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January 12, 2001 | LAURA WIDES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 15-year-old boy suffered a minor gunshot wound Wednesday afternoon, after a gun he and another boy were playing with discharged on a school bus, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Thursday. The student at El Rancho High School in Pico Rivera was treated at a nearby hospital and released. His 14-year-old friend, who was carrying the weapon, was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey.
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January 11, 2001
Sheriff's deputies stormed an Altadena house Wednesday in an unsuccessful search for a man suspected of an attempted murder in that community earlier in the day. Police said James Mosley, 32, of Los Angeles is suspected of firing two shots at two people standing outside a home at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday on Rising Hill Road. He then allegedly fled to his mother's home on Aralia Drive.
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January 7, 2001 | RICHARD FAUSSET
Los Angeles police detectives are looking for suspects in two unrelated fatal shootings that occurred within a mile of each other in North Hills and Panorama City on Friday night. Just before 7 p.m., Dwayne Eugene Earles, 23, of North Hills parked in front of a condominium complex in the 14600 block of Nordhoff Street in Panorama City, planning to visit relatives in the building, Officer Nick Abbinanti said.
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December 20, 2000
An estranged husband and wife were discovered dying of gunshot wounds to their chests Tuesday on the grass parkway of a Compton home, authorities said. Maria Cervantes, 43, and Raul Cervantes, 46, were found about 5:45 a.m. in the 800 block of North Thorson Avenue, said sheriff's Det. Toni Martinez. They were taken to Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead, Martinez said.
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December 15, 2000 | GEORGE RAMOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although gun deaths in Los Angeles County were down nearly 10% in 1999 over the previous year, such deaths for senior citizens and Asian Americans increased, a survey by a gun control group disclosed Thursday. Ann Reiss Lane, head of the Los Angeles-based Women Against Gun Violence, was not especially buoyed by the results from her group's annual survey because Los Angeles police figures for 2000 show that the homicide rate in the city--mainly as a result of guns--is up about 24%.
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December 3, 2000 | RICHARD FAUSSET
A 27-year-old man was in critical condition at a local hospital Saturday after being shot in the head during an argument, authorities said. John Harvey was arguing with Edward Vander, 26, in the 300 block of East Avenue H-14 when Vander allegedly fired a shot that missed and then a second shot, said Sheriff's Lt. Wallace Fullerton of the Lancaster station. Vander fled on foot and reportedly hid in the nearby attic of a female acquaintance.
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November 18, 2000 | ROBERTO J. MANZANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A 5-year-old boy was struck by a bullet after a football game at Glendale High School on Friday night, but police said the injury was so minor that the boy's father was able to remove the bullet with his hand. Police believe the bullet was one of several rounds that may have been fired up to a half-mile away. "It went through his jacket and hit him in the arm," Glendale Police Sgt. Bill Halvorsen said. "His father looked at it, and pulled the bullet right out."
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November 3, 2000 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Over the last four months, two police agencies and 14 investigators have examined every inch of Gary Beverly's life and found nothing suspicious. No bitter neighbors. No alienated friends. No disgruntled students. No old secrets. No new grudges. Nothing that might explain who shot the beloved Lynwood school administrator June 28 as he drove in heavy traffic on a Gardena Freeway offramp in Compton. "We have very little to go on," said Lt.
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November 2, 2000 | JEANNETTE SANCHEZ-PALACIOS and ELISE GEE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A freak accident is how neighbors are describing the Halloween shooting death of 19-year-old Jeff Chesingto. After a night of trick-or-treating with his 1-year-old son, Chesingto invited friends to his apartment in the 8000 block of Rosemead Boulevard. One of the guests, Jennifer Paragas, 18, ended up shooting Chesingto to death with a 9-millimeter handgun she believed to be empty, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Sgt. Richard Longshore.
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October 13, 2000 | DALONDO MOULTRIE and JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A heart-shaped welcome sign still hangs on the screen door at the West Covina home of Carlos Alejandro Balotta and his wife Maria, but the family had begun to fall apart weeks ago. Maria Balotta had moved out. Her husband told friends that he would be getting a divorce. And Wednesday night, the couple quarreled late into the night. By midnight, both were dead. Sheriff's deputies say they think Alejandro Balotta shot his wife and then struggled with their 14-year-old son, Tito, over the gun.
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