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Steve Propes

Tuesday, August 22

Broadway and Junipero Ave. At 11:20 a.m., a silver Vette was doing donuts, then left the scene.

Wednesday, August 23

Broadway between Long Beach Blvd. and Pine Ave. At 10 a.m., a sinkhole visited a downtown site, with experts studying the cause for about two hours, the result of which was inconclusive, the hole not talking. Fact-finding completed, work began at 4 p.m., a two-day process.

Second St. and Nieto Ave. A male busied himself at 1:50 p.m. by fake fighting and throwing objects at passing vehicles. Most likely, not a fully deputized traffic control operative.

Belmont Shore beach. A shirtless man in tan shorts was approaching women in attempts to touch them at 1:50 p.m. Possible reason that Long Beach, New York and beaches on the Jersey Shore charge users for the right to get covered with local sand and salt.

Gundry Ave. and 14th St. At 7:51 p.m., on his way to a hospital, a man with non-life-threatening stab wounds to the upper body refused to provide a specific location and was uncooperative with any further investigation.

Friday, August 25

405 Fwy. at Bellflower Blvd. At noon, a Nextdoor poster saw several vehicles exit the freeway, then run “the red light acting as if they were running out of gas. Then they stopped in the middle of the road and got out with their red gas cans” creating a moveable run-out-of-gas scam. Said another poster, “I called the cops on them at Carson and Pioneer, same setup, car, gas can. They were walking out in traffic, creating the sense of urgency, the light would turn green and cars couldn’t go as the guys were blocking them.

Also, I’m pretty sure a few weeks before that same idiots were at the same corner holding up signs for money for a funeral as they were walking into traffic.” A fourth opined. “That’s dumb, you can only run out of gas once. If you can’t afford gas get a bike.” Said a fifth poster, “If you see your neighbor, don’t just drive or walk on by, when possible smile, wave and say hello. If you agree, say amen.”

Saturday, August 26

Studebaker Rd. and Carson St. At 2:55 a.m., a Nextdoor poster was awakened “by a super loud explosion. I jumped out of bed, no idea what it was! I was starting to think maybe I dreamt it until we were getting back settled in my bed. Then another one! It was a little less intense because it sounded a little further away. The first one was like an actual bomb went off right outside my house. I’m at a loss what it could have been.” Another posted a big bang theory: someone is rolling M80s down the flood control channel to maximize the desired decibel. “There have been some older kids/young adults walking around neighborhoods setting off M80’s in the middle of the night. It’s happened multiple times and my neighbors have caught them on video. They carry backpacks, usually 4-5 kids together.”

Artesia Blvd. and Atlantic Ave. At 10:53 p.m., two pedestrians were struck by a vehicle causing trauma.

Sunday, August 27

Home Depot on Spring St. at Atlantic Ave. A 6 a.m., seven male flash mob garbed in black or gray hoodies, some with dark face masks, as such mobs will, removed about $5,000 worth of power tools without making a payment for the goods as several employees not authorized to deal with such thefts looked on.

710 Freeway at Willow. At 6:20 p.m., a multi-vehicle accident with a flipped vehicle, passenger trapped, limited egress and access on the not-so-freeway

6800 block of Butler Ave. At 11:13 p.m., shots were fired, evidence at the scene, but little more is known about the who, why and where’d the shooter go?

Monday, August 28

6600 block of Long Beach Blvd. At 6:04 p.m., s man experienced a life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper body, then to the hospital.

3400 block of Curry St. At 9 p.m., a woman parked her vehicle in the driveway, then heard presumed gunfire coming from who knows where, noticed her vehicle had been struck. Police found evidence like bullet casings and strike marks confirming the complaint.

Wednesday, August 30

1700 block of Henderson Ave. At 11:15 p.m., two women and two men were approached by a car, an argument and a shooting, one of the men shot with non-life-threatening injuries. The others weren’t hit or hurt. That is all.

Friday, September 1

Cherry Ave. and 45th St. From 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., a DUI/CDL checkpoint discovered seven drivers with a suspended/revoked license or without a license with the appropriate citations issued. Not a DUI in the bunch. As bars close just as the checkpoint is shutting down, post-2 a.m. results might’ve differed.

5600 block of Long Beach Blvd. At 6:22 p.m., three male juveniles got on a transit bus, argued with a similar group, a gang fight was on, a 14-year-old boy was shot in a non-life-threatening way to the upper body, with the three juvenile group exiting the bus post-shooting.

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