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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory using the control below.
Judge increases bail for gang member who started fight that ended in Portland 15-year-old's death (Portland, OR): A Multnomah County judge Thursday increased bail for a 23-year-old documented gang member identified by prosecutors as the aggressor in a fight at a Southeast Portland MAX platform that ended with his 15-year-old friend shot to death.
Source: The Oregonian Date: December 5, 2013
Second defendant pleads out in SM gang homicide (Santa Maria, CA): A second defendant in the gang-related torture and murder of a Santa Maria man in March changed his not guilty plea Wednesday morning.
Source: Santa Maria Times Date: December 5, 2013
Two V-Not Gang members sentenced in federal court (Syracuse, NY): Two V-Not Gang members were sentenced in federal court Thursday. Prosecutors said the suspects admitted to engaging in a pattern of racketeering which included acts of murder, drug trafficking and robbery.
Source: YNN News Date: December 5, 2013
Northbird attends gang resistance training (La Crosse, WI): Bug-O-Nay-Ge-Shig School Resource Officer Shannon Northbird of the Leech Lake Tribal Police Department, attended the National Gang Resistance Education And Training (GREAT) instructors' training Nov. 4-13 in La Crosse, Wis.
Source: The Pilot-Independent Date: December 5, 2013
Gun, heroin trafficking busts in Rhode Island cripple MS-13 gang, authorities say (Providence, RI): A long-running investigation of heroin and weapons trafficking in Rhode Island drew to a close Thursday, with authorities saying it resulted in the arrest of 36 alleged members of the notorious El Salvador-linked MS-13 gang and the seizure of more than 50 pounds of the drug, 15 guns and nearly $500,000 in cash.
Source: NBC News Date: December 5, 2013
Former LAPD officer and an ex-gang member explain gang mentality, solutions to curb violence (Fort Wayne, IN): Leaders in Fort Wayne are blaming this year's rise in homicides on gangs, guns, and drugs. Lots of you have asked how police and the community can help put an end to the violence. NewsChannel 15 spoke with a former Los Angeles Police Department gang unit officer about possible solutions for our city.
Source: WANE News Channel 15 Date: December 5, 2013
Program aims to reach kids, reduce gang violence in Watsonville (Watsonville, CA): Police, school and nonprofit leaders will kick off a two-year program in January to try to keep more children and teens out of gangs.
Source: Santa Cruz Sentinel Date: December 5, 2013
Yakima's biggest gang neighborhood makes YPD's list (Yakima, WA): Knowing where gang members live is valuable information and Yakima police are keeping track in hopes of improving safety. They've now got a list that highlights the biggest gang neighborhood in the city.
Source: KIMA News Date: December 5, 2013
Casady: Nonviolent gang crime drops (Lincoln, NE): Gang crime plummeted in Lincoln over the past few years, even though gang-on-gang violence escalated in the past six months, Public Safety Director Tom Casady said. Officers tied nearly 3,000 crimes — graffiti, attacks, robberies, rapes, drug deals — to gangs in the seven years since police started flagging certain crimes as gang-related, Lincoln Police Department data shows.
Source: Lincoln Journal Star Date: December 5, 2013
Murder trial opens in gang-related shooting (Wilmington, NC): A disagreement and disrespect -- that's what prosecutors say led Christopher Spence to pull out a shotgun at a birthday and graduation party last year after midnight on July 8, 2012, pumping the trigger again and again, destroying rival gang member Kirt Williams.
Source: WDEL News Date: December 4, 2013
Expert weighs in on gang mentality, culture (Fort Wayne, IN): Officials have been attributing the rise in violent crime to gangs, guns, and drugs. There's about a dozen known gangs. Many members teenagers. So why do they turn to gangs in the first place?
Source: WANE News Channel 15 Date: December 4, 2013
Watsonville gets anti-gang grant (Watsonville, CA): Efforts to keep young people in Watsonville from getting into trouble after school got a boost recently with a $380,000 grant from the state. The competitive grant from the California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention program (CalGRIP) will help the Watsonville Police Department, Pajaro Valley Unified School District and Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance to continue to offer services such as gang prevention, intervention and suppression activities focused on at-risk youth.
Source: Date: December 4, 2013
Coatesville gang leader sentenced for robbery and drugs (Chester County, PA): Before William "Pumpkin" Shockley was sentenced Wednesday, a prosecutor showed the judge a T-shirt he said the Coatesville gang leader made to intimidate his community.
Source: The Inquirer Date: December 4, 2013
Report: Cops see gangs as growing threat (San Diego, CA): Gangs committed about a quarter of all violent crimes in San Diego County last year and are considered a greater threat to communities than they were five years ago, according to a report released Tuesday.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: December 4, 2013
Alleged Ogden gang members plan suit over injunction (Ogden, UT): After being pursued by police and prosecutors for years, those targeted by a now-defunct gang injunction in Ogden are fighting back and plan to sue Weber County and Ogden City Police for potentially millions of dollars.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: December 4, 2013
Suspected Planada gang member pleads no contest in vehicle shooting (Planada, CA): A "high-ranking" Planada street-gang member with a lengthy criminal history pleaded no contest Wednesday to a felony count of attempting to shoot at a vehicle.
Source: Merced Sun-Star Date: December 4, 2013
Meet the company creating jobs for former gang members (Los Angeles, CA): At the two-story Los Angeles headquarters of Homeboy Industries, one of the country's largest gang intervention programs, you can purchase pastries, sandwiches, coffee mugs, T-shirts, onesies, freshly baked bread and much more. But the biggest item Homeboy Industries sells is hope.
Source: Entrepeneur Date: December 4, 2013
Two Boston men get life sentences in killing of teen (Boston, MA): Two Boston men convicted of killing a 16-year-old boy to send a message to a rival gang have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: December 3, 2013
Rec centers offer safe haven amid gang violence (Lincoln, NE): Antonio Horton knows what it means to be there when it matters most. Horton is a youth advisor for the Belmont Recreational Center in Lincoln, a community center with after school programs for school students, as well as open doors for any kids looking to get off the streets at night.
Source: KOLN News Date: December 3, 2013
Lompoc man sentenced to life without parole (Lompoc, CA): A Lompoc gang member convicted earlier this year of gunning down a former rival gang member in a dark alley will spend the rest of his life in state prison.
Source: Lompoc Record Date: December 3, 2013
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