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Steve Propes

Friday, December 24

Atherton St. and Montair Ave. At 10:17 p.m., a male adult pedestrian crossing northbound outside of a crosswalk on Atherton Street was hit by a westbound silver sedan, which fled the scene before officers arrived. The pedestrian succumbed to his injuries on Dec. 27. [See Cairo story on page 1.]

Saturday, December 25

Butler St. and Artesia Blvd. As of 11:15 p.m., about 100 vehicles decided to take over the intersection, as five cars, including a black Challenger did donuts, depriving non-donut vehicles of a safe roadway. In the rain, no less. As of 11:25 p.m., the vehicles dispersed.

805 E. Ocean Blvd. A large group of quads and dirt bikes arrived at 4:45 p.m., then took spin down Shoreline Drive.

Sunday, December 26

1300 block of W. 16th St. At 7:22 a.m., Guadalupe Ruiz, 34, who suffered a gunshot wound to the upper body while seated inside the front area of a parked SUV was declared deceased at the scene.

Monday, December 27

Los Coyotes Diag. and Carson St. At 7:22 a.m., two men were crossing this busy intersection when they were hit by a vehicle. A man in his 80s was taken to a trauma hospital with life-threatening injuries. The other man was treated at the scene. Police said the driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating.

Fourth St. and The Promenade. At 5:25 p.m., a red pickup truck hit a woman and dragged her westbound “before becoming dislodged from the vehicle,” police said. A Chevy Camaro, then hit her, dragged her westbound to Pine Avenue before stopping. She died at the scene. The red pickup driver kept going, last seen southbound on Pine; the Camaro driver stopped, remained at the scene, cooperated with police. The Camaro driver had a valid driver’s license, is not suspected of driving under the influence, speeding or distracted driving. Police are searching for the red pickup truck driver.

Tuesday, December 28

Lakewood Blvd. and Willow St. A black and white police SUV broadsided a sedan at 1 p.m. Both damaged vehicles had a date with a tow truck. No apparent injuries.

Wednesday, December 29

L.A. River. At 10:15 a.m. What would you do? A victim of a car theft called 911 to report seeing two males in his stolen white Honda Civic hatchback driving up and down the L.A. Riverbed. At the brink of a major rainstorm.

Saturday, January 1

1000 Pier F. At 11:20 a.m., somehow a woman was trapped under a train, waiting for extraction. For this anomaly, scheduled train traffic suffered delays.

700 block of Los Altos Ave. At 11:30 a.m., Stephanie Moreno was driving her 2008 Honda Civic eastbound on Seventh Street when it went off the road approaching Los Altos Avenue, struck a light pole and two unoccupied parked cars. Moreno was pronounced dead at the scene and a man riding with her suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Sunday, January 2

700 block of Lime Ave. At 3:45 a.m., a man yelled for help in an alleyway, someone called police saying they could see two dark figures running away. The victim had stab wounds to his upper body and died in the hospital.

1700 block of Bellflower Blvd. In the fifth of as many similar robberies in a four-hour span, at 4:43 a.m., a man walks into a business, pulls a gun, robs the employee of cash and leaves. The first robbery was at 12:55 a.m. at the 4000 block of Atlantic Avenue; the second nearby at the 4200 block of Long Beach Boulevard at 1:03 a.m. near the Virginia Country Club; then the 2600 block of Pacific Avenue at 1:36 a.m. and the 200 block of W. Willow Street at 1:39 a.m., followed by an apparent three-hour non-holdup break.

7500 block of Carson St. In a major interruption of retail activity, as patrons were Walmart shopping at 11:35 a.m., store management began telling them to abandon store, but leave their purchases behind.

7500 block of Carson St. An apparent repeat performance of clearing out of Walmart, customers were ushered out at 3:30 p.m. because a supposedly injured man with a gun was causing concern. Police arrived to clear the store, which required considerable time and man-hours, what with all the departments and floor space.

Monday, January 3

Bellflower Blvd. near Willow St. At 8:30 a.m., two black sedans collided. The drivers, a female and a male at this crucial introductory meeting proceeded to engage in fisticuffs. Apparently no arrests ensued.

Tuesday, January 4

2222 Bellflower Blvd. At 5 p.m., a woman driving a purple van got in a honking contest with a VW Golf, then somehow a BB gun fired off in the dispute in a TJ parking lot.

Wednesday, January 6

Long Beach Blvd. and Ellis St. At 6 p.m., a man was shot in the leg, then transported himself to a hospital.

14th St. and Long Beach Blvd. At 11:36 p.m., while walking through an alley, a man was shot in the upper body by one of three men, who then fled. The victim self-transported to the hospital before police arrived. His wounds were judged non-life threatening.


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