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Steve Propes

Friday, October 1

14th St. and Olive Ave. At 11:27 p.m., a suspect in a possible dark-colored sedan shot 35-year-old Long Beach resident Tony Chamroeun who died at the scene. It’s being investigated as gang-related.

Saturday, October 2

185 E. Third St. At 10 a.m., several hundred participated in a women’s reproductive rights march from the Deukmejian Courthouse to Harvey Milk Promenade Park, where they were addressed by Mayor Robert Garcia about the issue and the shooting of Mona Rodriguez. About 600 similar marches were held in various cities.

Linden Avenue and Harding Street. At 2:10 p.m., a homeless 46-year-old Ausage Sauta approached an also homeless man seated beneath a tree. A physical altercation and stabbing ensued; Sauta died at the scene.

1101 E. San Antonio. At 3:20 p.m. came a complaint about loud “disco music” and unmitigated dancing in the street at Bixby Knolls Park. Is there a DJ out there trapped in the 70s?

Studebaker Rd. and Spring St. During a bout of road rage, a man in a small white car with a pipe wrench broke his fellow traveler’s Toyota windshield at 3:50 p.m., then continued on into a left turn lane to find additional uses for his wrench.

Sunday, October. 3

Southbound 405 off ramp to Bellflower Blvd. Somehow a sedan with mystery markings on the door got impaled on the guard rail, causing a shutdown of Los Coyotes Diagonal at 5:20 p.m.

Monday, October 4

5700 block of Long Beach Blvd. At 9:30 a.m., a naked male covered in motor oil was seen running around the perimeter of an elementary school. Police determined he was wearing pants, easily missed if covered in oily substances.

5200 block of Spring St. During an intense thunder storm, at 5 p.m., lightning caught a grove of cypress trees afire, an adjacent house, a storage shed and a boat were touched by fire but the house did not burn. Oh yeah, Clark Avenue had already been shut down for a “Pivoting” Fox TV shoot.

Tuesday, October. 5

Pacific Coast Hwy at Cherry Ave. A speeding Harley, a crash, an unconscious cyclist, a paramedic call and Cherry blocked off at 7:35 p.m.

Thursday, October 7

Del Amo and Cherry. At 8:30 p.m., a male bicyclist out to prove his take on allegiance, circled the intersection, a huge stars and stripes waving from his two-wheeled ride.

Friday, October 8

Belmont Pier. Both police and lifeguards were involved in tracking the progress of the annual one fully-naked-man competition on the pier at noon.

Anaheim St. and Pine Ave. A silver car kept stopping the flow of traffic so the driver could partake in his daily fill of donuts at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 9

Pacific Ave. and Broadway. At 3 p.m., several anti-vaccine protestors were advancing their objections by way of a professional sound system.

Pacific Coast Hwy. and Newport Ave. Witnesses saw a man with a gunshot wound being assisted by a woman at 11 p.m., both fleeing the scene before officers arrived. Check all the hospitals.

Monday, October 11

Bellflower Blvd between Conant St. and Monlaco Rd. At 1:30 a.m., an elderly woman moving out of state parked a U-Haul truck and trailer, which were duly stolen with drag marks on the street. Police found her truck in Marshal’s parking lot on Woodruff and Carson with Lo-Jack. The club was broken off the steering wheel, the dashboard and steering column destroyed. The not-broken-into trailer was found hear Lakewood High School.

“All the thieves wanted was the catalytic converter and they got it!” said the Nextdoor poster. An inevitable give-and-take evolved into whether U-Haul should absorb the loss, yes; catalytic convertor thefts, bad; the advantages of moving to Ohio, where apparently there is no similar crime, cut off with the dramatic. “I hate damn thieves. Off with their hands.”

1900 block of Lemon Ave. At 8:45 p.m., two men argued, one man was shot, the other fled. The wounded man showed up at a hospital with a non-life-threatening wound.

Tuesday, October 12

Carson St. and Clark Ave. At 5 p.m., in remarkable coincidence, all four corners were occupied by sign-carrying vaccine protestors. Perhaps indicating pre-planning, the second protest in this intersection in as many months suggesting this might become a protest ground-zero.

Thursday, October 14

12th St. and Cedar Ave. At 12:50 p.m., when two US Marshal’s local task force agents attempted to apprehend a fugitive wanted on a felony warrant out of Colorado for narcotics distribution, John Troxell, 54, fired shots at the task force, which returned fire. None of the officers or others were injured. Troxell was detained and removed to a hospital for an unspecified injury unrelated to the shooting. All of 12th Street was closed off from Cedar Avenue to Pacific Avenue. Local police were not involved in the wild west action, but will investigate.

Friday, October 15

1500 block of Anaheim St. At 1:30 p.m., a theft of business uniforms meant the thievers donned those very outfits, gray and white shirts and camo shorts. Hot fashion alert.


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