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Investigators glean gang information from inmate birthday cards (Los Angeles, CA): Gang investigators in California prisons are finding that prisoners' birthday cards can help them attain valuable information. According to investigators, gang members will sign their nicknames and affiliations on the card, which allows for lifting an entire gang registry from one card. In addition, sometimes-cryptic information on the cards helps determine which inmates have moved on from membership in street gangs to more troublesome prison-based gangs, which are responsible for the bulk of the system's organized violence and drug trafficking.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 5, 2004
Student brawl disrupts bus trip (Visalia, CA): Nine students were suspended, and three boys, ages 13, 14, and 17, were arrested after a fight on a Visalia Unified School District bus, Tulare County sheriff's officials said. The students all attend Visalia's Charter Alternatives Academy, a school for students expelled from other campuses. According to authorities, three boys are part of an Asian street gang, and they started harassing a 15-year-old girl. The girl eventually went to the front of the bus to hide behind the bus driver, but the boys kept hitting her. The driver stopped the bus, tried to break up the fight, and radioed for help. Police said the fight was gang-related. The three boys were booked into Tulare County Juvenile Detention Facility for battery, but gang-related offenses could be added after the investigation is complete.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 3, 2004
Valinda man injured in drive-by shooting (Valinda, CA): Sheriff's detectives are searching for two Latino men in their 20s who are suspected of shooting a Valinda man as he stood in his front yard talking to a friend. The suspects pulled up in a car, asked where the victim was from, and allegedly shot him. The victim's wounds are not life-threatening.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Date: April 3, 2004
Woodburn teen arrested for graffiti (Woodburn, OR): A 16-year-old boy was arrested and booked in connection with a series of gang-related graffiti that was spray-painted on several buildings in Woodburn, police said. The boy was booked on 15 counts of second-degree criminal mischief before being released to one of his parents.
Source: Statesman Journal Date: April 3, 2004
Man arrested in connection to drive-bys (Belle Glade, FL): A 20-year-old man was arrested in connection with several drive-by shootings at rival gang members, Belle Glade police said. The man is charged with attempted homicide, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, and aggravated assault with a firearm. He is the second Dogs Under Fire gang member arrested in connection with shooting at rival gang, Little Rock Dogs. Police are searching for two other suspects. No one was reported injured in the five shootings.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: April 2, 2004
Straight Edgers characterized as terrorist threat (Salt Lake City and Ogden, UT): Straight Edge is Utah's largest gang and thought to be a terroristic threat, police are reporting. Hundreds of teenagers in Salt Lake City and Ogden align themselves with the 20-year-old Straight Edge movement, which advocates clean living devoid of smoking, alcohol, drugs, and promiscuous sex. The majority of those teens are law abiding, an officer said, but some commit violent crimes in small packs, usually assaulting those who smoke or drink. According to police, the gang was considered a domestic terrorist group after a series of violent attacks in the mid-to-late 1990s when Straight Edgers firebombed a McDonald's and a leather store, blew up a mink farm, and murdered a teenager for smoking in downtown Salt Lake City. Recently, they have been linked to multiple beatings, involving high school students in the Kearns area.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: April 2, 2004
Mayor presses probe of gang (Cincinnati, OH): The mayor of Cincinnati is pressing FBI agents and police to give an explanation for why an investigation of the Tot Lot Posse gang is taking so long. According to police, the gang is responsible for intimidating residents, widespread drug sales, and homicides. FBI officials say they have been involved for some time in an investigation with Cincinnati police, but they would not identify the target of their probe. Several Cincinnati officers are assigned to work full time with the FBI. "We've been working together on a joint investigation that has culminated in the past few months," said an FBI spokesman. "We're getting ready to take the final step." If that final step is taking the case to a federal grand jury to seek criminal indictments, it will be up to the U.S. Attorney's office to set the schedule. Federal prosecutors run the grand jury and determine if and when to seek indictments.
Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer Date: April 1, 2004
Gang ties alleged in teen's shooting (Chesterfield County, VA): Three young men face charges of criminal street-gang activity in a shooting that wounded an 18-year-old man at a birthday party in Chesterfield County. Authorities say all three men are allegedly affiliated with the West End Boys. The three suspects, ages 18, 19, and 20, were charged with felonious assault, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and participating in a gang-related activity, which is considered a more serious charge.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: April 1, 2004
Three arrested in weekend shootings (Oceanside, CA): Police have arrested a 20-year-old man and a pair of 16-year-olds in connection with two shootings that investigators believe are gang-related. In the first shooting, officers said numerous shots were fired into a home, but the shooter fled before they arrived. The second shooting occurred about a half-hour later when shots were fired from an SUV. Police arrested and charged the three suspects with suspicion of carjacking, conspiracy, and two counts of attempted murder.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: March 30, 2004
Cops arrest nine in stabbing (New York, NY): Nine people were arrested after an 18-year-old man was stabbed on the northbound train in a gang-related incident, police said. Those arrested were charged with first-degree assault, gang assault, first-degree rioting, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, and unlawful assembly. The victim was expected to recover from his stab wounds.
Source: Newsday Date: March 30, 2004
Several shootings in Belle Glade blamed on rivalry (Belle Glade, FL): A gang rivalry in Belle Glade has resulted in five shootings, police said. No one has been injured, but four members of the "Dogs Under Fire" gang are wanted for shooting at two members of the "Little Rock Dogs" at five different locations in the city, police said. The shootings appear to be in revenge for one of the alleged targets having a relationship with one of the suspects' girlfriend. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: March 30, 2004
Solutions offered to curb Rockford graffiti (Rockford, IL): In Rockford, police are trying to curb an increase in gang-related graffiti. According to police, there is something going on between the city’s Hispanic gangs: the Latin Kings on one side and the Latin Counts and Surrenos on the other. "Right now what we have is a lot on the south and southwest sides," an officer said. "It’s the younger kids, the 'wannabes' we call them, who do it. Not the older gang members — they don’t want the attention." The officer also added that a spike in graffiti does not necessarily mean a spike in gang-related violence. "A lot of these kids go to the same schools and nothing ever happens. When they’re out of school, one side might tag something, then another side sees it, so they tag over it because they see it as an insult, so it spreads." Negotiations have begun to see what kind of legislation can be passed to help set and increase fines for individuals damaging property with paint. Also being considered is the restriction of paint sales. Currently, if taggers are caught, they are usually charged with vandalism or criminal damage to property. The charge can range from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class 4 felony, depending on the amount of property damage.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: March 29, 2004
Man killed, another hurt in shooting (Salt Lake City, UT): One person was killed and another seriously injured in what police say was a gang-related shooting in a west Salt Lake City neighborhood. The two victims, in their late teens or early 20s, were known gang members and believed to have been on a porch when they were shot. No arrests have been reported.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: March 28, 2004
Three held in robbery attempt (Fresno, CA): Police arrested three men, ages 19, 23, and 26, on suspicion of armed robbery, attempted carjacking, assault with a deadly weapon, and involvement in a criminal street gang. The three men are accused of attempting to carjack a vehicle from a man in an apartment complex's carport. The car owner refused to give the men his car keys and was struck by a gun, an officer said. The man was treated and released from an area hospital. Two other victims reported that the three suspects held them at gunpoint in the carport and searched them for money.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: March 28, 2004
Gang task force merger opposed (St. Paul, MN): A recent news conference in St. Paul regarding the Gang Strike Force merger resulted in heavy opposition. The force's commander and other high-ranking crime-fighting officials say an increase in gang activity is imminent if the Strike Force does not remain independent. Those in favor of the merger believe it would streamline and coordinate efforts between the Strike Force and the 22 drug task forces and help develop a comprehensive plan to combat two crimes that often go hand-in-hand. Currently, $2.7 million was agreed upon by the state's governor for the new agency. If the bill passes, a Gang and Drug Oversight Council would be established July 1. It would have 22 members, including the superintendent of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, police chiefs, sheriffs, U.S. and county attorneys, Gang Strike Force and Drug Task Force members, and federal officials. The council would choose a statewide coordinator and determine how the newly merged agency would operate. Because the Gang Strike Force has funding only through June 30 and it would take several months to create the new agency, the state would not have any group solely dedicated to fighting gangs during the summer months, when gang activity usually picks up, a Strike Force official said. "They're going to take several months to try and put something together that took us seven years," he said. "I'm just bewildered by this."
Source: Star Tribune Date: March 27, 2004
State seeks tougher gang laws (Virginia): Spurred by the growth of gangs in Virginia, the Governor is considering stiffening legislation dealing with gang-related crimes. The anti-gang legislation increases sentences for people convicted of gang activity, while allowing property and money used in gang-related crimes to be seized. In addition, the legislation adds a "three-strikes" rule to the law, which would mean a person convicted of three gang-related crimes or recruitment would face five to 20 years in prison. Gangs that have been identified as having a presence in the state are the Bloods, Crips, Latin Kings, and United Blood Nation. Other highlights of the legislation include amending the law to allow the court to deny bail for certain gang offenses and adding gang affiliation as a category for the judge to consider when deciding on a sentence.
Source: Daily Press Date: March 27, 2004
Police investigate drive-by shooting (Albuquerque, NM): Police were investigating what was believed to be a gang-related drive-by shooting in the South Valley that left two males injured. A group of people were outside a home when several occupants in either one or two vehicles jumped out and fired several gunshot rounds at them, according to police. No arrests have been made.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: March 26, 2004
Gang member gunned down (Brooklyn, NY): A 20-year-old man was shot and killed by a man who may have been selling drugs to him, police said. The victim, a notorious Crips gang member, had been arrested prior to the incident for a drug-related charge. No arrests have been made.
Source: Daily News Date: March 25, 2004
Three teens struck by shotgun pellets (Durham, NC): In Durham, three teenagers were wounded by shotgun pellets in what police think was a gang-related shooting. The three victims were walking when two men in an approaching SUV opened fire, according to police. No arrests have been made.
Source: The News & Observer Date: March 25, 2004
Police arrest three in gang-style city shootings (Greensboro, NC): Police arrested three teenagers, two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old, in connection with a shooting on December 26 that they believe is part of a series of shootings between rivals, mostly Vietnamese gangs. All three were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into an occupied property. Another 17-year-old is being sought in connection with the shooting. According to police, when the men drove to a house, two men got out of the car, and one of them fired seven shots into the house. Five people were home, but nobody was injured. The four suspects are believed to be members of a local gang called Boys in Style. Police say the shooting came in retaliation to a similar drive-by shooting at one of the suspects' home. In that shooting, witnesses saw three Asian men, believed to be members of the Tiny Raskal Gangsters, fire shots into a house. No one was injured in that incident. Police are still investigating the shooting, along with several other reports of shots fired around the suspects' neighborhood.
Source: News and Record Date: March 25, 2004
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