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Belvidere shooting gang-related (Belvidere, IL): Police are tying a recent drive-by shooting in Belvidere to gang violence in Rockford. Victor Vidal, 21, and Ariel Vidal, 20, both of Belvidere, were charged Tuesday with armed violence and were in the Boone County Jail on $250,000 bond. They face up to 15 years in prison if convicted. The pair are suspects in what police are calling a gang-related drive-by shooting Sunday.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: May 13, 2004
Shooting at Merced high school leaves two injured (Merced, CA): Three people were arrested after a late afternoon shootout in a Merced high school wounded two teenagers. Julio Najar, a 19-year-old from Merced, is in stable condition after being airlifted to a Modesto hospital on Tuesday after the 5:25 p.m. shooting.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 12, 2004
Injunction has Hollywood gang on the run (Hollywood, CA): Gang-related crime was cut in half so far this year in the Hollywood area after an aggressive injunction was used to target the city's largest gang. City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Police Chief William Bratton said the falling crime rate marks the revival of Hollywood and that they want to put similar gang injunctions in place across the city.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 12, 2004
Pixley teen's slaying linked to gang (Pixley, CA): A Pixley man was arraigned on murder charges this week in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Everado Marquez in the victim's home. A second suspect remains at large. Suspect Miguel Cisneros, 19, faces the special allegation that he used a firearm in the Thursday killing and that he committed a crime for the benefit of a street gang.
Source: Tulare Advance-Register Date: May 12, 2004
Gang unit investigating shooting (Fort Worth, TX): A drive-by shooting Monday night that left two teens seriously injured and hurt a 1-year-old may have been in retaliation for a February gang shooting, police said.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: May 12, 2004
Crackdown on gangs results in 41 arrests (San Diego, CA): San Diego police arrested 41 people during the weekend as part of a continued crackdown on gang crime, bringing to 87 the number of people arrested since the effort began May 1, authorities said. The effort against gang crime will continue indefinitely, police said. Officers assigned to specialized units, including narcotics and gangs, have been moved into areas where an increase in crime has occurred.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 11, 2004
The innocent pay (Sylmar, CA): Knowing the dangers of living in the northeast San Fernando Valley, Cecilia Cortez took precautions to ensure that her son's 16th birthday party would be safe. No alcohol was served. Plenty of adults served as chaperons, and security guards patted down guests for weapons at the door. But despite the family's efforts, at least a half-dozen suspected gang members forced their way into the Saturday night festivities and started a fight that ended in the shooting deaths of two innocent partygoers.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 11, 2004
Police: Fight, firebombs linked (Rockford, IL): A fight in which Latin King gang members allegedly beat a man with bricks is believed to be linked to three firebombings, police say. According to court documents, several members of the Latin Kings attacked Jose Deleon on Wednesday. Deleon was hospitalized for injuries to his face and arm after a group of men beat him with bricks.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: May 11, 2004
Three arrested in slaying of Visalia teen (Visalia, CA): A man and two boys were arrested Saturday in connection with the Friday night shooting death of a Visalia teenager, police reported. Albert Meek, 19, and two 16-year-old boys were arrested on suspicion of murder after a traffic stop in the 800 block of South Santa Fe Avenue in Visalia.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: May 10, 2004
Combating the grip of gangs (Fort Pierce, FL): Fort Pierce police have a new full-time intelligence analyst who compiles information on gangs around the county and makes the information available to officers on the street. That's good news to the department's Gang Task Force, a collection of officers and detectives who periodically sweep the city targeting gangs and drugs. All too often, the two are inseparable, said Lt. Frank Amandro, who runs the task force.
Source: Fort Pierce Tribune Date: May 8, 2004
Boy killed (Los Angeles, CA): Authorities searched today for five young men, possibly teenagers, including one who fatally wounded a 14-year-old boy in a gang-related drive-by shooting in front of a South Los Angeles house. The boy was walking with two friends in the 1100 block of West 36th Place when a light-colored late-model sport utility vehicle pulled up next to them shortly before 8 p.m. yesterday, said Sgt. Stephen Faulk of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service Date: May 7, 2004
Teen pleads innocent in CHP slaying (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy pleaded innocent Thursday to murdering a California Highway Patrol officer in what authorities called a "random assassination" linked to street gang activity. Valentino Mitchell Arenas III entered the plea through his attorney, Deputy Public Defender Kent Thomas. Arenas was arraigned in Superior Court at the Pomona courthouse where authorities allege he fatally shot CHP officer Thomas J. Steiner on April 21.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: May 7, 2004
After 6 years, Milwaukee police gang unit restored, ready to roll (Milwaukee, WI): For the first time in nearly six years, the Milwaukee Police Department has a gang unit aimed at slashing violent crime and dismantling gangs. A key reform by new Chief Nannette Hegerty, the Gang Crimes Unit will finish training this week and be in full force next week. Some members are already on the job.
Source: Journal Sentinel Date: May 7, 2004
Shooting incident stuns Fresno neighborhood (Fresno, CA): Hours after Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer spoke about a crackdown on gangs and violent parolees, about thirty rounds from an assault weapon ripped through an east-central neighborhood. Nineteen people, including children, were inside the targeted house. One adult was hit by either bullet fragments or flying pieces of broken glass, police reported.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: May 7, 2004
Gang activity is causing concern (Niagara Falls, NY): Police are dealing with an increase in gang activity in recent weeks, including two incidents Monday that brought the total to about a dozen in the past month. Police officers were called at 9:30 p.m. to two incidents in the City Market on Pine Avenue involving large groups of teenagers armed with knives and sticks. That call came just days after stepping up patrols in response to a Thursday night gang incident that left one officer severely injured, police said.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: May 5, 2004
Elgin residents complain about police after gang shooting (Elgin, IL): A crackdown on gang activity in an Elgin neighborhood apparently has only been half successful. About 60 residents of the Sunset Park neighborhood Monday evening met with police to discuss an April 25 incident in which police say gang members shot at two officers - and how police handled the incident.
Source: Daily Herald Date: May 5, 2004
Police say Hispanic gangs a growing threat (Rockford, IL): Police estimate that there are 1,000 members of about 10 street gangs active in the Rockford area at any given time. Early Monday morning, one group confirmed its existence with a hail of flaming gasoline-filled bottles pitched at the homes of its rivals. Police believe the firebombings of homes in the 400 block of South Chicago Avenue, the 2000 block of Ninth Street and the 900 block of West Street indicate that at least two of the city's three major Hispanic gangs - the Latin Kings, the Latin Counts and the Surenos 13 - are at war.
Source: Rockford Register Star Date: May 5, 2004
Salinas sees typical string of shootings (Salinas, CA): Warmer weather, a seasonal rise in the Salinas population and the cyclical nature of gang violence all likely contributed to this past weekend's surge of bloodshed in the city, gang experts say. On Friday and Saturday night, four shootings occurred in Salinas - at least three of them gang-related and one of them fatal - breaking a four-month lull in gang homicides.
Source: The Californian Date: May 5, 2004
Rader workers injured in brawl (Tulsa, OK): A brawl between rival Tulsa gang members injured several staff members at the Lloyd E. Rader Center on Tuesday, officials said. Rhonda Burgess, a spokeswoman for the Office of Juvenile Affairs, said a group of Rader residents from rival Tulsa gangs began fighting about 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Source: Tulsa World Date: May 5, 2004
Teen charged in stabbing incident (Oshkosh, WI): A Green Bay teen could receive a prison sentence of more than 18 years if convicted on a charge related to an April 24 stabbing outside the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club. Shoua Lor, 19, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in Winnebago County Circuit Court on Monday. The criminal complaint states that a 17-year-old stepped outside a dance at the club and was stabbed in the right side of the chest.
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern Date: May 4, 2004
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