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Steve Propes

Monday, July 11

710 Freeway near Willow St. At 5:06 a.m., a pickup truck crashed into the center divider, killing Christopher Yuhas, 40, of Fullerton. The two left lanes of the northbound freeway were thus shut down.

Tuesday, July 12

900 block of Maine Ave. At 8:08 p.m., two groups conducted a failed shooting drill, nobody hit. Both armed warring parties left the area, no suspects, no motive, only bullet casings remain; they ain’t talkin’.

2300 block of E. 15th St. At 9:38 p.m., an adult male resident and a male acquaintance argued, settling the dispute with gunshot wounds to the resident’s upper body; thus was hospitalized in stable condition.

Friday, July 15

1200 block of E. 4th St. At 2:39 a.m., a man self-transported to a hospital with a non-life-threatening stab wound to the upper body. He told police he was approached by an unknown male suspect, who conducted the stabbing, then stabber and his weapon departed the scene.

Saturday, July 16

2900 block of Coolidge Street. At 6:18 a.m., 78-year-old Long Beach resident Paz Veliz was collecting recyclables in an alley when she was stabbed in the upper body and died at the scene. The suspect, 31-year-old Kevin Ngo, who lives in the same condo complex as Veliz, fled after hearing residents yell for help, police. Ngo was stopped by police near the Paramount Boulevard exit of the 91 freeway. A use of force occurred, and the suspect taken to a local hospital for his minor injuries. Booked for one count of murder, bail: $2 million.

1500 block of Cowles Ave. Fire broke out at 11 a.m. in the back of a one-story commercial building and one of its garage areas. Though the fire was knocked down within about 10 minutes of the arrival of fire crews, the flames damaged nearby power lines, thus So. Cal. Edison Co. also came to restore their power.

Sunday, July 17

700 block of Cerritos Ave. At 2:07 a.m., someone shot into an inhabited dwelling, evidence consisting of bullet casings and strike marks, however, before police arrival, the shooter had departed the scene of this truly bad boy behavior.

710 Freeway south of Willow Ave. At 1:53 p.m., a motorcyclist in the fast lane was hit-and-run by a gray Ford Fusion without plates. The biker was transported to an area hospital in an unknown condition.

Monday, July 18

Wardlow Rd. and San Gabriel River. Long Beach SWAT responded to reports by three boys near El Dorado Park of a person who pointed what looked like a real gun at them but did not fire the weapon. Officers responded at 7:03 p.m., established a perimeter, called in SWAT and evacuated nearby residents. After a search of the area, officers were unable to locate the man and determined that he had fled the scene before their arrival. During the search, however, officers found a pump-action replica rifle that is believed to belong to the suspect amidst a homeless encampment with a note reading “Raymond’s stuff,” providing a clue to the malefactor’s possible identity.

Tuesday, July 19

Spring St. and Pacific Ave. At 3:30 p.m., as a disheveled man was fiddling with something “mechanical” near the entrance of a 7-Eleven, a boom went off. The man stood up, covered with traces of the boom. A woman exited the store, asked him “what was that?” He answered. “Wasn’t me.”

Los Angeles River and Pacific Coast Hwy. At 8:26 p.m., a man was shot in the lower body. Transported to a local hospital, the victim succumbed to his injuries.

Friday, July 22

Market St. and Locust Ave. A man was shot in the upper body and was treated at a hospital where police showed up at 6:10 a.m. He shared with police that he was standing near the intersection when he heard what sounded like gunfire. Realizing a bullet had struck him, he headed to the hospital with injuries that were non-life-threatening.

Saturday, July 23

1000 block of Dawson Ave. At 8:20 p.m., a male juvenile victim experienced a non-life-threatening stab wound to the upper body, thus a trip to a hospital. Word is the victim and a male adult engaged in an argument, which turned into a stabbing. As the suspect was still on scene, Brandon Khongsakhone, 18, of Long Beach was booked for assault with a deadly weapon, bail: $30,000. Some crowd control was required at the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

Long Beach Harbor. Party on a boat at 8:30 p.m. featured guests with clothes on, others not very much. One enforcement solution was the good old reliable – issuing parking tickets to many of the guests’ rides, clothing or not.

Sunday, July 24

2300 block of Cedar Ave. At 7:33 p.m., as a result of a suspected neighbor dispute, Juan Garfias, a 43-year-old resident of Long Beach was shot in the upper body, dying at the hospital. Tipped to a possible barricaded suspect, SWAT deployed, but was not received with overwhelming cooperation by those in the vicinity. With a lot of evacuations and sheltering-in-place going on, police arrested Javier Jauregui, 29, of Long Beach who surrendered peacefully. Multiple firearms and ammunition were found in his apartment. Charged with murder, bail: $2 million.


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