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June 7, 1999 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Drew Birtness, the last straw came when he realized he was arresting the grandchildren of suspects he had picked up years ago. The Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy had been working the streets of East Los Angeles for 21 years, long enough to be hardened by the shootings and deaths and gangs--but also long enough to try something new. "I was tired of picking up kids' bodies off the street," he said.
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March 16, 2007 | Jordan Rau, Times Staff Writer
Promising "great strides" in the battle against gangs, Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo and a group of Democratic legislators unveiled a package of bills Thursday that would increase punishments against gang members and make it easier for the authorities to evict them, seize their property and deter them from intimidating witnesses. The measures are the latest in a barrage of legislation filed this year in response to increased gang violence and activity statewide.
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December 11, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Elias Lopez never had a chance. He got sucked into something so much stronger than he was, something with a history so powerful, that there seemed no choice but to submit. He was 17, a nice, quietly handsome young man with jet-black hair and a plan. He was going to be a cop, a narcotics investigator. Sure, there were street gangs in his neighborhood, but he did not want to join one. All Elias wanted to do was look like a gang member.
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October 23, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shooting that left three men dead and two teenagers wounded in Lake View Terrace was an ambush by a rival gang member, police said Monday. Killed Sunday were Alex Garibay, 19, Raul Silva, 18, and Arturo Becerra, 20, all of Lake View Terrace, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier. The injured teenagers, a male and female, were recovering in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening, police said. Police declined to identify them because of their age.
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November 30, 1988 | BOB BAKER, Times Staff Writer
Brian Bennett grew up in a three-bedroom house with seven brothers and sisters on a fading stretch of West Florence Avenue in South-Central Los Angeles. By the time he was 22, he was paying his rent in a fashionable apartment complex off Wilshire Boulevard with $100 bills and doing business from Detroit to Denmark, where, according to federal investigators, he once ran up an $11,000 hotel bill in four days.
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September 20, 1995
An alleged Mexican Mafia gang member indicted on federal racketeering charges has been arrested after spending five months as a fugitive. Sammy (Negro) Villalba, 28, was arrested Monday at the Fireside Inn in Buena Park by members of the Gangster Apprehension Team, a task force of FBI agents and local police that targeted the Mexican Mafia during a two-year investigation, authorities said.
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June 14, 1992 | STEPHEN BRAUN and CHRIS WOODYARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police dispersed a large gathering of residents and gang members in the Imperial Courts housing project in South Los Angeles after a Saturday morning party deteriorated into brawls, leaving one person wounded by gunfire. Five people were arrested. It was the third consecutive weekend that police moved in to break up unity parties among large numbers of rival Crips and Bloods gang factions.
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May 13, 1992 | LOUIS SAHAGUN and STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
At the intersection of Florence and Normandie, where television cameras caught the violent early moments of the Los Angeles riots, the 8-Trey Gangster Crips have established their stronghold. From this corner, where trucker Reginald O. Denny was brutally beaten, the loose affiliation of about 350 gang members claims an impoverished territory that runs roughly from Gage Avenue on the North to Manchester Avenue on the South and from Van Ness Avenue on the West to Vermont Avenue on the East.
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August 12, 1987 | TERRY PRISTIN, Times Staff Writer
A 21-year-old gang member was found guilty Tuesday of first-degree murder in what authorities have characterized as the revenge killings of a South-Central Los Angeles minister's wife and her teen-age son. Eric Dicks, who was convicted by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury after a week of deliberations, could be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, the district attorney's office said.
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July 14, 1991 | SCOTT HARRIS and JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A lethal rash of violence that marred the opening of "Boyz N the Hood," a movie depicting the struggles of growing up in South-Central Los Angeles, prompted several theaters Saturday to cancel the feature and many others to increase security amid fears of a repeat of Friday night's bloodshed. Eleven people were wounded, one critically, as gunfire erupted in and around three Southern California theaters.
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October 22, 2001
Two people were killed and three others wounded in a gang-related attack Sunday in Lake View Terrace, police said. Details of the shooting were sketchy. Paramedics received an 11:37 a.m. call about the shooting in the 11400 block of Wheeler Place, near Garber Street, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Initial reports indicated that there were three victims. Two young men were transported to area hospitals and a girl was airlifted to a trauma center, Humphrey said.
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September 30, 2001 | MICHAEL KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As night falls on a San Fernando Valley public housing project, 10 gang members laugh at the notion that a court injunction could bring them down. The Pacoima Project Boys were hanging out on the tattered western fringe of San Fernando Gardens, more than a month after the city of Los Angeles secured an injunction barring them from congregating in public. The gang members, heavily tattooed, some showing off the crack cocaine they were selling, said they controlled their turf more now than ever.
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September 23, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
A man was killed Saturday when he was caught between possible gang members whose argument outside a South-Central Los Angeles convenience store escalated into gunfire, police said. Charles Collier, 45, and three friends parked about 1:40 a.m. outside the store in the 200 block of East Manchester Avenue between two vehicles whose occupants were arguing, said Lt. David Lindsay of the LAPD's 77th Division.
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September 18, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Citing an alarming level of gang violence in Los Angeles, Mayor James K. Hahn announced Monday additional funding that will nearly double the budget for seven gang-intervention programs across the city, from Pacoima to Watts. The city will provide $1 million to the programs, which now receive $1.28 million to send intervention teams into the streets. The teams broker peace among rival gangs, work with individuals to address their anger and mentor troubled youth.
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September 17, 2001 | JACK LEONARD and MONTE MORIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They stormed into a Westminster cafe seeking revenge against a rival gang, allegedly arming themselves with bats, barbells and knives. But the would-be attackers found the tables turned when one of their targets drew a pistol, fired and killed one of the gang members. Detectives spent months investigating the shooting. In the end, however, it was not the gunman whom authorities charged with murder--it was the victim's gang friends.
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September 11, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A suspected gang member standing in a garage at a residence was wounded in a drive-by shooting, Los Angeles police reported Monday. The 23-year-old man, whose name was not released, was taken to Providence Holy Cross Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the hip, said Sgt. Lisa Phillips of the Los Angeles Police Department's Foothill Division. The gang-related shooting was reported shortly after midnight Sunday in the 9700 block of Telfair Avenue, Phillips said.
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December 21, 1989 | JOHN JOHNSON and EDWARD J. BOYER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An admitted gang member was acquitted Wednesday of murder charges arising from the so-called "54th Street Massacre" in 1984, when five teen-agers were shot to death in what authorities said was one of the worst incidents of gang violence in Los Angeles history. After a six-month trial and five days of deliberation, a Superior Court jury found Fred (Fat Fred) Knight, 22, innocent on five counts of first-degree murder. "We're ecstatic," Joel R.
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June 23, 1992 | DAVID FERRELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Coming of age was a time of crisis for Che Avery, a teen-ager caught between powerful, competing forces. At home, he enjoyed the generous attention of loving parents--what he called a "perfect childhood." He learned responsibility and respect and became a popular A student bound for a major university. But outside the home were the streets, gritty and action-packed. Avery heard the siren song of the music, the parties, the girls. He liked to hang out or cruise with his pals.
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September 10, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 27-year-old man died of gunshot wounds sustained after a gang altercation in the parking lot of a Granada Hills supermarket Saturday, police said. Melisio Martinez of Mission Hills was shot several times in his upper body after he and three associates argued with four men inside the Ralphs supermarket at 16900 block of Devonshire Street. As Martinez and his group left the store about 11 p.m., the other men followed and one shot Martinez, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said.
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August 12, 2001 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
One by one family and friends hoisted a shovel Saturday and tossed in fresh earth, burying the roots of the coral tree. A photo of the 30-year-old woman they were honoring sat under teardrop-shaped leaves the size of an outstretched hand. Less than seven days after Maria Isabel Villalvazo was shot at her home trying to save her father, about 200 residents, police officers and politicians gathered Saturday.
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