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September 16, 1990 | BOB SIPCHEN, Bob Sipchen is a Times staff writer.
SMURF C WAS MAD-DOGGING the witness, disrespecting him with the sort of stare that might make a person permanently lose his train of thought. But this witness wouldn't be dis'd. Instead, Kevin Glass rocked calmly in the witness chair and told the court how on Dec. 27 of last year he allowed detectives to strap a small recorder to his back and then strolled into San Diego's most dangerous gang turf, where he purchased two chunks of rock cocaine from Smurf C, also known as John Coleman Clark.
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August 25, 2000 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In an apparent end to a case that tarnished the reputations of local police and prosecutors, three street gang members who were once convicted of murdering a San Diego police officer were set free Thursday. The three were released just hours after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the 1988 fatal shooting of rookie police Officer Jerry Hartless, 23. A fourth defendant also pleaded guilty but is serving time on an unrelated drug charge.
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November 9, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the valedictorian of his high school class, Willie James Jones III urged fellow graduates to "never lose sight of your dreams." But the 18-year-old honor student, student body president and champion wrestler never got a chance to pursue his own dream of becoming a doctor. The day after he graduated Jones was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as he left a graduation party where parents were acting as chaperons, alcohol was prohibited and an off-duty police officer was providing security.
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
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July 4, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 10, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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.
NEWS
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."
NEWS
August 22, 2000 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
July 28, 1995 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
March 17, 1992 | DAVID SMOLLAR and H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Teachers in Barrio Logan returned to school on Monday with a lingering sense of failure. For more than two years, they had worked without success to turn around the behavior of a 10-year-old boy who fought, vandalized and engaged in other gang-related activity. Despite all their efforts, they learned late last week, he now stands accused of shooting into a neighbor's home, killing a 25-year-old mother of three.
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | Associated Press
A Mexican judge has issued arrest warrants for seven San Diego gang members in connection with the attempted assassination of a Tijuana publisher whose magazine has written extensively on the drug trade. Mexican Army Maj.
NEWS
November 9, 1995 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the valedictorian of his high school class, Willie James Jones III urged fellow graduates to "never lose sight of your dreams." But the 18-year-old honor student, student body president and champion wrestler never got a chance to pursue his own dream of becoming a doctor. The day after he graduated Jones was gunned down in a drive-by shooting as he left a graduation party where parents were acting as chaperons, alcohol was prohibited and an off-duty police officer was providing security.
NEWS
July 28, 1995 | DAN WEIKEL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
February 10, 1994 | MICHAEL GRANBERRY and SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
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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July 21, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
Federal agents Tuesday arrested a 20-year-old reputed gang member wanted by Mexican police in connection with the shooting death of the cardinal of Guadalajara, bringing the total number of suspects in custody to seven. A team of Drug Enforcement Administration agents, U.S. marshals and city police arrested Carlos Enrique Garcia Martinez at his mother's house in the Logan Heights barrio, said DEA spokesman Jack Hook.
NEWS
July 20, 1993 | From a Times Staff Writer
A seventh gang member from San Diego has been arrested in connection with the May 24 shootout at Guadalajara's airport that left a Roman Catholic cardinal and six others dead. Jesus Zamora-Salas, 30, a member of the Calle Treinta gang from the Logan Heights section of San Diego, and known by the street name "El Cougar," was arrested Friday at a church in Lompoc and brought to the Metropolitan Correctional Center here for arraignment Monday.
NEWS
August 9, 1998 | Associated Press
A Mexican judge has issued arrest warrants for seven San Diego gang members in connection with the attempted assassination of a Tijuana publisher whose magazine has written extensively on the drug trade. Mexican Army Maj.
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July 31, 1991 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Va Lee was a Hmong born in a Southeast Asian village. He came to the United States as a child, arriving with his family, whose men had been fierce warriors in their native Laos, fighting as the CIA's secret army against communist forces. Lee also was a fighting man. A Marine, he survived unscathed the battle for Kuwait International Airport during the Persian Gulf War. After his return, Lee, 22, was looking forward to the end of his four-year enlistment this Friday.
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July 4, 1993 | SEBASTIAN ROTELLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1992
A San Diego councilman kicked off a program Thursday to enforce curfews and film criminal activity in an effort to fight gangs in his district. Councilman George Stevens vowed to clear gangs out of his 4th Council District with Operation Shutdown, a program that will enforce a 10 p.m. curfew for those under 18 and provide five video cameras for police and neighborhood residents to tape criminal activity. The city already has a 10 p.m. curfew for minors that usually is not enforced.
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