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Lancaster police arrest 18-year-old for getting juvenile involved in gang activity (Lancaster, KY): An 18-year-old is behind bars after witnesses told police he tried to get a juvenile involved in a gang. Police were working with Mercer County social workers to apprehend a juvenile who had an outstanding pickup order for pending felony charges. When officers arrived at the home they heard two males inside, but they would not answer the door.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: June 6, 2018

Gov. Bevin signs gang bill into law (Louisville, KY): The controversial anti-gang bill in Kentucky is now signed into law. Governor Matt Bevin signed the bill on Thursday, April 26.
Source: WHAS11 News    Date: April 27, 2018

Louisville group concerned new gang law targets minorities (Lousiville, KY): A new law that takes aim at gangs in Kentucky has some concerned about what it could mean for minorities and the poor. The law, signed Thursday, would make it a felony to recruit young gang members and increases penalties for gang activity. In some cases, it would raise charges to a higher felony class.
Source: WDRB News    Date: April 27, 2018

Bill to toughen penalties for gang activities moves to House after passing Senate (Frankfort, KY): The Kentucky Senate approved a bill Friday meant to fight criminal gang activity in the state, despite concerns that the measure unfairly targets minorities and isn’t supported by research.
Source: WDRB News    Date: April 13, 2018

LMPD says shooting at Waterfront Park was 'gang-involved' (Louisville, KY): The Louisville Metro Police Department says a shooting at Waterfront Park Thursday night was related to gang activity. "We did discover that this was gang-involved," Mitchell said. "Certainly, we have not found the individuals responsible for this shooting."
Source: WDRB News    Date: April 13, 2018

Police: Three charged in shooting after teen wouldn't join gang (Lexington, KY): Three men are facing nearly two dozen charges each after a pair of February shootings in Lexington. Davontae Cobb, Jacque Jones and John Harris are facing charges including wanton endangerment and criminal mischief.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: April 11, 2018

Critics concerned proposed gang violence bill could encourage racial profiling (Louisville, KY): Community leaders are speaking out against a proposed bill that would crack down on gang activity. House Bill 169 aims to tackle gang-related violence in Kentucky, but some say it encourages racial profiling in the criminal justice system.
Source: WDRB News    Date: April 11, 2018

Police: Suspects shoot up neighborhood after teen refuses to join gang (Lexington, KY): Police arrest a third man they say was involved in a pair of shootings in February that damaged homes, ruptured a gas line and forced the evacuation of a building.
Source: WTVQ 36 News    Date: April 11, 2018

Trio Charged In Feb. Shooting After Teen Refused To Join Gang (Lexington, KY): Three men face nearly two dozen charges, including first-degree criminal gang recruitment, after police say they were involved in two shootings on February 28 on Hedgewood Court in Lexington's Woodhill neighborhood. They believe it was in retaliation for a teen not joining a street gang.
Source:    Date: April 11, 2018

Anti-gang violence bill clears hurdle in Frankfort on Tuesday (Frankfort, KY): An anti-gang violence bill cleared a hurdle on Frankfort Tuesday. House Bill 169 broadens the definition of a gang, makes it illegal to recruit children into a gang and enhances penalties for crimes connected to gang activity.
Source: WLKY News    Date: March 27, 2018

Nearly 2 dozen gun-related arrests announced after anti-violence push by Feds and LMPD (Louisville, KY): Federal authorities, Louisville Metro Police and other local law enforcement agencies announced a surge of arrests Friday in what they say is the latest effort to reduce violent crime in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and Jefferson County in particular.
Source: WDRB News    Date: March 23, 2018

House bill which would increase penalties for gang recruitment passed by House A & R committee (Frankfort, KY): A bill which would impose harsher penalties for adults who recruit individuals, including kids, for gangs has been passed by a House committee. House Bill 169, sponsored by Rep. Robert Benvenuti, R-Lexington, would change Kentucky law by making it a felony to recruit gang members was passed by the House Standing Committee on Appropriations and Revenue on Tuesday by a 16-3 vote.
Source: Spectrum News     Date: March 13, 2018

Bill to Combat Gang Recruitment Advanced by House Panel (Frankfort, KY): Hoping to stop the influx of young recruits into gangs, Kentucky lawmakers advanced a bill Wednesday that would toughen sentences for luring children into the groups.
Source: U.S. News & World Report     Date: February 7, 2018

5 members of Victory Park Crips face federal indictments for dealing weapons (Louisville, KY): Federal and local law enforcement officials say five Louisville residents suspected of being involved in gang activity have been indicted and arrested.
Source: WDRB News    Date: November 29, 2017

Gangs in Lexington (Lexington, KY): Lexington's Chief of Police, officers on the streets, and the county's top prosecutor all agree; more teenagers in Lexington are using guns, and often in public places where shots can hit innocent bystanders.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: August 24, 2017

LMPD chief asking for money to tackle gangs (Louisville, KY): The Louisville Metro Police chief is asking the Metro Council for $156,000 to spend on a gang violence deterrence initiative. The chief wants to work with the Institute of Crime Science at the University of Cincinnati to identify, target and dismantle gangs in Louisville.
Source: WLKY News    Date: June 8, 2017

Gangs Are Behind Louisville’s Growing Homicides, Study Says (Louisville, KY): As Louisville’s homicide count continues to rise, a new study says gang violence is mostly to blame. The study, by Louisville-based think-tank Pegasus Institute, was released Wednesday. It compares rates of homicide and violent crime between cities similar to Louisville’s size and population.
Source: WFPL News    Date: May 31, 2017

Louisville think tank unveils new strategy to reduce violence (Louisville, KY): A new think tank based in Louisville says the city needs a better strategy to target gangs and violent repeat offenders, and it turns out the Louisville Metro Police Department is already working on one.
Source: WLKY News    Date: May 31, 2017

Police: Memorial Day shooting at Waterfront Park a gang-related 'anomaly' (Louisville, KY): Expressing frustration with a lack of witness cooperation in Monday's brazen homicide at Waterfront Park – as well as a number of other high-profile slayings – police described the city's latest killing as a gang-related "anomaly."
Source: The Courier-Journal    Date: May 30, 2017

Bill to toughen sentences for gang crimes headed to Senate for vote (Frankfort, KY): House Bill 315 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, but not without concern from some. Advocates and opponents of the bill agreed that gang violence is an issue in the Commonwealth, and needs to be addressed to help at-risk youth.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: March 14, 2017

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