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January 17, 2007 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
Nearly 16 years after they were gang-raped in a Los Angeles apartment, two women confronted an attacker in court Tuesday, telling him that with his conviction and imprisonment, they can finally get on with their lives. Fernando Maldonado, 35, also known as Hector Santos Padilla, was convicted in November of 100 counts of gang rape and sexual assault for the Feb. 8, 1991 attacks. Sentencing, which was set for Tuesday, was postponed because of late paperwork.
December 12, 2007 | Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton, Times Staff Writers
In what officials are calling a first for the LAPD, detectives on Tuesday said they got a crucial and immediate break in a slaying case by using a Global Positioning Satellite system that was tracking the movements of gang members. As part of a new state crackdown on gangs, authorities last month placed GPS monitoring bracelets on 20 gang members as a condition of their parole from prison. The bracelets keep a running log of where the 20 gangs members are -- and include time-stamped mapping.
June 5, 2013 | By Robert J. Lopez
Federal authorities on Wednesday designated six reputed members of the notorious Mara Salvatrucha street gang, which was founded in Los Angeles, as leaders of a transnational criminal organization. The designation by the U.S. Department of the Treasury generally bars U.S. citizens from conducting transactions with the six named leaders and allows their financial assets to be frozen by federal investigators, authorities said. Known as MS-13, the gang was founded in the Pico-Union and Westlake neighborhoods of Los Angeles in the 1980s by Salvadoran refugees who had fled a civil war raging in their country.
August 30, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, who has a new book out this week, warned in an interview that national security will suffer if counter-terrorism warriors fear that bosses will second-guess their front-line actions after the fact. Chertoff said his book, "Homeland Security: Assessing the First Five Years," lays out an architecture for defending the nation against the threats of the 21st century. As Homeland Security chief from 2005 through the end of the Bush administration, Chertoff oversaw 218,000 employees and a $50-billion budget.
March 4, 2006 | Andrew Blankstein and Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writers
Nearly 70 illegal immigrants packed into a small "drop house" in Willowbrook were discovered Friday by law enforcement officers, underscoring the difficulty authorities have faced in cracking down on human smuggling in Southern California. Immigration agents have made some strides but acknowledge that they continue to encounter obstacles. The biggest problem is getting beyond the men who operate the drop houses and finding the kingpins who actually run the smuggling rings.
February 20, 2008 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Popular health and beauty products sold on Internet auction sites could be stolen, tainted and possibly dangerous, according to a warning issued today by the National Retail Federation. Advil, Visine, baby formula, diabetic testing strips and other goods are being stolen from stores, warehouses and cargo trailers and peddled on EBay and other online auction sites, said Joseph LaRocca, the group's vice president of loss prevention.
May 15, 2005 | Chris Kraul, Robert J. Lopez and Rich Connell, Times Staff Writers
The gruesome murders were each more than 1,000 miles apart, an arc of bloodshed that spanned much of the North American continent. On a rutty street near a crowded slum in Honduras, gunmen sprayed automatic weapons fire at a bus filled with Christmastime shoppers. Twenty-eight people, including six children, were killed. In the woods near Dallas, an innocent 21-year-old man was shot in the head, his remains eaten by animals.
March 5, 2007 | Matea Gold, Times Staff Writer
To obtain material for her latest documentary -- a look inside North Korea's secretive culture -- Lisa Ling went undercover last June, posing as a medical coordinator documenting the work of a Nepalese eye surgeon who was allowed in the country on a rare humanitarian mission. Ling, a correspondent for National Geographic Channel's "Explorer," gave officials her real name and nationality but did not reveal that she was a journalist.
June 3, 2007 | Sonia Nazario, Times Staff Writer
Gerson Alvarado-Veliz was on a bus in Guatemala in 2002, he says, when three men toting AK-47s boarded and pointed the assault rifles at his face. "Get off the bus!" they screamed. "Gangster!" Alvarado-Veliz assumed the men were with the Sombra Negra, the Black Shadow vigilante death squads that conduct killings aimed at "cleansing" Guatemala of suspected gang members.
October 12, 2012 | By Hector Becerra, Danielle Ryan and Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
Federal authorities Thursday named Mara Salvatrucha MS-13, the ruthless Latin American gang born three decades ago on the streets of Los Angeles, as a "transnational criminal organization," becoming the first street gang to join the list. The designation gives the U.S. Treasury Department the power to freeze any financial assets from the gang or its members and prohibits financial institutions from engaging in any transactions with members of the group. Officials said the move is designed to reduce the flow of gang money within the United States and across the border.
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