MORENO VALLEY: Co resigns as councilman, a day after arrest

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SUZANNE HURT, JOHN ASBURY AND RICHARD BROOKS (Press-Enterprise) | August 13, 2013 Marcelo Co resigned as a Moreno Valley councilman Tuesday, Aug. 13, the morning after he was arrested and charged with “pocketing” nearly $15,000 in government aid to care for his ailing mother who was in the Philippines and Taiwan. His resignation came hours […]

Operation Duck Pond nets stolen guns, cars, property

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KABC | July 19, 2012 SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — A big crackdown in Riverside County: weapons seized, stolen property recovered and dozens of people arrested in an undercover operation. It was dubbed Operation Duck Pond, and it was a major crime-fighting effort in the city and county of Riverside that went on for four months […]

Del Taco worker out on bail after allegedly stabbing customer

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Matt Stevens and Louis Sahagun (Los Angeles Times) | June 25, 2012 A Del Taco employee who allegedly stabbed a customer with a knife over a disputed order is believed to be gang-affiliated and will face three felony charges when he appears in court in August, according to Riverside County Sheriff’s Department jail records. The […]

DHS denied gang prevention funding

JAKE HENSHAW • Desert Sun Sacramento Bureau • May 4, 2009 SACRAMENTO — With gang crimes becoming an all too grim staple of life in communities such as Desert Hot Springs, the state’s gang czar spent his first year trying to identify funds to counter the violence and programs to get the job done. Paul […]

California Garden Crips and Delmann Heights Bloods federally charged in IE

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Streetgangs.com Staff April 15, 2012 | 12:10 a.m. PST LOS ANGELES — Federal charges were announced Thursday against 12 defendants for a variety of federal narcotics and firearms violations as part of an Inland Empire investigation known as “Operation Squeeze Play.” Of the 12 defendants charged two are still at large. In 2011, an FBI […]

Riverside County jails get $100 million state grant

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KABC | March 27, 2012 RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Jails in Riverside County will soon be able to handle more inmates thanks to a $100 million state grant. The money is being used to expand local correctional facilities to guarantee space for a growing inmate population. The county has just under 4,000 inmate beds. According to […]

Arrests by Riverside County Gang Task Force climb

Riverside County Gang Task Force

Colin Atagi and Kate McGinty (The Desert Sun) | March 2, 2012 A task force charged with reducing gang activity across Riverside County made 678 more arrests in 2011 than it did a year earlier. The Riverside County Gang Task Force arrested 2,406 people last year — a 39 percent increase from 1,728 arrests in […]

Man charged with 78 Riverside County robberies

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Sam Quinones (Los Angeles Times) | October 22, 2011 A Hemet man, reportedly a member of a Los Angeles street gang, has pleaded not guilty to a series of 78 Riverside County robberies that prosecutors say he committed to support a heroin habit, local media are reporting. The Press-Enterprise reports that police believe Sergio Nicolas […]

Desert Hot Springs church bears the brunt of gang war

First Community Baptist Church Pastor

Denise Goolsby (My Desert) | June 11, 2011 Michael Shaw was walking up to First Community Baptist Church in Desert Hot Springs with another church-goer when the woman pointed up. The pure white cross on top of the church had been defaced with black, spray-painted gang graffiti, including “187” — the penal code for murder. […]

Gang Tied to School Burglaries

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R. Stickney (NBC San Diego) | May 3, 2011 Thieves stole Apple computers from inside two schools in Valley Center over the spring break. The men arrested in the crime spree are documented gang members in Riverside County officials said. According to San Diego County sheriff’s deputies, Valley Center Lower Elementary School was burglarized Monday, […]

11-year-old girl gang raped in Moreno Valley park, police say; 6 arrested, 1 sought

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Abby Sewell (Los Angeles Times) | March 28, 2011 Moreno Valley police were looking Monday for a 19-year-old man suspected of taking part in what authorities said was the gang rape of an 11-year-old girl. Police arrested six juveniles in connection with the March 10 assault in the bathroom of Victoriano Park. One suspect, Michael Sykes, […]

Injunction targets brutal city gangs

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Keith Matheny (The Desert Sun) December 8, 2010 A proposed gang injunction for the city of Indio would be the largest yet created in Riverside County, law enforcement officials said. Some 125 purported members of the South Side Indio gang and affiliate gangs Jackson Terrace and Campo were to be served with notice of the […]