Gang-Related News Articles
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12 arrested in Winnipeg police drug trafficking bust into B-Side gang (Winnipeg, MB): Seven people are behind bars and a number of others have been released on a promise to appear following a Winnipeg Police Service drug trafficking investigation into Winnipeg's B-Side gang.
Source: CBC News Date: January 4, 2015
Saul Serrano, South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs Thrive Together (Santa Barbara, CA): When Saul Serrano was 13 years old, he was “jumped” by members of a gang while walking to the bus stop to get to school. “I blacked out,” he recalled in an interview with Noozhawk. “I woke up and said, ‘What the heck happened?’”Serrano grew up on the streets of Pacoima, a tough northern San Fernando Valley community where fists and feet were the common weapons of the street. He never succumbed to the temptation or pressure to join a gang, but used those influences to arm himself as an adult.
Source: Noozhawk Date: January 4, 2015
Local agency holds conference on gang problem (Lumberton, NC): With gangs becoming an increasing problem in communities throughout the state, including in Robeson County, Eastpointe is holding its ninth annual Eastern North Carolina Gang Conference on Monday in Mount Olive. This year’s theme is “Violence, Gangs, Human Trafficking: a Call for Community Action.”
Source: The Robesonian Date: January 3, 2015
Hard-to-solve gang killings push down city clearance rate (Boston, MA): More than half of all homicides in Boston in 2014 were outdoor shootings, many of them likely gang-related, committed under cover of darkness, and the most difficult type of killing to solve, according to Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley.
Source: The Boston Globe Date: January 3, 2015
Memphis murder rate highest it’s been in years (Memphis, TN): The Memphis Police Department investigated 168 murders in 2014, according to a news release issued by a department spokesperson. Out of 168 homicides, police said 24 of the killings are justifiable. Police also claimed to see a low number of gang-related murders in 2014.
Source: WREG NewsChannel 3 Date: January 3, 2015
One teen’s transformation from gang member to role model (Bellevue, WA): Six years ago, Placido Aguirre arrived at Bellevue’s Highland Middle School with a backpack that contained no books; it was stuffed with beer. By age 14, Aguirre had been “jumped in” to a local gang and spent his days and nights hanging out in the Crossroads neighborhood, drinking, taking drugs, spraying graffiti and getting into fights.
Source: The Seattle Times Date: January 3, 2015
Strip club melee sends 3 to Worcester hospitals (Worcester, MA): A melee outside a Southbridge Street strip club in the early morning hours of New Year's Day left three people injured, including one who was stabbed. Police said two of those injured are gang members.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette Date: January 2, 2015
Man with loaded gun arrested at hospital after gang-related shooting (Canton, OH): Dozens of people were at Mercy Medical Center early Thursday morning where, just minutes after a man shot in a gang-related shooting was pronounced dead, an armed man walked in.
Source: Canton Repository Date: January 2, 2015
New Orleans murders fall again in 2014; officials point to anti-violence measures (New Orleans, LA): Murders in New Orleans fell to 150 in 2014, the lowest number the city has recorded in four decades. The reductions have come after Mayor Mitch Landrieu's 2012 launch of NOLA for Life, a raft of social service programs and anti-gang crackdowns aimed at preventing shootings and intervening in the lives of at-risk young men. City officials said the numbers prove the campaign is effective.
Source: The Times-Picayune Date: January 2, 2015
Buffalo homicide toll jumps to 62 in 2014 (Buffalo, NY): “We keep arresting the same people over and over on violent crimes and many with multiple gun charges in the same year only to have their names later surface in shootings and homicides,” Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda said of individuals who end up released from jail. Rival street gangs are pushing the homicide count higher, the commissioner added.
Source: The Buffalo News Date: January 2, 2015
Police Nab Latin King in Edcouch (Edcouch, TX): Police arrested an alleged member of the Latin Kings street gang in Edcouch. The suspect, Rogelio Ramos, 19, was arrested on New Year’s Day at an apartment complex after he allegedly attacked two people with a knife.
Source: KRGV 5 News Date: January 2, 2015
California gang members traveling to North Dakota's oilfields where employers are more "felon-friendly" (Bakersfield, CA): Officials in Bakersfield, Calif., say they're very aware of gang members traveling from there to North Dakota's oilfields, often to commit crimes.
Source: Grand Forks Herald Date: January 2, 2015
Murder in Providence is up, but violent crime overall is down (Providence, RI): The city saw an increase in homicides in 2014, from 14 in 2013 to 20, but other violent crimes, including sex offenses and robberies, were less frequent. The total number of crimes declined 15 percent from the 2013 calendar year and violent crimes, including murder, sex offenses, robbery and aggravated assault, dropped 20 percent, according to preliminary data released Friday.
Source: The Providence Journal Date: January 2, 2015
Gang or no gang, many immigrants legally stymied by injunctions (Santa Ana, CA): As head of deportation and defense organizing for RAIZ, a migrant-led group in Orange County focused on stopping the deportation of immigrants, Alexis Nava Teodoro’s caseload is brimming with people who qualify for protection under President Barack Obama’s new immigration plan but are too terrified to apply.
Source: Al Jazeera Date: January 2, 2015
3 hours, 3 shootings, 2 deaths: 2015 was young when shooting started; Chattanooga's first killings come on heels of a bloody 2014 (Chattanooga, TN): When Joe Blake's granddaughter called him just a few minutes after midnight Thursday to wish him a happy New Year, everything seemed normal. But three or four minutes later she called back, screaming.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press Date: January 2, 2015
Watsonville Police cracking down on gang activity (Watsonville, CA): While many people had New Year’s Day off, Watsonville police officers were working overtime to keep the streets safe. “The gang problem we have right now is unpredictable and we are doing what we can to suppress the problem,” Sgt. Donny Thul said.
Source: KION 46 News Date: January 2, 2015
Watsonville mayor: We will not let gangsters take over our town (Watsonville, CA): Watsonville police and city leaders are hoping to turn the tide on rising gang violence. This week City Manager Carlos Palacios authorized more overtime for the police department in an effort to get more officers on the street.
Source: KSBW 8 News Date: January 1, 2015
Rival gangs make war in Thousand Oaks (Thousand Oaks, CA): Six people were arrested last week in connection with a Dec. 18 gang fight in Thousand Oaks in which one person was stabbed, according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Source: Thousand Oaks Acorn Date: January 1, 2015
Crime tally falls again in L.A. County sheriff's territory (Los Angeles County, CA): Crime decreased for a second consecutive year in areas of Los Angeles County patrolled by the Sheriff's Department, continuing a long-term downward trend locally that experts are at a loss to fully explain.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 1, 2015
Homicides decline for second straight year (Oakland, CA): Nine months into the year, it seemed Oakland was finally seeing the dramatic drop in homicides that officials had long sought. Then came an uptick in violence that brought the number of killings in the city in 2014 to 86, only a slight decline over 92 the previous year.
Source: Contra Costa Times Date: January 1, 2015
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