Courtroom arrest puts gang-case combatants on edge

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Demian Bulwa (San Francisco Chronicle) | March 22, 2011 The two sides in Oakland’s bid for a civil gang injunction against alleged Norteños in the Fruitvale neighborhood traded angry accusations Tuesday after parole agents walked into a court hearing during testimony and hauled away one of the defendants. The arrest of 27-year-old Javier Quintero as he […]

SIDE STREETS: Gang paint threatens to turn Helen Hunt Falls into new Graffiti Falls

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BILL VOGRIN (The Gazette, Colorado Springs) | March 20, 2011 Hikers in North Cheyenne Cañon Park in recent weeks have seen more than just the beauty of water splashing down the granite slabs of Helen Hunt Falls. They’ve gotten a primer on area gangs from new graffiti covering the Pikes Peak granite and benches and […]

Gang member picks fight with Collier sheriff’s gang unit at county fair, deputies say

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Naples Daily News | March 20, 2011 NAPLES — Collier County sheriff’s gang unit detectives were posted at the front gate of the county fair near the metal detectors on Saturday night when a man became agitated that his buddy was stopped at the gate, deputies said. Erik Ivan Garcia-Flores, 18, who is from Bonita […]

Hayward lawmakers to hear update on gang injunction program

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Eric Kurhi (Oakland Tribune) | March 20, 2011 HAYWARD — Widening Winton Avenue at Hesperian Boulevard and updating the city’s drive to create a gang injunction program are on tap for Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The gang injunction is something that has been a city goal since 2009. It would identify individual gang members and […]

City law requires businesses to lock up tools of the graffiti trade

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Joseph Serna (Daily Pilot / Times Community News) | March 20, 2011 Costa Mesa police have teamed up with the chamber of commerce to stop vandalism before it starts. Under a beefed-up anti-graffiti ordinance that the the City Council passed in October and went into effect in January, businesses have to limit access to popular […]

Gang Summit addresses problem areas

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SABRINA ZIEGLER (THE RECORDER) | March 19, 2011 Not one dissenting comment broke the harmony between city and county leaders Wednesday as they met at the Porterville Police Department to address what they agree to be a pressing issue in Porterville — gang activity. City Council members past and present, school administrators, police department staff, […]

Man Stabbed Several Times in Gang-Related Attack

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Kristofer Noceda (Livermore Patch) | March 19, 2011 A Livermore man was stabbed multiple times early Saturday in what police are calling a gang-related attack. The man is a documented gang member and is expected to survive, Livermore Police Sgt. Keith Graves said. “A rival group attacked him, and he refused to give additional information,” […]

Vacaville shooting is gang related

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Catherine Bowen (The Reporter) | March 18, 2011 Vacaville police are continuing to investigate the city’s third gang shooting in less than two weeks after an area teen was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex Wednesday night.The victim, identified as Enrico Ochoa, 19, of Vacaville, was shot multiple times in the parking […]

South County police seek gang-prevention grant

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Mark Powell | March 17, 2011 Efforts to halt gang activity in South Santa Clara County could soon have a face. Police in Gilroy and Morgan Hill are after $750,000 in federal grant funds that would allow the departments to share two new positions designed to spearhead efforts to remedy gang-related issues in both communities, […]

McFarland Police Say They Nab Myfas Gang Member

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KERO23 | March 17, 2011 MCFARLAND, Calif. — The McFarland Police Department said it arrested a known Myfas gang member Thursday morning.The MPD said that about 7:30 a.m. officers were sent to the 700 block of 5th Street regarding a carjacking suspect that was spotted in the area. Officers said Myfas criminal street gang member […]

Neighbors Help Catch Suspect in Gang Attack

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Jennifer Squires (Watsonville Patch) | March 17, 2011 Three gang-related attacks on the same street in less than 24 hours last weekend prompted Jasper Way residents to take back their neighborhood, Watsonville police reported. Neighbors’ assistance helped the police department’s gang unit arrest two men suspected of causing the violence, including one arrested on suspicion […]

Three Arrested In Connection With Oakland Shooting That Injured Three

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KTVU | March 17, 2011 OAKLAND, Calif. — A man and two juveniles suspected of opening fire on an Oakland street Wednesday night — in a shooting that injured two people — were arrested and told police they belonged to a street gang, police said. Two people were walking near their homes in the 8700 […]