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Task force focuses on apartments (Lancaster, CA): Federal and local officials arrested 12 people and revoked housing subsidies from seven apartments in a crackdown on gang activity and other crimes in a Lancaster neighborhood. The arrests included a reputed street-gang member wanted in a recent Palmdale killing. The sweep, carried out by more than 50 federal, state, county, and local law enforcement officers, was part of Lancaster's new campaign against crime in apartment complexes and other rentals.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 12, 2003
Gang member to serve 12 years (Salinas, CA): A 20-year-old Soledad gang member was sentenced to 12 years in prison for being a driver in a 2002 Salinas crime spree that included robbery, assault, and a shooting. The man was punished for his part in the incident that injured a man after one of his accomplices shot him in the back. The gang was known for targeting people wearing red, which is the color worn by rival Norteno gang members. Pleading no contest to two counts of robbery with gang enhancements, he faced a maximum sentence of more than 30 years in prison, a deputy district attorney said.
Source: The Californian Date: December 12, 2003
Gunshot victims uncooperative (Anchorage, AK): Two young adults, a 19-year-old male and 18-year-old female, were both wounded during a possible gang-related shooting that occurred just a few blocks away from a fatal shooting in November. Police have not been able to get any solid leads to the suspects because the two victims have been giving conflicting and changing stories about the shooting.
Source: Anchorage Daily News Date: December 12, 2003
Homeland Security asking for information on gangs (Anchorage, AK): The U.S. Department of Homeland Security agency has asked federal immigration officials to investigate gangs in Alaska. Officials have been asked to gather information such as the names of high-profile gangs, their estimated foreign-born membership, organizational structure, and criminal activities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement special agents nationwide have been asked to do the same. In some places, such as Arizona, highly organized gangs dealing in human smuggling threaten national security. While gangs are believed to exist in Alaska, officials say it is not the same as in Arizona where there are violent street gangs. The U.S. Attorney for Alaska informed people of one gang, the Good Boys Trece Surenos, or "GTS" gang, which was dismantled in Anchorage in 2001 after a joint investigation by Anchorage police and the FBI and a successful prosecution of several gang members in state and federal court. Federal authorities say gang members were required to commit multiple armed robberies to show their commitment and loyalty.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 11, 2003
Three arrested in San Jose slayings (San Jose, CA): Police have arrested three gang members for their alleged connection with a violent shooting spree, which killed a 22-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man and wounded three others. Police say that in at least two of the shootings, the victims did not know the three suspected men and had no connection to the suspects' gang. Authorities declined to give a motive for the shootings but said they are looking into whether the shootings were part of a gang rite or related activity and are trying to determine whether there are other suspects or witnesses.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: December 11, 2003
Innocent pleas in Mission killing (Hayward, CA): Four men charged in a September shooting that left a 19-year-old motorist dead and his passenger wounded will enter their hearings with not-guilty pleas. A 23-year-old suspected Norteo gang member is charged with murder with special circumstances in the fatal shooting of the 19-year-old Hayward man. Prosecutors alleged that the suspect gunned down the man during a drive-by shooting and for gang purposes, both special circumstances that could open up the possibility of a death penalty if he is convicted. The three other suspects, ages 20, 24, and 25, are charged with shooting into an occupied motor vehicle, though they are not alleged to have personally fired any shots. Gang enhancements filed against the men may lead to potential sentences of 32 years to life in prison.
Source: The Daily Review Date: December 11, 2003
Jury finds four men guilty of assault (Port Huron, MI): Four gang members, ages 19 and three 18-year-olds, involved in the beating of two 20-year-old men on July 16 were found guilty of assault with intent to do great bodily harm and other charges. The four men are members of a gang called the "Pearl Street Bloods," and they each face up to ten years in prison. Three others were also involved in the beating. A 17-year-old was sentenced to a minimum of four years, a 19-year-old was awaiting trial, and the last individual was a minor.
Source: The Times Herald Date: December 11, 2003
Victim of punching allegedly fires a shot into bar (Vancouver, WA): Police say a man who was punched in the face during a gang-related fight fired a gunshot into a bar. The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of drive-by-shooting. Witnesses say the suspect, who is affiliated with the Bloods gang, argued inside the bar with a man associated with the Crips gang. After being ordered outside, the men fought, and the suspect was punched in the face. He then allegedly pulled out a small pistol and fired a shot that went into the bar. No one was hit.
Source: The Columbian Date: December 11, 2003
Gang-slash suspects take trial over plea deal (Brooklyn, NY): Two suspected members of the Latin Kings pleaded not guilty to slashing a teenage student outside James Madison High School earlier this year. Both suspects, ages 16 and 18, were offered plea bargains but declined the offer. The suspects allegedly approached the victim and said, "We're Latin Kings - what do you got?" They then slashed him, leaving a 4-inch gash along the left side of his face. The suspects were identified by the victim and a school safety officer who saw the assault. Both are charged with first-degree assault.
Source: New York Post Date: December 11, 2003
Gang arrests (Los Angeles, CA): Eight members tied to the 118th East Coast Crips, a Los Angeles-based street gang charged with selling cocaine nationwide, were named in a federal criminal complaint, according to the FBI. The complaint alleged that the defendants manufactured crack and controlled cocaine distribution in the Los Angeles area. The individuals, ages ranging between 30 and 50, used coded language during drug sales to elude detection by law enforcement. The investigation, which has been going on since March 2001, was conducted by the FBI, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, local Sheriff's Department, Los Angeles Police Department, County Probation Department, and Inglewood Police Department.
Source: City News Service Date: December 10, 2003
Fight in jail sends three inmates to hospital (Cook County, IL): A gang-related fight in a dayroom at Cook County Jail sent three inmates to outside hospitals with stab wounds, authorities said. The three men, ages 24, 26, and 33, were in a room with about 50 other inmates jailed on parole violations when the fight broke out, authorities said. On October 27, a gang fight in the same jail division injured seven.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: December 10, 2003
Two charged in stabbing at megamall (Bloomington, MN): Two men, ages 19 and 31, were charged with stabbing a 17-year-old boy after exchanging taunts about rival Hispanic gangs at the Mall of America in Bloomington. The pair and two juvenile friends were in the Camp Snoopy game arcade on November 16 when the victim and his friend walked in. The friend told police that he and the victim were in the Latin Kings gang. A fight started and quickly ended after the victim was stabbed above the right eye with something like an ice pick, according to charges filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Source: Star Tribune Date: December 9, 2003
Tulsa murders: Black gang violence blamed as culprit (Tulsa,OK): Officials in Tulsa are concerned that the number of killings for 2003 is the highest it has been since 1981. The 2003 number is nearly double the number of people killed a year ago. Police cannot say accurately how many shootings are gang-related because more than a dozen of them remain unsolved. They do know, however, that half the victims are black in a city where blacks make up about 14 percent of the population. "We have had a jump in black gang violence this year," said a Tulsa police sergeant, who estimated that about 20 percent of the deaths fall into that category. Youth Services of Tulsa County created a grant-funded mentoring program earlier this year designed to work with youngsters before they become involved with gangs. "It's a travesty that this continues, that we have kids killing kids here," the director of Youth Services in Tulsa County said. "What we are trying to do is to step down a level and work with more of our younger kids. We want to target middle school-aged kids with high risks of becoming involved with gangs because of where they live and try to keep that from happening."
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: December 8, 2003
Arrests made in Long Beach shooting (Long Beach, CA): A 19-year-old man has been charged with two counts of attempted murder for allegedly participating in a recent drive-by shooting that critically wounded a teenage boy. Police have also arrested two boys, ages 15 and 16, who may have been the shooters. Details of charges brought against them were unavailable. Detectives believe the shooting stemmed from an ongoing feud between members of two local Asian gangs.
Source: Press-Telegram Date: December 8, 2003
Four arrested in Tustin mugging (Tustin, CA): Police arrested suspected members of a street gang from Orange, including three males, ages 20, 19, and a juvenile, and a juvenile girl, for robbery. A woman had been knocked down and robbed of her purse while walking home. She flagged down a patrol car to report the incident. The suspects were caught in a nearby shopping center after abandoning a vehicle.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 8, 2003
Two shot, four people arrested in downtown Monterey (Monterey, CA): Four people, ages 21 to 35, have been arrested in connection with a possible gang-related shooting in a downtown Monterey parking garage. Police said an argument broke out between young men in two cars and the shooting ensued. Two people, including one of the suspects, were shot, sustaining non-life threatening wounds. The suspects were arrested on a variety of charges including carrying a concealed weapon, attempted murder, resisting arrest, fighting in public, and violation of probation. All of the suspects are members of rival gangs. Investigation is ongoing.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: December 8, 2003
Manhunt hobbles gang activity (Sun Valley, CA): Police arrested a suspected police killer after a two-week manhunt in Sun Valley. During the search for the fugitive, police arrested more than 60 of the man's friends and family members which hobbled the Vineland Boyz, the gang the man was associated with. Out of the arrests made, police said about a third of them were helping the man evade police, and many of them were gang members. Police consider the gang to be one of the most dangerous in the working-class barrios of Sun Valley and North Hollywood. "This has definitely put a dent in their activity," an officer said.
Source: http://www.latimes.com/ Date: December 8, 2003
One killed, three hurt in drive-by (Palmdale, CA): A gang-related, drive-by shooting in a Palmdale neighborhood left a 19-year-old man dead and three people injured, officials said. The victims told investigators they were standing in the front yard of a home when four men drove by and opened fire. Investigators believe the suspects are between the ages of 18 and 23 and may be tied to other shootings.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 7, 2003
Program helps teens remove gang tattoos (Oakland, CA): A gang tattoo removal program in Oakland called Project New Start is expanding due to increasing demand. Each year, about 75 Oakland residents get the markings removed through a county program that uses laser treatments. Countywide, about 225 enter the program. In some cases, it can take more than a year to completely remove a tattoo. Participants must be county residents willing to make "positive lifestyle changes and enrolled in a school, job training or with a stable job," the program director said. To qualify for tattoo removal, participants must make a commitment to a vocational or educational plan and are teamed with mentors who make social services available. They must also agree to volunteer 50 hours of community service in such programs as Youth Radio or anti-graffiti projects. Others work at recreation or community centers or are assigned to shadow health professionals such as doctors and nurses.
Source: Alameda Times-Star Date: December 6, 2003
Gang problems increasing in Carlsbad (Carlsbad, NM): While addressing the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Committee, the Carlsbad police chief said gang activity is on the rise, with the last seven homicides being drug- or gang-related. "We need to act on this, and we need to act now," he said. "We can't wait any longer to respond to what they are doing to this town." The chief has requested five new police officers for his department, two of whom could be used to identify gang members and their associates. Committee members approved a request for the City Council to look into funding for more police officers.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 6, 2003
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