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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A self-proclaimed homeless gang member convicted of murdering two car salesmen and two other men within a seven-month period in East Los Angeles was sentenced to death Friday. A Los Angeles jury convicted Angel Mendoza, 39, in October of four counts of murder, three counts of possession of a firearm by a felon and multiple special allegations. The death penalty was recommended by the jury and affirmed by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ronald Coen. A parole officer who completed the pre-sentencing investigation said Mendoza showed no remorse for the killings and remained troubled by mental illness.
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WORLD
January 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
NEW DELHI -- A 51-year-old Danish tourist who was lost and asking for directions was gang-raped and beaten up at knifepoint near the main railway station in the bustling heart of India's capital, police said Wednesday. It was the latest such incident to be reported in India, where a series of high-profile sexual assaults against Indian women and foreigners alike over the last year have scarred the country's reputation as a tourist destination and confounded authorities' efforts to stop the crimes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2014 | By Samantha Schaefer
An 18-year-old man was killed in an apparent gang-related shooting in Pomona early Sunday. Jenesis Daniel Lopez was tagging several buildings near the 900 block of E. Holt Ave ue with another individual when he was confronted by two suspects, according to authorities. One suspect pulled out a gun and shot Lopez, who was identified by coroner officials, multiple times in the alley. Police received a 911 call about 2:20 a.m. reporting the shooting. Homicide Report: Tracking killings in L.A. County Lopez was found in the alley south of Holt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
There isn't a gang in Los Angeles that the new Fox crime drama "Gang Related" doesn't explore. Russian, Korean, Latino, African American, white and more are brought to vivid, bloody life over the course of the first season, which stars Ramon Rodriguez ("Battle Los Angeles," "The Wire") as Det. Ramon Rodriguez, an ex-gang member who is now part of the elite Los Angeles Gang Task Force. Ryan's past in the Los Angelicos gang is his secret, and it promises to be his undoing as he is forced to reconcile the demons of his past with the demons he fights in his present.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 10, 2014 | By Jason Wells
A former paralegal convicted of killing and then dismembering a gang member who walked into his Fresno apartment in 2008 screamed, shouted expletives and laughed out loud Thursday as a judge sentenced him to 28 years to life in prison. In a tightly guarded Fresno County Superior Courtroom, Brian Waldron, 55, essentially went ballistic during his sentencing hearing, telling his attorneys they did a lousy job and interrupting the judge throughout the proceeding, the Fresno Bee reported . Waldron had insisted that he killed 21-year-old Jonathan Taylor in self-defense after the gang member walked into his apartment drunk on Oct. 24, 2008, and refused to leave.
NATIONAL
January 9, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Federal investigators have come down with a case of coulrophobia and now have to explain how the fear of clowns and their fans is not a violation of the U.S. Constitution: The Insane Clown Posse, a hip-hop rap duo, and their fans, known as Juggalos, are suing the U.S. Justice Department for including them in a 2011 FBI report “as a loosely organized hybrid gang.” The government argued that some Juggalos have been involved in assaults and a...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
A 25-year-old man convicted of murdering two people in Santa Monica during attempts as a teenager to gun down rival gang members was sentenced Thursday to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Jose Contreras Zapien Jr., was also given a prison term of 95 years to life by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli. “His life is characterized by his pride for his gang, but the strongest and most despicable trait he has is irreverence for human life,” said L.A. County Deputy Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Insane Clown Posse, a rap group with multiple platinum albums, is suing the federal government to have its loyal fan base removed from a national listing of known gangs. One of those fans, Brandon Bradley from Citrus Heights in Northern California, claims police repeatedly stopped him because of his tattoos and clothing hailing the Insane Clown Posse. Bradley isn't alone. Fans of the group -- also known as "Juggalos" -- claim they get harassed by local authorities from California to Tennessee for wearing group-inspired tattoos and clothing.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2013 | Richard Winton and Joseph Serna
Los Angeles recorded another large drop in homicides in 2013, and nowhere has the trend been more pronounced than in the San Fernando Valley. The Valley had 40 homicides this year, dropping 35% from 2012 -- the biggest decline of any region in the city. As recently as 2006, the region recorded 87 homicides. When it comes to falling crime, much of the focus has been on traditionally high-crime areas like South L.A. and the Eastside. But police officials and community leaders say the decline in violence in tough parts of the Valley, notably Pacoima, Lakeview Terrace, Sun Valley and Sylmar, has also been striking.
SPORTS
December 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
EL PASO - UCLA All-American linebacker Anthony Barr has a different idea of "fun. " This week that describes going up against Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas , a 6-foot-6, 260-pound senior in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Tuesday. Asked whether he ever had to tackle someone so big, Barr said, "I don't think so, but it'll be fun. " The Bruins are hoping Barr has a rollicking good time. Thomas is the key to the Hokies' offense, UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said, much in the same way that quarterback Brett Hundley makes the Bruins' offense tick.
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