Two arrested in gang intimidation

Avenal PD

Joe Johnson (Hanford Sentinel) | September 28, 2013 AVENAL — Police say a group of gang members surrounded a man’s house and threatened him on Thursday for speaking with law enforcement. The Avenal Police Department has been investigating several instances of gang violence over the last few weeks. On Thursday, one man believed to be […]

Cops raid county jail: Multi-agency effort nets insight into gang communications

Butte County jail search

ALMENDRA CARPIZO (Oroville MR News) | September 21, 2013 OROVILLE — Razor blades, gang notes and handcuff keys were among the items confiscated during a multi-agency raid Thursday at the Butte County Jail. Authorities conducted searches in the maximum security cells of alleged gang members in efforts to crack down on criminal activity at the […]

Rival gang members attack man, steal his wife’s sandals

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Jessica M. Pasko (Santa Cruz Sentinel) | January 18, 2013 SANTA CRUZ- An alleged Norteno gang member told police he was attacked by rival gang members who stole his wife’s expensive sandals while walking on Ocean Street. Santa Cruz police were dispatched to the 300 block of Ocean around 12:40 a.m. Friday for reports of […]

Woman with Salinas gang ties sent to prison for 70 months

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JULIA REYNOLDS (Monterey Herald) | November 22, 2012 A woman who had close ties to prominent Salinas and Watsonville gangs has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison following last year’s Operation Garlic Press Sweeps. The case of Rosa Martinez, 32, has been viewed by some in law enforcement as a classic example of […]

Prosecutors: High-ranking gang member convicted for assault on fellow inmate

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Jessica M. Pasko (Santa Cruz Sentinel) | October 01, 2012 SANTA CRUZ — A man who prosecutors say is a high-ranking gang member in the county was convicted Monday of three felonies: participation in a gang, possession of a weapon in jail and committing an assault in jail. Jesse Andrew Ybarra, 32, was in County […]

Vacaville police arrest pair on suspicion of gang, gun crimes


The Reporter | April 14, 2012 Two teenagers who police said have known gang affiliations were arrested Thursday evening on gun and gang allegations by Vacaville police. According to police, officers were dispatched to the area of Holly Lane near Rocky Hill Road at approximately 7:15 p.m. on Thursday after a citizen reported two Hispanic […]

Police looking to offer gang prevention meeting in Spanish

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Corey Pride (Los Banos Enterprise) | February 10, 2012 The Los Banos Police Department is planning a Spanish-only informational meeting on gang activity in the next few weeks. The meeting is tentatively set for Feb. 29 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Los Banos Community Center, 645 Seventh St. Sgt. Elias Reyes said the […]

Modesto defendant’s gang affiliation is trial’s focus

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Rosalio Ahumada (Modesto Bee) | February 10, 2012 A defendant, accused of attempted murder, testified on the witness stand in his trial Friday, telling the jury he did not a shoot an 18-year-old man in a brazen attack in south Modesto. Javier Garcia testified that he was with his sister and a friend paying credit […]

New outdoor mural in Fruitvale inspired by gang injunction defendants

Chicano mural Fruitvale

Sean Maher (Oakland Tribune) | August 14, 2011 OAKLAND — The debate over proposed gang injunctions in the Fruitvale neighborhood has never lacked for spirit, but it recently got a new dash of color. A mural was painted on the side of a shop at 34th Avenue and Foothill Boulevard, about 30 feet wide and […]

Gang Arrest in Salinas Gets $20,000 Worth of Drugs Off the Streets

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David Lee (KION) | June 24, 2011 SALINAS, Calif. –  Late Wednesday, Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies, on a probation search arrest a known gang member and find drugs with a street value of 20,000 dollars. According to the news release from the Sheriff’s office, on Wednesday June 22nd at 4:22pm Monterey County Sheriff’s Deputies coordinated a probation search […]

Gang Concerns Grow – “Colors” Of Oakdale


Richard Paloma (Oakdale Leader) |  June 1, 2011 The battle between red and blue is escalating as recruitment is on to increase numbers for their causes. The red and blue differentiation, however, is not red states and blue states that are portrayed in election years, but the war between the Norteño and Sureño street gangs, […]

Oakland Latino gangs defined by the colors they wear

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Scott Johnson (Oakland Tribune) | May 23, 2011 Until he was 15, Victor Sanchez lived on 35th Avenue in East Oakland. He played football, and he enjoyed school. He had nothing to do with gangs. Then, one day, his mother moved him to 98th Avenue. Sanchez didn’t know anyone in the new neighborhood. Worse, he […]