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Pittsfield Mayor: ‘We’re not going to let gangs terrorize our neighborhoods’ (Pittsfield, MA): A recent string of shootings in Pittsfield has gotten the attention of police and city officials to take a stand. Police are saying those shootings are gang-related and it is time to put a stop to them.
Source: News10     Date: May 23, 2016

Swasey Field shootings gang related, arrests expected, police say (Haverhill, MA): Police said Saturday's shooting near Swasey Field was gang related and arrests are expected. The shooting happened after a brief altercation between rival gang members, police Chief Alan DeNaro said late Monday afternoon. Based on footage from a surveillance camera on a utility pole near the Swasey Field basketball court, DeNaro said some of the suspects are known members of gangs in the city.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: May 16, 2016

Fitchburg councilors hear of gang-program progress (Fitchburg, MA): In the 10th year of the city's funding to reduce youth gang involvement and violence through the Shannon Community Safety Initiative, city councilors heard some of what the program has done and what it will do this coming year.
Source: Sentinel & Enterprise    Date: May 5, 2016

Pittsfield Police say gangs likely to blame for recent violence in city (Pittsfield, MA): Recent reports of gunfire in the city "appear to be gang-related," according to Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn. Addressing a crowd of community leaders and citizens, Wynn emphasized that members of the general public don't appear to be "directly" at risk in connection with the incidents.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: May 5, 2016

Springfield Latin King leader pleads guilty to heroin distribution in federal court (Springfield, MA): The head of the Springfield chapter of the Latin Kings street gang network has pleaded guilty to heroin distribution in U.S. District Court.
Source: The Republican    Date: May 4, 2016

Inside MS-13’s secret initiation rituals and internal feuds (Boston, MA): In the months before a sweeping federal indictment, prospective MS-13 gang members were killing their way up the hierarchy in initiation rites that took place at a park in Winthrop and a garage in Everett as other members were plotting to murder one of their own, according to a detention affidavit released in February as a part of the federal case against more than 50 alleged MS-13 members and affiliates in the region.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 22, 2016

Worcester police say barbershop shooting was gang-related (Worcester, MA): Police believe the shooting last week in front of Who’s Next? Barbershop on Hamilton Street was gang-related, newly released court documents show.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: April 21, 2016

Worcester stabbing suspect, alleged gang member, deemed too dangerous for release (Worcester, MA): An alleged Worcester gang member charged in a stabbing last month at El Rincon Night Club was deemed Thursday in Central District Court to be too dangerous to release on bail.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: April 14, 2016

Arraignments stemming from alleged Nauti-Block gang activity continue (Boston, MA): Another alleged leader of the Nauti-Block street gang and three alleged associates had their turn in U.S. District Court on Thursday. A six-month investigation that included raids on more than a dozen Mid-Cape residences April 5 resulted in a mix of federal and state charges against 19 people, including three charged with murder in the Sept. 19 death of Christine Ferreira, a 28-year-old Hyannis woman.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: April 14, 2016

Prevention training with gangs, drugs, and human trafficking (Springfield, MA): On Tuesday April 12th at 3:00 p.m. Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and the Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force will present a workshop called KNOWING THE TRENDS: DRUGS, GANGS, AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING at the Springfield School Department’s Central Office on Main Street.
Source: WWLP 22 News    Date: April 12, 2016

Springfield seeing increase in human trafficking activity, experts tell Violence Prevention Task Force (Springfield, MA): The Pioneer Valley has a drug problem, a gang problem, and now is beginning to see a human trafficking problem. And it starts with children as young as age 13. "Every year they are getting younger and younger," said Nicolas Cotto, a Western Massachusetts gang intelligence expert.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 12, 2016

Pregnant suspect linked to Hyannis drug gang released (Boston, MA): At least two of the women arrested in the roundup of alleged Nauti-Block street gang members or associates are pregnant, according to testimony at their detention hearings Monday in U.S. District Court.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: April 11, 2016

A Hyannis street gang's road to drugs and murder charges (Hyannis, MA): “Dozens and dozens” of gang members from around the country pass through the doors of the Barnstable County Correctional Facility, according to Sheriff James Cummings — so many that the jail asks them to declare their affiliations during intake to keep rivals in separate cells for safety.
Source: Cape Cod Times    Date: April 10, 2016

Springfield task force offers community workshop to tackle gangs, drugs, human trafficking (Springfield, MA): The Mayor's Citywide Violence Prevention Task Force is presenting a community workshop on Tuesday, April 12, to provide information and training on gang trends and anti-gang efforts, drug trends and the reemergence of opiates and heroin, and efforts to curb human trafficking.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 7, 2016

Bail revoked for reputed Springfield gang member, 25, with 31-page criminal and driving record (Springfield, MA): Reputed Latin Kings gang member David Reyes' six-page criminal record is gaining on his 25-page motor vehicle record.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 7, 2016

Law enforcement moved 16-year-old out of Chelsea before his brutal murder (Boston, MA): A high school student who was murdered in East Boston allegedly by the MS-13 street gang had been relocated by law enforcement before the gang’s members and affiliates tracked him down in central Massachusetts and killed him, according to federal court transcripts that contain details of the murder.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 6, 2016

Charges dropped against man accused in MS-13 murder case (Boston, MA): A mix-up in the federal sweep against transnational street gang MS-13 led to the wrongful arrest of a 21-year-old on murder charges, court documents show. Marvin Melgar, 21, was one of 56 alleged MS-13 gang members indicted on January 29.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 6, 2016

Feds: Sweep breaks up Cape Cod drug gang; 3 charged with murder (Barnstable, MA): A brother and sister and another man have been charged with murder and about a dozen others are facing drug and gun counts after a series of Tuesday morning raids on Cape Cod that state and federal prosecutors said broke up one of the region's largest drug gangs.
Source: CBS News    Date: April 5, 2016

Homicides reached a 10-year low in 2015. Why? (Boston, MA): The number of homicides in Massachusetts reached a 10-year low last year, and officials attribute the decline to focused attention on gang violence, drugs, and gun trafficking. Some also credit last winter’s epic snowstorms, which kept people off the streets. Overall, there were 133 homicides in Massachusetts in 2015, down from 146 in 2014, according to figures provided to the Globe by the State Police and departments in Boston, Worcester, Springfield, and Pittsfield.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 4, 2016

Feds, Suffolk DA in pursuit of seven Boston gang fugitives (Boston, MA): The hunt is on for fugitive members of a violent street gang facing drug and gun charges in a federal dragnet aimed at disrupting a years-long reign of terror over a South End neighborhood, authorities said.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: March 26, 2016

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