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March 6, 2007 | Richard Winton and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
Mario Corona was lauded as one of Los Angeles' top gang success stories. Newspaper articles told of how Corona spent his youth on the streets as a gangster dubbed "Spider" for a Pacoima gang before going straight and rising in the ranks of gang intervention specialists. He spoke on panels and to students. Along the way, he earned an undergraduate degree from Cal State Northridge and a master's in social work from USC.
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March 6, 2007 | Richard Winton and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
Mario Corona was lauded as one of Los Angeles' top gang success stories. Newspaper articles told of how Corona spent his youth on the streets as a gangster dubbed "Spider" for a Pacoima gang before going straight and rising in the ranks of gang intervention specialists. He spoke on panels and to students. Along the way, he earned an undergraduate degree from Cal State Northridge and a master's in social work from USC.
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January 17, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A teacher's aide has been arrested on suspicion of molesting a 5-year-old boy at an elementary school, police said. Mario Ezequiel Collazo, 22, an aide at Washington Elementary School, was arrested Thursday, said Officer Mario Corona, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. Collazo, an employee of the Santa Ana Unified School District for four years, was taken to the Santa Ana Jail. Bail was set at $100,000, Corona said.
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November 22, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman who disappeared from a Santa Ana motel early Wednesday and was found dead a few hours later in Compton, authorities said Friday. "He admitted being involved in the crime," said Officer Mario Corona, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. The names of the suspect and the victim were not released pending the outcome of the investigation and notification of the woman's relatives, Corona said.
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November 22, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Santa Ana police are investigating the death of a cab driver found in his vehicle in the 700 block of Townsend Avenue early Friday. The body of the driver, in his 30s was found shot dead at 3:45 a.m. after neighbors had called police to report an injured person in a car. Police did not identify him. "We do not know whether he had a fare or not," said Officer Mario Corona. "A lot of times the motive in something like this is robbery but we just don't know yet."
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February 17, 2001 | STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Santa Ana woman was shot to death and a man critically injured Friday in what police described as a murder and attempted suicide. A neighbor found the two bodies inside a home in the 2300 block of West Wilshire Avenue and summoned police shortly before 3 p.m., said Santa Ana police spokesman Mario Corona. The woman, Ana E. De La Cruz, 23, was pronounced dead inside her home.
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August 17, 2002 | MARJORIE HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two vehicles collided at a busy intersection in Santa Ana on Friday, sending one through the plate-glass window of a check-cashing business and hitting a customer. The driver of a Buick was making a left turn at the corner of 17th and North Spurgeon streets when it struck a westbound vehicle, according to Santa Ana Police Officer Mario Corona. The Buick plowed through the window and landed about 10 feet into Ria Check Cashing. An unidentified woman was pinned to the counter, Corona said.
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May 26, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
An anti-gang activist who pleaded no contest to gun and drug charges was sentenced Friday to 32 months in jail. Mario Antonio Corona, 30, who helped find jobs for gang members as former director of development for the Communities in Schools program, was arrested in February after officers found a pound of methamphetamine in his car. Police later searched his home and found a handgun. Corona earned an undergraduate degree from Cal State Northridge and a master's degree in social work from USC.
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June 1, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
A 19-year-old Santa Ana man was shot to death Wednesday by a rival gang member, police said. The shooting occurred about 6:20 p.m. in the 800 block of East Washington Avenue, near the intersection of Santiago Avenue. Christian Ramirez Vega was pronounced dead several hours later at Western Medical Center-Santa Ana. Vega was apparently stopped at a traffic signal when another vehicle stopped next to his, police said.
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October 20, 2001 | JENNIFER MENA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a scene of "pandemonium" outside a busy Goodwill office Friday afternoon, a man pulled out a handgun and shot his ex-wife to death, then killed himself, police said. Bertil Bautista Garcia, 46, and Araceli Diaz Bucio, 33, both of Santa Ana, were pronounced dead at the scene. The couple were walking in front of the Goodwill Industries corporate headquarters at 410 N. Fairview St. in Santa Ana just before 3 p.m. when they began arguing about their recent divorce, Santa Ana Police Sgt.
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November 22, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man has been arrested in connection with the death of a woman who disappeared from a Santa Ana motel early Wednesday and was found dead a few hours later in Compton, authorities said. "He admitted being involved in the crime," said Officer Mario Corona, a spokesman for the Santa Ana Police Department. The names of the suspect and the victim were not released pending the outcome of the investigation and notification of the woman's relatives, Corona said.
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