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Friday, 30 April 2010

Local: In Marin : Teen gang member slain in San Rafael

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Local: In Marin : Teen gang member slain in San Rafael: "17-year-old San Rafael male was gunned down in a Canal district walkway Wednesday night. The shooting occurred near 3411 Kerner Boulevard and the victim, who received multiple gunshot wounds, was pronounced dead at the scene.
San Rafael Police say the victim was a documented gang member.
A nearby apartment window was pierced by a stray bullet which lodged two feet away from an 8-year-old girl who was sleeping. She was not injured."


Sting nabs 27 foreign-born gang members :: The Courier News :: Local News

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Sting nabs 27 foreign-born gang members :: The Courier News :: Local News: "total of 28 arrests were made in the three-day operation which wrapped up Tuesday, targeting illegal immigrants with ties to violent street gangs, according to a release from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Arrests were made in Chicago, Aurora, Elgin, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights, West Chicago, Wheeling and Wood Dale.
All but one of the men were foreign-born -- 25 from Mexico, one from Honduras, and one from El Salvador, the release said. All were gang members or associates affiliated with the Latin Kings, Maniac Latin Disciples, Sureno 13s, Insane Deuces, Norteno 14s, Spanish Cobras, Latin Counts, Spanish Gangster Disciples, Latin Eagles and OMC Street Crew, the release said."


Tulare man who served as driver in pair of gang-related shootings sentenced to 25 years to life | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register

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Tulare man who served as driver in pair of gang-related shootings sentenced to 25 years to life | visaliatimesdelta.com | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register: "Jesus Camilo Sanchez, 20, had pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder with firearm discharge, having a concealed firearm and being an active participant in a criminal street gang. The first shooting occurred around 1:20 a.m. Feb. 4, 2009, after Sanchez and fellow gang members had driven to the Tulare home of a rival gang member, prosecutors said. Members of the Sanchez group fired several rounds into the home, then ran to Sanchez’s vehicle and drove away, prosecutors said."


Foreign-born gang members targeted in Chicago area - Chicago Breaking News

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Foreign-born gang members targeted in Chicago area - Chicago Breaking News: "Transnational street gang members were the target of a series of arrests this week in the Chicago area, federal officials announced today.
Of the 28 gang members arrested, 27 were in the U.S. without documentation and face deportation, either directly or after facing charges in the United States, according to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office.
Of those arrested, 25 were from Mexico, one from Honduras and one from El Salvador, with one U.S. citizen arrested on an outstanding warrant.
The arrested men were documented gang members, representing at least 10 different gangs, according to the ICE statement."


Gold-plated coffin for gangster - Newstalk ZB

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Gold-plated coffin for gangster - Newstalk ZB: "funeral is underway in Melbourne for gangland killer Carl Williams, with dozens of family and friends gathered at an Essendon church to say their farewells.
Williams' ex-wife Roberta will lead the eulogies, after she and the couple's nine-year-old daughter Dakota arrived in a black stretched hummer.
There is a heavy police presence, roads around the church have been blocked off and students at a nearby Primary School are being kept inside as a precaution.
Williams' body was carried into the church in a gold-plated coffin, said to be worth $30,000."


Gold-plated coffin for gangster - Newstalk ZB

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Gold-plated coffin for gangster - Newstalk ZB: "funeral is underway in Melbourne for gangland killer Carl Williams, with dozens of family and friends gathered at an Essendon church to say their farewells.
Williams' ex-wife Roberta will lead the eulogies, after she and the couple's nine-year-old daughter Dakota arrived in a black stretched hummer.
There is a heavy police presence, roads around the church have been blocked off and students at a nearby Primary School are being kept inside as a precaution.
Williams' body was carried into the church in a gold-plated coffin, said to be worth $30,000."


The Badger Herald: News: Gang-related shooting on East Side kills 19-year-old Madisonian

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The Badger Herald: News: Gang-related shooting on East Side kills 19-year-old Madisonian: "shooting on the city’s east side Wednesday evening left one Madison man dead and has prompted an investigation coordinated between a number of enforcement agencies to find the suspects involved.
At approximately 9:43 p.m. Wednesday, officers from the Madison Police Department were called to the 2100 block of Fordem Avenue to reports of a 19-year-old man who had been shot, an MPD incident reported stated. The victim was transported to an area hospital and the man was pronounced dead shortly thereafter as a result of his injuries.
Initial reports from MPD said the incident did not appear to be a random act, but based on information gathered by detectives assigned to the case, the motivation behind the crime was determined to involve area gang activity.
“We believe, based on the victim’s background coupled with information we are getting from citizens, that this was gang-related,” MPD spokesperson Joel DeSpain said."


Federal authorities target gun sales to gangs |

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Federal authorities target gun sales to gangs |: "High School graduate and high-ranking Boy Scout was found innocent Thursday of illegally selling a .50-caliber rifle to a convicted killer in a deal arranged by street gang associates.
The federal jury deadlocked on a second count of the same charge against Nicholas Rohrbach, prompting a retrial that was tentatively scheduled for June 14.
Three other men -- including the two gang associates who negotiated the deals -- have pleaded guilty to related charges in U.S. District Court in Yakima and face sentencing later this year."


Thursday, 29 April 2010

Suspect in Millville homicide identified as 20-year-old Bridgeton man | - NJ.com

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Suspect in Millville homicide identified as 20-year-old Bridgeton man | - NJ.com: "suspect has surrendered to police in connection with the early morning shooting death of a Millville man, according to police sources.He has been identified as Robert C. Robinson, 20, of Fremont Avenue, Bridgeton.Keith Wright, 22, of South 4th Street, was shot in the head and chest when he tried to break up a domestic dispute across the street from his 300-block home shortly after midnight, according to family members.
Robinson has been charged with first-degree murder, second degree weapons offenses and third-degree aggravated assault in connection with Wright's slaying, according to Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.He is being held in Cumberland County Jail on $550,000 bail."


Newark man is sentenced to 12 years in prison for cocaine, weapon charges | - NJ.com

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Newark man is sentenced to 12 years in prison for cocaine, weapon charges | - NJ.com: "12-year sentence today to Stephon Johnson, who admitted he sold cocaine to an undercover detective numerous times during a 2009 investigation conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office V.I.P.E.R. Unit, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Robert Laurino.
Johnson was one of 24 defendants arrested during an investigation into a faction of the Bloods street gang between August 2008 and January 2009. An undercover detective managed to infiltrate a Bloods-run cocaine and heroin ring, Laurino said, and purchased both drugs from Johnson several times during the investigation.
Johnson pleaded guilty to drug distribution and narcotics charges earlier this year. He was arrested in January 2009."


Convicted gang member sentenced to death | NewsChannel 36 | Charlotte News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | WCNC.com | News for Charlotte, NC

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Convicted gang member sentenced to death | NewsChannel 36 | Charlotte News, Weather, Traffic, and Sports | WCNC.com | News for Charlotte, NC: "death sentence was announced Wednesday afternoon.
Umana is a member of the MS-13 gang.He was one of 26 suspected MS-13 members indicted in Charlotte in 2008 after a federal sweep. Authorities said the gang was part of an international organization that committed crimes across Charlotte, including robbery, racketeering, extortion and murder.
Eighteen of them have pleaded guilty. Six more members were convicted in Charlotte in January on federal charges involving violence and conspiracy. One of them was convicted of murder in connection with the April 2008 slaying in Charlotte of Ulisses Alejandro Mayo, shot to death while sitting in a car after a children's birthday party."


Gang-related shooting leaves 3 injured; Search on for gunman | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Arizona News

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Gang-related shooting leaves 3 injured; Search on for gunman | Phoenix News | Arizona News | azfamily.com | Arizona News: "According to police, there was a car chase involving a black car and a white car. While driving east down Roeser someone supposedly in the black car opened fire.
The driver of the white car was hit twice, once in the chest and once in the arm. The driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a stop sign.There were three people in the white car ages 18, 19 and 20 year old. One of the passengers in that white car was reportedly injured in the crash.All three of the young me jumped out of the vehicle and ran into a neighborhood to hide from their shooter.The black car drove off after the shooting. Police say this is gang-related and that the three victims are supposedly known local gang members.Police are now looking for the shooter's car, which officers say is possibly a black pick-up or SUV."


Jury urges death for gang member - CharlotteObserver.com

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Jury urges death for gang member - CharlotteObserver.com: "recommended that MS-13 gang member Alejandro Umana be sentenced to death for the 2007 murders of two brothers in Greensboro.
Umana, 25, was convicted of murder last week in connection with the slayings of Ruben Garcia Salinas and Manuel Garcia Salinas in a family restaurant in Greensboro.
Chief U.S. District Judge Bob Conrad must follow the jurors' recommendation and impose the death sentence. Umana, who authorities say was a member of an MS-13 cell in Charlotte, will probably be sentenced in the next few months."


Gang member guilty in Sacramento deputy's slaying - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee

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Gang member guilty in Sacramento deputy's slaying - Sacramento News - Local and Breaking Sacramento News | Sacramento Bee: "Siackasorn, 19, was 16 years old when he murdered Nguyen on a rainy Dec. 19, 2007, afternoon in a rough neighborhood squeezed between the Campbell's Soup factory and Highway 99 on Sacramento's south side.
With a warrant out on him for running away from a group home, Siackasorn stood outside a house that served as a Tiny Rascals Gangsters hangout at 37th Street and 42nd Avenue, waiting to buy $5 worth of marijuana. Around 2 p.m., Nguyen and his partner, Detective Ed Yee, swooped down on Siackasorn in an unmarked car from the sheriff's gang task force.
The defendant took off in a sprint. Nguyen jumped out of the car and gave chase. The two hopped backyard fences and landed atop a chicken coop, where Siackasorn turned and shot the deputy three times with a .22-caliber revolver he was holding for a fellow gang member.
It took the 10-man, two-woman Sacramento Superior Court jury about 3 1/2 days of deliberations to find Siackasorn guilty of the first-degree murder. The panel also affirmed a special-circumstance allegation that Siackasorn killed Nguyen in the line of duty. Siackasorn is expected to be sentenced to life in prison with no parole when he faces Judge Cheryl Chun Meegan on May 26."


BREAKING: Escaped Osceola County gang leader caught in NJ - WDBO Local News on wdbo.com

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BREAKING: Escaped Osceola County gang leader caught in NJ - WDBO Local News on wdbo.com: "alleged gang leader who escaped from the Osceola County jail has been captured in New Jersey, officials say.
The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says it was informed just before 10 p.m. Wednesday that 21-year-old Michael Rigby was arrested in Patterson, New Jersey. He's been on the run since digging through his cell's wall at the jail in February."


Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Former FBI agent convicted of planning invasion-style robbery - latimes.com

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Former FBI agent convicted of planning invasion-style robbery - latimes.com: "former FBI agent convicted of planning an invasion-style robbery of what he thought was a drug stash house containing a half-million dollars in cash was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday by a federal judge in Santa Ana.
Ex-agent Vo Duong Tran, 42, and his accomplice, Yu Sung Park, 36, were arrested in possession of bulletproof vests, a machine gun, other weapons, silencers and hundreds of rounds of ammunition that they intended to use to rob the supposed drug house in Fountain Valley, a jury found."


Daughter screamed as mafia Don Da murdered | News from Ireland | IrishCentral

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Daughter screamed as mafia Don Da murdered | News from Ireland | IrishCentral: "Eamon Dunne's daughter screamed for her father as he was killed in a pub last Friday night, and Irish police believe they have found the getaway car used by 'the Don' Dunne's assassins.
Dunne's 17-year-old daughter was by his side screaming for help after he was shot several times in a pub in Dublin.
The car was found close to the crime scene and, unusually, it was not destroyed by the assassins.
The police said that the assassins failed to burn out the car and destroy evidence contained within it"


Fresno Police ramp up gang patrols after weekend shootings - 4/26/10 - Fresno News - abc30.com

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Fresno Police ramp up gang patrols after weekend shootings - 4/26/10 - Fresno News - abc30.com: "police also discovered the body of a 16-year-old boy lying next to an AK-47 rifle. They don't know how he wound up shot, but a surveillance camera police installed in the area 18-months ago, captured the teen and another man shooting into the house.
Police Chief Jerry Dyer says his officers are busy investigating five shootings that happened over the weekend. He believes Sunday's double homicide is related to at least two of them and involves gang retaliation. 'We believe there was an ongoing feud between different factions of African American gangs which we have seen over the years and we have out together a short-term and long-term operational plan to address this gang violence.'
On Sunday night, that plan included 55 officers who spent the night patrolling crime-ridden areas."


CBC News - Manitoba - Gang brawl seriously injures 3

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CBC News - Manitoba - Gang brawl seriously injures 3: "Three men between the ages of 28 and 38 were rushed to hospital. Two of the men suffered serious upper-body injuries, according to Const. Jason Michalyshen.
'Recovery will be fairly extensive,' Michalyshen said.
Police said they believe the fight may have been part of a turf war.
While police didn't name the gangs involved, the area is home to the Central street gang who have a long-standing dispute with the Indian Posse gang.
The Indian Posse predominantly operate within the North End of Winnipeg, just across the Salter Street bridge from the West Alexander area."


27 arrested in crackdown on SoCal street gang - Examiner.com

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27 arrested in crackdown on SoCal street gang - Examiner.com: "arrested 27 members and associates of the Black Angels gang under a pair of federal indictments. Eight defendants named in the indictments are at large and 25 were already in custody.
Prosecutors say the Latino gang is affiliated with the prison-based Mexican Mafia."


Mexican drug dealer who dealt cocaine in Tigard area sentenced to prison | OregonLive.com

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Mexican drug dealer who dealt cocaine in Tigard area sentenced to prison | OregonLive.com: "sentenced a Mexican cocaine dealer who had worked the Tigard area to 20 years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones sent up 36-year-old Javier Avila-Aguilar, who was found guilty in a jury trial last October of possession with the intent to distribute the drug. Avila-Aguilar faces a three-year term of supervised release after his prison term, must forfeit more than $8,000 in cash and bank funds seized from him, and will be deported. Police began investigating Avila-Aguilar in August 2007, after Portland police learned about a group of Hispanic men selling powdered cocaine in the Tigard area. Investigators rolled up one of the men as a confidential informant and got him to buy cocaine from the dealers on three occasions, court records show. When they arrested Avila-Aguilar and searched his truck, they found 139.4 grams of cocaine hidden behind a passenger-side heating vent, according to a government sentencing memorandum"


Ripon man fires gun to scare off gang-banger burglars - Crime & Courts - Modbee.com

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Ripon man fires gun to scare off gang-banger burglars - Crime & Courts - Modbee.com: "The men backed off but stayed in the area. Police responding to the possible burglary report captured two of the men about two blocks away: Lamberto Godina, 18, of Ripon and Jose Mendoza, 19, of Salida.
They were booked into the San Joaquin County Jail on charges of assault, trespassing, and creating a disturbance.
Officers are trying to locate the third suspect. All three are documented members of the Norteño street gang."


Gang member stabbed during fight in Watsonville - San Jose Mercury News

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Gang member stabbed during fight in Watsonville - San Jose Mercury News: "33-year-old was out alone near Sunnyhills and Holly drives around 1 a.m. when he was attacked by seven or eight people, according to Watsonville police Sgt. Saul Gonzalez.
The victim was taken to Watsonville Community Hospital to be treated for nonlife-threatening injuries. Gonzalez said he was not cooperative with detectives and that the investigation has stalled due to lack of leads.
Also, the weapon used in the attack was not recovered, Gonzalez said."


Monday, 26 April 2010

Fresno Police Increase Gang Patrols - KGPE CBS47 News, Sports & Weather for the Central Valley

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Fresno Police Increase Gang Patrols - KGPE CBS47 News, Sports & Weather for the Central Valley: "officers found a 16-year old boy dead outside of a home. Inside the home, police discovered a 48-year old woman who had been shot and killed. As well as a 45-year old man who had been struck in the shoulder. A video policing camera, which has been focused on this problem spot for the last year and a half, captured this shooting and is helping investigators.
'It appears to be gang involved,' said Chief Jerry Dyer.
Around 3:30 Saturday morning, a man was gunned down at Willow and Lane. It was not gang-related. Police say it was some type of feud over drugs. Officers have detained a person they believe to be the killer.Of the 20 homicides this year, seven have happened in southwest Fresno. Southeast, northeast and northwest have each had four. Central has one. 14 of those murders have involved a gang member as either a suspect or victim."


Gang member to go on trial in fatal shooting - Crime & Courts - BradentonHerald.com

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Gang member to go on trial in fatal shooting - Crime & Courts - BradentonHerald.com: "Jonathan Cabrera, 28, faces second-degree murder and aggravated battery charges in the April 2009 shooting of two men near the LaEscondida Bar, in the 5500 block of 14th Street West. One of the two men shot, 20-year-old Rodrigo Vasquez, later died from his wounds.
The case is scheduled for jury selection today, followed by a trial expected to run three days beginning Wednesday. Cabrera faces life in prison, if convicted."


Man has been charged with one count of murder following the prison bashing death of gangland killer Carl Williams

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Man has been charged with one count of murder following the prison bashing death of gangland killer Carl Williams.The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Geelong Magistrates' Court this morning, dressed in orange prison overalls via video link from Barwon Prison.When asked if he had anything to say, the accused killer replied "nah", and Magistrate Ron Saines adjourned the matter until July 23.Mr Saines said it was an understatement that the case had attracted a high level of media and public interest and said all persons charged with a criminal offence deserved the right to a fair court process.Williams, 39, suffered serious head injuries after he was allegedly bashed in the Barwon Prison's maximum security Acacia unit.


lawyer for gangland killer Carl Williams says major police investigations are in jeopardy after his client was bashed to death in Barwon Prison.

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lawyer for gangland killer Carl Williams says major police investigations are in jeopardy after his client was bashed to death in Barwon Prison.
Williams, the Melbourne underworld figure who was serving 35 years in jail for four murders, was bashed to death with part of an exercise bike inside a maximum security unit yesterday.Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Simon Overland has confirmed that a man will be charged over Williams' death later today.This morning Williams' lawyer Rob Stary told ABC News Breakfast that his client had been a "useful tool to the state", but stopped short of confirming that Williams had turned police informer.
"His untimely demise will put many investigations in jeopardy," he said.
"There are other matters that are very sensitive to the state. And his untimely demise really, will put many of those investigations into jeopardy."
Mr Stary says the two prisoners suspected of being involved in Williams' murder are notorious criminals."One can take a simple view and say this was just a random attack on Mr Williams, or there might be a more sinister motive behind the killing," he said.
"One has to look at who would profit from the murder."
Mr Stary says the investigation into Williams' death needs to be independent from Victorian Police.


Eleven people have been arrested in a massive investigation into alleged money laundering involving properties

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Eleven people have been arrested in a massive investigation into alleged money laundering involving properties. Police assisted the Serious Organised Crime Agency in carrying out raids in Greater Manchester and Cheshire.Residential addresses and company premises were raided by officers. It is understood that prominent members of the financial and mortgage industry in the North West are being investigated as part of the probe
One source said: “This could be huge and involve developers, solicitors, surveyors, and mortgage lenders.” The probe involves properties abroad as well as in Britain.


Sunday, 25 April 2010

16-year-old arrested in gang shooting | OregonLive.com

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16-year-old arrested in gang shooting | OregonLive.com: "detectives arrested a 16-year-old male this afternoon in connection with a gang-related shooting last night in North Portland.
The suspect was arrested on accusations of attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.
Police responded to a call of a shooting about 7:45 p.m. last night in the 9400 block of North St. Louis street. They found 27-year-old Omar Edwards had been shot. He is recovering from his injuries at a local hospital, police said. Detective Mary Wheat said the shooting appeared to be gang related. The Gang Enforcement Team assisted in the investigation."


B.C. gangster turns 'rat' in search for redemption

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B.C. gangster turns 'rat' in search for redemption: "Surrey Six killings saw four known drug dealers and two bystanders shot to death in a highrise building in suburban Vancouver on Oct. 19, 2007.
The latest indictment in the prosecution names Hooites-Meursing as a conspirator in the murder of one of the six victims, along with alleged co-conspirators Dennis Karbovanec, Jamie Bacon, Cody Haevischer, Matt Johnson and Mike Le.
Can a man who admits a role in killing five and terrorizing scores more people in 20 years as a hardcore gangster truly show remorse? Can he find redemption?
Anton sent dozens of e-mails over the past 10 months to this reporter, offering glimpses into his dangerous world and the motivations behind his decision to turn on his crime family.
These messages, which he agreed could be published, trace his story from a troubled childhood, to L.A. gang-life and finally to drug trafficking, torture and murder. Then to the life-changing walk on a Brazilian beach that led to a guilty plea for two counts of first-degree murder earlier this month in a high-security B.C. courtroom. He will be in prison at least until 2035, when he is 64 years old.
Anton Brad Kornelius Hooites-Meursing was born in March 29, 1971, in Calgary, the second of three sons. His parents moved the kids around a lot — first to Australia, where his mother was from, and later to L.A., where his dad had a successful construction businesses."


Saturday, 24 April 2010

Buck Wild gang is linked to two dozen shootings and several murders.

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Neighbors relieved gang members were arrested | gang, violent, neighbors - Top Story - WPEC 12 West Palm Beach: "Buck Wild gang is linked to two dozen shootings and several murders.Six alleged members of the Buck Wild gang are under arrest, two more are being sought on charges of racketeering and conspiracy.
These latest arrests are the work of a task force that was set up several years ago to wipe out gang activity in Palm Beach County.
Authorities say the Buck Wild gang was committing robberies and selling drugs to finance an ongoing criminal enterprise. Some residents are glad to hear about the arrests."


Gangster connected to killing of Burnaby man

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Gangster connected to killing of Burnaby man: "California police investigators are saying Hooites-Meursing was an associate of Burnaby native Joe Bralic, who was found shot to death in a Fullerton, California parking lot on July 5, 2001.is a person of interest but he is not a suspect in the actual murder as far as being primarily involved with doing it,' Fullerton police homicide Sgt. Mike Chlebowski told The Province Thursday. 'He is a person of interest in the case in his relationship to Bralic and his contacts down here.'
Chlebowski said the Bralic death is an 'active case, and we do have some active leads that we are following up on right now.'
Police believe the popular bodybuilder was killed elsewhere and his body dumped in the Discount Tire store parking lot in broad daylight after a marijuana-for-cocaine deal with American or Mexican drug dealers went awry.
Chlebowski believes Hooites-Meursing, who was born in Canada but grew up in Long Beach, California before being deported back to B.C. in 1994, provided Bralic with his ill-fated 'contacts and connections' in Southern California.
Hooites-Meursing has also revealed that he will testify against four suspects in the upcoming Surrey Six murder trial."


Why wasn't toddler safe from harm? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mary Mitchell

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Why wasn't toddler safe from harm? :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Mary Mitchell: "Cynia Cole, the 20-month-old girl who was shot in the head while sitting in her father's car.
Police sources said Cynia's father, Jerome Hendricks, was the intended target. Hendricks is a Gangster Disciple, and the alleged shooter is a Black P Stone.
I remember when newspapers wouldn't even print the names of gangs, fearing the notoriety would encourage the violence.
But not anymore.
Gang members and drug dealers are routinely getting front page coverage. The more heinous the crime, the bigger the headline."


New arrests in Adelaide's gang war between Hells Angels and New Boys | Adelaide Now

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New arrests in Adelaide's gang war between Hells Angels and New Boys | Adelaide Now: "FOUR men and a youth linked to the New Boys street gang have been arrested over two city brawls - one of them a bloody confrontation with the Hells Angels. Three of the men and the youth were apprehended in a coordinated series of early morning raids by the Crime Gang Task Force today.
The raids were linked to a brawl outside Apple nightclub in Synagogue Place on March 21."


Police seize gang house | Otago Daily Times Online News

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Police seize gang house | Otago Daily Times Online News: "Police raided and seized a Dunedin gang house yesterday - one of only two seizures of its kind in the country - and are warning other gangs they could be next.
Armed Offenders Squad members used stun grenades to gain entry to the Mongrel Mob Aotearoa gang headquarters at 250 Middleton Rd, Corstorphine, shortly after 7.30am yesterday, after the issuing of warrants for illegal drugs and property."


Leading organised crime figure is shot dead in Dublin - The Irish Times - Sat, Apr 24, 2010

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Leading organised crime figure is shot dead in Dublin - The Irish Times - Sat, Apr 24, 2010: "Eamon Dunne was gunned down just before 10pm last night at the Fassaugh House pub in Cabra.
It is believed he was shot a number of times in the head. At least two men were involved in the attack and are believed to have fled in a red LH-registered car. The killing is one of the most significant gangland murders of the last decade.
The motive for the murder was unclear last night but Dunne’s gang are the chief suspects for more gun murders than any other group in the history of Irish organised crime.
Said one Garda source:
“The list of suspects will be very, very long.”"


Criminal Street Gang Member Arrested | Gilroy News

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Criminal Street Gang Member Arrested | Gilroy News: "arrested Edward Lopez Friday and is facing charges that includes, shooting causing bodily injury, participation in a criminal act in association with at the direction or for the benefit of a criminal street gang.The victim in that case was in front of a residence when the suspects approached in their vehicle. Without provocation, the suspect fired several rounds striking the victim"


King City police respond to gang-related brawl at memorial for 13-year-old boy | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian

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King City police respond to gang-related brawl at memorial for 13-year-old boy | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian: "Miller said about 100 people were involved in the fight, which began after some Norteño criminal street gang members took affront to about three Sureño criminal street gang members walking by the church.
“They felt disrespected,” he said"


6 Suspected Riviera Beach Gang Members Arrested - West Palm Beach News Story - WPBF West Palm Beach

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6 Suspected Riviera Beach Gang Members Arrested - West Palm Beach News Story - WPBF West Palm Beach: "Six suspected members of a Riviera Beach street gang have been arrested and two others have been indicted after a years-long investigation by local authorities."


Friday, 23 April 2010

gainesvilletimes.com - Three teens indicted in March slaying

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gainesvilletimes.com - Three teens indicted in March slaying: "11-count indictment against Brian Martin Rivera, 16, Daniel Vilchis-Ayala, 16, and Nelson Vaca, 17, who authorities say are members of the Sur-13 street gang in Athens.
The charges include murder, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, attempted armed robbery, burglary, kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment and violation of Georgia's street gang terrorism act.
Ramon Hernandez, a handyman who lived and worked at the East Ridge Mobile Home Park, was found dead inside his trailer on March 18. The home is located off Marlow Drive between Ga. 60 and U.S. 129 in unincorporated Hall County.
According to the indictment, authorities believe Hernandez was held against his will and beaten repeatedly in the face and head with a unspecified firearm. The beating occurred March 16 and Hernandez died either March 16 or March 17, according to the indictment.
The defendants, all from Athens, are accused of trying to steal from Hernandez at the time of the killing, according to the indictment"


'Knockout' gang busts yield 37 arrests in Salinas area | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian

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'Knockout' gang busts yield 37 arrests in Salinas area | thecalifornian.com | The Salinas Californian: "Diaz, 24, was one of 37 people arrested Thursday as part of 'Operation Knockout,' an eight-month coordinated effort among federal, state and Monterey County law enforcement agencies to take down some of the most powerful gang leaders in the Salinas area.Authorities said the arrestees belong to Norteño and Sureño criminal street gangs."


Man tied to Hells Angels gets 10 years

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Man tied to Hells Angels gets 10 years: "Lloyd MacDonald, 39, was handed the sentence Thursday after admitting to possessing 11 guns — including a fully automatic Ingram submachine gun and an Uzi machine gun — along with ammunition and drugs in what a federal prosecutor described as a York Street stash house.
The guns and drugs were uncovered during a two-and-a-half-year undercover operation by the province’s Biker Enforcement Unit that wrapped up in January with the arrest of MacDonald and seven others, including full-patch Hells Angels and Ontario Nomads member Mario “Five Cent” Sincennes and hangaround Craig Haines."


Taxi firm denied licence over links to gangster.. but keeps £2m NHS contract - The Daily Record

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Taxi firm denied licence over links to gangster.. but keeps £2m NHS contract - The Daily Record: "Chief Inspector Stuart Neill, the force's head of licensing, alleged James Baxter - who only left the firm last week - had been involved in incidents including a nightclub shooting and witness intimidation.
Mr Neill also read out his 10 past convictions, including a pub assault which saw Baxter jailed for 18 months in 1996.
The committee heard how Baxter was a major shareholder in Network until he was bought out by director John Cassidy last year for £344,000 last year.
However, the shares are being bought by the company in £5000 instalments and he is still owed around £170,000."


The Eastsider LA: East Hollywood gang suspected of Silver Lake robberies

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The Eastsider LA: East Hollywood gang suspected of Silver Lake robberies: "Members of the La Mirada Locos are believed responsible for a trio of Silver Lake street robberies, including a man who was mugged during an afternoon walk near the Silver Lake Reservoir, police said. Also, police issued a separate community alert warning residents of Silver Lake, Franklin Hills and Los Feliz of a string of 'hot prowl' burglaries in which residents were at home during the break ins. A total of 10 burglaries (it's not clear if all of them were hot prowl incidents) were reported between Silver Lake Boulevard and the Franklin Hills during April 14-18, according to the LAPD Crime Map. Lt. Steven Flores with the Northeast Division said there is no connection between the burglaries and the robberies believed committed by the La Mirada Locos. 'We don't normally have gang members involved in burglaries, he said."


NEW YORK PARALEGAL BLOG: Luis Bonilla, aka Chofre, 23, the leader of a MS-13 street gang in Jamaica, N.Y. was sentenced to life

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NEW YORK PARALEGAL BLOG: Luis Bonilla, aka Chofre, 23, the leader of a MS-13 street gang in Jamaica, N.Y. was sentenced to life: "Luis Bonilla, aka Chofre, 23, the leader of a MS-13 street gang in Jamaica, N.Y. was sentenced to life imprisonment by U. S. District Judge Sterling Johnson, Jr., at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn today. The sentencing was announced by Benton J. Campbell, U. S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
Bonilla plead guilty to racketeering and predicate acts of murder and attempted murder. He participated in the murder of 15 year old boy from Queens, N.Y. on Christmas Eve in 2006."


Thursday, 22 April 2010

Most wanted armed robber arrested - Yahoo! News UK

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Most wanted armed robber arrested - Yahoo! News UK: "Armed robber James Muldoon, 30, of Liverpool, was held at a flat in the Amstelveen suburb of the city.
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca) said he was caught after a tip-off weeks after his name appeared in a list of wanted men."


Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Hells Angels associate sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison - Winnipeg Free Press

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Hells Angels associate sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in prison - Winnipeg Free Press: "Allen Morrison, 38, was one of 18 people targeted during Project Drill, in which a secret agent was paid $625,000 plus expenses to conduct a series of drug deals which were captured by police audio and video surveillance.Morrison was caught in 2007 arranging four major cocaine deals in which he sent a lower-level 'courier' to meet with the agent at various city locations, including Polo Park Shopping Centre, Shoppers Drug Mart, Burger King and A&W in which cash and drugs changed hands.
Morrison was a longtime biker associate, officially deemed a 'Hangaround', who was slowly climbing the criminal ladder at the time of his arrest, court was told."


Accused gangster Jackie Tran loses final legal bid to return

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Accused gangster Jackie Tran loses final legal bid to return: "Federal Court has dismissed Jackie Tran’s final avenue of appeal, making it virtually impossible for the reputed Calgary gangster to ever legally return to Canada.
“For all intents and purposes, it’s the end of the road,” said Tran’s lawyer, Raj Sharma, said this afternoon.
Federal authorities deported Tran to his native Vietnam last month, shortly after he exhausted all appeals against a removal order based on his criminal record.
Sharma had gone to Federal Court seeking a review of a second removal order alleging Tran belonged to an organized crime group — the FOB Killers, whose conflict with the rival FOB gang has been responsible for at least 25 homicides since 2002."


Criminal Justice Online: Gang Leader

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Criminal Justice Online: Gang Leader: "Cristobal Meza, III, 34, of Wichita Falls, Texas, was convicted at trial last week by a federal jury in U.S. District Court in Wichita Falls on two counts of an indictment charging firearms offenses, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Meza, an armed career criminal, is a leader in the Varrio Carnales street gang that operates in Wichita Falls and a member of Barrio Azteca, a violent prison gang.
The jury convicted Meza on one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count of being a felon in possession of ammunition. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $500,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Reed C. O’Connor on August 17, 2010."


Bulldog Gang Member Arrested After Crashing into Fresno Police Car - 4/20/10 - Fresno News - abc30.com

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Bulldog Gang Member Arrested After Crashing into Fresno Police Car - 4/20/10 - Fresno News - abc30.com: "bulldog gang member is facing charges after investigators say he tried to evade officers and crashed into a police car. The crash happened at First and McKinley but police say they'd been following the driver since they realized he was driving a stolen vehicle near Fresno and Olive."


Rangers stop gang members with gun at Santa Cruz beach parking lot - San Jose Mercury News

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Rangers stop gang members with gun at Santa Cruz beach parking lot - San Jose Mercury News: "State Parks rangers arrested three suspected gang members who allegedly had a loaded .357 handgun in a car parked at Natural Bridges State Beach on Monday evening, authorities reported.
A ranger patrolling the beach's main parking lot around 6 p.m. spotted two vehicles parked in a corner with four men loitering nearby and went over to investigate, according to Karl Tallman, State Parks public safety superintendent.
Neither vehicle had paid the beach's day-use fee and the ranger also smelled marijuana, Tallman said. The four men also were uncooperative with the ranger, so additional rangers and Santa Cruz police were called in as backup.
At one point, one man was trying to get back into one of the cars. He wasn't allowed to and a ranger searched the vehicle, where he found the loaded gun, Tallman said.
Three of the four men were arrested at gunpoint."


Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Latin Kings gang member gets life sentence for murder | Washington Examiner

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Latin Kings gang member gets life sentence for murder | Washington Examiner: "Twenty-one-year-old Jose Vasquez was one of six Latin Kings gang members who jumped Edwin Umana, 21, after Umana called out to several women who were on the front porch of a home in Wheaton.
State's Attorney John J. McCarthy, who called the fatal attack a 'senseless crime,' said he was pleased with the sentence set by Circuit Court Judge Michael J. Algeo.
'Jose Vasquez led a vicious attack on a man who was totally outnumbered,' McCarthy said in a statement. 'He took a simple argument to this fatal extreme, and he deserved a most severe sentence.'"


3 arrested in possible gang-related shooting in Midvale | Deseret News

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3 arrested in possible gang-related shooting in Midvale | Deseret News: "Three people were arrested over the weekend in what police believe was a gang-related shooting. No one was injured.
The evening began for police on Friday about 11:15 p.m. when rival gang members confronted each other in the parking lot of an apartment complex near 7400 S. State, said Midvale Police Sgt. Jason Norton."


Monday, 19 April 2010

OC gang member faces trial in murder-for-hire plot - San Jose Mercury News

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OC gang member faces trial in murder-for-hire plot - San Jose Mercury News: "Thirty-two-year-old Alberto Martinez could face the death penalty if convicted in the death of David Montemayor, who was shot down on a Buena Park street in 2002 during a failed kidnapping attempt. Martinez was arrested by Buena Park police after a chase.
Authorities say Montemayor's sister, Deborah Perna, hired Pacoima gang members to kidnap and kill him after learning that their father planned to give him control of the family's trucking business"


Gang members fatally shoot man near Gardena | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times

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Gang members fatally shoot man near Gardena | L.A. NOW | Los Angeles Times: "victim was leaving a party in the 11200 block of South Berendo Avenue about 12:30 a.m. when he was shot by two known gang members standing on the sidewalk, Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office said.
The victim was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died. His identity was withheld, pending notification of next of kin. MacWillie said the man’s parents were out of the country."


Borderland Beat: Miguel Aleman Shootout Leaves 3 Sicarios Dead

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Borderland Beat: Miguel Aleman Shootout Leaves 3 Sicarios Dead: "Three gunmen were killed in a shootout with Mexican army soldiers late Saturday night.
The gunmen reportedly clashed with the soldiers late Saturday night and exchanged gunfire in the Villa del Mar neighborhood in Ciudad Miguel Alemán, across the Rio Grande from Roma.No information about possible casualties among soldiers was disclosed."


Carl Williams has died in Barwon Prison.

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Carl Williams, notorious Melbourne thug and the subject of the first Underbelly series, has died in Barwon Prison.The convicted killer Williams had suffered head injuries and died soon after from cardiac arrest.He was serving a 35-year minimum sentence for the murder of three gangland rivals.Williams has one of the main characters in Melbourne’s gangland. He was a convicted drug trafficker.In 2008, the TV drama Underbelly told the story of Williams and his crimes. Gyton Grantley (pictured) played Williams in the show.On February 28, 2007, Williams pleaded guilty to the murders of Lewis Moran, Jason Moran and Mark Millia and guilty of conspiracy to murder Maria Condello.His mother Barbra was found dead at her home on November 22, 2008.Carl Williams was 39-years old.


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Gang member sentenced for threatening Overton teacher | tennessean.com | The Tennessean

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Gang member sentenced for threatening Overton teacher | tennessean.com | The Tennessean: "Ezzealldin Al-Mosawi, 19, reached the guilty plea agreement with prosecutors in exchange for a 12-year sentence in prison. He will have to serve almost four years of that sentence before he is eligible for parole.The teenager, a Kurdish Pride gang member, was arrested Feb. 12, 2009, after his teacher told police he pulled a gun on her in an empty classroom."


Gangsters Out Blog: Eric Sandberg spoke of plans to wipe out all the competition in Surrey

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Gangsters Out Blog: Eric Sandberg spoke of plans to wipe out all the competition in Surrey: "Agent 22 helps bust the Ziz Zag Crew a Hells Angel puppet club in Winnipeg in Project Divide. Wayne Shuttleworth a former Mountie was among 24 arrested mostly for cocaine trafficking, firearm possession and proceeds of crime.But get this. Agent 22 comes to Vancouver for a meeting where Eric Sandberg from Surrey allegedly claimed he could get the agent any kind of gun he wanted and spoke of plans to wipe out all the competition in Surrey! Did you hear that UN?!Since the Bacon brothers were conspiring with the Independent soldiers who have become a Hells Angels puppet club, who could Eric Sandberg possibly have meant when he spoke of plans to wipe out all the competition in Surrey? He's not talking about the IS or the RS because they work for the Hells Angels now. He must have been talking about the UN. But Matt the Rat is sucking up to the UN and Hells Angels attended a UN funeral. Yeah, they did. Can you see through the lies yet?"


Jewish & World News: Over 100 Queens gang members arrested in massive drug, gun bust

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Jewish & World News: Over 100 Queens gang members arrested in massive drug, gun bust: "the 'Flocc' street gang.The gang -- a rare alliance consisting of Crips and Bloods members -- were based in Far Rockaway and making $15,000 a week from peddling guns and narcotics, police said.The two-year probe -- known as 'Operation: Under Siege' -- began when NYPD officers assigned to the Queens Gang Squad and the DA's Narcotics Investigations Bureau began to focus on an alleged drug network.
'This untraditional gang alliance's alleged propensity for violence knew no bounds. In one instance, a marked NYPD patrol car occupied by two officers was shot at during a shootout between rival gangs. Fortunately, both officers escaped injury,' said Brown.Through police wiretaps, cops said they learned that Keith Livingston, a member of the Bloods, had planned to shoot officers performing foot patrol from a rooftop in Jamaica, authorities said.
Livingston was charged with criminal possession of weapons last year after police allegedly seized a bag containing a 9mm handgun, a defaced 9mm hi-point rifle and various amounts of ammunition belonging to him."


Friday, 16 April 2010

‘Community Organizers’ Dealing Heroin | Sweetness & Light

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‘Community Organizers’ Dealing Heroin | Sweetness & Light: "Todd Duncan and Ronald Scott, were key players in a heroin distribution ring, and their work as youth counselors with the nonprofit group was part of a continuing effort by a notorious gang, the Black Guerrilla Family, to extend its reach and create the appearance of legitimacy, authorities allege."


Prosecutor: Morristown cemetery shooter used jail phone to threaten witness | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record

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Prosecutor: Morristown cemetery shooter used jail phone to threaten witness | dailyrecord.com | Daily Record: "lieutenant in the '305' street gang and made a threatening call from the county jail to a female juvenile he believes ratted on him to police, a prosecutor said Thursday.
At the request of Morris County Assistant Prosecutor David Bruno, Superior Court Judge David Ironson in Morristown maintained bail on Thursday at $500,000 cash only for Roberto A. Miranda, 20, of Florham Park. Bruno said that Miranda only recently was released from a jail in Miami-Dade, Fla. and relocated to his father's home on Knapp Avenue in Florham Park.
Miranda is charged with the attempted murder Monday of Vincent Zarlenga, at whom authorities say he fired multiple shots from a Browning 9 mm handgun he stole from his father's bedroom"


LEX18 | Lexington, KY | News, Weather, Sports, Kentucky | Woodford Escapee Connected With Mass. Drug Gang

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LEX18 | Lexington, KY | News, Weather, Sports, Kentucky | Woodford Escapee Connected With Mass. Drug Gang: "Derek Capozzi, 37, kicked the door open of a Grayson County jail transport van on the Bluegrass Parkway near Rt. 33 and escaped around 10:15 a.m. Kentucky State Police joined Versailles Police in the manhunt, along with a police helicopter and K-9 units from Lexington. U.S. Marshals are also involved.Capozzi allegedly has connections with an Italian drug gang in Massachusetts known as the Decologero Crew ."


3 convicted in prison drug gang - baltimoresun.com

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3 convicted in prison drug gang - baltimoresun.com: "convicted 23-year-old Tavon Mouzone and 24-year-old Anthony Fleming of racketeering conspiracy on Thursday. Their co-defendant, 25-year-old Michelle Hebron, pleaded guilty to the same charge on the second day of their trial.
Among the acts Hebron admitted to was the 2007 shooting death of David Moore in Hagerstown.
Prosecutors described Hebron as a high-ranking female member of the Tree Top Piru Bloods gang. She and Fleming face a maximum sentence of life in prison, while Mouzone faces up to 20 years.
Prosecutors have secured convictions against more than 20 TTP Bloods members, including the leader, Steve Willock."


La Habra gang member facing hate crime murder charges for 2006 shooting | 89.3 KPCC

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La Habra gang member facing hate crime murder charges for 2006 shooting | 89.3 KPCC: "reputed La Habra gang member will face hate crime murder charges in connection with a 2006 shooting that left a Cal State Fullerton student dead.
David Anthony Parga, 24, formerly of La Habra, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances hate crime murder for the benefit of a criminal street gang, one felony count of street terrorism, and sentencing enhancements for criminal street gang activity and the personal use of a firearm, prosecutors announced today."


Gang member faces death penalty in murder-for-hire plot | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street

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Gang member faces death penalty in murder-for-hire plot | Street Gangs Resource Center – Los Angeles and California | The Gang Experts | Crips | Bloods | Mara Salvatrucha | 18th Street: "death penalty trial of a Pacoima gang member accused of being the getaway driver after a Buena Park businessman was kidnapped and killed nearly eight years ago.
Attorneys this week agreed on a 10-woman, two-man Superior Court jury to sit in judgment of Alberto Martinez, 32, who was arrested on Oct. 2, 2002, after he crashed a car while leading Buena Park police on a wild chase through the streets of Orange County after David Montemayor was shot and killed."


Thursday, 15 April 2010

Baltimore City Paper: The News Hole: DEA Raids in Prison-Gang Case Nab Another Suspect: James Bullock

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Baltimore City Paper: The News Hole: DEA Raids in Prison-Gang Case Nab Another Suspect: James Bullock: "U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents were staging raids in connection with the latest federal indictment of members of the Black Guerrilla Family (BGF) prison gang, one of the places they hit yielded another defendant. James Bullock, whose name was mentioned in the BGF warrant, was at his Cedonia Park apartment when the agents came through the door at approximately six in the morning. He cooperated with the agents, court records say, telling them where to find the heroin and a gun that were in the apartment. Later that day, Bullock, who is 37 years old, was charged in U.S. District Court with possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it."


Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Vincenzo Focarelli appears in court charged with affray | Adelaide Now

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Vincenzo Focarelli appears in court charged with affray | Adelaide Now: "'intended target' of February's Hells Angels bombing has appeared in court charged over Monday's Hindley Street brawl. Vincenzo Focarelli, 35, fronted court charged with aggravated affray over the incident - but his lawyers claim he is the victim.
Michael Woods, for Focarelli, said his client had been standing outside his own business, where he had fought back, in a 'clear case of self-defence'.
The court heard the brawl was captured by CCTV cameras and footage allegedly showed 10 Hells Angels using chains, metal bars and chairs to assault a group of four New Boys, of which Focarelli is a member.
Five Hells Angels members appeared in court on Monday and were granted bail on affray charges, while the remaining attackers evaded police.
He said Focarelli had hit back, using a metal pole, 'instead of letting himself get killed'."


Suspect held in Camden torture killings; laughs during arraignment | courierpostonline.com | Courier-Post

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Suspect held in Camden torture killings; laughs during arraignment | courierpostonline.com | Courier-Post: "Kuasheim Powell tried to kill four people.He succeeded twice -- allegedly firing five bullets into the head of one victim, a prosecutor asserted Tuesday.Powell, 24, of Camden -- whom prosecutors say has strong gang ties -- occasionally shook his head and laughed at an arraignment hearing Tuesday.He was ordered held on $1 million bail for his suspected role in leading a group that tortured and killed a Burlington County couple on Feb. 22."


Red Scorpions got into a war with the rival United Nations gang

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Anton Hooites-Meursing turned up in a New Westminster courtroom yesterday and pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for the strangling death of drug dealer Randy MacLeod, 22, in suburban Surrey in 2001.He also admitted being part of the hit team in the retaliatory killing of 19-year-old Gurpreet (Bobby) Singh Rehal of Abbotsford in 2003.However, the Crown stayed another first-degree murder charge and Hooites-Meursing won’t face charges for admitting he fatally stabbed a man outside a nightclub.The admitted gangster, 39, turned himself in to police and gave investigators information that led to the charges and guilty pleas, said Cpl. Dale Carr of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.“Hooites-Meursing made the decision that he wanted out of the gangster lifestyle,” Carr said in a news release. “He was prepared to be held accountable for his past actions.”
Last year, the Red Scorpions got into a war with the rival United Nations gang over control of the drug trade that triggered dozens of shootings.


Brawl accused released on bail - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Brawl accused released on bail - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "Vincenzo Focarelli, 35, has faced Adelaide Magistrates Court accused of involvement in two fights, one in Hindley Street early last Monday morning against members of the Hell's Angels motorcycle gang.
His lawyer said Focarelli had been defending himself and suffered multiple wounds, including a broken nose.
Police allege Focarelli is a member of the New Boys street gang.
They say CCTV footage shows Focarelli limbering up for a fight.
Police also claim the footage shows him swinging a 50-centimetre pole."


Alleged gang leader arraigned in Camden slayings | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/14/2010

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Alleged gang leader arraigned in Camden slayings | Philadelphia Inquirer | 04/14/2010: "lanky Powell is the leader of Camden's Lueders Park Piru Bloods, named after the gang's Los Angeles roots.
The day before he was slain, Hawkins was with Powell and other gang members at the 36th Street River Line Station in Pennsauken, authorities said. Hawkins was accused of stealing alcohol from the home of a gang member and warned by Powell to stay out of Camden.
During the station visit, a passerby who was talking on the phone with his brother smiled and said hello to a girl among the Bloods gang members. Powell became enraged, according to a source.
The passerby told his brother he was in trouble and took off his coat to fight Powell, the source said. By the time the brother got there, Powell had shot the passerby, according to police. Powell then wounded the brother, officials said.
Pennsauken Lt. Eric Davies said neither of those victims had any gang affiliation. Both men survived.
'Our victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time, which makes what happened so disturbing,' Davies said. Powell is the only person charged in those shootings"


Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Prosecutors: Morales cold case murder committed by three brothers The Republican-American

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Prosecutors: Morales cold case murder committed by three brothers The Republican-American: "killing of Wilfred 'Freddy' Morales 12 years ago was a family affair carried out by three brothers who were members of the Latin Kings street gang, according to court documents.The motive for the slaying was robbery, police say, but the killing may also have involved retribution for a gang battle between factions of the Kings in the mid-1990s.
Police charged Thomas Bonilla on Saturday with felony murder in connection with Morales' killing, and on Monday they filed the same charge against Bonilla's brothers, 38-year-old Noel 'Poochie' Bermudez and 35-year-old Victor 'Moogie' Santiago.Police believe Bonilla and his brothers confronted Morales, the owner of a popular Baldwin Street nightclub and bar, in an attempt to rob him of a bag of cash that represented the night's proceeds of his business.Morales was found lying on Middle Street on April 11, 1998, bleeding from a gunshot wound to the chest left by a .45-caliber bullet. He had been left to die in front of his home. His death remained unsolved for more than a decade."


Gangster pleads guilty to slaying in North End - Winnipeg Free Press

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Gangster pleads guilty to slaying in North End - Winnipeg Free Press: "Travis Arnold Personius, 23, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Monday as the Crown dropped the more serious charge of first-degree murder. Personius faces a minimum penalty of life in prison with no parole for at least 10 years. He will be sentenced later this spring.
Two co-accused remain before the courts on the first-degree charge, which indicates the killing was planned. Tyson Kane Roulette, 25, and Lance Leon Myran, 34, are also charged with conspiracy to commit murder and are set to go on trial next year. Lawyers didn't say if there is a deal in place for Personius to testify against them.
Anthony Woodhouse, 29, was gunned down in September 2007 outside a Boyd Avenue home. Police began a lengthy investigation that ended in August 2009 with the arrests of the three accused, who are prominent members of the Indian Posse.
Prosecutor Carla Dewar said Monday Personius admitted to being the man who pulled the trigger. No other details were provided. Court records show all three suspects have lengthy legal histories, including convictions for assaults and weapons offences. They've been in and out of custody on a regular basis."


Man to be tried in cousin's death - Omaha.com

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Man to be tried in cousin's death - Omaha.com: "Michael L. Ross Jr. to stand trial in the February shooting death of a pregnant woman.
Ross, 26, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his cousin, Tiffany Ross.
Prosecutors said Tiffany Ross was shot in the head while sitting in a car Feb. 10 near 33rd Avenue and Erskine Street. Prosecutor Shelly Stratman alleged that the woman was caught in a shootout between Michael Ross and members of the 29th Street Gang.
Tiffany Ross was nine weeks pregnant at the time. Her unborn baby died about a week later, and she died March 10"


Prosecutors: Prison Gang Dealt Heroin In Baltimore - wjz.com

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Prosecutors: Prison Gang Dealt Heroin In Baltimore - wjz.com: "Black Guerrilla Family prison gang tried to take over the heroin trade in Baltimore while its leader worked in a federally funded program aimed at preventing violence, authorities said Monday as federal prosecutors announced charges against 13 alleged gang members.Todd A. Duncan, 36, is accused in a search warrant affidavit unsealed Monday of running the gang's Baltimore operations. At the same time, he worked as a youth counselor for a nonprofit known as Communities Organized to Improve Life Inc., or COIL, according to the affidavit.COIL was funded by a $382,000 a federal grant through Operation Safe Streets, a community-based violence prevention program championed by former mayor Sheila Dixon, who announced the grant in August 2007.'Duncan gives the appearance of working with at-risk youth, while maintaining his role as the leader of the BGF,' according to the affidavit.Duncan pleaded guilty to attempted murder at age 19 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to online court records. He appeared on a local television program in January that highlighted COIL's efforts, identifying himself as a former gang member, according to the affidavit."


N.J. corrections officer pleads guilty to providing cell phones to Latin Kings inmate | - NJ.com

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N.J. corrections officer pleads guilty to providing cell phones to Latin Kings inmate | - NJ.com: "Woodbridge pleaded guilty today in New Brunswick to supplying two cell phones to an inmate who is a member of the Latin Kings street gang.
Glenn Adams, 49, of Union, who was suspended from his job when he was arrested in August, admitted to Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa that he brought the phones into the prison and gave them to the inmate on two occasions, one on Nov. 1, 2008 and the other on Jan. 31, 2009. Adams said he was paid for them.
Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Gillet said his office will recommend Adams receives a flat three-year prison term when the judge sentences Adams on June 7.
Previous coverage:
• N.J. corrections officer accused of supplying cell phones to inmateGillet said his office will not oppose Adams application for a special probationary program known as 'ISP,' for Intensive Supervisory Probation.
Adams could have faced up to 10 years if he was convicted of the second degree offense of bringing an electronic communications device into the prison."


NorthJersey.com: Four Paterson gang members indicted in kidnapping of rival gang member

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NorthJersey.com: Four Paterson gang members indicted in kidnapping of rival gang member: "Four Paterson-based members of the Bloods street gang have been indicted for the April 2005 kidnapping of a rival Paterson gang member, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman said Monday.
Torien Brooks, 29, Haleek State, 25, John Benning, 27, and Larry Mayo, 27, all of Paterson, were each charged with kidnapping and conspiracy to commit murder, as well as federal weapons charges, according to the indictment.
The indictment, unsealed in Newark federal court on Monday, identified the victim only as “M.M.”
The defendants, members of the Blood’s Fruit Town Brims, conspired to kidnap and murder M.M. to maintain their positions in the “FTB” set, according to the indictment."


Criminal Justice Online: Gang Leaders Indicted

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Criminal Justice Online: Gang Leaders Indicted: "indicted James Alexander Mack, 25; Jamel Spaights, 28; James Martin Harris, 22; Arous John Phillips, 22; Eric Drandell Ward, 28; Craig Steven Foster, 23, all of Portsmouth, Va.; and Danyell Jamar White, 21, and Cameron Mychal Evans, 21, both of Suffolk, Va. on various racketeering, murder, firearm, and drug charges. The majority of the defendants will face life sentences if convicted.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Norfolk Division; Edward G. Hargis, Portsmouth Chief of Police; Thomas E. Bennett, Suffolk Chief of Police; and Captain Raymond J. Scott, Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Chesapeake Division, made the announcement after the indictment was unsealed and those charged were in police custody.
“The alleged gang members are charged with terrorizing neighborhoods in Portsmouth, Suffolk, and Chesapeake, and this indictment is a crucial step in our efforts to protect citizens,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “It is a priority of our office to work with federal and local law enforcement partners to make our citizens safer in their homes and communities.”
The defendants are alleged to be top Generals, leaders, and gang members of the Bounty Hunter Bloods (BHB) and the Nine Tech Gangsters (NTG), who have been operating in various neighborhoods in Portsmouth, Suffolk and Chesapeake, Virginia, since the early 2000s. According to law enforcement, they joined forces in a procedure known as 'tying flags' to increase their joint influence and their ability to make money."


No suspects named as number of victims of Canal St. shooting jumps to 8 | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Crime News

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No suspects named as number of victims of Canal St. shooting jumps to 8 | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Crime News: "New Orleans Police now say eight people were shot on Canal Street on Saturday night when someone opened fire to settle a score.
A 17-year-old who was shot in the torso was the man police said the shooter intended to hit, but seven bystanders got in the way.
It's an example of brazen violence that seems to be consuming the city's streets.
“I saw a shadow of a man with a gun, and he's like 'pow, pow', just walking and just shooting,” said Anel Vasquez, who was working at a nearby store when shots rang out Saturday night.
According to police, one man handed a gun to another and he opened fire at the intersection of Canal and Royal streets, just as French Quarter Festival was wrapping up nearby.
'We've had approximately 50 police officers just on the Canal Street area for traffic control and for visibility, and for something like this to happen, regardless of the number of police officers, it's a challenging situation for law enforcement,' said Deputy NOPD Superintendent Marlon Defillo on Saturday night."


Drug-fueled triangle of death engulfs Rio Grande region | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

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Drug-fueled triangle of death engulfs Rio Grande region | Houston & Texas News | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle: "killers came for police chief Oliver Garcia as he was readying for bed in this quiet village an hour's drive from the south Texas border, dragging him into the night in his red boxer shorts.
His assassins had already snatched two of Garcia's officers; they drove the three 10 miles away to a dirt road near a natural gas well and shot them down.
“He was never involved in things, so we never thought this could happen,” Alberto Lopez, the mayor of this village of just 2,500, said of the 62-year-old Garcia's killing last week. “We don't have gangsters in these towns, we don't have people involved in drugs. So people are very afraid.”
After four years of relative calm, Mexico's gangland battles have exploded anew in the industrial cities and ranch lands along the lower Rio Grande. Dozens have been killed in the past seven weeks throughout the triangle defined by the river's mouth, the cities of Laredo and metropolitan Monterrey. The skirmishes here reflect a bitter and presumably lasting split between the so-called Gulf Cartel drug smuggling organization and its vicious former enforcers, known as the Zetas."


Victim's Family: We Aren't A Gang|NewsChannel 8

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Victim's Family: We Aren't A Gang|NewsChannel 8: "48 hours after chaos erupted in Arrowhead Mall, authorities swooped in on two of their prime suspects.
The teenagers, Anton Nelson and Michael Mayberry, were found in a Muskogee home thanks to a tip left on the Crimestoppers line.
Within hours, district attorney Larry Moore was relaying possible charges to a room full of cameras and reporters.
'We are considering murder first degree,' Moore said.What led up to the shooting? Police point to a long standing feud.
'They call themselves the Northside and the Southside,' said lieutenant Bobby Lee."


college face book: Why has Britain become a battle ground for foreign gangs?

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college face book: Why has Britain become a battle ground for foreign gangs?: "500 suspected Jamaican criminals operating in Britain, running a drug trade that brings about 200 pounds of cocaine from Jamaica into Britain each week with a street value of more than £4.5m.The flow has accelerated sharply in the past 18 months, largely as a result of tougher immigration controls by the United States. Yardie gangsters find it not only easier to enter Britain but can also make bigger profits than in the US, where the street price of cocaine has slumped.'More and more of the criminals of the Jamaican gangs are going to the UK,' said Tony Hewitt, a senior superintendent with Jamaica's Special Branch. 'It seems that every time you search for a man, you hear that he is in England.'"


» Prosecutors: Black Guerrilla Family gang dealt heroin in Baltimore

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» Prosecutors: Black Guerrilla Family gang dealt heroin in Baltimore: "charged 13 people with being part of a prison gang they say was trying to take over the heroin trade in Baltimore.
Two dozen people associated with the Black Guerrilla Family gang were indicted last year, but those indictments mostly centered on the gang’s prison activities. Court documents show that the gang was also active outside prison and was trying to control the heroin trade in Baltimore.
Among those charged are 36-year-old Todd Duncan of Baltimore. He’s accused of leading the gang’s operations in the Baltimore area. Documents show that 41-year-old Kimberly McIntosh handled the gang’s finances.
Duncan, McIntosh and 11 others have been charged with conspiracy to distribute heroin."


Arrests in Muskogee mall death don’t allay gang fears | NewsOK.com

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Arrests in Muskogee mall death don’t allay gang fears | NewsOK.com: "Police believe Saturday’s killing of 17-year-old Jarrod Reed and wounding of five others in the downtown Arrowhead Mall was gang-related. Reed’s family rejects that idea, and Muskogee schools spokeswoman Melony Carey refused to label the shooting as gang-related.
'People keep blaming it on gangs,” she said. 'There is an enmity between a couple of groups; it’s in the community.”
Arrested Monday were Michael Mayberry, 16; Anton Nelson, 17; and Daniel Anderson 20.
Mayberry was arrested on a first-degree murder complaint and five counts of shooting with intent to kill. He also was arrested on an outstanding warrant in connection with an April 3 drive-by shooting in which two teens were wounded. Anderson also was arrested in connection with that shooting."


Plea-bargain for reputed street-gang leader

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Plea-bargain for reputed street-gang leader: "Ducarme Joseph, the reputed street-gang leader who escaped a 50-bullet fusillade at his high-fashion boutique in Old Montreal one afternoon last month, agreed yesterday from a prisoner's box in Quebec Court not to carry any weapons for the rest of his life.
He was also sentenced to 10 months of jail time on two charges unrelated to the March 18 gangland-style attack at his FlawNego clothing store on St. Jacques St. W., as part of a plea-bargain deal accepted by Judge Jean Pierre Boyer."


Monday, 12 April 2010

Arrests over bikie gangs street brawl - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Arrests over bikie gangs street brawl - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation): "violent street brawl between rival bikie gang members has led to the arrests of six men in Adelaide.
Police say Hells Angels members fought with members of the New Boys outside the Ink Central tattoo parlour in Hindley Street in the city, at about 1:45am ACST.
Police allege the Hells Angels used metal poles and chains and that chairs were thrown.
After the fighting, the Hells Angels drove off in two cars and police stopped one in nearby Light Square.
They say three men from Victoria aged 25, 39 and 40, a British national, 50, and a man, 31, from Magill in Adelaide were arrested and charged."


Rival 'Mara' gang members battle over drug turf in Honduras; 9 killed in gunfire overnight | San Francisco Examiner

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Rival 'Mara' gang members battle over drug turf in Honduras; 9 killed in gunfire overnight | San Francisco Examiner: "shootout between rival street gangs battling for control of the drug trade killed nine people in Honduras overnight, an official said Sunday.
Gang members wearing police uniforms and ski masks burst into a house in a crime-plagued area on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa and began shooting, Deputy Security Minister Armando Calidonio said. People inside returned fire, and seven men and two women were killed.
The shooters and victims were all believed to be associated with two notorious gangs: the Mara Salvatrucha and the rival Mara 18, Calidonio said."


Man slain, 3 wounded in S.F. shooting

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Man slain, 3 wounded in S.F. shooting: "26-year-old San Francisco man was killed and three others suffered life-threatening injuries in a shooting early Sunday morning just south of the city's Financial District, police said.
Blair Henderson was shot as he and several of his friends went to retrieve their car from a parking lot near Second and Minna streets, according to accounts that Henderson's mother, Regina Mikell, heard from witnesses.
Mikell said she believed that Henderson had planned to go to a nightclub with friends Saturday night. She did not believe that any of his friends had been shot.
'It was just a group of friends going out to celebrate,' Mikell said. 'Blair was excited because everyone was going to be there.'
Police received reports of gunfire near the corner of Second and Minna streets at 2:27 a.m. and, upon arrival, found the four victims suffering from gunshot wounds. Henderson was later pronounced dead."


Sunday, 11 April 2010

Sacto 9-1-1: Two gang members suspected of drive-by shooting

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Sacto 9-1-1: Two gang members suspected of drive-by shooting: "booked into jail two Sacramento gang members suspected of a drive-by shooting, firing a semi-automatic rifle at a CHP officer and injuring a 4-year-old child in a nearby vehicle.
They face multiple felony charges, including attempted murder, according to sheriff's spokesman, Sgt. Tim Curran.
The suspects fired at the California Highway Patrol officers on Highway 99 during a pursuit early today, Curran said. The child, a passenger in a minivan on the highway near Florin Road, had a minor injury from flying debris caused by a bullet, the Sheriff's Department said.
Paramedics treated the child at the scene after the 1:30 a.m. episode. The child was not hospitalized.
The case began a short time earlier when Sacramento County deputies responded to a report of a drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in the 6600 block of Sunnyslope Drive in south Sacramento.
No one at the complex was hit by gunfire."


Police probe double shooting and stabbing in Glasgow - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts

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Police probe double shooting and stabbing in Glasgow - Herald Scotland | News | Crime & Courts: "Two men are being treated in hospital after they were shot in Pollok, in the South Side of the city, in what police say was a deliberate attack.
The men, aged 35 and 47, were injured as they stood outside a house shortly after midnight on Friday.
They suffered leg injuries and were taken to the city’s Southern General Hospital where their condition was described as stable.
In a separate incident, a 30-year-old man was left with serious injuries after being stabbed by another man following a street row at around 11pm.
The man was taken to the city’s Southern General where his condition was described as “serious”."


Drug gangs kill nine in Honduras as violence grows

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Drug gangs kill nine in Honduras as violence grows: "drug hitmen killed nine people in Tegucigalpa in one of the deadliest attacks in Honduras since Mexican drug kingpins escalated their war over smuggling routes, police said on Sunday.
Masked men with automatic weapons opened fire in the street in a poor area of the Honduran capital on Saturday night and then burst into two houses, killing seven men and two women, police said. Several bodies lay in the street, oozing blood, police said.
'These deaths were provoked by territorial disputes between drug traffickers,' Tegucigalpa's police chief Mario Chamorro told reporters.
Since last year, drug violence has been rising in Honduras, a key transit route for Colombian cocaine heading to the United States, as powerful Mexican cartels fight over smuggling corridors through Mexico and Central America."


BBC News - Four injured in gang attack in County Durham pub

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BBC News - Four injured in gang attack in County Durham pub: "Four men have been injured - one seriously - after armed men entered a busy pub and carried out an attack with what was thought to be baseball bats.
Police believe the 'large-scale disturbance' in a County Durham village was linked to a previous arson attack at one of the victims' homes.
About six men entered the Oddfellows Arms, Haswell, at 2145 BST on Saturday, carrying heavy, blunt instruments.
A 46-year-old man who suffered serious head injuries has had surgery.
His condition is said to be improving at Newcastle General Hospital.
Officers said a birthday party was taking place at the time in the pub, which was 'very busy'."


The Associated Press: 'Mara' gangs battle in northern Honduras; 9 killed

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The Associated Press: 'Mara' gangs battle in northern Honduras; 9 killed: "shootout between rival street gangs battling for control of the drug trade killed nine people in northern Honduras overnight, an official said Sunday.
Gang members wearing police uniforms and ski masks burst into a house in a crime-plagued city near San Pedro Sula and began shooting, Deputy Security Minister Armando Calidonio said. People inside returned fire, and seven men and two women were killed.
The shooters and victims were all believed to be associated with two notorious gangs: the Mara Salvatrucha and the rival Mara 18, Calidonio said."


Saturday, 10 April 2010

29-year-old Futo Charles refused to acknowledge Top 6 was a gang and denied being a member of the organization.

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Circuit Judge Karen Miller said Thursday he took issue with the wording of the agreement in which 29-year-old Futo Charles refused to acknowledge Top 6 was a gang and denied being a member of the organization.
The plea deal had Charles serving 15 years in prison and required him to testify in trials against other alleged gang members.
Members of Top 6 say the organization is a music group. Authorities contend that Top 6 has about 350 members who control at least 10 predominantly Haitian or Haitian-American neighborhood-based gangs throughout Florida.


Four men jailed in 'Old West' shootout

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Four men jailed in 'Old West' shootout: "Shaun Roberts, 26, and Daniel Landry, 24, each got six years; Chantha Kim, 32, was handed a five-year sentence and Marcel Landry, 27, received 41/2 years -- less credit for time already spent behind bars.
'The significant penitentiary time reflects what can colloquially be called a shootout on the streets of Calgary, reminiscent of the Old West,' Crown prosecutor Shane Parker told a judge in presenting a joint-sentencing submission worked out with lawyers for all accused.
A teen, who was also in the car, previously pleaded guilty in youth court and was sentenced to a young offenders facility.
Kim was behind the wheel of an Acura while rival gangster Matthew Chubak was driving an Infiniti at 1:25 a.m. on Nov. 16, 2008, in Chinatown.
Gunfire rang out when the two vehicles pulled up next to each other at Centre Street S. and 2nd Avenue, court was told.
Hans Eastgaard, whom police believe to be a member of the FOB gang, Chubak, Nathan Zuccherato and Timothy Chan -- all occupants of the Infiniti -- were struck by several bullets.
Roberts, who was in the Acura, was also struck by a bullet, suffering a wound to the cheek.
No one was fatally wounded in the gunfight, though a series of deadly attacks followed in the subsequent weeks and months."


Six more sentences announced in Cut Throat gang case - Columbia Missourian

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Six more sentences announced in Cut Throat gang case - Columbia Missourian: "sentenced in federal court in Jefferson City on Thursday include:
Brandon James Isom, 20, of Columbia, sentenced to 20 years and two months in federal prison without parole;

Robert Lee Jones, 20, of Kansas City, 10 years and one month without parole;
Michael Lee Stapleton, 24, of Fayette, 10 years without parole;
Donna C. Coats, 40, of Columbia, eight years without parole;
Diondre Jamel Cooper, 21, of Columbia, five years without parole;
Ryan Montez Kee, 24, of Columbia, three years and one month without parole.
Isom, Jones, Cooper and Stapleton were connected to a retaliatory drive-by shooting on May 31, 2008, at the Petro Mart gas station at 3300 Falling Leaf on May 31, 2008, according to the release. One man was shot in the mouth, but survived."


Suspect in Valley Village massacre is named - latimes.com

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Suspect in Valley Village massacre is named - latimes.com: "Nerses Arthur Galstyan is considered to be armed and very dangerous and is still at large somewhere in the city, possibly hiding with the aid of friends or relatives, said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, speaking at news conference downtown.Investigators said they believe anger was behind the attack April 3 against six acquaintances at the Hot Spot Mediterranean Restaurant on Riverside Drive in Valley Village.Police said Galstyan was among a group of guests attending an afternoon celebration in honor of a friend who had died in an accident a year earlier. A quarrel broke out and Galstyan began shooting, they said.Hayt Yegnanyan, 25; Sarkis Karadjian, 26; Harut Baburyan, 28; and Vardan Tofalyan, 31, were killed, and two other men were wounded. Galstyan fled and remains at large, police said.Members of the Los Angeles Police Department's Robbery-Homicide Division have been conducting an 'extensive, nonstop' investigation into the case, Beck said.They have made progress despite uncooperative witnesses and conflicting accounts, uncovering leads that overlapped with information gathered in an ongoing federal investigation into weapons violations and prompting federal weapons charges against Galstyan, said U.S. Atty. Andre Birotte Jr. of Los Angeles.
Galstyan had not previously been the focus of the federal probe, Birotte said."


Trial begins for man suspected of ordering Rosemead murder from prison - Whittier Daily News

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Trial begins for man suspected of ordering Rosemead murder from prison - Whittier Daily News: "murder trial of a reputed Mexican Mafia 'shot caller' accused of ordering the slaying of a Rosemead man in 1998.
Eulalio 'Lalo' Martinez, 48, is suspected of ordering the slaying of Donald 'Pato' Schubert from his prison cell at Pelican Bay, where Martinez has been locked up for more than 15 years.
Testimony in the case may show a link between the Mexican Mafia prison gang and street gangs, something Deputy District Attorney Martin Bean said has been difficult to prove in the past.
'It's not common that we are able to prove the connection between a street gang and any prison-type gang,' he said.
Investigators have accused Martinez of controlling the Lomas Rosemead street gang from behind bars.
Martinez's attorney could not be reached for comment after-hours Friday."


Thursday, 8 April 2010

Keenan "Buddy" Wideman, 17, a member of the Bloods street gang, appeared Wednesday in juvenile court in Camden

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Keenan "Buddy" Wideman, 17, a member of the Bloods street gang, appeared Wednesday in juvenile court in Camden, where a judge ruled he would be tried as an adult for his alleged part in the February slayings of Michael "Doc Money" Hawkins, 23, and his girlfriend, Muriah Ashley Huff, 18.Wideman could face life in prison as an adult, rather than 20 years as a juvenile.He is among 10 people, including three other juveniles, charged with murder after a violent frenzy spanning several hours in Camden when Hawkins was bound, gagged, repeatedly beaten, stabbed and shot, and his girlfriend beaten and choked.Prosecutors are seeking to try all the juveniles as adults, including the youngest, a 14-year-old Camden girl, scheduled to appear in court Thursday.Cherry Hill defense attorney Michael W. Kahn said Wideman told authorities that he had punched and kicked Hawkins, suspected of being a Crips member, but never stabbed or shot him. Wideman also is charged in the death of Huff, a cosmetology student at Burlington County Institute of Technology."It's clear the gun and the knife were not in his (Wideman's) hand," Kahn said in an interview after the hearing, adding later that Wideman is "remorseful. He is a child; he is scared."
During Wednesday's hearing, Wideman told Judge Angelo DiCamillo that he agreed with his defense attorney that it was not in his best interest to fight the move to adult court based on "overwhelming" evidence linking him to the crime.During hours of videotaped interviews, about 20 people - most of whom were in the Berkley Street apartment at some point during the slayings or cleanup - have stitched a story together for prosecutors, Kahn said.The gang's leader, identified as Kuasheim "Presto" Powell, 24, had been concerned about other gang members when he arrived at the apartment with several others, including Wideman, as his muscle, Kahn said.Hawkins, already badly beaten, was in a closet, accused of denying his association with the Crips after he started associating with the Bloods, sources said. Powell, authorities said, allegedly shot Hawkins several times in the head and choked Huff.Although as many as 19 people were in the house, not all participated in the slayings, Kahn said. Some, however, lifted blood-soaked carpet, scrubbed the walls, and dug the grave in the snow-covered ground behind the rowhouse. Police were tipped off Feb. 25 about the corpses, eventually leading to the 10 arrests.Powell was the last person captured last month after he fled to California. Authorities are having him brought back to Camden.During the attack, Huff was taken to another room, where she was beaten by several people, authorities said. The 14-year-old girl, who dated one of the other juveniles charged, was among those who repeatedly beat Huff, they said. She is scheduled to appear in juvenile court Thursday morning.
Wideman's hearing Wednesday was the second court hearing in which authorities linked the deaths to the Bloods. Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Tim Chatten requested that Wideman receive protective custody in the Camden County Jail, including segregation from other Bloods gang members. The teen said little during the hearing, in which his mother wept as she learned her son would not remain in a juvenile facility."I just don't understand why he can't stay where he's at. Why can't he stay at the youth detention center?" Sharondah Duckett asked the judge, insisting her son has never been in trouble before.DiCamillo assured Duckett her son would be required to attend classes as he did in the juvenile facility and noted the teen will turn 18 in September.Duckett sat with two relatives at the hearing, including the boy's uncle, Teril Duckett, who said Wideman aspired to attend college on a sports scholarship or join the military. He played basketball and ran track at Pennsauken High School, the uncle said.Kahn said he hoped Wideman would be given the opportunity to plead to a lesser charge, potentially shaving time off a prison sentence, because he did not resist the move to adult court, and his participation in the crime was minimal.
Before sheriff's deputies returned the shackled Wideman to a holding cell, Judge DiCamillo said, "Keenan, I wish you the best of luck."


Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Nine Trey Hillside Beehive set of the Bloods street gang, including its two top leaders indicted

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Twenty-two alleged members and associates of the violent Nine Trey Hillside Beehive set of the Bloods street gang, including its two top leaders, have been indicted on charges that include first-degree gang criminality as a result of a joint investigation targeting the Paterson-based set, state Attorney General Paula T. Dow announced Wednesday."This is the first time that the Attorney General's Office has obtained an indictment under New Jersey's new anti-gang laws," Dow said. "The charges of gang criminality and promoting organized street crime are specifically geared to prosecuting the criminal activities of gangs and their leaders, and each charge carries a sentence of 15 to 30 years in state prison. We have taken down the leadership of this violent set of the Bloods street gang, and our aim in prosecuting the defendants is to see that the punishment fits their crimes."

The gang activities of this Bloods set extended through Passaic, Essex, Monmouth and Cumberland counties, but its primary area of operations was Paterson, Dow said.

Dow said that in addition to alleged murder conspiracies and distribution of heroin, cocaine and marijuana, the investigation uncovered smuggling of drugs and cell phones into the state prisons.The accused include Brian Teel, a former corrections officer in New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, who is charged with taking $500 in payment to smuggle a cell phone into prison for Scott.The 36-count indictment stems from Operation Swarm, an investigation by the State Police, Division of Criminal Justice, Department of Corrections' Special Investigations Division, the Paterson police, and the Passaic County prosecutor and sheriff's offices.The set's founder and leader, or "Godfather," Clarence Scott, 35, allegedly ran the gang from New Jersey State Prison where he is serving a life sentence, 35 years without possibility of parole, on a 2002 conviction for murder.Scott allegedly made Asmar Bease, 29, of Paterson, "Godfather" for the street, second in rank only to Scott. As Scott's top man outside the prison system, Bease allegedly utilized violence and intimidation to control the gang's drug-dealing turf on 17th Avenue between East 27th and East 29th streets in Paterson.Another defendant, Aimee Harker, 34, of Vineland, allegedly served as the primary conduit to facilitate three-way calls between Scott and other gang members, both inside and outside of prison.Scott, Bease and all 20 other people named in the indictment are charged under the state's new criminal code provisions with first-degree gang criminality.Scott, Bease and three others are charged with the new first-degree offense of promoting organized street crime for allegedly organizing, supervising or financing the gang's criminal activities.The others charged with that offense are Bease's alleged second in command on the street, Corey Cauthen, 29, of Paterson; Lewis Alford, 33, of Keansburg, who allegedly oversaw gang operations in Monmouth and Ocean counties; and Isaac Porter, 38, of Paterson."New Jersey's anti-gang laws provide police and prosecutors with new weapons in their fight against criminal street gangs," state Criminal Justice Director Stephen J. Taylor said. "We will use every weapon in our arsenal to combat the violent gangs that have been terrorizing our residents and degrading the quality of life in our neighborhoods."Several defendants are charged with murder or conspiracy to commit murder. Cauthen is charged with murder in the death of Daniel Ragonese. Ragonese was shot in his car on East 28th Street in Paterson on Jan. 12, 2008 and drove a short distance before crashing into a tree.
In addition, Scott and Bease are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly plotting to kill another defendant, Oshun Black, 34, of Paterson. The alleged plot was thwarted as a result of the investigation. And four other defendants, Bryan Thomas, 21, Lamont Williams, 21, Keith Brinkley, 19, and Kosmick Leary, 20, all of Paterson, are charged with conspiracy to commit murder for another alleged murder plot thwarted by investigators in January 2009.Isaac Porter, who was an inmate at Northern State Prison in Newark, is charged with using female associates outside the prison to procure drugs and cell phones and smuggle them into the prisons during contact visits. His former cell mate, David Clay, 35, who is now in Bayside State Prison, is also charged in that scheme. The prison smuggling allegedly was carried out under the supervision of Scott and Bease.
Three women, Tyla Chance, 38, of Paterson, Kisha Ruff, 40, of Newark, and Natasha Peyton, 31, of Paterson, are charged with arranging three-way calls for Porter with gang members and obtaining drugs to be smuggled into prison by themselves or others. A girlfriend of Clay, Cynthia Gainey, 38, of Paterson, is charged with attempting to smuggle marijuana to him.Porter is charged with leading a narcotics trafficking network, a first-degree offense. Bease and Cauthen are also charged with that crime, which carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.Terry Young, a girlfriend of Scott's, is charged with purchasing a cell phone to be smuggled to him in prison, and shipping the phone to Teel along with a $500 U.S. Postal Service money order as a bribe for smuggling it.As a result of arrests made during the investigation and a search warrant executed at 227 17th Avenue in Paterson on Aug. 13, 2008 detectives seized 6,850 decks of heroin worth approximately $48,000, 50 ten-dollar bags of crack cocaine, and six small bags of marijuana.The first-floor apartment was used by the gang as a headquarters and a base for distributing narcotics. The apartment tenant, Roshiema James, 37, and most of the other defendants are charged with narcotics offenses. Some defendants are charged with weapons offenses. Several, including Bease and Cauthen, are charged with tampering with evidence or witnesses or hindering apprehension or prosecution in connection with the murder of Ragonese.
Also charged in the case are Kelvin Wells, 21, of Paterson; Kahseem Allah-Shabazz, 32, of Paterson, and Qhasheema Frye, 20, of Paterson.The indictment was handed up to state Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg in Trenton.After the indictment was returned, warrants were issued for three defendants, Porter, Alford and Wells, who were arrested Tuesday night. Porter and Wells were arrested in Paterson, and Alford was arrested in Long Branch.The investigation was led by State Police Det. Mark Finnegan; Deputy Attorney General Christopher Romanyshyn; Raphael Dolce and Principal Investigator Vincent Wojciechowicz of the Department of Corrections Special Investigations Division, and Paterson Det. Sgt. Dalton Price. Romanyshyn presented the case to the grand jury.


Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Clinton Knight was among 28 Crips members indicted in September 2007

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Clinton Knight was among 28 Crips members indicted in September 2007, in what the government called the first Kansas prosecution under the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.The 31-year-old Knight was convicted in November 2008 and sentenced on Monday to 210 months in prison.Prosecutors said the Crips used violence and threats in Wichita to create an ongoing criminal drug trafficking enterprise.Several other members of the gang have been sentenced on similar charges; others are still awaiting sentencing.


member of the 18th Street gang, was arrested by Border Patrol agents after he was caught trying to allegedly enter the U.S. illegally

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member of the 18th Street gang, was arrested by Border Patrol agents after he was caught trying to allegedly enter the U.S. illegally near the Calexico west port of entry, the statement read. The suspect's gang ties were uncovered through a record check. Neither of the suspects were identified despite of their substantial criminal records.


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