Innocent man wounded amid southeast Fresno gang gunfire

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Brianna Vaccari (The Fresno Bee) | July 14, 2014 Police said an innocent man was wounded in gang-related gunfire Monday afternoon in southeast Fresno. Police initially received two calls reporting shots fired about 4:45 p.m. The first was at Butler Avenue and 5th Street. Witnesses reported seeing a person in a blue Chevrolet Silverado firing […]

Career criminal is killed minutes after jury mistakenly sets him free

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Joseph Serna (Los Angeles Times) | June 12, 2014 A career criminal who was set free Wednesday after a Fresno jury accidentally filled out a not-guilty form was killed less than an hour later when he got into an argument at his sister’s home. Fresno County sheriff’s records show Bobby Lee Pearson, 37, was freed […]

Surviving the LA streets to graduate FPU master’s program

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Rick Montanez (KFSN) | May 20, 2014 FRESNO, Calif.– From the streets of Los Angeles to Central Valley classrooms, a recent master’s degree graduate is now sharing how education saved him from a life of gang crime and violence. After two years of commuting back and forth from L.A. to Fresno several times a week […]

Gang member gets 14 years in prison for pointing laser at Fresno police helicopter

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The Fresno Bee | March 10, 2014 A Bulldog gang member convicted of pointing a high-powered laser at a police helicopter was sentenced Monday to spend 14 years in federal prison, a term prosecutors believe to be among the region’s longest for such a crime. Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, was accused of pointing a green […]

Fresno gang sweeps finds guns hidden in trees

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Rick Montanez (KFSN) | February 05, 2014 FRESNO, Calif. — Three people are in jail and several illegal guns, including two found hiding in plain sight, are off the street following a city-wide gang sweep in Fresno. Covering all angles, police showed up in force to the Brookhaven neighborhood in Southwest Fresno. A search warrant […]

Fresno Gang Members Arrested, ‘Weapons Warehouse’ Shut Down

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CBS/AP | February 25, 2013 FRESNO — Police have arrested a member of Fresno’s notorious Bulldog gang from a house that they say served as a weapons warehouse for other gang members. Lt. Mark Salazar said Sunday that the house was used to check weapons in and out to other gang members. The Fresno Bee […]

Parolee, police dog plunge through Fresno ceiling

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Associated Press | July 05, 2012 FRESNO, Calif.—A wanted parolee has been arrested in Fresno after crashing through an apartment ceiling along with a police officer and police dog.The Fresno Bee says police went to an apartment complex Tuesday afternoon to look for the 33-year-old gang member. Family members said he’d climbed into the attic […]

Two shot at vigil in southeast Fresno

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Alex Tavlian (The Fresno Bee) | April 25, 2011 Two people were shot while holding a vigil in southeast Fresno on Monday night, the Fresno Police Department said. The vigil occurred in the Walmart parking lot at Kings Canyon and Peach avenues around 8 p.m. Fresno Police Lt. Joe Gomez said that after vigil attendees […]

14 felony arrests in Fresno-area gang crackdown

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Eddie Jimenez (The Fresno Bee) | April 23, 2011 Law-enforcement officers on Friday made 14 felony arrests as part of a series of operations to prevent violence among gangs in Fresno and surrounding communities. The charges included weapons violations, child endangerment, human trafficking, pimping and domestic violence offenses, a Fresno police official said. Officers seized […]

Operation Ceasefire gang crackdown in Fresno

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ABC30 | April 01, 2011 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — A knock at the door awoke several parolees and probationers in Fresno Friday morning. Police officers checked on 55 of them as part of Operation Ceasefire, involving more than 100 officers from several local agencies. “The whole process is just notifying the gangsters, letting them know […]

Gang Gunfire Leaves Fresno Girl In Critical Condition

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Sontaya Rose (ABC) June 28, 2010 FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) — Fresno Police are looking for two people in connection with a shooting that left a 9-year-old girl in critical condition. The girl was caught in a dispute between rival gangs Friday night. The police chief says the victims were visiting relatives in the area before […]

Officials Credit New Focus With More Gang Arrests

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The Associated Press June 13, 2010 MONTEREY, Calif.—Federal, state and local law enforcement officials say increased cooperation between agencies is putting more gang members behind bars. Following a new strategy that resulted in the arrests of 40 suspected gang members in Salinas in April, authorities say their combined efforts are allowing them to focus on […]