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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 28, 1993
As gang violence increases from San Clemente to La Habra, gangs have become a growing concern throughout Orange County and a Priority for police and the district attorney's office. Gangs of all kinds operate within the county. Some are so-called "territorial" or "turf" gangs, whose members believe they control specific areas; others are considered "nomadic," operating in various places in he county with no special turf. Some are considered violent; some are not.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An appeals court Thursday overturned the assault convictions of two members of south Orange County's "Slick 50s" gang, saying a judge deprived them of a fair trial by repeatedly criticizing the defense in front of the jury. The ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana voids prison sentences handed to Jesse Grist and Joshua Carlsen for a beating and stabbing at a 1998 party in Aliso Viejo.
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September 30, 1990 | TED JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"OC Rules" is scratched out and painted over with "Crown Town" along the "Alley of Hell," a back street near Paseo Grande and 6th Street that bears the scars of gang rhetoric. On the alley's walls and fences, Corona's well-established Latino gangs constantly hurl spray-painted insults in a war of words with imperialistic homeboys from Orange County interested in annexing more turf.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first surge in Santa Ana gang violence since the early 1990s comes at a particularly difficult time for the city, as its economy slows and officials are left with less money to fight gang crimes. After seeing a record drop in gang murders in the last decade, Santa Ana experienced a sharp rise during the first nine months of this year. From January to September, there were 10 gang murders, double the total for all of 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 30, 1992 | BILL BILLITER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two young men were shot to death early Sunday in a volley of gunfire from a military-type assault weapon at El Salvador Park--a little more than a mile from police headquarters. Ernesto Sanudo Mendez and Sammy Porras, both 21, were walking in the 1800 block of Civic Center Drive about 1:45 a.m. when they were gunned down by shots fired from a passing car. Police said it was another gang-related shooting. Residents of the Civic Center area said it was another outrage.
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May 31, 1992 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The local headlines shock Orange County residents once accustomed to the quiet comforts of living far from the urban chaos of Los Angeles. Two Vietnamese immigrants are shot to death while kneeling at the graves of two brothers, also the victims of gang violence. A middle-aged woman driving home from the grocery store is shot by a group of teen-agers drinking beer and scrawling graffiti in a normally placid neighborhood.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1993 | CATHERINE GEWERTZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two years ago, a skinhead arrested for beating a Chinese-American teen-ager in Fullerton told police that he and his white-power friends knew where to go in Orange County to meet up with other like-minded youths. "Huntington Beach is the hotbed for skinheads," said the 17-year-old boy, who was from San Dimas in east San Gabriel Valley. Since the mid-1980s, Huntington Beach, famous for its surfing scene, has also been something of a magnet for skinheads.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 1992 | ROSE KIM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday when young men started spilling into Delhi Park, jumping over the wire fence, strolling across the play lot toward the basketball court where another group of young men were playing. They were members of different gangs, but the park, usually considered Delhi Aces turf, was treated as neutral territory for a day. "The word's been around that they're trying to stop violence," said a trim, dark-haired young man who spoke for the Little Brook gang.
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April 14, 1997 | ESTHER SCHRADER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It is Friday in the barrio. The stage is set for this night's heat between police and Latinos when a black-and-white unit pulls up and a suspected gang member bolts into a shadowy apartment. "I'm going in there after you," a police officer calls to the youth. Neighbors cluster to watch. Soon, people are shouting in Spanish and broken English that the officer has no right to enter their homes. Minutes later, the youth emerges on his own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1992 | GEBE MARTINEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A former gang leader who authored the peace treaty recently signed by rival Orange County gangs was arrested Friday by federal drug agents as part of a major ongoing investigation involving narcotics and money laundering. The DEA declined to discuss the case, but sources familiar with the investigation confirmed that Art Romo, 30, of Santa Ana was among those being held on suspicion of money laundering.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 2001 | MAI TRAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The first surge in Santa Ana gang violence since the early 1990s comes at a particularly difficult time for the city, as its economy slows and officials are left with less money to fight gang crimes. After seeing a record drop in gang murders over the last decade, Santa Ana experienced a sharp rise during the first nine months of this year. From January to September, there were 10 gang murders--double the total for all of 2000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The Boys & Girls Club is launching a gang-prevention initiative for teenagers who have been charged with at least one minor criminal offense. The Gang Prevention Through Targeted Outreach initiative, funded with a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, will offer job training, computer classes and sports programs to 25 teens referred by high school officials. Those who enroll will also participate in existing club programs, such as "Street Smart," a gang-prevention skills program.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001 | JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana gang member was convicted Friday of attempted murder in the shooting of an Anaheim police officer, a verdict that was greeted by a hushed courtroom packed with police and well-wishers. Officer Thomas "Kasey" Geary, who has returned to patrol duties since last year's shooting, at first struggled to choke back tears as the verdict was read. Then he lifted his head, smiled at the prosecutor and winked.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 | ANA BEATRIZ CHOLO and DAVE McKIBBEN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The 22-year-old man shot and killed over the weekend by La Habra police was deeply troubled and had a history of gang involvement, drug use and resisting arrest. But his family stood firm Monday in the belief he did not deserve to die. Michael Duarte of Riverside was killed Sunday after a two-block police chase in La Habra ended in gunfire.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two suspects arrested in the brutal attack on two teenage girls and their boyfriends in a remote Orange County canyon said in jailhouse interviews Monday that the incident was unplanned and followed an evening of drinking, drugs and vandalism. Erick Oswaldo Dominguez and Cuahutemoc Torres, both 19, said through sobs that they regret the rapes of the girls and the beatings of their boyfriends in rugged Black Star Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2001 | MAI TRAN and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two suspects arrested in the brutal attack on two teenage girls and their boyfriends in a remote Orange County canyon said in jailhouse interviews Monday that the July 3 crime was unplanned and followed an evening of drinking, drugs and vandalism. Erick Oswaldo Dominguez of Anaheim and Cuahutemoc Torres of Orange, both 19, said they regret the rapes of the two girls and the beatings of their boyfriends in rugged Black Star Canyon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1995 | LEE ROMNEY and ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Armed with arrest warrants, more than 85 Anaheim police officers and others swept through six cities Thursday morning to crack down on members of two Anaheim gangs. The early morning raid resulted in 22 arrests, most for probation and parole violations, old arrest warrants and possession of firearms, said Anaheim Police Lt. Marc Hedgpeth. Police also seized three handguns, other weapons and gang paraphernalia, including clothing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 10, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Federal authorities arrested eight members of the Orange County-based Hessians motorcycle club on drug and weapons charges in a pre-dawn raid Friday that spanned five cities in three counties. Agents said they targeted the group for investigation about a year ago and hope the arrests send a signal to motorcycle gangs across the country. "We can't ignore them," said Agent Chris Sadowski of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 3, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gang-related homicides in Orange County dropped for the fifth consecutive year in 2000, a signal that tough sentencing laws have removed some of the county's most violent predators from the streets, law enforcement officials said Monday. The county's 16 gang killings last year marked a 78% decline from the peak in 1993, when officials deemed gang violence an epidemic, according to figures released by the Orange County district attorney's office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2001 | KIMI YOSHINO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For more than 20 years, the locals knew this: For a good game, go to Anaheim's Twila Reid Park. There, on two lighted full courts, some of the county's best basketball players squared off in high-caliber matchups that attracted as many as 50 people a night. For the athletes, it was competitive and fun, a place to hone skills. But the courts drew far more than great basketball. They brought crime. Neighbors complained about drug deals and fights, petty crimes and foul language.
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