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Chief says gangs problem growing (Plant City, FL): Police Chief Bill McDaniel said his department is taking aim at gangs that are trying to gain a foothold in the city. McDaniel told city commissioners Monday that his officers have made 71 arrests of gang members in about 15 months. The chief said they will keep up the pressure but need tips from the public and perhaps the power of an antigraffiti ordinance.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: May 1, 2004
174 gang suspects subject to arrest (Las Vegas, NV): A Las Vegas police crackdown on members of the Crips and Bloods street gangs has landed 26 gang members behind bars, and arrest warrants are outstanding for the remaining 174 targeted in the sweep. Twelve of the 26 gang members arrested, on suspicion of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to attempted murder, were still in jail Friday, but officers consider the effort a success, said Sgt. Ray Steiber of the department's Gang Crimes Bureau.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 1, 2004
Feinstein urges tougher laws against gangs (California): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged Congress on Thursday to renew the ban on assault weapons and pass legislation cracking down on gang violence, partly in response to the murder of a California Highway Patrol officer in Pomona. Feinstein's legislation, which she introduced with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would create new federal crimes targeting violent gang members and strengthens current laws against street gang crimes. It would also authorize $650 million for law enforcement and community groups for gang suppression, prevention, and intervention programs.
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Date: May 1, 2004
Experts: Haitian gangs going north (Miami, FL): Gang experts from Miami had a clear message Friday for Palm Beach County and Martin County police officers, educators, and social workers: Haitian-American gangs are moving north. Two detectives with decades of gang experience between them said that Miami-Dade officials ignored Haitian-American gangs for years, which allowed the gangs to grow stronger. The detectives cautioned the crowd of almost 200 against making the same mistake.
Source: Sun-Sentinel Date: May 1, 2004
Woman shot (Los Angeles, CA): Gang members staged a drive-by shooting on a South Los Angeles street, wounding a 24-year-old woman standing with a number of the attackers' rivals, police said today. The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. yesterday in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, said Sgt. Al Carbonara of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service Date: April 30, 2004
Two murder suspects face trial (Lancaster, CA): Two reputed Antelope Valley gang members were ordered Thursday to stand trial for murder in the slaying of a Lancaster parolee, who was shot to death following an argument at his home. Rafael Espinoza, 25, of Palmdale and Richard Garcia III, 24, of Lancaster are charged in the killing of Arthur Raymond Morua, who was shot to death on Feb. 17, 2003, in the 44700 block of Elm Avenue. "They got held to answer on all counts, which was one count of murder along with a gang allegation and a gun charge," Deputy District Attorney Carlos Chung said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: April 30, 2004
Drive-by shooting leaves two hurt (Providence, RI): A young man and a teenage boy were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Wanskuck neighborhood early yesterday morning. General Jones, 17, of Anchor Street, told the police that he and MacKenzie Irons, 21, of Ledge Street, were sitting in a car parked on June Street when three men in a black car drove by at 2:30 a.m. The car stopped and backed up, and someone inside opened fire on Jones and Irons, according to a report.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: April 30, 2004
Targeting of gangs yields 35 arrests (Fresno, CA): On a hot spring night last week, families were eating at restaurants at Universal Park shopping center on North Blackstone Avenue when a gang fight broke out. Twenty young men, maybe more, bloodied themselves with fists and knives. At least one fighter was wounded, Fresno police said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 30, 2004
Arrest made in gang-linked slaying of couple (Tulsa, OK): Two Hoover Crips members are suspected in the Feb. 21 deaths of parents of two rival gang members. Tulsa police detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with the killing of a married couple whom police have termed innocent casualties in a gang feud. Robert Antonio Fellows, 19, is believed to be one of two members of the Hoover Crips who are suspected of shooting to death 45-year-old Shelly Vann and 56-year-old Ples Vann Jr. in their home at 38 E. 50th Place North on Feb. 21, police said.
Source: Tulsa World Date: April 30, 2004
Stabbed teenager believed innocent victim of gang beef (Dorchester, MA): A 14-year-old boy was wounded in what police believe may have been a stabbing motivated by tension between two rival groups. According to the victim, he was walking with friends when another teen stepped into his path and asked, "Are you down with the Crown Boys?" He also added that the suspect wanted to kill him because he was thought to be a gang banger.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 29, 2004
20 gang members charged in drug probe (Chicago, IL): Police arrested 20 gang members on drug conspiracy charges after a four-month investigation at the ABLA housing complex on the west side of Chicago. The investigation was prompted by an increase in violence among competing factions of New Breed gang members. Other factions of New Breed still control dealing at that ABLA building, authorities said. Police have beefed up patrols around the public housing complex, hoping to quell any violence from other gangs jockeying for position after the recent arrests.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 29, 2004
Monitoring gang activity (York County, SC): Authorities in York County are keeping an eye on gang activity as it could be an imminent threat. Recently, a 16-year-old student at York Comprehensive High School was arrested after officials found a pistol and two boxes of ammunition in his car. The boy said he was a member of the "Cali Boys" and that the gun was protection against rivals in Rock Hill. Police, sheriff's office officials, and experts in gang activity say established gangs involved in organized crime have yet to penetrate York County, but loose-knit local groups have formed and could evolve into more cohesive and dangerous gangs. Police note that members of major out-of-state gangs have been arrested on criminal charges in the county. Gangs have already established themselves in Charlotte and in various parts of South Carolina. South Carolina is home to gangs that are offshoots of well-known gangs in California and New York. One full-time gang investigator with the Richland County Sheriff's Department estimates that there are about 50 gangs in Columbia alone.
Source: The Herald Date: April 29, 2004
Suspected gang shooting kills one, injures one (Tucson, AZ): A 21-year-old man was killed, and a 24-year-old man was injured in what Tucson police are investigating as a gang-related shooting. It appears the two men were walking down the street when shots were fired from a car. "The gang detectives are conducting the investigation because one of the parties involved has a gang affiliation," a police spokeswoman said. Police do not have suspects, and no motive has been identified.
Source: Tucson Citizen Date: April 28, 2004
Lawmakers target Pomona gang problem (Pomona, CA): With the recent killing of a California Highway Patrol officer, lawmakers in Pomona are looking for ways to tackle the escalating gang violence that may have contributed to his death. A spokeswoman for the Attorney General's office said that since 1994, the agency has had teams that focus on violent crimes. However, about a year ago, the agency trained teams that focus on combating gangs using the state's Street Terrorism Enforcement and Prevention Act. The act allows law enforcement to partner with local police agencies to go after entire gangs as a group and use enhancements in prosecuting gang members, she said. During future senate committee hearings to support a $650 million bill, one senator plans to talk about the officer shooting and a number of recent cases involving law enforcement officers being killed by gangs. The Federal Gang Violence Act would set aside money to fight gang violence, create new criminal designations, increase penalties for gang crimes, and make it a federal crime to recruit gang members.
Source: Pasadena Star-News Date: April 28, 2004
Possible gang ties probed after melee in Fitchburg (Fitchburg, MA): Three teenagers, ages 18 and two 17-year-olds, were arrested in a melee involving a billy club, a gun, and knife. Police believe the incident may have been gang-related. The three were arrested and charged with anticipated breach of the peace by assault and battery, a disorderly conduct charge. An officer said the charges were not assault and battery "because they said at the scene that this was not going to end, there's still hostilities."
Source: Telegram and Gazette Date: April 28, 2004
Man pleads guilty to gang recruitment (Burke, VA): A 22-year-old man pleaded guilty to a charge of recruiting minors into a gang in Northern Virginia. The man told police that he was a member of the Hoover Crips and had been initiated into the Crips in St. Louis and had been sent to Northern Virginia last year to expand membership. The maximum penalty for gang recruiting is five years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post Date: April 28, 2004
Two men accused of shooting at undercover cops (Elgin, IL): Police charged two men, ages 19 and 20, with attempted murder for allegedly shooting at undercover police they mistook for rival gang members. According to police, the two suspects were in a car when two officers began to follow them. The officers were investigating two drive-by shootings that had occurred recently. One of the suspects told police "he believed he was being followed by other gang members. Two shots were fired at the officers but missed and hit a parked car.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 28, 2004
Prison gang bosses sent to Texas (Guadalupe County, TX): Prison officials have sent 36 gang leaders from various Colorado state prisons to Guadalupe County Jail in Texas after a series of gang-related incidents threatened the safety of some facilities. Since January, there have been five gang battles and a near riot involving 100 inmates at prisons around the state. The 36 men taken to Texas are leaders of some of the more active gangs in the state's prison system. Their gangs actively recruit, rally behind destructive causes, and even go to war against rival gangs in prison, a prison official said.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: April 27, 2004
Violence spurs police crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are preparing to crack down on gangs after a recent surge of violence in which two men with gang connections were gunned down at an apartment complex. The two men, ages 26 and 30, were not active in a gang but associated with gang members. Family members believe there was an order put out to kill them after they refused to cover for gang members who were arrested on gun charges. The men are two of the 19 people killed in Fresno homicides this year. In 2003, there were 36 homicides. Eight of the 36 were gang-related, an officer said. A captain with the California Highway Patrol estimated there are 6,000 gang members in Fresno and another 6,000 throughout the rest of the county. The city is also seeking a civil injunction to prevent gang members from congregating in a neighborhood, on street corners, or in a car.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 27, 2004
Police seek drive-by shooter (Madison, WI): A drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in east Madison wounded an 18-year-old woman. The shooting occurred during a party as a fight broke out between two groups. A car approached a short time later, and someone in the car fired three or four shots at several people standing outside the apartment. Two of the shots hit a window and left a laceration on a woman's face. Police are looking for suspects.
Source: The Capital Times Date: April 27, 2004
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