Code of silence may add 10 years to man’s prison term

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Art Barnum (Chicago Tribune) | February 24, 2011 A Joliet man who abided by his street gang’s code of silence and refused to testify against an associate during a murder trial faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison for contempt of court. Robert Meza, 23, refused to testify against Antonio Aguilar, 21, […]

Oakland gang hearing evidence inconclusive

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Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chronicle) | February 24, 2011 City Attorney John Russo says Abel Manzo’s movements need to be restrained because the city can prove he is a member of a violent gang terrorizing the Fruitvale neighborhood. But when Manzo, a 25-year-old barber, took the witness stand Wednesday in a bid to clear his […]

Chinese American man beaten by Korean Americans in alleged hate-crime attack, authorities say

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Ann M. Simmons (Los Angeles Times) | February 24, 2011 Two Korean Americans were in jail Thursday, two others were released on bail and two more were being sought in connection with the robbery and assault of a Chinese American man in Diamond Bar in what authorities described as a hate crime. The Feb. 6 […]

Oakland gang injunction opponents fight 2 battles

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Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chroniclee) |  February 23, 2011 The battle over a gang crackdown in Oakland’s Fruitvale neighborhood is being fought on two fronts – in court and at City Hall. That was clear Tuesday night as more than 250 people packed Oakland’s council chambers. For hours, several dozen people spoke emotionally about their […]

Gang squad cop notes poor cooperation among police


Mike Howell (Vancouver Courier) | February 23, 2011 The city saw a decrease in the number of gang-related homicides and shots fired in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to Vancouver Police Department statistics. But the collaboration between VPD officers investigating gang violence and other police departments tackling gang crime isn’t working as smoothly as […]

Sacramento County jail sweep reveals growing gang activity

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Suzanne Phan (News10/KXTV) |  February 22, 2011 ELK GROVE – Some information gathered during an unprecedented jail sweep by Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies indicate an increase in gang activity in local jails. The sweep at Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center came as a big surprise for 2,200 inmates. Organizers say one reason for the shakedown was to […]

Salinas’ CASP: More anti-violence solution ideas sought

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KIMBER SOLANA | February 22, 2011 Salinas officials want more community input in reducing youth violence during a brainstorming session today — about a month before they’re to present a draft of a long-term plan to address the problem at a White House-sponsored forum in Washington, D.C. The meeting is organized by the Community Alliance […]

13-year-old boy killed in apparent gang-related Westlake shooting

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Los Angeles Times | February 22, 2011 Police are searching for several suspects in an apparent gang-related shooting that killed a 13-year-old boy Monday in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. Police said several men drove up to Temple Street and Benton Way about 7:25 p.m. and walked up to three teenage boys standing at […]

Addison man acquitted in killing of bystander


Art Barnum (Chicago Tribunes) | February 18, 2011 An admitted former gang enforcer from Addison was acquitted Friday of the 2007 murder of an innocent bystander after his alleged accomplice, who is serving a 45-year sentence for the same crime, refused several times to testify against him. Antonio Aguilar, 21, of Addison, was charged with […]

Asian Boyz gang shot-caller convicted of eight slayings


Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) | February 18, 2011 He was the shot-caller in the Asian Boyz gang and the last of his cohorts to face justice in connection with at least eight slayings and 10 shootings in the San Fernando and San Gabriel valleys. Jurors convicted 37-year-old Marvin Mercado in connection with those crimes […]

2011: Best Cars

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They say that the kind of car one drives reflects the owner’s character, traits, personality as well as a person’s financial status. This 2011 choose wisely the car that you will be driving according to your budget and preference: 1. 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee- for a hefty amount of $30,215 you can own this powerful, […]

17 News Special Report: Generations of gangs

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KGET | February 17, 2011 The Bakersfield Police Department’s gang unit focuses on supressing gang violence throughout the city. It’s a tough job considering gang life is part of a long tradition in some families. “When we ask them why they went into the gang, they will tell us they grew up in the gang, […]