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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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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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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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August 10, 2001 | HECTOR BECERRA and KENNETH REICH, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Late Wednesday, Stephen Murphy clutched his baby girl Kali and scrambled toward his grandmother's porch in Compton as gunfire from passing cars killed them both. "He was still holding his little girl when he died," said Joseph "Joby" Matthews, 37, Murphy's uncle. It was the first of two multiple homicide of the night. In northeast Los Angeles' Atwater Village, two women and a man were shot execution style.
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August 4, 2001 | STEVE BERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Inglewood street gang member was sentenced Friday to two life terms in prison without the possibility of parole in connection with the murders of a police officer and an 18-year-old passerby. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Pounders also ordered Jaime Mares Jr., 24, to serve the two life terms consecutively. The second life sentence has little practical meaning.
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June 22, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Two suspected gang members must stand trial on charges of robbing and murdering a 20-year-old Pasadena City College student as she drove into the parking garage at her Wilshire District apartment, a judge ruled Thursday. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Stephen Marcus said there is sufficient evidence to try Victor Salazar, 20, and William Hodgson, 16, for the attack on Jee Yeon Nam on Dec. 12. Police said they believe the attack was committed so they would gain prestige in their gang.
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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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June 22, 2001 | STEVE BERRY and TWILA DECKER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In a surprisingly quick verdict, a Los Angeles County Superior Court jury Thursday voted to spare the life of a 23-year-old street gang member convicted of the ambush-style killing of LAPD Officer Filbert Cuesta Jr. in 1998. After less than three hours of deliberations, the jury of seven men and five women recommended to Judge Robert J. Perry that Catarino Gonzalez Jr., a member of the notorious 18th Street gang, be sent to prison for life without the possibility of parole.
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May 25, 2001 | BETH SHUSTER and SORAYA SARHADDI NELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The two Los Angeles mayoral rivals held dueling news conferences Thursday morning to discuss their differing crime agendas--one emphasized suppression while the other talked about prevention. City Atty. James K. Hahn, standing outside the Los Angeles Police Department's Harbor station, announced a new lawsuit aimed at curbing gang activity in Wilmington.
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