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Poinciana gang leader gets 22 years in prison for 2010 Osceola Jail escape (Kissimmee, FL): Michael Rigby, a Poinciana gang leader who embarrassed the Osceola County Jail staff two years ago when he escaped, was sentenced to 22 years in prison Thursday for the jail break.
Source: Sun-Sentinel    Date: November 1, 2012

'Operation Strong Arm' nets 33 central Fla. gang members (Orlando, FL): Multiple law enforcement agencies announced they have filed charges and issued warrants against 33 people in central Florida on suspicion of gang activity.
Source: WESH 2 News    Date: October 24, 2012

Final two members of Top 6 gang avoid trials, take plea deals on racketeering charges (West Palm Beach, FL): The last two arrested members of the alleged criminal street gang Top 6 accepted plea deals Tuesday to avoid what was going to be the last major trial in the case.
Source: The Palm Beach Post    Date: October 17, 2012

Pinellas law enforcement leaders say gang database guidelines need to be changed (Pinellas Park, FL): Justin Wiley probably wasn't the first person with a clean criminal record targeted by a Pinellas County law enforcement officer because he was labeled a gang member. But he might be one of the last.
Source: Tampa Bay Times    Date: October 11, 2012

Tampa Bay area man gets life in prison for gang-related triple-homicide (Tampa Bay, FL): A Tampa Bay area man has been sentenced to life in prison for his part in a triple-homicide.
Source: The Republic    Date: October 5, 2012

FBI increasing focus on gang tattoos; local agencies track them informally (Naples, FL): With its eye on the release of a new database in 2014, the FBI is asking local law enforcement agencies for information on how they track tattoos worn by gang members, terrorists and other criminals.
Source: Naples Daily News    Date: October 5, 2012

Man identified as gang member charged in Saturday gunfire near Boys & Girls Club in Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce, FL): A 19-year-old gang member has been charged with firing a handgun in a public park near a Boys & Girls Club about 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the north part of the city.
Source: The Palm Beach Post    Date: September 27, 2012

Foster teen leaves old gang life behind with tattoo's removal (Winter Park, FL): Sixteen-year-old Chico still bears the mark of a gang on his neck, but the one on his face is nearly gone now. The scars on his soul will not fade so easily. "I got a lot of people helping me," he says. "I don't want to go back to that life. I was tired of running."
Source: Orlando Sentinel    Date: September 20, 2012

Orange Co. sheriff says violent crime number down, gangs linked to majority (Orange County, FL): On Wednesday at the 2012 Community Crime Summit Sheriff Jerry Demmings told the hundreds who attended that for the fourth year in a row violent crime is down. In fact, it's down 7 percent from this same time last year. But, he said, gangs are linked to 50 percent of violent crime in the county.
Source: WFTV 9 News    Date: September 19, 2012

Police gang lists can have life-long impacts and are questioned by legal experts (Largo, FL): Justin Wiley didn't understand why Pinellas County sheriff's Deputy John Syers was so interested in him. Unlike many of his friends, Wiley had never been arrested. He'd never even gotten a speeding ticket. But in the summer of 2011, it seemed the 21-year-old black man couldn't cross the street without the white deputy pulling over and asking him what he was doing.
Source: Tampa Bay Times    Date: September 16, 2012

Is man accused of killing St. Pete security guard too mentally retarded for trial? (St. Petersburg, FL): Police say Bradley Bolden is a gang member who committed a brazen crime: using a .45-caliber handgun to shoot and kill private security officer Matthew F. Little at a St. Petersburg apartment complex last year.
Source: Tampa Bay Times    Date: September 14, 2012

Osceola gang leader Michael Rigby pleads to 2010 jail escape (Kissimmee, FL): Michael Rigby, a Poinciana gang leader who embarrassed the Osceola County Jail staff two years ago when he broke out of the jail, pleaded no contest to escape last week after mental-health experts found him competent to stand trial, court records show.
Source: Orlando Sentinel    Date: September 10, 2012

Fort Pierce guns violence goes quiet for first time in 30 years (Fort Pierce, FL): Police had good news on the heels of a task force to reduce violence in the city ... for the first time in 30 years, the city had a six month silence in gun violence. The bad news? The gang mentality is starting younger, and getting more violent.
Source: WPEC 12 News    Date: August 30, 2012

Eliminating St. Lucie gangs requires community effort (Fort Pierce, FL): The bullet lodged in 23-year-old Kiara Baggett's spine is painful, but it doesn't hurt nearly as much as knowing the person who shot her almost two years ago has never been arrested for it.
Source: TC Palm     Date: August 11, 2012

Local mother holds vigil to remember daughter & rally against violence (Bainbridge, GA): Barbara Williford is on a mission. A mission to make sure no other mother has to bury a child because of gang violence. "The way that Ebony lost her life, I don't want another child or parent to end up like she did," she said.
Source: WCTV News    Date: August 10, 2012

Tears flow as police announce arrest in fatal shooting of teenage girl (Sanford, FL): The man who police say shot and killed an innocent teenage girl during gang warfare in Sanford two weeks ago is behind bars.
Source: Orlando Sentinel    Date: August 10, 2012

Parents angry after finding children's names on police 'gang lists' (Largo, FL): Letitia Lyles had heard about the lists for years but hadn't seen one until early April. Lyles, 44, was talking to a friend whose son had just gotten probation, and the judge told him to stay away from gang members. The court gave him a "no contact list" with the names and birth dates of more than 120 members and associates of the "119 Boys" gang, a.k.a the "Young Souljas."
Source: Tampa Bay Times    Date: August 9, 2012

Ft. Pierce teen caught in crossfire of gang violence (Fort Pierce, FL): In recent weeks residents in one community say when the gang task force leaves their area, the gang members come out of the shadows. After yet another shooting this weekend, the gang task force in this region, made up in part by the Fort Pierce Police Department, is refocusing and reorganizing its efforts.
Source: WPEC 12 News    Date: August 6, 2012

Two Miami gang members found guilty in killing of rival and 10-month-old baby (Miami, FL): An emotionally charged trial that began with the tearful testimony of a father whose 10-month-old baby and best friend were killed by gang violence ended Wednesday with the conviction of two gang members.
Source: The Miami Herald    Date: August 2, 2012

Shooting in Goldsboro was gang-related (Sanford, FL): Police announced today the Sunday shooting in Goldsboro that left one woman dead and two others injured was motivated by friction between violent rival street gangs in Sanford.
Source: The Sanford Herald    Date: July 30, 2012

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