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Lynn takes stand against violence (Lynn, MA): After six weekend shootings left five people shot, one fatally, and one woman caught in the crossfire who narrowly avoided being hit by a bullet that went through the driver’s side window of her car, about 40 residents and elected officials gathered at City Hall on Tuesday to try to come up with ways to stop the violence.
Source: The Daily Item    Date: January 17, 2017

Colleges get grants to help cities address gang problem (Salem, MA): Two local colleges have been awarded state grant money to help combat gang violence in Lynn and Springfield. Salem State University will receive $31,687 and North Shore Community College will get $27,943 through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative. The schools are among the "research partners" who were awarded grants to assist agencies in 15 communities that are dealing with high levels of youth violence and gang problems.
Source: The Salem News    Date: January 13, 2017

Grants help police make difference in kids' lives (Lawrence, MA): A yearly state grant is helping local police departments partner with community organizations to keep teenagers and young adults away from drugs and gangs.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: January 11, 2017

Partnerships may be antidote to gangs, violence (Boston, MA): The $5.7 million in grants awarded by the state Tuesday to combat gang violence is geared toward partnerships between police and community organizations rather than pure law enforcement, and it has worked, according to the chief of the biggest city police force in Massachusetts.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: January 11, 2017

Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield among 15 Massachusetts communities getting anti-gang violence grants (Boston, MA): Gov. Charlie Baker's administration on Tuesday released $5.7 million in grants to combat gang violence in 15 communities, including Springfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 10, 2017

Looking back at the year in crime in Fall River (Fall River, MA): Gang violence, drug raids, homicide investigations, murder trials, a major change in the Fall River Police Department, and people dressed as circus clowns were among the city's major crime stories in 2016.
Source: The Herald News    Date: January 2, 2017

Rash of teen slayings prompts DA’s office to head off gang recruitment (Suffolk County, MA): The Suffolk District Attorney’s office is hoping to tackle gang violence by promoting initiatives aimed at reaching at-risk kids before they are drawn into a life of violence as the city reels from a series of shocking homicides involving teen victims, a spokesman said.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 31, 2016

While Boston Murders Were Up In 2016, Authorities Tout Drop In Overall Crime (Boston, MA): There have been 47 homicides in Boston in 2016. That's nine more than the 38 recorded in 2015. While the number of murders is up in the city, overall crime was down in 2016.
Source: WBUR News    Date: December 30, 2016

Walsh, Evans vow to crack down on Eastie gang violence (Boston, MA): Mayor Martin J. Walsh says authorities are going to have to take a new approach if they’re going to combat a recent surge in East Boston gang violence as he prepares to meet with law enforcement officials who are aiming to root out what has become a “cultural gang issue.”
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 29, 2016

Cops discover $1M in drugs in Eastie bust (Boston, MA): A 35-year-old Boston man is facing a raft of weapons and drug charges after Hub cops executing a search warrant at an Eastie apartment found a mountain of drugs with street value of more than $1 million, four large-capacity firearms and more than $180,000 in cash, police announced yesterday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 18, 2016

Worcester police investigator says Obeng, shooting suspect were in rival gangs (Worcester, MA): A Worcester Police Department gang investigator told a jury Wednesday that Christian A. Obeng was a member of the Kilby Street gang and that brothers Fathi and Ahmad Jaara, two of the three men charged in Mr. Obeng's shooting death two years ago, were members of the rival Providence Street Posse.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: December 14, 2016

Judge tosses out connection to Providence Street Posse in Christian Obeng murder trial (Worcester, MA): A judge has struck down an attempt by prosecutors to connect a suspect in the murder of Christian Obeng to the Providence Street Posse.
Source: The Republican    Date: December 12, 2016

Worcester court: Opening statements in suspected gang killing (Worcester, MA): A confrontation between two groups of young men, some with rival gang affiliations, immediately preceded the 2014 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Christian A. Obeng, a prosecutor said in his opening statement Monday.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: December 12, 2016

Alleged gang member indicted (Barnstable, MA): A West Yarmouth man and alleged gang member was indicted Friday by a Barnstable County grand jury on charges related to an August shooting in Hyannis.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: December 9, 2016

Police Tase suspected gang member wanted in multiple Honey Farms robberies (Worcester, MA): Worcester police used a Taser on a man they were trying to arrest Wednesday night, who they say is a known gang member and was wanted for multiple robberies of Honey Farms Market stores in the city.
Source: The Republican    Date: December 8, 2016

Chelsea gang member pleads guilty to attempted murder, cocaine charges (Boston, MA): An MS-13 gang member from Chelsea pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of a rival gang member in Chelsea and cocaine distribution, according to the US Attorney’s office in Boston.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 1, 2016

Southbridge police arrest 3 people and seize 2 firearms, 26 grams of cocaine and Latin Kings gang patches (Southbridge, MA): When Southbridge police inspected a suspicious 911 call on Tuesday, officers said they found a man who was wanted on a warrant at an apartment with two other suspects, as well as firearms, drugs and items from the Latin Kings street gang.
Source: The Republican    Date: November 30, 2016

Civil rights leaders fear BPD's social media tracking will target blacks (Boston, MA): Civil rights groups say they want answers from Boston police on how the department will use its $1.4 million social media tracking system — citing fears that it will broadly target young blacks and try to link them to gang activity.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: November 28, 2016

Homicides up 20 percent from ’15 (Boston, MA): A recent surge in shootings and homicides in the city is part of a “disturbing” trend that’s being blamed on an increase in gang activity and an ongoing reluctance of jittery witnesses to step forward, community leaders tell the Herald. Police have seen a more than 20-percent spike in homicides this year compared to 2015 — with cops acknowledging a jump in shootings the past two months as well.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: November 23, 2016

Football program offers these youths a refuge from gangs (Dorchester, MA): On the first day of school in September, Jermaine Eloi, a quarterback for the Dorchester Eagles Pop Warner football team, left his home in a gang hot spot in Dorchester. On the sidewalk was a memorial — candles, a teddy bear, a Red Sox cap — to a 21-year-old father who had been shot to death in the street the night before.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: November 21, 2016

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