August 13, 1993

Powhatten Beach man's death prompts community meeting

County officials will meet with Powhatten Beach residents at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 26 concerning the death Tuesday of a 75-year-old resident who was struck by a dump truck in front of his home.

The truck driver was a county contractor, part of a crew installing sewer lines in Powhatten Beach.

John Henry Niemann, of the 7700 block of Shirley Ave., had gone to his mailbox in front of his home about 3:30 p.m. when the truck backed into him. The driver was attempting to turn the truck around to leave a dead-end street. Police said a warning signal that sounds as the truck backs up was working, but Mr. Niemann, who was hard of hearing, did not notice it.

County Department of Public Works spokeswoman Jody Vollmar said residents upset by the accident requested the meeting to learn more about the construction project. The meeting will be held at the old fire hall at the intersection of Powhatten Beach and Solley roads.

Construction is expected to continue into the fall, she said.

Shoplifter drives away with display computer

A man walked into the Radio Shack store in the 8100 block of Ritchie Highway about 4:30 p.m. Monday, took a laptop computer on display and ran out.

The store manager followed the man to the parking lot and saw him get into a brown Dodge Aries station wagon and drive off toward Mountain Road.

A female companion, who remained in the store, told the returning manager that the man had picked her up hitchhiking. She was not detained by police.

The suspect was described as a white male, 35 to 40 years old, 5 feet 10 inches tall and 179 pounds, with short brown hair and a scraggly beard. He was wearing a cream colored T-shirt and long pants. The computer was valued at $400.


* Pasadena: A passenger window of a 1985 Ford truck parked at Gookin Industries in the 300 block of Ritchie Highway was smashed between 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and a Makita saw was stolen.

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