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Steve Propes

Tuesday, December 18

Long Beach shut down the Pacific Ocean. At least the seven miles of municipal public beaches as a result of the not-so-tolerable sewage spill, about 10,400 gallons of the stuff from upstream into the L.A. River, which carried it to the ocean and thus to the beach. Thanks, L.A. About half of the beaches were reopened three days after the closure was ordered, the rest had to wait until Dec. 28 to open up.

Long Beach Blvd. Suspects in two separate robberies, something stolen from Big 5 and stolen liquor from CVS very near the Blue Line, ended up on the same getaway train platform at the same time, 4:40 p.m., some of the joy juice ended up at Big 5, where they aren’t licensed to deal in the same, but neither is the Blue Line, for which they might well have been stocking up booze bottles to sell on the train ride at handsome discounts.

Linden Avenue and 61st Street. Police arrested Manuel Jamal Hendrix for a Dec. 4 shooting of a man in his upper body at Atlantic Avenue and E. 60th Street. The wounds were not life-threatening. According to police, Hendrix and the victims were acquaintances. Hendrix was booked on $2 million bail.

Thursday, December 20

Long Beach Blvd. and Carson Street. At 1:30 a.m., a man sitting at a bus stop was shot by a pellet gun. Though not seriously wounded, he could only tell police that the shooter was in a white car, pellet gun included.

Friday, December 21

Atlantic Avenue and E. 29th Street. At 8 p.m., a man in a wheelchair was crossing Atlantic Avenue outside of a crosswalk when he was stuck by a Ford Escape, which the driver wisely chose not to do, escape. Sadly, the pedestrian died. The driver remained on the scene.

Saturday, December 22

Pacific Coast Hwy. and Tribune Court. At 2 a.m., came the weekly stabbing. The victim who suffered non life-threatening wounds had nothing to say about his assailant, though a knife is suspected.

Monday, December 24

500 Queensway Bay. At 3:52 a.m., the body of a man floating in the harbor was spotted and reportedto the authorities. No other information about this incident has surfaced.

346 E. Third Street. Whatever you do, don’t rob Rainbow Juice, as the manager is most willing to pursue the perp. At least, this time, at 4:30 p.m., a knife wielding male dressed in blue jeans and a blue sweater demanded money, chased an employee to a back room, emptied the register and was then confronted by the manager, who chased the malefactor, who got the juice, out onto the street.

22 Freeway at Studebaker Road. Another Christmas Eve, another police pursuit. This time, at 8:30 p.m., a driver and passenger allegedly stole a car in Cerritos, then chose to lead the Highway Patrol on a trip down the 605 Freeway, while tossing items out the windows. This pursuit ended on the 22 Freeway, with both subjects arrested. What was thrown out was another window into the investigation.

Tuesday, December 25

2900 block of Ocean Boulevard. A stolen white box truck led a 45-minute slow-speed police pursuit from Wilmington to the city line and into Long Beach, where it ended with a peaceful surrender of the box truck taker. It all began at 9 a.m. and during the pursuit, police managed to flatten all four tires of the truck, which achieved speeds approaching 10 to 15 miles per hour. Then the suspect pulled over at 9:45 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard and surrendered.

Wednesday, December 26

56th Street and Lime Avenue. A man who was stabbed before 12:30 a.m. showed up at a hospital after a night of partying and drinking, thus said he couldn’t remember the attack or anything that happened to him; blame the booze. As the wounds were non-life threatening, police checked the supposed scene and couldn’t find evidence of a stabbing,  whether the victim knew the suspect, or anything that might help. Like zero, baby.

1400 block of Coronado Avenue. At 12:25 p.m., a male snatched some gold jewelry from a pedestrian, then got in a light colored older vehicle and fled with the gold.

Friday, December 28

2600 block of Anaheim Street. A coupla’ thugs in hoodies, one with tattoos on his face, used a handgun to rob a market and customers therein, then took off in a newer model white car at 4:45 p.m. How well the tattoos will help when it comes to a positive identification remains an open question, but hoodies are ubiquitous.

Saturday, December 29

2800 block of Studebaker Road. At 9 p.m., northbound Studebaker Road was shut down at Spring Street because of some sort of traffic incident. A half hour into the shut down, an officer wondered out-loud “did anyone tell Long Beach Transit?”


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