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June 11, 1989 | RICK HOLGUIN and LEE HARRIS, Times Staff Writers
The young man said it seemed only natural to join a neighborhood gang along with many of his friends. His father was a gang member, and so was his grandfather. "We all try to take care of each other, watch everybody's back," the youth said in a recent interview at a Norwalk park. He asked that his name not be used. Gangs have been a part of Norwalk for generations. But they have come under increased scrutiny from law enforcement officials and community leaders because of the May 9 shooting death of a high school football star, a gang-related shoot-out that left two wounded on May 28, and other recent incidents.
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February 14, 2010 | By Esmeralda Bermudez
Araceli Gonzalez Rojas' grief breaks forth in fractured sentences. A year later, the two- to three-word shards choke her as she speaks. Ever since her playful 4-year-old son -- who loved to dance in pajamas and cowboy boots -- was gunned down by a gangster a few feet from their Echo Park home, she and her husband, Roberto Lopez, have mourned mostly in silence. They built colorful altars in his name, using marble, wood and wrapping paper: one in the bedroom where Roberto Lopez Jr. slept curled up beside his older sister and brother; one in the living room where his grandparents tenderly talk to his framed photograph; and one outside their duplex where neighbors pause now and then to reflect.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 24, 1994
I was saddened and disgusted to see that the Walt Disney Co. has dropped its standard of decency and good taste. Having our beloved Disney characters emulate the national tragedy of juvenile gangsterism is not cute ("Ready for MC Mickey?," Sept. 15). The incredible insensitivity of showing Mickey Mouse "dressed down" in gang clothing is appalling. Children have been murdered by gunfire in our city simply because they were unknowingly dressed in the manner of a local gang. If Walter could see his beloved Mickey flashing gang signs with underwear deliberately showing, he would fire the entire Disney Records division.
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November 26, 2009 | By Scott Gold
Not so long ago, South Park looked like Club Med for gang members. The neighbors had given up on the little park -- ceding it, almost entirely, to the 5-Trey Avalon Gangster Crips. Gangsters smoked pot in the gym and bounced their gambling dice against the concrete steps outside the rec center. There was no grass, and, in the mornings, junkies littered the dirt with syringes and tiny, colorful balloons that had been emptied of heroin. There were no youth sports teams. There was one child -- one -- enrolled in the preschool program.
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October 16, 1997
Los Angeles Police Department homicide detectives are hoping a $25,000 reward offered by the City Council on Wednesday for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer of a 20-year-old man in South Los Angeles will spur eyewitnesses to come forward and identify a gang member they suspect in the murder. Tomir Hightower, 20, was standing in an alley behind 11019 S. Hoover St. the night of Aug. 11 when a lone gunman, believed to be a local gang member, opened fire, striking him once, according to police.
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November 11, 1996 | JASON TERADA
The calm of a Newbury Park neighborhood was shattered when angry words escalated into gunfire Saturday evening. No one was injured in the shooting, but authorities are investigating the incident as an attempted murder. The incident occurred about 6 p.m. when 18-year-old Jason Schrieber of Thousand Oaks and several other youths, allegedly members of a local gang, were visiting a friend at 1663 Calle Diamonte.
OPINION
October 7, 2003
Re "Conference Views Graffiti's Creative Side," Oct. 3: I agree that graffiti can be an art form. However, most is vandalism and is connected to gang activity that can lead to death. I am the executive director of a youth and family center. Although we have success in turning graffiti taggers into artists, most of what we deal with are graffiti taggers from different neighborhoods. A local club has entertainment that draws graffiti taggers from other neighborhoods to Echo Park. They tag buildings around the club, and then the local gang youth who live in the neighborhood and visit our center for services see the tagging.
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September 12, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Two Santa Ana gang members were arrested early Thursday in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down while crossing a street with friends near Santa Ana High School, authorities said. The suspects are 16 and 18 years old and affiliated with a local street gang, said Cpl. Jose Gonzalez of the Santa Ana Police Department. He declined to release their identities because of the ongoing investigation. He said the victim, Rodrigo Valle, also was affiliated with a local gang.
NEWS
June 29, 1989
My thanks to Times staff writers Rick Holguin and Lee Harris for bringing Norwalk City Councilman Marcial (Rod) Rodriguez out of his closet. In the article, "Clamping Down on Gangs" (Times, June 11) Councilman Rodriguez is quoted: "You'd see the guys out there then, just like today, walking on the streets, standing on the corner." He also was described as running with members of a local gang although he never considered himself a member. Whether or not he considered himself a member is not the real issue--just associating with a gang, to be seen by others, to gain some measure of personal pride and glory, is bad enough.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1989
I am writing to you as a schoolteacher and concerned resident of Los Angeles about my neighborhood, gangs and crime. On Father's Day, I was walking down to the park to take my 2-year-old daughter to the swings. As we arrived at the park, six youths passed by in a pickup truck, shouting the slogan of a local gang (Drifters), and making hand signs. As they drove by two men standing next to a car, one of the men pulled out a gun to show them. The youths sped away, and shot something that sounded like a cap gun, and then the two men drove away.
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November 27, 2008 | Richard Winton, Winton is a Times staff writer.
Facing her first Thanksgiving without her husband, the widow of an L.A. County sheriff's deputy who was shot outside his Cypress Park home appealed Wednesday for help in bringing his killer to justice. With tears in her eyes and accompanied by her three young children, Celeste Escalante pleaded for anyone who witnessed or knows anything about the August slaying of Juan Abel Escalante to contact Los Angeles police detectives or use the department's anonymous tip system.
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September 12, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Two Santa Ana gang members were arrested early Thursday in the shooting death of a 13-year-old boy who was gunned down while crossing a street with friends near Santa Ana High School, authorities said. The suspects are 16 and 18 years old and affiliated with a local street gang, said Cpl. Jose Gonzalez of the Santa Ana Police Department. He declined to release their identities because of the ongoing investigation. He said the victim, Rodrigo Valle, also was affiliated with a local gang.
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August 26, 2008 | Joe Mozingo and Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writers
Suspected Israeli mobsters employed members of the Vineland Boyz, a San Fernando Valley gang, to distribute tens of thousands of Ecstasy pills throughout Los Angeles, provide security and gun down an Encino man who allegedly tried to steal a drug shipment from them, according to a federal indictment unsealed Sunday. Itzhak Abergil, allegedly one of the most powerful crime bosses in Israel, was arrested Sunday in the Israeli city of Bat Yam on racketeering charges brought by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles, where he is due to be extradited.
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February 2, 2008 | Richard Winton, Times Staff Writer
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of fatally shooting a man at a Watts housing complex as part of a gang feud that has left four men dead since Sunday, the mayor said Friday. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton said that in the wake of the bloodshed, the city has tripled patrols in the Watts area, sent out dozens of gang intervention workers and held several community meetings to end the fighting between the Grape Street Crips and East Coast Crips.
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March 15, 2007 | Patrick McGreevy, Times Staff Writer
Southern California's street-gang problem drew national attention Wednesday when the FBI announced that a South Whittier gang member sought in a brutal attack on two sheriff's deputies would be placed on its 10 most wanted list. Emigdio Preciado Jr., also known as "Junior," "Trigger," "Spooky" and "Snyper," will join a list that includes Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Colombian drug lord Diego Leon Montoya Sanchez and Boston mobster James "Whitey" Bulger.
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July 28, 2006 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Jurors in the federal hate crime case against five members of a Highland Park gang Thursday began deliberating a question that could have implications for race relations in Los Angeles: Did a Latino street gang launch a campaign of violence to remove black people from their neighborhoods?
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August 23, 2000 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Eleven months after teenager William Zara was beaten to death in front of his Ventura Avenue area apartment, a ninth gang member has been charged in the attack. Police now believe that as many as 20 members of a local gang and their associates participated in the September 1999 attack and say there could be more arrests. "We just want to send a message that we won't rest until every person who played a role in the death of William Zara is identified, arrested and put to justice," Deputy Dist.
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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.
NEWS
December 21, 2003 | Matt Volz, Associated Press Writer
A woman wearing a wig set the gift-wrapped package on the counter and told the casino cashier to hand over money or she would detonate the bomb hidden inside. By the time police arrived at the Grand Casino and determined that the package was nothing more than an empty honey-bun box, the bandit was long gone, along with more than $60,000 in cash.
OPINION
October 7, 2003
Re "Conference Views Graffiti's Creative Side," Oct. 3: I agree that graffiti can be an art form. However, most is vandalism and is connected to gang activity that can lead to death. I am the executive director of a youth and family center. Although we have success in turning graffiti taggers into artists, most of what we deal with are graffiti taggers from different neighborhoods. A local club has entertainment that draws graffiti taggers from other neighborhoods to Echo Park. They tag buildings around the club, and then the local gang youth who live in the neighborhood and visit our center for services see the tagging.
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