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Steve Propes

Saturday, June 26

Pacific Coast Hwy and Loynes Dr. At 2 a.m., a DUI checkpoint final score was unsafe driving: 7 citations; unlicensed drivers: 4; DUI drivers: 2. One driver fled. Police found the unoccupied escape vehicle, recovered a handgun and narcotics. An invite to the police station to collect the missing piece may follow.

Sunday, June 27

100 block of West 12th St. Leader among places never to argue, at 7:20 p.m., a man was stabbed in the upper torso as a way of settling a disagreement in an alley.

Monday, June 28

100 block of E. Fifth St. Yakima, Washington’s Robert Angel Cervantes, 23, was cruising downtown with Valerie Morales, 19 of Whittier. At 7 p.m., police attempted a traffic pullover aka a crash into a parking structure, a foot-flight, arrest, capture, minor injuries. After treatment, Angel’s bail was $75,000 for GTA, DUI and driving without a license, hers for resisting/obstructing a public officer at a bargain $.01.

Tuesday, June 29

2700 block of Bellflower Blvd. During a 2:30 p.m. Denny’s pre-dinner, two men chased the other out into bushes to the south. Disregarding the pure entertainment value, cops determined it was about a crime committed in Orange County, where the chase should have been conducted.

405 south offramp to Bellflower Blvd north. A NextDoor poster said with video. “I witnessed a homeless person picking up a large piece of wood and swinging it at the chain link fence. On the other side of the fence was a younger-looking person who yelled something like, ‘You know, I’m just a kid!’” The police were called, but by then the parties had left. Another poster observed, “you have a very cool camera- is it easy to install and use?” Answer, built-in to his Tesla.

Thursday, July 1

300 block of Hullett St. A 1:15 p.m. 70 mph pursuit of a shoot-em-up driver with police in approved pursuit, down pastoral Myrtle Ave. and Lewis Ave., wrecking out at 55th & Lemon. Taking refuge into a nearby yard, cops surrounded the gunsel. CHP choppered in, search commenced, meanwhile, back at crime-central Hullett, one person detained.

Friday, July 2

Martin Luther King Jr. Park, Lemon Ave. and 19th St. Swastika and hate-related symbols tied to Nazism graffiti was noted on the Martin Luther King Jr. statue, at 3:20 p.m. Abysmal ignorance suspected.

Saturday, July 3

10th Street and Long Beach Blvd. At 10:45 a.m., a 51-year-old Los Angeles man driving a 1994 Buick Le Sabre struck a parked 2008 Honda Accord, a street sign, a commercial gas line and a tree, car caught fire. A 40-year-old woman passenger from Lakewood died. The driver was not licensed nor insured. Too soon to know if drugs and/or alcohol played a role in the crash.

Sunday, July 4

200 block of E. 7th St. At 1:30 a.m., a 16-year-old male shot in a non-life-threatening way showed up at a hospital with a gunshot wound. Saeed Langdon, 20, of Carson, arrested for attempted murder and assault with a firearm on a person faced $1 million bail.

First Place and E. Ocean Blvd. At 2:43 a.m., a suspect approached a group, shot a 24-year-old male who was hospitalized, critical but stable condition. Gang involvement possible.

1900 block of Ocean Blvd. To make the Fourth totally rad, at 9 p.m. luxury high-rise balcony celebrants took incoming fireworks from a one-man explosive crew on the beach. At 9:30 p.m., an undeclared war began with the balcony sending rockets into the red glare. Then came the flare from the sky burning brightly on its descent to the roof of a nearby high-rise.

Tuesday, July 6

2000 block of Long Beach Blvd. Likely a non-Fourth leftover, a device with wires attached to the front door of the Social Security office at 8:50 a.m., declared non-dangerous by 9:20 a.m. An assured way of bollixing up commuter traffic on the busy route after a holiday weekend with a command post and multiplicity of traffic diversions.

Fourth St. and Ximeno Ave. At 10 p.m., the driver of a Subaru Outback or Crosstrek struck Jere Whitney, 78, as she was legally crossing the street. The driver fled westbound on Fourth; Whitney died on July 8.

1000 block of Gaviota Ave. At 11:54 p.m., as a driver was shot by a walking man, one of two passengers took the wheel and to a hospital they went. He’s critical but stable.

Wednesday, July 7

Anaheim St. and Ximeno Ave. At 10:30 p.m., a westbound sedan entered the intersection on a solid red light, collided with a truck and SUV, which flipped, multiple victims trapped, extracted, two taken to the hospital, another awaited extraction at 11 p.m. with another four triaged nearby. “Drugs, alcohol, and vehicle speed are all believed to be a factor in the collision,” said police. “Officers arrested an 18-year-old male suspect who remains at a local hospital for treatment prior to booking.”


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