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Local News in Brief : 17 Curfew Arrests in Park

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies early Sunday arrested 17 suspected Wilmington gang members for curfew violations at a Rancho Palos Verdes city park in what Lomita Station Sgt. Mario Barron said is a new phenomenon for the city.

The arrests were made at 1:30 a.m. after deputies found the men, ranging in age from 18 to 23, drinking and playing loud music on a parking lot in Palos Verdes Park on Hawthorne Boulevard. The park closes at 10 p.m.

“They were all drinking, were in various states of intoxication and were littering by throwing beer cans all over the park office area,” Barron said. “Normally, we don’t have these kinds of problems with local kids. . . . This is the first time we have had this with gang members. We consider it something to pay more attention to.”

He described the 17 as members of the Wilmington West Side gang. “They were very vocal about their affiliation,” he said.

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