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February 9, 2007 | Helene Elliott
One of the keys to baseball's future lies in Compton, on fields so close to the 91 Freeway that the rumble of trucks and whoosh of traffic are part of the ambience. It lies in the hands of the 36 young men who gathered there last week for the Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy's first high school showcase and displayed their talents for more than 130 scouts.
January 23, 2007 | Megan Garvey, Times Staff Writer
To crack down on gangs and stem soaring violence in Compton, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca asked his deputies and detectives not just to investigate crime but to also probe where gang members were getting their guns. So sheriff's officials embarked on an unprecedented census to track down the origins of nearly 900 weapons confiscated there last year. The results, released Monday, offer a glimpse into the complex and unexpected ways guns get into the hands of gang members.
December 21, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Compton man has been arrested on suspicion of killing two men whose bodies were found near the Yucaipa-Redlands border, authorities said Wednesday. Eracilio Pyan Villa, 27, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the deaths of Pedro Sanches, 53, of Los Angeles and another victim, said Arden Wiltshire, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
December 14, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
A former Compton school board member convicted of fraud was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of violating his probation by secretly getting involved in numerous political campaigns. Basil Kimbrew, 53, used a girlfriend's printing company to work behind the scenes on several campaigns, including one for a candidate running for a Temple City school board seat and one for a candidate running for the Assembly, said Deputy Dist. Atty. Max Huntsman.
November 28, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A man was shot to death in Compton on Monday in an attack that authorities say was possibly gang-related. The shooting occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. in the 400 block of West Alondra Boulevard, according to Sheriff's Department deputies. The victim, who was not identified, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Sgt.
November 26, 2006 | Robert J. Lopez, Times Staff Writer
With a .38-caliber handgun at his side, Arnold Craven showed up at a Compton strip mall Saturday morning to start his holiday season on a happy note. He was trading the weapon for a $50 gift card, which he planned to use for a Christmas present. Craven was one of dozens of people who turned in weapons Saturday as part of a "Gifts for Guns" event sponsored by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and Compton.
October 23, 2006 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man was shot to death Sunday in Compton, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said. The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. in the 100 block of West Caldwell Street, said Deputy Oscar Butao. The victim was pronounced dead at a hospital, Butao said. Sheriff's homicide detectives were investigating the killing, the 30th in Compton this year.
October 9, 2006 | From Times Staff Reports
COMPTON A man was fatally shot on the street early Sunday, bringing the city's homicides to at least 28 this year, authorities said. A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department spokesman said the shooting occurred about 6 a.m. in the 1300 block of Schinner Street. The victim was declared dead at a nearby hospital. No other information was available Sunday.
October 8, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Sheriff's deputies on Saturday were looking for two people seen running from where a 16-year-old boy was shot to death. The shooting about 9:30 p.m. Friday in the 1200 block of West 152nd Street marked at least the 27th homicide in the city this year. That number is roughly half what it was at the same time last year, officials said. The identity of the victim was not available Saturday.
October 4, 2006 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
The shrine at 134th Place and Slater Street in Compton started as a cluster of candles between two traffic cones placed over the bloodstains. By noon Tuesday it had expanded to include flowers, a bright red balloon, a baseball cap and a basketball scrawled with goodbyes. Mourners came in clusters to pay respects at the site where Derrick Kellum and his 10-year-old son, Octavus, were gunned down late Monday while sitting in a car. Kellum's other son, 7-year-old Derrick Kellum Jr.
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