Three sentenced to life in prison for gang-related murder in Pasadena

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By Hailey Branson-Potts | LA Times April 23, 2015 Three men convicted of a 2013 gang-related murder in Pasadena were sentenced this week to life in prison without the possibility of parole, prosecutors said. Peter Parra, 38, of Pasadena, Kevin Jessie Cabrera, 27, of North Hollywood and Raymond Frank Conchas, 26, of Covina were sentenced […]

LAPD officer charged with assault in videotaped beating

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By Richard Winton and Kate Mather | La Times April 20, 2015 Clinton Alford Jr. was lying face-down on a South Los Angeles sidewalk, his hands behind his back, when he felt the first kick. The 22-year-old admitted he didn’t remember all of what happened on that October afternoon, just minutes after a police officer […]

‘Suge’ Knight prosecutor uses time-tested strategy on recanting witness

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By Marisa Gerber | LA Times April 17, 2015 For homicide investigators, Cle “Bone” Sloan was a key witness in their murder investigation of Marion “Suge” Knight. Sloan told them the onetime rap mogul had threatened to kill him immediately before running over him and another man with his truck. But during a preliminary hearing […]

Mother of slain son works to help families of homicide victims

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Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times | Homicide Report Posted April 17, 2015, 5 a.m. It’s been nearly 20 years since LaWanda Hawkins got the call that would change her life: Her 19-year-old son, Reginald, had been found shot to death off Harbor Boulevard in San Pedro. Within the year, she and other parents founded […]

L.A. County supervisors call for Sheriff’s Department hiring plan

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By Abby Sewell | La Times April 14, 2015 As the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department launches a major hiring push, county officials are concerned that it will have a hard time filling hundreds of positions without compromising hiring standards. During discussions about the budget for the coming fiscal year Tuesday, county supervisors called for […]

‘I’m no snitch': Witness at Marion ‘Suge’ Knight murder case hearing

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By Marisa Gerber | LA Times April 15, 2015 The red Ford F-150 Raptor pickup barreled into Cle “Bone” Sloan, shattering his ankles, tearing ligaments in his knees and knocking him unconscious. It took 17 stitches to close a gash in his head. For months, he needed to use a walker. When he moves his […]

FBI to probe alleged gladiator-style inmate fights, S.F. County sheriff says

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By Veronica Rocha | LA Times March 13, 2015 The FBI will investigate allegations that deputies forced inmates to perform gladiator-style fights for gambling and entertainment purposes, the San Francisco County sheriff said. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi has also requested independent investigations from California Attorney General Kamala Harris and the U.S. Attorney’s office. “Call it a […]

50 Bay Area gang members arrested as part of nationwide Project Wildfire

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By Natalie Neysa Alund | Bay Area News Group 04/09/2015 05:47:45 AM PDT Fifty gang members in Northern California were among more than 1,000 suspects rounded up nationwide as part of a six-week nationwide Homeland Security investigation, authorities said Wednesday. The crackdown, dubbed Project Wildfire, ran from Feb. 23 to March 31 and netted members […]

Christianity is growing rapidly in El Salvador — along with gang violence and murder rates

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By Paul Glader | The Washington Post April 8 at 1:03 PM SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador – Elmer Villalobos was 26 when the notorious Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang grew irritated that the private bus firm where Elmer’s older brother, Gustavo, worked refused to pay extortion fees in their neighborhood of Cuscatancingo. Gunmen from the gang […]

Q&A: Investigating cold cases takes patience and determination

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Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times | Homicide Report Posted April 5, 2015, 11:45 p.m. In March, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced charges in the killing of Brenda Sierra, an East Los Angeles teenager who vanished while on her way to school in 2002. Investigators believe the 15-year-old was kidnapped, taken to a […]

Homicides hard to solve in this South Los Angeles ZIP code deemed ‘war zone’

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By Sarah Favot, Pasadena Star-News Posted: 03/28/15, 3:29 PM PDT Laura Sanchez shouldn’t be dead. And, statistically, the Bloods gang members connected to the woman’s drive-by slaying shouldn’t have been caught and sent to prison. Her March 18, 2007, murder on the fringes of the 90011 ZIP code was one of hundreds of homicides in […]

A shift in gang tactics means drive-bys are giving way to walk-ups, observers say

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Nicole Santa Cruz | LA Times | Homicide Report Posted March 27, 2015, 5 a.m. Ricardo Nunez was trimming a tree outside his Echo Park home on a Sunday morning last month when a white truck pulled up and a person inside opened fire, killing the 35-year-old father. Ray Martinez, the LAPD detective investigating the […]