Woman shot to death in Long Beach; man arrested

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KABC | December 18, 2013 LONG BEACH, Calif. — A man has been arrested in connection to a shooting in Long Beach that left a woman dead and another man injured. Authorities responded to a call about a shooting on the 3500 block of Monica Avenue at about 10 p.m. Tuesday. When they arrived, they […]

RICO convictions send several Hawaiian Gardens gang members to federal prison

Deputy Jerry Ortiz, was killed in Hawaiian Gardens in 2005

Streetgangs.com Staff January 11, 2011 LOS ANGELES – The lead defendant in a federal RICO indictment that was brought as part of the nation’s largest-ever gang sweep was sentenced today to 30 years in federal prison for helping coordinate the racketeering activities of the Varrio Hawaiian Gardens street gang and distributing large quantities of narcotics. […]

Detectives say LA-area gunman kills ex-girlfriend, her brother and father, wounds mother

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May 7th 2010 NOAKI SCHWARTZ, THOMAS WATKINS HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — A gunman angry at a former girlfriend rampaged through her family home, killing the woman and two relatives but six others escaped by hiding on a roof, authorities said. Joseph Mercado, 26, is accused of killing the 25-year-old mother of his infant son, […]

Gang injunction splits Hawaiian Gardens


CRIME: Some say order and its restrictions are sorely needed. A smaller group warns that people are branded at whim of deputies. By Tracy Manzer, Press-Telegram Staff Writer Posted: 08/01/2009 09:22:58 PM PDT HAWAIIAN GARDENS — Mention the gang injunction that targets one of the area’s most notorious gangs and you’re likely to get one […]

Latino gang accused of targeting blacks near LA

By THOMAS WATKINS – 23 hours ago The Associated Press HAWAIIAN GARDENS, Calif. (AP) — A Latino street gang waged a racist campaign to eliminate the city’s black residents through attempted murders and other crimes, according to federal racketeering indictments unsealed Thursday. Five indictments charged a total of 147 members and associates of the Varrio […]

Feds: Latino Gang Tried To Eliminate Blacks From L.A.


KTLA News 12:55 PM PDT, May 21, 2009 A suspected gang member is taken into custody. (KTLA-TV / May 21, 2009) HAWAIIAN GARDENS — Dozens of suspected gang members were arrested Thursday during early morning raids that federal prosecutors are calling the “largest gang takedown in United States history.” 150 members and associates of a […]

A violent weekend for Los Angeles County

At least 8 people died, including 5 who were slain in under 5 hours. The incidents appear to be unrelated, authorities said. By Ari B. Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer October 20, 2008 At least eight people died in violence across Los Angeles County over the weekend, including five homicides during a 4 1/2 […]

Gangs, Crime and Dreams Live Where Deputy Died

THE STATE Gangs, Crime and Dreams Live Where Deputy Died The slaying focuses new attention on Hawaiian Gardens, a small city with big problems. By Megan Garvey and Natasha Lee Times Staff Writers June 28, 2005 The name conjures up images of resort living, lush tropics, the beach — unless you know its thin genesis […]