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Steve Propes

Saturday, December 14

1700 block of Pine Ave. Still another no hit, no human victim incident when a parked car got shot up with police finding shell casings.

Tuesday, December 17

Monlaco Rd. and Stevely Ave. A male in a red hoodie and another in a black hoodie were “roaming the street” according to Nextdoor at 12:50 a.m. “A neighbor chased them out. One jumped my wall but I could not see where he went. Officers were looking for them but could not find.” Said another neighbor, “This guy went through my backyard on Volk around 2 a.m. Looks like they hung around in someone’s backyard until the cops left. It’s too bad there wasn’t a big dog in that yard, that would have ended their jumping walls and fences. We have a big dog but it’s freezing windy cold outside.”

Heartwell Park at Parkcrest St. and Canehill Ave. In the early morning hours, a Nextdoor member commented about “damage done to the park by a person having fun doing donuts.” Another replied, “The disc golf players, when they’re stuck with the kids, allow their children to ride all over the grass in motorized bikes and scooters. I’ve had to call the police a number of times.”

Spring St. and 605 Freeway. At 7 p.m., a red large southbound pickup truck came off the freeway, kept going across Spring Street until stopped by a tree just above the animal shelter. The truck stuck halfway off the road, thus began the frantic spinning of wheels, creating a dramatic a smoke cloud. Police arrived when a passing motorist called them in. A tow truck was ready to pull it out at 8:40 p.m.

4200 block of Greenbrier Rd. A house fire broke out at 7:25 p.m. Firefighters arrived within five minutes, reporting heavy fire coming from the attic. Residents escaped with no injuries. A firefighter suffered a head injury battling this two-alarm blaze, which was knocked down at 8 p.m. Personnel remained on scene doing overhaul and investigators were called in to look into the cause of the blaze.

Citywide. Police conducted an operation at area liquor stores looking for clerks willing to sell to minors and customers willing to help. As a result, three citations were issued for selling to a minor and five adults were cited for purchasing alcohol for a minor.

5300 block of Long Beach Blvd. Vice investigation detectives and California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents arrested Green Diamond Liquor clerk, 56-year-old Amor Potestades Amacio of Norwalk, for furnishing alcohol to a minor resulting in great bodily harm. That minor was Carlo Navarro, 20, who had crashed his suspected DUI car on October 31 at Country Club Drive, killing an entire family of three.

56th St. and Linden Ave. After someone took a shot at a man sitting in a car. At 11:10 p.m., police responded to the hospital when the victim arrived with a gunshot wound to his lower body. Shell casings were found near the intersection and gang detectives summoned.

Wednesday, December 18

3000 block of Charlemagne Ave. At 12:10 p.m., a porch pirate removed a package of medications from a porch. The detailed description on Nextdoor was, thin female, 25 to 30, wearing a knit cap, black sweatshirt with “California” on the front, camo cargo pants, who drove off with a passenger in red car, possible older Honda. Seeing the photo, another poster commiserated, “I think the technical name for that car is a red hooptie.” Another offered, “I think a more accurate term is a bucket.”

Friday, December 20

Carfax Ave. and Conant St. A Nextdoor poster supplied a photo of a lady “backing in to park and hit my car and when she parked, she finished putting on her makeup and got out of her car and took a gift to Patrick Henry school then a short while later walked back with her three kids and left. The sad thing is she didn’t even look at my car to see the damage that she caused. I have several pics of her and her kids.” Came the suggestion to bring the photo to the school for an ID. Another poster suggested removing the picture of the kid.

Saturday, December 21

300 block of East Hullett St. At 4:18 a.m., a family home fire broke out. One of the occupants was hospitalized, several others displaced. Two dogs were removed, one of which died at the scene, the second taken to Long Beach Animal Care Services with respiratory injuries.

300 block of East 67th Way. A 4 p.m. a house fire damaged a bedroom. Smoke damage made the family home uninhabitable with three residents displaced. An unattended candle was blamed.

Wednesday, December 25

Magnolia Ave. south of Wardlow Rd. Drivers of multiple Mustangs were holding a holiday race rally down Magnolia Avenue at 10:15 a.m. Giddyup.

steve@beachcomber.news

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