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September 15, 2007 | Sara Lin, Times Staff Writer
Members of a notorious east Riverside gang are prohibited from loitering in many public areas under the terms of a preliminary injunction granted Friday by a Riverside County judge. Superior Court Judge Edward D. Webster gave preliminary approval for the county's first permanent gang injunction, which prohibits members of the East Side Riva gang -- under threat of prosecution -- from gathering in several public areas with any of the others named in the civil lawsuit.
August 15, 2007 | Tiffany Hsu, Times Staff Writer
A proposed state bill requiring all new handguns to be stamped with microscopic identification tags could significantly decrease violence and shut down the illegal gun market if passed, proponents said in a news conference Tuesday. The Crime Gun Identification Act, AB 1471, would require that lasers be used to create a "microstamp" of each gun's make, model and serial number that would become imprinted onto shell casings when a bullet is fired.
August 9, 2007 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
In its stepped-up campaign to curb gang activity, the Los Angeles city attorney's office Wednesday announced that it had filed a lawsuit against the owner of a small Venice apartment building that is allegedly a home base for drug dealing and other illegal activity by the Shoreline Crips. The civil lawsuit, which was filed in July, seeks the closure for one year of the three-unit property in the 600 block of San Juan Avenue in the Oakwood neighborhood, officials said.
July 29, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writer
Scott Giordano didn't know his identity had been stolen until he decided in 2005 to move to take a new job. He'd put a down payment on a house and quit his job as a San Bernardino firefighter before hearing that he'd failed a background check conducted by the employer that wanted to hire him. The reason: There were nine people, in different parts of the country, employed under his Social Security number.
July 18, 2007 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles County is expected to get about 10% less in federal antiterrorism grants than it did last year when the Department of Homeland Security announces funding today for the metropolitan areas most at risk for an attack. Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Downing said Tuesday that the county -- home of the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, the biggest port complex in the nation and a potential target -- will get $72.6 million in 2007, compared with $80.6 million in 2006.
July 18, 2007 | Tina Susman, Times Staff Writer
U.S. and Iraqi officials Tuesday announced a ban on truck traffic into Kirkuk and proposed digging a trench around the northern city, where a series of bombs killed at least 76 people a day earlier. The idea of encircling the city with a trench underscored fears that the violence in Baghdad and neighboring Diyala province will overtake the once-peaceful north as increased U.S. troop levels drive insurgents from the capital.
June 2, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Justice Department said Friday that San Bernardino is one of the cities where teams of federal agents are being dispatched to combat violent crime. The others are Mesa, Ariz.; Orlando, Fla.; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The announcement comes as the FBI prepares to release new numbers next week showing that violent crime continues to rise nationally.
May 26, 2007 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger wants the state to track scores of violent gang parolees the way it does sex offenders, monitoring them with ankle devices and maintaining a statewide database that records their movements. On Friday, the governor proposed extending a pilot program -- used to monitor 20 gang members in San Bernardino -- to Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno as part of what he called a comprehensive strategy to combat gang violence.
May 17, 2007 | John Fritze, Baltimore Sun
Large swaths of Baltimore could be declared emergency areas subject to heightened police enforcement -- including a lockdown of streets -- under a city councilman's proposal that aims to slow the city's climbing homicide count.
May 3, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's anti-gang plan contains flaws that may jeopardize its ability to keep young people out of trouble, a consultant hired by the city warned Wednesday. The critical comments were made by Connie Rice, director of Advancement Project Los Angeles. The organization, which was paid $593,000 to study the city's gang prevention and intervention programs, found in a recent report that they were ineffective, lacking focus and badly coordinated.
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