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Thursday, September 1

Spring St. and Bellflower Blvd. At 8:45 a.m., a vehicle with equipment violations, a traffic stop, yielding the arrest of probationer Joseph Navetta, 62 for an arrest warrant. A probation compliance check of his nearby residence yielded an un-serialized firearm and narcotics, arrests of Kaija Cook, 32, of San Clemente and Timothy Ratkay, 55, of Long Beach over controlled substances. Recently, Navetta was connected to the house at the 3300 block of San Anseline Avenue.

Saturday, September 3

100 block of East Pacific Coast Highway. At 10:57 p.m., a man was shot and self-transported to a hospital, where he uncooperated with police despite non-life-threatening gunshot wounds to the upper body.

Sunday, September 4

100 block of South Pine Ave. At 12:17 a.m., when a juvenile in a group was seen loading a firearm, police found two male juveniles had guns, an un-serialized Polymer 80 firearm and an unregistered Glock. With no bail, five other juveniles were cited and released for curfew violations.

400 block of Nebraska Ave. At 3:06 a.m., a witness said two men engaged in a dispute, one of them firing a firearm into the air to punctuate his argument. Both fled the scene in separate vehicles. Police arrested Modio Fernandez, 33, of Lancaster. Bail: $35,000.

Junipero Beach. At 4:20 p.m., a beachgoer was stabbed in the foot, then pointed out a truck leaving the area shortly thereafter as containing a possible stabber.

Monday, September 5

5200 block of East Ocean Blvd. At 12:44 a.m., a man suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound to the lower body said he was walking in a lot when he was struck by unknown gunfire, which reveal nary a crime scene.

Argonne Ave. and East Ocean Blvd. A motorcycle race at 2:50 p.m. ended on account’a one bike hitting the rear end of a truck.

Wednesday, September 7

Los Altos Ave. and Sixth St. At 9:30 p.m., “as we were stepping from the curb to cross 6th street, we were almost hit by a group of 25 to 30 electric bikes speeding down the street, with total disregard for stop signs or the safety of pedestrians,” said a Nextdoor poster. Said another, “Maybe hop on and join ‘em next time and you’ll have a different opinion!”

Friday, September 9

5300 block of East Ocean Blvd. At 3:00 a.m., after a dispute, a man was stabbed in a non-life-threatening way to the upper and lower body.

1200 E. Ocean Blvd. At 10:30 a.m., according to Nextdoor posters, a suspect allegedly “stole a Mercedes and dumped it on 8th Place. He ran down the stairs to the boardwalk and ran west on the boardwalk.” From then on, it was a movie-like classic police pursuit with slamming doors, stairway escapes and resident involvement.

Nextdoor quotes combined into a narrative. “They’re looking for a male, Hispanic, white tank top, shorts, red shoes ... they’re searching floor by floor … age range of 20s, denim shorts, but the suspect possibly changed clothes ... he stole a T-shirt in my unit ... the suspect contained himself in a room and locked the door ... I walked in on him in my living room. I chased him out, yelled to the cops already searching in our building ... they found him in some kind of laundry or storage room … can’t trust a guy who wears red shoes.”

1720 E. Broadway. At 11:45 p.m., in the doorway of the Mineshaft, after an argument, two customers, Christopher Finley, 28, and boyfriend, Jake Stone were stabbed by a passerby on a bicycle. Stone was treated for his stab wounds, Finley passed away from his wounds. The assailant left on his bike.

Sunday, September 11

1700 block of Coronado Ave. At 3:43 a.m., a hospitalized man told police he was stabbed with non-life-threatening injuries to his upper body by a relative after a fight between the two. Police went to the scene, but found nary a suspect.

Monday, September 12

3000 block of Fourth St. Police arrested 56-year-old Michael J. Smalls at his residence in the murder of Christopher Finley on September 9 at the Mineshaft. Bail: $2 million.

2500 block of Lakewood Blvd. At 10:34 a.m., a man argued with a group, a shooting followed. No injuries.

Tuesday, September 13

5500 block of Long Beach Blvd. At 4:18 a.m., a man pumping gas was robbed by an armed man; a physical fight ensued, the robber fired shots, drove away, no injuries.

Wednesday, September 14

Ocean Blvd. and Corona Ave. At 6:19 p.m., after reports of an odor coming from inside a parked vehicle, police found the body of Deondre Washington, 41, of Los Angeles, who had sustained multiple gunshot wounds to his upper body

Friday, September 16

Anaheim St. and Mira Mar Ave. Anaheim Street was blocked from a surfeit of H2O at 6 a.m. Water main break suspected.

Anaheim. After the September 11 no-hit shooting at the 2500 block of Lakewood Boulevard, Anaheim resident Michael Goodwin, 38, was taken into custody by SWAT at his home. Inside, authorities found several handguns, rifles, ammunition and gun parts, police said. Bail: $1 million. A second suspect was sprung.


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