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Former gang member turns life around through Mentoring4Success (Wichita, KS): Dan Masterson still chuckles when he thinks about the time he and Luis Gutierrez went to a “really traditional church” in Wichita. Gutierrez, a stocky built Mexican with a shaved head and tattoos, was on work release and serving a life sentence for a 1991 murder, after a dispute with a friend turned ugly.
Source: The Hutchinson News    Date: December 9, 2017

Wichita Police Shifting Staffing To Address Uptick In Violent Crime (Wichita, KS): The Wichita Police Department will be shifting nearly 40 officers to special investigation teams in January to address the increasing number of violent crimes.
Source: KMUW 89.1 Wichita Public Radio    Date: December 4, 2017

FF12: Wichita gangs turning to human trafficking (Wichita, KS): From selling drugs to selling girls, police say Wichita gangs are turning to human trafficking. It's a trend they started seeing within the past three years, likely motivated by money.
Source: KWCH 12 News    Date: November 9, 2017

El Dorado prison disturbance resulted in fire, gang fight; led to second uprising (El Dorado, KS): A late June disturbance at a Kansas prison resulted in a fire and fight between gang members and led to another uprising days later when staff again worked to contain inmates who refused to return to their cells, according to an internal Kansas Department of Corrections review released Wednesday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: November 1, 2017

Topeka activist says giving kids a positive sense of belonging is key to stemming gang violence (Topeka, KS): Jobs and access to positive, recreational activities are needed immediately if the violence afflicting East Topeka’s youth is going to subside anytime soon, according to community activist Curtis Pitts.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: October 22, 2017

Convicted Topeka murderer Chris Pattillo testifies in co-defendant’s murder trial, denies knowing victim would be shot in drive-by (Topeka, KS): Convicted Topeka murderer Christopher Pattillo told jurors Tuesday during a co-defendant’s murder trial he had no idea gunshots were going to be fired from the vehicle he was driving or why the victim would be shot in 2016 in a southeast Topeka neighborhood.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: September 12, 2017

Feud between gang members led to bystander killing, affidavit says (Wichita, KS): A feud between two gang members culminated in a parking lot shootout that left a 25-year-old bystander dead in June, according to an police affidavit released Tuesday by Sedgwick County District Court.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: August 9, 2017

Christopher Pattillo, 18, convicted of first-degree murder in Topeka drive-by killing (Topeka, KS): Christopher Shawn Pattillo lowered his head, shaking it from side to side, after jurors convicted him Monday of felony first-degree murder in the drive-by Topeka shooting death of a 20-year-old man in 2016.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 17, 2017

Topeka police gang expert: Disrespect may have fueled fatal drive-by shooting (Topeka, KS): A public act of disrespect to Christopher Shawn Pattillo, a gang member, by the member of a rival gang could motivate the shooting death a day later of Brian Wade Miller, 20, a Topeka police expert on street gangs testified Thursday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 13, 2017

Witness in Topeka murder trial: Gunman fired 16 shots, two passing through apartment occupied by boy, 7 (Topeka, KS): Jurors saw photographs of a string of shell casings lying in a southeast Topeka street that marked the 14-shot barrage a gunman unleashed as he rode in a slow-moving van, mortally wounding a 20-year-old man.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: July 12, 2017

Friend of slain teen calls for an end to gang violence in Topeka (Topeka, KS): Family and Friends gathered to celebrate the life of a Topeka teen who was killed last week. Eighteen year old Arden King was the 15th of 16 homicides this year in Topeka. His best friend says that's too many, and we should be talking about it.
Source: WIBW 13 News    Date: July 2, 2017

Police mail letters to guardians of kids on Wichita’s gang list (Wichita, KS): Earlier this year at a community meeting that in part addressed the Wichita Police Department’s documented gang member database, a woman asked Lt. Jeff Gilmore whether parents and guardians were being told that their kids had made the list.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: June 29, 2017

Lawrence violent crime rate up in 2016; role of marijuana sales questioned in increase (Lawrence, KS): Lawrence Police Capt. Anthony Brixius concedes the city’s latest crime statistics for 2016 don’t reflect the image many residents may have of their community. “I don’t think we are a sleepy college town,” Brixius said.
Source: Lawrence Journal-World    Date: June 19, 2017

One person killed in gang-related shooting, police say (Wichita, KS): Police were investigating a fatal shooting Saturday night in a strip mall parking lot at 13th and Vesta, between Oliver and Hillside.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: June 17, 2017

Don’t want youths joining gangs? Give them hope and opportunity, civic leaders say (Wichita, KS): When Beni Santibanez hears about the latest drive-by shooting or clashes between gangs, he shakes his head. That used to be him. “We were the one causing all the wreckage in the ’90s,” Santibanez said. Gangs arrived in Wichita in force then, sending homicide numbers soaring to unseen heights. Drive-by shootings became a nightly occurrence.
Source: The Wichita Eagle    Date: May 30, 2017

Gang members urinating on rival’s grave may have spurred slaying (Topeka, KS): Street gang members urinating on the grave of a rival gang member may have triggered a retaliatory shooting that killed a 20-year-old man in April 2016, a Topeka police detective testified Monday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: May 15, 2017

Community activists, WPD team up to keep youth from gangs (Wichita, KS): Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said his department is seeing a rise in gang activity, and with summer right around the corner, the chief called a meeting with several community action programs.
Source: KSN 3 News    Date: May 10, 2017

Ex-gang members work with law enforcement to evoke change (Wichita, KS): Concerns about recent gang violence have prompted a local group to hit the streets. Hope for the Hood Ministries is a group of community members, some of which are ex-gang members, that are now working with the police to improve their neighborhoods.
Source: KSN 3 News    Date: April 18, 2017

After Fatal Shooting, Kansas City No Violence Alliance Rounds Up Gang Members (Jackson County, KS): A group enforcement by the Kansas City No Violence Alliance over the last several months led to nine felony charges, the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office announced Thursday.
Source: KCUR 89.3    Date: March 30, 2017

Topeka police expert on gangs: Gang violence factored into 2016 drive-by slaying (Topeka, KS): Two men charged with a drive-by shooting death were gang members, as was the victim, a Topeka police expert on local gangs testified on Friday.
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal     Date: January 6, 2017

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