Gang-Related News Articles Newspapers and a magnifying glass

Cover Page of the Spring 2015 Newsletter

Check out the latest
National Gang Center

Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory using the control below.

California map graphic 9,487 articles from California
O.C. District Attorney, ACLU spar over gang injunction in Santa Ana (Orange County, CA): Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Thursday the victim of a fatal shooting on Christmas Eve might be alive if he had not resisted the terms of an injunction against a gang in Santa Ana, prompting an ACLU attorney to label the observation as “offensive.”
Source:    Date: January 8, 2015

Boy, 13, stabbed after denying he belonged to a gang (Concord, CA): A 13-year-old boy was in stable condition Thursday after police say two suspects fired gunshots at him and then stabbed him after he denied being in a gang.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: January 8, 2015

Five arrested after beating at Montgomery High (Santa Rosa, CA): Santa Rosa police arrested five Montgomery High students on Wednesday for an alleged gang-related beating inside a school bathroom.
Source: The Press Democrat    Date: January 8, 2015

Gang trio convicted in deadly 2010 shooting of soon-to-be father and friend (San Jose, CA): Three San Jose gang members were convicted Monday in the 2010 shooting deaths of a soon-to-be father and his friend outside an East San Jose apartment complex purportedly sparked by angry glances between the two groups, authorities said.
Source: San Jose Mercury News    Date: January 7, 2015

Gang operations net more arrests, gun, drug confiscations (San Bernardino, CA): An ongoing crackdown on gang activity in San Bernardino has led to several more arrests and the confiscation of firearms and drugs, police officials said.
Source: The Press-Enterprise    Date: January 7, 2015

Watsonville looks for solution to gang crime 'crisis' (Watsonville, CA): The Watsonville Police Department described the situation as "tense times" as gang crime spikes to a level not seen in years. The department presented information on efforts to suppress the problem in a special meeting Wednesday night.
Source: KION 46 News    Date: January 7, 2015

Driver sentenced in 2010 Planada gang attack (Planada, CA): The driver of a getaway vehicle used in a gang-related attack on two Planada teenagers in 2010 received an 11-year prison sentence Wednesday in Merced Superior Court.
Source: Merced Sun-Star    Date: January 7, 2015

Santa Cruz County's Gang Task Force has grown (Santa Cruz County, CA): The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office just added one more detective to the Santa Cruz Anti-Crime Team (SCCACT). The Santa County Sheriff's Office said the county established the team in 2010 to bring together local and state law enforcement agencies to confront and suppress drug and gang violence in Santa Cruz County.
Source: KION 46 News    Date: January 7, 2015

Prosecutor calls Modesto death gang warfare; defense says evidence doesn’t support theory (Modesto, CA): A prosecutor on Wednesday told a jury that the deadly attack on Erick Gomez is a primary example of the ongoing warfare between Sureño and Norteño gangs on the streets of Modesto.
Source: The Modesto Bee    Date: January 7, 2015

3 gang members convicted in San Jose 'mean-mug’ slayings (San Jose, CA): Three suspected Norteño gang members were convicted of a double killing in San Jose that happened after one of the victims gave them a dirty look, authorities said Tuesday.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: January 6, 2015

61 jailed in crackdown of East Side Victoria gang (Victorville, CA): A nearly five-year prosecution of Victorville-based Hispanic street gang members for crimes ranging from murder to methamphetamine sales, firearms violations and robbery has landed 61 members and associates in state prison for a combined 485 years, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Source: The Press-Enterprise    Date: January 6, 2015

Salinas gang member sentenced to 57 years to life (Salinas, CA): Sureño gang member Jaime “Chato” Murillo, 22, of Salinas, has been sentenced to serve a sentence of seven years in prison, to be followed by a sentence of a minimum of 50 years-to-life, the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday.
Source: The Californian    Date: January 6, 2015

Riverside County DA Hestrin vows to fight gang activity (Riverside County, CA): New Riverside County District Attorney Mike Hestrin vowed to bolster efforts to combat gang violence on Monday, citing a rapidly expanding Indio gang as an example of the root issue behind the county’s climbing rates of murder and violent crimes.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: January 5, 2015

Trial begins for two named in 2013 Sacramento gang spree (Sacramento, CA): The busy week started on a Saturday night, prosecutors say, when two reputed gang members robbed three teenagers of their iPhones and other knickknacks on the street near Valley High School.
Source: The Sacramento Bee    Date: January 5, 2015

San Fernando Valley sees rise in violent crime and gang crime (Los Angeles, CA): Violent crime and gang-related crime both increased in the San Fernando Valley in 2014, compared to the previous year. Violent crime rose 11.3 percent and gang crime grew 8 percent in 2014 in the Valley, said LAPD Commander Jon Peters, assistant commanding officer for Valley Bureau Operations.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News    Date: January 4, 2015

Saul Serrano, South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs Thrive Together (Santa Barbara, CA): When Saul Serrano was 13 years old, he was “jumped” by members of a gang while walking to the bus stop to get to school. “I blacked out,” he recalled in an interview with Noozhawk. “I woke up and said, ‘What the heck happened?’”Serrano grew up on the streets of Pacoima, a tough northern San Fernando Valley community where fists and feet were the common weapons of the street. He never succumbed to the temptation or pressure to join a gang, but used those influences to arm himself as an adult.
Source: Noozhawk    Date: January 4, 2015

California gang members traveling to North Dakota's oilfields where employers are more "felon-friendly" (Bakersfield, CA): Officials in Bakersfield, Calif., say they're very aware of gang members traveling from there to North Dakota's oilfields, often to commit crimes.
Source: Grand Forks Herald    Date: January 2, 2015

Gang or no gang, many immigrants legally stymied by injunctions (Santa Ana, CA): As head of deportation and defense organizing for RAIZ, a migrant-led group in Orange County focused on stopping the deportation of immigrants, Alexis Nava Teodoro’s caseload is brimming with people who qualify for protection under President Barack Obama’s new immigration plan but are too terrified to apply.
Source: Al Jazeera    Date: January 2, 2015

Watsonville Police cracking down on gang activity (Watsonville, CA): While many people had New Year’s Day off, Watsonville police officers were working overtime to keep the streets safe. “The gang problem we have right now is unpredictable and we are doing what we can to suppress the problem,” Sgt. Donny Thul said.
Source: KION 46 News    Date: January 2, 2015

Watsonville mayor: We will not let gangsters take over our town (Watsonville, CA): Watsonville police and city leaders are hoping to turn the tide on rising gang violence. This week City Manager Carlos Palacios authorized more overtime for the police department in an effort to get more officers on the street.
Source: KSBW 8 News    Date: January 1, 2015

Disclaimer: The news items and links are provided as an informational resource to you. Each of the linked Web page providers has its own policies and practices regarding how long a link to its news item is available before it is archived or a fee is charged. Also, some of the sites require users to register in order to access materials. We do not guarantee the accuracy, currency, content, or quality of any linked Web site information, nor whether a link from the Web site may take the user to unintended or objectionable content. Please contact us to report any problems. Thank you.