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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 and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Latino agencies lose out on anti-gang grant (Nassau County, NY): Though police estimate that 40 percent of gang members in Nassau are Latino, the first intervention grant in county history fails to fund a single Latino nonprofit organization, even after three veteran groups applied to assist communities struggling disproportionately with the problem.
Source: Newsday    Date: June 7, 2004

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Virginia task force, agencies unite to take on gangs (Virginia): Law enforcement authorities in Northern Virginia are officially ganging up on the region's gangs. Gov. Mark R. Warner's recent creation of a gang "strike force" made up of 12 Virginia State Police officers was the latest step in a spiraling state, local and federal crackdown.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: June 6, 2004

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Program allows youths to remove unwanted tattoos (Fresno, CA): A 17-year-old at Fresno County's Juvenile Hall said he regrets getting the three gang-related tattoos that cover his neck, forearm and upper arm. His friends coaxed him into getting the tattoos when he joined a gang two years ago. But now, the 17-year-old said, "It seems like because I have them, it keeps getting me into trouble. So I think it's better off if I get rid of them." A program starting this fall in Fresno County will make it easier for him and other youth.
Source: Fresno Bee    Date: June 6, 2004

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Gangs cut swath of death, payback in Little Village (Chicago, IL): Looking out at dozens of young men wearing the black and gold colors of the Latin Kings, Rev. Matthew Foley said a funeral mass for Luis Magana, 17, who was gunned down in Little Village by a rival gang. Four hours before mourners gathered on May 22, another 17-year-old died in a barrage of gunfire on the doorstep of his mother's red-brick home.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: June 5, 2004

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Experts: Parents, schools must get involved in fight (Vineland, NJ): Parental awareness and more prevention programs in schools are the keys to dealing with ever-increasing gang activity in New Jersey. That was the message Lt. Edwin Torres brought to a conference here Friday where teachers, school administrators, parents, law enforcement officials and community groups gathered to learn the warning signs of gang activity and what they can do about the growing problem.
Source: The Daily Journal    Date: June 5, 2004

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Gangs to be closely watched, police say (Tulare County, CA): Tulare County gang members and associates will be under more scrutiny than usual this summer, law-enforcement officials said. Frequent gang-suppression sweeps will provide an opportunity for officers to check up on known gang members -- many of whom are on probation or out on parole.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta    Date: June 5, 2004

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Bronx flirt slay (Bronx, NY): Two brothers were stabbed — one fatally — in The Bronx yesterday after the men tried to chat up a woman, police sources said. At around 1 p.m., Ronald and Ramiel Blackmon, both 20, approached the woman outside a bodega at West 174th Street and Montgomery Avenue in University Heights.
Source: New York Post    Date: June 4, 2004

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Gang leader cries foul (Knoxville, TN): The man identified by authorities as the leader of an inner city street gang racked up a life sentence Thursday but not before railing at the injustice of his predicament. "They got drug dealers that's making millions, and they want to take my life," Walter "Heavy" Williams said as he stood pointing his finger toward federal prosecutors in U.S. District Court.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 4, 2004

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Girl, 3, hurt in drive-by shooting (Los Angeles, CA): A 3-year old girl in a stroller was critically wounded in a drive-by shooting Wednesday outside a South Los Angeles store, the third child in three days to become an innocent victim of gun violence. Three others, including the girl's brother, also were wounded by gang members wielding assault weapons, police said. In the San Fernando Valley, a 5-year-old boy was in critical condition Wednesday after being struck in the head by a stray bullet while playing in his backyard.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 3, 2004

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Street gangs adding mobility to arsenals (Winthrop, MA): Winthrop, being a seaside town, occasionally has drawn visiting artists, but the latest entries are not exactly what culture mavens have in mind. Spray painted in blue on at least six locations were the taggings of the 18th Street gang. Three were on the seashore wall on Shore Drive; two were on a Moore Street sidewalk, and one adorned both sides of a pay phone in front of a Shirley Street grocery.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: June 3, 2004

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Seven alleged gang members face federal charges (Central Islip, NY): Seven alleged members of a Long Island chapter of the Netas street gang were charged Thursday in a federal indictment with a litany of offenses, including a homicide, shootings, beatings and a stabbing, most of which grew out of a dispute with the rival MS-13 gang, prosecutors said.
Source: Newsday    Date: June 3, 2004

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The Gangs All Here (Colorado): In 1987, the Colorado General Assembly authorized the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to collect and track intelligence information on gang members and their associates. At the same time, metro police departments began compiling their own databases -- and a person didn't have to commit any crime in order to make most of those lists.
Source: Denver Westword    Date: June 3, 2004

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Arrests in suspected gang attack at school (Oceanside, NY): Nassau Police arrested seven Baldwin youths they suspect of being gang members after the teenagers allegedly attacked three Oceanside High School students Tuesday in broad daylight. Although the 2:50 p.m. scuffle during recess involved several young people kicking and hitting one another, no one was hurt, said Det. Lt. Gregory Detwiler, commander of the Fourth Squad detectives in Hewlett.
Source: Newsday    Date: June 3, 2004

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Gang said to have missed filing date (Oxnard, CA): Oxnard's Colonia Chiques have forfeited their right to challenge an injunction restricting their activities because they failed to formally respond to the civil lawsuit filed by the Ventura County district attorney's office, a prosecutor said Wednesday. Deputy Dist. Atty. Karen Wold said for the street gang to have proceeded with a challenge, it should have hired a lawyer and filed a written answer to the Superior Court lawsuit by last Friday.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 3, 2004

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District 214 restricts 'gang-like' activities (Glenview, IL): Activities deemed "gang-like" will be watched with more scrutiny under an amended provision passed May 13 by the High School District 214 Board of Education. The board changed the district code prohibiting gang-related activities after deans noticed new trends in apparel and behavior that define gang involvement. The new code gives school officials more room to interpret signs of possible gang-like activities, allowing them to more quickly alert parents when necessary.
Source: Pioneer Press     Date: June 3, 2004

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Local activists fight for children against drug dealers, gangs (Jackson, MS): A recent wave of violence carried out between what police identified as warring drug factions has sparked the attention of residents and community leaders hoping to rid their neighborhoods of drug dealers and gang presence. Ward 3 Councilman Kenneth Stokes, who organized a town hall meeting last week to address crime prevention, frequents crime-ridden neighborhoods, attempting to call truces between gang members.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: June 3, 2004

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Stabbing that injured two called gang-linked (El Paso, TX): Two men were arrested in connection with a gang-related stabbing of two men Friday night in Central El Paso, police said.
Source: El Paso Times    Date: June 3, 2004

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Summer surge on the streets (Tacoma, WA): Signs of suspected gang activity, including two recent drive-by shootings less than four hours apart on Tacoma's East Side, have local law enforcement officials focusing on a problem they believe is ripe for a resurgence. "There are components in place to give us real problems, and we need to be aware of them and counter them," Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor said. Local law enforcement leaders are watching other cities around the country where gang activity has surged.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: June 2, 2004

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Police Beat: Three held in drive-by shootings (Tacoma, WA): Two men and a teenage boy were arrested late Monday in connection with two drive-by shootings earlier that night on the East Side, Tacoma police reported. No one was injured in either shooting. The men, ages 21 and 22, were booked into Pierce County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting, according to police records.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: June 2, 2004

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Study finds an alarming rise in gang killings (Los Angeles, CA): An overall decline in crime has hidden an alarming increase of 50% and more in gang killings nationwide since 1999, a trend that officials said Tuesday might get worse if juvenile anti-crime programs were cut further. "The increase in gang violence has been consistent and steady, not something that can be passed off as a one-year blip or aberration," said James Alan Fox, Lipman family professor of criminal justice at Northeastern University in Boston.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: June 2, 2004

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