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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

Cost of anti-gang report criticized in Newport News (Newport News, VA): A 42-page anti-gang report is drawing scrutiny from city council members not only for its content, but also for the $141,000 in federal taxpayer dollars that it cost to produce.
Source: Daily Press    Date: October 8, 2011

Man pleads guilty in Henrico gang murder (Richmond, VA): At first blush, the G-Shyne Bloods come across more like a Cub Scout den than a band of alleged murderers. "I take this oath to B trustworthy, responsible and militant for I am a reflection of my hood G-Shyne," reads a G-Shyne pledge found during an investigation into the murder six months ago of Henrico County resident Quondell Pringle, 22, near Highland Springs.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: October 4, 2011

Hampton man pleads guilty in two Newport News homicides (Newport News, VA): A reputed Hampton gang member entered guilty pleas in federal court to participating in two homicides that prosecutors say happened during drug robberies.
Source: Daily Press    Date: October 4, 2011

Richmond man pleads guilty to gang-related killing (Richmond, VA): A key figure in gang-related activities linked to an offshoot off the Bloods street gang pleaded guilty today to murder, gun and gang paticipation charges.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: October 3, 2011

Police step up patrols amid increase in gang violence (Albemarle, VA) : Police heavily patrolled the Hydraulic Road area near Albemarle High School Thursday afternoon, trying to keep the peace amid apparent escalating gang violence.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: September 29, 2011

Newport News unveils more details of anti-gang plan (Newport News, VA): A new initiative to combat gangs in Newport News would cost $300,000 in upfront costs and $145,000 per year in ongoing costs, according to Tuesday's report by Mayor McKinley Price. The $300,000 would help pay for a new $1 million multipurpose athletic field at the former South Morrison Elementary School.
Source: Daily Press    Date: September 28, 2011

Anti-gang proposal in Newport News faces opposition, scrutiny (Newport News, VA): Key components of Mayor McKinley Price's anti-gang initiative landed with a thud at City Hall this week. A day after it was proposed, four council members — Tina Vick, Sharon Scott, Pat Woodbury and Vice Mayor Madeline McMillan — expressed opposition to parts of the plan, including spending $300,000 for a new ballfield at the former South Morrison Elementary School.
Source: Daily Press    Date: September 28, 2011

Newport News releasing anti-gang report (Newport News, VA): The city is releasing a new report this week that outlines a strategy for curbing gang violence. The report is a culmination of a year's worth of meetings by task force committees and subcommittees, drawing from a number of areas of expertise, including police, churches and non-profit community groups.
Source: Daily Press    Date: September 26, 2011

Newport News releases road map to fighting gangs (Newport News, VA): Mayor McKinley Price hopes the release of a 42-page report on gang violence is the beginning of a successful strategy to combat gangs. The report is being released this week by the mayor's anti-gang task force, and includes many recommendations to reduce the gang problem.
Source: Daily Press    Date: September 26, 2011

Charlottesville, Albemarle fight increased gang activity (Charlottesville, VA): There is a growing gang problem in Albemarle County and Charlottesville, and now is the time to do something about it, police officials say. Albemarle County police Col. Steve Sellers and Charlottesville Police Chief Timothy J. Longo said their officers are seeing an increase in gang activity throughout the county and city.
Source: The Daily Progress    Date: September 24, 2011

Christiansburg man, 21, pleads guilty to gang participation (Christianburg, VA): A man charged earlier this year with gang participation pleaded guilty Tuesday in Montgomery County Circuit Court. Horton, Michael Allen Simpkins, 20, and five juveniles called themselves members of the 9 Trey Bloods, the largest street gang on the East Coast and a subset of the United Blood Nation, police said.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: September 21, 2011

Cuccinelli debuts video with anti-gang message (Virginia): A premiere showing of a video intended to discourage teens from joining gangs aired in the State Capitol Tuesday as part of an ongoing anti-gang effort by the attorney general's office.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: September 20, 2011

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