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The Bloods settling debts with death (Buffalo, NY): Authorities issued a warning to city police officers that local Bloods, who number about 100, will be pledging over the Christmas holidays to progress into the gang's hierarchy. Any Blood who kills a cop advances. Buffalo police estimate up to 40 percent of this year's 59 city homicides are gang-related, and homicide investigators believe the Bloods participated in several recent killings, pushing the city's current homicide rate up. Police are also using evidence from previous crimes to help them gather information on how the gang operates. A recent robbery at a local hotel gave police insight on how gang members sometimes rent hotel rooms in towns they do not live in. Buffalo is divided into four "sets" that the gang claims as its territories. They include the Near East Side, the West Side, Central Park, and the Bailey-Delavan neighborhood, according to detectives. They say that though membership in the Bloods is mainly African-Americans, whites and Hispanics are permitted to join in Buffalo.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: December 16, 2003
Gang members found guilty of conspiracy to distribute drugs (Knoxville, TN): A federal jury made local history when it declared the Knoxville Imperial Insane Vice Lords street gang a drug-trafficking organization. The case began in July 2002 when authorities announced an indictment that named 20 Vice Lords members as co-conspirators and alleged the gang's sole purpose was to corner the crack trade in Knoxville's inner city. Seventeen Vice Lords members have already pleaded guilty, leaving the case against the gang leader and two other members as a test of a federal task force's use of conspiracy laws to topple an entire gang. The three were found guilty of conspiring with their brethren to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine. The task force that compiled the evidence included the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Knoxville Police Department.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: December 16, 2003
Man charged in deaths of two (Chicago, IL): A 20-year-old Chicago man has been charged in a double homicide that was allegedly triggered by a gang rivalry along the Evanston-Chicago border, authorities said. The man is a member of the Vice Lords street gang and allegedly planned to rob Black P Stone gang members, according to Cook County officials. Two other gang members who were present during the killing of the 22- and 23-year-old are both at large.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: December 15, 2003
Hall's gang membership is continuing problem (Hall County, GA): A Hall County judge announced that his commitment to stopping the teenage gang problem could potentially mean sending violators to the Regional Youth Detention Center. "If they are delinquent and part of a gang, they will serve 90 days minimum," says the judge, one of Hall County's two juvenile judges. "I will not tolerate gang activity among kids." The county's gang membership is an ongoing problem and has recently increased, according to county officials. Last year, three gang members stood trial on charges stemming from a drive-by slaying that left two teenagers dead and two others wounded.
Source: The Times Date: December 15, 2003
Two killed at after-hours party (Holyoke, MA): A shooting that left two 25-year-old men dead and two others, ages 23 and 25, wounded was gang-related, police said. According to police, the shooting occurred after an argument between members of La Familia and the Latin Kings. The two victims were members of La Familia. No gang affiliation was reported for the two wounded men. No one has been arrested in the shooting.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 14, 2003
Passaic police foil robbery-by-appointment (Passaic, NJ): Police arrested an 18-year-old street gang member on robbery and weapons charges for allegedly robbing a Garfield man. The suspect told police he was a member of the street gang TST, which stands for "To Shed Tears." The 25-year-old victim was walking down a street when three men approached him, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. The suspect stole the victim's cell phone and driver's license and told him to meet the following day outside a restaurant or he would kill him. The victim reported the robbery, and the suspect was arrested when he showed up for the meeting.
Source: The Record Date: December 14, 2003
Vice Lords case goes to jury (Knoxville, TN): The fate of three Imperial Insane Vice Lords members and a historic effort to prosecute a street gang rests in the hands of a dozen East Tennesseans. Jurors hearing the case of the first Knoxville street gang ever to be prosecuted as a criminal organization began deliberations in U.S. District Court. The members are accused of operating a conspiracy to hawk crack cocaine in Knoxville's inner city and face up to a lifetime behind bars if convicted.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel Date: December 12, 2003
Durham youth hurt in shooting (Durham, NC): A 17-year-old Durham teenager was shot in what police called a gang-related incident. Police believe the shooting involved rival Crips and Bloods gang members. A neighborhood resident said he, the victim, and others were hanging out on a porch when they were approached by three teenagers from the neighborhood. One of the teens was angry because someone had told his mother he had a gun. The three walked away, and the victim followed, apparently heading home. When they turned the corner of the street, the resident heard a shot. Durham police brought three people to the crime scene in handcuffs. It was unclear whether police thought they had caught the shooter.
Source: The News & Observer Date: December 12, 2003
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
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