Lawsuit takes aim at Los Angeles gang injunctions

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THOMAS WATKINS (Associated Press) | February 14, 2011 LOS ANGELES—Two men who were arrested when police found them outside after 10 p.m. have filed a lawsuit challenging the curfew provision in many of the city’s gang injunctions. Christian Rodriguez and Alberto Cazarez, who authorities claimed were in a west Los Angeles street gang, said they […]

At northern border, agents fight drug war on ice

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CHRIS HAWLEY (Associated Press) | February 14, 2011 MASSENA, N.Y. — Border Patrol agent Glenn Pickering slowed his rumbling snowmobile to a stop and eyed two trails of churned-up snow running down a riverbank. They were snowmobile tracks leading out onto the ice of the frozen St. Lawrence River that runs between upstate New York […]

Long Beach gang member charged in cold murder case pleads not guilty

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Tracy Manzer (Press-Telegram) | February 14, 2011 LONG BEACH — A gang member arrested earlier this year for the killings of three Long Beach people in 2001 and 2002 pleaded not guilty to the crimes Monday. Juan Pablo Camacho, 33, is charged with murder in the shooting deaths of Richard Murillo, 30, and Murillo’s girlfriend, […]

4 fatally shot in Willowbrook backyard; detectives seek gunmen

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Larry Gordon (Los Angeles Times) | February 12, 2011 Four people were killed late Friday in what authorities believe was a gang-related shooting in the backyard of a Willowbrook home, officials said. Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials on Saturday were for looking for suspects in the shooting, which was reported about 8:45 p.m. in the […]

Sheriff announces dozens of arrests in Lock Street Gang inquiry


Drew Harwell (St. Petersburg Times) | February 11, 2011 NEW PORT RICHEY — A long-term investigation into a loose band of Dade City area outlaws has sent dozens to jail and recovered thousands of dollars in drugs and stolen weapons, Sheriff Bob White said Thursday. Pasco deputies, Dade City police officers and federal agents have […]

11 arrested in Visalia Oriental Troop gang sweep

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Visalia Times-Delta | February 11, 2011 A four month investigation into several shootings in Visalia has lead to the arrest of 11 suspected gang members. More than 50 officers from Visalia Police Department, Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Parole and Probation began the gang sweep early Friday morning. Four homes were targeted in the raid and […]

Former SC Outlaws leader sentenced in Va to 9 years, 2 months


LARRY O’DELL (The Associated Press) | February 11, 2011 RICHMOND, Va. — A former regional boss of the Outlaws motorcycle gang who led attempts to hunt down rival Hell’s Angels with the intent of assaulting them was sentenced Friday to nine years and two months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson rejected […]

Gang unit ride-along turns into drug bust

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ANDREW GALVIN (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | Feb. 11, 2011 SANTA ANA – Driving up South Townsend Street on Wednesday afternoon, Sgt. Lorenzo Carrillo was telling me about the neighborhood gang and its rival, which claims an area just half a block to the north. “They have these little irrigation ditches and canals that run […]

Online post-a-photo campaign in China rescues kidnapped children forced into begging by gangs

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ELAINE KURTENBACH (Associated Press) | February 11, 2011 SHANGHAI — An online campaign to gather photos of Chinese kids begging on the streets is pressuring authorities to crack down on gangs that kidnap children for exploitation and is helping reunite them with families. Many of the children seen begging in Chinese cities, often in the […]

Murder charges, 15 defendants added to federal case against Latin Kings gang in NY

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Associated Press |  February 10, 2011 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  — Federal prosecutors added murder and racketeering charges Thursday to a wide-ranging indictment aimed at gutting the local influence of the Latin Kings gang. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said he believed it was the first time the racketeering laws, often used against organized crime, had been […]

5th plea deal accepted in case of alleged gang rape of 7-year-old NJ girl at apartment party

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Associated Press | February 10, 2011 TRENTON, N.J. — A fifth person has taken a plea deal that dropped all sex charges in what police said was the gang-rape of a 7-year-old New Jersey girl pimped out by her 15-year-old stepsister. Tiemare (ty-MAIR’) Lewis was initially charged with aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment. He […]

Man gets to prison for 17th license conviction

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Associated Press | February 10, 2011 ST. CHARLES, Ill. — A Kane County judge has handed down a six-year prison term to an Aurora man who has been convicted of being an habitual traffic offender. Circuit Court Judge T. Jordan Gallagher passed sentence Thursday on 34-year-old Michael Diaz, who was convicted of driving with a […]