- - Thursday, February 11, 2010

CALIFORNIA

L.A.P.D.: Ex-gangster slain by graffiti suspect

LOS ANGELES — Police say a well-known former gangster who has counseled against violence was killed when he confronted a graffiti-writer in Los Angeles.

Police say Ronald “Looney” Barron left a bar and noticed a tagger defacing a wall Sunday night. Police say when confronted, the tagger pulled out a gun and shot the 40-year-old Mr. Barron multiple times. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

No arrests have been made.

A former member of the Mansfield Crips, Mr. Barron worked the past decade for Amer-I-Can, which runs a gang intervention program in which former gangsters counsel youth to avoid crime and violence.

Mr. Barron’s killing is the latest in which taggers have fatally shot passersby who confronted them about graffiti writing.

COLORADO

Reconstruction set for plane collision

BOULDER — Federal investigators plan to do a reconstruction of the midair collision that killed three people in two planes above Boulder, Colo., on Saturday.

Investigators say they will piece together the aircraft and do a 3-D reconstruction in Greeley, where they have taken the wreckage. The crash killed two brothers from Boulder and a man from Evergreen.

Witnesses told investigators that a Cirrus SR-20 aircraft collided with a Piper Pawnee, and that a glider being towed by the Piper Pawnee disconnected just before impact.

Three people in the glider survived.

INDIANA

Knight named graduation speaker

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