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Gang finding brings harsher sentence (Durham, NC): A jury convicted a reputed gang member Monday of shooting a rival in the chest at point-blank range. The jury found Kenneth Roberson guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones found that Roberson committed the crime as a member of a street gang and sentenced him to more than 10 years, twice what he would have received without the aggravating circumstance.
Source: The News & Observer Date: May 25, 2004
Reputed Bloods member sentenced for slashing teen (Pearl River, NY): A man believed to be a member of the Bloods street gang was sentenced to nine years in prison yesterday for slashing a teenager's face in what police called a gang initiation assault. Joseph Leiter, 22, of Suffern admitted cutting the 18-year-old's face during the February attack in Pearl River. The victim needed about 120 stitches to close the facial wound, which was an inch deep and 4 inches long.
Source: The Journal News Date: May 25, 2004
Teen's slaying renews fears of gang violence (Denver, CO): The shooting death of a teenager in a west Denver alley renewed fears Monday of increased gang violence. No one has been arrested in the Sunday night killing of 16-year-old James Arellano, who was gunned down in an alley near West 14th Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in Denver's Avondale neighborhood. It is at least the fourth fatal gang-related shooting this year.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: May 25, 2004
Gangs suspected in outburst of violence (Tacoma, WA): Two overnight shootings, including one that killed a 19-year-old Tacoma man, are the latest in an outburst of suspected gang-related violence on the city's East Side, police said Monday. Since January, there have been at least 11 shootings in which someone was wounded, two fatally. Police say they don't know what is behind the surge in violence, but suspect some of the shootings are gang-related and retaliatory acts.
Source: The News Tribune Date: May 25, 2004
Law begins crackdown on notorious Irvington gangs (Irvington, NJ): Here on 22nd Street, which residents call "Little Vietnam," the nightly crackle of gunfire has drowned out the chirping of crickets as the Crips and Bloods street gangs battle for dominance of the local drug trade. But Monday morning, state and local police swept through one particularly bad block, arresting six people and painting over gang graffiti in what they promised will be a sustained crackdown on street gangs in one of New Jersey's most crime-ridden cities.
Source: Newsday Date: May 24, 2004
Gang activity leaves big cities for rural areas (Dobson, NC): Hispanic gangs are moving out of North Carolina's big cities and targeting more rural areas where law enforcement is less likely to be aware of their activities, law enforcement officials say. Until this month, gang graffiti was the only sign Surry County's law enforcement officials had been aware of, interim Dobson Police Chief Sgt. Shaun Meyers said. That was before law officers diverted about 60 young men and children from a vacant lot behind Dobson's library May 14. Rival Latino gangs planned to meet there to battle over which would claim the library as their turf, Meyers said.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News Date: May 24, 2004
Man killed in drive-by shooting (Hollywood, CA): A 21-year-old man was shot to death in North Hollywood early Sunday morning in a drive-by attack, police said. Dave Cortez of North Hollywood and his cousin were walking north on Fulton Avenue near Sherman Way when a vehicle pulled up next to them at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, said Lt. Brenda Crump of the Los Angeles Police Department's North Hollywood station. Several shots fired from the vehicle hit Cortez, who was later pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: May 24, 2004
Grant sought to curtail gangs (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte City Council tonight is expected to approve a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police application for a nearly $36,000 state grant to help fund a gang-prevention program begun in February. It would be the second significant expenditure related to gangs approved by city officials this month. About two weeks ago, the council approved more than $100,000 for new software police will begin using later this year to track and analyze gang activity.
Source: The Charlotte Observer Date: May 24, 2004
11 nabbed in crackdown on neighborhood gang (Phoenix, AZ): Authorities have delivered a crippling blow to a gang that operates in and around the Palomino neighborhood, police said. After months of infiltrating and tracking the Mexican Brown Pride gang, authorities on May 14 apprehended 11 suspects, including the leader in connection with a long list of illegal activities in the neighborhood around 32nd Street and Bell Road, said Cmdr. Kim Humphrey, a Phoenix police spokesman.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: May 24, 2004
Ventura County builds case against gang (Ventura County, CA): Ventura County ranks as the most crime-free urban area in the West, but gang violence has spiraled so sharply upward in the last year that prosecutors want to ban the county's largest street gang from congregating in public. Invoking a strategy common in Los Angeles but unprecedented in Ventura County, prosecutors are set to ask a Superior Court judge Monday to prohibit at least 500 Colonia Chiques gang members from publicly hanging out together within a huge "safety zone" where about half of Oxnard's 186,000 residents live.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: May 23, 2004
Gang task force kicks off effort to keep peace (Las Vegas, NV): Hoping to head off a summer filled with gang violence, members of a gang task force Saturday unveiled a new campaign to help keep the peace in West Las Vegas. "We have a strong interest in that the streets we walk on ... are safe during the summer," said the Rev. Robert Fowler of Victory Missionary Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force. Operation Lasting Peace will feature a three-pronged attack of prevention, intervention, and suppression of gang activity, which historically has risen during the summer vacation months.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal Date: May 23, 2004
Gang Violence Worries North Virginia Officials (Virginia) : Hours after he was charged with hacking a teenager's hands with a machete, Hayner R. Flores etched one of the most feared symbols in Northern Virginia on the glass window of his Fairfax County jail cell door. The 18-year-old Salvadoran immigrant, sheriff's deputies said, scrawled "MS-13," the name of a street gang notorious for its violence. It was a defiant and brazen gesture, qualities that are emblematic of MS-13, or Mara Salvatrucha.
Source: The Washington Post Date: May 23, 2004
Chicago murders, violent crime down (Chicago, IL): Police say surveillance cameras and a crackdown on gangs are among the reasons for a drop in Chicago's murder rate this year after the city led the nation in homicides in 2003. The murder rate was down nearly 26 percent in the first four months of this year, with 132 murders from January through April compared to 178 for the same period last year, police announced Friday.
Source: The Times Date: May 22, 2004
Bringing it all back home: There was one distinguishing feature common to many of the 103 charred bodies of the victims of a fire that swept through a wing of an overcrowded prison in San Pedro Sula, in northern Honduras, on May 17th. Most of the bodies were heavily tattooed. The dead were all members of youth gangs, most imprisoned for the mere act of belonging.
Source: Economist Date: May 21, 2004
Kin mourn youth slain in drive-by gang killing (Chicago, IL): A set of family photos taken last weekend--pictures of four siblings, carefully posed--will now be the only images the parents of Luis Magana have of their energetic 17-year-old son. Just days after the photos were taken, he was gunned down blocks from his home in the Little Village neighborhood in what police believe was a gang-related, drive-by shooting. His uncle, Emilio Pantoja, stood in the grassy back yard of the family's two-story brick house Thursday and shook his head at the loss.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 21, 2004
Antigang groups get federal funds (Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf yesterday announced that law-enforcement officials will get an additional $500,000 in federal funds to help fight gangs in Northern Virginia, bringing federal assistance to $2.65 million in the past 18 months. The federal funding almost matches the amount of money that Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties have spent tackling the gang problem this year.
Source: The Washington Times Date: May 21, 2004
Gangs aiming for local recruits (Wilkes-Barre, PA): Law enforcement officials say children as young as 9 might be targeted locally by big city gang members as potential recruits. "The age range is between 9 and 26," Sgt. Jeff Henry of the State Correctional Institution at Dallas told a gathering of about 30 people during the county Crime Watch Coalition meeting Thursday night. "It's very alarming," said Clarence Hogan of Harveys Lake.
Source: The Times Leader Date: May 21, 2004
New drug sweep nets at least 57 (Chicago, IL): Leaders of a street gang that allegedly marketed crack and heroin with free samples at nearly 50 West Side street corners, each grossing up to $5,000 a day, were arrested early Thursday as federal agents and Chicago police fanned out to homes in the city and suburbs. Warrants were executed against more than 100 members of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords gang and their associates, and at least 57 were arrested Thursday as part of an ongoing effort by police and federal agents to target top leaders of gangs that officials say are responsible for much of the city's violent crime and drug trade.
Source: Chicago Tribune Date: May 21, 2004
Child hit in face in drive-by shooting (Biloxi, MS): Two boys, ages 12 and 10, were walking home around dusk Tuesday when someone pulled up in a small car and began firing a gun at them, wounding the younger boy in the face. An emergency room physician removed a metal object lodged in the boy's cheek. The weapon was believed to be a BB gun, but police have not yet analyzed the metal object.
Source: Sun Herald Date: May 20, 2004
Gang had cops' letter to alderman (Chicago, IL): The feds want to know how an envelope addressed to Ald. Arenda Troutman (20th) -- with a return address of the Chicago Police Department -- wound up in the hands of the Black Disciples street gang, sources said Wednesday. The brown envelope was discovered last week during a series of raids that put most of the gang's top leaders behind bars.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times Date: May 20, 2004
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