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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

FBI Special Agent in Charge says gangs are an issue in Metro (Louisville, KY): The special agent in charge of the FBI Louisville field office said gangs across the Metro are changing. Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess said gangs in Louisville are less affiliated with nationally recognized gangs and more localized.
Source: WLKY News    Date: March 8, 2017

LMPD Chief says he supports Gang Violence Prevention bill (Louisville, KY): The Louisville police chief is asking lawmakers to consider approving a proposed bill that would change the way the commonwealth defines criminal grans.
Source: WLKY News    Date: March 7, 2017

Two Fayette Co. schools vandalized with race-, gang-related graffiti (Lexington, KY): Fayette County school district leaders say graffiti had to be cleaned up at Henry Clay High School and Breckinridge Elementary School after the two schools were vandalized over the weekend.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: March 6, 2017

Gang violence prevention bill passes state House, 91-3 (Frankfort, KY): Children ages 11 and 12 and even younger are being recruited by criminal gangs in Kentucky, Rep. Robert Benvenuti told the state House Friday as he explained his bill to crack down on gangs and gang violence.
Source: Floyd County Times    Date: February 28, 2017

House committee passes bill to toughen sentences for gang crimes (Frankfort, KY): The House Judiciary Committee passed a bill that would change Kentucky laws relating to gang violence. House Bill 315, also know as the Gang Violence Protection Act, would toughen sentencing guidelines for crimes determined to be a part of gang activity.
Source: WKYT 27 News    Date: February 22, 2017

10 days, 82 arrests: Anti-gang efforts touted (Louisville, KY): Beaten repeatedly in the face the evening of Aug. 8, 2015, landlord Larry Thomas spent months at the hospital in a coma before he died in March 2016.
Source: The Courier-Journal    Date: January 23, 2017

Police to mount large-scale war on gangs (Louisville, KY): Louisville's police force is mounting its largest war on gangs, with a task force that will combine local and federal law enforcement and prosecutors.
Source: The Courier-Journal    Date: January 9, 2017

Sheriff: Growing gang activity may be influencing drug trade here (Henderson County, KY): A nine-month drug investigation by the Henderson County Sheriff's Office and the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force has generated two things: almost 100 people charged or in the process of it, and information that suspected gangs could be gaining a foothold in the county.
Source: The Gleaner    Date: December 21, 2016

Metro Council approves spending budget surplus on public safety (Louisville, KY): The Louisville Metro Council is hoping extra cash for the police department will help curb violence in the city. The Metro has seen recording-breaking violence this year. Chief Steve Conrad said homicides are up 43 percent this year, compared to the same time last year.
Source: WLKY News    Date: December 16, 2016

Council members grill Conrad over violence (Louisville, KY): Frustrated Metro Council members peppered Police Chief Steve Conrad with questions for nearly two and a half hours Wednesday about the city's record number of shootings and homicides.
Source: The Courier-Journal    Date: December 15, 2016

Lawmakers take aim at gangs (Louisville, KY): Frustrated with gangs, lawmakers are aiming to change a bill. They are trying to make it easier for police to put gang members in jail, which is hard to do under the current state law.
Source: WAVE 3 News    Date: November 4, 2016

Police: Known gang member had pot in underwear (Louisville, KY): Louisville Metro Police said they arrested a known member of a street gang Wednesday after they found marijuana in her underwear.
Source: The Courier-Journal    Date: October 27, 2016

Taking Back Your Streets: Going after gangs (Lousiville, KY): They are the ones getting most of the guns, drugs and bad guys off the street. "We're out there with them every day, seven days a week," Louisville Metro Police Department Ninth Mobile Division Commander Lieutenant Billy Hibbs said.
Source: WAVE 3 News    Date: October 27, 2016

Gangs attract at-risk youth in Louisa (Louisa, KY): Violent incidents involving young people in Louisa County this summer, some of which may be gang-related, spurred Lonnie Quarles to do something to stem the tide of dysfunction.
Source: The Central Virginian    Date: September 8, 2016

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