Tips for protecting pets during Independence Day excitement

The 4th of July can be a frightening time for animals, with the loud sounds of firecrackers and fireworks often sending pets scurrying out of the house or yard in search of security or shelter. Long Beach Animal Care Services reminds all animal owners that they can save themselves and their pets a tremendous amount of…

Swimmers should take proactive approach to water safety this summer

According to the Centers for Disease Control, recreational water venues receive more than 360 million visits from individuals across the United States each year. Whether you are taking a family vacation to the beach, boating on your local lake, or swimming in the community pool, swimming and water safety should always be a priority. Bret…

Volunteers needed for child-abuse response team

For The Child, the local nonprofit child-prevention agency, is seeking volunteers for its Child Abuse Response Team, which responds to daytime, nighttime and weekend crisis calls when a child (infant to 14) has been sexually abused. For The Child’s volunteers are part of the larger Sexual Assault Response Team, which includes forensic nurses and law…

Trauma drama

American Red Cross volunteer and Cerritos resident Jeff Dohzen is helped to the triage unit during a simulated disaster response exercise at St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) on Atlantic Avenue. In theory, terrorists had attacked Long Beach with a chemical agent, requiring victims to don protective suits and take showers as part of the emergency…

LBPD conducting DUI checkpoint in North Division this weekend

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Saturday, June 26, from 6pm to 2am in the area of the North Division, in an effort to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes. DUI checkpoints are conducted to identify offenders and get them off the…

Red Cross offering course in wilderness First Aid

The American Red Cross Greater Long Beach Chapter last week announced the release of its new Wilderness and Remote First Aid course, which is designed for scouts, outdoor enthusiasts and people who work in remote wilderness environments. The course will be taught Saturday, June 26 and Sunday, June 27 at Progress Park, 15500 Downey Ave.,…

SHPD to conduct checkpoint as part of its summer DUI campaign

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) will be conducting a DUI/driver’s license checkpoint on Tuesday, June 29 from 8pm to 2am, in the eastbound lanes of Willow Street at Cerritos Avenue. SHPD is continuing efforts to lower the number of persons killed and injured in alcohol-involved crashes locally through LA County’s “Avoid the 100” DUI…

LBPD warns parents, grads about dangers of underage drinking

With Long Beach high school graduation ceremonies taking place next week, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) is warning graduates and parents about the dangers of underage drinking. Underage drinkers are more likely to involve themselves in unsafe behavior, or become a victim of a crime due to vulnerability. The effects of alcohol impairs judgment,…

LBPD saturation patrol yields 117 citations, arrest

On Friday, June 4, the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section conducted a DUI saturation patrol throughout Long Beach. This saturation patrol operated from 6pm until 2pm Saturday morning, with eight (8) additional police officers patrolling the City looking for impaired drivers. During the operation, the following arrests and citations were issued: five DUI…

Local fire departments respond to SH fire

Responding to a 1pm call Tuesday afternoon, LA County Fire Department (LACFD), assisted by Long Beach firefighters, extinguished a house fire at 2609 E. Pacific Coast Highway. According to LACFD, all rooms, including the garage where a vehicle was parked, of the two-story, single-family dwelling, which had been undergoing re-roofing, were burned. The cause of…

SHPD to increase enforcement aimed at careless motorists, dangerous riders

The Signal Hill Police Department will be conducting a specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation during the week beginning May 9. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where crashes occur. Officers will be cracking down on traffic violations made by motorcyclists, as well as other vehicle drivers that can lead…