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The innocent pay (Sylmar, CA): Knowing the dangers of living in the northeast San Fernando Valley, Cecilia Cortez took precautions to ensure that her son's 16th birthday party would be safe. No alcohol was served. Plenty of adults served as chaperons, and security guards patted down guests for weapons at the door. But despite the family's efforts, at least a half-dozen suspected gang members forced their way into the Saturday night festivities and started a fight that ended in the shooting deaths of two innocent partygoers.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 11, 2004

Crackdown on gangs results in 41 arrests (San Diego, CA): San Diego police arrested 41 people during the weekend as part of a continued crackdown on gang crime, bringing to 87 the number of people arrested since the effort began May 1, authorities said. The effort against gang crime will continue indefinitely, police said. Officers assigned to specialized units, including narcotics and gangs, have been moved into areas where an increase in crime has occurred.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 11, 2004

Three arrested in slaying of Visalia teen (Visalia, CA): A man and two boys were arrested Saturday in connection with the Friday night shooting death of a Visalia teenager, police reported. Albert Meek, 19, and two 16-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder after a traffic stop in the 800 block of South Santa Fe Avenue in Visalia.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 10, 2004

Boy killed (Los Angeles, CA): Authorities searched today for five young men, possibly teenagers, including one who fatally wounded a 14-year-old boy in a gang-related drive-by shooting in front of a South Los Angeles house. The boy was walking with two friends in the 1100 block of West 36th Place when a light-colored late-model sport utility vehicle pulled up next to them shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday, said Sgt. Stephen Faulk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service    Date: May 7, 2004

Teen pleads innocent in CHP slaying (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy pleaded innocent Thursday to murdering a California Highway Patrol officer in what authorities called a "random assassination" linked to street gang activity. Valentino Mitchell Arenas III entered the plea through his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kent Thomas. Arenas was arraigned in Superior Court at the Pomona courthouse where authorities allege he fatally shot CHP officer Thomas J. Steiner on April 21.
Source: Monterey County Herald    Date: May 7, 2004

Shooting incident stuns Fresno neighborhood (Fresno, CA): Hours after Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer spoke about a crackdown on gangs and violent parolees, about thirty rounds from an assault weapon ripped through an east-central neighborhood. Nineteen people, including children, were inside the targeted house. One adult was hit by either bullet fragments or flying pieces of broken glass, police reported.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 7, 2004

Salinas sees typical string of shootings (Salinas, CA): Warmer weather, a seasonal rise in the Salinas population and the cyclical nature of gang violence all likely contributed to this past weekend's surge of bloodshed in the city, gang experts say. On Friday and Saturday night, four shootings occurred in Salinas - at least three of them gang-related and one of them fatal - breaking a four-month lull in gang homicides.
Source: The Californian    Date: May 5, 2004

Salinas sees typical string of shootings (Salinas, CA): Warmer weather, a seasonal rise in the Salinas population and the cyclical nature of gang violence all likely contributed to this past weekend's surge of bloodshed in the city, gang experts say. On Friday and Saturday night, four shootings occurred in Salinas - at least three of them gang-related and one of them fatal - breaking a four-month lull in gang homicides.
Source: The Californian    Date: May 4, 2004

46 arrested in gang crime crackdown (San Diego, CA): Police arrested 46 people and issued 101 misdemeanor citations over the weekend during a crackdown on gang crime, authorities said yesterday. Assistant Chief Lou Scanlon said the concentration on gang crime will continue indefinitely and that extra officers could be on duty any night of the week to deal with any increase in violence. Despite the effort, four people were shot and wounded in incidents in Mission Valley, Lomita and Mountain View late Saturday and Sunday.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 4, 2004

Major raid targeted 140 homes (Pomona, CA): In a show of force aimed at the city's oldest and largest gangs, an army of police took to the streets before dawn Monday, arresting 51 people in a crackdown triggered by the recent courthouse shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer. The operation, which many officers said was the largest they'd ever seen, targeted 140 homes where gang members on parole or probation were thought to live.
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin     Date: May 4, 2004

Experts tally numbers of area gangs (Newark, CA): There are at least 17 organized gangs in the Tri-City area comprised of nearly 1,800 members, according to figures compiled by the Southern Alameda County Gang Task Force. "Newark and Fremont are very similar in the level of gang activity," said Officer Mike Carroll of the gang task force. "It's steady. It's not as bad as other areas [like Hayward.] ... Union City may be a little higher than Fremont."
Source: Tri-Valley Herald     Date: May 3, 2004

Feinstein urges tougher laws against gangs (California): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged Congress on Thursday to renew the ban on assault weapons and pass legislation cracking down on gang violence, partly in response to the murder of a California Highway Patrol officer in Pomona. Feinstein's legislation, which she introduced with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would create new federal crimes targeting violent gang members and strengthens current laws against street gang crimes. It would also authorize $650 million for law enforcement and community groups for gang suppression, prevention, and intervention programs.
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin     Date: May 1, 2004

Crackdown on street violence is under way (San Diego, CA): A surge of violence in several San Diego neighborhoods has prompted an increase in police presence and a crackdown on even relatively minor crimes in those communities. Law enforcement officials said the response comes after four people were shot and killed and several others were hospitalized Sunday and early Monday in one of the more violent 30 hours on city streets.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 1, 2004

Woman shot (Los Angeles, CA): Gang members staged a drive-by shooting on a South Los Angeles street, wounding a 24-year-old woman standing with a number of the attackers' rivals, police said today. The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. yesterday in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, said Sgt. Al Carbonara of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service    Date: April 30, 2004

Two murder suspects face trial (Lancaster, CA): Two reputed Antelope Valley gang members were ordered Thursday to stand trial for murder in the slaying of a Lancaster parolee, who was shot to death following an argument at his home. Rafael Espinoza, 25, of Palmdale and Richard Garcia III, 24, of Lancaster are charged in the killing of Arthur Raymond Morua, who was shot to death on Feb. 17, 2003, in the 44700 block of Elm Avenue. "They got held to answer on all counts, which was one count of murder along with a gang allegation and a gun charge," Deputy District Attorney Carlos Chung said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: April 30, 2004

Targeting of gangs yields 35 arrests (Fresno, CA): On a hot spring night last week, families were eating at restaurants at Universal Park shopping center on North Blackstone Avenue when a gang fight broke out. Twenty young men, maybe more, bloodied themselves with fists and knives. At least one fighter was wounded, Fresno police said.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 30, 2004

Lawmakers target Pomona gang problem (Pomona, CA): With the recent killing of a California Highway Patrol officer, lawmakers in Pomona are looking for ways to tackle the escalating gang violence that may have contributed to his death. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office said that since 1994, the agency has had teams that focus on violent crimes. However, about a year ago, the agency trained teams that focus on combating gangs using the state's Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. The act allows law enforcement to partner with local police agencies to go after entire gangs as a group and use enhancements in prosecuting gang members, she said. During future senate committee hearings to support a $650 million bill, one senator plans to talk about the officer shooting and a number of recent cases involving law enforcement officers being killed by gangs. The Federal Gang Violence Act would set aside money to fight gang violence, create new criminal designations, increase penalties for gang crimes, and make it a federal crime to recruit gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News    Date: April 28, 2004

Violence spurs police crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are preparing to crack down on gangs after a recent surge of violence in which two men with gang connections were gunned down at an apartment complex. The two men, ages 26 and 30, were not active in a gang but associated with gang members. Family members believe there was an order put out to kill them after they refused to cover for gang members who were arrested on gun charges. The men are two of the 19 people killed in Fresno homicides this year. In 2003, there were 36 homicides. Eight of the 36 were gang-related, an officer said. A captain with the California Highway Patrol estimated there are 6,000 gang members in Fresno and another 6,000 throughout the rest of the county. The city is also seeking a civil injunction to prevent gang members from congregating in a neighborhood, on street corners, or in a car.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: April 27, 2004

Two sought in Oceanside killing of boy (Oceanside, CA): Police are looking for at least two people involved in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy and the wounding of two others. The 16-year-old victim was standing in front of an apartment complex when at least two people fired at him from across the street. A 15-year-old boy was also struck, and a woman inside the apartment complex was wounded, police said. Police are uncertain about the motive for the attack but believe it was gang-related.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 27, 2004

Inland teen charged with killing officer (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult in the shooting death of a 35-year-old California Highway Patrol officer outside a Pomona courthouse. The boy was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm and committing the crime in furtherance of a criminal street gang. The gang enhancement alleges the boy shot the officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members." The boy could be imprisoned for life without parole if convicted. The officer was in uniform at the courthouse to testify in a series of traffic ticket hearings when he was shot.
Source: Press Enterprise    Date: April 24, 2004

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