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Woman injured after being run over by her car

On Tuesday, Jan 29, at 12:45 p.m., LBPD and LBFD responded to the alley behind 730 N Coast Hwy for a report of an injury collision. 

“It was reported that the 50-year-old female got out of and was then run over by her vehicle,” LBPD Spokesperson PIO Sgt Jim Cota said. “She was transported to Mission Hospital – Mission Viejo for abrasions and bruises.” 

LBFD Division Chief Api Weinert said, “Our Engine 1 responded to a report of medical aid. They made contact with the victim lying on the ground. She was apparently the driver of a vehicle and had gotten out of the vehicle. When she got out, she noticed the vehicle was rolling backwards. She attempted to get back in the vehicle but was unable to get back in. She sustained injuries due to getting caught between the vehicle and a wall.”

Chief Weinert added that this was a freak accident that could have happened to anybody.

“I’ve been trying to run to work every day, and the other day while I was running, I stumbled and fell on top of myself,” he said. “These types of accidents and weird things happen.”

Residents try to intervene as tree gets chopped down 

On Friday, Jan 25, at 11:08 a.m., at Eagle Rock Way and Virginia Way, LBPD received a report of someone “trying to stop the cutting down of a historic tree.” The police logs describe a “male with a chainsaw – unknown what company he is with. Four residents from the area are trying to stop him. RP is no longer on scene. Five work trucks.”

According to Cassie Walder, City Community Information Officer, the tree was ultimately removed on Wednesday, Jan 30, due to poor health.

 “The tree had been declining for some time and it was likely due to [the] combination of the drought stress, extreme compaction of the soil around the root zone, repeated topping of the canopy by SDG&E to keep it out of electric wires and potentially some root disturbance due to maintenance of adjacent pavement, mailbox, pole and retaining wall,” said Shohreh Dupuis, Assistant City Manager/Director of Public Works.

The tree was a Red Flowering Eucalyptus.

Emergency call centers to accept 9-1-1 text messages starting Feb 6

All Orange County first responder dispatch centers will begin accepting texts to 9-1-1 on February 6.

Text-to-911 is the ability to send a text message to reach 9-1-1 emergency call takers from your mobile phone or device. This service is aimed to assist people who are hearing impaired, or speech disabled, or someone who is in an emergency situation where calling 9-1-1 is not possible. Always contact 9-1-1 by making a voice call if you can.

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