2 arrested in San Jose McDonald’s fatal shooting

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The Associated Press | April 2, 2011 SAN JOSE, Calif.—Police have arrested two suspected gang members in connection with a brazen lunchtime shooting outside a San Jose McDonald’s that left an 18-year-old man dead.Police say 18-year-olds Brandon Wantland and Raymundo Nava, both of San Jose face homicide charges after their arrests on Friday. The San […]

Three people arrested after possibly gang related fight on Goleta Beach

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Shelby Rhodes (KSBY News) | April 1, 2011 Three men were arrested Thursday afternoon after a possibly gang related fight on Goleta Beach. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department received a call around 4:30 p.m. about a large fight involving several young adults. Witnesses told deputies that two groups of people started fighting on the beach, […]

Oakland agency gets $500,000 grant to help prevent youth violence

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Cecily Burt (Oakland Tribune) | April 01, 2011 OAKLAND — The Oakland Private Industry Council, or PIC, has won a substantial state grant to continue its counseling, job training and intervention work with youths at risk of joining gangs and those who seek to leave the gang life behind. PIC was among 10 organizations who […]

Operation Ceasefire gang crackdown in Fresno

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ABC30 | April 01, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A knock at the door awoke several parolees and probationers in Fresno Friday morning. Police officers checked on 55 of them as part of Operation Ceasefire, involving more than 100 officers from several local agencies. “The whole process is just notifying the gangsters, letting them know […]

Street gang bill stalled in state House

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JOHN TRUMBO (HERALD STAFF) | March 31, 2011 A bill that would fight the street gang problem has strong, unanimous support of city and county officials in the Tri-Cities but appears all but dead in Olympia. The measure, House Bill 1126, has been stalled in the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee since January. If […]

Gun violence puts city, state laws in crosshairs

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JIM REDDEN (The Portland Tribune) | March 31, 2011 The day after four people were wounded in a suspected Northeast Portland gang-related shooting, gun-control advocates rallied at City Hall. Speakers at the March 21 event included Mayor Sam Adams, religious leaders and relatives of people killed by guns. They spoke passionately about the emotional and […]

Crime concerns raised over planned Tubman closure

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Yolanda Putman (Times Free Press) | March 31, 2011 Harriet Tubman residents and surrounding homeowners warn that closing the public housing development as planned could cause crime to spread in residential areas from North Brainerd to Alton Park and set the stage for new violence among rival gangs. “It’s going to be war,” said Tubman resident […]

Gang Prevention Coordinator Gives Talk

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NICK WELSH (Santa Barbara Independent) | March 31, 2011 South Coast gang prevention coordinator Gus Frias said this week that local schools and police could better cooperate in preventing gang violence by abiding by a state law requiring that every public school campus have a comprehensive safety plan that addresses, among other things, student gang […]

Girl’s slaying at Sacramento event blamed on gang rivalry

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Andy Furillo (The Sacramento Bee) | March 30, 2011 A chance meeting between members of two warring Sacramento street gangs sparked a shooting that killed an innocent out-of-town girl at a teen party last summer on Auburn Boulevard, witnesses told a hearing Tuesday. The violence erupted when a group of unidentified teenagers recognized and then […]

Gang involvement could increase sentence for Lompoc stabbing suspects

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Bill Halter (KSBY News) | March 29, 2011 The three suspects in Monday’s school stabbing incident at Lompoc High School were charged with, assault with a deadly weapon and gang enhancement. If the three juveniles are convicted the judge could increase their sentence because the alleged crime was in association with a street gang. The […]

Baldwin Park mulls gang injunction as prosecutors move forward with plans for La Puente area injunction

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Thomas Himes (SGV Tribune) | March 29, 2011 BALDWIN PARK – City officials may seek a gang injunction in an effort to curb violence, graffiti and other crimes committed by members of area street gangs and tagging crews. Police Chief Lili Hadsell is scheduled to report to the City Council tonight on gang injunctions and […]

8th suspect held in gang rape of 11-year-old in Moreno Valley

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Abby Sewell (Los Angeles Times) | March 29, 2011 Moreno Valley police arrested the final suspect Monday in the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. Michael Sykes, 19, was arrested about noon at a residence in Moreno Valley, said Cpl. Courtney Donowho, a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman. He had not been booked into jail […]