One dead in L.A. triple shooting; blood leads police to home

By Tre’vell Anderson, Samantha Masunaga / LA Times December 17, 2014 / 1:53 P.M. A trail of blood led police to a Los Angeles home that they believe was the site of a triple shooting Wednesday morning. Police say one man died as a result of the shootings, which spurred the search of the house […]

SAN BERNARDINO: Gang war dealt major blow, officials say; 33 arrested

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BY PETER SUROWSKI / The Press Enterprise Published: Dec. 15, 2014 Updated: 11:06 p.m. A gang war that was “raining terror” on San Bernardino and Highland residents has suffered a major blow at the hands of law enforcement, officials announced. Thirty-three people have been arrested in a three-month investigation that culminated on Dec. 5 in […]

‘Too young, too soon': Family, friends search for answers

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James Crepea / Montgomery Advertiser 10:59 p.m. CST December 15, 2014 AUBURN — As friends and family gathered at the Opelika home of Mario and Arlicia Mitchell, a father was struggling for answers as to why he won’t see his son alive again. Jakell Mitchell, a freshman member of Auburn’s football team, was shot and […]

Grim Sleeper defense says DNA in some cases points to another suspect

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By Marisa Gerber / LA Times December 14, 2014 Since Los Angeles police first announced that they had made an arrest in the hunt for the so-called Grim Sleeper serial killer, the case involving the slayings of more than 10 women has centered around DNA. Genetic evidence at the crime scenes helped investigators conclude they […]

Boyle Heights gang, Big Hazard, indicted by Justice Department


Stefani Camille December 10, 2014 LOS ANGELES – Members of the East Los Angeles street gang located in Boyle Heights known as the Big Hazard gang were arrested and charged in a federal RICO indictment. Nearly 800 LAPD and Federal agents converged upon several addresses in Los Angeles County and arrested 25 alleged members […]

LAPD chief: No new witnesses in police shooting of Ezell Ford

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By Richard Winton, Kate Mather / LA Times December 04, 2014 Despite public appeals by the city’s mayor, the county district attorney and others, no new witnesses to the fatal Los Angeles police shooting of a mentally ill black man have come forward to help investigators, LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday. Beck told reporters […]

Dozens protest gang conspiracy cases

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By Kristina Davis / UT San Diego Dec. 4, 2014 SAN DIEGO — The first-time use of a gang conspiracy law against dozens of alleged gang members sparked a protest over freedom of speech in front of the downtown Superior courthouse Thursday. The protest coincided with a court hearing for some of the defendants, including […]

O.C. school greeters aim to steer kids away from gangs

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By Emily Foxhall / LA Times December 2, 2014 When Hilda Ambrocio takes her 10-year-old son to school, she doesn’t simply drop him off and leave. Rather, before the clock hits 7:30 a.m., Ambrocio takes up her post at the gates at Monte Vista Elementary School and tugs on a bright orange vest. “Mustangs Greeters,” […]

San Jose teen charged as adult in gang-related stabbing

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By Mark Gomez / Contra Costa Times Posted: 12/01/2014 12:36:09 PM SAN JOSE — A 14-year-old San Jose boy has been charged as an adult for a gang-related stabbing that sent another teen to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has charged Christian Haro Cotero, 14, with attempted murder […]

Gang leader Tavon White’s trial testimony describes rise to power at Baltimore jail


By Justin Fenton / The Washington Post December 1 at 10:38 PM The former leader of the Black Guerrilla Family at the Baltimore City Detention Center spoke publicly for the first time Monday from the witness stand, describing his unlikely rise to power and the gang’s inner workings. Tavon White, 37, has admitted heading a […]

Judge allows opposition to Santa Ana gang injunction to proceed

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BY SEAN EMERY and ALEJANDRA MOLINA / Orange County Register Published: Nov. 20, 2014 Updated: 1:48 p.m. SANTA ANA – A group of 14 accused members of the Townsend Street gang will get their day in court after an Orange County Superior Court judge on Wednesday gave them time to muster a case for why […]

Judge calls killing of 2 USC students ‘shameful'; sentences man to life

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By Marisa Gerber / LA TIMES November 17, 2014 Calling the case one of the saddest he has ever presided over, a Los Angeles judge on Monday sentenced a man convicted in the killing of two USC students from China to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Superior Court Judge Stephen A. Marcus […]