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September 6, 2013 | By Richard Winton
An attorney for a man captured on video being repeatedly Tasered and hit with a baton by Long Beach police said officers broke the man's arm and leg and left him with a gash in the head consistent with a baton blow. Attorney Brian Dunn said the officers' blow broke a bone in Porfirio Santos-Lopez's arm and a bone in his lower leg. Dunn said Santos-Lopez also has a large gash "consistent with a baton strike" above his hair line. In addition, Dunn said his client suffered an injury to his lung from the impact of the altercation with police officers.
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August 22, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach police shot an unleashed pit bull that was "acting aggressively" and the dog later had to be euthanized, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Officers also shot a 37-year-old man in the chest with a less-than-lethal round, according to authorities. The man allegedly had violated a restraining order and was trying to prevent a woman from talking to officers who had responded to the home in the 1900 block of San Francisco Avenue. When officers arrived, the man was "uncooperative" and with the dog. The animal "was barking and acting aggressively toward officers," Long Beach Police Department officials said in a statement.
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August 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
A rise in the number of copper wire thefts in Long Beach prompted police to send a warning to local businesses. Since January, at least 74 thefts of copper wire have been reported in the city, according to the Long Beach Police Department. Schools, city parks, and commercial and private businesses are among the targets. The department suggested ways for businesses to prevent thefts, including installing security alarms and surveillance cameras, securing electrical or utility boxes and checking vacant property regularly.
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July 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton and Christine Mai-Duc
Law enforcement officers across the Southland continued to be on alert Friday for signs of roving groups of vandals like the one that struck Hollywood on Tuesday night, even as one such “bash mob” failed to materialize in Long Beach. Police there had warned residents about a potential attack by a large mob of people expected to descend upon city streets, vandalizing property and committing theft and petty crimes. A similar incident took place in Long Beach on July 9, when more than 100 people raced through downtown in a sudden, organized crime rampage organized in part through social media sites.
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June 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Long Beach police on Wednesday were seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who was raped and strangled before her body was dumped on a city beach 39 years ago. The woman, known to investigators as Jane Doe 40, was killed in May 1974, and her body was found on the beach near Alamitos Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, the Long Beach Police Department said. Police said the case had gone cold for 38 years, but it was revived by homicide investigators who found an alleged witness in Texas.
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April 21, 2012 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
A nine-year veteran of the Long Beach Police Department has been arrested on suspicion of felony possession of child pornography after reportedly meeting a teenager while on patrol and soliciting explicit photographs of the youth through electronic messages, police said. Noe Yanez, 40, was taken into custody Thursday evening by Long Beach police after an investigation that began earlier this month. The alleged victim had told a school resources officer about the messages and authorities were alerted.
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December 13, 2010 | By Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times
Long Beach police shot and killed a man Sunday afternoon shortly after responding to a call from the Belmont Shore area about a man brandishing a gun. The shooting took place shortly after 4:40 p.m. in the courtyard of an apartment complex on the 5300 block of East Ocean Boulevard , said Sgt. Rico Fernandez of the Long Beach Police Department. The victim was an adult male. No officers were injured in the incident. No further details were available and the shooting is under investigation by the homicide division and the Los Angeles County district attorney's office, as is standard with officer-involved shootings, Fernandez said.
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February 4, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein and Tony Barboza
Jim McDonnell, a top assistant to former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton and a finalist to replace him, was named Wednesday as the next chief of the Long Beach Police Department. McDonnell, 50, oversees the LAPD's detective bureau and will be sworn in next month as Long Beach's 25th police chief. "I'm looking forward to working with the men and women of the Long Beach Police Department and the community to help make a great city an even safer city," McDonnell said.
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July 24, 2009 | Raja Abdulrahim
A 4-year-old boy is in critical condition after being hit by a stray bullet in a gang-related shooting, police said. The boy was injured Wednesday night when a man got into an argument with a group of people that escalated into a fight and another man pulled out a gun, said Nancy Pratt, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach Police Department. The shooter's intended victim ran away and was not hit, police said. But the boy was struck while standing with his mother outside a relative's house on Earl Street.
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