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Friends, former gang members recall slain vet who wanted to end violence (Chicago, IL): Abner Garcia taught Miguel Areola some lessons that probably saved his life, without ever resorting to lectures or scoldings. Areola, 19, said when he was a gangbanger, it was Garcia who asked him whether he wanted to treat violence as a career or as an enemy.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 22, 2016

Lawyers call for dismissal of wiretap evidence used in gang crackdown (Lake County, IL): A court ruling scheduled for Sept. 8 has the potential to change the outcome of cases from a gang-related operation in Lake County in 2014. A motion to suppress "any and all" information gathered through wiretaps before a series of gang-related Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act arrests has been filed by defense attorney Douglas Roberts, who represents Gregory Harris Sr., one of the main targets of the operation.
Source: Lake County News-Sun    Date: August 19, 2016

Dozens of Gang Members Nabbed in Chicago (Chicago, IL): An elaborate police operation has netted the arrests of 61 documented gang members in Chicago. Narcotics and vice missions in the city pulled off the operation beginning on Thursday and spent 36 hours in 15 of the city’s 22 districts. They focused on “problem” areas noted by aldermen and residents, totaling 101 arrests in all.
Source: Chicago Patch    Date: August 19, 2016

With violence surging, Chicago police arrest 100, targeting gang factions (Chicago, IL): Chicago police arrested more than 100 people on mostly felony drug and weapons charges, the latest in a series of raids since May as the city continues to struggle with a surge in violence.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: August 19, 2016

Army Veteran, Y Mentor Abner Garcia Killed After Gang Signs Flashed at Car (Chicago, IL): Abner Garcia's family held back its fears and concerns when the young man decided that he wanted to join the Army, thinking it would at least keep him away from Chicago's violence.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 15, 2016

WATCHDOGS: Violent crime in city up virtually across the board (Chicago, IL): Violence in Chicago again is making national news, with the nine people killed Monday marking the city’s highest single-day toll of shooting deaths in years. But the Chicago Police Department and City Hall are grappling with more than a rise in shootings and killings.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 13, 2016

North Aurora man, others charged in three-year gang investigation (Aurora, IL): A nearly three-year investigation conducted by Aurora police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Kane County State’s Attorney's Office into allegations of drug dealing and firearms sales involving an Aurora street gang culminated Aug. 12 with the unsealing of Kane County grand jury indictments against 16 men, including Paul Benavides, also known as Francis Perez, according to the news release from Aurora police.
Source: Kane County Chronicle    Date: August 12, 2016

Gang member arrested on gun charges (Kankakee, IL): A 18-year-old man already facing gun charges for a drive-by shooting earlier this year was arrested after pointing a gun at a person on Monday.
Source: Daily Journal    Date: August 11, 2016

As West Side Block Sees Violence Surge, Residents Say Police Have Left Them (Garfield Park, IL): Just 90 minutes after Delores Coleman watched 22-year-old Irell Mitchell's life come to an abrupt end around the corner from her home Monday evening, she said the police came and went.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: August 11, 2016

Chicago hospital uses surprising methods to keep gang-banging patients safe (Chicago, IL): Gang retaliation is blamed for much of the escalation in Chicago shootings this summer. When gang members are wounded but survive an attack, they pose unique problems for hospitals. Doctors and nurses in the Emergency Room at Mount Sinai Hospital see victims of gang violence all summer long. They've even nicknamed the summer months, ‘the trauma season.’
Source: FOX 32 News    Date: August 10, 2016

CPD alerts cops that 3 West Side gangs plotting to shoot officers (Chicago, IL): Leaders from three West Side gang factions allegedly met last week to discuss plans to shoot members of the Chicago Police Department in response to the fatal police shooting of Paul O’Neal. The meeting took place Thursday between higher-ups from the Vice Lords, Black Disciples and Four Corner Hustlers, according to an alert issued to department members the day after the meeting.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 8, 2016

Who gets killed in Chicago — a Watchdogs special report (Chicago, IL): On July 27, 2015, police on the West Side pulled over a black Chevrolet whose driver, they said, hadn’t signaled a turn. The driver, DeMorrow Stephens, didn’t have a license, according to the police. And when they asked his passenger, Marcus Patrick, why he smelled like marijuana, they said he pulled seven baggies of it from his waistband.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 6, 2016

Penny Gearhart, popular StreetWise vendor in Uptown, killed in crossfire when rival gang members start shooting (Chicago, IL): Penny Gearhart, a fixture in the Uptown community for her work with StreetWise and other homeless programs, was killed Wednesday afternoon when she was caught in gang crossfire on a North Side street near where she lived and often worked.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times    Date: August 5, 2016

57-year-old woman killed in Uptown shooting (Chicago, IL): A 57-year-old woman was killed and a 58-year-old man wounded in a shooting in the Uptown neighborhood Wednesday afternoon on the North Side, police said.
Source: FOX 32 News    Date: August 3, 2016

Shootout on 79th Street thought to be part of gang feud leaves man dead (Chicago, IL): It had been three hours since the man on 79th Street was killed, and rumors had started to circulate. "When I got home from work, everybody was walking through the neighborhood crying," said the Rev. Anthony Tyler, who stood at the police tape late Friday. “They were talking about, 'He got shot.'"
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 30, 2016

Leaderless Chicago street gangs vex police efforts to quell violence (Chicago, IL): When Lanarris Webster went to prison in 2010, the name of the reputed Gangster Disciples hit man still meant something in the blocks around Homan Avenue and Huron Street on the West Side. By the time he was paroled in February, that world had changed.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 29, 2016

Chicago’s Gang Violence Triggers Facebook’s ‘Safety Check’ Alert System (Chicago, IL): Gang violence is apparently so bad in Chicago that Facebook’s “safety check” alert system had spread across the city after a recent shooting incident. Facebook’s “safety check” system is set up for Facebook users to tell family and friends that they are safe during natural disasters or terrorist attacks. But this week, the Facebook safety check system was triggered in Chicago by a shooting that ended in three deaths, one an innocent bystander.
Source: Breitbart    Date: July 29, 2016

Woman Shot In South Chicago An Innocent Victim Of Gang Feud, Neighbors Say (Chicago, IL): The neighbors who lived on a South Chicago block where young mother was shot and killed shortly after moving to the area Tuesday believe her death was the result of an ongoing gang conflict.
Source: DNAinfo    Date: July 27, 2016

U.S. Attorneys in Illinois, Indiana File Charges Against Latin Kings (Chicago, IL): More than 40 high-ranking members of the Latin Kings street gang have been charged for violent racketeering, selling drugs and attempted murder as part of a sweeping, federal investigation into the operation in Illinois and Indiana, law enforcement officials announced Tuesday.
Source: The Wall Street Journal    Date: July 26, 2016

Person held in death of teen who was killed in one of 4 recent Cal City shootings (Calumet City, IL): One person is in custody in connection with the death of a Calumet City teenager, who was killed in one of four shootings during the weekend in the south suburb, officials said Monday. At a news conference, police Chief Christopher Fletcher said it's unlike Calumet City to have so many shootings in one short period of time, but he said three of shootings were part of a "recognizable gang problem" in the city.
Source: Chicago Tribune    Date: July 25, 2016

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