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By: 
Steve Propes

Friday, January 7

405 Fwy. at Palo Verde Rd. At 6:15 a.m., a collision between a Toyota Camry, and a big rig, the trailer full of trash covering the Toyota roof. No one was injured. At 9:22 a.m., the semi was up-righted, a 10-gallon fuel leak was contained, the right lane reopened. All of the lanes were opened five hours later at 11:15 a.m. a perfect ending to the morning rush.

Spring St. and Palo Verde Ave. At 2 p.m., a Nextdoor-er heard an alarm at a supermarket. The doors were open with a shopping cart blocking the doors as a young man “ran out to the parking lot with his arms full.” The response? “If they are stealing food and popping the emergency exit, they are amateurs. The real harmful thieves are part of ORC, Organized Retail Crime. They steal Tide, razors are sold cheap at swap meets and recently are feeding online Amazon Stores for pennies on the dollar.” Hello, Amazon.

Saturday, January 8

1600 block of E. 14th St. At 6:30 a.m. a vehicle pulled up, two teens were shot. They are expected to survive.

Monday, January 10

Recreation Park Golf Course. A pursuit from the Orange Crush to Long Beach at 3:25 p.m. ended as two males abandoned a white pickup. It coasted down Santiago Avenue at 8th Street as they dashed across the golf course, then ambled down a lane where a CHP motorcycle officer drew down on them. He waited for backup arriving in a golf cart and a landing LASO chopper, their occupants watching as the scofflaws were cuffed and turned over to city officers who’d arrived in standard black and whites. No golfers or caddies were harmed in all this action.

Wednesday, January 12

1500 block of Orizaba Ave. At noon, two arguing men went for their guns, Zaferia-style. One shot at the other, missed, the other fired back, striking the first shooter in the lower body. After all this activity, the police took their guns away.

Thursday, January 13 

Vista St. and Obispo Ave. An officer found an illegally parked vehicle blocking part of a driveway, also qualifying for a street sweeper citation at 10 a.m. Detecting the owner’s home address, he went to her apartment, asked her to move the vehicle saving her towing fees and ticketing moola for city coffers.

Saturday, January 15

Eastbound Shoreline past Pine. A complete 400 motorcycle takeover at this tourist-y area at 3:15 p.m. left through the Non-Gerald Desmond Bridge into Los Angeles territory at 3:20 p.m.,

The New Bridge adjacent to the Gerald Desmond Bridge. At 8:20 p.m., came reports of eastbound street-racing. The police chopper was called in to assist, while ground units had to drive the wrong way from the east on the Pico ramp to assist. As racers exited, 50 vehicles did a parting donut session, while most took the 710 out of town.

Bellflower south of Spring St. At 10 p.m., as reported in Nextdoor, “a very large crowd of racing cars filling up Lowe’s parking lot. With tents, advertisements and everything. Be careful if you’re out driving around.” Said another poster, “they do not have permits and you can’t stop them when you get a mob like what was over there, over 200 to 250 cars. They ignore the police, then make the police chase them all through the city of Long Beach where other people and bystanders can get hurt. It’s a mob out for drag racing, donuts in the middle of the street, running red lights with their car lights off absolutely insane.” A third poster summed it up. “My poor dog is freaked out!”

Tuesday, January 18  

Del Rey Court at Anaheim St. At 1:05 p.m., a garbage truck stuck a 57-year-old man who was lying down in an alleyway behind a liquor store, killing him.  The “privately owned garbage truck” was backing up northbound on Del Rey Court. The garbage truck driver, a 62-year-old Norwalk resident, called emergency services and remained at the scene to cooperate with the investigation.

Thursday, January 20

6100 block of Myrtle Ave. In an approved 1 p.m. pursuit, a possible robbery suspect in a silver, take your pick, Charger or Challenger evaded pursuers in a few minutes later at Cherry Avenue at Harding Street.

Challenge accepted.

Friday, January 21

Bellflower Blvd. and Beach Dr. At 5:47 p.m., a southbound 2002 Acura sedan driven by a 17-year-old male Long Beach resident struck a possibly homeless pedestrian crossing Bellflower Boulevard outside of a crosswalk. Then a 2005 Honda Pilot driven by a 59-year-old male Long Beach resident struck the pedestrian. Both drivers remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation. The 17-year-old driver did not have a driver’s license. Identified by his parent as well as a school ID, he was released to his parent at the scene.

Saturday, January 22 

7500 block of Carson St. At 4:40 p.m., a prone man in front of Walmart claimed having been shot inside the store. Paramedics found a wound; police found evidence of a shooting on a nearby sidewalk.

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