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Gang council places programs in Renton schools; KSD waits (King County, WA): As the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs (SKCCCG) looks to implement anti-gang programs in the region, the Kent School District (KSD) will have to wait for programs to arrive in its schools.
Source: Kent Reporter    Date: February 5, 2015

Investigation ongoing in fatal shooting of 25 year old in Yakima (Yakima, WA): Investigators are continuing to look into Thursday night’s fatal shooting of a 25-year-old man in southeast Yakima.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: January 31, 2015

Gang Free Initiative To Focus More On Intervention (Yakima, WA): Perry Tarrant is the Emergency Preparedness Director and the Gang Initiative Manager in Yakima. It was a big day for Tarrant Tuesday as the city adopted a new comprehensive emergency plan and gave him the full reigns to the gang free initiative.
Source: KAPP 35 News    Date: January 15, 2015

Local gang outreach program, executive director part ways (Benton County, WA): The board of the most prominent gang outreach program in the Tri-Cities has decided to part ways with its executive director, leaving the agency’s future uncertain. Jesse Campos will no longer help lead F.I.R.M.E Outreach, the nonprofit he founded more than two years ago to help young people leave gangs.
Source: Tri-City Herald    Date: January 12, 2015

Auburn joins Suburban Gang Council in changing the future for kids and communities (King County, WA): Gangs are not just a big city problem. They've also moved to the suburbs. The Auburn School District and others in suburban King County have recognized escalating problems with gangs and associated drugs and crime.
Source: Auburn Reporter    Date: January 7, 2015

Regional council to help gang-involved youth in Federal Way, other cities (King County, WA): Gangs are not just a big city problem. They’ve also moved to the suburbs. The Federal Way school district and others in suburban King County have recognized escalating problems with gangs and associated drugs and crime, according to the Suburban King County Coordinating Council on Gangs.
Source: Federal Way Mirror    Date: January 6, 2015

One teen’s transformation from gang member to role model (Bellevue, WA): Six years ago, Placido Aguirre arrived at Bellevue’s Highland Middle School with a backpack that contained no books; it was stuffed with beer. By age 14, Aguirre had been “jumped in” to a local gang and spent his days and nights hanging out in the Crossroads neighborhood, drinking, taking drugs, spraying graffiti and getting into fights.
Source: The Seattle Times    Date: January 3, 2015

Not guilty plea in Pasco gang shootings (Pasco, WA): An 18-year-old man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to murder and assault charges for gang-related shootings in Pasco. The Tri-City Herald reports the trial date for DeShawn I. Anderson of Finley was set for Feb. 18 in Franklin County Superior Court.
Source: The Seattle Times    Date: December 24, 2014

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

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