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Alleged Gang Member Runs Party and Pony Rental Business

Photo Credit: Dilbert Coreas/Facebook(PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla.) -- Being a member of a violent gang and running a kids’ party and pony rental business would hardly seem to be compatible career paths.

A Florida man may be proof, however, that the two can be one and the same.

Dilbert Coreas, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, was arrested in Palm Beach County, Fla., on federal charges of reentering the country after deportation, according to a criminal complaint. He had previously been ordered deported from the country in 2012.

Detectives with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit said they became interested in Coreas when they viewed photos uploaded on social media sites that suggested he was a member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, a violent Central American gang also known as MS-13.

Coreas reportedly runs a kids’ party rental business called “It’z a Kid’z World Party Planning and Rental,” where pony rides can be had for $70 and bouncy houses for $85. Photos on Coreas’ Facebook page show him posing with two ponies his company has available to rent.

According to the complaint, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Gang Unit monitored Coreas as he conducted numerous pony ride and bouncy house events in Palm Beach County.

In June 2009, Coreas was convicted on a charge of felony possession of cocaine with intent to sell, as well as felony tampering and resisting arrest.

The U.S. State Department currently lists MS-13 as a Transnational Criminal Organization. It is heavily involved in drug and weapons trafficking, human smuggling, money-laundering and murder for hire.  MS-13 reportedly has a presence in the United States of upwards of 300 cities across 40 states.

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Frat Party Violence Escalates at Arizona State University

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(TEMPE, Ariz.) -- In the latest instance of what has become a persistent problem in the Tempe, Ariz., area, five people were arrested at a fraternity brawl near Arizona State University, which police say involved baseball bats and gunfire.

Tempe police say a party at the Delta Kappa Epsilon apartment complex came to a violent end early Sunday morning after two non-students were attacked by fraternity members during a fight over a woman. Much of the incident was captured by surveillance cameras.

One of the fraternity's members remains in intensive care Wednesday, and police expect more arrests in addition to the five people already charged. The arrests are the latest incident as a university and city try to reign in a party culture that some say is getting out of hand.

The fight, which began with a shoving match at the party, was captured by security cameras, and newly released 911 tapes reveal the incident's escalation.

"Somebody came in with a baseball bat and smashed somebody in the face," a caller told the 911 dispatcher. "You need to get over here right now."

At that point, gunshots were fired. The ensuing panic sent hundreds who were at the party running for their lives. No one was shot. Three of the alleged attackers remain in custody on Wednesday. Two others were booked on misdemeanor charges of trespassing. But Arizona State University's neighbors say they've had enough.

"Eight months of constant partying, constant underage drinking … the cops may show up but they never got shut down. The music was always going," one neighbor told ABC News.

Since ASU closed all on-campus Greek housing in 2012, the fraternities and sororities have filled nearby apartment complexes. Since then, neighbors say crime, loud parties, and violence have skyrocketed.

"You have parties that grow to 50-plus people and they are drunk. It can feel threatening," a neighbor said.

At the same apartments where this weekend's melee took place, two rival fraternities were caught on tape brawling it out last November. In March, two female students were hospitalized for burns after police say someone at the party threw a bottle of alcohol into an open fire, causing an explosion.

"The bottom line is, we're going to respond, and we're going to take care of the situation," Tempe Council Member Joe Navarro said. "And we want our residents to know that they live in a safe area."

Arizona State officials say they are working with off campus fraternities to move them back on campus by the fall semester. Delta Kappa Epsilon tells ABC News that their members were attacked unprovoked and there was no fraternity party in the apartment complex the night in question.

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USC Halloween Party Shooting Leaves Four Injured

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A shooter is still at large after shots rang out at a packed University of Southern California Halloween party, leaving four injured.

USC emergency officials notified students about the shooting, which took place at approximately 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Tutor Campus Center on its University Park campus in Los Angeles.

Officials told ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that an argument broke out at the campus-approved gathering at the university.  An individual opened fire, striking the intended target, according to officials.  That person was taken to a hospital and remains in critical condition, KABC reported.

Three innocent bystanders were also shot, but their injuries were said to be non-life threatening, according to KABC.  Two men have been detained.

A witnessed who did not want to be named told The Los Angeles Times that there were approximately 100 people outside the crowded party, along with campus police, when at least four shots rang out.

"Everyone started running.  I saw a guy who was shot in the leg.  He was limping and screaming for his friends to help him.  'I got shot.  Can someone give me a ride?'  His friends were helping him walk," the witness told the newspaper.  "People were screaming and running away."

The university sent an email to students and alumni explaining that there was a shooting and how to remain safe.

"The suspect is at large.  Stay away from the area.  Seek shelter in a secure location until the incident is resolved.  Be aware of your surroundings," the email said.

The university said that updates on the situation will follow as new and confirmed information becomes available.

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Police Hunt Gunmen Who Shot Six at Teen Party

David De Lossy/Thinkstock(ANTIOCH, Calif.) -- Police in Antioch, Calif., searched Monday for as many as four young gunmen who opened fire at a “sweet sixteen” party Saturday, leaving five teens and a young woman hospitalized.

Just after 10:30 p.m. Saturday, police began receiving 9-1-1 reports of dozens of teens fleeing a home on an Antioch cul-de-sac after several gunshots were fired. When police arrived, they found the six gunshot victims at the scene, including one 13-year-old boy. The other victims were two 16-year-old boys and two 18-year-old men. A 21-year-old woman was also shot in the stomach and airlifted to a hospital.

Police believe an argument broke out between two groups of partygoers in the garage of the home where the birthday party was being held, which belongs to the birthday girl’s parents, according to police.

The victims’ injuries included graze wounds, a possible fractured leg and the abdomen wound.  All six victims were transported to local hospitals, where they remain in stable condition, police said.

No arrests have been made in the shooting. Police said in a statement Monday that they are still investigating the incident and following up on leads.

The shooting was the second birthday party to end in gunfire in the small California community in six months. In August, a birthday party at a home across town ended with the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy following an argument with the suspected shooter. A 17-year-old girl was also injured.

Brittney Gougeon, the founder of Take Back Antioch, a local anti-violence group, said the city has seen an uptick in crime since the housing crisis hit California. In 2010, there were 15 murders in the city of 100,000. One killing, near Gougeon’s home, inspired her to start Take Back Antioch.

Gougeon said the city has also suffered from an increase in vandalism and burglaries, including an arson at an elementary school in which vandals burnt a playground to the ground.

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Death Toll Climbs In Philadelphia-Area Shooting

Thinkstock/Getty Images(CHESTER, Pa.) -- Two teens are dead and at least seven others were injured after a late-night shooting at a girl's 18th birthday party outside of Philadelphia.

Police said Saturday that they have a suspect in custody, but they have not said what they believe led to the Friday night shooting at 11:30 p.m. Friday at Minaret Temple No. 174 in Chester, Pa.

Police brought in for questioning dozens of people who were at the hall at the time of the shooting. The building was reportedly locked down.

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Shooting in Philly Suburb Kills 1, Wounds 8

John Foxx / Thinkstock(CHESTER, Pa) -- A shooting at a party in a Philadelphia suburb left one person dead and eight injured. According to local reports, the shooting took place at a teenage birthday party that was being held in a rented space.

Police have the suspect in custody, but have not released any other details.

Two of the victims are in critical condition and six are in stable condition.

Investigations are underway.

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Fourteen Year Old Boy Lit on Fire at a Party

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DENVER) -- Eight young men have been arrested for allegedly burning a 14-year-old boy at a house party on Valentine's Day in Denver, Colo.

"Why any[one] would do anything like that in good conscious is a mystery," said a spokesman for the Denver Police Department.

The police received a phone call around 3:30 a.m. local time on Feb. 14, reporting that a juvenile male was in need of medical attention.

The boy was found and transported to Children's Hospital, where he was treated for burns to his hands, chest, neck and face.  According to the arrest warrant, the boy sustained "breaks, fractures" and "burns of the second or third degree."  The boy's name and current medical condition were not disclosed by police.

Erick Perez, 20, Damian Sibayan, 18, Cody Cummings, 19, and David Ingram, 19, were arrested yesterday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder and felony child abuse, among other charges.  Michael Bellegeuille, 21, Joshua Baffo, 19, Robert Freeman, 19, and Robert Reineau were arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse, among other charges including contributing to the delinquency of a minor and tampering with a witness/victim.

Erick Perez allegedly told investigators that he and his friends hosted the party at his home.  There were approximately 20 people present, many of whom were underage and consuming alcohol, marijuana and a drug called "Triple Cs."  Perez admitted that the victim was so intoxicated and high on "Triple Cs" that he passed out.  When he woke up, the victim said, "someone light me on fire," according to Perez.

Perez claimed that he went to the backyard with other men and the victim, who poured lighter fluid on himself.  Another partygoer named "Damien" allegedly lit the boy on fire as Perez watched from feet away.

"I didn't stop it because I was intoxicated," Perez allegedly told investigators.

Bellefeuille said he didn't call 911 because he had marijuana on him.

"No one called 911 because everyone was scared, since paramedics and police ask questions. No one wanted to call 911 because the police break up parties," he said.

Cummings said that after the boy was burned, he was in pain so "I gave him some weed."

The suspects have all been taken into custody and their cases will be presented to prosecutors for consideration of formal charges.

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Caffeinated Booze, Not Drugs, Sickened Students at Party

Photo Courtesy - PhusianProducts(ELLENSBURG, Wash.) -- A highly caffeinated but legal alcoholic drink was responsible for sickening dozens, sending nine Central Washington students to the hospital and leading to an investigation of whether the partygoers had been drugged, police said Monday.

Police said some 50 students became sick after consuming large amounts of the controversial but legal beverage Four Loko, which combines as much alcohol found in a six-pack of beer with as much caffeine found in two cups of coffee.

The university announced at a news conference that the blood-alcohol content of students ranged from .12 percent to .35 percent. In Washington, 0.08 is the legal limit for intoxication.

Nine students were hospitalized after the Oct. 8 party at a house where about 50 people had been drinking. Police called to the scene of the house party in Roslyn, Wash., about 30 miles from the university, found young people – many of them women – passed out throughout the house and on the front lawn.

Authorities at the time said they did not believe incident was a result of heavy drinking, but that someone had surreptitiously slipped drugs, possibly date rape drugs, into people's drinks.

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Spiked Drinks, Overdoses Send 12 to Hospital; Women Targeted?

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ROSYLN, Wash.) -- At least 12 students and teens were rushed to the hospital late Friday after police busted an off-campus party near Central Washington University.

The discovery of an unconscious woman in a grocery store parking lot led police to a house party where they say a number of individuals – mostly women – overdosed after being served spiked drinks.

A man was arrested when cops found him sexually assaulting a semi-conscious woman in a back bedroom.

Police are investigating whether the women were targeted for sexual assault.

Approximately 50 people attended the gathering. All were underage.

Detectives continue to investigate the source of the spiked drinks and said more arrests are possible.

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3-Year-Old's Party Turns Into Bloody Brawl

Image Courtesy - Getty Images(ELMWOOD PLACE, Ohio) -- Police in Ohio walked into a hail of broken beer bottles and flying fists when called to respond to a blood-soaked brawl involving 75 people at a 3-year-old's birthday party. More than 20 officers from seven police departments were called to the scene in Elmwood Place, Ohio, early Tuesday and had to wait before entering the social hall as a melee of flying bottles and chairs erupted inside. Fifteen of the 150 people attending the party were injured, according to police, and five were treated at a hospital including one man who required eye surgery after being hit with a broken bottle. The other four were treated for cuts and released. None of the 30 children at the party sustained injuries, police said. The fight started around 1 a.m. at a Fraternal Order of Eagles Hall when tensions flared between the father of the 3-year-old birthday girl, Joselyn, and her mother's new boyfriend. Despite the number of people involved, only one man, the girl's father Roman Marcelo-Hernandez, 26, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct while intoxicated.

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