Death threat investigation stymied; SHPD asks for public’s assistance

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) is asking the public’s help in identifying the person who sent an apparent death threat to Signal Hill Mayor Ed Wilson via email several weeks ago. “Our detectives concluded their investigation, and they took the case to the (Los Angeles County District Attorney) D.A.’s…

SHPD officer deployed to Gulf clean-up

Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) Officer Paul Buccat has received orders for deployment as a United States Coast Guard reservist to New Orleans to assist with the Gulf oil-spill cleanup. His deployment will last approximately 60 days. Buccat has been employed with the SHPD since December 2006 and was assigned to the position of traffic…

SHPD reminds residents of fireworks, parking rules for 4th of July

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) has announced that the hilltop area will be closed to all non-residential vehicular traffic on the 4th of July holiday beginning at 6pm. SHPD suggests that all individuals and families interested in viewing the aerial firework displays enjoy the view from the hilltop, but consider attending the shows at…

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…

After three decades of service, Mary Spiegel retires from the SHPD

By Nick Diamantides Staff Writer After 30 years on “the thin blue line,” Captain Mary Spiegel has retired from the Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD). Last Saturday evening, about 85 people attended a banquet honoring her at the Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach. Among them were SHPD administrators and officers, former police chiefs…

Pedestrian in SH struck by, pinned under vehicle

On Monday, March 8, 2010, at approximately 8:30pm, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers were dispatched to the intersection of Hill Street and Rose Avenue regarding a traffic collision involving a pedestrian. A vehicle had been traveling southbound on Rose Avenue, approaching Hill Street, and struck a female pedestrian who was walking westbound on Hill…

SHPD, LA County Fire Dept. remove passenger trapped in car

On Monday, March 8, 2010, at approximately 4:54pm, Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) officers, along with Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedics, were dispatched to the intersection of Orange Avenue and 33rd Street regarding a traffic collision. Officers arrived and found a compact car upside-down with two of its three occupants standing outside the vehicle.…

SHPD installs radar speed indicators to slow traffic

The Signal Hill Police Department recently announced the installation of two pole-mounted radar speed warning signs on Cherry Avenue, north of 21st Street. These devices are designed to remind drivers of the speed limit on the roadway by providing feedback of their speed as displayed on an LED readout. Studies have shown that devices such…

SHPD beefing up patrol during holiday shopping season

The Signal Hill Police Department (SHPD) will be increasing its patrol of all shopping centers and stores throughout the city during the holiday season. In addition to the increased patrol, SHPD volunteers will also be patrolling the city, looking for any suspicious activity. SHPD will be stationing unmanned police cars in some shopping centers in…

SHPD enforcing Click It or Ticket campaign during holidays

The Signal Hill Police Department, in an effort to help bring everyone home safe for the holidays, will be aggressively enforcing the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws during a Click It or Ticket mobilization, taking place November 17-30. The campaign relies on heavy enforcement and public education as a means to help…