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How Former Gang Member Richard Cabral Went From Prison To Prime Time (Los Angeles, CA): Richard Cabral's neck, chest and arms are covered with tattoos. They depict Mexican gang culture, his friends, uncles, even his daughter Bella. Cabral's intense look and his powerful acting have landed him a lot of TV roles, but his path to Hollywood wasn't easy. Not long ago, Cabral was a gang member in prison, facing a possible 35-year sentence; this Sunday, he's up for an Emmy.
Source: NPR News    Date: September 16, 2015

Gang member killed woman who witnessed murder, prosecutor says (Orange County, CA): A 28-year-old woman whose body was dumped from a bridge over Newport Bay two years ago was killed to keep her from talking about an unprovoked gang-related shooting she had just witnessed, according to prosecutors who started presenting their case Tuesday against the man accused of murdering her.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 16, 2015

Ex-gang member says he was triggerman in drug 'tax' killing (Los Angeles, CA): A Southern California man has acknowledged killing a gang member who failed to pay the Mexican Mafia a "tax" on drug sales.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: September 16, 2015

Investigation continues into McK teenager killed in gang shooting (McKinleyville/Eureka, CA): In the days after 18-year-old Dax Edward Brown was fatally shot at Eureka’s Hammond Park, a makeshift memorial sprang up near where he was killed.
Source: Mad River Union    Date: September 15, 2015

Investigators suspect gang violence in rash of shootings in Turlock (Turlock, CA): The Turlock Police Department is investigating a series of shootings that occurred over the weekend in what could be an outbreak of gang violence. No injuries were reported from the three shootings, though at least in one case the target was an occupied dwelling, said Turlock Police
Source: The Turlock Journal    Date: September 15, 2015

Salinas city leaders encourge teens to prevent violence by joining neighborhood watch groups (Salinas, CA): There have been 23 homicides in Salinas so far this year. The latest just this weekend and last week a 16-year-old was killed. Now neighborhood watch groups in Salinas want to try something a little different to turn its city around and stop the reoccurring violence.
Source: KION 46 News    Date: September 14, 2015

A rise in violence plagues South L.A.: 'We can't police our way out of this' (Los Angeles, CA): Thirty minutes before the meeting at a South Los Angeles church was supposed to start, the parking lot was already full. Hundreds of people packed the pews of Hamilton United Methodist on Sunday — so many that some were left standing even after the choir lofts were filled. There were elected officials, community activists and gang intervention workers. LAPD commanders and a police commissioner.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 13, 2015

Gang leaders in El Salvador testing limits of their power in L.A., rest of U.S. (Los Angeles, CA): Two were arrested by border agents in Texas. Another was found washing cars at a Santa Ana dealership. The Salvadoran gang members were responsible, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials alleged, for the March assassination of Andrés Ernesto Oliva Tejada, a prosecuting attorney in the homicide unit of the Salvadoran Attorney General’s Office in the southeastern city of Usulután.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News    Date: September 12, 2015

Santa Ana Residents Allege Police Brutality in Neighborhood Under Gang Injunction (Santa Ana, CA): As if the summer sun isn't blazing enough, tensions between residents of SanTana's Townsend Street barrio and police are heating up. New allegations of brutality emerged after the gang unit made an arrest in the neighborhood Tuesday night.
Source: OC Weekly    Date: September 11, 2015

Gang investigation prompts Watsonville street closure (Watsonville, CA): A 17-year-old boy was arrested and a BB handgun was seized Thursday after a gang confrontation near La Selva Beach that led to a chase in Watsonville.
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel    Date: September 11, 2015

Loaded gun seized, two gang members arrested near Watsonville (Watsonville, CA): Santa Cruz County Gang Task Force members seized a loaded handgun and arrested two gang members near Watsonville on Wednesday night.
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel    Date: September 10, 2015

Wheelchair-bound defendant convicted of murder in death of gang member (Oroville, CA): With small shoulders, the left one slumped lower than the right, and the back of the wheelchair pushing against his white button-down shirt, Yatee Her doesn’t look like a killer.
Source: Chico Enterprise-Record    Date: September 10, 2015

Man wanted in 1989 killing arrested after traffic stop for broken headlight (Los Angeles, CA): Byron Contreras had been on the run for 25 years, a suspect in the shooting death of a rival gang member. He was considered one of Los Angeles’ most wanted fugitives.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: September 10, 2015

Reputed gang member pleads not guilty to double murder in January (Oakland, CA): A reputed Oakland gang member pleaded not guilty today to two counts of murder and the special circumstance of committing multiple murders in connection with a shooting in West Oakland in January that left two men dead.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: September 9, 2015

Reputed gang member arrested, accused of killing youth pastor (Pomona, CA): Pomona police Wednesday announced the arrest of a reputed gang member accused in the November 2013 killing of a youth pastor who was shot after taking a group of teenagers to a movie.
Source:    Date: September 9, 2015

Suspect extradited for 2012 attempted murder of Milpitas police officer (San Jose, CA): A reputed San Jose gang member who allegedly took part in a 2012 South Bay crime spree that included a carjacking, three armed robberies and ultimately traded gunfire with a Milpitas Police Department officer following a traffic stop here was extradited from Mexico to the United States last month.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: September 9, 2015

Boy killed in shooting in spray painting over gang graffiti (Compton, CA): A boy was shot to death in broad daylight Wednesday in Compton while spray painting over neighborhood gang graffiti in what investigators said they believed was a gang-related killing.
Source:    Date: September 9, 2015

How the U.S. is working with Central American nations to fight the MS-13 and 18th Street gangs (Los Angeles, CA): In El Salvador, gangs are attacking police and soldiers with brazen new tactics. Since January, 43 members of the police force have been assassinated. In the U.S., transnational gangs have become increasingly evident in drug trafficking, extortion and, in some parts of the country, pimping and prostitution, the FBI says.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News    Date: September 9, 2015

Appeals Court Sides With Facebook in Fight Over Postings (San Francisco, CA): Criminal defendants' right to information that will aid in their defense does not extend before trial to social networking posts that are protected under federal law, a California appeals court ruled Tuesday.
Source: The Associated Press - ABC News    Date: September 8, 2015

Jury doesn't go for gang activity charge (San Diego, CA): A gang member was found guilty of a murder conspiracy on Tuesday, but the jury rejected two charges issued under a law that makes it illegal for a member to promote or benefit from a gang’s criminal activity.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: September 8, 2015

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