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Lynn gang leader sentenced to 25 years for murder plot (Salem, MA): A Lynn man and Latin Kings gang leader was sentenced to 24 to 25 years in state prison after being convicted of plotting to murder two “renegade” gang members, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.
Source: The Daily Item     Date: March 5, 2015

5 Investigates traces trail of heroin in Massachusetts (Boston, MA): The face of heroin is changing every day in Massachusetts. More and more families are now seeing the horrors, but don't know how it's getting here. Kelly Johnson was 17 years old when she first tried heroin in December 2013. "When Kelly made that choice to first use, I'm sure she had no idea what was ahead of her," said her mother, Gail Johnson.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: February 24, 2015

Gang leaders plead guilty to federal gun, drug charges (Boston, MA): The US Attorney's office in Boston reports the leaders of the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs pleaded guilty Friday to a variety of drug and gun charges that will see them hustled off to a federal penitentiary for at least ten years.
Source: Dorchester Reporter    Date: February 18, 2015

Most Wanted: Two self-proclaimed gang members on the run after massive raid (Springfield, MA) : It looked like a stash of weapons from a movie scene, a pile of handguns, rifles, ammunition and drugs but Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney says a 22 caliber handgun, 22 caliber long rifle, another rifle, a 40 caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and drugs were all pulled from a Wilmont Street home on Friday the 13th.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: February 17, 2015

State reduces New Bedford's anti-gang grant (New Bedford, MA): City Councilors are concerned that a $49,000 cut to the Shannon grant could hurt an anti-gang program in the city. The Baker administration has cut the program as part of its effort to address a $768 million state budget deficit.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: February 12, 2015

Shootings in Worcester reach record high in 2014 (Worcester, MA): As 2014 came to a close in Worcester, it marked a new record for the city. The number of shootings jumped for the third time in as many years, reaching a new record high of 38.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 11, 2015

Hard-to-solve gang killings push down city clearance rate (Boston, MA): More than half of all homicides in Boston in 2014 were outdoor shootings, many of them likely gang-related, committed under cover of darkness, and the most difficult type of killing to solve, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 3, 2015

Strip club melee sends 3 to Worcester hospitals (Worcester, MA): A melee outside a Southbridge Street strip club in the early morning hours of New Year's Day left three people injured, including one who was stabbed. Police said two of those injured are gang members.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 2, 2015

In Worcester, Gov. Patrick praises youth initiative (Worcester, MA): José Vazquez of Worcester knew only a rough life. The 21-year-old said growing up, he ran with the "wrong crowd" and got into all sorts of trouble, especially with local police. "I've been locked up a few times," he said.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: December 22, 2014

Former gang member seeks pardon, may run for Boston City Council (Boston, MA): Saying he has reformed his life, current and former law enforcement officials on Monday backed the proposed pardon of a man convicted of armed assault with attempt to murder for his part in a 1989 shooting that left a victim paralyzed.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 22, 2014

Fleeing Salvadoran Gangs, A Months-Long Journey To Boston (Boston, MA): Lisette glances over her right shoulder, looking out the window of a Greyhound bus at the U.S. immigration agents sitting nearby in an unmarked white cargo van. The agents just dropped her and her 11-year-old daughter off at a bus stop in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and are idling, waiting for the bus to leave.
Source: WBUR News    Date: December 18, 2014

State Awards $133k Grant to Pittsfield to Help Combat Gang Violence (Pittsfield, MA): "I realized that my life was slipping away and that I really hadn't done anything with it, except spend it incarcerated," said Pittsfield resident Michael Williams, "and I wanted to make a difference." This is Michael Williams: former inmate turned youth mentor.
Source: Time Warner Cable News    Date: December 18, 2014

Boston to overhaul street worker programs (Boston, MA): City officials on Saturday will announce an overhaul of Boston’s street worker program, which will merge in the new year with the Boston Foundation’s StreetSafe program to create one unified team reaching out to gang members and at-risk youths.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 6, 2014

Berkshire County Anti-Crime Unit becomes crucial law enforcement tool (Pittsfield, MA): A few decades ago, a patrol officer's duty included surveillance work and tracking down suspects wanted on warrants. But over the years, the demands on officers have grown dramatically, and those on patrol duty have their hands full and sometimes are "run ragged" just responding to routine calls during their shift, police officials say.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: November 30, 2014

Drug dealer tied to slain North Adams man gets up to 17 years in prison (Pittsfield, MA): Calling Ernest Harvin a "professional" drug dealer, a judge sentenced the Williamstown man to up to 17 years in state prison for a slew of heroin and gun charges in a case with links to a slain North Adams man.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: November 19, 2014

Springfield police nab city man suspected in gang-related shooting in East Forest Park neighborhood (Springfield, MA): A city man was arrested after a Thursday night shooting incident in the East Forest Park neighborhood spilled over into the suburbs, where one of two suspects involved in the gang-related crime was caught, police said. The other suspect remains at large.
Source: The Republican    Date: November 14, 2014

Worcester police Gang Unit doesn't just arrest youth, they work with them (Worcester, MA): With persistent gang violence in the city, officers in the Worcester Police Department’s Gang Unit are often on the front lines – responding to shootings, identifying the players and working to keep violent offenders off the streets.
Source: The Republican    Date: November 11, 2014

Shootings in 2014 could top Worcester record (Worcester, MA): Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said the number of shootings involving gangs is also similar to 2005. "I think when you look at this year, it has certainly been the activity of those involved in gangs or associated with gangs," Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said. "That is what happened in 2005."
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: November 10, 2014

Two Springfield murder suspects arrested within 24 hours (Springfield, MA): The U.S. Marshals held a news conference at 2:30 p.m.Wednesday afternoon to announce that two Springfield murder suspects wanted in the July 19th gang-related shooting of 27-year-old Jermaine Cowell of Springfield have been arrested within the last 24 hours.
Source: WWLP 22 News    Date: October 29, 2014

Gang war 'terrorizing' city, prosecutor says (Worcester, MA): Some of the bullets flying around city streets are part of a shooting war between the Kilby Street Gang and East Side gangs, a Worcester police officer in the gang unit said in court Tuesday.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: October 28, 2014

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