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Steve Propes

Thursday, August 22

5300 block of Atlantic Ave. At 12:45 p.m. a man was taken into custody nearly six hours after he was allegedly spotted with a gun. To thwart arrest, he barricaded himself inside a building. That meant a call to SWAT, which entered the building and took the suspect into custody. There were no injuries, but the status of the gun, not clear at all.

400 block of E. 8th St. At 8:20 p.m., officers sent to the scene regarding a shots call found spent casings, struck vehicles and a victim, who said a vehicle pulled up next to him and an unknown suspect shot at him.

Friday, August 23

2800 of E. South St. At 2 a.m., some people reported a shooting, but officers were unable to find evidence of a shooting. Then the witnesses said a shooting had occurred at about 12:45 a.m. on the day before at the 5700 block of Orizaba Avenue, where was found evidence of a crime scene. No persons were reportedly injured in either incident, the real one or the other one, for both of which, there’s no motive known. Gang detectives are handling the investigation.

Tuesday, August 27

Second St. and Temple Ave. A passenger-carrying car was traveling westbound on Second. It went around a vehicle stopped at a stop sign, hitting a vehicle going northbound on Temple at 11:14 a.m. The driver fled, leaving his passengers, a woman and two children, injured. The woman, an 8-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for non-life threatening injuries. A woman driving the second vehicle was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Unknown is the fleeing driver’s relationship to the hospitalized passengers and police aren’t saying.

Thursday, August 29

1200 block of W. Hill St. At 6:30 p.m., police were called about a shooting. At the scene, authorities found the resident, an adult male and an unresponsive adult male subject, Daniel Siordia, a 35-year-old resident of Paramount, lying in the yard with a gunshot wound to his upper torso. Long Beach Fire determined Siordia deceased at the scene. The resident was transported to a local hospital with significant injuries to his upper torso. The preliminary investigation revealed Siordia and the resident knew each other. Siordia entered the property to confront the resident about a personal dispute, which escalated to a violent physical assault upon the resident. During the assault, the resident discharged a firearm at Siordia, dialed 9-1-1 to report the incident and began performing life-saving measures until police and fire personnel arrived. The firearm was legally registered to the resident. Detectives believe the resident acted in self-defense and was not arrested and is cooperating with detectives as the investigation continues.

Saturday, August 31

Pacific Coast Hwy. and Daisy Ave. At 6 p.m. LBPD set up a DUI checkpoint on a popular roadway for entering or leaving town into Wilmington and arrested four drivers for DUI; cited two drivers for operating a vehicle with a suspended and/or revoked license; cited a dozen drivers for being unlicensed and issued 14 citations for unsafe driving, not otherwise described.

Sunday, September 1

Pier Point Landing parking lot. A man claimed someone shot at him and missed, but managed to damage his vehicle at 4:35 a.m. He told the police at 1 p.m. in the downtown area, and when police checked the car, sure enough, there was “evidence consistent with bullet impact on the victim’s vehicle.” However at Pier Point Landing, there was no such evidence found by police. A real whodunit or a if-dunit.

Long Beach Marina. At 9:15 p.m., came reports of a boat doing donuts in the water, in a society where the only recognized donuts are at intersections and by motor bikes in parks.

Tuesday, September 3

Aquarium of the Pacific. At 2:15 p.m., preaching with use of a mannequin going on in front of the aquarium, impeding holiday vehicular traffic in the process. At very least, they had a possible prayer.

Santa Fe Ave. and Willow St. At 2:20 p.m. came reports of a man toting an axe, then lifting said axe over his shoulder. Upon arrival, the police described the axe as an ice pick. Something nice to have on a hot holiday, pass the ice cubes.

Thursday, September 5

Los Coyotes Diag. and Stearns St. At 11:55 a.m., a 2000 Honda Civic, driven by a 19-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was northbound in the number one lane of Los Coyotes Diagonal when it struck a bicyclist, who was transported in critical condition. The Honda driver remained at the scene and cooperated with the investigation. The driver had a valid license, was not impaired, was not distracted and was not injured. Sadly, on Sept. 7, the bicyclist, an 82-year-old male resident of Long Beach, succumbed to his injuries.


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