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Gang shootings — and homicides — still rare in Elgin (Elgin, IL): For the second year in a row, this city of 105,000 got almost halfway through the year without a single person being murdered. This year, it happened last Thursday, June 7, when 16-year-old Nestor A. Alvarado of Elgin was killed in what police believe to be a gang shooting. But statistics show that gang shootings remain relatively rare in Elgin, and that they account for only a small percentage of the homicides.
Source: The Courier-News Date: June 11, 2012
Two-day lockdown ends after two brawls at Iowa prison (Anamosa, IA): A maximum-security prison in eastern Iowa has ended a two-day lockdown that was imposed after two gang-related brawls involving inmates happened over the weekend.
Source: The Gazette Date: June 11, 2012
Ogden gang injunction trial begins (Ogden, UT): "Ogden Trece. Ogden Trece." The chants of the crowd that had gathered around a horrific car accident could be heard by Officer Kevin Cottrell as he led Mark Mora to a police vehicle.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune Date: June 11, 2012
Police: Kansas gangs using social media (Wichita, KS): Gang members in the Wichita area have been using social media to recruit, organize and to get out their messages, police said. Gangs, such as Crips and the Spanish Gangster Disciples, have their own Facebook fan pages and have been posting pictures of social events, adding friends and commenting on posts "just like everyone else," said Detective Chad Beard of the Wichita Police Department's gang and felony assault unit.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal Date: June 10, 2012
Street gangs embrace social media, too (Wichita, KS): Your friends and favorite businesses aren’t the only ones who have flocked to Facebook in recent years. Police say gang members have fully embraced social media, too. Gangs such as the Crips and the Spanish Gangster Disciples have their own fan pages.
Source: The Wichita Eagle Date: June 10, 2012
Gang tried to pin crackhouse on 16 y.o. girl (Winnipeg, MB): Street gang associates paraded a city teen around to different Winnipeg lawyers' offices in hopes of her signing a sworn statement falsely pinning the blame for operating a crack house solely on her shoulders, a Manitoba judge has heard.
Source: Winnipeg Sun Date: June 10, 2012
FBI arrests Latin Kings gang members in New Bedford (New Bedford, MA): More than 40 gang members or associates were arrested in a massive drug sweep of the city involving hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel early Friday morning.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: June 9, 2012
Youngstown police to step up efforts against violent crime (Youngstown, OH): Trying to reduce violent crime, the city will start a three-month police-saturation program Tuesday, introduce a community crime-reduction patrol and extend a gunshot-location system.
Source: The Vindicator Date: June 9, 2012
Police hope to pressure property owners over gang activity (Gastonia, NC) : A bill widely endorsed by state lawmakers would give more leeway to law enforcement agencies to pressure street gangs into obeying the law. The legislation, known as the N.C. Street Gang Nuisance Abatement Act, was still in the process of being reviewed by Gov. Bev Perdue as of Thursday. It passed the House 111-1 on Wednesday and previously passed the Senate 49-0.
Source: Gaston Gazette Date: June 9, 2012
Police unit targets gangs over shootings (Buffalo, NY): A new police task force begins monitoring Buffalo street gangs starting Monday, when "Strike Force" enters city neighborhoods.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: June 9, 2012
Sycamore teen faces more charges in gang intimidation (Sycamore, IL): A Sycamore teen charged earlier this week with tattooing and forcing a juvenile to snort cocaine now faces new felony charges.
Source: Daily Chronicle Date: June 9, 2012
Two dead, three wounded in Back of the Yards shooting (Chicago, IL): Two men were killed and three others were wounded in a gang-related shooting in the Back of the Yards neighborhood Friday, according to police.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: June 9, 2012
Violence spike hits Fresno area (Fresno, CA): Violence in Fresno spiked during a 12-day stretch starting Memorial Day, leaving seven dead and nine others injured.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: June 9, 2012
San Jose police investigating deadly gang-related shooting (San Jose, CA): San Jose police are investigating a gang-related shooting early Saturday that left a 25-year-old dead and three teenagers in custody.
Source: Examiner Date: June 9, 2012
Calif gang member gets life sentence for murder (Santa Ana, CA) : An Orange County man who shot and killed a fellow gang member at a graduation party has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: June 9, 2012
Gang member sentenced for murdering Pomona boy at 4th birthday party (Pomona, CA): A 29-year-old gang member Friday admitted murdering a Pomona boy at his fourth birthday party with a stray bullet intended for a group of teenagers, officials said.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune Date: June 9, 2012
From gang to grad (Racine, WI): Fifteen-year-old Angel Cuellar sat alone in a jail cell, his deep brown eyes staring straight ahead without seeing. His eyes took in the cold, white walls surrounding him and the red jumpsuit he wore. But what he saw was his mother. She'd been to visit him earlier that day, sticking by his side as he faced attempted murder charges for a gang fight.
Source: The Journal Times Date: June 9, 2012
Arrest made in fatal Fresno shooting (Fresno, CA): Fresno police on Thursday arrested a known gang member in connection with the May 29 shooting at a Fresno apartment complex that resulted in one woman’s death.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: June 8, 2012
City of Lodi lays out gang grant plan (Lodi, CA): As part of a comprehensive plan to reduce gang violence in Lodi, the city will be hiring two part-time youth outreach workers who will work with teens to show them there are other life paths besides gangs.
Source: Lodi News-Sentinel Date: June 8, 2012
Fresno cops focus on gangs, especially the Bulldogs (Fresno, CA): 100 officers are changing their assignments at the Fresno Police Department, to focus on getting violent gangs under control.
Source: KFSN 30 News Date: June 8, 2012
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