The City of Long Beach has lengthened its street sweeping citation forgiveness program till November 30th; the program was set to expire on October 31st.
The program was created in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns to provide economic relief to people who were encouraged to stay home to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
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Rick Lopez, Director of Public Works, wrote a memo to the Mayor and Councilmembers that "street sweeping is a critical public health and safety function." Director Lopez added that street sweeping does function "as a source control mechanism by removing litter and waste that would otherwise make its way into the storm drain system and eventually to the ocean." However, Lopez still prescribes to extend the street sweeping citation forgiveness program until the end of November.
The Long Beach Police Department announced the arrest of a North Carolina man accused of human trafficking a 13-year-old girl.
Tyler Rosbor, a 23-year-old resident of Browns Summit, North Carolina, has been accused of one count of human trafficking of a minor and one count of pimping in relation to an adult female.
After Rosbor was apprehended on September 24th, police learned that a teenage victim was being trafficked in the Los Angeles area; vice detectives would meet with her in Long Beach, police say.
During the investigation, police ascertained that Rosbor arrived in California in September and started pimping a female adult, who introduced him to the juvenile victim.
Investigators discovered that the victim was forced to perform prostitution acts for two men in Merced County.
The 13-year-old victim was reunited with a relative and provided victim-centered services through the Los Angeles County First Responder Protocol for Sexually Exploited Children.
Rosbor is being held on $175,000 bail and is due to return to court on October 23, 2020, for arraignment.
Police are searching for a truck driver who they say struck and killed a female bicyclist Wednesday night in North Long Beach.
A 56-year-old Bellflower resident was hit by a semi-truck while riding her bicycle at the intersection of Artesia Blvd and Downey Avenue in North Long Beach.
Officers reached the scene at roughly 9:00 p.m and found a female victim who had suffered “serious injuries.”
LBFD provided life-saving measures, but the victim later died at the scene due to her injuries.
The semi-truck driver fled the crash scene, and police say the vehicle was described as having a white-colored cab and large white-colored trailer.