Gang Injunction Targets Speak Out, Part 2

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Santa Barbara Independent | March 25, 2011 Taped interviews recently filmed and released by Youth CineMedia — a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth by getting them off the streets and into the production room — depict individuals who say they were wrongfully named in the city’s gang injunction announced last week. The injunction seeks […]

Long Beach police block off neighborhood after reports of gunshots

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Tracy Manzer (Press-Telegram) | March 25, 2011 LONG BEACH — Police cordoned off a North Long Beach neighborhood late Friday afternoon after shots were heard in the area. Patrol officers were sent to the area of Heath Street and Harbor Avenue at about 4:27 p.m. Friday after someone reported hearing gun shots, said Lisa Massacani, […]

Police union cites growing gang problem as need to boost benefits

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Beth Burger and Cliff Hightower (Times Free Press) | March 24, 2011 Using an issue that resonates with residents after a spate of shootings and homicides in the last couple of weeks, police unions are saying they can’t fight criminal street gangs without better benefits from the city of Chattanooga. “If we’re worried about how we’re going to […]

Documentary explores violent, destructive gang lifestyle in Vancouver’s criminal underworld

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Andrea Woo, Vancouver Sun March 24, 2011 VANCOUVER – A new documentary airing tonight on CBC’s Doc Zone will shed light on Vancouver’s gang war of 2008-09, during which a dramatic spike in violence garnered headlines around the world. Helen Slinger, who directed The Gangster Next Door, said one of the most surprising findings was […]

County nets $500K from state for at-risk youth


Erica Felci (The Desert Sun) | March 24, 2011 Riverside County has secured $500,000 to curb gang violence by providing job training to at-risk youth. The funding was part of $4.8 million in state grants announced Wednesday. Combined, they will target 900 at-risk youth in eight California counties. “We are glad to receive these funds from the […]

Mistrial on cafe shooting murder sentence

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LARRY WELBORN (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | March 24, 2011 SANTA ANA – A mistrial was declared Thursday in the penalty phase of the trial of an Asian gang member convicted earlier this month of shooting a young woman in the back when jurors announced they were hopelessly deadlocked. The jury foreman said the panel, which […]

Salinas developing own gang strategy


JULIA REYNOLDS (The Herald, Monterey County ) | March 23, 2011 A year and a half after state and federal officials criticized Salinas leaders for having no plan to deal with gang violence, the city has come up with a strategy based on community input and the data-crunching assistance of the Naval Postgraduate School and other institutions. […]

Deputies notify La Puente area gang members of plans for an injunction

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Pasadena Star-News | March 23, 2011 LA PUENTE — Sheriff’s deputies served suspected gang members Wednesday with notices declaring that the District Attorney’s office will seek a gang injunction in the coming weeks. If approved by a judge, the injunction will make it a misdemeanor for suspected gang members to be seen together in public, […]

Several detained in gang sweep

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THE RECORDER | March 22, 2011 During the week of March 15-19, personnel from the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department’s Gang Violence Suppression Unit, along with members from the Sheriff’s Tactical Enforcement Personnel team, conducted saturation patrols in the rural communities of Cutler, Orosi, Traver, Goshen, Teviston, Pixley, Earlimart and Poplar. Eight people were arrested and booked […]

Gang member killed in assault rifle attack

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The Associated Press | March 22, 2011 FONTANA, Calif.—A gang member is dead after a car he was riding in was peppered with rounds from an assault rifle fired from a sport utility vehicle in a Southern California neighborhood.Fontana police say more than 10 rounds were fired at the vehicle Monday night. The San Bernardino County […]

Parole officer testifies about supervision of man named in Oakland gang injunction

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Scott Johnson (Oakland Tribune) | March 22, 2011 OAKLAND — An Alameda County probation officer took the stand Tuesday as testimony continued in the hearing on a proposed gang injunction against 40 suspected members of the Nortenos in Oakland’s Fruitvale district. The nearly three hours of testimony included intense questioning from prosecutors and defense attorneys, and […]

Sheriff moves to fire six deputies accused in beating

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Robert Faturechi (Los Angeles Times) | March 22, 2011 The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has begun termination proceedings against six deputies who were part of what officials describe as an aggressive group that used ganglike hand signals to identify themselves and allegedly assaulted two fellow deputies at a Christmas party last year. The firing of […]