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Steve Propes

Sunday, November 28

5574 Atlantic Ave. At 3:30 a.m., two men drove up, confronted a female dispensary security guard.  Both parties began shooting, the guard had a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the lower body. The shooters fled in a vehicle driven by a third suspect.

Monday, November 29

Southbound 710 Freeway north of the 405 Freeway. At 3 a.m., a woman involved in a collision ran into traffic and was struck by a hit-and-run driver, then was hit and killed by a Kenworth semi-tractor without a trailer. The truck driver remained on the scene.

600 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. At 7:26 p.m., officers heard shots from Gumbiner Park, finding Omar Akers, a 33-year-old homeless resident of Long Beach with a gunshot wound to his upper body causing critical injuries. On Dec. 7, Akers died of his wounds

Thursday, December 2

59th Street near Lime Ave. A race between a black Prius and another vehicle at 10 a.m. led to a possible hit-and-run sideswipe. Sounds like a Chuck Berry song.

Willow and Studebaker. According to a Nextdoor poster, at 9 p.m., donut makers were practicing their street takeovers for a big weekend. 

Friday, December 3

Home Depot. At 10:15 a.m., a group of young people in the hammer section drew concern and a call to 911 the cops had requested.

5800 block of Naples Ave. At noon, police arrested 29-year-old massage therapist Jerod Curtis of Carson for sexual battery after a girl told police Curtis had touched her inappropriately. Curtis was identified as a suspect in two July and November sexual battery incidents involving two women. Bail: $280,000.

4000 block of Elm Avenue. After a two-hour standoff with a burglary suspect, police called in K9 units. At 4:32 p.m., Marcelleous Deon Russell, 31, arrested and booked for residential burglary, being under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, bringing drugs to jail and obstructing police had $100,000 bail.

69th St. and Butler. At 11:30 p.m., more donuts. With some chopper help, most of the donut doers disappeared at 11:45 p.m., though a couple of donut makers transferred their need to show off to a nearby parking lot.

Spring and Palo Verde. At 11:55 p.m., reports of a street-takeover like the just-concluded crosstown takeover, donuts, everything on top. The chopper reported nada. Instead, in ten seconds of donuts by a white car at Spring and Studebaker, report by Nextdoorers as a frequent noise-and-smoke belcher seen on Stearns and 28th and Clark in the past few days. About calling the cops a Nextdoorer said “squeaky wheels get more grease,” more appropriate for drivers of another imperative.

Saturday, December 4

400 block of E. Willow. At 12:30 p.m., a female walked into a business, exposed herself, urinated on the floor. Police attempts to find a victim may be harder than stopping the woman from showing her new trick.

W. Arlington St. At 3:30 p.m., a woman in a horse allegedly struck a person. Police attempting to lead the horse home had to call for animal control help. As animal control’s one officer covering five cities  was dealing with an iguana emergency, response was delayed.

10th St. and Long Beach Blvd. At 7 p.m., a man’s non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the upper and lower body; not finding a crime scene, police found the victim refusing to cooperate.

Monday, December 6

400 block of Maine Ave. Eight to 12 shots fired at 2 p.m., several cars damaged and “evidence of shell casings,” none of which were talking.

Aquarium of the Pacific. A naked adult male asked people to “kill me!” at 2:30 p.m. Nobody accepted the suggestion; he moved on, clothes on.

Tuesday, December 7

2280 Bellflower Blvd. At 8:45 a.m., a group of 50 film-shooters occupied a large parking lot. Panera Bread was closed to the public. With ten “static picture cars” in the parking lot and “atmospheric smoke” under the supervision of the Fire Department, trucks stayed in the parking lot overnight, no camera, equipment or persons allowed in the street at any time, allowing a four-foot pedestrian access on sidewalks/walkways “at all times.” All of this investment to film “talent” riding a scooter up to a building.

Fifth St. and Ximeno Ave. Involved in a crash, male drivers of a black sedan and a delivery truck engaged in fisticuffs, returned to their dented rides, went on their respective ways at 9 a.m.

Redondo Ave. At 10:20 a.m., a male on the sidewalk hit golf balls at buildings and passing cars, though Recreation Park was but a long drive away.

Wednesday, December 8

1600 block of Pacific Ave. At 11:48 p.m., Ray Cash Sr., a 53-year-old resident of Long Beach, shot multiple times, died on the sidewalk. The shooting is being investigated as gang related.

Thursday, December 9

4500 block of Tolbert Ave. At 3:41 p.m., an unattended vehicle in a driveway rolled backwards, struck 102-year-old Helen Morris seated in a rolling walker on the sidewalk. Family members then stopped the vehicle. Morris later died at the hospital. The most recent driver of the vehicle was cooperative with police.

Saturday, December 11

Spring St. and Palo Verde Ave. At 11:15 a.m., a Dodge Ram stuck behind traffic demanded “get out of the way, I have a f**kin’ gun” over an “angry bullhorn.”  Three white, black-garbed young males entered Auto Zone. 911 was advised.


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