- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 7, 2007

CALIFORNIA

Foreigners arrested in gang crackdown

LOS ANGELES — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested six foreign nationals with ties to violent street gangs during the past week, the latest actions in an ongoing ICE operation that has resulted in the arrests of 124 gang members.

Of those arrested in the past three months, 56 face federal criminal charges, including drug and firearms offenses, as well as re-entry after deportation, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison.

ICE spokeswoman Kadia H. Koroma said that among those arrested was Pedro Barboza-Serrano, 40, a Mexican national and reputed member of the Eastside Longos whose criminal record includes convictions on drug charges, robbery, burglary and spousal battery. Barboza-Serrano, who pleaded not guilty Monday, is scheduled to go on trial late next month.

Of the 56 foreign nationals indicted in connection with the ICE investigation, 36 are in custody while 20 remain at large.

CONNECTICUT

Missing girl found locked in room

BLOOMFIELD — A 15-year-old girl missing for nearly a year was found yesterday locked in a small hidden room under the staircase of a West Hartford home, and two persons who live there were arrested, police said.

Bloomfield police said they found the girl alive in a room blocked from view by a cabinet. They had gone to the home with West Hartford police to serve search warrants for DNA and other evidence.

Adam Gault, 41, was charged with second-degree unlawful restraint, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree custodial interference, interfering with an officer, risk of injury to a minor and second-degree forgery. He was being held on $500,000 bail.

Ann Murphy, 40, was charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree reckless endangerment, conspiracy to commit second-degree custodial interference and risk of injury to a minor. She was held on $100,000 bail.

The girl was in protective custody.

ILLINOIS

Bus driver cited in crash with truck

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