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Gang dispute sparks brawl at District's Ballou High (Washington, DC): A dispute between neighborhood crews set off a brawl involving at least 15 students in the cafeteria of Ballou Senior High School, DC school officials and police said. The fistfight followed two recent shootings just outside school buildings in DC, including one that took place near Anacostia Senior High School and one outside Ballou, in which no one was hurt. Although no one was badly injured and no weapons were used in the most recent fight, school officials said it was the most serious gang-related incident to occur inside a DC school building this year. Several students involved were suspended, but no arrests were made. According to police, a 16-year-old student jumped a 17-year-old student, and then 15 to 20 other students joined the fight.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 11, 2003
Bail $500,000 in man's case (Vancouver, WA): A 24-year-old, self-described gang member is suspected of shooting a 23-year-old man at a Rosemere residence in west Vancouver. According to court documents, during an interview with a corrections officer, the suspect said he belonged to a gang and the shooting was gang-related. He admitted to using alcohol, methamphetamine, and marijuana and said he was high when he shot the other man.
Source: The Columbian Date: November 11, 2003
Silver City man killed in drive-by shooting (Silver City, NM): One man was killed, and another man was arrested in what police say was a drive-by shooting. The 19-year-old suspect surrendered to police after telling them that the 23-year-old victim pointed a gun at him and his twin brother. Witnesses say the victim was riding in a truck in front of a car, and shots were fired when they pulled into the middle of an intersection. The suspect and victim are believed to be members of rival gangs.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 10, 2003
Poor records hide gang crime (Denver, CO): Official records kept by Denver police said gang members committed 89 crimes out of the city's total of 59,581 crimes last year. That equates to 17,000 gang members committing 89 crimes. Although the records suggest gangs have vanished since 1993's "Summer of Violence," members of the department's gang unit say the city's gangs are actually thriving. The record-keeping problems are caused by a system that does not require officers and investigators to go back and flag crimes they later learn are related to gangs. As a result, the department cannot define the city's gang problem with any certainty. The problem has created obstacles for the department's gang crimes unit, including the potential loss of federal support. For the last five years, an average of 50.4 murders were committed in Denver each year. The official record shows only an average of two of them were committed by gangsters. The official record blames one murder this year on gang members. Officers in the unit can recall at least six.
Source: The Denver Post Date: November 9, 2003
Man slain in Luna County (Deming, NM): The body of a 25-year-old-man was found in a field west of Deming. Officials say the body appeared to have a bullet wound to the torso. Police later responded to a domestic violence call, and a male is being held after a weapon, consistent with information recovered at the crime scene, was found. The incident is believed to be gang-related, but the motive is not known.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire Date: November 8, 2003
Judge extends order against Oceanside gang (Oceanside, CA): A judge extended a temporary order against an Oceanside street gang, barring its members from associating with one another, wearing gang clothes, and displaying gang hand signs within a specific area. This is a preliminary injunction against 21 members of the Varrio Posole Locos. The civil injunction, requested by the district attorney's office, makes it a misdemeanor for anyone named in the suit to carry weapons, sell drugs, paint graffiti, fight, trespass, litter, or harass anyone within the designated area. The injunction includes other prohibitions, such as blocking any person or vehicle from passing freely on the sidewalk or street and acting as a lookout to warn others of approaching police officers. Violators can be punished with jail terms, fines or both. This is the second civil injunction the district attorney's office has filed against the Varrio Posole Locos. The first complaint was filed in 1997 against 28 known gang members.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune Date: November 8, 2003
Man slain, two others stabbed in separate attacks (Fillmore, CA): A 21-year-old man was fatally shot and two others were wounded in gang-related incidents, police said. The 21-year-old victim was a local gang member and was shot while standing in the carport area at his family's home in west Fillmore. Police suspect the killing was in retaliation for the stabbing of two rival gang members that occurred about 30 minutes earlier. Detectives are trying to determine if the man was involved in the stabbings or targeted because of his documented gang membership.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 8, 2003
Robberies may be related (Salinas, CA): Salinas police suspect that at least some of the recent string of robberies are part of an organized operation, possibly gang-related. There have been at least 20 robberies and attempted robberies since October 29, 2003. Targets have included banks, convenience stores, and people simply walking down the street. In some cases, the robbers have been armed, but no injuries were reported. Police have arrested a 29-year-old man, but the investigation continues.
Source: Monterey County Herald Date: November 8, 2003
Police chief talks about recent gang-related crime (Plant City, FL): A recent crackdown on gangs in Plant City netted about 20 arrests, most being for graffiti, police said. The arrests included three teenagers caught in the act of spraying graffiti, and another boy was charged with shooting someone at Courier Field. The city had a gang problem about 10 years ago, but police were able to effectively drive them out.
Source: The Tampa Tribune Date: November 8, 2003
Gang task force launches raids in El Mirage and Surprise (El Mirage and Surprise, AZ): During a recent raid, a state law enforcement task force in Arizona targeted suspected gang members in El Mirage and Surprise. One person was taken into custody, and many more arrests were expected. The goal of the task force is to gather intelligence on gang activity, then saturate a community and arrest known gang members.
Source: The Arizona Republic Date: November 8, 2003
Drive-by shooting outside cybercafe injures boy (Garden Grove, CA): A 17-year-old boy suffered multiple wounds in a drive-by shooting outside the Net to Net cybercafe. According to police, the boy was standing outside the cybercafe when a vehicle drove up, and the passenger fired several shots. Police said the shooting may have been gang-related. Garden Grove has enacted stricter rules for cybercafes in response to complaints that they are gang hangouts and the scene of frequent violence. Calls to police regarding the cybercafes have dropped by at least half since 2001, and the number of cybercafes in Garden Grove has dropped from 22 a year ago to 16.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: November 7, 2003
Neighbors watch as gang fight leaves three men bloodied (Fresno, CA): Three men were wounded after an apparent gang fight in southeast Fresno. The victims were attacked by a dozen members of a rival gang armed with crowbars, knives, bottles, and nunchucks. According to police, the fight began after the three gang members walked in front of a rival gang's hangout. Nine members of one gang were arrested on suspicion of assault with deadly weapons, police said. If convicted, they could face long prison sentences because officers filed gang enhancements with the arrests.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: November 7, 2003
Proposed court action designed to cut off gang's capital (Los Angeles, CA): A Los Angeles judge will be asked to cut a major revenue stream for the 18th Street Gang by barring members from selling drugs in Hollywood, city officials said. This action is a way to keep the gang from using illegal substance sales to finance its other activities. In August 2002, a permanent injunction against 18th Street was passed, which created a "safety zone" in the Rampart area, barring gang members from associating there.
Source: City News Service Date: November 6, 2003
Teen admits assaulting boy in stabbing (Ventura County, CA): An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty to charges of assault with a deadly weapon in the gang-related stabbing of another youth outside a church in May, authorities said. The gang member faces up to nine years in state prison, prosecutors said. Furthermore, a special enhancement for a gang-related crime was tacked onto the existing charge.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: November 6, 2003
Arlington police chief bolsters unit combating gangs (Arlington County, VA): An increase in gang activity in Arlington County has prompted the police chief to expand the department's gang unit from one full-time officer to five. At the same time, a state gang task force is proposing harsher penalties and anti-gang lessons in schools as early as kindergarten. According to police, about a dozen gangs are active in the region, and gang members have been linked to at least five killings in Northern Virginia in recent years as well as numerous assaults with baseball bats and machetes. Police point to MS-13 as the most violent and fastest growing in the area.
Source: The Washington Post Date: November 6, 2003
Slaying suspect arrested in Fresno (Fresno, CA): Police arrested an Armenian gang member suspected of killing a rival at a Hollywood auto repair shop. The 44-year-old suspect was part of a group that had gathered at the auto shop to discuss a murder contract with another group. A struggle broke out, and gunfire ensued. Police are looking for at least three other men in connection with the shooting.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: November 5, 2003
Gang program (Los Angeles, CA): A gang intervention program pairing mentors with at-risk youth and gang members was unveiled in hopes of reducing the number of gang members in Los Angeles County from 96,000 to less than 10,000. The Sheriff's Department and the football coach of the University of Southern California are taking part in the program, which consists of 32 steps and will involve 200 mentors, 40 in law enforcement.
Source: City News Service Date: November 5, 2003
Arrests total five in shooting of Richmond girl (Richmond, CA): Detectives arrested the final two of five alleged gang members they say shot and killed a 15-year-old girl last month as she answered a knock on the door of her family's home. All five men, ages ranging from 19 to 24, belong to a violent Asian-American street gang with roots in Richmond, San Pablo, and North Richmond, police said. Police do not believe the girl was the target of the attack, but they think a brother, who police say is affiliated with a rival gang and was not home during the shooting, was the likely target.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: November 5, 2003
Police go after Northwest Miami-Dade street gang accused of selling drugs (Miami-Dade, FL): The Miami-Dade police department put an end to an organized narcotics street gang operating from a housing complex in Northwest Miami-Dade. After a seven-month investigation, the police force, along with the state attorney's office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, got arrest warrants for 21 members of the "Brown Sub Boys." Twelve people were arrested on drug and racketeering charges; nine others were still at large. According to police, the drug transactions consisted primarily of the sale and purchase of cocaine and marijuana.
Source: The Miami Herald Date: November 5, 2003
Two gang members enter RICO pleas (Syracuse, NY): Two members of the Boot Camp street gang admitted being part of a criminal enterprise that used violence and drug-trafficking to control its turf on Syracuse's South Side. The two men, ages 24 and 26, are the first two members to plead guilty to a racketeering conspiracy charge in a case in which they and 24 other alleged gang members were indicted in June. However, they admitted only that their involvement was in selling crack cocaine. The 26 members were charged under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This case may be the first in the country in which the RICO violation was based on geography rather than hierarchy against a street gang. Other gangs have been prosecuted under RICO but not using that theory.
Source: The Post-Standard Date: November 5, 2003
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