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WORLD
March 8, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Rival gangs battling over drug trade in an overcrowded prison in Higuey set their bedding on fire and blocked their cellblock entrance, killing at least 134 inmates. Some died in a stampede to escape the flames after guards forced open the jammed door, a survivor said, and others were killed by smoke inhalation. Only 26 prisoners were rescued.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 19, 2003 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
A suspected gang member believed to have been involved in a shootout inside a Pico-Union restaurant that left a waitress and a customer dead was arrested, a police detective said Monday. Robert Martinez, 29, was near the back of the Flor Blanca restaurant on 8th and Alvarado streets Aug. 9 when another gang member entered and started gunning for him, LAPD Det. Jeff Breuer said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2003 | Holly J. Wolcott, Times Staff Writer
A 22-year-old Santa Paula gang member will stand trial on charges of fatally shooting a former city resident at a Halloween party last year, authorities said Tuesday. Hector Valdivia, who is being held in Ventura County Jail without bail, has been charged with murder with the special allegations of being a gang member and intentionally killing a person to benefit a street gang, prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2003 | Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
A probe into Armenian organized crime in the San Fernando Valley resulted in the arrests Wednesday of five people who authorities say plotted to kill members of a rival group, even recruiting jail inmates to carry out hits. Glendale police, the FBI, sheriff's detectives and the National Insurance Crime Bureau began investigating what authorities described as a Glendale-based crime ring in March 2001.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 2003 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
The mother of a 16-year-old gang member who was killed on the border of a rival gang's territory just minutes after two Los Angeles police officers released him from the back of their patrol car filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Monday against the officers, alleging they were directly responsible for her son's death. The Nov. 5, 1996, shooting death of Eric Vega, whose street name was Baby Happy, was the focus of a district attorney's investigation during the Rampart corruption scandal.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2002 | CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city's neon lights vibrated in the polished hood of the black BMW as it cruised up Las Vegas Boulevard. The man in the passenger seat was instantly recognizable. Fans lined the streets, waving, snapping photos, begging Tupac Shakur for his autograph. Cops were everywhere, smiling. The BMW 750 sedan, with rap magnate Marion "Suge" Knight at the wheel, was leading a procession of luxury vehicles past the MGM Grand Hotel and Caesars Palace, on their way to a hot new nightclub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2001 | MONTE MORIN and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Investigations into a bloody melee between rival motorcycle gangs at a Costa Mesa swap meet have been stymied by tight-lipped participants, Orange County Sheriff's Department officials said Saturday. Detectives were trying to determine the amount of property damage and the number of injuries resulting from the brawl, which erupted at an Orange County Fairgrounds exhibition building about 8 p.m. Friday. "The problem is: We've got no willing victims," Sheriff's Lt. Larry Abbott said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 23, 2001 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A shooting that left three men dead and two teenagers wounded in Lake View Terrace was an ambush by a rival gang member, police said Monday. Killed Sunday were Alex Garibay, 19, Raul Silva, 18, and Arturo Becerra, 20, all of Lake View Terrace, said coroner's spokesman Scott Carrier. The injured teenagers, a male and female, were recovering in hospitals from wounds that were not life-threatening, police said. Police declined to identify them because of their age.
NEWS
June 5, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Scores of residents fled the western area of Kingston, the Jamaican capital, as gunfire between rival gangs linked to political parties erupted anew, killing one man and wounding two, police said. Five houses were firebombed. Gunfire and small explosions rocked the area over the weekend in fighting between factions supporting the ruling Peoples National Party and the opposition Jamaica Labor Party. The latest victims brought the death toll in the sporadic violence to at least seven.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2001 | MATEA GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Los Angeles police have arrested four members of two rival street gangs in connection with the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl Sunday morning as she walked home from a South-Central Los Angeles grocery store, officials said Friday. Cynthia Gonzalez and her mother had purchased tortillas at a nearby market when rival gangs opened fire at each other at 97th and Main streets about 11 a.m., police said.
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