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L.A. crime hits highest level since 2009 amid more gang violence and homelessness (Los Angeles, CA): Los Angeles officials on Wednesday attributed last year's crime jump to increased gang activity and homelessness, among other things. With every crime category increasing last year in the city, total crime stood at its highest point since 2009, according to data released by Los Angeles Police Department.
Source: Los Angeles Times Date: January 13, 2016
Gang connections suspected in two Alexandria killings (Alexandria, VA): Police on Wednesday said they had arrested or otherwise taken into custody several MS-13 members they believe are linked to the slayings of two young men found dead in Alexandria parks — crimes that authorities said were a chilling reminder of the gang’s violent rise in the region.
Source: The Washington Post Date: January 13, 2016
Ruben ‘Chulo’ Pizzaro, alleged Bronx gang member, faces federal murder charge in shooting death (Manhattan, NY): Bronx gang member Ruben (Chulo) Pizzaro appeared in U.S. Southern District Court in Manhattan on Wednesday, where he faced federal murder charges in the shooting death of a rival gang member in November.
Source: Newsday Date: January 13, 2016
10Listens: Answering your questions about gang violence (Knoxville, TN): On Wednesday afternoon, WBIR sat down with community leaders and listened to their thoughts on the impact gang violence is having on young people in Knoxville. The conversation was part of our 10 Listens special. The conversation has been spotlighted following the slaying of 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson.
Source: WBIR 10 News Date: January 13, 2016
Police blame gangs, lack of cooperation for uptick in violence (Chicago, IL): Amid frustration over an uptick in shootings and murders in Chicago, the city's acting police superintendent is blaming the city's gangs and victims who refuse to cooperate. There have been nearly two people shot and killed a day since Jan 1. Police say the majority of the violence is gang-related, driven by social media.
Source: WLS 7 News Date: January 13, 2016
Tuesday's double homicide determined to be gang-related (Santa Maria, CA): The shooting that left two 23-year-olds dead Tuesday night has been determined to be gang-related by the Santa Maria Police Department. "Both victims do have some association with a street gang," Chief Ralph Martin said. "Now, association is just that; they are known to associate with a certain street gang."
Source: Lompoc Record Date: January 13, 2016
Trial set for 6 alleged gang members in Norfolk (Norfolk, VA): Six alleged gang members charged in an 18-count indictment are set for a jury trial in Norfolk federal court. The charges include racketeering conspiracy, murder in aid of racketeering and robbery. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday morning.
Source: The Washington Post Date: January 12, 2016
Ottawa's first homicide of 2016: Shooting victim knew he was targeted (Ottawa, ON): An eyewitness to an alleged gang killing who knew he was a target met his end Sunday night, begging for help after he was gunned down in Manor Park. Mohamed Najdi, 28, a Crips gang member well-known to police, was shot dead in what homicide detectives believe was also a gang-related and targeted killing. His home was shot up just last week.
Source: The Ottawa Citizen Date: January 12, 2016
Knox County mom says recent violence is due to gang initiation season (Knoxville, TN): Recent violence is all because it's initiation time for gangs in Knoxville. That's what people in East Knoxville told Local 8 News. Police and many parents say the gang problem in Knox County begins in schools. It may start much younger than you think.
Source: WVLT 8 News Date: January 12, 2016
Breaking the Cycle, One Young Person at a Time (Lowell, MA): Jamel Bonilla was 17 when he took part in an armed robbery. He was convicted of a felony and served 18 months in Massachusetts’ Middleton House of Corrections. Upon his release two years ago, he floated from dead-end job to dead-end job. “I was really down and out. I was near homelessness,” he said.
Source: Youth Today Date: January 12, 2016
Teens at the root of York gun violence (York, PA): There won't be a future generation if kids keep shooting other kids, said Stephanie Perry, who was walking to her home in the 600 block of East Princess Street on Monday afternoon. Kids are messing up their lives, said the 51-year-old, who has lived in York all her life. And to address the violence, people must come together more than they have been, said Perry.
Source: York Daily Record Date: January 12, 2016
Santa Ana police react to spate of gang-related shootings with a probation sweep (Santa Ana, CA): Hours after police swarmed the city Tuesday to conduct probation checks as a direct action to a recent spate of gang-related shootings, a man in his 20s lay wounded on West 10th Street after he was shot in the upper body during a suspected gang attack.
Source: The Orange County Register Date: January 12, 2016
3 Denver gang members arrested for selling stolen guns (Denver, CO): Three men with known ties to Denver-area gangs were arrested late Monday night for illegally selling firearms – many of which were stolen during residential burglaries.
Source: KUSA 9 News Date: January 12, 2016
Gang member gets 50 years for fatal Near North Side shooting (Chicago, IL): An alleged member of the Gangster Disciples was sentenced to 50 years in prison Monday for fatally shooting a 25-year-old man on the Near North Side in 2013.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times Date: January 12, 2016
City announces sweeping new plan to curb gun violence (New York, NY): Authorities announced a sweeping plan Tuesday to combat city gun violence by creating a new NYPD division dedicated solely to illegal weapons and gang violence, as well as special courts to only handle gun cases.
Source: New York Post Date: January 12, 2016
100+ shot, 19 killed so far this year in Chicago (Chicago, IL): More than 100 people have been shot in Chicago since the start of 2016 as law enforcement blames the latest surge in violent crime on “chronic gang conflicts.”
Source: The Washington Times Date: January 12, 2016
Dealer who sold in LaGrange denied 'another chance' (LaGrange, GA): A drug dealer — already once convicted — was hoping for a third chance at probation in Troup County Superior Court on Monday. Jamahl Jarquoes Cole, 27, was charged with two counts of selling meth and two counts of violating the street gang terrorism and prevention act.
Source: LaGrange Daily News Date: January 12, 2016
Gang member who 'regressed' in prison to be released next month (Calgary, AB): Three years in prison for a revenge shooting at the height of Calgary’s gang war apparently haven’t reformed Vinh Tung Truong, who has instead used the time behind bars to re-acquaint himself with gangsters from the FOB Killers.
Source: Calgary Herald Date: January 11, 2016
Inside Coweta’s gang challenge (Newnan, GA): On Dec. 10, investigators from the Newnan Police Department pulled the body of Alzuavion "Squirrel” Martin out of a creek bed on Calhoun Street.
Source: The Newnan Times-Herald Date: January 11, 2016
North Knoxville woman says she witnessed gang initiation outside her home (Knoxville, TN): A north Knoxville woman said she's scared to walk outside her home in fear of coming in contact with a gang. This woman asked Local 8 News not to use her name in fear of her safety. She said late Tuesday afternoon, she watched a gang initiation from her window in the North Ridge Crossing community.
Source: WVLT 8 News Date: January 11, 2016
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