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Area MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced For Attempted Murder (Chelsea, MA): A member of an MS-13 sect in Chelsea was sentenced Wednesday in federal court after pleading guilty earlier this year to racketeering and attempted murder, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Angel "Bravo" Pineda, 21, of Revere, was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison.
Source: Somerville Patch    Date: July 27, 2017

5 Investigates looks at Boston's sharp increase in violence (Boston, MA): Within hours of the slaying of a Mission Hill hardware store owner last week, three people were in custody and soon charged with murder. But not every case is so easy to solve, especially if gang violence is involved.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: July 26, 2017

How are Brockton gangs affecting city streets? (Brockton, MA): They are dressed in plainclothes, from cargo shorts to baseball jerseys, but the detectives’ presence is seen clearly through the words they wear on their backs – Brockton Police Gang Unit.
Source: The Enterprise    Date: July 23, 2017

Gang member gets no bail in fatal stabbing (Boston, MA): A teen MS-13 gang member who is illegally in the country was charged yesterday with murder in the brutal stabbing death of a 16-year-old boy whose body was found in December in a marsh in East Boston — one of a series of teen killings linked to the violent gang in Eastie.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: July 18, 2017

Police: Brockton gang member found with 17 grams of fentanyl (Brockton, MA): An alleged city gang member who was arrested four months ago on drug charges was found with a large amount of fentanyl Saturday night, police said.
Source: Enterprise News    Date: July 18, 2017

18-year-old alleged New Bedford gang member sentenced to prison (New Bedford, MA): An 18-year-old alleged gang member was sentenced to three to five years in prison after pleading guilty to illegal firearm charges last week. Jovaughn Lopez, of New Bedford, pleaded guilty to a multi-count indictment charging him with carrying an illegal firearm, carrying a loaded illegal firearm and defacing the serial number of a firearm.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: July 17, 2017

Suspected gang member charged in teenager’s 2016 death in East Boston (Boston, MA): A suspected gang member who authorities allege stabbed a teenager to death near the Belle Isle Marsh Reservation in 2016 appeared briefly Monday in East Boston Municipal Court to face a charge of murder.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: July 17, 2017

Nauti-Block leader gets 8-year prison term (Boston, MA): Sobs ripped through a federal courtroom Wednesday when a leader of a Hyannis-based street gang addressed his family and children before being sentenced to eight years in prison. The hearing was the first opportunity for the public to hear of Christian Chapman’s personal life, which his attorney said was riddled with tragedy from birth.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: July 12, 2017

Bristol man charged with attempted murder in gang-related Davis Drive shooting (Bristol, MA): A city man was arrested Tuesday on an attempted murder charge after he was allegedly involved in a gang-related shooting on Davis Drive a year ago that left a woman seriously injured.
Source: The Bristol Press    Date: July 11, 2017

Despite drop in crime, some neighborhoods still feel besieged (Boston, MA): In the South End, 52-year-old John Chambers is as comfortable walking through Villa Victoria, a housing project once plagued by gang violence, as he is at Flour, a neighborhood bakery serving brioche au chocolat and croissants.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: July 6, 2017

Neighborhood shaken as police eye gang ties in Roxbury shooting (Roxbury, MA): A late-night triple shooting in Roxbury Sunday night rattled residents in an incident cops are probing for possible gang ties.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: July 4, 2017

In prison, Sheriff’s Office determines gang membership, monitors activities (Bristol County, MA): When a gang member goes to the Bristol County House of Correction in Dartmouth, sheriff deputies pick up where the NBPD Gang Unit leaves off.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: July 1, 2017

Former gang rivals work to lift others following in their footsteps (New Bedford, MA): In 2007 after spending 17 years in state prison, then 37-year-old Eric Gelmete had two choices if he continued on the road he was heading — kill or be killed. “I had limited choices. It seemed like someone would kill me or I would kill someone,” he said. “I had these dreams. I would enter my house. I would click on a light, and bang, somebody kills me.”
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: July 1, 2017

Police and neighborhoods disagree on use of term ‘gangs’ (New Bedford, MA): When 24-year-old Aaron Gant Jr. was gunned down while a passenger in a South End car on New Year’s Eve 2015, police described him as an “innocent bystander.”
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: July 1, 2017

MS-13 leader trades guilty plea for 10-year deal (Boston, MA): The leader of MS-13 in East Boston, who was one of the dozens of gangbangers rounded up in a 2016 FBI sweep, pleaded guilty to conspiracy, drug, assault and gun charges in a deal with prosecutors that will land him behind bars for a decade.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: June 24, 2017

New Bedford police to visit people at risk of gang involvement to seek surrender of guns (New Bedford, MA): One less gun on the street means one less chance of a tragedy, New Bedford police say, and they have a plan to take action over the next few days. A police officer and an outreach worker will visit with individuals — often young people — who are at risk of being involved in gangs, and their families, to try to convince them to surrender their guns, according to a press release from the Police Department.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: June 23, 2017

17 held in gang bust after year-long probe (Suffolk County, MA): Police on Wednesday arrested 17 rival gang members and confiscated 22 guns as part of a year-long, multi-agency task effort dubbed Operation Hanover and focused on Dorchester and Roxbury.
Source: Dorchester Reporter    Date: June 22, 2017

Worcester jury to resume deliberations Tuesday in Upland Gardens slaying (Worcester, MA): About 4½ hours of jury deliberations failed to produce a verdict Monday in the trial of a Worcester man charged with murder in a fatal shooting three years ago at the Upland Gardens apartment complex.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: June 19, 2017

FBI Issues $10K Reward For Alleged Gang Leader Wanted For Murder (Boston, MA): The FBI’s North Shore Gang Task Force is offering a $10,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of a fugitive wanted for murder. Steven Touch, 28 of Lynn, is alleged to be the leader of a violent street gang in the Lynn area known as the Young Bloods.
Source: CBS Boston    Date: June 19, 2017

East Side Money gang member nicknamed 'Superbad' pleads guilty to racketeering, drug charges (Massachusetts): An East Side Money gang member who goes by the name "Superbad" has pleaded guilty to racketeering and drug trafficking charges after he was one of 66 alleged gang members caught in a federal gun and drug sweep last year.
Source: The Republican    Date: June 18, 2017

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