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MS-13 gang is branching into underage prostitution, authorities say (Fairfax,VA): The 12-year-old runaway was desperate — she was out of money and had no place to stay. So she turned to the one man her friends said could help: a top MS-13 gang member.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: November 13, 2011

Roanoke holds gang conference (Roanoke, VA): Virginia may be for lovers, but police know it's also home to gangs. Gangs are such an issue in the Commonwealth, that leaders have put together a training conference here in Roanoke. We're told 48% of crimes in Virginia are gang-related, and a gun was used in most of those crimes (90%).
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: November 10, 2011

Gang member gets 21 years in prison (Portsmouth, VA): A Portsmouth man was sentenced Wednesday in Norfolk federal court to 21 years in prison for participating in a pattern of racketeering activity, including a home invasion and conspiring to distribute controlled substances, and possession of a firearm in a crime of violence.
Source: WAVY FOX43 News     Date: November 9, 2011

Man guilty in gang-activity, assault case (Stafford County, VA): An Arlington man who started a fight at a Stafford County party earlier this year is facing more than six years in prison after being convicted under a state statute that his lawyer calls "a disgrace."
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: November 7, 2011

MS13 street gang and others tied to child prostitution (Alexandria, VA): A Fairfax man with ties to the notorious MS-13 street gang was sentenced by a federal judge to 24 years in prison for luring teenage girls from the Northern Virginia area into the horrific world of child prostitution.
Source: WUSA 9 News    Date: November 4, 2011

Gang member sentenced for crimes (Portsmouth, VA): The Portsmouth gang member convicted of participating in racketeering activity including; attempted murder, home invasion and conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
Source: WAVY-TV 10 News     Date: November 1, 2011

New valley report focuses on gangs and youth (Staunton, VA): Shenandoah Valley gangs are relatively small and unorganized, but still pose a real threat to kids. Those are the findings of a 200 page study on valley gang activity, which also offers some plans of attack.
Source: WVIR 29 News    Date: November 1, 2011

Target gang activity in Augusta County, say advocates (Staunton, VA): The bad news is there are about 300 gang members within the borders of Augusta County. The good news is that area gangs are not well-organized and few, if any, have ties to the national affiliations they might claim.
Source: The News Leader    Date: November 1, 2011

Man sentenced for gang activity (Norfolk, VA): A Portsmouth man was sentenced Monday in Norfolk federal court to 15 years in prison for racketeering and other charges.
Source: Suffolk News-Herald    Date: October 31, 2011

Six juveniles charged in Suffolk gang investigation (Suffolk, VA): Six teenagers, ages 11 through 17, are charged with crimes in Suffolk. Police searched four homes Thursday as part of its ongoing investigation into the so-called Lloyd Street Gang.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: October 28, 2011

Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta youth office gets anti-gang grant (Staunton, VA): The area's Office on Youth won a $250,000 grant to develop anti-gang programs. The office will use the funds help police agencies suppress gangs, to run programs to get members out of gangs and find ways to keep kids from joining gangs.
Source: The News Leader    Date: October 28, 2011

Scaremare experiences gang-related incident (Lynchburg, VA): With Scaremare wrapping up Saturday night, organizers say they're on the verge of breaking an all-time attendance record. But all the good fortune has been marred by reports of gang activity.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: October 28, 2011

Roughly 300 in local gangs (Staunton, VA): The area has a significant youth gang problem, with an estimated 300 active gang members, a study for the SAW Coalition found. The gangs aren't well organized, and despite claims of links to at least 10 national operations, those affiliations are in name only, for the most part, the study found.
Source: The News Leader    Date: October 28, 2011

Bedford County's Sheriff confirms gang activity in county (Bedford County, VA): Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is the latest top cop to confirm that national street gangs have infiltrated his territory. Brown won approval from the county's Board of Supervisors on Monday night, to hire two full-time gang investigators for the sheriff's office.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: October 25, 2011

Man pleads to firing shots at Stafford party (Stafford County, VA): A man who fired several shots at a large teen party in Stafford County earlier this year pleaded guilty to two charges Tuesday.
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: October 25, 2011

Bedford County to consider quarter-million-dollar gang grant (Bedford, VA): The Bedford County Board of Supervisors tonight will consider accepting a grant of $267,164 to help the sheriff’s office combat gang activity. The U.S.Department of Justice has awarded a COPS (community oriented policing services) program grant to sheriff’s office.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: October 24, 2011

Red sock raises gang concern at school (Richmond, VA): A 7th grader at Richmond's Elkhardt Middle gets in trouble for wearing what the principal suspected was a gang symbol. That gang-related clothing was school issued.
Source: WWBT 12 News    Date: October 20, 2011

Virginia appeals court upholds conviction in gang-attack case (Virginia): Kirkland Crist Morris acknowledged he was a member of the violent Bloods street gang. But he said his role in a 2009 assault doesn’t constitute “criminal gang participation” because on that night he wasn’t fighting with the Bloods, he was fighting with a bunch of rival Crips.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: October 19, 2011

Albemarle police report drop in gang activity (Albemarle County, VA): Albemarle County police are reporting less criminal activity from the ZOG, or Zoo of Goons, gang. One month ago, police broke up two incidents of disorderly teens fighting near Albemarle High School. In the first, two teens were allegedly injured at Charlotte Yancey Humpries Park by a group that identifies with the ZOG gang. A day later, a group of unruly teens identified themselves as ZOG members.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: October 19, 2011

Man pleads guilty to killing fellow gang member in Powhatan (Powhatan County, VA): A member of the Bloods gang pleaded guilty Friday to fatally shooting a fellow member and critically wounding another in a late-night ambush in May near a Confederate cemetery in eastern Powhatan County.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: October 15, 2011

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