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Steve Propes

Monday, December 26

600 block of Atlantic Ave. At 9:21 p.m., with employees and patrons evacuated and a perimeter established, a man with a gun refused to exit the business. SWAT responded, the suspect gave up, an air soft gun was recovered. The suspect was booked for trespassing and being under the influence of a controlled substance. No one was hurt.

Tuesday, December 27

Colorado and Termino Ave. at 5 p.m., a blackout lasted about ten minutes. As power was restored, a line on the power pole arced, sending sparks and smoke unto the street, bringing a fire department response to what turned out to be an extended blackout to more customers than before. A customer at Goodwill on Redondo Avenue near Tenth Street said the store was blacked out at the same time, meaning customers had to leave before they could buy cute thingies and someone else’s T-shirt. At about the same time, a power line caught fire at Spring Street east of Bellflower Boulevard. Unknown if local power was similarly affected.

5000 block of Daisy Ave. At 8:50 p.m., A man visiting 26-year-old Savanah Valenzuela became involved in a verbal dispute that escalated to a stabbing. He was at the hospital in critical but stable condition, she had non-life-threatening injuries from the incident. Valenzuela arrested for assault with a deadly weapon; bail: $30,000.

Tenth and Mahanna Ave. At 10:24 p.m., in a video posted on “What’s Happening 562,” a masked female entered an outside lobby, looked around, then opened a mail door for the apparently express purpose of stealing mail. Said the poster, “Please be on the lookout. This female has broken into our mail boxes and cars once and came back tonight for the second time. She has the entry key for apartment buildings, that one key that mail carriers have.”

Wednesday, December 28

Seventh St. and Redondo Ave. Turns out at 5:10 p.m. that a gas station was an ideal side to pull over a female driver and passenger in a stolen car, room to prone suspected car thieves out and scoop them up.

1700 block of Coronado Ave. At 7:18 p.m., a man was stabbed in the upper body by another man who from behind, stabbed him with non-life-threatening injuries, fled the scene.

Seventh St. and Redondo Ave. Arrest one car thief, then a new car-type crime. At 9 p.m., a carjacking was conducted by parties and victims unknown at the very same location as the above stolen car arrest.

Thursday, December 29

Cherry south of Market St. At 2:20 p.m. an industrial truck with its lift up tried underpass a track trestle, ending up on its side.

Friday, December 30

6500 block of Paramount Blvd. At 2:34 a.m., a man fired a gun in the air, coming down he knew not where. Police found a man matching the description of the suspect, Metotisi Angelo Falelaulii Jr., a 23-year-old resident of Garden Grove, who was booked for willful discharge of a firearm in a grossly negligent manner. A firearm was recovered. Bail: $35,000.

3000 block of Long Beach Blvd. A 11:20 p.m., a man waiting for a friend was approached by a heavyset man carrying an aluminum bat, however there was no contact until the cops arrived and told the bat bearer to get on the ground. Unknown crime, likely not for carrying a baseball bat out of season.

Saturday, December 31

300 block of E. Market St. At 5:22 p.m., a 2013 Lexus being driven at a high rate of speed eastbound on Market Street by 33-year-old David Grace of Los Angeles fatally struck a 62-year-old resident of Long Beach pushing his disabled 1991 Dodge van alongside his 19-year-old daughter. It pinned the male victim between the Lexus and the Dodge, which collided into an unoccupied, parked Nissan truck. The 19-year-old daughter was not injured. Determined to be under the influence of alcohol and with an expired driver license, Grace was booked for vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

2300 block of Locust Ave. At 6:33 p.m., a man shot a man, non-life-threatening injuries, fled the scene

Pacific Avenue and 27th Street. At 6:44 p.m., a dark northbound SUV struck a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He landed in the number two lane of Pacific Avenue, north of 27th Street. The driver drove away. The pedestrian was struck by a Hyundai Elantra driven by a 27-year-old male resident of Long Beach and then struck by a Honda Odyssey driven by a 78-year-old male resident of Long Beach, dragging him to the area of Spring Street and Pacific Avenue. A witness stopped the driver of the Honda who was unaware of the collision. The Long Beach Fire Department responded to the scene, lifted and stabilized the vehicle, and determined the pedestrian trapped underneath the vehicle was deceased. The Hyundai and Honda drivers cooperated with the investigation, dark SUV, not at all.

1100 block of Harding St. At 10:55 p.m., police found two residences and an unoccupied, parked vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. No suspects, no motive, nobody hurt, anticipating happy new year with almost mandatory celebratory gunfire to gain attention, punctuating the occasion Long Beach-style, on some blocks that is.


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