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In Worcester, Gov. Patrick praises youth initiative (Worcester, MA): José Vazquez of Worcester knew only a rough life. The 21-year-old said growing up, he ran with the "wrong crowd" and got into all sorts of trouble, especially with local police. "I've been locked up a few times," he said.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: December 22, 2014

Former gang member seeks pardon, may run for Boston City Council (Boston, MA): Saying he has reformed his life, current and former law enforcement officials on Monday backed the proposed pardon of a man convicted of armed assault with attempt to murder for his part in a 1989 shooting that left a victim paralyzed.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 22, 2014

Fleeing Salvadoran Gangs, A Months-Long Journey To Boston (Boston, MA): Lisette glances over her right shoulder, looking out the window of a Greyhound bus at the U.S. immigration agents sitting nearby in an unmarked white cargo van. The agents just dropped her and her 11-year-old daughter off at a bus stop in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and are idling, waiting for the bus to leave.
Source: WBUR News    Date: December 18, 2014

State Awards $133k Grant to Pittsfield to Help Combat Gang Violence (Pittsfield, MA): "I realized that my life was slipping away and that I really hadn't done anything with it, except spend it incarcerated," said Pittsfield resident Michael Williams, "and I wanted to make a difference." This is Michael Williams: former inmate turned youth mentor.
Source: Time Warner Cable News    Date: December 18, 2014

Boston to overhaul street worker programs (Boston, MA): City officials on Saturday will announce an overhaul of Boston’s street worker program, which will merge in the new year with the Boston Foundation’s StreetSafe program to create one unified team reaching out to gang members and at-risk youths.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 6, 2014

Berkshire County Anti-Crime Unit becomes crucial law enforcement tool (Pittsfield, MA): A few decades ago, a patrol officer's duty included surveillance work and tracking down suspects wanted on warrants. But over the years, the demands on officers have grown dramatically, and those on patrol duty have their hands full and sometimes are "run ragged" just responding to routine calls during their shift, police officials say.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: November 30, 2014

Drug dealer tied to slain North Adams man gets up to 17 years in prison (Pittsfield, MA): Calling Ernest Harvin a "professional" drug dealer, a judge sentenced the Williamstown man to up to 17 years in state prison for a slew of heroin and gun charges in a case with links to a slain North Adams man.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: November 19, 2014

Springfield police nab city man suspected in gang-related shooting in East Forest Park neighborhood (Springfield, MA): A city man was arrested after a Thursday night shooting incident in the East Forest Park neighborhood spilled over into the suburbs, where one of two suspects involved in the gang-related crime was caught, police said. The other suspect remains at large.
Source: The Republican    Date: November 14, 2014

Worcester police Gang Unit doesn't just arrest youth, they work with them (Worcester, MA): With persistent gang violence in the city, officers in the Worcester Police Department’s Gang Unit are often on the front lines – responding to shootings, identifying the players and working to keep violent offenders off the streets.
Source: The Republican    Date: November 11, 2014

Shootings in 2014 could top Worcester record (Worcester, MA): Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said the number of shootings involving gangs is also similar to 2005. "I think when you look at this year, it has certainly been the activity of those involved in gangs or associated with gangs," Police Chief Gary J. Gemme said. "That is what happened in 2005."
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: November 10, 2014

Two Springfield murder suspects arrested within 24 hours (Springfield, MA): The U.S. Marshals held a news conference at 2:30 p.m.Wednesday afternoon to announce that two Springfield murder suspects wanted in the July 19th gang-related shooting of 27-year-old Jermaine Cowell of Springfield have been arrested within the last 24 hours.
Source: WWLP 22 News    Date: October 29, 2014

Gang war 'terrorizing' city, prosecutor says (Worcester, MA): Some of the bullets flying around city streets are part of a shooting war between the Kilby Street Gang and East Side gangs, a Worcester police officer in the gang unit said in court Tuesday.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: October 28, 2014

Gang cop’s bust sparks call for BPD review (Boston, MA): Hub police remained silent yesterday on charges that one of their own helped a gang member by looking up a license plate number of an undercover cop car and then lied to the FBI about it, an “alarming” case one community leader said deserves a full review inside the BPD.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: October 25, 2014

FBI: Officer gave gang information on cop plate (Boston, MA): An ex-Boston gang cop is being accused by the FBI of looking up a license plate number to an undercover police car for a gang member and asking a state police trooper for details about another gang investigation.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: October 24, 2014

Worcester's Main South rehabilitation efforts get $992,000 to fight gang recruitment (Worcester, MA): The city’s continuing efforts to rehabilitate the Main South neighborhood got a nearly million-dollar boost Tuesday. The Main South Community Development Corp. received a federal criminal justice innovation grant totaling $992,000 to support coordinated efforts to reduce gang activity and recruitment in the greater Kilby Garden area.
Source: The Republican    Date: October 22, 2014

Worcester police arrest 41 in drug sweep targeting gang members, violent offenders (Worcester, MA): It took them two days, but Worcester police officers successfully arrested 41 people during a drug sweep that was targeted to get gang members and other violent offenders off the streets.
Source: The Republican    Date: October 10, 2014

Second suspect in Worcester gang-related shooting held without bail (Worcester, MA): Xabiel Feliciano, the second man arrested in connection to a shooting in Great Brook Valley in the early morning hours Sunday, shook his head and muttered “that’s crazy” as he left the courtroom following his arraignment Tuesday morning.
Source: The Republican    Date: October 8, 2014

Gang retaliation probable in spate of Worcester shootings, chief says (Worcester, MA): In the span of just a few days the city has had five victims of gun violence, including a 19-year-old who died. Investigators are trying to determine whether some of the shootings are related.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: October 5, 2014

Police say Quincy shooting is tied to Boston gang (Quincy, MA): Police say a burst of gunfire that left a Wollaston home and nearby car peppered with bullets Wednesday night is related to gang activity in Boston.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: October 2, 2014

Pittsfield forum on youth and gang violence draws nearly 150 to Conte Community School (Pittsfield, MA): More than a month after a youth gang-related daytime shooting elicited an outcry against violence in the city, people are coming together to propose and discuss solutions.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: October 1, 2014

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