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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 6, 2011
Weakened by a 2009 court-ordered injunction and prison terms for several members, a Glendale-based gang has been actively recruiting teens in an attempt to rebuild and reassert its presence, police officials say. The directives to find new, younger recruits have come from incarcerated members of the gang, Glendale police detectives said. “County jail and prison inmates have a lot of influence of what happens on the streets,” Det. Jeffrey Davis said. For gang leaders, teens are ideal members because, he said, they are easily persuaded, usually don't have criminal records and, if arrested and convicted, typically serve short sentences.
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By Chris Wiebe | October 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES — A guilty verdict Wednesday for nine members and accomplices of a San Fernando Valley street gang brought to 36 the total number of convictions in a massive police crackdown sparked by the shooting death of Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka. In Wednesday's verdict, a U.S. District Court jury found nine men associated with the Vineland Boyz street gang guilty of a variety of federal narcotics, weapons and violent crime offenses, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | March 13, 2007
PASADENA — Defense lawyers for two members of an Echo Park gang charged in the drive-by shooting death of a 16-year-old Glendale boy in 2004 spent most of Monday trying to discredit the testimony of a second boy shot in the incident. The prosecution's star witness, 17-year-old Juan Beltran, sustained two bullet wounds to his chest during the December 2004 Glendale shooting that killed his 16-year-old high school friend Carlos Pinon. Echo Park residents Carlos Palma, 20, and Julian Martinez, 21, face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder with an enhancement that it benefited a street gang.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
Mark R. Madler A federal indictment is expected to be handed down today against Glendale resident Scott Schaffer on weapons charges stemming from an investigation into a San Fernando Valley street gang. Schaffer, 51, has been in federal custody since his July 13 arrest at his home. He is expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday. Schaffer is alleged to have traded handguns for cocaine with members of the Vineland Boyz street gang.
NEWS
November 4, 2003
Darleene Barrientos After reaching a decision on one count but declaring itself split on several others, the jury deliberating the fate of two men accused of killing a Hoover High School student were sent back to the jury room Monday to continue working toward a verdict. Jurors pondering the case of 21-year-old Karen Terteryan and 18-year-old Rafael Gevorgyan said they were confused by the wording of the law in several of the counts against the two defendants.
NEWS
July 7, 2000
Amber Willard GLENDALE COURTHOUSE -- The arraignment Thursday afternoon for three youths accused of killing Hoover High School student Raul Aguirre was delayed until August. Court Commissioner Daniel F. Calabro delayed the arraignment at the request of attorneys for the suspects -- Karen Terteryan, 17; Rafael Gevorgyan, 15; and Anait Ano Msryan, 14. The three, brought into the courtroom wearing orange jumpsuits, are charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder and street terrorism.
NEWS
October 9, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman Two teens who are being charged as adults in the May 5, 2000, murder of a Hoover High school senior will soon get another taste of adult life: A judge has ordered them moved from Juvenile Hall to a county jail. Karen Terteryan, 20, and the teens -- Rafael Gevorgyan, 17, and Anait Msryan, 16 -- entered not-guilty pleas before a Los Angeles Superior Court judge Tuesday. The three are charged with the stabbing murder of Hoover High School senior Raul Aguirre outside Toll Middle School.
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September 26, 2002
Gretchen Hoffman A Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Wednesday ordered a young man and two teenagers to stand trial in the May 5, 2000, stabbing murder of Hoover High School senior Raul Aguirre outside Toll Middle School. Karen Terteryan, 20, Rafael Gevorgyan, 17, and Anait Msryan, 16, are accused of killing Aguirre in a murder that forced many in the community to open their eyes to ethnic tensions in Glendale. The attack allegedly began when one of Aguirre's friends, an admitted gang member, and Gevorgyan and Terteryan flashed gang signs at each other, police said.
NEWS
July 30, 2005
Mark R. Madler Bond was set at $1 million Friday for Scott Schaffer, the Glendale resident accused of selling handguns to a member of the Vineland Boyz street gang in exchange for drugs. Roger Rosen, the attorney representing Schaffer, was unsure whether the amount set by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hillman could be raised to free his client from a federal detention facility where he has been since his July 13 arrest. If Schaffer does make bond, he would have to go to a treatment facility for his cocaine habit, Hillman said.
NEWS
November 11, 2003
Darleene Barrientos The two men accused in the slaying of Raul Aguirre could be back on trial in January if a judge approves a request made Monday by prosecutors. The previous trial of Karen Terteryan and Rafael Gevorgyan ended Friday in a mistrial, with the jury deadlocked on murder and other charges. A trial date was not set Monday, but a hearing to consider whether to drop the murder charge against Terteryan, 21, and Gevorgyan, 18, was scheduled for Dec. 15. The court also will consider whether to allow the men to be tried separately.
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By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | November 6, 2011
Weakened by a 2009 court-ordered injunction and prison terms for several members, a Glendale-based gang has been actively recruiting teens in an attempt to rebuild and reassert its presence, police officials say. The directives to find new, younger recruits have come from incarcerated members of the gang, Glendale police detectives said. “County jail and prison inmates have a lot of influence of what happens on the streets,” Det. Jeffrey Davis said. For gang leaders, teens are ideal members because, he said, they are easily persuaded, usually don't have criminal records and, if arrested and convicted, typically serve short sentences.
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By Jason Wells | July 13, 2007
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The three men charged with beating a Glendale boy to death in 2004 sat side-by-side Thursday as their lawyers attempted to defend them against potentially damning videotaped confessions. Glendale residents Fredy Gudiel, Pedro Pena and William Torres were arrested about two weeks after they allegedly beat 17-year-old William Maldonado on June 26, 2004, with two baseball bats as he rode his bicycle down the 800 block of South Columbus Avenue. Maldonado died of his injuries two days later in the hospital.
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By Jason Wells | March 22, 2007
PASADENA — The man accused of shooting a 16-year-old Glendale boy to death in 2004 admitted to giving a completely false account of the incident to authorities while on the stand for the second day Wednesday. Deputy District Atty. Martin Bean spent more than an hour comparing statements 20-year-old Carlos Palma gave police to testimony he gave in Pasadena Superior Court on Tuesday in which he admitted to shooting 16-year-old Carlos Pinon on Dec. 30, 2004, in Glendale. "You lied to the police about everything, correct?"
LOCAL
By Jason Wells | March 13, 2007
PASADENA — Defense lawyers for two members of an Echo Park gang charged in the drive-by shooting death of a 16-year-old Glendale boy in 2004 spent most of Monday trying to discredit the testimony of a second boy shot in the incident. The prosecution's star witness, 17-year-old Juan Beltran, sustained two bullet wounds to his chest during the December 2004 Glendale shooting that killed his 16-year-old high school friend Carlos Pinon. Echo Park residents Carlos Palma, 20, and Julian Martinez, 21, face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder with an enhancement that it benefited a street gang.
LOCAL
By Chris Wiebe | October 28, 2006
LOS ANGELES — A guilty verdict Wednesday for nine members and accomplices of a San Fernando Valley street gang brought to 36 the total number of convictions in a massive police crackdown sparked by the shooting death of Burbank Police Officer Matthew Pavelka. In Wednesday's verdict, a U.S. District Court jury found nine men associated with the Vineland Boyz street gang guilty of a variety of federal narcotics, weapons and violent crime offenses, U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Thom Mrozek said.
LOCAL
By Robert S. Hong | September 21, 2006
PASADENA — A participant in the fatal 2004 drive-by shooting of a 16-year-old in Glendale was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Wednesday. Richard Garcia, 19 of Echo Park, pleaded no contest in Pasadena Superior Court to voluntary manslaughter and attempted voluntary manslaughter charges and for having affiliation with a violent gang. "It was an appropriate sentence based on [Garcia's] level of participation in this very serious crime," said Dep. District Attorney Martin Bean, who prosecuted the case.
NEWS
July 30, 2005
Mark R. Madler Bond was set at $1 million Friday for Scott Schaffer, the Glendale resident accused of selling handguns to a member of the Vineland Boyz street gang in exchange for drugs. Roger Rosen, the attorney representing Schaffer, was unsure whether the amount set by Magistrate Judge Stephen Hillman could be raised to free his client from a federal detention facility where he has been since his July 13 arrest. If Schaffer does make bond, he would have to go to a treatment facility for his cocaine habit, Hillman said.
NEWS
July 28, 2005
Mark R. Madler A federal indictment is expected to be handed down today against Glendale resident Scott Schaffer on weapons charges stemming from an investigation into a San Fernando Valley street gang. Schaffer, 51, has been in federal custody since his July 13 arrest at his home. He is expected to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles on Monday. Schaffer is alleged to have traded handguns for cocaine with members of the Vineland Boyz street gang.
NEWS
July 20, 2005
Mark R. Madler City Councilwoman Stacey Murphy apologized Tuesday for the distraction to the city caused by her arrest last week on drug and child endangerment charges. In a statement read at Tuesday's council meeting, Murphy said she would be absent from the meetings until her Aug. 25 initial court appearance but did intend to fulfill the job she was elected to do. "I plan on continuing throughout my entire term," Murphy said in the statement.
NEWS
September 4, 2004
Robert Chacon As the last of the men convicted in the slaying of her son four years ago apologized to her in court Friday, Leticia Aguirre stretched out her arms and moved to embrace him. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Michael Johnson told her to stop. Then he sentenced Rafael Gevorgyan, 19, to the maximum penalty of 18 years in prison for his part in Raul Aguirre's slaying. "Remember my words," Gevorgyan said in his 5-minute statement to Aguirre and the court.
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