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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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Santa Ana police make new push against gang violence (Santa Ana, CA): Facing a spike in violence, Santa Ana police are making a new push to curb gang activity. Officers say the city has has nine homicides this year - seven of them gang-related - in addition to some 200 assaults with a deadly weapon.
Source: KABC 7 News    Date: April 9, 2016

Mexican Mafia, El Monte gang members guilty of federal racketeering charges (El Monte, CA): Two leaders of El Monte’s primary street gang, one of whom is also a Mexican Mafia member, pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges this week after admitting their roles in violently extorting “tax” payments from local drug and fraudulent document dealers, authorities announced Saturday.
Source: San Gabriel Valley Tribune    Date: April 9, 2016

Hanford gang member convicted of 2013 murder of woman (Kings County, CA): A Hanford gang member was convicted April 8 for murdering a woman walking down the street just hours after he was released from jail, the Kings County District Attorney said.
Source: The Fresno Bee    Date: April 9, 2016

Statistics say violent crime up in Merced, nationwide (Merced, CA): Violent crimes showed a notable increase in Merced County in the first half of 2015, according to preliminary law enforcement statistics that suggest the trend held true across the United States and particularly on the West Coast.
Source: Merced Sun-Star    Date: April 8, 2016

Merced authorities crack down on gang violence (Delhi, CA): Dozens of law enforcement officers in Merced County spent Friday afternoon taking guns out of the hands of gang members. They hit the streets after a sharp rise in shootings in Delhi. In just the past week, deputies say six daytime shootings have been reported.
Source: KFSN 30 News    Date: April 8, 2016

Jack in the Box knife fight in Burbank said to involve rival gangs (Burbank, CA): Two young men described by Burbank police as known local gang members were arrested Friday in the wake of a fight at a Jack in the Box restaurant that left both injured, one with stab wounds.
Source:    Date: April 8, 2016

As Coachella combats a gangster, Indio pays him $140K (Coachella, CA): Indio has agreed to pay $140,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit from a known member of Varrio Coachella Rifa, a ruthless gang that authorities say has terrorized the neighboring city of Coachella.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: April 7, 2016

Prosecutor sues owners of buildings allegedly used by drug gangs (Los Angeles, CA): City Attorney Mike Feuer sued the owners of three South Los Angeles apartment complexes allegedly used by street gangs for drug sales and other criminal activity, Feuer announced Thursday.
Source:    Date: April 7, 2016

Suspects arrested in Palm Springs stabbing (Palm Springs, CA): Two Yucca Valley men with alleged gang ties were arrested Wednesday afternoon under suspicion of stabbing a man in Palm Springs in March.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: April 7, 2016

2 Teenagers Killed In 2 Days In Alleged Salinas Gang-Related Shootings (Salinas, CA): A 17-year-old boy was killed in a suspected gang-related shooting Wednesday morning in Salinas, police said.
Source: Gilroy Patch    Date: April 7, 2016

Beachgoers' suit seeks gang injunction against alleged territorial surfers (Palos Verdes Estates, CA): Lawyers say they are hearing from additional beachgoers who want to join a federal lawsuit seeking a gang injunction against California surfers accused of intimidating others who want to use a public beach.
Source: ABA Journal    Date: April 6, 2016

Jury convicts alleged gang leader (San Diego, CA): A man who prosecutors alleged was a gang chief was convicted Monday of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine and marijuana. Randy Alton Graves at one time faced racketeering charges stemming from a host of crimes committed by the West Coast Crips — including murder and sex trafficking.
Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune    Date: April 5, 2016

Kern County prosecutors announce conviction in gang case (Kern County, CA): A gang member who pointed a gun at another man was convicted Tuesday of assault with a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm and gang-related charges, according to the Kern County District Attorney's Office.
Source: KBAK Eyewitness News    Date: April 5, 2016

Despite Gang Injunction, Reports of Shootings Remain High in Townsend (Santa Ana, CA): When touting the controversial gang injunction in Santa Ana's Townsend Street neighborhood, law enforcement officials have said that while the approach may seem heavy-handed to residents, in the end it makes them safer. But a Voice of OC analysis of one significant indicator of neighborhood safety -- the number of reported shootings -- shows the injunction has had no discernable effect.
Source: Voice of OC    Date: April 5, 2016

Mayor details Coachella's approach to gang violence (Coachella, CA): There have been many news reports in recent weeks about Coachella’s efforts to obtain a gang injunction, which gives police greater powers. But stepped up law enforcement is only one element of our strategy to deal with this issue.
Source: The Desert Sun    Date: April 5, 2016

Pacoima residents, police say rising crime comes amid broader gains (Los Angeles, CA): As Los Angeles confronts rising crime rates for the second year in a row, residents in the San Fernando Valley neighborhood of Pacoima are hoping that hard-fought-for gains against gang violence will prove decisive in the fight against crime.
Source: WBEZ 91.5     Date: April 4, 2016

Coachella gangsters now face arrest for clothing, tattoos (Coachella, CA): A Riverside County judge approved a civil injunction against the Varrio Coachella Rifa gang on Monday afternoon, establishing a low bar for arrest and a severe set of rules in an effort to drive the pervasive gang out of Coachella.
Source: The Desert Sun     Date: April 4, 2016

Santa Barbara Man Sentenced to Prison for 2009 Gang Murder (Santa Barbara, CA): Santa Barbara man Andrew Baldarez was sentenced to state prison for the 2009 gang murder of Baldemar Leal, the District Attorney’s Office said Monday. The 22-year-old Leal was stabbed to death on Feb. 21, 2009 and found on the 400 block of De la Vina Street at Haley Street.
Source: Noozhawk    Date: April 4, 2016

Event held at Cal State Fullerton over spring break sought to keep kids from gang riddled areas off the streets and in a safe environment (Fullerton, CA): As part of an ongoing gang prevention effort, the Orange County district attorney’s office hosted a soccer camp at Cal State Fullerton last week. The Gang Reduction Intervention Partnership (GRIP) program aims to help children build self-esteem and health awareness. This year’s effort was designed to keep at-risk students positively engaged during their spring break by hosting a three-day soccer camp at CSUF.
Source: The Daily Titan    Date: April 4, 2016

Gang member gets 80 years to life for Westmont slaying (Torrance, CA): In an emotional hearing in Torrance Superior Court, a gang member was sentenced Monday to spend 80 years to life in prison for killing an innocent man standing outside his home in the unincorporated Westmont area.
Source: Daily Breeze    Date: April 4, 2016

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