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By: 
Steve Propes

Saturday, February 11

6100 block of Atlantic. A male walked into a retail store, picked up a box cutter and began cutting his face at 11 a.m.

Sunday, February 12

1100 block of 10th Street. At  3:30 a.m. police responded to a gun shot call and found the victim in a vehicle in a parking area. Long Beach Fire Department personnel determined the victim, 26-year-old Christopher Ray Woods, had died.

11th Street and Daisy Avenue. At 10:45 p.m., a man was shot in the upper body while walking and managed to call police after he was hit. The victim was taken to a hospital where he had surgery and is expected to survive his wounds.

Monday, February 13

Broadway and Falcon Avenue. At 4:30 p.m. a victim called police to report two people had robbed him at knife-point. When officers arrived, they quickly detained one suspect, but a second man fled on foot. Police set up a perimeter searched the neighborhood, and with assistance from a K9, arrested a second man shortly after 8 p.m.

Tuesday, February 14

Long Beach Airport. Woof. A baggage screening dog alerted its handlers to a suspicious package at 11:30 a.m. At 11:45 a.m., the main terminal was evacuated with airport officials keeping travelers at least 300 feet away from the security screening area where the baggage was flagged. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department bomb squad responded while passengers looked on. The airport was on standby until the terminal was opened and operating at 1:30 p.m. No comment from the dog about what was sniffed and why. No comment about delayed flights or how many passengers were left stranded, if any.

Friday, February 17

Harco St. and Bellflower Blvd.  A wild day of rain and winds was topped off by a 4 p.m. power failure for houses served by power lines on Bellflower Boulevard opposite Harco Street. As night approached, some residents, expecting a long dark spell, went out for candles. “I was actually driving up Bellflower to come home about an hour ago and drove by that light. It was pitch black and the stop light was out. Could’ve been a very bad situation. I saw what appeared to be two large SCE trucks near the intersection,” said a NextDoor poster. The estimated time for power restoration relief was 7 a.m., however some had restoration of power at 9:15 p.m. Others, just doors away, had to wait until the next morning to get their lights back, while crews continued to work the lines.

Monday, February 20

Village Road north of Viking Way. At 2 p.m., a trio of police cars were in front of  the closed U.S. post office. According to information shared by those few at the scene, the doors to the post office boxes were left open and there was some minor vandalism to the boxes.

Thursday, February 23

Cherry and Anaheim St. At 9 a.m., a naked man was reportedly walking south, possibly in search of a local nude beach. Turned out he wasn’t really naked after investigation.

Redondo Ave. and 11th St. An armed robbery at a retail store occurred at 10:30 p.m., with the unknown perp taking his leave in an eastbound direction on 11th Street.

Friday, February 24

Colorado St. and Redondo Ave. At 9:40 a.m., a collision with a small blue car caused the  roll-over of a green SUV, which then righted itself, with smashed windows and one minor injury. Possible U-turn violation suspected.

Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse at Magnolia and Third Street. In the second attempted suicide at the courthouse in less than six months, at 10:20 a.m., a 25 to 30-year-old male was on a ledge in the five-story-tall interior courtyard. Whether the man threatened to jump is not known, but he refused to respond to deputies and police officers who tried to talk with him. Firefighters inflated a 20-foot by 40-foot air cushion on the lobby floor in case the man jumped. At 12:40 p.m., police brought the incident to “a positive conclusion,” according to police. Officers then led him out of the courthouse in handcuffs and he was taken to a hospital and the cushion was thus removed.

Saturday, February 25

Bluff Heights. A NextDoor posting warned, “Beware of young men claiming to receive school credit at LBCC if you purchase the LB Register, part of OC Register. This publication under OCR is no longer.” Was this the first indication of an attempted Register revival?

Sunday, February 26

Metro Blue Line tracks, Willow St. and Long Beach Blvd. At 3:40 p.m., a male adult was spotted standing on the tracks with a train coming at him. When the train stopped, he began yelling at it. Police were called in.

steve@beachcomber.news

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