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Reformed gang member: In Lodi, it is hard to hide

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Posted: Saturday, June 25, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 11:15 am, Thu Apr 26, 2012.

"Anthony" was raised in East Los Angeles and joined a gang associated with the Sureños when he was 13 years old. His father and uncles were also members, and Anthony said it didn't feel like anything was wrong or unusual when he began participating.

"I saw it as a close-knit community," he said. "It was seen as all of us just being together. It was part of growing up."

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20 comments:

  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:14 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Webmaster, have you verified Joe Baxter as a true identity?

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:13 pm on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Is that your real name, Baxter? You're just another cowardly anonymous blogger afraid to use your real name, aren't you?

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:56 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    DOUG, aww gee, I am sorry, I should have said I was flattered that you cared enough to try to find me. Boogity, boogity, BOO, ha ha ha......

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:36 am on Wed, Jun 29, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    CHANEY, you crack me up, appears you are not only addle brained but a stalker as well.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:24 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    And, Baxter, if indeed that is your real name, why would you announce on a public blogsite as this that you carry? You'd certainly be a target of every gangbanger, burglar and wannabe that is looking for an easy way to score a shooter? I don't find your name in any directories online or in phone books?

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:17 pm on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Baxter, you volunteered the information in a threating manner, in my opinion. Period.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:08 am on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Chaney, just how do you figure I am "abusing" permit privileges? Also, I am not bragging about anything. You brought this whole thing up in another post. I merely responded.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 8:06 am on Tue, Jun 28, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Chaney, you amuse me with your posts. Like I said, you must have applied for a permit yourself and were turned down and now you are bitter? Maybe you should write to the Federal Government regarding retired employees that have such permits. Tell them all about your ideas about qualifications, drug testing, psychological evaluations, etc.,,,, Be prepared to be laughed off of the hill.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:29 pm on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Someone might crash into you while looking behind trees for ccw carriers? HUH? You lost what little credibility you thought you had with a statement like that.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 10:27 pm on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Mr. Dawes, how would you verify any of your statements without knowing who and how many ccw permits there are and who hold them? It's not public information. is it? Or do you just asssume that everyone with a baggy shirt or suit on has a permit? Wwhere is Chaney street? I'd question anyone who openly brage on a blogsite such as this about having a ccw permit and take it as a naive threat. A call to SJ ccw department will answer my questions? He was busy today after being gone for a few days so I opted to call tomorrow.

     
  • William Dawes posted at 3:16 pm on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    William Dawes Posts: 115

    Chaney,

    It is a proven fact that states with higher rates of CCW's have a greatly decreased crime rate. Not too mention that it is our 2nd amndt right.

    But even in California, where CCW's are in low numbers, people pretty much die 3 to 1 in traffic accidents compared to being shot.

    And how many media reports have you seen that shows a CCW carrier being arrested for a gun related crime? If it happened here in Calif, the Socialist Soros fans would be all over it.

    People with CCW's are better trained and more responsible. I would rather be eating dinner next to a CCW carrier than driving down Chaney street where someone might crash into me while looking behind trees for CCW carriers.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 8:13 am on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Baxter, no one should be granted a "liftime" ccw without undergoing drug and alcohol testing and an interview with a licensed psychologist annually. Drug and alcohol testing should be conducted more often on a random basis and paid for by the ccw holder, or the permit should be denied. Many of those old boys that have current ccw permits couldn't qualify under todat's new regulations. Why you woulld even volunteer this infformation that you, sir, have a ccw permit, and seem to openly brag about it, makes my thought pattern wonder if you shouldn't be up for a review on that weapon permit. There is a process that allows an individual to question persons like yourself that feel they are abusing their ccw privilege, isn't there?

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:15 am on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Chaney, well I guess I will have to admit I am old, a boy and good so I guess that makes me a "good old boy".

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 5:40 am on Mon, Jun 27, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Cha'ney, do you actually read your posts? If so you can't deny that you are paranoid. My pemit came with the job and is valid for my lifetime unless I choose to relinquish it or I do something stupid and get it revoked. Nice to have though, lots of crazy paranoid people in this world, LOL..

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 9:19 pm on Sun, Jun 26, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Baxter, when did I say everybody was out to get me? It apears to me that you'reconstantly saying I'm out to get everyone with my "conspiracy" theories? You are really living in a stateof delusion if you claim not to know who the town good old boys, bullies, shot callers, slumlords and influential are here. Just look at the roster of names connected to city hall and start googling them up and you'll find the ties that bind them all together that have livable, lovable engrossed in the drug and crime ridden town it is now. Perhaps some of your town heroes are even perpetrators in my conspiracy theories. If you knew, you wouldn't snitch on them anyway. You could be one of THEM for all anyone knows, with your weapon grasped firmly in your hand, trigger finger at the ready. Who is it you're afraid of to have to carry a concealed firearm?

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:54 pm on Sun, Jun 26, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Chaney, unlike you, I am not convinced everybody is 'out to get me". Must be tough battling all the demons that are out to destroy you. Better you than me, chuckle. I think there are still some mental health programs available at counjty for little or no charge, you might want to look into them.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 7:54 pm on Sun, Jun 26, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    Chaney, unlike you, I am not convinced everybody is 'out to get me". Must be tough battling all the demons that are out to destroy you. Better you than me, chuckle. I think there are still some mental health programs available at counjty for little or no charge, you might want to look into them.

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 6:59 pm on Sun, Jun 26, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    Baxter, just keep that ccw in your grasp. It'll give you that power of importance, power and you can be the big man you've always wanted to be.

     
  • Joe Baxter posted at 11:03 am on Sun, Jun 26, 2011.

    Joe Baxter Posts: 1846

    I love Mr. Chaney's conspiracy theory posts. Paranoia will destroy ya. Better look under your bed before you go to sleep tonite Doug, might be a GOB hiding there trying to tune into your dreams. Boogity, boogity, boogity boo......

     
  • Doug Chaney posted at 12:33 pm on Sat, Jun 25, 2011.

    Doug Chaney Posts: 1232

    I find it rather hard to rely on information that doesn't have a name and face attached to it. Who knows, it could be another one of the editor/publisher tall tales they are assumed to have made during the years with their unknown and unsigned opinions and columns throughout the years, and still continue today. Most I know that read the Sentinel associate these columns to Rich/Marty, but they express just an unsigned opinion by some nameless ghost writer(s) who are seemingly too cowardly to associate their names with the mostly ink wasting rants.

     
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