with utility box stopped in front of neighbors house and stole roller blades off porch.” The driver was male, passenger female. “Was startled by my daughter walking out of the house.” Then she said, “Police didn’t take report because we weren’t the victim of the crime.”

Mezzanine Street between Woodruff Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard. A Nextdoor poster told “the idiots who ransacked my car earlier this morning, I’m sorry there was nothing in there for you to take but my drawstring gym bag! I do appreciate you tossing the bag in the street down the block so I didn’t have to buy new shoes!” Then the sign off, “Losers!”

Saturday, February 10

4500 block of Village Road. At 7:40 p.m., a 42 year old male resident in a dispute with a neighbor began firing off rounds from a gun. Several shots hit at least one dwelling on the block. When police arrived, the man refused to come out and the SWAT team was activated. Knowing this could last for some time, many nearby residents were evacuated or told to shelter in place, which means, don’t leave, don’t look out the window. Evacuees were taken to the Long Beach City College library at 9:20 p.m. Traffic barricades and porta potties were ordered up as is common in a time consuming police action. Police considered the possibility that the suspect had turned up the gas and as they couldn’t reach the house meter, they requested the gas company shut off local gas service. Whether that happened or not is unknown, as after tear gas was deployed, the suspect surrendered to police at 1 a.m. Unknown if any books were removed from the library during the standoff.

steve@beachcomber.news

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