Two Convicted in Murder of Young Actor and Aspiring Rap Star


By Lora Neng WWW.STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER March 16, 2012 Jarrell Kelly, 23, and Nicholas Diogenes Valerio, 25, became the fourth and fifth members of a violent Long Beach gang to be convicted in the shooting death of 18-year-old Armand Jones. Jones had ironically just wrapped up a movie shoot in which he played a gang […]

Fifth grader dies after a fight with another student in Long Beach

Joanna Ramos, RIP Staff February 26, 2012 | 11:49 p.m. PST LONG BEACH, Calif. — On Friday, an 11-year-old girl died after getting into a fight with another girl after school. Joanna Ramos, a fifth grader at Willard Elementary School, died Friday night in the hospital after complaining of a headache. The two girls and and several […]

Appeals court asked to decide officer-identity case

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Victoria Kim (Los Angeles Times) | January 27, 2012 Echoing arguments that have repeatedly been made in Southern California courts in recent years, a city, its police union and a newspaper sparred before an appellate panel Thursday over whether the name of an officer involved in a fatal shooting was public information. In arguments before […]

Drug debts prompted killing of 5 in Long Beach homeless camp

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Darsha Philips (KABC) | January 19, 2012 LONG BEACH, Calif. — A long-running dispute over unpaid drug debts led to the shooting deaths of five people in a Long Beach homeless camp in 2008, police said. The killings baffled investigators at the time, as there were no witnesses to the crimes. Now, 31-year-old David Ponce […]

Gang member sentenced to life in prison for student murder

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KABC | December 19, 2011 LONG BEACH, Calif. — A gang member convicted in the 2009 shooting death of honor student Melody Ross was sentenced to 155 years to life in prison. Ross was fatally shot after a homecoming football game at Wilson High School in Long Beach. A jury convicted Tom Vinson of her […]

Multi-Agency Arrests of Human Trafficking Suspects


LAPD Newsroom | December 15, 2011 Carson:  Based on a criminal investigation initiated earlier this year by a multi-agency task force, several Los Angeles area men were arrested yesterday for alleged human trafficking violations, officials announced today. On December 7, 2011, a Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney, reviewed the investigation and filed arrest warrants […]

Man dies in possibly gang-related shooting in north Long Beach

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Rong-Gong Lin II (Los Angeles Times) | November 27, 2011 A 25-year-old man was fatally shot Saturday evening in north Long Beach, in what authorities say may have been a gang-related attack, authorities said. McKune George Collins, a resident of Victorville, was found on the 5500 block of Ackerfield Avenue after 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Collins […]

Family calls for federal probe in fatal police shooting

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Ruben Vives (Los Angeles Times) | November 5, 2011 His family stood quietly during a Friday afternoon news conference outside the Long Beach Police Department, holding signs that read, “Justice for Douglas Zerby!” and “Jail Killers Ortiz and Shurtleff.” They listened as their attorney, Brian Claypool, called for a federal probe into last year’s fatal […]

Police Officials Note Gang Crime Decline

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Jonathan Van Dyke ( | July 27, 2011 Early statistics show extreme gang violence is on the decline this year, law enforcement officials say. According to Long Beach Police Department numbers, gang-related shootings have decreased by 30.7% (56 through mid-July versus 84 last year through the same time in 2010) and gang-related murders have decreased […]

Four Men Shot in Long Beach


Mirna Alfonso (Belmont Shore-Naples Patch) | June 26, 2011 A gang-related shooting in Long Beach Sunday led to four men being wounded, though none of them suffered life-threatening injuries, police officials said. One man managed to drive himself to a local hospital following the shooting, reported at 1:30 a.m. in the 1300 block of Lewis […]

Long Beach Gang Members Accused of Witness Intimidation Ordered to Stand Trial

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Allison Jean Eaton (Long Beach News) | April 21, 2011 A judge on Wednesday ordered a handful of men to stand trial on charges of witness intimidation for allegedly threatening to kill two witnesses who testified in a high-profile, gang-related murder case last year. The Press-Telegram is reporting that Efren Flores, 20, Raul Flores, 20, Jose Garcia, 20, […]

Nip Crips

Nip Crips were a short lived predominately southeast Asian street gang in Long Beach, California. It members included Cambodian, Vietnamese, and Laotian members that were located near the intersection of Dawson & Anaheim. They became defunct during the early 1990s. Related posts: East Coast Crips, Pomona Rollin 40s Neighborhood Crips | RFCG | NH R. […]