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February 6, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Three members of the Vineland Boyz street gang were sentenced Monday for racketeering and drug trafficking, part of a long-term law enforcement campaign to avenge the killing of a rookie police officer four years ago. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter sentenced Jesus Contreras and Mariano Meza to 25 years in prison; Manuel Yepiz was given a 20-year sentence. The sentences brought to four the number of gang members to be sent to prison in the crackdown.
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February 6, 2007 | From Times Staff Reports
Three members of the Vineland Boyz street gang were sentenced Monday for racketeering and drug trafficking, part of a long-term law enforcement campaign to avenge the killing of a rookie police officer four years ago. U.S. District Judge John F. Walter sentenced Jesus Contreras and Mariano Meza to 25 years in prison; Manuel Yepiz was given a 20-year sentence. The sentences brought to four the number of gang members to be sent to prison in the crackdown.
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April 17, 2010 | By Victoria Kim
A federal jury has found that two Los Angeles Police Department detectives were negligent and violated a teenage girl's constitutional rights when -- as part of a ruse -- they falsely told a gang member that she had implicated him in a murder. After the detectives' ploy, the suspect arranged to have the girl killed, according to police records and a lawsuit filed by girl's family. Jurors this week found that LAPD Dets. Martin Pinner and Juan Rodriguez acted maliciously and recklessly but also determined that the 16-year-old girl, Martha Puebla, and her parents were also at fault.
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July 28, 2005 | Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writer
Federal prosecutors Wednesday charged the longtime boyfriend of a Burbank city councilwoman with weapons and drug violations. Scott Schaffer, companion of Councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy, is being held on suspicion of trading guns to a gang member for cocaine. Schaffer's attorney said his client would plead not guilty at his arraignment Monday. Schaffer was arrested July 13 after authorities found a gun registered in his name at the home of a Vineland Boyz gang member.
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July 20, 2005 | Matt Lait and Scott Glover, Times Staff Writers
Touting their effort to crack down on a violent San Fernando Valley street gang linked to the slaying of a Burbank police officer, authorities announced Tuesday the arrests of nearly two dozen people whom they said were "associates" of the Vineland Boyz gang.
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July 23, 2005 | Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writer
Two roadside signs honoring a Burbank police officer believed killed by a member of a street gang were taken down this week after they were defaced by gang graffiti, officials said. The signs on the Golden State Freeway, which read "Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka Memorial Freeway," were tagged with "187" -- apparently referring to the California Penal Code section on murder -- as well as other markings, said Burbank Police Sgt. Jay Jette.
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July 20, 2010 | By Andrew Blankstein, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles Police Department has asked the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to investigate how a parolee who fired nearly a dozen gunshots at two LAPD officers in the San Fernando Valley was able to gain early release and classification as a low-level offender. Javier Joseph Rueda, 28, of Panorama City was placed on "non-revocable parole" in May after serving two years of a 10-year prison sentence. On July 10, police said, he opened fire on two officers who had been pursuing him on suspicion of drunk driving.
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July 18, 2008 | Joel Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Los Angeles Police Department officials have reassigned a homicide detective and will train others to be more careful in protecting witnesses in light of the slaying of a teenage girl after officers disclosed her name as part of a ruse during an interrogation. The detective, Martin Pinner, was removed from working homicide cases by supervisors earlier this month after The Times reported the 2003 slaying of 16-year-old Martha Puebla, said LAPD Deputy Chief Charlie Beck.
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October 27, 2006 | Joe Mozingo, Times Staff Writer
Nine members of the Vineland Boyz street gang in the San Fernando Valley were convicted Thursday in a federal racketeering and drug trial, part of a sweeping campaign by law enforcement to rout the gang after the shooting death of a rookie police officer. A jury found one of the defendants -- Gilberto Carrasco, 27 -- guilty as an accessory after the fact to the killing of Burbank Officer Matthew Pavelka during a traffic stop in November 2003.
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July 15, 2005 | Wendy Lee, Times Staff Writer
A Burbank city councilwoman known for her work with nonprofit groups was arrested along with her boyfriend on suspicion of narcotics and firearms violations after police searched their homes as part of a larger investigation into a San Fernando Valley street gang. Investigators found cocaine, three loaded handguns and 900 rounds of ammunition during a search of Councilwoman Stacey Jo Murphy's home in the 700 block of Lima Street when they searched it Wednesday, Burbank police said.
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January 13, 2011 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Nardine Saad, Los Angeles Times
Two brothers reputedly at the head of one of Israel's most powerful organized crime families were en route to the United States on Wednesday to face drug trafficking and racketeering charges for their alleged roles in a massive Los Angeles-based Ecstasy ring, authorities said. Itzhak and Meir Abergil are accused of recruiting members of the Vineland Boyz street gang to distribute tens of thousands of doses of Ecstasy throughout Southern California, and to provide security for the organization, which allegedly included fatally shooting a man who tried to steal a shipment of the drugs.
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