March 5, 2009
When Huntington Beach City Council members initially directed their staff in September 2007 to look into installing cameras at some intersections to catch drivers who run red lights we put up a yield sign. Our warnings bear repeating as the council has decided to move ahead with the installation of 20 red-light cameras at its most dangerous intersections. First of all, we understand the urgency to increase safety at intersections like Beach Boulevard and Edinger Avenue. From Nov. 1, 2007 to Nov. 1, 2008, 553 of the 3,038 traffic collisions in the city were due to red-light runners.
March 4, 2009
Drivers may be a little more cautious in the future, as the city has approved the installation of up to 20 red-light cameras at its most accident-prone intersections. The City Council moved 5-2 to sign an agreement with Redflex Traffic Systems Inc. to study up to 20 of the city’s highest priority intersections to determine if they’re viable candidates for red-light cameras. Within four to six weeks, the City Council will review the results of the survey and approve the locations that will receive cameras.
February 26, 2009
Woman says she was chased by man A woman called from the 18700 block of Libra Circle at 4:52 a.m. Saturday to say she had been chased by a man. The woman had an argument with a friend and left the friend?s residence on foot in the middle of the night. When the woman realized a man was following her, she began running. He also started running. When the woman knocked on a random door and told the residents what happened, the man apparently left. The good Samaritans gave the woman a ride to her grandparents?
February 18, 2009
A teacher called police at 12:06 p.m. Sunday to report that someone broke a window and entered the assistant principal’s office at a private secondary school on the 21100 block of Strathmoor Lane over the weekend. The suspect drilled a hole into a safe in the office and stole several gift certificates, then plugged up the sink in the teacher’s lounge and turned on the water, creating extensive water damage when the water flooded the entire building. AREA 1 Coral Cay Lane: A resident spotted a Duffy boat with its inside lights off, driving back and forth through the lagoon, on the 16800 block at 2:22 a.m. Sunday.
February 11, 2009
A woman was seen slumped over a steering wheel and honking her horn at an undisclosed location, spraying something in her face, at 8:19 p.m. Saturday. It was discovered that the woman was huffing computer cleaner. The woman was treated and arrested. AREA 1 Warner Avenue: A man asked police to talk to his stepson, who allegedly steals money from his mother’s purse and has a drug problem, on the 6500 block at 10:13 a.m. Sunday. Warner Avenue: It was discovered that someone entered a vacant apartment and turned on all the faucets, creating a flood of water several inches deep, on the 4600 block at 10:16 a.m. Sunday.
February 4, 2009
Police received a call about a white Suburban that appeared to be using police lights, a PA system and a siren at Goldenwest Street and Heil Avenue at 1:31 a.m. Sunday. Police units intercepted the vehicle and charged the driver with impersonating a police officer and possession of body armor. The latter is illegal after someone is convicted of a violent felony. AREA 1 Bryant Drive: A woman said she discovered that her credit card was used to make illegal withdrawals from her account on the 8400 block at 10:22 a.m. Sunday.