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Chicopee police: Downtown sweep to counter uptick in gang activity yields several arrests (Chicopee, MA): A downtown sweep, conducted by law enforcement personnel Thursday night to counter an an uptick in gang activity by particularly youthful offenders, yielded several arrests on warrants, police said.
Source: The Republican    Date: October 9, 2015

Police: 16 arrested, 8 firearms recovered in gang sweep (Worcester, MA): Police say 16 gang members and associates have been arrested on firearms charges after a months-long investigation. The U.S. Attorney's Office says eight firearms were recovered, including large-capacity weapons and police say five of the gang members were either victims or perpetrators of past gun violence.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: October 7, 2015

Most of those caught in Worcester gang sweep have been indicted, are in jail (Worcester, MA): Most of the 16 alleged gang members and associates rounded up this spring and summer are still being held in jail awaiting the outcome of their court cases.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: October 7, 2015

Police to use manpower, lighting and cameras to focus on gangs (Chicopee, MA): City officials announced a multi-point plan to deter gang activity in the downtown on Sept. 29. Mayor Richard Kos said the installation of surveillance cameras, improved street lighting and stepped up police patrols are all part of the effort.
Source: The Reminder    Date: October 2, 2015

BPD detective to plead guilty to plotting to thwart FBI gang probe (Boston, MA): A highly decorated detective who served on the Boston Police Youth Violence Task Force is expected to plead guilty this afternoon to attempting to thwart an FBI investigation of a drug-dealing Roxbury street gang.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: September 29, 2015

Youth gang infiltrating downtown Chicopee, causing recent shootings (Chicopee, MA): Two shootings that occurred this month are tied to a new gang, mostly made up of teenagers pedaling bicycles, that is trying to infiltrate Chicopee Center. Chicopee has had problems with gangs since the late 80s or early 90s and police continually watch members and make arrests when they can.
Source: The Republican    Date: September 29, 2015

Holyoke police: Member of 'violent Dirty South' gang found with loaded handgun and arrested (Holyoke, MA): A member of "the violent Dirty South" street gang was found with a loaded handgun in the area of Dwight and Walnut streets Wednesday night and arrested, Lt. James Albert said.
Source: The Republican    Date: September 25, 2015

Police target 'shared guns' stashed in Boston neighborhoods (Boston, MA): Boston police, trying to keep a lid on the rising number of shootings, are coming across a disturbing trend in their battle to keep guns off the streets -- guns stashed in common areas of the city, shared by gang members.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: September 24, 2015

Holyoke shooting believed to be gang-related, 2 victims expected to recover (Holyoke, MA): A Sunday afternoon shooting that left two men injured, is tied to a troublesome gang based about two blocks from where the crime happened.
Source: The Republican    Date: September 20, 2015

Detective to plead guilty in Roxbury gang investigation case (Boston, MA): A second Boston police officer will plead guilty later this month to a federal charge connected to obstruction of an FBI investigation of a Roxbury drug gang, court records show.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: September 12, 2015

Longtime outreach program for at-risk youth gains steam again (Boston, MA): Clergy and members of the Boston Police School Unit gathered in a circle, holding hands, their heads bowed as the Rev. Mark Scott led them in prayer shortly before 6 p.m. one recent Thursday.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: September 11, 2015

A ‘Village’ kid reaches out to gang as violence rips through city (Worcester, MA): On a tour of Worcester’s Boys and Girls Club on Tainter Street, Ike McBride pauses at a mural depicting the Club’s Hall of Fame. McBride has been director of operations at the Club for five years, and he rattles off names of donors, volunteers, and the like.
Source: Worcester Magazine    Date: September 10, 2015

Springfield police: Forest Park shooting 'gang-related'; victims not cooperating (Springfield, MA): Police are continuing to search for suspects in a shooting late Tuesday night at Oakland and Dickinson streets, but are receiving no cooperation from the victims, police said.
Source: The Republican    Date: September 2, 2015

Three Worcester Students Arrested First Week of School for Gang Activity (Worcester, MA): A pair of gang-related arrests made last week in Worcester involved students from the city’s high schools. Between the pair of arrests, six teenagers were charged with possession of a firearm. Two of the six teens - including a 17-year-old juvenile female - attend a Worcester high school. One of the males involved recently dropped out.
Source: GoLocalWorcester    Date: September 1, 2015

Nathan Cruz gets 22 to 25 years in gang-related Springfield fatal shooting of Caleb Worrell (Springfield, MA): Nathan Cruz, 20, of Springfield on Wednesday pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Caleb Worrell on June 20, 2014. Assistant District Attorney Karen J. Bell said Worrell's death was the result of a confrontation between members of the Sycamore Street gang and the Knox Street gang outside the Racing Mart at 685 Sumner Ave.
Source: The Republican    Date: August 19, 2015

Police, clergy, officials frustrated by wave of shootings (Boston, MA): Boston officials and prominent clergy pledged on Monday to walk through high-crime areas and speak to young people in an effort to stem the recent tide of gun violence that claimed three lives over the past week.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: August 17, 2015

Social media's deadly role (Boston, MA): Social media is fueling deadly gang warfare in the Hub, allowing members to flaunt their guns and wealth and target their rivals by tracking their posts — escalating everyday online disputes into very real street violence, former gang members told the Herald yesterday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: August 15, 2015

Cities receive funds to combat youth violence, gang activity (Boston, MA): Gov. Charlie Baker has announced a $1.25 million funding increase for the Shannon Grant program to support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang and youth violence.
Source: Leominster Champion    Date: August 7, 2015

Worcester mayor: 'We have gang members with small minds carrying big guns' (Worcester, MA): Mayor Joseph Petty took a direct shot at those causing the violence in Worcester by saying the city has a bunch of gang members with small minds carrying big guns. The statement against those causing the violence was released Wednesday when the mayor spoke out against calls to ask State Police to help patrol Worcester's streets.
Source: The Republican    Date: August 6, 2015

Worcester’s Confidence in Police Response to Gang Violence Wavering (Worcester, MA): The public’s response to the increase of gun violence in the city of Worcester has arrived at its boiling point. Unfortunately, it took a stray bullet to hit a 2-year-old boy in the shoulder to do it.
Source: GoLocalWorcester    Date: August 5, 2015

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