Crime blotter: UPD responds to grand theft, a burglarized locker and suspicious person

Grand theft in Hall of Science On Feb. 1, a Hall of Science faculty member reported a theft of equipment totaling $10,000. The reporting Long Beach State faculty member said the theft occurred sometime between Jan. 14 and Feb. 1. University Police Department Capt. Richard Goodwin explained the stolen equipment belonged to an employee of University of Southern California. There are no suspects at this time. Petty theft in Kinesiology building A student reported their wallet and pink iPhone 7s was stolen from a Kinesiology building locker on Feb. 1. According to Goodwin, there were no signs of forced entry to the locker and no information was discovered on how the lock was compromised. There are no suspects at this time. Suspicious Person UPD received a report of a possibly intoxicated transient man walking near the College of Business Administration at 8 p.m. Feb. 4. The man was described wearing blankets and having a medium body build. Officers questioned the man as he walked through the building near room CBA 135. After their interview, officers concluded the man had not been drinking and was not a danger, allowing him to continue on his way. Capt. Goodwin reported that this semester

By | 2019-04-09T15:07:32+00:00 Feb 10, 2019 | 7:17 pm|Categories: Campus, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , |

Campus Clash racks up a near $20,000 bill

When nonprofit, right-wing organization Turning Point USA brought a flurry of conservative ideas to Long Beach State on Oct. 23, the university prepared itself with K-rail barriers, fencing and 70 police members. The event required dozens of personnel on standby, as well as added costs for LBSU, Turning Point USA and the Cal State University system. The total cost of the event was about $19,667.41, but according to Jeff Bliss, the university’s executive director of media, LBSU only paid $7,375.51. Bliss said there were 15 University Police officers and three K-9 officers — two of which were on loan from “neighboring agencies.” There were also four commanders. Two were from the university and two were from the CSU system’s Critical Response Unit. Also at the event were two chiefs — one from LBSU and one from the CRU. In addition, the university brought in 46 officers from throughout the CSU. University police received $382.04 in total for overtime costs. “In order to minimize overtime, schedules were adjusted for most staff to come in later that day knowing they would be staying late,” Bliss said. The extra officers not employed by LBSU came from the Chancellor’s Office and the CSU system.

By | 2018-12-05T17:51:20+00:00 Dec 4, 2018 | 11:39 pm|Categories: Campus, CSU, News, Showcase|Tags: , , , , , |

The Long Beach Police Department’s use of the Tiger Text app warrants more action

The Long Beach Police Department got caught using a service that permanently deletes text messages, and its apology was nowhere near sufficient. Al Jazeera published an article Sept. 18, revealing that, since at least 2014, the LBPD used Tiger Text – an application which deletes messages shortly after they are seen. Multiple unnamed police officers who spoke with the news organization claim that the department used the app “to share sensitive and potentially incriminating information that they wouldn't want to be disclosed to a court.” The article states that Tiger Text deletes messages after a short amount of time, and unlike social media apps such as Snapchat, these are not recoverable. Thus any information about a case or departmental affairs that officers share through the app will be gone after the recipient views it. Multiple officers who spoke with Al Jazeera claimed that they were instructed to use Tiger Text. If the LBPD truly had nothing to hide, then I see no reason for using this service. In a possible sign of bad communication, LBPD contradicted a statement they released about police departments using Tiger Text. On Tuesday, it claimed to be the only department using the application, but officials

By | 2018-09-26T22:18:00+00:00 Sep 26, 2018 | 10:18 pm|Categories: Columns, Opinions, Today|Tags: , , , , |

Arming teachers misses the mark

Since the Feb. 14 shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, both sides of the aisle have dug into their respective corners, calling for legislative changes. The national conversation has trotted out the usual talking points: mental health, various bans on various weapons and violent video games. While both sides agree that the shooting that left 17 students dead should never happen again, the debate has been contentious over the solution. One of the most polarizing solutions has been the proposal to arm teachers, brought up by President Donald Trump and other Republican lawmakers. While many of the other subjects do deserve to at least be discussed, the Daily 49er Editorial Board believes arming teachers should not even be on the table. On every level, the plan to arm teachers is ridiculous and too much to ask of them. Teaching is a special profession. It takes time and a dedication to guiding young people in a way only parents can match. Unfortunately, it is a profession that is not given the respect that it deserves. Teachers are frequently straddled with large classes, long hours and inadequate wages. Placing the responsibility of a gun on their shoulders

FBI joins UPD in investigation recent death threats

In the wake of death threats made to La Raza Student Association last weekend on Facebook, President Jane Close Conoley sent out an email en masse Wednesday to the student body in order to address student concerns and confirm the involvement of the FBI in the ongoing case. “This is a regrettable moment in our campus history,” said Terri Carbaugh, associate vice president of public affairs in an email. “I am unable to provide you details beyond the president's email, as an investigation is underway.” Although University Police Department could not comment due to the active investigation, Lt. Richard Goodwin was able to provide information on general procedure in similar situations. “Anything that can be taken as a terrorist threat, we involve our fellow agencies,” Goodwin said. “We would seek their knowledge with regard to this to see if they have, for example, a person that we were looking at in a particular case.” Conoley’s email cited the First Amendment as one of the great strengths of democracy, which includes protection over “hate speech.” La Raza responded to the email on Instagram hours after it was sent out with frustration referencing a past demonstration in which CSULB mascot Prospector Pete

By | 2017-09-20T22:18:07+00:00 Sep 20, 2017 | 10:18 pm|Categories: Crime, News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

CSULB shuttle bus involved in accident

A two-car accident today closed off the intersection of West Campus Drive and Seventh Street. A driver suffered from a medical emergency while driving, causing him to lose control of his car and crash into a campus shuttle. According to Larry Walker, officer of the Long Beach Police Department, the Nissan Sedan was towed, and the left side was wrecked. The turn on West Campus Drive to Seventh was closed off by red flares, and vehicles were being directed by police. The crash resulted in heavy late morning traffic along Seventh. The incident occurred around 10:20 a.m, and it wasn’t until 11:05 a.m when they reopened the streets. According to Sgt. Brad Johnson of the Long Beach Police Department, a 2011 Kia Optima was involved in the car accident. LBPD was dispatched at 10:30 a.m. to investigate the accident.The driver who was admitted into the hospital has not been stated. “We don’t give out hospital names.” said Sgt. Johnson. “The Long Beach Fire Department were dispatched and took the individual to the hospital.” Mike Caldin, a manager at the Cal State Long Beach shuttle services stated that the shuttle model was a Ford E-450 DRW, a commercial truck. The shuttle

By | 2017-09-20T21:42:19+00:00 Sep 20, 2017 | 9:42 pm|Categories: News, Today|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Police Beat

Police assist in apprehending suspected car thieves, kidnappers University Police assisted the Long Beach Police Department in a traffic stop near campus on March 1 at 3:30 p.m., Lt. Richard Goodwin of the University Police said. Long Beach Police pulled over a possibly stolen car at Ximeno Blvd. and Atherton St. Goodwin said University Police were called in as back up. Police arrested all four of the vehicle’s occupants for suspected involvement in a kidnapping and torture case in Long Beach. Goodwin said that the suspects were not students. Police assist in search for a suspected burglar University Police assisted the Long Beach Police Department in a search for a burglary suspect at the El Dorado Park Golf Course on Feb. 25 at 4:50 a.m., Goodwin said. University Police helped set up a perimeter while Long Beach police searched the park. The suspect was described as an African-American male who wore a blue and black hoodie. The suspect was not apprehended. Suspicious vehicle reported near dorms University Police received a report regarding a suspicious vehicle parked in Lot 20 at 9:30 p.m. on March 1, Goodwin said. The report came from a resident at the Hillside dorms. The vehicle was