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 (Gazettes.com) | 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. […]

19-year-old Long Beach Man Fatally Shot in Likely Gang-related Incident

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Allison Jean Eaton (Long Beach News) | April 12, 2011 5:01pm | A young Long Beach man was murdered Monday in what police suspect was a gang-related shooting, authorities said. Long Beach police responded to a call for service regarding a possible shooting just after 10 p.m. Monday night near Anaheim Street and Molino Avenue, […]

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, […]

Hip-Hop artist Nate Dogg dead at 41


By Alex Alonso Streetgangs.com Staff Writer March 16, 2011 | 12:39 a.m. The Long Beach Press-Telegram has reported that Nathaniel D. Hale, 41, better known in the hip-hop community as Nate Dogg, died Tuesday. The family did not disclose the cause of death, but Hale suffered from two strokes, in 2007 and 2008. The Long […]