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Steve Propes

Monday, October 21

Anaheim St. near Long Beach Blvd. At 11:20 a.m., a thief entered a city street-sweeping vehicle and stole a back pack, getting clean away. Sweeping and ticketing proceeded apace.

300 block of Obispo Ave. Those pesky temporary no-parking signs posted on Friday for Monday street work were removed some time after 7 a.m. on Monday, meaning at least one car parked in a major parking impacted avenue. No word about a towing response.

Wednesday, October 23

1700 block of East Artesia Blvd. At 12:20 a.m., customer, 48-year-old Delfon Kinney Sr. of Long Beach, who had been at the Bottoms Up Sports Bar since 6:30 p.m. watching the Lakers game and chatting with patrons and staff suddenly pulled out a gun and began firing, killing bar back Manuel Marquez, 44, of Paramount. He shot another employee, hitting him in the his right shoulder. This victim was able to escape with a non-life threatening injury. A nearby patrol officer was told there was a shooting heard shots as he got closer to the bar, at which time he “saw the suspect with a gun and an officer-involved shooting occurred,” said a police statement. “Once inside, SWAT officers located the male adult suspect on the ground, non-responsive and still holding the firearm.” Police also said there is evidence the suspect exchanged fire with another patron. “The department believes that the individuals who reported the incident and the quick actions of the officers involved prevented additional casualties during this incident,” police said.

Friday, October 25

Atherton St. and Clark Ave. Two vehicles crashed at 10:30 p.m., with one of the vehicles ending up on the front yard of a nearby residence.

2200 block of E. Broadway. Then a two-vehicle crash at 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 27

Del Amo Blvd west of Cherry Ave. At 4:40 a.m., a pedestrian, Cezanine Mount, 24 of Long Beach, walking outside of a crosswalk was struck by a California Highway Patrol officer on a motorcycle. The officer, Alfredo Gutierrez, who was possibly on his way to work, was also severely injured with major head trauma.

Monday, October 28

Area of Bellflower Blvd. to Park Ave. / Stearns St. to Pacific Coast Hwy. At 6:30 a.m., a male adult peeping tom recently looked into windows of residences of female adult victims ranging in ages of 20 to 43 years old. There have been at least five documented instances, including an earlier one on Oct. 28 at 5:30 a.m. The other incidents were at July 10, 2019 at 1:25 a.m. and Oct. 23, 2019 at 1:45 a.m. Another incident on Jan. 21, 2019 at 9:50 p.m. was near Lakewood Blvd. and E. Carson St. According to police, “In most of the reported incidents, the suspect approaches an exposed window of a residence, looks inside, makes a verbal remark about the female victim’s physical appearance, then flees on foot. Due to the similarities in these incidents, we believe the same suspect or suspects may be involved.”

Tuesday, October 29

2700 block of Seventh St. At 10:44 p.m., an unknown shooter on foot in an alleyway fired at about 30 people at a Halloween party, injuring a dozen and killing three partygoers. Police said the assailant then fled in a “dark-colored vehicle.” There were reports another shooter was possibly involved. The three killed were 25-year-old Maurice Poe Jr. of Long Beach, 35-year-old Melvin Williams II of Gardena and 28-year-old Ricardo Torres from Inglewood. They apparently were all co-workers at an unknown firm. The wounded, seven women and two men, ranged in age from 20 to 49 and were from Los Angeles, Compton, Lawndale, Hawthorne, Cudahy and Gardena. Seventh Street was blocked from Orizaba Avenue to Molino Avenue until the very early morning hours.

Thursday, October 31

2505 East Anaheim St. At 3:45 a.m., police raided a gambling operation at the same location that had been raided for the same activity in the previous month. Arrested for outstanding warrants, were Long Beach residents, Chad Pastor, 37, Patricia Buckler, 31, Israel Tabarez Benitez, 37, and Jeremiah Schaffner, 43. Got a warrant at a gambling den? Bring bail bucks.

Country Club Dr. and Los Cerritos Park Pl. At 9:55 p.m., the driver of “a 2002 Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on Country Club Drive approaching Los Cerritos Park when he failed to negotiate a turn in the roadway, drove up onto the sidewalk, and struck three pedestrians, who were walking southbound on the west sidewalk of Country Club Drive,” said police. The pedestrians were all in the same family. The driver, 20-year-old Carlo Navarro of Long Beach, was booked for driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter The father, Joseph Awaida, a 30-year-old resident of Long Beach died at a hospital on the same day. On Nov. 2, three-year-old Omar died. The mother, 32-year-old Raihan Awaida of Long Beach, died on Nov. 4.


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