O.C. gang member charged with killing a man who was pouring a cup of coffee

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Robert J. Lopez (LA Times) November 29, 2010 A reputed gang member was charged Monday with gunning down a man while he was pouring a cup of coffee at a Santa Ana restaurant, authorities said. Israel Pena Lopez, 35, a Santa Ana resident, is accused of shooting his victim several times in the back Oct. […]

Crips members facing drug charges said to have put ‘bounty’ on police officers

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Rick Pfeiffer (Niagara Gazette) | November 28, 2010 NIAGARA FALLS — A pair of Falls gang-bangers with West Coast ties recently put behind bars had put a bounty on the heads of two Cataract City cops. Police arrested Alton Hilson, 33, 1342 Michigan Ave. and Mark Douglas, 31, who gave an address of 2902 Ninth […]

Dust-up with picketing tenants puts L.A. housing authority chief in spotlight

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Jessica Garrison and David Zahniser (Los Angeles Times) | November 28, 2010 Rudolf Montiel holds one of the biggest government jobs in Los Angeles, running a $1-billion-a-year agency responsible for sheltering more than 60,000 of the city’s neediest families. He is also one of the city’s best-paid officials, with a compensation package of about $450,000 […]

Bloods put their colors on for court in attempt to intimidate rival gangs

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Thomas Zambito (DAILY NEWS) November 28th 2010 Each day, a dozen or more young men stroll into Queens Supreme Court sporting the Cincinnati Reds’ signature red-and-black cap. The fashion trend doesn’t mean the borough has stopped rooting for the Mets in favor of this year’s National League Central champions. Veteran prosecutors say members of the […]

Mexican federal police capture one of alleged leaders of cross-border Aztecas gang

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Associated Press November 28, 2010 MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico’s federal police have captured a presumed leader of a cross-border drug gang suspected in dozens of killings, including the slaying of a U.S. consulate worker, authorities announced Sunday. Arturo Gallegos Castrellon, 32, was arrested Saturday in the border city of Ciudad Juarez, which is considered […]

Mexican Drug Gang Leader Confesses to Killings

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ELISABETH MALKIN November 28, 2010 MEXICO CITY — A notorious drug gang leader has been captured and has confessed to ordering most killings in the battle-scarred border city of Ciudad Juárez since August 2009, including the drive-by shootings of a United States consular employee and her husband, Mexico’s federal police said Sunday. Federal police arrested […]

Mexican police arrest alleged successor of US-born drug lord suspect ‘La Barbie’

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E. EDUARDO CASTILLO (Associated Press) | November 24, 2010 MEXICO CITY — Federal police said Wednesday they captured the new leader of a drug gang formerly led by jailed U.S.-born suspect Edgar “La Barbie” Valdez Villarreal, in another blow to a cartel fighting to control the region south of Mexico City to the Pacific resort […]

Parent Workshop Gets Heated

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Tom Powell (WREG-TV) | November 23, 2010 MEMPHIS — An information workshop for parents at Frayser High School got a bit heated Tuesday night. The meeting took place inside the school library, and there was a standing room only crowd. DA Investigator and Gang Expert, Jimmy Chambers spoke to the audience about parental involvement and […]

Police, schools watching ‘Juggalos’ – Classified as gang in Arizona

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Sean Dieterich (The Independent) November 23, 2010 SHOW LOW — Juggalos consider themselves a family and fans of a rap group’s music. But due to reported criminal acts by some of them, Show Low school administrators and police are keeping a close eye on young people who identify themselves as Juggalos. Juggalo, or Juggalette, is […]

Criminal profiling vs. racial profiling

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Sunil Dutta (Chicago Tribune) | November 22, 2010 I was accused of racial profiling on the first traffic stop I made as a rookie LAPD officer in 1998. I had spotted a reckless driver speeding through the streets of Van Nuys in a large pickup truck, so I flipped on my lights and took up […]

New Port St. Lucie mayor accused of faking gang statistics

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Alexi Howk (TCPalm) | November 22, 2010 PORT ST. LUCIE —Newly elected Mayor JoAnn Faiella falsified gang member data when she was a crime intelligence analyst at the Police Department, according to her former supervisor. Faiella said she was told to increase the overall number of gang members in Port St. Lucie so the Police […]

Former gang leader says he hopes to give at-risk youth ‘a fighting chance’

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Megan Craig (TribLocal) | November 22, 2010 By the time he was 14, C.J. Sistrunk had been in more than 100 fights. Sistrunk was on the verge of being kicked out of school when a friend suggested he attend a Friday evening session with a man named Ricky. It’s been a year since Sistrunk began […]