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September 28, 2007 | Louis Sahagun, Times Staff Writer
Decades of storm drain runoff and illegal dumping have devastated lower Compton Creek, choking its foliage with trash and lacing its knee-deep water with pesticides and industrial waste. But a surprising variety of wildlife clings to a 1/4 -mile-long stretch of creek hemmed in by a casino, a Metro Blue Line station, a freeway and a mall under construction. Turtles chase minnows in the murky, barely moving water. Green herons stand like sentinels on discarded automobile parts covered with muck.
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May 13, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man early Saturday after he pointed and fired a gun at the deputy after a traffic stop, authorities said. According to sheriff's officials, the shooting occurred at Muriel Avenue and Pixley Street about 1:15 a.m. after the 21-year-old, who has not been identified, made an illegal U-turn in a pickup truck. The deputy pulled the truck over, officials said, but as he walked up to the vehicle, it sped off.
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March 11, 2007 | From a Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives are looking into the deaths of a man and woman who apparently were shot after a party Friday night in the 1400 block of South Center Avenue in Compton. The dead were identified as Armando Gonzalez, 38, and Lourdes Velasquez, 23. Gonzalez's brother discovered the bodies at 8:30 a.m. Saturday when he went to the location to clean up after a party, said Deputy Anthony Moore.
SPORTS
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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