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Documented gang member wanted in Texas arrested in Arizona (Phoenix, AZ): Authorities say a documented gang member wanted in Texas has been arrested in Arizona. U.S. Marshals Service officials say 31-year-old Esteban Castorena was arrested Tuesday after a barricade situation at a Phoenix home.
Source: KFDA NewsChannel 10    Date: September 3, 2015

50 years in prison for convicted killer Vallejos (Coconino County, AZ): A Coconino County Superior Court judge called for the young men of Flagstaff to put an end to gang violence Tuesday morning as he sentenced a local gang member to 50 years in prison for the 2013 stabbing death of 23-year-old Juan Hernandez.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: August 25, 2015

'Operation GRIT' leads to 67 gang-related arrests in Tucson (Tucson, AZ): A crime-fighting operation that brings together federal and local law enforcement to combat gang violence has led to more than a hundred arrests in Arizona in recent months.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: August 10, 2015

No prison for Flagstaff gang murder trial witness (Coconino County, AZ): The star witness in this year’s Flagstaff gang murder trials will not spend any more time behind bars for his role in the September 2013 fight that killed 23-year-old Juan Hernandez.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: July 16, 2015

Parker kids, women pushed youth center (Parker, AZ): The Players Ninth Street Youth Center started with three people who wanted to do something for the kids of Parker as many were becoming troubled youth. “Going back 20 years, there was the beginning of substance abuse and gang activity,” said Duce Minor, the Executive Director of the Parker Alliance for Community Empowerment.
Source: Parker Pioneer    Date: July 7, 2015

FBI gang task force raid nets arrests, weapons, drugs (Phoenix, AZ): The FBI Violent Street Gang Task Force has made a major bust, leading to several arrests and the confiscation of more than a dozen weapons. The task force executed two search warrants in the Phoenix-metro area last week as part of an ongoing gang investigation.
Source: KPHO 5 News    Date: June 24, 2015

Phoenix PD: gang member arrested in '14 murder attempt (Phoenix, AZ): A Phoenix man was arrested Wednesday after police said he ran a man over with his car in 2014 and instructed other people in the car to shoot him.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: May 14, 2015

Arguments unchanged in gang murder retrial (Coconino County, AZ): The retrial of accused murderer and eastside Flagstaff gang member Michael “Buddy” Vallejos is shaping up to be a streamlined replay of his original trial, which ended with a hung jury in March. The vote was 11 to 1 for conviction.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: May 13, 2015

Gang murder retrial set to begin (Flagstaff, AZ): Jury selection will begin today in the retrial of accused murderer and Flagstaff gang member Michael “Buddy” Vallejos. Vallejos, 23, was charged with second-degree murder and assisting a criminal street gang in the 2013 stabbing death of 23-year-old Juan Hernandez during a clash between eastside and westside gang members in Flagstaff’s Southside neighborhood.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: May 6, 2015

Authorities arrest 28 in Tucson in gang sweep (Tucson, AZ): A huge crackdown on street gangs netted nearly 1,000 arrests nationwide and more than two dozen in Tucson. Homeland Security's "Operation Wildfire," a six-week crackdown targeting scores of different gangs all across the country, helped authorities make 28 arrests in Tucson, the highest number of arrests in the state.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: April 8, 2015

Tattoo removal helps gang members turn life around (Phoenix, AZ): At only 12 years old, Juan Contreras joined a Phoenix street gang. After that it wasn't long before he found himself trapped in a cycle of crime and prison time. Then as his rap sheet grew, so did his tattoos. "A lot on my face and the majority of my neck was done," said Contreras as he talked about his old life. "I liked the way tattoos looked. I liked the respect I got."
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: April 1, 2015

Arizona bill would fund predictive policing technology (Arizona): Arizona could jump to the forefront of computer-aided policing if lawmakers approve a bill that would authorize spending $2 million on predictive policing technology.
Source: The Center for Investigative Reporting     Date: March 25, 2015

Mistrial declared in gang murder case (Coconino County, AZ): The murder trial of two Flagstaff gang members accused of killing a man during a 2013 gang fight has ended with a hung jury. Coconino County Superior Court Judge Dan Slayton declared a mistrial late Thursday afternoon after jurors informed him they would not be able to reach a unanimous decision regarding the guilt or innocence of Eastside Blood gang members Jeremiah Barlow, 22, and Michael “Buddy” Vallejos, 23.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: March 13, 2015

Flagstaff gang activity on the rise, officials say (Flagstaff, AZ): When you think of Flagstaff, you probably imagine a small, peaceful city up in the mountains, but beneath the surface, gangs are becoming a growing problem, according to Arizona's gang task force. Among this increased activity in recent years was the 2013 murder of 23-year-old Juan Hernandez in Flagstaff.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: March 13, 2015

Second gang murder case goes to jury (Coconino County, AZ): Jury deliberations have begun in the murder trial of two Eastside Blood gang members accused of killing a man in a 2013 gang fight in Flagstaff’s Southside neighborhood.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: March 12, 2015

Tucson Border Patrol Sector arrests alleged sex offenders, gang members (Tucson, AZ): Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents have announced "significant arrests" of illegal immigrants documented as convicted sex offenders and MS-13 gang members in the last month.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: February 26, 2015

Gang trial verdict sparks backlash (Flagstaff, AZ): The first signs of retaliation for last week’s acquittal of a Flagstaff man accused in a gang-related murder have begun to the surface. According to reports from the Flagstaff Police Department, an unknown suspect believed to be a westside Flagstaff gang member pointed a gun at a couple and their 2-year-old daughter at a known hangout for eastside gang members Sunday around 6:50 p.m.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: February 24, 2015

Flagstaff gang members accused of murder begin trial (Flagstaff, AZ): Opening statements began Friday in the trial against two Flagstaff gang members. The two men are accused of stabbing to death 23-year-old Juan Hernandez, a member of a rival gang, about 18 months ago.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: February 20, 2015

ASU Study Challenges Teen Gang Stereotypes (Phoenix, AZ): Everything you've heard about teen gangs is wrong. That's the basic conclusion of a new study from Arizona State University. "You think gang and you think 'boys in the hood', urban, minority boys living in bad neighborhoods," said Gary Sweeten, an associate professor of criminology and co-author of the report, which was published in the Journal of Adolescent Health this week.
Source: Phoenix New Times    Date: February 20, 2015

Innocent verdict in Flagstaff gang murder trial (Flagstaff, AZ): The youngest of the three men charged in the 2013 gang killing of 23-year-old Juan Hernandez has been acquitted on all charges. A jury found Norberto “Beto” Ramos-Madrid, 19, innocent of second-degree murder in Coconino County Superior Court Tuesday morning after less than two hours of deliberations.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: February 18, 2015

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