Gang-Related News Articles
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Jury convicts Rigoberto Vazquez in 2013 Quincy gang shooting (Ephrata, WA): The man charged with first-degree assault stemming from a gang-related shooting in Quincy in 2013 was convicted by a jury late last week of second-degree assault. Rigoberto I. Vazquez, 26, of Quincy, was originally charged with two counts of first-degree assault, and those charges were amended to include firearm enhancements.
Source: Columbia Basin Herald Date: July 24, 2015
Two accused of gang-related Ventura stabbing (Ventura, CA): Police arrested two men Friday in connection with a gang-related stabbing last week in Ventura, officials said.
Source: Ventura County Star Date: July 24, 2015
Authorities arrest 11 alleged gang members, including one from Fontana, on numerous charges (Fontana, CA): Authorities arrested 11 people, including one from Fontana, during an operation targeting alleged members of a violent Inland Empire-based criminal street gang, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.
Source: Fontana Herald News Date: July 24, 2015
Gang informant sentenced to 7 years, 4 months (Sutter County, CA): A man who said he wants to turn away from the gang lifestyle and provided information in other criminal investigations was sentenced to prison Friday.
Source: Appeal-Democrat Date: July 24, 2015
Lorenzo Pratt gets 20 years for shooting in Leschi (King County, WA): Relatives of Deszaun Smallwood called his killer a punk, a coward and other choice names amid heightened security Friday in a King County courtroom, saying they’ll never forgive the Deuce 8 gang member for last year’s fatal shooting in Seattle’s Leschi neighborhood.
Source: The Seattle Times Date: July 24, 2015
Lake County Sheriff forms task force to target gang activity (Waukegan, IL): Officials in a northern Illinois county are forming a task force to deal with increased activity by gangs they say are migrating to the area from Chicago.
Source: The Quad-City Times Date: July 23, 2015
Drug trade combatants warned shootings will only intensify police focus on them (Calgary, AB): Police are trying the power of persuasion to end the spate of drug-related shootings on city streets. While dialogue isn’t a replacement for arresting gangsters and drug dealers, the tactic has succeeded before in quelling violent conflicts between criminal groups — notably a gang feud that ended in a police-brokered truce in 1992.
Source: Calgary Herald Date: July 23, 2015
Escalation in Gang Violence Sparks Movement to Get Worcester Kids off Streets (Worcester, MA): There have been roughly 30 shootings in the city of Worcester already this year - putting it on pace to exceed last year’s single year record of 38 shootings by double-digits. According to a source in the Worcester Police Department, every single shooting that has occurred so far in 2015 has been gang-related.
Source: GoLocalWorcester Date: July 23, 2015
Police still searching for Block Burners' leader (Indianapolis, IN): Police are searching for the alleged leader of an Eastside gang that moved pounds of cocaine, heroin and marijuana for years, taking in thousands of dollars in drug money.
Source: The Indianapolis Star Date: July 23, 2015
Sheriff’s office steps up anti-gang activities, arresting 18 in Castroville, and 13 in South County (Castroville, CA): Fourth of July weekend was a doozy for crime, with 864 calls for service to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office. Of those, 117 were fireworks complaints, but there were also gunshots and robberies.
Source: Monterey County Weekly Date: July 23, 2015
City taps The Village Project to open new Seaside Youth Resource Center (Seaside, CA): In March, 19-year-old Seaside resident Khaleel Johnson was gunned down in Sand City. Police believe the killing is gang-related. Johnson’s murder underscores the need for a new approach. On July 2, Seaside City Council approved an agreement making The Village Project, a local nonprofit providing counseling and other services to underserved people, interim operator of the new Seaside Youth Resource Center.
Source: Monterey County Weekly Date: July 23, 2015
Washtenaw County officials announce anti-gang initiative (Wastenaw County, MI): Washtenaw County officials announced a new initiative that will try to put a stop to gang violence in the Ypsilanti area. The initiative includes increasing the number of officers in Ypsilanti. The announcement comes after multiple shootings between two rival gangs over the course of several days.
Source: Michigan Radio Date: July 23, 2015
Gang unit scaled back as shooting season heats up (Ottawa, ON): The bolstering of the guns and gangs unit with extra officers in response to a record 49 shootings last year wrapped earlier this month just as police are contending with a recent spate of such incidents and firearm-related calls.
Source: Ottawa Community News Date: July 23, 2015
Murder charge against alleged Two Six gang member dismissed (Hammond, IN): A magistrate judge on Wednesday granted federal prosecutors' motion to dismiss a murder charge filed last month against an alleged member of the Two Six Nation street gang.
Source: The Times Date: July 23, 2015
Gang member taken into custody by Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies (Empire, CA): A documented member of the Norteño gang is behind bars after Stanislaus County sheriff’s deputies and SWAT team members served a warrant Thursday morning.
Source: The Modesto Bee Date: July 23, 2015
Yonkers Gang Leader Sentenced To Life For Murder, Other Charges (Yonkers, NY): Steven Knowles, 27, a member of the Elm Street Wolves Gang, was sentenced to life in prison plus 35 consecutive years for a litany of charges involving murder, narcotics conspiracy and firearms, according to Preet Bahara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.
Source: Yonkers Daily Voice Date: July 23, 2015
Police arrest final 'Blood Hounds' gang member (Bronx, NY): Authorities say they have arrested the final "Blood Hounds" gang member. According to police, Kipsom Brown, 19, is facing attempted murder and conspiracy charges stemming from his involvement in the gang. Brown is one of 13 members of the gang suspected of buying and selling guns and conspiring against rival gang members.
Source: News 12 The Bronx Date: July 23, 2015
Bethlehem police said alleged gang member charged with attempted homicide (Bethlehem, PA): A 21-year-old man was charged Thursday with attempted homicide after police said he plowed his car into two rival gang members in Bethlehem, leaving one man in critical condition.
Source: The Morning Call Date: July 23, 2015
TPD gang unit cracks down on organized crime after recent shootings in north Tulsa (Tulsa, OK): Police are cracking down on gang violence in Tulsa. A recent string of shootings has residents on edge and officers taking action. “If we have a spike in gang violence in a certain part of the city, then we will direct our efforts there,” Sgt. Vic Regalado said.
Source: KJRH 2 News Date: July 23, 2015
Gang members busted in federal raid facing local charges (Indianapolis, IN): The gang members arrested in a massive drug bust called "Operation Smoke Show" are facing more than federal prison time. They will have to deal with state and local charges, too. A federal, state, and local task force served a number of warrants this week, arresting more than 30 gang members across Indianapolis.
Source: WTHR 13 News Date: July 23, 2015
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