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LA tries new test to find gang members wanting out (Los Angeles, CA): Melissa Pirraglio spent many of her 11 years of gang life in drug-addled despair seeking a way out. "There's an inkling in every single gang member looking for an opportunity to come out," said Pirraglio, now 34 and a counselor to troubled youth. "You get to the point where you see the whole lifestyle is a lie."
Source: CBS News Date: January 7, 2012
Hamilton County assistant district attorney to lead anti-gang task force (Hamilton County, TN): A Hamilton County assistant district attorney who in two weeks will become project coordinator for a communitywide gang project emphasized the positive focus of the group's work Thursday.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: January 6, 2012
Portsmouth gang members sentenced in federal court (Norfolk, VA): Three members of a Portsmouth gang have been sentenced on federal charges.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot Date: January 6, 2012
Long Beach teen fatally shot in broad daylight (Long Beach, CA) : A 19-year-old Long Beach man was fatally wounded Thursday in a possibly gang-related shooting in the area of Long Beach City College, police said.
Source: BelmontShore-NaplesPatch Date: January 6, 2012
Police chief vows action after spate of violence (Rochester, NY): Hours after Rochester's police chief publicly decried a spate of recent violence, three more people were shot in separate incidents across the city Thursday night — even as suspects in many of the recent shootings and home invasions were said to be in custody.
Source: Democrat & Chronicle Date: January 6, 2012
Man arrested on drug charges (Cañon City, CO): A man with admitted gang affiliations was arrested late Wednesday after a Cañon City Police Sergeant stopped to assist with a broken down vehicle.
Source: Canon City Daily Record Date: January 6, 2012
Salinas Police: Gang member shot Thursday night (Salinas, CA): A 28-year-old documented gang member was shot Thursday night, according to the Salinas Police Department.
Source: The Salinas Californian Date: January 6, 2012
Lies of 'witness' result in Staten Island gang leader going free (Staten Island, NY): A New Brighton gang leader and sex offender who faced stiff prison time for his role in a rubout bid left court a free man yesterday, after it was revealed his conviction had been obtained with perjured testimony.
Source: Staten Island Advance Date: January 6, 2012
City's gang focus pays off (Santa Ana, CA): Santa Ana leaders are celebrating a significant drop in homicides over the past year, including a reduction in gang killings to levels not seen in more than a decade in a community that has historically led the county in gang violence. Last year brought a 45 percent decrease in gang homicides in Santa Ana, the most significant reduction since a homicide spike in 2006 led the department to increase its gang unit.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: January 6, 2012
School officials say metal detectors may come down next week (Houma, LA): The metal detectors at Thibodaux and Central Lafourche high schools installed in the wake of a gang-related shooting that left one teen dead could be removed next week, administrators say.
Source: Houma Courier Date: January 6, 2012
Homeboy Industries: Turning lives around, one gang member at a time (Los Angeles, CA): Soon after his father was murdered, 10-year-old Wilfredo Lopez started hanging out with neighborhood gangs. When he was 15, he was busted for selling drugs and spent the next decade in and out of jail. But last year, he made a fateful decision while sitting in his cell and reflecting on his six-month-old daughter.
Source: The Huffington Post Date: January 6, 2012
Gang member charged in attack on Mesa man near mall (Mesa, AZ) : Mesa police have arrested a Phoenix gang member in connecting with the beating of a Mesa man near Fiesta Mall last month.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: January 6, 2012
Richmond police report lower crime in 2011 (Richmond, CA): Violent crime in 2011 dropped 14 percent from the previous year in Richmond, police reported Friday. The drop is the third consecutive plunge for a city plagued for decades by street shootings and gang violence.
Source: The Oakland Tribune Date: January 6, 2012
Suspected gang members arrested after reported disturbance (Napa, CA): Five suspected gang members were arrested at about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in connection with a reported disturbance in a parking lot on the 1300 block of Trancas Street, according to the Napa Police Department.
Source: Napa Valley Register Date: January 6, 2012
Contra Costa grand jury indicts alleged gang members in Antioch man's slaying (Martinez, CA): A Contra Costa grand jury on Friday indicted two alleged gang members on murder, street terrorism and other felony charges in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Antioch man last year.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: January 6, 2012
Four men with gang ties arrested after 100 mph DUI chase on Highway 1 and in Watsonville (Watsonville, CA): Four men with gang ties led authorities on a 100 mph chase down Highway 1 and through Watsonville after one of them brandished a gun at a bystander, the County Gang Task Force reported.
Source: San Jose Mercury News Date: January 6, 2012
Task force makes several gang-related arrests (Pitt County, NC): The Pitt County Gang Task Force makes seven arrests. Thursday's operation focused on people who had outstanding felony warrants or connections to areas known for gang activity.
Source: WCTI NewsChannel 12 Date: January 6, 2012
Police investigating possible gang-related shooting (Carlsbad, CA): Carlsbad police are investigating an apparent gang-related shooting in which numerous bullets were fired into a house but no one inside was injured.
Source: North County Times Date: January 6, 2012
Two boys shot on Southwest Side (Chicago, IL): Someone shot two teen boys this afternoon in the Brighton Park neighborhood on the Southwest Side during an attack police said was gang-related.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: January 6, 2012
San Jose shooting becomes first homicide of 2012 (San Jose, CA): San Jose police investigators believe the city's first homicide of 2012 may have been a gang-related shooting.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: January 6, 2012
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