Gang-Related News Articles
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FBI says local street gangs growing in numbers and violence (Plant City, FL): There are now more than 15,000 recognized street gang members in Tampa Bay, according to the FBI's National Gang Threat Assessment. Polk County tops the local list with 5583 known members, according to statistics released by the FBI.
Source: WFTS ABC Action News Date: October 25, 2011
Gang activity drops in Asheville despite national increase (Asheville, NC): While the number of gang members increased nationally, authorities report gang activity is decreasing in Western North Carolina. City police Sgt. Mike Lamb said there are 81 gangs with 735 members in the metro Asheville area, which includes Buncombe and surrounding counties.
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times Date: October 25, 2011
Gang members were looking for anyone to shoot (St. Charles Township, IL): Cradling a white plastic foam head on the witness stand, Aurora police officer Jason Shettles used a pen to mark three bullet wounds near the left temple. These are the wounds Shettles noticed on Cedric Foster when he found him dead on March 18, 2007.
Source: The Beacon-News Date: October 25, 2011
Gang member arrested after trying to smash windows of local nightclub (Middletown, CT): Two weeks after being arrested for assault an admitted gang member was busted for attempting to smash the windows of a local bar.
Source: The Middletown Press Date: October 25, 2011
Bedford County's Sheriff confirms gang activity in county (Bedford County, VA): Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown is the latest top cop to confirm that national street gangs have infiltrated his territory. Brown won approval from the county's Board of Supervisors on Monday night, to hire two full-time gang investigators for the sheriff's office.
Source: WSLS 10 News Date: October 25, 2011
Ottawa gangs recruiting 10-year-olds (Ottawa, ON): Ottawa's gangs are recruiting children as young as 10 years old, according to studies revealed by Ottawa police. Police, youth gang experts and members of the community all expressed concern Monday evening at Ben Franklin Place in south Ottawa.
Source: CBC News Date: October 25, 2011
Man acquitted in case of using rap videos to recruit gang members (Bartow, FL): A jury Tuesday acquitted a 29-year-old Auburndale man who was accused of using an online rap video to advertise a local gang. Florida law allows people to be charged criminally if they are promoting gang activity, and Daniel "Lucky" Barajas' trial was the first of its kind in Polk County.
Source: The Ledger Date: October 25, 2011
Inmates speak to students about gang life (Albany, GA): One inmate calls it scarier than a haunted house. The Dougherty County Jail. Two inmates spoke with Turner Elementary School students, and when they asked the kids if they were asked to join a gang before, more than a dozen raised their hand.
Source: WFXL FOX 31 News Date: October 25, 2011
Man pleads to firing shots at Stafford party (Stafford County, VA): A man who fired several shots at a large teen party in Stafford County earlier this year pleaded guilty to two charges Tuesday.
Source: The Free Lance-Star Date: October 25, 2011
Andrew Lopez confesses to murder of Zurana Horton in Brooklyn shooting (Brooklyn, NY) : An 18-year old male confessed to the gang related murder of a Brooklyn mother who tried to protect a group of school children from harm by shielding them.
Source: The Huffington Post Date: October 25, 2011
Prison stayed in gang-related drug case (Mankato, MN): A man who pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and committing a crime to benefit a gang had a 27-month prison term stayed when he was sentenced Tuesday.
Source: The Free Press Date: October 25, 2011
Wichita police say gang information was accidentally released (Wichita, KS): Wichita police are reviewing their procedures after a packet of gang information was accidentally released and is circulating in the public.
Source: KWCH 12 News Date: October 25, 2011
VPD search for UN gang member near Pacific Spirit Park (Vancouver, BC): Police are scouring the area of 33rd Avenue and Camosun Street near Pacific Spirit Park after a caller reported recognizing a man from a most wanted list.
Source: The Vancouver Sun Date: October 25, 2011
Brazen murder gang-related: police (Surrey, BC): Homicide detectives are investigating yet another gang-related slaying in North Surrey after Stephen Leone, 27, was killed in a hail of bullets near a strip mall on Saturday night.
Source: North Shore News Date: October 25, 2011
Man shot dead near strip mall (Surrey, BC): A man who was shot near a strip mall in Surrey in a gang-related shooting Saturday night has died, police confirmed Sunday. Stephen Leone, 27, was gunned down by a lone gunman who opened fire on Leone and two friends at around 8: 20 p.m. near King George and 100th Avenue.
Source: The Province Date: October 24, 2011
Antisocial side of social media helps police track gangs (Washington, DC): Another alleged dealer complained in a lengthy comment string that someone was "watering down the pack" of PCP, a hallucinogen — a comment an FBI agent helpfully translated in court papers as the process of creating "more, though less potent, narcotics."
Source: The Washington Post Date: October 24, 2011
Gang pleas likely (Cleveland, OH): Two Youngstown men convicted of a gang-related shooting are scheduled to become the first to plead guilty to their roles in what authorities said was the largest street gang in the city.
Source: Tribune Chronicle Date: October 24, 2011
Police suspect gang activity in Lower Valley shooting (El Paso, TX): A 35-year-old Lower Valley man was shot Saturday night, police said. Officers suspect that the incident could be gang-related and the case continues to be under investigation. Details on how the shooting took place are still unknown.
Source: El Paso Times Date: October 24, 2011
Bedford County to consider quarter-million-dollar gang grant (Bedford, VA): The Bedford County Board of Supervisors tonight will consider accepting a grant of $267,164 to help the sheriff’s office combat gang activity. The U.S.Department of Justice has awarded a COPS (community oriented policing services) program grant to sheriff’s office.
Source: WSLS 10 News Date: October 24, 2011
Assaults in Ohio prisons up 20.6% (Columbus, OH): The new state prisons director is tamping down on escalating violence in Ohio's 31 prisons, where inmate-on-inmate assaults have jumped 20.6 percent last year over 2007 and disturbances involving four or more prisoners increased 102 percent during the same period.
Source: Dayton Daily News Date: October 24, 2011
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