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March 19, 2000
Even here in one of the nation's safest counties, there are places where lawless thugs force good people to live in fear. When community members stand together to take back the streets from criminal gangs, their heroic determination deserves the applause and support of the entire county. Such is the success story in the working-class area of western Ventura called the Avenue.
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November 18, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gabriel didn't flinch at firing shots at street gang rivals. He beat them bloody. He robbed his enemies, his neighbors, his own family. But now he says he wants to walk away from the gang life in Ventura County, and that decision has turned him into a target in the neighborhood where he was raised. After five beatings that have left the husky 18-year-old with a broken nose and bruised ribs, he is constantly looking over his shoulder. The attacks, his former friends tell him, are just a warning.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Gabriel didn't flinch at firing shots at street gang rivals. He beat them bloody. He robbed his enemies, his neighbors, his own family. But now he says he wants to walk away from the gang life in Ventura County, and that decision has turned him into a target in the neighborhood where he was raised. After five beatings that have left the husky 18-year-old with a broken nose and bruised ribs, he is constantly looking over his shoulder. The attacks, his former friends tell him, are just a warning.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 19, 2000
Even here in one of the nation's safest counties, there are places where lawless thugs force good people to live in fear. When community members stand together to take back the streets from criminal gangs, their heroic determination deserves the applause and support of the entire county. Such is the success story in the working-class area of western Ventura called the Avenue.
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September 28, 1999 | MATT SURMAN
The Anti-Defamation League begins a program today to train probation officers, teachers and others to deal with a rise in hate crimes by youth in the county. Called "Eliminate the Hate," the program is a cooperative effort between the Ventura County Probation Department and the Los Angeles-based ADL's World of Difference Institute.
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March 8, 1996 | PAUL ELIAS
Authorities Thursday morning arrested six men and two teenagers during a gang sweep in Thousand Oaks. Nine others may be arrested after the Ventura County Probation Department completes its investigation. Officers from the Ventura County sheriff's and probation departments, along with officials from the Ventura and Simi Valley police departments, conducted 33 probation searches between 7 and 11 a.m. Most of those searched are suspected gang members on probation for weapons and drug charges.
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March 26, 2000 | ANNA GORMAN
The Anti-Defamation League will hold a panel discussion for Ventura County parents on what to tell children about prejudice and discrimination. The event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday in the lower plaza assembly room of the Ventura County Hall of Administration. The event is part of the league's "Eliminate the Hate" program, which aims to reduce hate crimes through anti-bias education.
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September 18, 1999 | FRED ALVAREZ
The Ventura County Probation Department has agreed to funnel $300,000 to the Santa Paula Family Resource Center to help the nonprofit agency continue to provide services to youngsters at risk of dropping out of school or running into trouble with the law. The resource center--a division of Interface Children, Family Services of Ventura County--is a one-stop clearinghouse for information, referrals and early intervention programs for Santa Paula youths and their families.
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November 30, 1989
Police arrested a third Simi Valley High School senior Wednesday in connection with two episodes of racist graffiti spray-painted last month on school property, said Lt. Robert Klamser. Two 16-year-old juniors were arrested Tuesday in connection with the incidents reported by school employees on Oct. 3 and Oct. 19.
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July 31, 1997 | SCOTT HADLY
Community leaders and Oxnard residents interested in volunteering for a model program to steer teenagers away from crime should attend a meeting at the South Oxnard Community Center tonight. The meeting is the first chance for residents to get involved in the South Oxnard Challenge Project, which is funded by a $5-million California Board of Corrections grant given to Ventura County probation department.
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February 12, 1995 | JULIE FIELDS
Police in Oxnard raided eight homes early Saturday, arresting an 18-year-old on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon and seizing several knives, a rifle, ammunition and drug paraphernalia. The 7 a.m. sweep by more than 50 officers came in response to a gang-related homicide Feb. 1 and two armed robberies on Nov. 14 and Feb. 1 in which gang members are suspects.
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March 28, 1998 | RICHARD WARCHOL
The Ventura Police Department and the Ventura County Probation Department have been awarded a $348,000 state grant geared toward fighting juvenile crime in Ventura. Awarded last week, the grant from the state office of criminal justice planning will draw together police, schools, probation officials, volunteers, the business community and others in an effort to deter youths from crime.
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