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May 9, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wait a minute . . . that's not in the script! Three men who were participating in an anti-violence public service announcement being filmed outside a local church were arrested late Thursday by Los Angeles police officers who thought a real-life gang fight was underway. The producers of the anti-gang message had not obtained the proper permits from the city, police said.
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June 18, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
David Martinez, pastor of Victory Outreach Church of the San Fernando Valley, whose ministry has affected the lives of thousands of former gang members, drug addicts and others over the last 35 years, has died. He was 67. Martinez, who had suffered a heart attack in December, died of a heart attack Sunday while vacationing with his family in Yosemite, said his wife, Faith. The Pacoima-born Martinez, a former gang member, founded Victory Outreach Church of the San Fernando Valley in 1975, after reaching out to the area's gang members and drug addicts.
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September 19, 1989 | ERIC LICHTBLAU, Times Staff Writer
He had heard the warning over and over again, each time more dire, from his family, from his teachers, from the clergy: Get out of the gangs. John Briseno didn't listen; if anything, he says now, the somber message only drove him more resolutely than ever into the angry life style of a Santa Ana gang member. After all, he figured, he had already survived nearly a decade of gang life--knifings, drugs, drunken binges, assaults and robberies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While shedding the bonds of gang life can be tough, there are those who manage to break free. For good. Victory Outreach Assistant Pastor Gilbert Neri is one of them. The 29-year-old aspiring evangelist was a hard-core street thug from Oxnard as a teenager. But before his 20th birthday, Neri said, God called to him, and he never looked back. He embraced religion and made it his passion to walk the streets where he used to sell drugs and brawl with rivals.
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July 27, 1995 | LEO SMITH
Violence and drug use in the streets of Oxnard are not generally the parts of life local residents would pay $2 to witness. But that will be the suggested donation Friday night, when members of the Victory Outreach church in La Puente stake out the corner of 7th Street and Ventura Road, to act out stories based upon their lives, in the staged production "Straight From The Hood." The drama is being sponsored by the 400-member Oxnard church, founded 10 years ago by Pastor Bob Herrera.
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February 1, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
God himself pulled the needle out of Sonny Arguinzoni's arm, or so the story goes. Grateful, the high school dropout, part-time purse snatcher and hope-to-die heroin addict repaid the miracle with one of his own. From an apartment in a Boyle Heights housing project, Arguinzoni started a Christian ministry. He called it Victory Outreach International and became Pastor Sonny to a flock that over three decades has swelled to 30,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1987 | REGINALD SMITH, Times Staff Writer
The deaths of two men in apparent drug-related shootings at Sun Valley Park last week prompted Pastor David Martinez and about 50 of his followers to take their anti-drug message on the road Saturday, preaching from a parking lot across from the crime-plagued park.
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January 7, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours of sweaty field work--dragging a rake across a newly plowed furrow--gave Jonathan Wood a feeling he had never experienced. He had not felt it when he was studying for his business degree at California Lutheran University. Or when he was arrested for selling methamphetamines. Or when he was serving any one of his half a dozen prison stints for possessing, using or pushing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 2001 | TINA DIRMANN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
While shedding the bonds of gang life can be tough, there are those who manage to break free. For good. Victory Outreach Assistant Pastor Gilbert Neri is one of them. The 29-year-old aspiring evangelist was a hard-core street thug from Oxnard as a teenager. But before his 20th birthday, Neri said, God called to him, and he never looked back. He embraced religion and made it his passion to walk the streets where he used to sell drugs and brawl with rivals.
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February 1, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
God himself pulled the needle out of Sonny Arguinzoni's arm, or so the story goes. Grateful, the high school dropout, part-time purse snatcher and hope-to-die heroin addict repaid the miracle with one of his own. From an apartment in a Boyle Heights housing project, Arguinzoni started a Christian ministry. He called it Victory Outreach International and became Pastor Sonny to a flock that over three decades has swelled to 30,000.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 9, 1998 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wait a minute . . . that's not in the script! Three men who were participating in an anti-violence public service announcement being filmed outside a local church were arrested late Thursday by Los Angeles police officers who thought a real-life gang fight was underway. The producers of the anti-gang message had not obtained the proper permits from the city, police said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 6, 1995
As a self-described former hit man for the Mexican Mafia in East Los Angeles, Arthur Blajos understands why drug addicts and gang members usually duck Sunday morning church services. But at this week's Victory Outreach Ministries convention in Long Beach, fitting in shouldn't be a problem.
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July 29, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When he was strung out on cocaine and heroin, Gregory Yalch would do just about anything to pay for his next high. So it won't be too much of a stretch when Yalch portrays a crack addict on stage tonight at the Santa Ana Bowl in "My Funky Nayba 'Hood," a play presented by Victory Outreach Santa Ana that draws on Christian rap, hip-hop music and break dancing to encourage people to abandon gangs and drugs.
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July 27, 1995 | LEO SMITH
Violence and drug use in the streets of Oxnard are not generally the parts of life local residents would pay $2 to witness. But that will be the suggested donation Friday night, when members of the Victory Outreach church in La Puente stake out the corner of 7th Street and Ventura Road, to act out stories based upon their lives, in the staged production "Straight From The Hood." The drama is being sponsored by the 400-member Oxnard church, founded 10 years ago by Pastor Bob Herrera.
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January 7, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours of sweaty field work--dragging a rake across a newly plowed furrow--gave Jonathan Wood a feeling he had never experienced. He had not felt it when he was studying for his business degree at California Lutheran University. Or when he was arrested for selling methamphetamines. Or when he was serving any one of his half a dozen prison stints for possessing, using or pushing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours of sweaty fieldwork--dragging a rake across a newly plowed furrow--gave Jonathan Wood a feeling he had never before experienced. He hadn't felt it when he was studying for his business degree at Cal Lutheran University. Or when he was arrested for selling methamphetamines. Or when he was serving any one of his half a dozen prison stints for possessing, using or pushing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993 | ED BOND
Between 150 and 200 people, many of them reformed gang members or former drug addicts, walked five miles Saturday to raise money for a local church outreach program and to celebrate the church's new location. "The congregation is made up of people who used to be in gangs, alcoholics or drug addicts or outcasts from society," said Dolores Pacheco, coordinator and counselor for Victory Outreach of the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 1994 | STEPHANIE SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A few hours of sweaty fieldwork--dragging a rake across a newly plowed furrow--gave Jonathan Wood a feeling he had never before experienced. He hadn't felt it when he was studying for his business degree at Cal Lutheran University. Or when he was arrested for selling methamphetamines. Or when he was serving any one of his half a dozen prison stints for possessing, using or pushing drugs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 2, 1993 | ED BOND
Between 150 and 200 people, many of them reformed gang members or former drug addicts, walked five miles Saturday to raise money for a local church outreach program and to celebrate the church's new location. "The congregation is made up of people who used to be in gangs, alcoholics or drug addicts or outcasts from society," said Dolores Pacheco, coordinator and counselor for Victory Outreach of the San Fernando Valley.
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