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Tri-City gang sweep nets 50 arrests (Benton County, WA): A recent wave of shootings prompted a gang sweep across the Tri-Cities this week that landed 50 people in jail facing dozens of felony charges. Local, state and federal agencies worked together to identify and arrest the suspects during the ninth gang sweep in the area since 2009.
Source: Tri-City Herald    Date: December 18, 2014

Sunnyside partners with outreach program to address gang issues (Sunnyside, WA): Gangs have Jose Martinez concerned for the future of his 14-year-old son. "I'm afraid because the way things are going, even in the schools, it's terrible how things are going right here in Sunnyside," Jose said.
Source: KIMA News    Date: December 16, 2014

Gang ties may have played role in fatal shooting at Wapato bar (Wapato, WA): Authorities are investigating the shooting death of a 23-year-old Sunnyside man at a Wapato bar early Thursday.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: December 12, 2014

Federal budget bill could boost funds for anti-gang efforts (Yakima, WA): For years Yakima Valley officials have complained the odds were stacked in favor of major cities when it came to obtaining federal funding to fight gangs. Now the final $1.1 trillion spending bill for 2015 before Congress could make it easier for Yakima County to get that much-sought federal aid.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: December 11, 2014

Yakima Valley sees reduction in gang crime (Yakima, WA): One recent afternoon in north Yakima, three young men met at a corner and exchanged street-style handshakes — two palms slid together followed by the tap of balled fists — and subtly glanced at Yakima police Officer E. Morfin as he passed in a patrol car.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: December 4, 2014

Sunnyside police department to disband gang unit (Sunnyside, WA): Sunnyside's police department will disband its gang unit in the new year. Those gang unit officers will be shifted to patrol. The change comes a little more than three years after the department started the special unit. KIMA asked the police chief the tough questions surrounding this move.
Source: KIMA News    Date: December 2, 2014

Prosecutors: Gang member used drugs, threats of violence to pimp underage girls (Tacoma, WA): A gang member and his accomplice face several criminal charges for allegedly selling women and young girls for sex.
Source: KCPQ 13 News    Date: November 14, 2014

Witnesses vanish prior to Spokane gang trials (Spokane, WA): The Spokane County Jail said it has a consistent problem with material witnesses not showing up for trials. Staff said it happens in roughly one in every five gang related cases.
Source: KREM 2 News    Date: November 7, 2014

Only one shot in Saturday confrontation (Yakima, WA): Yakima police on Sunday clarified that only one man was injured in a gang-related shooting Saturday afternoon.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: November 3, 2014

Yakima Valley bids farewell to anti-gang activist (Yakima, WA): Alex Santillanes did not receive his “Latino Star” award last week from the Central Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Latino Professionals Association. He also didn’t show his classic 1947 Cadillac at the Annual Tamale Festival in Wapato.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: October 19, 2014

Yakima County looks at ways to collect gang crime data (Yakima County, WA): Yakima County is looking for ways to get more information on the crime committed by gangs. A subcommittee of the gang commission met Thursday to figure out how to do it.
Source: KIMA News    Date: October 16, 2014

Tacoma gang member gets 40 years for 2008 murder (Tacoma, WA): A Tacoma gang member convicted of shooting a man 16 times was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison, according to prosecutors.
Source: KOMO 4 News    Date: October 10, 2014

Life term without parole for man, 24, in Yakima gang killings (Yakima, WA): A 24-year-old man was sentenced Tuesday in Yakima to spend the rest of his life in prison without parole for the gang killing of two men whose bodies were found in a car in the Yakima River Canyon.
Source: The Seattle Times    Date: October 8, 2014

Alleged gang member charged in shooting that wounded one at Tacoma’s Les Davis Pier (Tacoma, WA): Pierce County prosecutors have filed a first-degree assault charge against a Tacoma gang member who allegedly shot another young man after the victim said he knew the mother of the shooter’s baby.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: September 30, 2014

Yakima jury convicts man in double murder case (Yakima, WA): Almost two years after a dispute over a stolen gun ended in the deaths of two men, Marco Antonio Gallegos was convicted Friday on two counts of aggravated first-degree murder.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: September 27, 2014

Man convicted in Toppenish gang shooting (Yakima, WA): A 25-year-old man faces decades in prison after being convicted Wednesday of attempted first-degree murder in a gang-related shooting in Toppenish.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: September 26, 2014

Gang member sentenced to eight years in prision (Seattle, WA): A Seattle man with known gang ties was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Seattle to 101 months in prison following his conviction at trial for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan.
Source: Covington-Maple Valley Reporter    Date: September 21, 2014

From rivals to brothers: Surviving members of Connell boot camp program for incarcerated teens started out as enemies (Connell, WA): Tears unexpectedly formed in Daniel's eyes and his voice began to crack as he spoke about his former enemy.
Source: Tri-City Herald    Date: September 20, 2014

Teen wounded in Wapato shooting Friday (Wapato, WA): Wapato police are still investigating a shooting that injured a 16-year-old boy Friday morning but indicated it might be gang-related.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: September 20, 2014

Gang member charged in Lincoln District murder (Pierce County, WA): Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist charged Vernon Lewis Curry, Jr., 32, with murder in the first degree for the Sept. 7, 2014 shooting death of Michael Allen Ward, Jr., 33, in Tacoma’s Lincoln District. Curry is scheduled to be arraigned today at 1:30 p.m. in room 270 of the County-City Building in Tacoma.
Source: Bonnie Lake Courier-Herald    Date: September 19, 2014

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