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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.
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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.
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August 27, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 2014 | By Richard Marosi
California has emerged as the major gateway for methamphetamine into the country, with Mexican organized crime groups smuggling an estimated 70% of the U.S. supply through state border crossings, according to a report released Thursday by state Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris. The 98-page report on trends in transnational organized crime also cites maritime smuggling, money laundering and criminal alliances between Mexican drug cartels and Southern California gangs as growing public safety threats.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 1997 | MAYRAV SAAR and NICHOLAS RICCARDI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
OPINION
June 11, 2000
With all the shootings, hasn't the time come to license gangs and register gang members? RON GORMAN Palm Desert
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By David Kelly
Hundreds of law enforcement officers took part in a massive sweep against the leadership of Riverside's most notorious gang Wednesday, making 50 arrests and confiscating armor-piercing bullets, assault rifles, knives and two caged rattlesnakes. "The weapons you see are a small sample of what is out there on the street," said Riverside Police Chief Russ Leach, standing by a table displaying guns, machetes and bullets at a Riverside news conference. "The gangs don't run the streets, the citizens do."
ENTERTAINMENT
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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March 19, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Tina Fey looks to be a less friendly face for the beloved Muppets in this weekend's sequel "Muppets Most Wanted," playing Siberian prison guard Nadya. But Fey said her role in the new film belies her feelings about the fuzzy creatures -- like many cast members, she has been a Muppets fan as both a kid and an adult. “I loved the last movie they did,” she told The Times, when asked what made her want to be part of the latest film. “I thought it was a great reboot of the traditional Muppets movies, they really captured the spirit.” “Muppets Most Wanted” picks up right where the 2011 film left off with the Muppets heading on a European tour.
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March 16, 2014 | By Rosanna Xia, This post has been corrected. See note below for details
Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating a shooting in Norwalk that left one man dead early Sunday morning, authorities said. Deputies responded to multiple calls of gunshots about 1:40 a.m. Sunday in the 12000 block of Lowemont Street, said Lt. Jason Skeen of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. A man in his 20s was found on the sidewalk and pronounced dead at the scene, he said. The shooting is believed to be gang related, Skeen said, and sheriff's homicide and gang detectives are handling the investigation.
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March 14, 2014 | By Veronica Rocha
Two men were convicted this week in the 2008 murder of a Mongols Motorcycle Club member gunned down while riding on the 2 Freeway. Jurors on Wednesday found Richard Clayborne, 40, and Jose Gonzalez, 36, guilty of killing 30-year-old Venice resident Manuel Martin , who suffered a gunshot wound to his chest on Oct. 8, 2008, as he rode alongside another motorcyclist, authorities said. Clayborne and Gonzalez were also found guilty of trying to kill the other motorcyclist, Ronald Hamburg, said Ricardo Santiago, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office told the Glendale News-Press . HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim Martin and Hamburg had been at a bar with Clayborne and Gonzalez before the shooting, authorities said.
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March 13, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
"Veronica Mars," the movie, is just so Veronica Mars. The teenage private eye from the 2004-07 TV series starring Kristen Bell has grown up. But like fans of the show, a.k.a. marshmallows, it is quickly clear that while Veronica may have left her life in Neptune, Calif., behind, she hasn't moved on. Director Rob Thomas, creator of the prime-time show, and series executive producer Diane Ruggiero, finally do what they refused to do when "Veronica Mars" was canceled in 2007 - deliver a script that ties up a lot of loose ends and opens up a new can of worms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
The fatal Saturday morning shooting of a man outside a Carson party is believed to be gang-related, authorities said. The slaying of the unidentified man took place in the 2700 block of East 220th Street about 3 a.m. Saturday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said in a statement. Deputies responding to a 911 call of shots fired found the victim in front of the home with at least one gunshot wound. HOMICIDE REPORT: A story for every victim The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead, said Deputy Juanita Navarro-Suarez.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2007
Los Angeles officials want to go after about 800 members of the city's most dangerous gangs, and on Thursday committed more than 200 LAPD officers to a force that will also include FBI agents, prosecutors and probation officers. Gangs on this list accounted for 6% of the city's violent crimes last year.
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June 26, 2009 | Patrick McGreevy
A key strategy in Los Angeles' battle against street gangs -- the use of court injunctions -- has come under attack by state lawmakers who are moving to strictly limit it. The state Senate has approved a measure that would allow suspected gang members who do not commit a crime for five years to be automatically removed from civil injunctions unless prosecutors can show they remain a public threat.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores and Joseph Serna
UC Santa Barbara police have released sketches of two men believed to have participated in the beating and gang rape of a female student early Sunday. Investigators believe there were at least three men involved in the attack, but so far have only been able to get two sketches based on information they received from the 19-year-old victim, said UC Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Robert Romero. The student told police she was approached by a group of men in Isla Vista between 12:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. Sunday.
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February 27, 2014 | By Adolfo Flores
Detectives are searching for witnesses and suspects in a possible gang-related shooting death of a man in a South L.A. yard Wednesday evening. The man, described only as being in is his 40s, was fatally shot in the 10400 block of South Broadway Avenue at about 6:40 p.m., said LAPD Officer Bruce Borihanh. The man suffered at least one gunshot wound and was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. With no known witnesses to the Broadway-Manchester shooting, Borihanh said, detectives don't have any descriptions of possible suspects.
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