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Funds to Fight Gang Violence (Lowell, MA): An award of $460,000 has been given to a Lowell-based program to reduce gang violence. The money will help the United Teen Equality Center's Streetworker Program. The streetworkers, who are trained to work with at-risk young people using a variety of social service programs, also serve as mediators for those involved in gangs. This program is one of 18 programs to receive the grant funds.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: November 1, 2003

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Gang membership in Orange County still rising (Orange County, CA): According to a study released by the district attorney's office, street gang membership in Orange County continued to rise in 2002. The study also said that the district attorney has a conviction rate of 92.5% when prosecuting gang members, and there were 150 more gang members (for a total of 17,456) and eight more gangs at the end of 2002 compared to a year before. That translated into 36 gang-related homicides in Orange County, an overall increase from the previous four years. The study also reported that criminal charges were filed against 1,058 gang defendants and adult gang-related defendants, resulting in 59 trials at which 187 gang members were committed to state prison and 13 others sent to the California Youth Authority.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: November 1, 2003

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Arrest made in boy's death (Rockford, IL): A 13-year-old boy who was fatally shot while walking with friends became the tenth homicide victim in Rockford in 2003. The Winnebago County state's attorney's office has charged an 18-year-old man with first-degree murder in connection with the incident. Police believe the shooting was gang-related.
Source: Rockford Register Star    Date: November 1, 2003

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Two more arrested in gang shooting (Topeka, KS): Two Topeka men were arrested in connection with a gang-related shooting in southwest Topeka, bringing the number of arrests in the case to three. All three men, ages 18, 19, and 21, were charged with aggravated battery and aggravated burglary. Police said additional arrests are possible. The 19-year-old victim did not suffer any life-threatening injuries. According to police, the shooting was the result of a difference in gang affiliation.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: November 1, 2003

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Man shot three times while using pay phone (Fort Worth, TX): A 23-year-old man was shot three times as he used a pay phone in north Fort Worth, police say. Police have a lead on the suspects' vehicle and believe the shooting may have been gang-related.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: November 1, 2003

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Police believe gun found in swamp was used in boy's fatal shooting (Smithfield, VA): Police believe they have recovered the weapon used to kill an 8-year-old boy as he slept in his home at Jersey Park Apartments on October 16. The Jersey Park Unit has been identified as a gang involved in the killing. Police say the boy was an innocent victim to gang violence. Five suspects, who may have been involved in a rival gang from the Windsor end of Isle of Wight County, have been arrested in the crime. Each of the suspects has been charged with second-degree murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling. According to police, another suspect is still at large.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: November 1, 2003

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15-year-old surrenders in slaying (Washington, DC): A 15-year-old boy turned himself into police for the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy. The 15-year-old allegedly opened fire outside Anacostia Senior High School, aiming at a car that contained members of a rival neighborhood crew. The victim was an innocent bystander. The rivalry between the two groups, Minnesota Avenue and Butler Gardens crews, which are based in Southeast neighborhoods near the school, was supposedly mended during a mediation session this fall, an anti-gang counselor said. Authorities say the groups are less structured than street gangs, and their main function is the sale of drugs.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: November 1, 2003

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Five alleged gang members arrested (Reading, PA): Police arrested the last of 13 gang members named in a federal indictment. Five alleged members of the 10th Street Gang were brought in on charges of drug-trafficking and weapons offenses after police seized cocaine, nine pistols, and seven bulletproof vests. The gang is associated with the national gang the Bloods, investigators said. The gang is also accused of selling more than $3 million in crack cocaine from ten different houses on Reading's southeast side.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 31, 2003

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Gang leader gets 25-year prison term (Staunton, VA): A 20-year-old female was sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of accessory to first-degree murder in the slaying of a 19-year-old man. The woman is second in command of a local street gang known as the Crip set Two-11 and was one of two people who ordered the killing. She was also known as the "set queen" of the gang and becomes the second person to be found guilty in this case. A 24-year old male pleaded guilty to first-degree murder after stabbing the victim twice. Two other suspects have yet to be charged for their involvement in the stabbing; one for ordering the killing and another 17-year-old boy for committing the stabbing.
Source: The Daily News Leader    Date: October 31, 2003

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Newark girl wounded in drive-by shooting (Newark, NJ): A Newark girl, who was wounded in a drive-by shooting, remains hospitalized. The 11-year-old girl was with her mother in a Newark bodega when a passenger in a car fired several shots, one of which went through the store's front window and hit the girl. Authorities have not determined a motive for the shooting.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 30, 2003

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Woman shot after street confrontation (Oxnard, CA): An 18-year-old woman was shot in Oxnard in what appears to have been a gang-related incident. She was walking with at least one other person when a car pulled up to the group and stopped. A man stepped out with a gun, the two groups exchanged words, and a gang slogan might have been yelled, police said. The man fired the gun at least twice, wounding the woman, police said. No arrests have been made.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003

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Suspect arrested in stabbing death at mall (Buena Ventura, CA): A 22-year-old man is being held on suspicion of killing of a 21-year-old man at the Pacific View mall, police said. According to police, witnesses first saw the two men arguing. After a fight ensued, a stabbing occurred. The victim was taken to a hospital where he died. Detectives said the incident is gang-related, and the suspect is a documented Oxnard gang member. The victim's background is still under investigation to see if he had any gang ties.
Source: Ventura County Star    Date: October 30, 2003

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Gunfire injures Durham youth (Durham, NC): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded a 16-year-old boy in Durham. According to reports, a group of five to seven boys, some of who are alleged Bloods members, were involved in the shooting. Police had five teenagers in custody for questioning.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: October 30, 2003

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Two men shot at funeral in stable condition (Los Angeles, CA): Two men were wounded in what police believe was a gang shooting at Inglewood Park Cemetery, while hundreds of mourners were caught in a cross fire. Officers who had been monitoring a large funeral shot at suspected gunmen after seeing them open fire on a crowd. Shortly after, an officer confronted a man fleeing from the cemetery with a gun. The man pointed the weapon at the officer, and the officer shot at him, officials said. The gunman then jumped into a waiting car and escaped.
Source: Los Angeles Times    Date: October 29, 2003

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Slaying blamed on argument over money (Denver, CO): An 18-year-old man was fatally shot after getting into an argument over money with a 23-year-old man, police said. Investigation continues for the suspect, an alleged gang member, who faces a first-degree murder charge.
Source: The Denver Post    Date: October 29, 2003

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Gang arrests (Garden Grove, CA): Two men were arrested after leading Garden Grove police on a car chase. A 30-year-old man was booked on suspicion of being a felon in possession of a handgun, being a gang member with a gun, illegally discharging a weapon, exhibiting a weapon with the intent to resist arrest, and being a member of a street gang. The second man, age 28, was booked for being a felon with a gun, allowing a firearm to be brought into a car, being a gang member, and being a gang member with a gun. Both men were arrested after their car crashed on a freeway ramp.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

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Teens in robbery case will be tried as adults (Santa Rosa, CA): Two teens have been ordered to stand trial as adults for the beating and robbery of an 87-year-old woman at her home. The two boys have nine felony charges against them, and police believe they are active members of the Nortenos gang, based on their tattoos, red clothing, and haircuts. They are being tried as adults due to the severity of the crime, according to a Sonoma County prosecutor. The charges include burglary, residential robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, and gang-related enhancements.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: October 28, 2003

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Homicide (Los Angeles, CA): A man was shot to death in South Los Angeles in what may have been a gang-related attack, authorities said. The man was riding his bike in a driveway when two males walked up to him and shot him several times. The assailants fled. No other information was available.
Source: City News Service    Date: October 28, 2003

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Hudson arrests 19 Bloods gang members (Jersey City, NJ): Nineteen members or associates of the Bloods street gang have been charged with offenses including racketeering, drug dealing, and aggravated assault. The suspected leader of the gang subset, which call themselves "Sex Money Murder-252," still remains at large. The investigation began five months ago when a task force was formed due to a noticeable increase in gang activity.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 28, 2003

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Last four of indicted gang members caught in Connecticut (Syracuse, NY): Four alleged members of a Syracuse street gang were arrested ending a five-month manhunt. The four were the last remaining fugitives among 26 indicted this past June under federal racketeering laws. Three of the men, who were stopped in their car on a highway, were arrested after leading police on a brief foot chase. The fourth was arrested at a residence which police had under surveillance. Prosecutors allege that the men conspired to run a criminal enterprise selling crack and bulk amounts of marijuana. The indictment also accused the gang of one murder, attempted murder and witness tampering, as well as drug trafficking.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: October 28, 2003

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