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By: 
Steve Propes

Sunday, April 24

1700 block of Tribune Ct. At 9:45 p.m. a man walking near an alley encountered a dark-colored sedan with an unknown number of passengers who shot a gun his way. A good Samaritan took the man to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the lower body.

1700 block of Pacific Ave. At 10:32 p.m., a man was standing on a balcony near an alley when a man walking in the alley below made comments towards him and shot a gun in his direction, causing a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the lower body.

Friday, April 29

Horse stables near the 710 Freeway. Several horse riders reportedly shot their guns under the 710 on their way north into another town at 1:30 p.m. No known westerns being filmed in area.

Tuesday, May 3

East Willow St. and Coyote Creek. At 6:21 p.m., an eastbound 2017 Suburu Outback traveling at an alleged high rate of speed on Willow struck an also allegedly speeding and possibly racing eastbound 1995 GMC Yukon, pushing it into the flood control channel, where it landed upside down, killing the 53-year-old male driver from Compton. The Suburu driver, Bryan Grayley, 66, of Long Beach was arrested for felony DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, bail: $100,000. Traffic on Willow was diverted to the 605 Freeway, except for the female driver who stated she had never before driven on the freeway and didn’t want to start now. How that anomaly was solved is an unknown story of traffic diversion.

Wednesday, May 4

Ninth St. and Pacific Ave. A 12:00 p.m. police stoppage of a bike theft suspect became a brief foot pursuit, the suspect surrendering. During the pursuit, officers saw the suspect throw a firearm, later determined to be loaded. The stolen bicycle and loaded firearm were both recovered by officers, who arrested Jeroid Guillory, a 32-year-old Long Beach resident, booked for offenses around a prohibited possessor carrying ammunition and a loaded concealed firearm, not to mention the purloined two-wheeler. Bail:  $500,000.

Thursday, May 5

4100 block of Palo Verde Ave. According to a Nextdoor poster, at 9:42 a.m., the driver of a Mustang “decides to burn rubber in front of our house.” A video showed the Mustang doing four complete donuts across all lanes of traffic before heading south, then waiting for southbound traffic like everyone else. A responding poster, claiming to be familiar with donut lingo responded, “Nothing wrong with laying a little scratch before 10 a.m. That’s what the boys call a whip bang.” Now comes the wait for the publication of the Donut Driver’s Slang handbook for a complete list of terms to use at a street takeover, no doubt will cost more than a just a little scratch.

Friday, May 6

Ximeno Ave. near Seventh St. Responding to complaints, Los Angeles County Sanitation District workers found a sinkhole in an alleyway. Sinkhole wisdom is they result from sewer pipes corroding from sewage. Repairs could require a couple of weeks.

Long Beach Port Pier D. At 2:12 p.m., a steel frame of the under-construction Fire Station 20 collapsed, trapping a construction worker. Rescuers from the Long Beach Fire Department used a ladder truck to perform an over-the-water rescue and successfully lowered the worker onto the ground. Taken to a trauma hospital, condition unknown. Two other workers, one who was pitched into the water, were less seriously injured.

3200 block of Santa Fe Ave. A Ford truck collided with a Prius at 4:25 p.m. The Ford caught fire, passersby performed a rescue. Witnesses claimed the truck was wrong-way driving before the collision. Broken bones on the driver still inside another vehicle.

Saturday, May 7

East Broadway and Falcon Ave. At 4:26 am, a stabbing with non-life-threatening wounds to the victim’s upper body, the victim was uncooperative in providing information.

N. Oro Ct, near 4th St. At 7:30 p.m., a police patrol actually spotted and stopped several donut makers, a Caddy and a Ford, replicating a famed Chuck Berry lyric, “Ford got hot, couldn’t do no mo.”

Sunday, May 8

1000 block of East 10th St. At 1:54 a.m., another stabbing with non-life-threatening wounds to another victim’s upper body. This time, the victim told police about a man who attempted to rob him, then stabbed him, foot fleeing.

Tuesday, May 10

Pacific Coast Hwy. at Santiago Ave. At 1:51 a.m., a westbound white Dodge Van collided with the north Pacific Coast Highway curb line, entered a flower bed, rolled over several large bushes, sideswiped a wall. As the tow truck removed the vehicle, police discovered an unconscious 66-year-old apparently homelessness male victim who’d been sleeping in the bushes, declared deceased as a result of the accident. The driver remained on scene, was cooperative; neither distracted driving, impaired driving, nor speed are believed to be factors.

Broadway and Pacific Ave. Upon departing the newly opened public library at noon, a woman with a broken glass bottle was noticed attempting the stab passersby at 12:15 p.m., borrowed books not among her weaponry.

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