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46 arrested in gang crime crackdown (San Diego, CA): Police arrested 46 people and issued 101 misdemeanor citations over the weekend during a crackdown on gang crime, authorities said yesterday. Assistant Chief Lou Scanlon said the concentration on gang crime will continue indefinitely and that extra officers could be on duty any night of the week to deal with any increase in violence. Despite the effort, four people were shot and wounded in incidents in Mission Valley, Lomita and Mountain View late Saturday and Sunday.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 4, 2004
Major raid targeted 140 homes (Pomona, CA): In a show of force aimed at the city's oldest and largest gangs, an army of police took to the streets before dawn Monday, arresting 51 people in a crackdown triggered by the recent courthouse shooting of a California Highway Patrol officer. The operation, which many officers said was the largest they'd ever seen, targeted 140 homes where gang members on parole or probation were thought to live.
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Date: May 4, 2004
Teen charged in stabbing incident (Oshkosh, WI): A Green Bay teen could receive a prison sentence of more than 18 years if convicted on a charge related to an April 24 stabbing outside the Oshkosh Boys and Girls Club. Shoua Lor, 19, was charged with first-degree reckless endangerment in Winnebago County Circuit Court on Monday. The criminal complaint states that a 17-year-old stepped outside a dance at the club and was stabbed in the right side of the chest.
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern Date: May 4, 2004
Schumer discusses gang bill (Albany, NY): Proposed federal legislation would boost the number of assistant U.S. attorneys assigned to prosecute gangs in the region and fund local-level witness protection for people who cooperate with the investigation of gangs, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said Monday.
Source: Times Union Date: May 4, 2004
Experts tally numbers of area gangs (Newark, CA): There are at least 17 organized gangs in the Tri-City area comprised of nearly 1,800 members, according to figures compiled by the Southern Alameda County Gang Task Force. "Newark and Fremont are very similar in the level of gang activity," said Officer Mike Carroll of the gang task force. "It's steady. It's not as bad as other areas [like Hayward.] ... Union City may be a little higher than Fremont."
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: May 3, 2004
Gangs not just young boys network (Chicago, IL): By the time Bianca Keyes knew what was happening, the 16-year-old had been attacked at her desk during her first-period American literature class. Within hours there would be a larger fight in the hallway of Keyes' school, Dyett Academic Center at 555 E. 51st St. By the end of the day April 23, nine female students had been arrested.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 2, 2004
Gangs not just young boys network (Chicago, IL): By the time Bianca Keyes knew what was happening, the 16-year-old had been attacked at her desk during her first-period American literature class. Within hours there would be a larger fight in the hallway of Keyes' school, Dyett Academic Center at 555 E. 51st St. By the end of the day April 23, nine female students had been arrested. Both fights were allegedly instigated by classmates Keyes said are part of a female gang, thrusting the spotlight on a rare but disturbing phenomenon on Chicago's streets.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 2, 2004
Experts: Haitian gangs going north (Miami, FL): Gang experts from Miami had a clear message Friday for Palm Beach County and Martin County police officers, educators, and social workers: Haitian-American gangs are moving north. Two detectives with decades of gang experience between them said that Miami-Dade officials ignored Haitian-American gangs for years, which allowed the gangs to grow stronger. The detectives cautioned the crowd of almost 200 against making the same mistake.
Source: Sun-Sentinel Date: May 1, 2004
Chief says gangs problem growing (Plant City, FL): Police Chief Bill McDaniel said his department is taking aim at gangs that are trying to gain a foothold in the city. McDaniel told city commissioners Monday that his officers have made 71 arrests of gang members in about 15 months. The chief said they will keep up the pressure but need tips from the public and perhaps the power of an antigraffiti ordinance.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: May 1, 2004
174 gang suspects subject to arrest (Las Vegas, NV): A Las Vegas police crackdown on members of the Crips and Bloods street gangs has landed 26 gang members behind bars, and arrest warrants are outstanding for the remaining 174 targeted in the sweep. Twelve of the 26 gang members arrested, on suspicion of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to attempted murder, were still in jail Friday, but officers consider the effort a success, said Sgt. Ray Steiber of the department's Gang Crimes Bureau.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 1, 2004
Feinstein urges tougher laws against gangs (California): U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein urged Congress on Thursday to renew the ban on assault weapons and pass legislation cracking down on gang violence, partly in response to the murder of a California Highway Patrol officer in Pomona. Feinstein's legislation, which she introduced with U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, would create new federal crimes targeting violent gang members and strengthens current laws against street gang crimes. It would also authorize $650 million for law enforcement and community groups for gang suppression, prevention, and intervention programs.
Source: Inland Valley Daily Bulletin Date: May 1, 2004
Crackdown on street violence is under way (San Diego, CA): A surge of violence in several San Diego neighborhoods has prompted an increase in police presence and a crackdown on even relatively minor crimes in those communities. Law enforcement officials said the response comes after four people were shot and killed and several others were hospitalized Sunday and early Monday in one of the more violent 30 hours on city streets.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: May 1, 2004
One teen killed, three others shot in Minneapolis (Minneapolis, MN): One teenager was killed and three other people were injured when around a dozen gunshots rang out early Saturday outside a house where as many as 200 young people attended a party. Authorities identified the dead man as Christopher Antwon Little, 18.
Source: Pioneer Press Date: May 1, 2004
Drive-by shooting leaves two hurt (Providence, RI): A young man and a teenage boy were injured in a drive-by shooting in the Wanskuck neighborhood early yesterday morning. General Jones, 17, of Anchor Street, told the police that he and MacKenzie Irons, 21, of Ledge Street, were sitting in a car parked on June Street when three men in a black car drove by at 2:30 a.m. The car stopped and backed up, and someone inside opened fire on Jones and Irons, according to a report.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: April 30, 2004
Woman shot (Los Angeles, CA): Gang members staged a drive-by shooting on a South Los Angeles street, wounding a 24-year-old woman standing with a number of the attackers' rivals, police said today. The shooting occurred about 10:30 p.m. yesterday in the 2000 block of Martin Luther King Boulevard, said Sgt. Al Carbonara of the Los Angeles Police Department's Southwest Station.
Source: City News Service Date: April 30, 2004
Two murder suspects face trial (Lancaster, CA): Two reputed Antelope Valley gang members were ordered Thursday to stand trial for murder in the slaying of a Lancaster parolee, who was shot to death following an argument at his home. Rafael Espinoza, 25, of Palmdale and Richard Garcia III, 24, of Lancaster are charged in the killing of Arthur Raymond Morua, who was shot to death on Feb. 17, 2003, in the 44700 block of Elm Avenue. "They got held to answer on all counts, which was one count of murder along with a gang allegation and a gun charge," Deputy District Attorney Carlos Chung said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: April 30, 2004
Targeting of gangs yields 35 arrests (Fresno, CA): On a hot spring night last week, families were eating at restaurants at Universal Park shopping center on North Blackstone Avenue when a gang fight broke out. Twenty young men, maybe more, bloodied themselves with fists and knives. At least one fighter was wounded, Fresno police said.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: April 30, 2004
Arrest made in gang-linked slaying of couple (Tulsa, OK): Two Hoover Crips members are suspected in the Feb. 21 deaths of parents of two rival gang members. Tulsa police detectives arrested a man Thursday in connection with the killing of a married couple whom police have termed innocent casualties in a gang feud. Robert Antonio Fellows, 19, is believed to be one of two members of the Hoover Crips who are suspected of shooting to death 45-year-old Shelly Vann and 56-year-old Ples Vann Jr. in their home at 38 E. 50th Place North on Feb. 21, police said.
Source: Tulsa World Date: April 30, 2004
Stabbed teenager believed innocent victim of gang beef (Dorchester, MA): A 14-year-old boy was wounded in what police believe may have been a stabbing motivated by tension between two rival groups. According to the victim, he was walking with friends when another teen stepped into his path and asked, "Are you down with the Crown Boys?" He also added that the suspect wanted to kill him because he was thought to be a gang banger.
Source: Boston Herald Date: April 29, 2004
20 gang members charged in drug probe (Chicago, IL): Police arrested 20 gang members on drug conspiracy charges after a four-month investigation at the ABLA housing complex on the west side of Chicago. The investigation was prompted by an increase in violence among competing factions of New Breed gang members. Other factions of New Breed still control dealing at that ABLA building, authorities said. Police have beefed up patrols around the public housing complex, hoping to quell any violence from other gangs jockeying for position after the recent arrests.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: April 29, 2004
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