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Source: Press-Telegram Date: June 2, 2004
Gang-related crime prompted mayor to demand action (San Francisco, CA): San Francisco police have issued an arrest warrant for a man wanted on murder charges in a gang-related double homicide in January that prompted Mayor Gavin Newsom to call for swifter police and community response to such violence. Emile Forte, 22, faces two counts of murder for the Jan. 19 slayings of Jovani Banks, 19, and Michael Hill, 18, on Jan. 19 at 45 Osceola Lane, authorities said Tuesday.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: June 2, 2004
11 arrested in fights that climaxed in shooting (Johnson County, KS): Eleven Johnson County teenagers have been charged in a crackdown on fights that culminated last month in a drive-by shooting in Merriam. Ten of the 15- to 17-year-old boys -- seven from Merriam and four from Overland Park -- were charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly attending or participating in altercations that led to the May 9 shooting.
Source: The Kansas City Star Date: June 2, 2004
Drive-by shooting gang-related (Cordele, GA): A drive-by shooting that police believe is part of a turf war between gangs sent two teenagers to the hospital this weekend with gunshot wounds, according to Cordele police. Raquithian King, 18, and Jock Montford, also 18, were treated for their wounds at the Crisp Regional Hospital, according to a police department news release. Montford remained in the hospital Tuesday evening, and King was released Monday, according to the hospital.
Source: The Telegraph Date: June 2, 2004
Law enforcement leaders present plan to curb gang violence (Washington DC): National law enforcement leaders today urged a full assault on rising gang violence with a proven strategic plan to cut crime and keep more kids from joining gangs. The leaders also said the 40 percent cut proposed by the White House to federal juvenile crime prevention funds would pull the plug on effective local programs to reduce gang and youth violence.
Source: US Newswire Date: June 1, 2004
City at War (Los Angeles, CA): William J. Bratton is the most famous police chief in America. He made his name in New York City, where he achieved one of the most dramatic crime reductions in American history. But a little more than a year ago, he went to the other side of the country for his biggest challenge yet.
Source: ABC News Date: June 1, 2004
From All Sides (Los Angeles, CA): There is no more dangerous place in America to be a police officer — or a young man — than southeast Los Angeles. "It's not Mayberry, by any stretch of the imagination," says Scotty Stevens, an ex-Marine from Oklahoma. "Southeast is the epicenter of gangs throughout the country. It's a community that is caught in the middle of a battle between good and evil."
Source: ABC News Date: June 1, 2004
Prison terms in kidnap meted (Palmdale, CA): Two Palmdale teenagers charged in the kidnapping of an elderly couple from their home at gunpoint in the middle of the night were each sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison. Reputed street gang members Jorge Duran, 18, and Daniel Segovia, 19, were sentenced after pleading no contest to kidnapping, robbery, carjacking and making terrorist threats.
Source: The Daily News of Los Angeles Date: June 1, 2004
Gang sweep nets 11 arrests (Pixley and Porterville, CA): A 34-hour sweep of south Tulare County netted Tulare County sheriff's deputies 11 arrests, seven of them felony arrests, including two on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance, three on suspicion of possession of a dangerous weapon, one on suspicion of vehicle burglary and one on suspicion of resisting arrest.
Source: Visalia Times-Delta Date: June 1, 2004
Graffiti up preceding violence (Fremont, CA): In the weeks before the recent spree of gang violence in Centerville, police were aware of a gang element moving in but were unsure exactly what was going on, accor-ding to a lieutenant who works closely with gangs. "Nothing was definitive," said Lt. Gus Arroyo, who explained that the police department had been analyzing graffiti and other information that supported the theory that gang activity was beginning to increase shortly before two stabbings and two shootings occurred in a period of four days.
Source: The Argus Date: May 30, 2004
Three arrested in shooting of Fresno man (Fresno, CA): Two young men and a teenage boy have been arrested on suspicion of murder in the drive-by shooting death Thursday night of a 19-year-old man at his family's central Fresno home, police reported Friday. Lee Lor Xiong, 24; Pao Seng Yang, 19; and a 17-year-old boy, all of Fresno, were taken into custody after police stopped them in a car shortly after the shooting, Sgt. Len Gleim said. Gleim said there appears to be gang connections among some of the suspects and the victim, but police have not determined a motive for the killing.
Source: Fresno Bee Date: May 29, 2004
Area gang force vows to stay intact (St. Cloud, MN): The St. Cloud area plans to keep an anti-gang unit even if the statewide Gang Strike Force goes under because of a lack of funding. Unless the Legislature meets in a special session and appropriates money, the state's strike force will run out of money at the end of June. The agency's budget was cut during last-minute negotiations in the 2003 legislative session.
Source: St. Cloud Times Date: May 29, 2004
Three sentenced in gun-buying scheme (Fort Wayne, IN): Three Fort Wayne men who belonged to the D-Boyz street gang have pleaded guilty to employing a network of 25 women and two men to illegally buy guns, according to the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana. Deandre Haralson, Jasmine Jenkins and Brian Michael Hawkins were involved in the "straw purchases" of at least 150 guns -- some of which were used in homicides in Detroit. A fourth man, Riakos Barker, is to be sentenced on similar charges Aug. 27.
Source: Fort Wayne News Sentinel Date: May 29, 2004
Gang crime on the rise (North Richland Hills, TX): The first thing that made police think the driver was a gang member were the letters tattooed on his shoulder. The second clue was his extensive record of traffic violations and the fact that he lied about his date of birth and previous arrests. And lastly, the driver -- who was on probation for drunken driving and for driving while his license was suspended -- was still wearing an ankle monitor.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Date: May 28, 2004
Gang beating at Natomas High Clash leaves one student unconscious (Sacramento, CA): Seven Natomas High School students were arrested Thursday in connection with a gang-related campus beating that left one student unconscious earlier this week. The students - all minors - are being held on suspicion of battery, street gang terrorism and conspiracy to commit a crime - all felonies, according to the Sacramento Police Department. An additional 12 to 13 students are being sought by police in the case.
Source: The Sacramento Bee Date: May 28, 2004
Authorities arrest six suspected gang members (Central Minnesota): Authorities hope a dispute between two groups of people with possible gang affiliations will calm now that six people have been arrested. Authorities also seized guns, cash and drugs. The dispute started several weeks ago, reportedly after drugs were stolen, said Sgt. Dave LaBeaux, the commander of the Minnesota Gang Strike Force's central region.
Source: St. Cloud Times Date: May 27, 2004
81 arrest warrants issued after 18-month drug probe (West Valley City, UT): One of the largest drug distribution rings along the Wasatch Front in recent memory was brought down Wednesday by local and federal authorities following an 18-month investigation. The investigation, dubbed "Operation West Coast," culminated Wednesday when 81 arrest warrants were issued for people believed to be involved in the multimillion-dollar drug operation that stretched from Utah to California to Mexico.
Source: Deseret News Date: May 27, 2004
Gang activity arouses fear in Fremont (Fremont, CA): The 8-year-old boy used to play ball in the parking lot of his Central Avenue apartment complex, near Dusterberry Way. He ran around the lot doing what boys do: riding his bike, playing with friends -- being a child. But in the past week, things have changed near his home, and his father no longer lets the boy out of his sight.
Source: Tri-Valley Herald Date: May 26, 2004
Data: Gang crime is up (Denver, CO): Gang-related violent crime has surged in the first five months of this year, data released Tuesday by the Denver Police Department suggest. The number of homicides is down slightly - seven this year as compared with nine through the same period last year. But the 50 felony assaults recorded so far are a little more than half last year's total, and the summer months - when gang activity tends to increase - have yet to arrive.
Source: Rocky Mountain News Date: May 26, 2004
Girl was not target of shooting, police say (West Palm Beach, FL): A 15-year-old girl struck by gunfire Monday night was an unintended victim in what appeared to be a gang-related skirmish, police said. Tierra Meeks of West Palm Beach was hanging out in front of a house at 3723 Windsor Ave. along with Samuel Holmes, 21, when three men approached on foot about 7 p.m., police spokeswoman Dena Kimberlin said. The men opened fire, striking Meeks and Holmes, then fled on foot, she said.
Source: The Palm Beach Post Date: May 26, 2004
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