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Steve Propes

Monday, January 7

5900 block of Paramount Boulevard. At 8 p.m., Elias Sanchez, 79, was crossing South Street north at Paramount when the 1970s or 1980s model Chevrolet or Ford white cargo or utility van with green writing and a ladder on the rear hit him as it turned right onto Paramount, dragging him 900 feet and leaving him for dead before he was hit by a GMC Yukon SUV, the driver of which stopped and cooperated with investigators.

Tuesday, January 8

South Street and Lime Avenue. At 1 a.m., police pursued a vehicle which had evaded a traffic stop at Olive Avenue and 56th Street, only to have a gun thrown from the car and the pursuit concluded at the above location, with the suspect, who had an active felony warrant with his female companionship, who were duly in cuffs.

Shoreline Drive. In the case of the Parker’s Lighthouse hit-and-run and possible dive, five juvies in scuba gear were detained at 10:15 p.m.

Friday, January 11

Lakewood Boulevard near Spring Street. At 9:45 a.m., the case of the naked female running around under the runway was resolved by responding cops with a blanket.

Monday, January 14

Ocean Boulevard and Falcon Avenue. At 10 p.m., an adult male on a bicycle committed a sexual assault on another person, then split on his two-wheeled ride on Falcon. It’s not clear whether this is the same lime-green bicycle man whom police believe has groped at least four women since July around the Alamitos Beach/Bluff Heights neighborhoods. A news release from the LBPD mentioned gropings from July 29 to December 27. “In each of the incidents, the suspect approached the victims on a bicycle, groped them, then fled on the bicycle,” according to a police press release. These incidents occurred as follows:

  • 2:20 a.m. on July 29 in the 300 block of Molino Avenue
  • 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 29 at Sixth Street and Alamitos Avenue
  • 7:45 a.m. on Sept. 19 at Eighth Street and Junipero Avenue
  • 8:10 a.m. on Dec. 27 in the 4000 block of E. Massachusetts Street

The suspect was described as a Hispanic man in his 40s or 50s, between 5-foot-7 and 6-foot-2, 150 to 200 pounds with gray hair. He’s been seen riding a lime-green bicycle.

Friday, January 18

Pacific Coast Highway over the 710 Freeway. Melinda Sue Wilson, 58, of Carson, was struck by a blue early 2000s Honda Civic as she tried to cross the busy highway and died the next day at the hospital.

Saturday, January 19

Long Beach Towne Center. A small attic fire burned up an island, the Islands restaurant, that is. At 6 a.m. came reports of a fire in the restaurant. Over 70 firefighters responded, battling the stubborn 4-alarm fire in the attic space. Most of the fire was knocked down by 6:30 a.m., but with the crawl space still smoldering, a full knock down with the use of chain saws was declared at 9:48 a.m. No injuries were reported.

Tuesday, January 22

Cedar Avenue at 14th Street. At 11:25 p.m., a woman was shot while she and her companion were sitting in a car. Arriving police found shell casings, but nary a victim. Ten minutes later, the woman showed up at a hospital with one shot in the lower torso. She was listed in stable condition.

Long Beach Towne Center. When two men and one woman entered a stolen vehicle. around 10:15 a.m., an Anaheim Police chopper notified Long Beach Police, so officers could pull over the driver, who then failed to stop. A short pursuit was canceled because of safety concerns. That’s when the suspected stolen vehicle crashed into another vehicle near Spring Street and the 605 Freeway. After the crash, the stolen vehicle kept going and crashed into still another vehicle. The three emerged and attempted to saunter away, but were picked up by the police. No known injuries resulted.

Wednesday, January 23

205 E. Anaheim Street. At 10:45 p.m., several men had a physical fight when one of them pulled a gun and shot 24-year-old Maurice Ross, from either Bellflower or Compton, multiple times in the torso. Three black men then drove away in an SUV. Ross was found wounded on the sidewalk where he died. A woman not involved in the fight was shot in the lower body, taken to a hospital and is expected to survive.

Friday, January 25

Marshall Middle School. Police took a 12-year-old female student at Marshall Middle School into custody after she allegedly made a threat on the internet. After a parent told school officials about social media posts, detectives went to the school to interview witnesses about the incident, which may have included photos with guns, the dates Jan. 28 and Feb. 1 and the warning, “Get ready.” After detectives were able to identify the person who created the account, they took action. Police said they do not believe there is any threat to the school.

steve@beachcomber.news

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