U.S. Justice Department announces clemency review of drug offenders

U.S. Deputy Attorney General James Cole

Julia Edwards and Aruna Viswanatha (Reuters) | April 23, 2014 The U.S. Justice Department laid out new clemency guidelines on Wednesday that are expected to make thousands of drug offenders eligible for a reduction in the sentences they are currently serving. Under the new guidelines, inmates that were sentenced under laws that have since changed, [...]

Alleged Tongan Crip gang member shot and killed in Salt Lake City courtroom

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By Stefani Camille WWW.Streetgangs.com Staff Writer April 22, 2014   Salt Lake City’s federal courtroom had an unusual occurrence yesterday when Siale Angilau, 25, an alleged member of the Tongan Crips was shot and killed by deputy U.S. marshal during court proceedings. Angilau attacked a witness who was testifying against him, federal law enforcement official [...]

Three jailed murder suspects accused of attacking a fourth

Stanislaus gang

Erin Tracy (Modesto Bee) | April 22, 2014 A ranking member of a Norteño street gang regiment implicated in several home invasion robberies and three homicides was stabbed multiple times inside the Stanislaus County Jail over the weekend. Charged with his attempted murder were three fellow Norteño inmates, also awaiting trial in separate murder cases. [...]

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission Oppposes Santa Barbara Gang Injunction

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Tom Parker (Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Commission) | April 21, 2014 The Santa Barbara County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission is appointed by the presiding judge of the Santa Barbara County Superior Court pursuant to the California Welfare and Institutions Code. It has the responsibility and authority to monitor all aspects of the juvenile [...]

More charges possible for councilman’s aide in connection with robberies

Councilman aide smoke shop robbery

Kelly Goff (Los Angeles Daily News) | April 19, 2014 An aide to Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks was arrested last week in connection with the armed robbery of a Hesperia smoke shop may soon face additional charges and is possibly linked to additional robberies in the Inland Empire, a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s [...]

Brandon Spencer Sentenced To 40 Years For USC Shooting

USC shooter Brandon Spencer sentence

AP | April 19, 2014 LOS ANGELES — A man who shot and wounded four people outside of a Halloween party on the University of Southern California campus was sentenced Friday to 40 years to life in prison. Brandon Spencer, 21, of Inglewood wept and banged his head on the table after he was sentenced [...]

Kidnap suspect search closes downtown LA streets

Pepper Tree Motel

KABC | April 17, 2014 DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Hill Street and Broadway were closed between 8th and 9th streets due to a search for a kidnapping suspect downtown. FBI and LAPD personnel were in pursuit of a kidnapping suspect considered armed and dangerous. The chase began in the area of Boyle Heights around 12:30 [...]

Armenian Power Gang Leaders Convicted for Their Role in Racketeering Conspiracy

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Department of Justice | April 17, 2014 Two leaders of the Armenian Power gang were found guilty today by a federal jury in Los Angeles for their participation in a racketeering conspiracy that included extortion, bank fraud targeting elderly bank customers and a sophisticated credit and debit card skimming scheme that stole account numbers and [...]

“System Doesn’t Work” Says Mother of Woman Allegedly Killed by Parolees Wearing GPS Devices

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Willian Avila and Vikki Vargas (Los Angeles Times) | April 16, 2014 The mother of a woman allegedly killed by two parolees who were wearing GPS ankle bracelets said Tuesday that the monitoring system should have prevented her daughter’s slaying. “California is responsible for them, and evidently their system doesn’t work,” Jodi Piere Estepp told [...]

Helping relatives help children

Holy Family Day Home

Los Angeles Times editorial board | April 15, 2014 Enormous public resources go to foster families and group homes, and those expenditures are appropriate because the county and state are the virtual guardians for thousands of abused and neglected children. As such, the state and the county are duty-bound to ensure that the children receive [...]

Superior Court judge rules in favor of Irwindale officials accused of corruption

Irwindale City Councilman Mark Breceda, left, and former Irwindale City Councilwoman Rosemary Ramirez, second from right, appear in court in 2010.

Sarah Favot (Pasadena Star-News) | April 15, 2014 LOS ANGELES >> A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ruled in favor of Irwindale officials in their attempt to dismiss some of the public corruption charges alleged against them. The charges of embezzlement, conflict of interest and misappropriation of public funds against Mayor Mark Breceda, City Councilman [...]

Ex-Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo Sentenced in Tax Evasion Case

Bell City Mgr Robert Rizzo

Steven Covelman (NBCLA) | April 14, 2014 Former Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo will serve 33 months in federal prison for tax evasion after being sentenced Monday. Rizzo is also ordered to pay nearly $256,000 in restitution to the Internal Revenue Service. In January, Rizzo pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to defraud [...]

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