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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Chandler taking steps to battle graffiti (Chandler, AZ): The city of Chandler is adopting a new tool in its battle against urban blight and one of its chief culprits: graffiti.
Source: East Valley Tribune    Date: July 13, 2016

MCSO still investigating Laveen shooting neighbors say is gang related (Laveen, AZ): Neighbors of a Laveen neighborhood say a deadly Fourth of July shooting is rumored to be gang related. Investigators with MCSO haven’t confirmed those details, but ABC15 spoke with Arizona’s statewide Gang Task Force about the violence.
Source: ABC15 Arizona    Date: July 6, 2016

Phoenix Police’s Gang Enforcement Unit Backs Boxing Program For At-Risk Kids (Phoenix, AZ): Pete Chavez grew up in a rough Phoenix neighborhood, and he said he got involved in gangs at a young age. “I wasn’t a bad kid; I just didn’t know any better,” he said. “It was normal. You know, gangs, every corner that you turn, there was a gang.”
Source: KJRH 2 News    Date: April 15, 2016

Late-night raid targets gang members (Phoenix, AZ): Law enforcement officers from several agencies throughout the state were serving nearly a dozen search warrants Wednesday night.
Source: Tucson News Now    Date: March 3, 2016

The inside story of gang life (Yuma, AZ): Giving your life to a gang can lead to negative consequences in life such as: life behind bars, drug and alcohol addiction, and death. We spoke to four former gang members who have given us an exclusive interview on what life is inside a gang.
Source: KYMA 11 News    Date: February 13, 2016

“Gangs In The Desert Southwest” Pt.1 (Yuma, AZ): There’s an ongoing battle on our streets, a war not fought for patriotism or liberty but for money and power. They use fear and terror as a weapon, sometimes resulting in death. “Gangs are to be feared they operate with a pack mentality and exhibit great violence”, says Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Craig Kleffman.
Source: KSWT 13 News    Date: February 12, 2016

Gang-related assault (Flagstaff, AZ): A man was assaulted in a Flagstaff park in what appears to have been a gang- motivated attack. The victim told police he believed the attack was gang-related because the suspects were both wearing red shirts and he was wearing a blue beanie. Red is an east Flagstaff gang color and blue is a west Flagstaff gang color.
Source: Arizona Daily Sun    Date: February 10, 2016

Scottsdale resident, gang member sentenced to life in prison (Scottsdale, AZ): Earlier this week, Elijah Loren Arthur, Sr., 35, of Scottsdale, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Steven P. Logan to life in prison plus 10 years. Arthur was previously found guilty by a federal jury of first-degree murder and use of a firearm in a crime of violence.
Source: Scottsdale Independent    Date: January 11, 2016

Marshals arrest fugitive LA gang member in Phoenix (Phoenix, AZ): A documented gang member wanted in California in an attempted-murder case has been arrested in Phoenix, according to the U.S. Marshals Service.
Source: The Arizona Republic    Date: November 6, 2015

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

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