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Banishment being revived at some tribes (Minneapolis, MN): Banishment, long regarded as the ultimate punishment among American Indians, is making a comeback among tribes trying to find more effective ways to deal with gangs and drugs. The modern version means ordering troublemakers off the reservation but can also include stripping them of their tribal membership. Minnesota's Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe is one of the latest to revive the practice. The band approved a banishment law last fall and used it against three young people convicted in a series of assaults. Indian leaders feared the violence could lead to the formation of gangs. At least seven of Minnesota's 11 Indian bands have either passed or used banishment-type laws within the past decade. One reason tribes are turning to banishment is because federal law does not allow tribal courts to impose sentences of more than a year in jail and a $5,000 fine.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: January 4, 2004
Man at market hit in drive-by shooting (Mountain View, CA): Police in San Diego are investigating a drive-by shooting that wounded a 21-year-old man. The man was walking out of the Bel-Aire Market when shots were fired from a passing car with several men inside. His wounds were not life-threatening, police said.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: January 4, 2004
Teen shot in head on street (Lake Los Angeles, CA): Authorities are investigating a possible gang-related attack in which an 18-year-old man was shot as he was driving away from alleged gang members. The man was first confronted at a friend's house. According to detectives, gang slogans were yelled back and forth. The victim was reported to be in near-death condition. Three officials are searching for several suspects in connection with the shooting.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 4, 2004
Two teens charged with terrorism for drive-by shooting (Davenport, IA): Two teens, who police say were involved in a drive-by shooting, were arrested on terrorism and gang charges. A 17-year-old boy fired one shot from a shotgun at a Davenport home while people were outside. No one was hurt in the incident. He was charged with terrorism with intent, criminal gang participation, going armed with intent, and assault while participating in a felony. An 18-year-old female was the driver of the car, police said. She was charged with terrorism with intent, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: January 4, 2004
Woman indicted in shooting (Bernalillo, NM): A 20-year-old Bernalillo woman has been indicted on charges stemming from an August drive-by shooting. The woman, an alleged gang member, and a car full of people chased another car with three occupants, with gunshots fired from both cars. The charges filed were shooting at or from a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, conspiracy, tampering with evidence, and child abuse. If convicted on all charges, she could spend 10 1/2 years in prison and pay a fine up to $30,000.
Source: Albuquerque Journal Date: January 3, 2004
Police identify fifth suspect in attack on news carrier (Placerville, CA): Police have identified the fifth suspect in connection with the shooting of a newspaper carrier. The 21-year-old man is believed to be a member of the "Howe Park" Sureno gang and the gunman in the drive-by shooting, a police news release said. Police determined that the victim's car had been mistaken for that of a rival gang member. Three men and a teenager were arrested the day of the incident in connection with the shooting.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: January 3, 2004
Fresno finishes year with 36 homicides (Fresno, CA): In Fresno, police said the 14 percent reduction in homicides could be related to a department reorganization that included the formation of a street violence bureau. In addition, police said that homicides may be down because of a more intense focus on gang activity and a 9.4 percent increase in felony arrests. Under the retooling, detectives are immediately assigned to investigate violent crimes. In the past, except for murder cases, such investigations sometimes did not start for one or two days, the police chief said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: January 2, 2004
Bay area cities see rise in homicides (Bay Area, CA): As the homicide rate crept up again in 2003 for the Bay Area's biggest cities, police blamed street gang violence. San Jose homicides rose for a third straight year, with police reporting 31 in 2003, three more than 2002. According to police, three alleged gang members were arrested during the last month of the year in connection with a series of street shootings that left three dead. San Francisco police reported 71 homicides in 2003, up slightly from 68 the year before. Oakland police reported 114 homicides, one more than the 113 in 2002, which marked a 30 percent spike in slayings for the city. Gang and drug violence pushed East Palo Alto's homicide toll to 10 in 2003, up from six in 2002.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: January 2, 2004
Gangs blamed for rise in suburban slayings (Los Angeles, CA): In Antelope Valley, killings rose to a record high in 2003, and police are blaming the spread of gang activity from Los Angeles County to the region's suburbs. The number of reported homicides rose from 26 in 2002 to 43 last year. The previous record was 34 killings reported in 1992, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. "You are starting to see gangs and threat groups moving out to these areas," said the executive director of the National Major Gang Task Force. "For one, they probably think they can get away from the law enforcement and criminal-justice scrutiny that they go through in the urban areas."
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: January 2, 2004
County murders rise (Ventura County, CA): Ventura County has seen its homicide rate double in the past year, bringing it to the highest level in nearly a quarter-century. There were 49 homicides during 2003 in Ventura County, compared with 24 the year before. Nearly half the county's homicides took place in Oxnard, where 23 people were killed during the past year, most victims of gang violence. Officials say gang killings are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute because witnesses fear retribution.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: January 1, 2004
Teen murdered (Los Angeles, CA): A 15-year-old boy was killed in a possible gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles near Vermont Square, authorities said. The teen was shot multiple times and died about 30 minutes later at a nearby medical center. Police found bullet shells at the scene but could not immediately locate a suspect or weapons.
Source: City News Service Date: December 31, 2003
Brawl at mall gang-related (Clarksville, TN): A fight and attack on Clarksville police officers at Governor's Square Mall was gang-related, according to witnesses. Six male juveniles, all charged with disorderly conduct and two also charged with assault, were cited and released to their parents. An 18-year-old was also charged with disorderly conduct. A local high school student said one gang's members heard the other gang's members were there, so they went to the mall for a confrontation about a broken car window. Youths known as "Hilltop" come from Summit Heights and also are called "South Side." Not so far away are "Main Street" or "Brick City," which centers around the Lincoln Homes area. Lincoln Homes is also home of "North Side," he said. Clarksville Police's deputy chief also confirmed the presence of "so-called gangs" in the city. The location of groups calling themselves "Crips," now known as "Folk," and the "Bloods" are harder to pin to one location.
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle Date: December 31, 2003
Homicides (Los Angeles, CA): The homicide rate in Los Angeles fell 22.6 percent this year as a result of the new anti-gang offensive started by the Los Angeles Police Department's chief. With two days remaining in 2003, the city recorded 490 homicides, down from 633 last year. Those statistics put Los Angeles in third place behind New York City, with 578 homicides, and Chicago, with 560. Last year's spike in homicides was blamed on gang violence, prompting the police chief to declare war against street gangs.
Source: City News Service Date: December 30, 2003
Man hit in drive-by shooting (Portland, OR): The Portland police gang unit is investigating a drive-by shooting in which a 20-year-old man was shot. The area in which the man was shot is known for its gang problems, according to police. The man's wounds were not life-threatening.
Source: The Oregonian Date: December 29, 2003
Judges say Durham courthouse needs more security (Durham, NC): Recent gang fights in the Durham County courthouse have raised concerns about security measures. "It's scary," the Chief District Court Judge said of gang fights between such rivals as the Bloods and the Crips. "Incidents of violence are increasing here. We always needed more security. Now, the problem has pretty much hit us in the face because of increasing gang activity. Times have changed. Security hasn't kept up. It's a big problem." County officials agree but have not determined how to pay for the changes.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: December 29, 2003
Street kill blood trail leads to four (Queens, NY): Police arrested four Mexican gang members, ages 19, 21, 22, and 24, in connection with an attack in Queens that left one man dead and two others wounded. After partying in a club, the gang members picked on two brothers and their friend, asking what Mexican town they were from. "They denied being from Mexico because they were afraid what was going to happen," a source said. The three were attacked anyway. The 24-year-old was stabbed numerous times and died at the scene. The two brothers, ages 19 and 22, were critically injured and rushed to a local hospital.
Source: Daily News Date: December 27, 2003
Gang ties at work in pair's shooting (Tulsa, OK): Police are investigating a Christmas Day apartment complex shooting as gang-related. Two victims were shot after a group at the apartment complex became angry that the two were "on their turf," police said. One victim was in critical condition and the other was believed to have been treated and released. A shooting that occurred at the same complex earlier in the week left a 26-year-old man dead. No arrests have been made in either shooting.
Source: Tulsa World Date: December 27, 2003
Three hurt in separate drive-by shootings (Fresno, CA): Two drive-by shootings are being investigated by the Fresno Police Department for possible gang ties. The first shooting sent two girls, ages 14 and 17, to the hospital with gunshot wounds. Police said their wounds were not serious. In the second shooting, a 21-year-old man suffered life-threatening wounds after being shot multiple times from occupants of a vehicle. Police had no evidence that the shootings were related but have not discounted the possibility.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: December 26, 2003
One killed, one wounded in Long Beach shootings (Long Beach, CA): Police say a pair of shootings in central Long Beach that occurred 35 minutes apart appeared to be unrelated attacks. The first shooting occurred as one of two men in a car shot a 15-year-old teen as he was walking down the street with friends. Before the victim was shot, the occupants in the car asked him where he was from, which is typically a code for asking someone's gang affiliation, police said. Detectives found no sign that the victim was a gang member but suspected that his assailants might be. The second shooting happened a few miles away. A 21-year-old Long Beach man was standing in front of a house when a man on a bicycle pedaled up, words were exchanged, and the cyclist fired several shots. The victim later died at a nearby hospital. Police continue to investigate both shootings.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: December 25, 2003
Four held after shots fired into Bee carrier's vehicle (Placerville, CA): Four males, ages 17, 19, 21, and 22, were arrested after a drive-by shooting in which at least six shots were fired into the vehicle of a Sacramento Bee carrier. The carrier, who Placerville police said was mistaken for a gang member, was not injured. Placerville police and El Dorado County sheriff's deputies chased two vehicles until one was stopped. Four occupants were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and use of a weapon in the commission of a gang crime, officials said. Police were searching for the second vehicle and said a fifth arrest was expected.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: December 25, 2003
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