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Assault suspect looking for gang initiation (San Mateo, CA): The 20-year-old jail inmate accused of beating an officer last week may have been looking for entry into the Sureno gang, according to the District Attorney's Office. Rafael Jaime pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in the attack on the sheriff's deputy and to the assault charges that initially landed him in jail.
Source: The Daily Journal    Date: June 8, 2004

Man stabbed to death outside Harvest Moon (Santa Cruz County, CA): A 29-year-old Watsonville man was murdered near Green Valley Road on Saturday night, and police are releasing few details about the crime. Shortly after midnight, two Hispanic males were brought to Watsonville Community Hospital suffering from stab wounds. Neither victim's name has been released, but police believe the men had gang affiliations.
Source: Register-Pajaronian     Date: June 8, 2004

Program allows youths to remove unwanted tattoos (Fresno, CA): A 17-year-old at Fresno County's Juvenile Hall said he regrets getting the three gang-related tattoos that cover his neck, forearm and upper arm. His friends coaxed him into getting the tattoos when he joined a gang two years ago. But now, the 17-year-old said, "It seems like because I have them, it keeps getting me into trouble. So I think it's better off if I get rid of them." A program starting this fall in Fresno County will make it easier for him and other youth.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: June 6, 2004

Gangs to be closely watched, police say (Tulare County, CA): Tulare County gang members and associates will be under more scrutiny than usual this summer, law-enforcement officials said. Frequent gang-suppression sweeps will provide an opportunity for officers to check up on known gang members -- many of whom are on probation or out on parole.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: June 5, 2004

Girl, 3, hurt in drive-by shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 3-year old girl in a stroller was critically wounded in a drive-by shooting Wednesday outside a South Los Angeles store, the third child in three days to become an innocent victim of gun violence. Three others, including the girl's brother, also were wounded by gang members wielding assault weapons, police said. In the San Fernando Valley, a 5-year-old boy was in critical condition Wednesday after being struck in the head by a stray bullet while playing in his backyard.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 3, 2004

Gang said to have missed filing date (Oxnard, CA): Oxnard's Colonia Chiques have forfeited their right to challenge an injunction restricting their activities because they failed to formally respond to the civil lawsuit filed by the Ventura County district attorney's office, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Wold said for the street gang to have proceeded with a challenge, it should have hired a lawyer and filed a written answer to the Superior Court lawsuit by last Friday.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 3, 2004

Study finds an alarming rise in gang killings (Los Angeles, CA): An overall decline in crime has hidden an alarming increase of 50% and more in gang killings nationwide since 1999, a trend that officials said Tuesday might get worse if juvenile anti-crime programs were cut further. "The increase in gang violence has been consistent and steady, not something that can be passed off as a one-year blip or aberration," said James Alan Fox, Lipman family professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 2, 2004

Judge signs gang injunction (Ventura County, CA): In an unprecedented move for Ventura County, a Superior Court judge Tuesday issued a preliminary injunction that bars Oxnard's Colonia Chiques street gang from congregating in public and gives police new powers to curb the activities of the county's largest and most violent gang.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 2, 2004

Gang violence (California): Long Beach Press-Telegram is running a series on gang violence. Please click on the link below.
Source: Press-Telegram    Date: June 2, 2004

Gang-related crime prompted mayor to demand action (San Francisco, CA): San Francisco police have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted on murder charges in a gang-related double homicide in January that prompted Mayor Gavin Newsom to call for swifter police and community response to such violence. Emile Forte, 22, faces two counts of murder for the Jan. 19 slayings of Jovani Banks, 19, and Michael Hill, 18, on Jan. 19 at 45 Osceola Lane, authorities said Tuesday.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: June 2, 2004

City at War (Los Angeles, CA): William J. Bratton is the most famous police chief in America. He made his name in New York City, where he achieved one of the most dramatic crime reductions in American history. But a little more than a year ago, he went to the other side of the country for his biggest challenge yet.
Source: ABC News    Date: June 1, 2004

From All Sides (Los Angeles, CA): There is no more dangerous place in America to be a police officer — or a young man — than southeast Los Angeles. "It's not Mayberry, by any stretch of the imagination," says Scotty Stevens, an ex-Marine from Oklahoma. "Southeast is the epicenter of gangs throughout the country. It's a community that is caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil."
Source: ABC News    Date: June 1, 2004

Prison terms in kidnap meted (Palmdale, CA): Two Palmdale teenagers charged in the kidnapping of an elderly couple from their home at gunpoint in the middle of the night were each sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison. Reputed street gang members Jorge Duran, 18, and Daniel Segovia, 19, were sentenced after pleading no contest to kidnapping, robbery, carjacking and making terrorist threats.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: June 1, 2004

Gang sweep nets 11 arrests (Pixley and Porterville, CA): A 34-hour sweep of south Tulare County netted Tulare County sheriff's deputies 11 arrests, seven of them felony arrests, including two on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, three on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon, one on suspicion of vehicle burglary and one on suspicion of resisting arrest.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: June 1, 2004

Graffiti up preceding violence (Fremont, CA): In the weeks before the recent spree of gang violence in Centerville, police were aware of a gang element moving in but were unsure exactly what was going on, accor-ding to a lieutenant who works closely with gangs. "Nothing was definitive," said Lt. Gus Arroyo, who explained that the police department had been analyzing graffiti and other information that supported the theory that gang activity was beginning to increase shortly before two stabbings and two shootings occurred in a period of four days.
Source: The Argus    Date: May 30, 2004

Three arrested in shooting of Fresno man (Fresno, CA): Two young men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the drive-by shooting death Thursday night of a 19-year-old man at his family's central Fresno home, police reported Friday. Lee Lor Xiong, 24; Pao Seng Yang, 19; and a 17-year-old boy, all of Fresno, were taken into custody after police stopped them in a car shortly after the shooting, Sgt. Len Gleim said. Gleim said there appears to be gang connections among some of the suspects and the victim, but police have not determined a motive for the killing.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 29, 2004

Gang beating at Natomas High Clash leaves one student unconscious (Sacramento, CA): Seven Natomas High School students were arrested Thursday in connection with a gang-related campus beating that left one student unconscious earlier this week. The students - all minors - are being held on suspicion of battery, street gang terrorism and conspiracy to commit a crime - all felonies, according to the Sacramento Police Department. An additional 12 to 13 students are being sought by police in the case.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: May 28, 2004

Gang activity arouses fear in Fremont (Fremont, CA): The 8-year-old boy used to play ball in the parking lot of his Central Avenue apartment complex, near Dusterberry Way. He ran around the lot doing what boys do: riding his bike, playing with friends -- being a child. But in the past week, things have changed near his home, and his father no longer lets the boy out of his sight.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald     Date: May 26, 2004

National City police to start gang unit (National City, CA): National City police are creating a five-officer squad to focus on street gangs, which have been connected to all but one of the 18 homicides here since Jan. 1, 2002. "We had a meeting with the chief and said we kind of have a problem here, and we need to get on it," said Sgt. R.G. Triviz, who helps manage violent crime investigations, referring to the impetus for the new unit
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 26, 2004

Oxnard gang ruling delayed (Oxnard, CA): Calling it a delicate task of balancing public safety with individual rights, a Ventura County judge on Monday delayed ruling on an injunction that would bar Oxnard's Colonia Chiques street gang from congregating in public. After hearing from attorneys on both sides, Superior Court Judge Fred H. Bysshe took the case under submission and said that he would issue a ruling June 1.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: May 25, 2004

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