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Violence spurs police crackdown on gangs (Fresno, CA): Fresno police are preparing to crack down on gangs after a recent surge of violence in which two men with gang connections were gunned down at an apartment complex. The two men, ages 26 and 30, were not active in a gang but associated with gang members. Family members believe there was an order put out to kill them after they refused to cover for gang members who were arrested on gun charges. The men are two of the 19 people killed in Fresno homicides this year. In 2003, there were 36 homicides. Eight of the 36 were gang-related, an officer said. A captain with the California Highway Patrol estimated there are 6,000 gang members in Fresno and another 6,000 throughout the rest of the county. The city is also seeking a civil injunction to prevent gang members from congregating in a neighborhood, on street corners, or in a car.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 27, 2004
Police seek drive-by shooter (Madison, WI): A drive-by shooting at an apartment complex in east Madison wounded an 18-year-old woman. The shooting occurred during a party as a fight broke out between two groups. A car approached a short time later, and someone in the car fired three or four shots at several people standing outside the apartment. Two of the shots hit a window and left a laceration on a woman's face. Police are looking for suspects.
Source: The Capital Times Date: April 27, 2004
Two sought in Oceanside killing of boy (Oceanside, CA): Police are looking for at least two people involved in the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old boy and the wounding of two others. The 16-year-old victim was standing in front of an apartment complex when at least two people fired at him from across the street. A 15-year-old boy was also struck, and a woman inside the apartment complex was wounded, police said. Police are uncertain about the motive for the attack but believe it was gang-related.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: April 27, 2004
Murder charges expected today in fatal stabbing (Cascade County, MT): Two more people, both of Billings, were arrested Monday and charged in the February break-in in which a young Great Falls man was stabbed to death. No one has been charged in 19-year-old Daniel Lee Matt Jr.'s death, but the suspect is in custody, Cascade County Attorney Brant Light confirmed. He said homicide charges are expected to be filed this week, perhaps today.
Source: Great Falls Tribune Date: April 27, 2004
New state law lets police detain illegal residents (Richmond, VA): Legislation passed by the General Assembly and Virginia's governor will allow the Virginia State Police to go after illegal immigrants they suspect of being involved in gang activity or the drug trade. Once the arrests are made, state and local police will be able to hold suspects as long as 72 hours without bond to let federal immigration agents pick them up. The legislation was originally derived from an anti-gang task force focusing on illegal immigrants who become involved in dangerous gangs that have taken root in parts of Virginia.
Source: Daily Press Date: April 25, 2004
Gang battle (Buffalo, NY): A bipartisan Senate bill giving law enforcement new weapons in combating street gangs could be a valuable new tool for Buffalo police. In 2003, at least 40 percent of the 60 murders that occurred in the city were gang-related. The proposed legislation includes a number of facets, including making it easier for prosecutors to seek life imprisonment or the death penalty where appropriate, and providing funds for a witness protection program, crucial to developing evidence against gang members. The measure would also impose a prison sentence of up to 30 years for anyone convicted of two or more gang crimes and up to 10 years for recruiting minors into a gang. This component could help reduce the number of new gang members, even as their numbers are being depleted through other prosecutions. A potential problem with this bill is that federal courts will not be able to accommodate the influx of new cases.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: April 25, 2004
Somerville cops watch gangs after teen's killings (Somerville, MA): Police have put extra patrols and dedicated a gang unit to the streets in Somerville to ward off a rumble between youths caught up in a teen's killing. Police arrested a 17-year-old teen in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy. The victim's cousin, a reputed MS-13 member, was believed to be involved with the incident. The suspect, who is a friend of members of H-Block, a Haitian unity group, ran the boy down with his car. According to the suspect's friend, his car was repeatedly vandalized by MS-13 members while delivering pizzas on their turf. The suspect claims he was only trying to scare the youths when the incident took place.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 24, 2004
Three arrested in drive-by shooting (Sioux Falls, ID): Police arrested three people in a drive-by shooting in a north-central Sioux Falls neighborhood. The suspects, ages 20 and two 21-year-olds, were each charged with four counts of aggravated assault, authorities said. According to police, three shots were fired toward a house and a parked car. No one was injured.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 24, 2004
Police say gang members stabbed two men with box cutter (Pawtucket, RI): Two men, ages 42 and 44, were stabbed and beaten during a confrontation with four young men in Pawtucket's Pleasant View neighborhood. The suspects, ranging in age from 19 to 21, were arrested and charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. One of the suspects was also charged with vandalism. According to the police report, the four men were members of the Bloods street gang.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: April 24, 2004
Inland teen charged with killing officer (Pomona, CA): A 16-year-old boy was charged as an adult in the shooting death of a 35-year-old California Highway Patrol officer outside a Pomona courthouse. The boy was charged with first-degree murder, along with sentencing enhancements for use of a firearm and committing the crime in furtherance of a criminal street gang. The gang enhancement alleges the boy shot the officer "for the benefit of, at the direction of, and in association with a criminal street gang with the specific intent to promote, further and assist in criminal conduct by gang members." The boy could be imprisoned for life without parole if convicted. The officer was in uniform at the courthouse to testify in a series of traffic ticket hearings when he was shot.
Source: Press Enterprise Date: April 24, 2004
Recent gang activity targeting young children (Plant City, FL): Police in Plant City are reporting a resurgence of gang activity, especially among younger children. Recently, a man in his early 20s and a boy about 14 fired upon a 10- and 15-year-old as they were walking in a mobile park home. No one was hit, however, a mobile home was left with three holes. A woman and her daughter were in the mobile home at the time but were not injured. Residents said rivalry between two gangs, the Dover Locos and the Southside gang, has recently sparked gunfire in the neighborhood. The city's gang problem is reportedly a spillover from the Dover area, where gang members are mostly Hispanic. The Dover Locos gang is affiliated with the California gang, Norte14, and the Southside gang is affiliated with the California gang, Sur13.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: April 24, 2004
District 214 redefines its policy on gangs (Cook County, IL): Officials from the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 are proposing a policy which would attempt to keep schools safer. The policy would change the current term "gang related" to "gang-like" behavior. A school official said deans have been dealing increasingly with teens and even parents who take offense to the "gang-related" behavior accusation, claiming it implies they are in a gang. "One of the defensive comments is, 'I'm not in a gang,'" he said. "The district's intention is not to prove the student is in a gang, but to express concern with the teenager's overall behavior," he added. The term "gang-like" is more general, he said, allowing the deans to talk with students spotted doing gang-like things and possibly intervene if necessary, without labeling them.
Source: Daily Herald Date: April 24, 2004
Gang members arrested (Brooklyn, NY): Suspected members of a Fort Greene drug gang were arrested by police and federal agents. The gang has controlled crack cocaine distribution around the Walt Whitman Houses and has been linked to 15 shootings and six homicides in turf battles since 1990, officials said. An investigation of the gang was prompted by a shooting a year ago in which police spotted the gang leader firing a gun into the air. After refusing to drop his weapon, the man was fatally shot by officers. If convicted, the members face severe sentences ranging from a mandatory minimum prison term of 10 years to a maximum of life.
Source: Newsday Date: April 23, 2004
Shelby police now tie some crimes to gangs (Shelby, NC): Police sent a 19-year-old man back to jail after revoking his bond for a curfew violation. The man, who has led the G Unit gang against its rival P Unit gang, faces a first-degree murder charge. According to police, the town of Shelby has seen an increase in gangs. Officials are now working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's gang unit to learn how to fight the problem. In addition, they have met with officials from the Attorney General's Office to learn how some gang members could be charged with federal crimes that carry more strict sentences. In 2003, Shelby had five shootings, all fatal. So far this year, there have been five shootings, with three fatalities. It is unclear how many of those shootings are tied to the gangs because police are still trying to identify members. They estimate each gang has between 20 and 25 members, mostly teenagers, an officer said.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: April 23, 2004
Task force examines gangs' pull for Latinos (Multnomah County, OR): A recent study by the Latino Gang Violence Prevention Task Force shows that efforts of schools, social services, and police departments are doing little to slow the growth of Latino gangs in Multnomah County. According to the study, there are an estimated 1,000 gang members in Portland and Gresham, and the number is expected to continue growing. Contributing to the gang problem, the report says, are a lack of recreation, poverty, and drug treatment programs aimed specifically at Latinos. In addition, the study found that Latino students have higher than average discipline rates in area schools, and school officials are not communicating enough with Spanish-speaking parents about the issues. Authorities plan to use the study to develop and improve gang enforcement and prevention.
Source: The Oregonian Date: April 23, 2004
Man with alleged gang ties dies in shooting (Tucson, AZ): A 23-year-old Tucson man, suspected of being affiliated with a gang, was found shot to death at the bottom of a staircase at an apartment complex, police said. According to police, the victim apparently went to the complex to meet a resident and had a confrontation with three men there. A motive has not been established, and suspects have not been identified, according to authorities.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: April 23, 2004
Drive-by sparked when invite to join gang declined (Fort Pierce, FL): A refusal to join a local gang sparked a drive-by shooting that injured a 13-year-old girl in Fort Pierce. Police have arrested a 20-year-old man, who was charged with nine counts of attempted felony murder, for firing several shots from a car at a group of people. The arrest of a 16-year-old boy was made a week earlier after he was accused of firing shots at the group from a field across the street before getting into the car with the 20-year-old suspect. According to two men in the crowd, the two suspects tried to get them to join the 13th Street Gang earlier in the week. When the men said they would not join the gang, they were reportedly told there was "a bullet with their names on it."
Source: Fort Pierce Tribune Date: April 23, 2004
Somerville monitors 'H-block' gang (Winter Hill, MA): Police in Somerville are trying to determine if recent graffiti in Winter Hill could be signs of a new gang making a name for itself. "They just popped up on the radar,'' an officer said. "The first thing we noticed was the graffiti tag 'H-Block.' It stood for Haitian youth claiming to be a gang.'' No crimes have been connected to H-Block as of yet, but police are monitoring their activity. In addition to the graffiti, investigators are also trying to determine if a 17-year-old, accused of murdering a 15-year-old boy after hitting him with a car, may be a founding member.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 23, 2004
Gang killings rattle Montbello (Montbello, CO): Two unrelated gang shootings that left a 16-year-old boy and 27-year-old man dead are raising concerns over a possible escalation of tensions between rival gangs. Police have arrested a suspect for the shooting of the 16-year-old, but no other arrests have been made.
Source: The Denver Post Date: April 22, 2004
Five year drug sting yields 15 arrests (Evanston, IL): After a five year operation, police and federal agents arrested 15 members of a drug gang that operated on Evanston's west side. The operation was named "Top Drawer" because it targeted ranking members of the Gangster Disciples street gang. Two men, ages 24 and 25, have already been convicted in federal court and sentenced to 10 years in prison. "This investigation is a success, but it is not over," an official said. "This investigation is continuing, and we're trying to work our way up the ladder to identify the sources bringing the drugs into northern Illinois."
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 21, 2004
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