Gang-Related News Articles
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Activist Jesuit priest offers inspiration for St. Louis audience (St. Louis, MO): Searching for inspiration, hundreds of religious leaders joined community members, including some active in Ferguson, at the Marriott airport hotel Monday to listen to a Los Angeles-based Jesuit priest known nationally for his 30 years of work with former gang members.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch Date: June 29, 2015
New food truck also re-entry program for ex-cons (Durham, NC): The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham has a new program rolling out soon, on wheels. 2econd Helpings will be a new food truck “where a conviction is not a barrier, but a requirement.” The food truck will employ only those Durhamites returning to the community after serving time in prison.
Source: The Herald-Sun Date: June 28, 2015
14-year-old boy shot in drive-by, neighbors shaken (Springdale, AR): A 14-year-old boy underwent surgery Friday after he was shot twice in a drive-by shooting at 6:25 p.m. Thursday near Crawford Avenue and Marylyn Street, said Mike Glasgow, a neighbor of the boy.
Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Date: June 27, 2015
Fargo violent crime tops U.S. for first time (Fargo, ND): In announcing a suspect’s arrest last week in two brutal Fargo killings, interim Police Chief Dave Todd said the city is a “good, safe community” despite the homicides. As police and other authorities here often do, Todd described the region as safe relative to other similar cities.
Source: The Dickinson Press Date: June 27, 2015
Hayden Slater: Family support helps teen succeed despite tough neighborhood (Portland, OR): Jefferson High School junior Hayden Slater has a lot to say about gang violence. The "gang thing" keeps us apart, he said, tensing slightly. He said it's ridiculous and dangerous that gangs are in his North Portland neighborhood.
Source: The Oregonian Date: June 27, 2015
Portsmouth Bloods gang members plead guilty to heroin charges (Portsmouth, VA): Two Portsmouth men have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to distributing heroin in Norfolk. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Theodore M. Vann, aka Flatline, and 26-year-old Antwane L. Williams, aka Neno, entered their pleas in federal court on Thursday. Court records say Vann was the highest ranking member of the Bloods gang set Gorilla Mafia Piru. Williams was Vann’s second in command.
Source: WAVY 10 News Date: June 26, 2015
Alumnus spreads kinship among former gang members (Orange County, CA): Steven Kim MSW ’06 knows intimately what rock bottom looks like. Growing up an at-risk youth with little to no family support, he got involved with the wrong crowd and found refuge in substance abuse.
Source: USC News Date: June 26, 2015
Gang activity alleged in arrests related to shooting death of 19-year-old (Covington, GA): A 19-year-old Rockdale County teen has been charged in the murder of a Newton County teen earlier this week and three other people have been arrested in connection with the crime, with more arrests expected.
Source: Rockdale Citizen Date: June 26, 2015
As gang violence rises, where are the police? (Portland, OR): Recent reports of excessive police force have dominated media headlines and inspired protests in Portland. "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" rallies have blocked city streets as Rose City residents decried the killings of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray and others. Witnesses across the country now whip out cellphones during arrests. As a result, police in some cities report feeling hesitant to act.
Source: KGW NewsChannel 8 Date: June 26, 2015
Leaders of Brownsville-based gang convicted of racketeering, murder (Brooklyn, NY): This past Thursday, following approximately eight weeks of trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn returned guilty verdicts against Paul Rivera and Michael Garrett on charges of racketeering, murder, sex trafficking, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and witness tampering.
Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle Date: June 26, 2015
Madera gang member sentenced to life in prison (Madera, CA): A Madera gang member was sentenced to life in prison after shooting a man three times in the head, the Madera County District Attorney said.
Source: The Fresno Bee Date: June 26, 2015
Man found guilty in 2011 Joliet murder (Joliet, IL): When Anthony Fearn was fatally shot on June 9, 2011, outside the KO Zone Boxing Club it was dark and there was a large crowd on the street. Since that night, five witnesses have identified Jevon Lesley, 22, a member of the Vice Lords street gang known as "Guru" as the man who fired the shot that struck Fearn, who had no gang involvement.
Source: The Herald-News Date: June 26, 2015
S.C.: Questions About Gang Affiliation Violated Miranda Rights (Contra Costa County, CA): Jailers violated the Miranda rights of a murder suspect when they asked about his gang affiliation while he was being booked, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. In an opinion by Justice Carol A. Corrigan, the court unanimously agreed that Jose Mota-Avendano’s unMirandized statements were improperly used against him, but that the error was harmless because there was enough independent evidence to establish his gang ties.
Source: Metropolitan News-Enterprise Date: June 26, 2015
Recent shootings gang-related: Saskatoon police (Saskatoon, SK): Police in Saskatoon have confirmed that the people involved in two recent shootings in the city are associated with street gangs.
Source: The StarPhoenix Date: June 25, 2015
2 charged in Elizabeth gang-related killing (Elizabeth, NJ): Authorities have made two arrests stemming from the April gang-related shooting that left a young man dead in Elizabeth. Authorities say the suspects are members of the MS-13 street gang and they had a dispute with Alvarez. His body was found near the railroad tracks off Court Street.
Source: New Jersey Herald Date: June 25, 2015
Taking steps to break the snitch code (Portland, OR): Rod Underhill thinks he soon may have a strategic weapon in the fight against gang violence, which appears to be surging this spring. The Multnomah County district attorney says the single biggest impediment to solving and prosecuting gang shootings has long been the lack of witnesses willing to come forward and testify. In some neighborhoods what is called the G-Code, or snitch code, prevails.
Source: The Portland Tribune Date: June 25, 2015
Prosecutors link accused robber to Akron street gang (Akron, OH): A man charged in a violent robbery of $4.90 is now accused of doing so as part of a violent Akron street gang. The Kaika Klan Outlaws, or KKO, was the subject of a two investigations since 2003. Other members were linked to the 2013 slaying of Paris Wicks III, a former football star at Youngstown State University and Ellet High School.
Source: The Plain Dealer Date: June 25, 2015
Las Vegas Police Take On 20,000 Gang Members (Las Vegas, NV): In Southern Nevada, about 20,000 people identify themselves as gang members. That’s about six of every 1,000 Nevada residents. That puts Nevada in the top five states for the number of gang members, according to the FBI.
Source: Nevada Public Radio Date: June 25, 2015
Authorities shut down 3 NYC drug gangs near schools (New York NY): Police and prosecutors on Thursday took down three separate drug gangs operating in the Washington Heights area of Manhattan, including one that sold crack and powder cocaine across the street from two elementary schools, officials said.
Source: Newsday Date: June 25, 2015
Apopka police boost patrols to prevent gang violence (Apopka, FL): The man accused of killing the man who was arrested in connection to a drive-by shooting that critically injured an 11-year-old girl was let out of jail because prosecutors said they didn’t have enough evidence to officially charge him. Apopka police said they’ve boosted patrols now that Steven Nedd is no longer behind bars and that they’re worried about a possible gang war erupting.
Source: WFTV 9 News Date: June 25, 2015
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