Gang-Related News Articles
Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory using the control below.
Mayor Villaraigosa names Guillermo Cespedes gang czar (Los Angeles, CA): Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa announced today that Guillermo Cespedes, the director of the mayor's renowned Summer Night Lights program to reduce gang violence, will serve as the city’s new director of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: September 8, 2009
Mexican cartels hire US teenage killers (Laredo, TX): Prisoner number 1447523 does not understand the question. And it is not exactly a controversial one. Why does he believe killing for a living is "glamorous"? Surely most people would find that kind of strange?
Source: BBC News Date: September 7, 2009
Gang task force arrests 271 people (Arizona): Southeast Valley police agencies, together with state and federal authorities, arrested 271 people on suspicion of ties to gang activity and seized guns, drugs and vehicles in two gang task-force operations.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: September 6, 2009
State law blocks bulk of gang information (Austin, TX): After a man was charged in a fatal drive-by shooting in East Austin last month, investigators said they had no proof that the act was gang-related, even though detectives from the gang unit were involved in the arrest.
Source: Austin American-Statesman Date: September 5, 2009
Group brainstorms ways to stop gangs (Bakersfield, CA): Fighting back against gang violence became personal for Bernard Anthony on the Fourth of July.
Source: The Bakersfield Californian Date: September 5, 2009
Gang leader convicted on federal weapons and narcotics charges (Wichita Falls, TX): Mauricio Diaz, 33, the known leader of the Puro Lil Mafia (PLM), a violent criminal street gang that operated in Wichita Falls, Texas, was convicted by a federal jury on all counts of an indictment charging him with various weapons and narcotics charges, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas.
Source: American Chronicle Date: September 5, 2009
Juggalos show up to OPD meeting on gangs, want to know how to clean up image (Oshkosh, WI): In the middle of an Oshkosh Police Department discussion with community members on gang identifiers, as if on cue, a handful of teenagers and young adults wearing distinctive clothing and hairdos filed down to the front row of the auditorium at the Boys and Girls Club Thursday night.
Source: Oshkosh Northwestern Date: September 4, 2009
CPD combats gang activity (Columbia, MO): In February, 16 members of Columbia's Cut Throat gang were federally indicted on charges of drug trafficking conspiracies, drive by shootings and illegal possession of firearms, a Columbia Police Department news release stated.
Source: The Maneater Date: September 4, 2009
Asheville's anti-gang grant aims at prevention over prison (Asheville, NC): Like any parent, Lee Walker Heights resident Johnny Polk worries about his three boys. But he worries the most about the oldest, who at 15, he says, could make the kind of mistakes that get him into serious trouble.
Source: Asheville Citizen-Times Date: September 4, 2009
With funding ending soon, future of county gang-prevention program uncertain (Visalia, CA): An 18-month-old gang-intervention effort has bettered the lives of more than 250 at-risk youth, proponents say, resulting in improved grades and behavior and coinciding with a dip in Visalia's violent crime.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: September 4, 2009
Watsonville crime rate falls even as gangs' share of trouble increases (Watsonville, CA): Despite increased gang activity, the city crime rate fell 12 percent in the first half of 2009, continuing a nearly decade-old downward trend, according to police statistics.
Source: The Mercury News Date: September 3, 2009
Teens detained in possible gang-related confrontation at Wa-Hi (Walla Walla, WA): Two teens were taken to the Juvenile Justice Center after a possible gang-related confrontation Tuesday at Walla Walla High School.
Source: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin Date: September 3, 2009
Asian gang member gets 11 years on drug, gun charges (Providence, RI): A member of the Laos Pride street gang was sentenced to nearly 11 years in federal prison on Thursday for his role in a planned home invasion that included three other gang members and four guns.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: September 3, 2009
Tech tool helps in fight against graffiti (North County, CA): Money invested in a Web-based graffiti-tracking program is paying dividends in North County, officials say.
Source: North County Times Date: September 3, 2009
Community action called for to quell gang problem (Santa Fe, NM): Gangs. Gang members. At-risk youth. Latinos. Hispanics. Accountability. Responsibility. Community. At a Thursday night meeting at La Farge Library, these were the words used over and over by people worried about people.
Source: The New Mexican Date: September 3, 2009
Anatomy of a gang investigation (Longview, TX): In 2006, local law enforcement agencies began to see an increase in gang-related activity, such as drive-by shootings and drug dealing.
Source: Longview News-Journal Date: September 2, 2009
Salinas' Measure K backers tout sales tax hike as anti-gang necessity (Salinas, CA): Supporters of a 1 cent sales tax measure in Salinas say a penny is a small price to pay to make the violence-plagued city safer.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: September 2, 2009
Two arrested on kidnapping, drug charges (Mesa, AZ) : Mesa police arrested two Chandler men, one of whom claimed to be a member of the "Mexican Mafia," on suspicion of kidnapping and threatening to kill a drug dealer who owed them money.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: September 2, 2009
Men sentenced in gang crime conspiracy (Newport News, VA): Two men were sentenced to 30 years in prison, and another was sentenced to 25 years, for their participation in a Newport News street gang that allegedly engaged in a series of murders, robberies, arsons, witness intimidation and other crimes.
Source: Daily Press Date: September 2, 2009
Oakland boy, 15, shot near condemned apartments dies (Oakland, CA): A 15-year-old boy was fatally shot Wednesday morning in the same Fruitvale district block where city officials condemned side-by-side apartment buildings last week.
Source: The Mercury News Date: September 2, 2009
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