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Steve Propes

Tuesday, February 20

11 S. Termino. A 5 p.m. explosion at a multiple story apartment building and parking garage blew out windows and caused a mess, but no real damage as the offender wearing multiple hats left the scene on a beach cruiser to guess where, the beach.

Anaheim St. and Atlantic Ave. At 11:48 p.m., a northbound 2012 Lexus IS250 on Atlantic Avenue broadsided an eastbound 2012 Ford Focus in the middle of the Anaheim Street intersection. The Ford struck a traffic signal light and an abandoned building killing the driver, 60-year-old CSULB custodial employee Rodger Lee Watkins. The driver of the Lexus, a 31-year-old resident of Long Beach, remained on scene and cooperated with the investigation, then transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Speed, distracted driving and impaired driving are being investigated as potential factors in this collision.

Wednesday, February 21

1500 block of Summit St. At 7:24 p.m., 21-year-old Samara Lenai Allen entered a residence and barricaded herself inside. After attempts to convince her to leave, the SWAT team responded and took her into custody without incident. Booked for vandalism, resisting arrest and burglary. Bail pending magistrate review.

Thursday, February 22

6500 block of Atlantic Ave. At 2:54 a.m., patrol officers saw a two-woman fight in progress after a group engaged in a brief argument, then came a non-life threatening stabbing to the upper body. The victim declined medical treatment. Laiandra Money Joshlin, 19, of Long Beach was booked for an assault with a deadly weapon. Bail: $50,000.

2800 block of E. Sixth St. At 4:15 a.m., a man driving an older car ran over a large rock in a roundabout and was unable to move his ride, in the rain, no less. Neighbors tried helping, but a tow truck was called.

3500 block of Canehill Ave. At 10 a.m., a large tree collapsed into the avenue, crushing a four-door vehicle, fire engine red and wrecked. Said a local: “Second grossly overgrown tree down on that block recently. “

Friday, February 23

Redondo Ave. and 29th St.  At 10:45 p.m., under the 405 Freeway, a live wire was discovered out of a box in the ground just waiting to be touched. The danger part was soon neutralized.

Ocean Blvd. and Granada Ave. At 3:40 p.m. came the devotees of burnouts.

63rd St. and Deforest Ave. At 11:22 p.m., two shooters exited a vehicle, discharged firearms into the air, then departed, taking their weapons with them for additional practice.

Saturday, February 24

1738 E 7th St. At 12:30 a.m. a sedan rear-ended an SUV sending both vehicles into a building in which the owners and their 13-year-old son live in a loft at the Open Gallery, damaging the façade and contents. The SUV passengers received minor injuries. The sedan driver, 32-year-old Luis Medinas Amador, was arrested on felony DUI charges; bail: $100,000.

2800 Bellflower Blvd. At 8:35 p.m., reports of three vehicles driving at a high rate of speed surprised the locals who are used to slow and steady gets the worm, or something like that. How can this be occurring in our town?

1000 Block of Olive Ave. At 8:26 p.m., a man fired a gun while walking, leaving only bullet casings.

300 Block of Rhea St. At 6:59 p.m., a woman, a man and a juvenile were driving southbound when a dispute between the man and approximately eight humans on foot, who shot at the vehicle hitting no one, then leaving.

Sunday, February 25

500 Block of Orange Ave. At 2:45 a.m., a man with a woman parked a car. Four men driving southbound in two separate vehicles exited their vehicles and demanded the driver’s keys, then shot the man with a non-life-threatening wounds to the lower body. The shooter departed keyless.

200 Block of E. Willard St. At 7:22 p.m., a car sped away from police, failing to yield initiating a department-authorized vehicle pursuit. A witness saw a gun thrown out of the vehicle, which police recovered. When the vehicle pulled over, the driver, Sierra Meshay Drapers, 29, of Long Beach was booked for recklessly evading police and possession of brass knuckles. A male passenger was cited and released for possession of a switchblade. A witness to a shooting told police a suspect in a vehicle discharged a firearm at a group of minors. No one was struck by gunfire and no injuries were reported.

Tuesday, February 27

3300 block of 67th St. At 9:32 p.m., gunfire, nothing else.

5900 block of Orange Ave. At 11:23 p.m., gunfire initiated by a male gunslinger.

Thursday, February 29

100 block of 14th St. At 12:31 a.m., still another unknown gun fired.

16th St. and Locust Ave. At 7:33 p.m., make that another gun fired.

Cedar Ave. and 21st St. At 7:48 p.m., gunfire prevailed in the day’s final bang bang.

23rd St. and Lime Ave. At 9:18 p.m., two men argued, then fought, when the other man got a gun from his residence, he fired shots into the air. Daniel Cortez, 59, of Long Beach was booked for assault with a deadly weapon and ammo charges. Bail: $30,000.

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