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New Bedford gang member acquitted of 2006 murder (Fall River, MA): A New Bedford gang member, serving a federal prison sentence for drug and gun convictions, was acquitted today in Superior Court for the 2006 slaying of a 35-year-old man on Route 18 in New Bedford.
Source: South Coast Today    Date: March 26, 2015

More Springfield Neighborhoods To See Innovative Anti-Crime Initiative (Springfield, MA): Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are set to expand an innovative community policing program that has garnered national attention. The anti-crime initiative called C-3 Policing will be brought to three city neighborhoods nearly six years after it was introduced in Springfield’s North End where it is credited with dramatically reducing gang related crime and violence.
Source: WAMC Northeast Public Radio    Date: March 23, 2015

Police arrest two local gang members in cemetery after shots fired; vehicle pursuit (Springfield, MA): Two local gang members were arrested by Springfield police overnight when officers heard several gun shots fired and witnessed vehicles speeding past them on State Street.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: March 21, 2015

Pittsfield anti-youth violence program advocates hope Shannon Grant cuts can be offset (Pittsfield, MA): Advocates for the Pittsfield Community Connection program to combat youth violence and gang influences hope the final fiscal 2016 state budget plan will offset a $1.25 million reduction in the level of Shannon grant funding in Gov. Charlie Baker's spending proposal.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: March 18, 2015

2 held in Worcester shooting; gang rivalry suspected (Worcester, MA): A 15-year-old boy shot several times Saturday morning was chased through a hotel hallway before crashing through a glass door, court records show.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: March 17, 2015

Murder charged in fatal gunplay (Boston, MA): Early on a Saturday morning last August, people were already gathering on Blue Hill Avenue for the annual Caribbean festival. But inside a corner store, two groups of rival gang members had crossed paths, authorities say, and both sides were armed.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 16, 2015

Police recover gun allegedly meant for gang feud retaliation (Boston, MA): A Boston man is facing charges that he possessed drugs and an illegal gun that he had bought to get revenge in a gang feud, police said. Anderson Vargas, 19, of Roslindale, was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Lesher Street in West Roxbury, Boston police said in a statement.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 6, 2015

Lynn gang leader sentenced to 25 years for murder plot (Salem, MA): A Lynn man and Latin Kings gang leader was sentenced to 24 to 25 years in state prison after being convicted of plotting to murder two “renegade” gang members, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.
Source: The Daily Item     Date: March 5, 2015

5 Investigates traces trail of heroin in Massachusetts (Boston, MA): The face of heroin is changing every day in Massachusetts. More and more families are now seeing the horrors, but don't know how it's getting here. Kelly Johnson was 17 years old when she first tried heroin in December 2013. "When Kelly made that choice to first use, I'm sure she had no idea what was ahead of her," said her mother, Gail Johnson.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: February 24, 2015

Gang leaders plead guilty to federal gun, drug charges (Boston, MA): The US Attorney's office in Boston reports the leaders of the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs pleaded guilty Friday to a variety of drug and gun charges that will see them hustled off to a federal penitentiary for at least ten years.
Source: Dorchester Reporter    Date: February 18, 2015

Most Wanted: Two self-proclaimed gang members on the run after massive raid (Springfield, MA) : It looked like a stash of weapons from a movie scene, a pile of handguns, rifles, ammunition and drugs but Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney says a 22 caliber handgun, 22 caliber long rifle, another rifle, a 40 caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and drugs were all pulled from a Wilmont Street home on Friday the 13th.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: February 17, 2015

State reduces New Bedford's anti-gang grant (New Bedford, MA): City Councilors are concerned that a $49,000 cut to the Shannon grant could hurt an anti-gang program in the city. The Baker administration has cut the program as part of its effort to address a $768 million state budget deficit.
Source: South Coast Today    Date: February 12, 2015

Shootings in Worcester reach record high in 2014 (Worcester, MA): As 2014 came to a close in Worcester, it marked a new record for the city. The number of shootings jumped for the third time in as many years, reaching a new record high of 38.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 11, 2015

Hard-to-solve gang killings push down city clearance rate (Boston, MA): More than half of all homicides in Boston in 2014 were outdoor shootings, many of them likely gang-related, committed under cover of darkness, and the most difficult type of killing to solve, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 3, 2015

Strip club melee sends 3 to Worcester hospitals (Worcester, MA): A melee outside a Southbridge Street strip club in the early morning hours of New Year's Day left three people injured, including one who was stabbed. Police said two of those injured are gang members.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 2, 2015

In Worcester, Gov. Patrick praises youth initiative (Worcester, MA): José Vazquez of Worcester knew only a rough life. The 21-year-old said growing up, he ran with the "wrong crowd" and got into all sorts of trouble, especially with local police. "I've been locked up a few times," he said.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: December 22, 2014

Former gang member seeks pardon, may run for Boston City Council (Boston, MA): Saying he has reformed his life, current and former law enforcement officials on Monday backed the proposed pardon of a man convicted of armed assault with attempt to murder for his part in a 1989 shooting that left a victim paralyzed.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 22, 2014

Fleeing Salvadoran Gangs, A Months-Long Journey To Boston (Boston, MA): Lisette glances over her right shoulder, looking out the window of a Greyhound bus at the U.S. immigration agents sitting nearby in an unmarked white cargo van. The agents just dropped her and her 11-year-old daughter off at a bus stop in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and are idling, waiting for the bus to leave.
Source: WBUR News    Date: December 18, 2014

State Awards $133k Grant to Pittsfield to Help Combat Gang Violence (Pittsfield, MA): "I realized that my life was slipping away and that I really hadn't done anything with it, except spend it incarcerated," said Pittsfield resident Michael Williams, "and I wanted to make a difference." This is Michael Williams: former inmate turned youth mentor.
Source: Time Warner Cable News    Date: December 18, 2014

Boston to overhaul street worker programs (Boston, MA): City officials on Saturday will announce an overhaul of Boston’s street worker program, which will merge in the new year with the Boston Foundation’s StreetSafe program to create one unified team reaching out to gang members and at-risk youths.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 6, 2014

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