Gang prevention summit set Saturday in Salinas

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Roberto M. Robledo / The Californian January 29, 2015 A panel that includes former gangbangers and wannabes will discuss gang violence at a community forum set for Saturday in Salinas. Hosted by the Boy & Girls Clubs of Monterey County, the “CROSSROADS Gang Prevention Summit” will address the No. 1 youth crime problem facing the […]

LA Gangs Join Forces In Fight Against Killings

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By Greg Milam, US Correspondent / Sky News Wednesday 28 January 2015 Rivals in one of the oldest and bloodiest gang wars in the world have joined forces to try to end the killings. The battle between the Bloods and Crips – the stuff of rap legend – has left thousands dead on the streets […]

3 killed, 23 wounded in weekend shootings

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Sun-Times Wire Posted: 01/25/2015, 01:06am Three men were killed and at least 23 other people have been wounded in shootings across the city since Friday afternoon. In the most recent fatal incident, officers found a man shot multiple times early Saturday in the West Garfield Park neighborhood on the West Side. Arturo Olivera, 24, was […]

Homicide victims skewing older in L.A. County

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By Nicole Santa Cruz and Armand Emamdjomeh | LA Times Homicide Report Jan. 23, 2015 Isaac Gaston Jr. was trying to calm a party in Compton in March when a fight broke out. Guns and knives were drawn and Gaston was shot in the chest and stabbed in the head. At 31, Gaston was a […]

Father and reputed patriarch of 110ers gang testifies against sons at trial

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By Helen Freund, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune January 22, 2015 at 7:16 PM, updated January 23, 2015 at 10:43 AM Antonio “Big Rico” Johnson, pausing frequently to wipe away tears, sat facing an Orleans Parish jury Thursday (Jan. 22) while telling them of how his son, stepson and two of their friends opened fire on […]

Search called off for gunman in South L.A.

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Veronica Rocha / LA Times January 21, 2015 Los Angeles police have called off a search in South L.A. for two people, one of them a gunman who they say pointed his weapon at officers. Police dogs and SWAT officers searched a four-block area in South L.A. for hours Wednesday morning but were unable to […]

Gangs Exploiting Gangs – Meth And Gang Economics

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 Gemma Staines , Freelance Writer January 21,2015 Drugs are frequently a major part of gang culture. Both dealing and taking them fuels gang economies and gang solidarity. Indeed, new gang members are frequently encouraged to take illegal drugs, as doing so makes the new member complicit in (and a part of) the lifestyle of the […]

How To Slow Down Shootings In A City Plagued By Gun Violence

Despite Drop In Homicide Rate, A Violent Weekend Of Shootings In Chicago

Kim Bellware / The Huffington Post January 12, 2015 In a city like Chicago, which regularly grapples with gun violence, street shootings are often referred to as “senseless” or “random”; the violence itself, “an epidemic.” A new study published by the journal Social Science & Medicine suggests that gun violence is indeed an epidemic “transmitted” […]

Case Closed on East Side Victoria Street Gang

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San Bernardino County District Attorney January 10, 2015 The East Side Victoria Street Gang was arrested because of an investigation that began back in June of 2007, by the Victorville Police Department Gang Unit. The investigation began with an eight-month long investigation of Valerie Archuleta, who was the last member of the 61 arrested to […]

Sheriff’s Dept. higher-ups now appear to be targets in jails inquiry

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By Cindy Chang / LA Times News January 10, 2015 Sheriff’s officials convicted of obstructing a federal investigation into the Los Angeles County jails have been testifying before a grand jury as prosecutors set their sights on the highest echelons of the department, according to sources familiar with the probe. The questioning has focused partly […]

San Bernardino County’s largest gang case ends with 61 people jailed

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By Matt Hamilton / LA Times January 10,2015 The largest single gang prosecution in San Bernardino County history ended last week with the sentencing of 25-year-old Cherish Velez. The Apple Valley woman, who was ordered to spend 16 years in prison on assault and drug charges, was the 61st person with ties to the East […]

JFK Passenger Tried to Smuggle Cocaine in Luggage Handles: Feds

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Channel 4 NBC Southern California News Friday, Jan 9, 2015 • Updated at 6:52 AM PST Federal authorities say a passenger on a flight from Jamaica was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport and accused of trying to smuggle cocaine in the handles of her luggage. The Department of Homeland Security says passenger Chevelle […]