July 4, 1993 |
Spooky, Puma, Popeye: the homeboys of the Calle Treinta gang earned their monikers in the old San Diego barrio of Logan Heights, a working-class enclave hemmed in by freeways, docks and a warehouse wasteland. Stealing cars, dealing PCP, dueling for control of narrow streets, they established themselves as a fierce but unremarkable Latino street gang. That was until about two years ago, when the gangsters who hung out at the park on 30th Street underwent a chilling metamorphosis.
February 10, 1994 |
Three teen-agers were wounded in a drive-by shooting after an apparent racial confrontation involving gang members in front of a school Wednesday, authorities said. The gunfire hit Tracy Jackson, an 18-year-old volunteer teacher's aide, in the ribs; he was hospitalized in good condition, authorities said. The two other victims, a 13-year-old student wounded in the hand and a 17-year-old student shot in the foot, were also in good condition. The shooting occurred about 2:55 p.m.
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August 2, 2001 |
A university honors graduate who helped struggling families find homes and inspired high school students to seek his guidance was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for four gang-related murders. Prosecutors say David Arturo Medina, a 24-year-old with an easy smile, lived a double life: a clean-cut, housing counselor by day who kept an arsenal of weapons and ran with a violent gang by night. Medina maintains he is innocent.
June 11, 1987
Law enforcement officials announced that they cracked a major San Diego cocaine distribution ring by arresting 36 people, including many Los Angeles gang members who, police allege, muscled their way into the local narcotics market. San Diego Police Chief Bill Kolender said the organization "is believed to be responsible for the sales of large amounts of rock cocaine and numerous acts of violence, including several homicides."
August 22, 2000 |
Four street gang members have agreed to plead guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 1988 killing of a rookie San Diego police officer, sources close to the negotiations between defense attorneys and prosecutors said Monday. The guilty pleas, expected to be announced in court Thursday, will mean that three of the four will be set free almost immediately because they have been behind bars since being charged in the early 1990s.
July 28, 1995 |
In the first ruling of its kind, a federal appeals court has overturned the crack cocaine conviction of a San Diego gang member because defense lawyers were denied government records related to charges that federal law enforcement unfairly targets blacks for prosecution. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said District Judge Judith Keep set too high a standard to determine whether the accused, Nolan Reese, should be granted documents from the U.S.