San Jose: Homicides top 40 for third straight year

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Robert Salonga (Mercury News) | January 1, 2014 SAN JOSE — After reaching a two-decade peak last year, the homicide count in San Jose reached another milestone in 2013. The number of homicides in the city topped 40 for the third consecutive year, a distinction not reached in two decades. And over the three-year period, […]

San Jose: Fed hearing reveals coffee-shop gambling ring was gang-run, undone by wiretaps

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Robert Salonga (San Jose Mercury News) | November 27, 2013 SAN JOSE — An illicit gambling ring allegedly run out of Vietnamese coffee shops in San Jose was the brainchild of a notorious street gang and unraveled last week after more than two years of clandestine wiretaps, according to government statements during a federal detention […]

San Jose homicide: Boy, 14, arrested as third suspect in gang-related killing of Daniel Canales

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Robert Salonga (Contra Costa Times) | June 12, 2013 SAN JOSE — A 14-year-old boy was arrested Tuesday in a March gang-related shooting death, a homicide that has already been linked to two other suspects, one of whom was shot and killed in a confrontation with police shortly after the slaying. Police say the juvenile […]

Gang member gets 30 years for fatal flight from police

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Susie Fowkes (Examiner) | February 11, 2013 A San Jose gang member was sentenced Friday to 30-years-to-life plus five years in connection with a high-speed police chase that ended in a crash that left his girlfriend dead. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, Renan Martinez, 30, was a high-risk parolee and fugitive […]

Youth stabbed at Christmas in the Park in downtown San Jose

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Karen de Sá (Mercury News) | December 08, 2012 SAN JOSE — A 14-year-old boy was stabbed in a gang-related incident at the family-friendly Christmas in the Park celebration Saturday night — the first such serious crime at the annual event in recent memory. San Jose police responded to reports of the stabbing at 8:48 […]

Hells Angels member arrested in San Jose funeral slaying

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Carla Rivera (Los Angeles Times) | February 26, 2012 A Hells Angels motorcycle gang member suspected of shooting a fellow biker during the San Jose funeral services of a third gang member has been arrested, police said Sunday. Steve Ruiz, 38, was taken into custody about 7:30 p.m. Saturday at a Days Inn Motel in Fremont, […]

Private meeting doesn’t sway immigrant advocates to embrace new policing strategy

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Joe Rodriguez (Mercury News) | July 26, 2011 After a closed meeting Tuesday with San Jose police and federal agents, immigrant rights advocates still oppose a new strategy for ridding the city of violent gang members who also are illegal immigrants. “We feel as strongly in our opposition as we did before we walked in […]

San Jose: ICE supervisors, not agents will meet with community activists

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Sean Webby (Mercury News) | July 19, 2011 Rejecting a demand by San Jose community activists, federal immigration officials said they will not allow a pair of their anti-gang agents to meet them face to face. Instead, the coalition of activists are scheduled to meet next week with two supervisors for the U.S. Immigration Customs and Enforcement […]

San Jose seeks funding for Safe Summer Initiative, which Supports Youth Activities

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Carol Rosen (Mercury News) | April 14, 2011 The incidence of teen gang violence in San Jose has decreased significantly since the summer of 2007. While some attribute last summer’s decrease to cooler temperatures, it’s possible that the city’s Safe Summer Initiative can accept a good portion of the credit. The program, which began after […]

2 arrested in San Jose McDonald’s fatal shooting

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The Associated Press | April 2, 2011 SAN JOSE, Calif.—Police have arrested two suspected gang members in connection with a brazen lunchtime shooting outside a San Jose McDonald’s that left an 18-year-old man dead.Police say 18-year-olds Brandon Wantland and Raymundo Nava, both of San Jose face homicide charges after their arrests on Friday. The San […]

Nighttime basketball at San Jose community center provides alternative to gang life

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Mark Gomez (Mercury News) | December 19, 2010 The pickup basketball game in South San Jose was starting to heat up, and soon tension between rival players boiled over. Words were exchanged. Two young men got face-to-face. On the streets of San Jose’s Edenvale neighborhood, this confrontation might have turned physical. But inside the new […]

San Jose: Man, 19, charged in gang-related killing

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Mark Gomez (MercuryNews.com) 05/13/2010 A 19-year-old man has been charged with the gang-related killing last month in San Jose of a man near West San Carlos Street, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office. Jose Jesus Torres, 19, whose residence is unknown to authorities, was arrested May 5 by San Jose police, according […]