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National City police to start gang unit (National City, CA): National City police are creating a five-officer squad to focus on street gangs, which have been connected to all but one of the 18 homicides here since Jan. 1, 2002. "We had a meeting with the chief and said we kind of have a problem here, and we need to get on it," said Sgt. R.G. Triviz, who helps manage violent crime investigations, referring to the impetus for the new unit
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 26, 2004
Oxnard gang ruling delayed (Oxnard, CA): Calling it a delicate task of balancing public safety with individual rights, a Ventura County judge on Monday delayed ruling on an injunction that would bar Oxnard's Colonia Chiques street gang from congregating in public. After hearing from attorneys on both sides, Superior Court Judge Fred H. Bysshe took the case under submission and said that he would issue a ruling June 1.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 25, 2004
Warner announces anti-gang "strike force" (Virginia): Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) yesterday created a "strike force" of 12 state police officers to work with local authorities in gang trouble areas and also proposed adding three prosecutors in Northern Virginia to focus on gang-related cases. Flanked by local prosecutors, police chiefs and other officials outside the Herndon Municipal Center, Warner said two recent incidents of gang violence have served as "tragic reminders of the prevalence of youth gangs across Northern Virginia."
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 25, 2004
Crips, Bloods in Newark agree to a truce (Newark, NJ): Two rival street gangs long associated with violence have signed a peace agreement, garnering praise from city officials but skepticism from law enforcement. Members of the Crips and Bloods said the level of violence had become even too much for them. "The problem is us. The only way to fix this is us," a member of the Bloods faction called Pirus - an acronym for Powerful, Intellectual, Radical, Universal Soldiers - told The Star-Ledger of Newark.
Source: USA Today Date: May 25, 2004
Gang finding brings harsher sentence (Durham, NC): A jury convicted a reputed gang member Monday of shooting a rival in the chest at point-blank range. The jury found Kenneth Roberson guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones found that Roberson committed the crime as a member of a street gang and sentenced him to more than 10 years, twice what he would have received without the aggravating circumstance.
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 25, 2004
Reputed Bloods member sentenced for slashing teen (Pearl River, NY): A man believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday for slashing a teenager's face in what police called a gang initiation assault. Joseph Leiter, 22, of Suffern admitted cutting the 18-year-old's face during the February attack in Pearl River. The victim needed about 120 stitches to close the facial wound, which was an inch deep and 4 inches long.
Source: The Journal News Date: May 25, 2004
Teen's slaying renews fears of gang violence (Denver, CO): The shooting death of a teenager in a west Denver alley renewed fears Monday of increased gang violence. No one has been arrested in the Sunday night killing of 16-year-old James Arellano, who was gunned down in an alley near West 14th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Denver's Avondale neighborhood. It is at least the fourth fatal gang-related shooting this year.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: May 25, 2004
Gangs suspected in outburst of violence (Tacoma, WA): Two overnight shootings, including one that killed a 19-year-old Tacoma man, are the latest in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence on the city's East Side, police said Monday. Since January, there have been at least 11 shootings in which someone was wounded, two fatally. Police say they don't know what is behind the surge in violence, but suspect some of the shootings are gang-related and retaliatory acts.
Source: The News Tribune Date: May 25, 2004
Law begins crackdown on notorious Irvington gangs (Irvington, NJ): Here on 22nd Street, which residents call "Little Vietnam," the nightly crackle of gunfire has drowned out the chirping of crickets as the Crips and Bloods street gangs battle for dominance of the local drug trade. But Monday morning, state and local police swept through one particularly bad block, arresting six people and painting over gang graffiti in what they promised will be a sustained crackdown on street gangs in one of New Jersey's most crime-ridden cities.
Source: Newsday Date: May 24, 2004
Gang activity leaves big cities for rural areas (Dobson, NC): Hispanic gangs are moving out of North Carolina's big cities and targeting more rural areas where law enforcement is less likely to be aware of their activities, law enforcement officials say. Until this month, gang graffiti was the only sign Surry County's law enforcement officials had been aware of, interim Dobson Police Chief Sgt. Shaun Meyers said. That was before law officers diverted about 60 young men and children from a vacant lot behind Dobson's library May 14. Rival Latino gangs planned to meet there to battle over which would claim the library as their turf, Meyers said.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: May 24, 2004
Man killed in drive-by shooting (Hollywood, CA): A 21-year-old man was shot to death in North Hollywood early Sunday morning in a drive-by attack, police said. Dave Cortez of North Hollywood and his cousin were walking north on Fulton Avenue near Sherman Way when a vehicle pulled up next to them at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Brenda Crump of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station. Several shots fired from the vehicle hit Cortez, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 24, 2004
Grant sought to curtail gangs (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte City Council tonight is expected to approve a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police application for a nearly $36,000 state grant to help fund a gang-prevention program begun in February. It would be the second significant expenditure related to gangs approved by city officials this month. About two weeks ago, the council approved more than $100,000 for new software police will begin using later this year to track and analyze gang activity.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: May 24, 2004
11 nabbed in crackdown on neighborhood gang (Phoenix, AZ): Authorities have delivered a crippling blow to a gang that operates in and around the Palomino neighborhood, police said. After months of infiltrating and tracking the Mexican Brown Pride gang, authorities on May 14 apprehended 11 suspects, including the leader in connection with a long list of illegal activities in the neighborhood around 32nd Street and Bell Road, said Cmdr. Kim Humphrey, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: May 24, 2004
Ventura County builds case against gang (Ventura County, CA): Ventura County ranks as the most crime-free urban area in the West, but gang violence has spiraled so sharply upward in the last year that prosecutors want to ban the county's largest street gang from congregating in public. Invoking a strategy common in Los Angeles but unprecedented in Ventura County, prosecutors are set to ask a Superior Court judge Monday to prohibit at least 500 Colonia Chiques gang members from publicly hanging out together within a huge "safety zone" where about half of Oxnard's 186,000 residents live.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 23, 2004
Gang task force kicks off effort to keep peace (Las Vegas, NV): Hoping to head off a summer filled with gang violence, members of a gang task force Saturday unveiled a new campaign to help keep the peace in West Las Vegas. "We have a strong interest in that the streets we walk on ... are safe during the summer," said the Rev. Robert Fowler of Victory Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force. Operation Lasting Peace will feature a three-pronged attack of prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activity, which historically has risen during the summer vacation months.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 23, 2004
Gang Violence Worries North Virginia Officials (Virginia) : Hours after he was charged with hacking a teenager's hands with a machete, Hayner R. Flores etched one of the most feared symbols in Northern Virginia on the glass window of his Fairfax County jail cell door. The 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, sheriff's deputies said, scrawled "MS-13," the name of a street gang notorious for its violence. It was a defiant and brazen gesture, qualities that are emblematic of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 23, 2004
Chicago murders, violent crime down (Chicago, IL): Police say surveillance cameras and a crackdown on gangs are among the reasons for a drop in Chicago's murder rate this year after the city led the nation in homicides in 2003. The murder rate was down nearly 26 percent in the first four months of this year, with 132 murders from January through April compared to 178 for the same period last year, police announced Friday.
Source: The Times Date: May 22, 2004
Bringing it all back home: There was one distinguishing feature common to many of the 103 charred bodies of the victims of a fire that swept through a wing of an overcrowded prison in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, on May 17th. Most of the bodies were heavily tattooed. The dead were all members of youth gangs, most imprisoned for the mere act of belonging.
Source: Economist Date: May 21, 2004
Kin mourn youth slain in drive-by gang killing (Chicago, IL): A set of family photos taken last weekend--pictures of four siblings, carefully posed--will now be the only images the parents of Luis Magana have of their energetic 17-year-old son. Just days after the photos were taken, he was gunned down blocks from his home in the Little Village neighborhood in what police believe was a gang-related, drive-by shooting. His uncle, Emilio Pantoja, stood in the grassy back yard of the family's two-story brick house Thursday and shook his head at the loss.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 21, 2004
Antigang groups get federal funds (Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf yesterday announced that law-enforcement officials will get an additional $500,000 in federal funds to help fight gangs in Northern Virginia, bringing federal assistance to $2.65 million in the past 18 months. The federal funding almost matches the amount of money that Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties have spent tackling the gang problem this year.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 21, 2004
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