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Gang Violence Worries North Virginia Officials (Virginia) : Hours after he was charged with hacking a teenager's hands with a machete, Hayner R. Flores etched one of the most feared symbols in Northern Virginia on the glass window of his Fairfax County jail cell door. The 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, sheriff's deputies said, scrawled "MS-13," the name of a street gang notorious for its violence. It was a defiant and brazen gesture, qualities that are emblematic of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 23, 2004
Chicago murders, violent crime down (Chicago, IL): Police say surveillance cameras and a crackdown on gangs are among the reasons for a drop in Chicago's murder rate this year after the city led the nation in homicides in 2003. The murder rate was down nearly 26 percent in the first four months of this year, with 132 murders from January through April compared to 178 for the same period last year, police announced Friday.
Source: The Times Date: May 22, 2004
Kin mourn youth slain in drive-by gang killing (Chicago, IL): A set of family photos taken last weekend--pictures of four siblings, carefully posed--will now be the only images the parents of Luis Magana have of their energetic 17-year-old son. Just days after the photos were taken, he was gunned down blocks from his home in the Little Village neighborhood in what police believe was a gang-related, drive-by shooting. His uncle, Emilio Pantoja, stood in the grassy back yard of the family's two-story brick house Thursday and shook his head at the loss.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 21, 2004
Antigang groups get federal funds (Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf yesterday announced that law-enforcement officials will get an additional $500,000 in federal funds to help fight gangs in Northern Virginia, bringing federal assistance to $2.65 million in the past 18 months. The federal funding almost matches the amount of money that Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties have spent tackling the gang problem this year.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 21, 2004
Gangs aiming for local recruits (Wilkes-Barre, PA): Law enforcement officials say children as young as 9 might be targeted locally by big city gang members as potential recruits. "The age range is between 9 and 26," Sgt. Jeff Henry of the State Correctional Institution at Dallas told a gathering of about 30 people during the county Crime Watch Coalition meeting Thursday night. "It's very alarming," said Clarence Hogan of Harveys Lake.
Source: Wilkes Barre Times Leader Date: May 21, 2004
Bringing it all back home: There was one distinguishing feature common to many of the 103 charred bodies of the victims of a fire that swept through a wing of an overcrowded prison in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, on May 17th. Most of the bodies were heavily tattooed. The dead were all members of youth gangs, most imprisoned for the mere act of belonging.
Source: Economist Date: May 21, 2004
New drug sweep nets at least 57 (Chicago, IL): Leaders of a street gang that allegedly marketed crack and heroin with free samples at nearly 50 West Side street corners, each grossing up to $5,000 a day, were arrested early Thursday as federal agents and Chicago police fanned out to homes in the city and suburbs. Warrants were executed against more than 100 members of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords gang and their associates, and at least 57 were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing effort by police and federal agents to target top leaders of gangs that officials say are responsible for much of the city's violent crime and drug trade.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 21, 2004
Federal government grants $2.5 million for gang reduction (Los Angeles, CA): City officials announced Thursday a three-year, $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to reduce gangs in the city's Boyle Heights section. "The primary goal of this program is to take a comprehensive and collaborative approach to reducing youth gang crime and violence in targeted neighborhoods," Mayor Jim Hahn said. Milwaukee, Miami Beach, Fla., and Richmond, Va., were also chosen for the program.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 20, 2004
Conflict on deportation stalls gang legislation (Washington, DC): The Senate Judiciary Committee stalled last week on a bipartisan bill that would make it a federal crime to participate in street-gang violence after Democrats - joined by one Republican - removed a provision requiring the deportation of convicted aliens. Without the removed section, aliens convicted of violent gang crimes can avoid deportation, according to Republicans who attempted to keep the provision in the bill.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 20, 2004
Gang members held in Durham slayings (Durham, NC): With one swoop Wednesday morning, police say they think they solved two homicides and snatched five of an estimated 300 confirmed gang members off Durham's streets. Investigators raided a home at 719 Holloway St. and found five "validated Crip" gang members connected with two homicides and four other shootings, a Durham police news release said. Police arrested Demario Fortune, 23, of 1012 Franklin St. and Philipe Parker, 18, of 1006 Worth St. in connection with the Jan. 24 shooting death of Carlos Clayton of North Elizabeth Street.
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 20, 2004
Man, teen arrested in drive-by shooting (St. Petersburg, FL): A man and a teenager, both of St. Petersburg, were arrested Wednesday in connection with a fatal drive-by shooting, police said. Men Sorn, 20, was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder in the shooting death late Tuesday of Xaisomdeth Sayavongkeo, 18. Sorn's last known address was 2021 Burlington Ave. N, police said.
Source: St. Petersburg Times Date: May 20, 2004
Child hit in face in drive-by shooting (Biloxi, MS): Two boys, ages 12 and 10, were walking home around dusk Tuesday when someone pulled up in a small car and began firing a gun at them, wounding the younger boy in the face. An emergency room physician removed a metal object lodged in the boy's cheek. The weapon was believed to be a BB gun, but police have not yet analyzed the metal object.
Source: Sun Herald Date: May 20, 2004
Gang had cops' letter to alderman (Chicago, IL): The feds want to know how an envelope addressed to Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th) -- with a return address of the Chicago Police Department -- wound up in the hands of the Black Disciples street gang, sources said Wednesday. The brown envelope was discovered last week during a series of raids that put most of the gang's top leaders behind bars.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times Date: May 20, 2004
Kilgore reveals strategies for fighting gangs (Virginia): When Victor Torres moved to Richmond from Brooklyn in 1972 to help young people steer clear of drugs, he thought he had escaped gangs for good. "If anyone had told me then that Richmond would have a gang problem, I would have laughed at them," said Torres, a reformed gang member and former heroin addict. Today, officials have acknowledged at least 12 gangs here. Two are national Hispanic gangs. The other 10 are homegrown, neighborhood-based factions, such as the 17th Street gang and the Highland Park Soldiers.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: May 20, 2004
Inmates who rioted sent to Mississippi prison (Tutwiler, MS): The state Department of Corrections will send gang members who riot to a privately run prison in Mississippi. "We're not going to tolerate gang activity in prison," department spokeswoman Alison Morgan said Wednesday. "This is the consequence of their actions." The Department of Corrections entered a deal with Corrections Corporation of America to hold Colorado prisoners at the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility in Tutwiler, Morgan said.
Source: The Denver Post Date: May 20, 2004
War on drugs (Luzerne County, PA): There's no doubt that Bloods and Crips have established their gangs throughout Luzerne County, police chiefs say. Wilkes-Barre Police Chief Gerry Dessoye and Edwardsville Chief Michael Slusark say officers have encountered members of the Bloods and Crips during investigations. Both say the gang members are here for one reason: drug dealing.
Source: Wilkes Barre Times Leader Date: May 20, 2004
Teen killed in gang shooting likely not target, police say (Portland, OR): A 14-year-old boy killed outside a Northeast Portland party last weekend was shot during a dispute between young people with gang ties and likely wasn't the intended target, according to police. On Tuesday, Portland detectives arrested Alfonso Estrada Ortega, 18, of Southeast Portland in connection with Saturday night's shooting death of Andre Andaur in the 4700 block of Northeast 106th Avenue.
Source: The Oregonian Date: May 20, 2004
Six men are charged in business robberies (Memphis, TN): Police charged six men Wednesday with a series of business robberies. All six suspects in the three robberies are allegedly members of the Bloods street gang, police said.
Source: The Commercial Appeal Date: May 20, 2004
Casting a wider net for gangs (Boston, MA): Sergeant Joe Fiandaca has been a cop for a lot of years, which means there isn't an awful lot he hasn't seen and heard, but he is worried by the stuff left behind by young guys who flee the scene when officers arrive. "A week doesn't go by," he says, "with a car being stopped or a group dispersed when a machete or two are found."
Source: The Boston Globe Date: May 20, 2004
Police seeking a fourth suspect in gang-related shooting death (Norfolk, VA): A 25-year-old man's shooting death last week has led to four suspects who police say called themselves gang members, prompting concerns about gang violence in the city. Three of the suspects in the May 11 shooting of Antoine D. Boyd were in custody and a fourth was being sought, said Officer Chris Amos , police spokesman. Late on May 11 , police responding to a call about a gunshot victim found Boyd, of Virginia Beach, lying in the 600 block of W. 28th St. in Park Place.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot Date: May 20, 2004
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