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Gang sweep nets 11 arrests (Pixley and Porterville, CA): A 34-hour sweep of south Tulare County netted Tulare County sheriff's deputies 11 arrests, seven of them felony arrests, including two on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, three on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon, one on suspicion of vehicle burglary and one on suspicion of resisting arrest.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: June 1, 2004

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Graffiti up preceding violence (Fremont, CA): In the weeks before the recent spree of gang violence in Centerville, police were aware of a gang element moving in but were unsure exactly what was going on, accor-ding to a lieutenant who works closely with gangs. "Nothing was definitive," said Lt. Gus Arroyo, who explained that the police department had been analyzing graffiti and other information that supported the theory that gang activity was beginning to increase shortly before two stabbings and two shootings occurred in a period of four days.
Source: The Argus    Date: May 30, 2004

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Three arrested in shooting of Fresno man (Fresno, CA): Two young men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the drive-by shooting death Thursday night of a 19-year-old man at his family's central Fresno home, police reported Friday. Lee Lor Xiong, 24; Pao Seng Yang, 19; and a 17-year-old boy, all of Fresno, were taken into custody after police stopped them in a car shortly after the shooting, Sgt. Len Gleim said. Gleim said there appears to be gang connections among some of the suspects and the victim, but police have not determined a motive for the killing.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: May 29, 2004

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Three sentenced in gun-buying scheme (Fort Wayne, IN): Three Fort Wayne men who belonged to the D-Boyz street gang have pleaded guilty to employing a network of 25 women and two men to illegally buy guns, according to the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. Deandre Haralson, Jasmine Jenkins and Brian Michael Hawkins were involved in the "straw purchases" of at least 150 guns -- some of which were used in homicides in Detroit. A fourth man, Riakos Barker, is to be sentenced on similar charges Aug. 27.
Source: Fort Wayne News Sentinel    Date: May 29, 2004

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Area gang force vows to stay intact (St. Cloud, MN): The St. Cloud area plans to keep an anti-gang unit even if the statewide Gang Strike Force goes under because of a lack of funding. Unless the Legislature meets in a special session and appropriates money, the state's strike force will run out of money at the end of June. The agency's budget was cut during last-minute negotiations in the 2003 legislative session.
Source: St. Cloud Times    Date: May 29, 2004

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Gang crime on the rise (North Richland Hills, TX): The first thing that made police think the driver was a gang member were the letters tattooed on his shoulder. The second clue was his extensive record of traffic violations and the fact that he lied about his date of birth and previous arrests. And lastly, the driver -- who was on probation for drunken driving and for driving while his license was suspended -- was still wearing an ankle monitor.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: May 28, 2004

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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

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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

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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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