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Gang beating at Natomas High Clash leaves one student unconscious (Sacramento, CA): Seven Natomas High School students were arrested Thursday in connection with a gang-related campus beating that left one student unconscious earlier this week. The students - all minors - are being held on suspicion of battery, street gang terrorism and conspiracy to commit a crime - all felonies, according to the Sacramento Police Department. An additional 12 to 13 students are being sought by police in the case.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: May 28, 2004
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Authorities arrest six suspected gang members (Central Minnesota): Authorities hope a dispute between two groups of people with possible gang affiliations will calm now that six people have been arrested. Authorities also seized guns, cash and drugs. The dispute started several weeks ago, reportedly after drugs were stolen, said Sgt. Dave LaBeaux, the commander of the Minnesota Gang Strike Force's central region.
Source: St. Cloud Times    Date: May 27, 2004
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81 arrest warrants issued after 18-month drug probe (West Valley City, UT): One of the largest drug distribution rings along the Wasatch Front in recent memory was brought down Wednesday by local and federal authorities following an 18-month investigation. The investigation, dubbed "Operation West Coast," culminated Wednesday when 81 arrest warrants were issued for people believed to be involved in the multimillion-dollar drug operation that stretched from Utah to California to Mexico.
Source: Deseret News    Date: May 27, 2004
http://deseretnews.com/...

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Data: Gang crime is up (Denver, CO): Gang-related violent crime has surged in the first five months of this year, data released Tuesday by the Denver Police Department suggest. The number of homicides is down slightly - seven this year as compared with nine through the same period last year. But the 50 felony assaults recorded so far are a little more than half last year's total, and the summer months - when gang activity tends to increase - have yet to arrive.
Source: Rocky Mountain News    Date: May 26, 2004
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Girl was not target of shooting, police say (West Palm Beach, FL): A 15-year-old girl struck by gunfire Monday night was an unintended victim in what appeared to be a gang-related skirmish, police said. Tierra Meeks of West Palm Beach was hanging out in front of a house at 3723 Windsor Ave. along with Samuel Holmes, 21, when three men approached on foot about 7 p.m., police spokeswoman Dena Kimberlin said. The men opened fire, striking Meeks and Holmes, then fled on foot, she said.
Source: The Palm Beach Post    Date: May 26, 2004
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National City police to start gang unit (National City, CA): National City police are creating a five-officer squad to focus on street gangs, which have been connected to all but one of the 18 homicides here since Jan. 1, 2002. "We had a meeting with the chief and said we kind of have a problem here, and we need to get on it," said Sgt. R.G. Triviz, who helps manage violent crime investigations, referring to the impetus for the new unit
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: May 26, 2004
http://www.signonsandiego.com/...

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Gang activity arouses fear in Fremont (Fremont, CA): The 8-year-old boy used to play ball in the parking lot of his Central Avenue apartment complex, near Dusterberry Way. He ran around the lot doing what boys do: riding his bike, playing with friends -- being a child. But in the past week, things have changed near his home, and his father no longer lets the boy out of his sight.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald     Date: May 26, 2004
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Reputed Bloods member sentenced for slashing teen (Pearl River, NY): A man believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday for slashing a teenager's face in what police called a gang initiation assault. Joseph Leiter, 22, of Suffern admitted cutting the 18-year-old's face during the February attack in Pearl River. The victim needed about 120 stitches to close the facial wound, which was an inch deep and 4 inches long.
Source: The Journal News    Date: May 25, 2004
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Crips, Bloods in Newark agree to a truce (Newark, NJ): Two rival street gangs long associated with violence have signed a peace agreement, garnering praise from city officials but skepticism from law enforcement. Members of the Crips and Bloods said the level of violence had become even too much for them. "The problem is us. The only way to fix this is us," a member of the Bloods faction called Pirus - an acronym for Powerful, Intellectual, Radical, Universal Soldiers - told The Star-Ledger of Newark.
Source: USA Today    Date: May 25, 2004
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Gang finding brings harsher sentence (Durham, NC): A jury convicted a reputed gang member Monday of shooting a rival in the chest at point-blank range. The jury found Kenneth Roberson guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones found that Roberson committed the crime as a member of a street gang and sentenced him to more than 10 years, twice what he would have received without the aggravating circumstance.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: May 25, 2004
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Oxnard gang ruling delayed (Oxnard, CA): Calling it a delicate task of balancing public safety with individual rights, a Ventura County judge on Monday delayed ruling on an injunction that would bar Oxnard's Colonia Chiques street gang from congregating in public. After hearing from attorneys on both sides, Superior Court Judge Fred H. Bysshe took the case under submission and said that he would issue a ruling June 1.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: May 25, 2004
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Warner announces anti-gang "strike force" (Virginia): Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday created a "strike force" of 12 state police officers to work with local authorities in gang trouble areas and also proposed adding three prosecutors in Northern Virginia to focus on gang-related cases. Flanked by local prosecutors, police chiefs and other officials outside the Herndon Municipal Center, Warner said two recent incidents of gang violence have served as "tragic reminders of the prevalence of youth gangs across Northern Virginia."
Source: The Washington Post    Date: May 25, 2004
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Gangs suspected in outburst of violence (Tacoma, WA): Two overnight shootings, including one that killed a 19-year-old Tacoma man, are the latest in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence on the city's East Side, police said Monday. Since January, there have been at least 11 shootings in which someone was wounded, two fatally. Police say they don't know what is behind the surge in violence, but suspect some of the shootings are gang-related and retaliatory acts.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: May 25, 2004
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Teen's slaying renews fears of gang violence (Denver, CO): The shooting death of a teenager in a west Denver alley renewed fears Monday of increased gang violence. No one has been arrested in the Sunday night killing of 16-year-old James Arellano, who was gunned down in an alley near West 14th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Denver's Avondale neighborhood. It is at least the fourth fatal gang-related shooting this year.
Source: Rocky Mountain News    Date: May 25, 2004
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11 nabbed in crackdown on neighborhood gang (Phoenix, AZ): Authorities have delivered a crippling blow to a gang that operates in and around the Palomino neighborhood, police said. After months of infiltrating and tracking the Mexican Brown Pride gang, authorities on May 14 apprehended 11 suspects, including the leader in connection with a long list of illegal activities in the neighborhood around 32nd Street and Bell Road, said Cmdr. Kim Humphrey, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: May 24, 2004
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Law begins crackdown on notorious Irvington gangs (Irvington, NJ): Here on 22nd Street, which residents call "Little Vietnam," the nightly crackle of gunfire has drowned out the chirping of crickets as the Crips and Bloods street gangs battle for dominance of the local drug trade. But Monday morning, state and local police swept through one particularly bad block, arresting six people and painting over gang graffiti in what they promised will be a sustained crackdown on street gangs in one of New Jersey's most crime-ridden cities.
Source: Newsday    Date: May 24, 2004
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Gang activity leaves big cities for rural areas (Dobson, NC): Hispanic gangs are moving out of North Carolina's big cities and targeting more rural areas where law enforcement is less likely to be aware of their activities, law enforcement officials say. Until this month, gang graffiti was the only sign Surry County's law enforcement officials had been aware of, interim Dobson Police Chief Sgt. Shaun Meyers said. That was before law officers diverted about 60 young men and children from a vacant lot behind Dobson's library May 14. Rival Latino gangs planned to meet there to battle over which would claim the library as their turf, Meyers said.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News    Date: May 24, 2004
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Grant sought to curtail gangs (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte City Council tonight is expected to approve a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police application for a nearly $36,000 state grant to help fund a gang-prevention program begun in February. It would be the second significant expenditure related to gangs approved by city officials this month. About two weeks ago, the council approved more than $100,000 for new software police will begin using later this year to track and analyze gang activity.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: May 24, 2004
http://www.charlotte.com/...

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Man killed in drive-by shooting (Hollywood, CA): A 21-year-old man was shot to death in North Hollywood early Sunday morning in a drive-by attack, police said. Dave Cortez of North Hollywood and his cousin were walking north on Fulton Avenue near Sherman Way when a vehicle pulled up next to them at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Brenda Crump of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station. Several shots fired from the vehicle hit Cortez, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles    Date: May 24, 2004
http://www.dailynews.com/...

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Gang task force kicks off effort to keep peace (Las Vegas, NV): Hoping to head off a summer filled with gang violence, members of a gang task force Saturday unveiled a new campaign to help keep the peace in West Las Vegas. "We have a strong interest in that the streets we walk on ... are safe during the summer," said the Rev. Robert Fowler of Victory Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force. Operation Lasting Peace will feature a three-pronged attack of prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activity, which historically has risen during the summer vacation months.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal    Date: May 23, 2004
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