Man shot at after brush with taggers in La Puente


Robert Faturechi (Los Angeles Times) | November 15, 2010 An apparent Good Samaritan was shot at by two gang affiliates after he tried to stop the duo from tagging a wall in La Puente, authorities said Monday. The man was driving near Main Street and Chatterton Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sunday when he saw two […]

US cases reveal new trend in drug smuggling: Gangs buying jets for trans-Atlantic coke flights


CHRIS HAWLEY (Associated Press) | November 15, 2010 NEW YORK — U.S. prosecutors in a series of court cases say they are beginning to unravel the latest innovation in drug smuggling: South American gangs that are buying old jets and other planes, filling them with cocaine and flying them more than 3,000 miles across the […]

Housing Authority Tackles Gang Violence


Ryan Simms (KIMATV) | Nov 14, 2010 YAKIMA — Fighting gang violence with just one cop. It’s the idea behind a new community effort at the Yakima Housing Authority. Benee Kent never imagined it would get to this point: a time when her neighborhood is besieged by gangs and violence lurks eerily close to home. […]

Guatemala close to failed state: U.N.-backed investigators shake up ruling elite


FRANK BAJAK, JUAN CARLOS LLORCA (Associated Press) | November 14, 2010 GUATEMALA CITY — In this nation whose murder rate more than triples that of Mexico, judges and prosecutors are underpaid, underprotected and under attack by organized crime. Guatemala teeters on the edge of failed-state status. Yet a U.N.-backed investigative team that has by all […]

LAPD officer resigns after being accused of tapping database on killer’s behalf


Joel Rubin and Jessica Porter (Los Angeles Times) | November 14, 2010 A rookie Los Angeles police officer has resigned amid allegations he illegally tapped into a law enforcement computer on behalf of a gang member who was recently convicted of murder. The officer, Gabriel Morales, 25, was seeking information on two key witnesses who […]

Alameda County to name new head of probation in December


By Sean Maher (Oakland Tribune) | November 12, 2010 OAKLAND — With Alameda County officials just weeks away from naming a new chief probation officer, some community groups seeking effective alternatives for teens say the hiring process for such an important job has been woefully closed to the public. A group of parents, organized by […]

Jamaica achieves security gains, but slums seethe with anger against police


DAVID McFADDEN (Associated Press) | November 12, 2010 KINGSTON, Jamaica — Joan McCarthy’s voice rises in anger as she describes a police and military raid: Officers searching for a fugitive gang boss grabbed her nephew and son-in-law and hustled them upstairs. Once they disappeared from view, there was a crackle of gunfire, she says, and […]

Judge To Rule On Newark Police, Fire Layoff Lawsuit


JAMES FORD ( | November 12, 2010 NEWARK, N.J. — The dispute over pending layoffs of nearly two hundred police officers and firefighters in Newark is coming down to the wire. The city of 280,000 just had its bloodiest summer in twenty years, according to police crime statistics. Still, the city government insists that it […]

Funeral Service To Be Held For Boy, 5, Killed On Halloween


CBS Los November 12, 2010 GARDENA (CBS) — A funeral service will be held Friday for 5-year-old Aaron Shannon Jr., who was shot and killed in the backyard of his South L.A. home on Halloween. The service, which will begin at City of Refuge in Gardena, will be followed by a 1 p.m. burial […]

Gang of ‘heroin dealers’ caught after they were snapped on Google Street View


By Daniel Bates November 12th 2010 A gang of alleged drug dealers have been caught after they were photographed at work by the Google Street View car. The gang were selling heroin and marijuana outside a grocery store in Brooklyn, New York, when the Google driver went past and inadvertently took their picture. The street […]

Homicide Report: 12 killings last week in L.A. County, including two in Downey


Sarah Ardalani November 12, 2010 Coroner’s officials reported 12 killings in Los Angeles County between Nov. 1 and Sunday night, bringing the year-to-date total to 536, according to data collected for The Times’ Homicide Report database. By this time last year, 644 people had been killed in the county, with 762 killed in 2008 and […]

Drug bust drains Bronx’s Hunts Point of 32 in Satan’s Bloods gang; it’s a relief to residents


Mike Jaccarino (NY DAILY NEWS) | November 11, 2010 Neighbors in a gritty Bronx neighborhood breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after cops and federal agents cracked a brazen drug gang that had terrorized their streets. Thirty-two members of a Hunts Point drug syndicate known as “Satan’s Bloods” were either arrested in morning raids by […]