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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
Tragedy foiled in drive-by school shooting (San Antonio, TX): Police took five men and two women, all in their late teens, into custody minutes after a drive-by shooting in front of St. Francis Academy in San Antonio. No one was injured in the shooting. Police have determined that one teen fired the shots, and the rest were passengers in the car. Police said that the young men are known gang members to the police department, and the shooting was believed to be gang-related. Officials believe the targets were students, but it has not been determined if a boy who was shot at was an intended target.
Source: San Antonio Express-News Date: December 6, 2003
Possible gang shooting (Las Vegas, NV): Police believe a shooting that seriously wounded a 15-year-old girl was gang-related but are unsure if she was the intended target. Investigators have been unable to interview the victim because she remains unconscious, and they say other witnesses have been uncooperative, therefore hampering the investigation.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: December 5, 2003
Teen guilty in gang killing (Staunton, VA): An Augusta County jury convicted a 17-year-old boy of second-degree murder for his role in a gang-related stabbing death in May. The jury found him guilty of participating in the attack that left a 19-year-old fellow gang member dead near a fishing pond. The victim wanted to leave the group, and other members feared he would inform police about their illegal activities, according to statements made in court. The other three members charged in connection with the killing have been convicted for their roles in recent months. The four were part of a locally organized group calling themselves "Crips."
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: December 5, 2003
Permanent injunctions placed on two street gangs (Los Angeles, CA): Two Los Angeles street gangs, the Rollin' 60s Crips and the Bounty Hunters, have been placed under permanent court injunctions barring them from associating with fellow gang members in public. One of the injunctions also makes it a crime for members of the Bounty Hunters, who are based out of Nickerson Gardens housing project in Watts, to approach any occupied vehicles in the street, warn others of police presence, or intimidate anyone. Most of the same restrictions apply to the Hyde Park-based Rollin' 60s, as well as additional rules aimed at curbing drug sales, making it illegal for members of the Rollin' 60s to possess pagers, cell phones, two-way radios, or scanners. In addition, the Rollin' 60s are banned from entering the territory of rival gangs. A violation of the injunctions, issued in Los Angeles Superior Court, would carry a possible sentence of up to a year in jail, according to the criminal chief of the city attorney's office.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 4, 2003
Limits on gang made permanent (Vista, CA): Seventeen members of an Oceanside street gang will be prohibited from gathering in public and will face several other restrictions, within a specified area of the city, a judge ruled. The judge issued a permanent injunction against the Center Street gang, saying it constitutes a public nuisance. The order creates a "safety zone" within the gang's territory, which is bounded by local streets. The order became permanent by default after a lack of response to the preliminary injunction from the people originally named in the civil complaint. The original complaint, filed in August 2003, includes names of 20 of the Center Street gang's most active members. All are male and one, a 17-year-old, is a juvenile. A defendant could be removed from the injunction if he has not been active in the gang within five years and the state Department of Justice has purged him from its list of documented gang members. Center Street's members are responsible for committing numerous crimes in Oceanside, including attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, burglary, and drug crimes, according to court documents. They also are precluded from fighting, trespassing, littering, vandalizing property, and making loud noise. Violations of the injunction would be considered misdemeanor offenses punishable by jail terms.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: December 4, 2003
14-year-old girl shot near Valley High (Sacramento, CA): A 14-year-old Valley High School student was shot while walking home from school in what Sacramento police say is a gang-related incident. The girl was walking with a group of other students when a car drove past them. Words were exchanged, the car made a U-turn, and the passenger came out with a handgun, firing four to eight shots. Police have not made any arrests and are unsure if the girl was the intended victim.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: December 4, 2003
Police ID man killed in park (Salinas, CA): A 22-year-old man was shot to death while walking with a friend in Natividad Creek Park. Two males approached them and opened fire, police said. According to police, the shooting was believed to be gang-related.
Source: The Californian Date: December 4, 2003
Oxnard police continue search for gunman in gang-related shooting (Oxnard, CA): Oxnard police are searching for a gunman in a gang-related shooting in which a 26-year-old man was shot while walking in the parking lot of a shopping center. Police said the type of clothing the shooter was wearing indicated his gang affiliation. The victim was last reported to be in serious condition.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: December 3, 2003
Gang leader arrested on drug charges (Providence, RI): The leader of the Almighty Latin Kings Nation was arrested after he was caught in the middle of an alleged heroin delivery in the Valley neighborhood. The 29-year-old man has been out on parole for racketeering and attempt to murder charges for the last two years. He was arrested after police recently received a tip that someone was selling large amounts of heroin from a car. He is now back in jail, held as a parole violator, and facing new charges of possession of one ounce to one kilogram of heroin and possession with intent to deliver heroin. The Almighty Latin Kings has more than 150 members in Rhode Island and is the largest and most active Hispanic gang in Providence, police said.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: December 3, 2003
Boxer testifies in murder investigation (Detroit, MI): A 19-year-old boxer was a key witness in a street-gang murder investigation in the death of a 20-year-old man and the wounding of another. The man was a passenger during the drive-by shooting, according to police reports. The 18-year-old male suspect admitted firing four shots at two men, saying that he was looking for members of a southwest Detroit gang, known as the Surenos, whose members shot him on two past occasions. He is being charged with one count of first-degree murder, which carries a sentence of life in prison with no parole, and a count of using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Source: The Detroit News Date: December 3, 2003
Gangbusters: Summer work eliminates graffiti (Oklahoma City, OK): Students at Roosevelt Middle School in Oklahoma City got involved in graffiti removal work this past summer. With seven gangs reported to have been roaming school halls and painting lockers with obscene language and gang symbols, the principal felt the need to do something about the problems. Lockers were ripped out and replaced with themed sitting areas for students to socialize. School records show 100 fighting incidents and about 350 instances of gang activity last school year. Since the start of this semester, fights have decreased more than 75 percent, and teachers have seen less than two dozen problems involving gangs. Students caught getting involved with gang activity face suspensions ranging from 10 days to a full school year. The principal said as gang members start marking their territory, the issue is then one of who socializes in that area. "The quicker we can get the graffiti down, the quicker we have control of the area," she said. Roosevelt also adopted school uniforms this year to prevent gang members from showing their affiliations through clothing.
Source: Daily Oklahoman Date: December 2, 2003
Two shot in gang confrontation (Durham, NC): According to police, two men, ages 22 and 29, were injured during a shooting between two rival gangs in Durham. The 29-year-old was in critical condition, and the 22-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening wound. A police spokesman said that he did not know which gangs were involved, but the department had confirmed the participants in the incident were members.
Source: The News & Observer Date: December 2, 2003
Ganging up on Long Island gangs (Long Island, NY): Authorities are teaming up to fight gang activity by pledging support for proposed new federal legislation to crack down on gangs. Gangs "are one of Long Island's biggest threats to public safety and quality of life," said one senator who is cosponsoring the bipartisan Criminal Street Gang Abatement Act. The legislation will include provisions that would give the death penalty or life imprisonment to gang members who commit murder and make gang recruitment a new crime punishable by up to ten years in jail.
Source: New York Post Date: December 2, 2003
Party ends in shooting (Syracuse, UT): Syracuse police arrested ten people in what was believed to be a gang-related incident at a party. Police were still investigating the cause of the fight, which involved racial insults. At least two people are facing felony charges after a 26-year-old man was shot. A 27-year-old, who rented the home for the party, was charged with aggravated assault, illegal possession or use of a controlled substance, possessing a controlled substance without a container, and intoxication. A 22-year-old was also charged with aggravated assault and intoxication. Two other men, ages 19 and 33, were arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of obstruction of justice, and the remaining six were booked on suspicion of public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: December 2, 2003
Police say weekend shooting appears gang-related (Ventura, CA): Police are searching for a man who shot at a group of men in Ventura during an apparent gang-related incident. Three men were standing in the parking area of an apartment complex when a man walked up to the group from an alley west of the parking area and reportedly yelled a gang name before firing a handgun at the group. Police had not made any arrests related to the incident. No one was injured during the shooting.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: December 2, 2003
Brazen attack sign of growing gang problem (Lancaster, CA): Street gang members who may be attempting to claim a Lancaster neighborhood as their territory have been accused of beating a man who was picking up his daughter at Lancaster Christian School, officials said. After getting out of his car because a suspect kicked a dent in it, eight to 10 assailants attacked the man, knocking him down and kicking him repeatedly. The suspects, ranging in age from 10 to early 20s, had been standing in front of the school's driveway when the man had asked them to move out of his way. The victim's 13-year-old daughter was punched in the face after getting out of the car to plead with the attackers to leave her father alone. The gang members suspected in the beating are believed to have been selling drugs out of a nearby apartment complex. Sheriff's anti-gang detectives are questioning and observing gang members in the area, but no arrests have been made in the beating.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: December 2, 2003
Families reel in wake of senseless shootings (Carson and Hollywood, CA): Police are investigating two separate shootings which led to the deaths of two women, ages 19 and 43. The first shooting occurred in Carson as the 19-year-old woman was sitting in her car with a friend listening to music. Her attackers were most likely gang members targeting a small group of boys who had been chatting with her on the street. The woman's friend was wounded also during the shooting. Police believe the second shooting may have been a case of mistaken identity. The 43-year-old mother was driving her family in Hollywood when a bullet crashed through the rear windshield and struck her in the head. No arrests have been made.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 1, 2003
Gang-style murder on Brooklyn street (Brooklyn, NY): A 21-year-old man was gunned down and killed on a Brooklyn street. The victim was walking with two friends when two other men called his name from across the street. After crossing the street to find out who they were, they pulled out guns and shot him to death. Police say the victim was believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang. No information about suspects was available.
Source: New York Post Date: December 1, 2003
More juvenile offenders being tried as adults (Texas): More juvenile offenders in Texas are being tried as adults because of a slight increase in major crimes and a scattering of highly publicized violent crimes involving young suspects. Texas Juvenile Probation Commission statistics show that statewide the number of juveniles certified to stand trial as adults increased from 141 in 2001 to 214 last year. A juvenile certified and convicted as an adult can face tougher sentences and be sent to a prison instead of a Texas Youth Commission facility. In Texas, a juvenile as young as 14 can be tried as an adult in a felony criminal case. In Fort Worth last year, a 16-year-old boy and three other gang members were charged in the stomping death of a homeless man outside the Ripley Arnold public housing complex over a $10 rock of crack cocaine, according to prosecutors. According to Texas Youth Commission statistics, an increase in gang crimes in the state pushed the number of certifications to 535 in 1995, one of the highest totals in recent years, but have decreased by 76 percent from 1996 to 2001. A drop in gang crimes and the use of determinate sentencing contributed to the reduction, prosecutors said. With determinate sentencing, which was enhanced in the late 1990s, a youth begins a sentence in a youth facility and completes it in an adult prison. The maximum sentence is 40 years.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: December 1, 2003
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