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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
Police blame gangs by name (Fairfax, VA): Police officials in Virginia, aware that publicity-hungry gangs thrive on seeing their names in the paper, for years have avoided publicly naming gangs. But the problem with gangs has grown to such a degree that police said yesterday that policy has to change. "The number one impediment to effective gang enforcement is denial. For various political reasons, it exists.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 19, 2004
Shooting targets kids playing basketball (Palmdale, CA): Sheriff's detectives are searching for three men who opened fire with an assault rifle and a handgun on a group of young people playing basketball, hitting an 18-year-old in the hip and grazing a 10-year-old. The victims at first thought the gunfire was firecrackers, then one saw the muzzle flashes coming from a car, yelled "gun" and they all ran for cover, deputies said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 19, 2004
Assailant in slaying had gang tattoo, police say (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle who gunned down a 17-year-old Herndon youth Sunday night was sporting an "MS" tattoo on his forehead, signifying allegiance to Northern Virginia's largest street gang, law enforcement sources said yesterday. Jose Sandoval was shot several times as he walked with a 16-year-old girl through a Herndon neighborhood. The girl, who has not been identified by police, survived a gunshot wound to the back, Herndon police said.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 19, 2004
Kilgore adds to program on Virginia gangs (Fairfax, VA): A pair of bloody gang-related attacks within a week's time in Northern Virginia have caused law-enforcement officials to renew their call for more tools in fighting gang-related crimes. Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore emerged from a closed meeting with top Fairfax County police officials yesterday and announced a new component of his year-old effort to combat gang-related crime.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch Date: May 19, 2004
Herndon teen killed in suspected gang attack (Herndon, VA): An assailant on a bicycle shot and killed a 17-year-old Herndon youth and wounded a 16-year-old Sunday night in what police said yesterday was another explosion of gang-related violence in Northern Virginia. Police said Jose Sandoval, a freshman at Herndon High School, was killed about 9:40 p.m. as he walked on a quiet Herndon street, not far from the popular Washington & Old Dominion biking and hiking trail. Neighbors said they heard a rapid burst of shots and then saw the teenage girl standing over Sandoval, screaming.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 18, 2004
Two more in dangerous gang face lengthy prison sentences (Las Vegas, NV): Two more members of the Rolling 60s street gang pleaded guilty to racketeering charges Monday, another blow to a group that has terrorized a Las Vegas Valley neighborhood. Arlanders Gibson, 31, and Courtney Jones, 25, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in a racketeering-influenced corrupt organization before U.S. District Judge Larry Hicks early Monday.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 18, 2004
Shots fired following altercation (Fremont, CA): A self-professed gang member fired several shots at a moving truck in Centerville on Monday morning, police said, one day after another man was stabbed in front of a nearby church. The truck, a late-1970s yellow Chevrolet truck with a bed full of black garbage bags, has not been found, so it was unknown if anyone was injured, said police Sgt. Sheila Tajima-Shadle.
Source: The Argus Date: May 18, 2004
Gang ties bring stiffer sentence (Durham, NC): Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones had just put a man in jail for 10 days when someone told the judge the defendant was a gang member. Jones brought Justin Sharpe, 21, back into court and sentenced him to 11 to 15 months in jail, a stiffer sentence than even prosecutors requested. Sharpe's attorney said Jones never should have done that, because the judge based his decision on the fact that Sharpe had bragged about his gang ties in a widely publicized, recent documentary film, "Welcome to Durham."
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 18, 2004
Gangs eye kids as young as age 7 (Herndon, VA): Gangs in Northern Virginia are a growing threat to residents' safety and are recruiting children as young as 7 years old, law-enforcement officials said yesterday, a day after what police sources say was the second gang-related attack in a week. Gangs, which police say are growing in size and boldness, usually commit violent crimes against other gangs, but bystanders are at risk.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 18, 2004
Thefts linked to gangs (Ivanhoe, CA): An Ivanhoe gang member sought in connection with two robberies managed to evade police for two days, shooting at them, possibly making threatening phone calls and attacking a police dog before his arrest, authorities say. Tulare County sheriff's Lt. Richard Matthews said deputies arrested Alejandro Ruiz, 19, and five juveniles who are either identified gang members or gang associates in connection with two robberies.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: May 18, 2004
Gunfire marshals Park Hill (Denver, CO): It's 2:30 p.m., and a dozen children are napping in the day-care center of King Baptist Church as a car speeds into the parking lot. Gunfire startles day-care teacher Velora Barnes. A barrage of at least 10 bullets erupts as two or possibly three carloads of suspected gang members open fire on each other.
Source: The Denver Post Date: May 17, 2004
Gang violence eases in Portland (Portland, OR): As recently as Friday afternoon, Portland police were reflecting on how gang violence had cooled in recent weeks. They said they could only hope it was a harbinger of a calm summer on the streets. But after two shootings Saturday night, including one that left a 14-year-old boy dead outside a party in the Parkrose neighborhood, officers on the department's anti-gang unit are now talking about the most violent weekend since a spate of shootings nearly four months ago.
Source: The Oregonian Date: May 17, 2004
Police think man was killed tagging (Los Angeles, CA): Koreatown - Gunmen shot and killed a 30-year-old man in a drive-by shooting early Saturday, according to Los Angeles police officials. Police say the slaying was gang-related.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 16, 2004
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