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November 8, 2003 | Tracy Wilson, Times Staff Writer
Oxnard gang member Julio Cesar Chavez testified Friday that he kept silent during his recent murder trial to avoid answering questions about who participated in the fatal beating and stabbing of a man during a back-alley fight two years ago. Chavez broke his silence at his sentencing hearing and denied any role in the slaying for which he was convicted two months ago. He suggested that unnamed gang associates acted in self-defense after being approached by rivals from an El Rio neighborhood.
April 22, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected and updated to reflect new development. See note below.
No mass killer terrorized the Chicago streets on Easter weekend. But the joyous spring holiday of renewal was anything but tranquil. At least nine people were killed and 36 others, including children, were shot and wounded. It was the second weekend in a row that at least 36 people were shot in Chicago. No armor-clad gunman invaded a movie theater. No gunman went into an elementary school, killing 20 children and six educators. No white supremacist opened fire on places associated with Jewish activities.
A murder suspect facing his third strike under California's penal code barricaded himself inside a friend's apartment and killed himself Wednesday morning after Los Angeles police cornered him and evacuated the neighborhood, including a preschool. Police had an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Ronald Figueroa, wanted in connection with a May drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old woman who was riding in a car with rival gang members in Montecito Heights.
April 21, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- After a five-hour standoff with a SWAT team, a drug suspect identified as linked to a Mexican prison gang was found dead Monday in a La Mesa motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot, officials said. U.S. marshals had attempted to arrest the 40-year-old man being sought on a federal drug warrant. After shooting at the marshals, he refused to leave his room at a Rodeway Inn. After negotiations proved futile, authorities used a flash grenade. A woman in the room, possibly the suspect's girlfriend, came out. When authorities rushed the room, the suspect, identified as Robert DeLeon Jr., was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head, officials said.
July 22, 2007 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
More than 100 Carson residents joined city leaders and sheriff's officials to speak out against gang violence Saturday, four days after a 16-year-old boy was killed two blocks from his home in a suspected gang-related attack. Reginald "Reggie" Hays was fatally shot in the chest while listening to an iPod in his car parked in the 17500 block of Harwick Court on Tuesday afternoon in the Stevenson Village area of Carson, according to sheriff's officials and family members.
The mystery surrounding last month's slayings of six Pomona residents began to unravel Thursday when police revealed that they had arrested two gang members and charged them with murder in connection with four of the shootings. For several weeks since an alleged gang rampage took the lives of apparently unconnected residents, police reported that they had no suspects, no motives and no leads.
July 1, 2008 | Richard Winton and Victoria Kim, Times Staff Writers
A former gang member who won a $15 million judgment after he was shot and framed by corrupt Los Angeles police officers more than a decade ago was arrested Sunday night after leading Glendale police on a high-speed chase, his second arrest in a week, authorities said. Javier Francisco Ovando, 31, was arrested about 8:15 p.m. Sunday after leading police on an hour-long chase that reached speeds of up to 90 mph on local streets and freeways, said Sgt. Tom Lorenz of the Glendale Police Department.
March 9, 2004 | From Times Staff Reports
An 18-year-old Anaheim woman was killed in an apparent gang-related drive-by shooting at a party late Sunday, police said. Police were called about 10:30 p.m. after residents heard gunshots in the 500 block of East Street in Anaheim, police said. Yasmin Toledo was found by police in front of the home. Toledo, who police said was not a gang member, was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot wound.
June 11, 2000
With all the shootings, hasn't the time come to license gangs and register gang members? RON GORMAN Palm Desert
September 11, 2010 | times staff reports
El Salvador's president, Mauricio Funes, the country's first leftist leader since the end of its civil war in 1992, finds himself preoccupied with a deepening struggle against criminal gangs and international drug cartels. Since winning office in 2009, Funes has deployed the army to back up police, who are trying to curb a drug-fueled homicide rate that claims about 12 victims a day. On Thursday, he signed a controversial law criminalizing gang membership. The gangs responded by shutting down nationwide public transportation with the threat of violence.
April 21, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated. See details below.
The defendant in a long-running gang case in Salt Lake City was shot by U.S. marshals when he attempted to attack a witness testifying at his trial, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office said on Monday. Melodie Rydalch, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, told the Los Angeles Times that the shooting was related to the trial of Siale Angilau, an alleged member of the Tongan Crips. She described the case as “a long-running RICO” case involving the group. [Updated April 21, 1:58 p.m. PDT: The Associated Press, quoting the FBI, said that Angilau died Monday at a hospital.
April 19, 2014 | By Ryan Menezes
A man convicted of attempted murder for opening fire on a rival gang member on the USC campus sobbed in court Friday as he was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison. At one point, sheriff's deputies had to calm Brandon Spencer as he banged his head on the defense table. He was convicted in February on four counts of attempted murder for the 2012 shooting, the first on the campus in decades. Four people were shot and injured. Nearly 50 friends and family members sat behind Spencer as he tried to compose himself and ask the judge for a second chance.
April 15, 2014 | By Marisa Gerber
A man was shot and killed Tuesday afternoon and police were searching for the gunman after bullets tore through a residential neighborhood in Pico-Union, officials said. A man in his 20s walked up to another man near  Union Avenue and 18th Street, fired several shots at him and ran away, said Los Angeles Police Department Public Information Officer Nuria Vanegas. Vanegas didn't have information on whether the men knew each other but characterized the shooting as gang-related.
April 5, 2014
Millennials had a rough week on The Times' letters page. In addition to the handful of responses Thursday agreeing with the editorial that criticized student leaders at UC Santa Barbara for calling on professors to flag any potentially distressful class material, recent college graduate Emily Koss' Op-Ed article lamenting her plight as an "over-educated nanny" after 18 years of school didn't draw much sympathy. Those readers whose letters were printed Wednesday faulted Koss for failing to research the job market before deciding what to study.
April 2, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A 22-year-old man died after he was shot multiple times in Lincoln Heights in a suspected gang-related attack, Los Angeles police said Wednesday night. The victim was not breathing when he was found on a sidewalk shortly after 5:30 p.m. in the 2700 block of Manitou Avenue, the Los Angeles Police Department said. The man was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Police said the shooter ran from the area. No arrests had been made.
March 26, 2014 | By Richard Winton, Chris Megerian and Matt Stevens
The arrest of state Sen. Leland Yee shook California political watchers Wednesday, but for followers of Bay Area crime it was the arrest of a San Francisco figure known as "Shrimp Boy" that caught their attention. Both Yee and Raymond Chow, AKA "Shrimp Boy," were arrested in a serial of raids in a sweeping public corruption probe. Chow was at the center of organized crime in San Francisco's Chinatown for decades, according to federal court documents. On his Facebook and Twitter accounts, he bills himself as a reformed gangster who now advocates on behalf of children.
September 27, 1989
More double-talk and equivocation by Dist. Atty. Ira Reiner (Metro, Sept. 20). He starts out talking firm and strong, " . . . Prosecutors will stop routinely plea-bargaining with gang members." But the article ends with a wimp, " . . . R. Dan Murphy, Reiner's director of special operations, conceded that there still will be cases where there is no option but to plea-bargain." Typical Reiner nonsense. Furthermore, it is misleading for him to use the term "plea-bargain."
June 15, 1992 | IRENE LACHER
The recent surge in books and films examining the harsh realities of ghetto life has most notably included black filmmakers like Spike Lee and John Singleton, who have enjoyed boffo box office returns and the good graces of Hollywood. (Last year 19 movies were made by black filmmakers, more than the entire decade before). Also: * Edward James Olmos' recent film, "American Me," looked at gang life from the Latino perspective.
March 25, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
A 36-year-old man was shot to death in Downey early Tuesday, authorities said.   Downey police received a call around 1:32 a.m. about shots fired in the 11600 block of Bellflower Boulevard, officials said in a news release. Responding officers discovered Wayne Patrick Cooper with multiple gunshot wounds inside a vehicle, they added. Cooper was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, police said. Authorities said Cooper is a known gang member, and the homicide is believed to be gang-related.
March 20, 2014 | By Robert Abele
Sensitively observed, the indie drama "A Birder's Guide to Everything" concerns a gangly 15-year-old birder prodigy named David (Kodi Smit-McPhee) with a timely distraction on the eve of his widower father (James Le Gros) marrying his girlfriend: the sighting of a supposedly extinct duck unseen since the 19th century. Spurred by a local ornithology legend (a sublimely eccentric Ben Kingsley) to find it before it migrates, David, his Young Birders Society chums (Alex Wolff, Michael Chen)
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