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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Key gang figure gets life term (Boston, MA): From a raised dais in a Boston courtroom Wednesday, Suffolk Superior Court Judge Christine McEvoy looked straight at Jason Barbosa, 24, a key player in the city's Cape Verdean gang violence.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 18, 2013

Haverhill gets $108K grant to combat gang activity (Haverhill, MA): Police in Haverhill have received a $108,277 Shannon Community Safety Initiative grant to combat crime, particularly gang activity. Funding is primarily used for gang task force personnel costs, crime analysis, and social intervention and opportunity provision programs, officials said.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: December 18, 2013

Lowell anti-gang efforts gets a big boost (Lowell, MA): The city will receive $569,000 to combat gang violence in the community this year, an increase of 10 percent over a year ago, the city's Statehouse delegation announced Monday.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: December 16, 2013

Taunton receives grant to fight gang violence (Taunton, MA): Taunton, which has at least four known gangs, received a $100,000 to combat gang violence in the city throughout the next year, according to the Taunton Police Department.
Source: Taunton Daily Gazette    Date: December 16, 2013

Police urged to watch for retaliation by gang (Boston, MA): The Boston police intel­ligence unit is warning street cops to watch out for possible retaliation from a violent Mattapan gang after a Favre Street gangbanger was killed after shooting a cop Saturday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: December 10, 2013

Man in shooting was in 'wrong place at wrong time,' lawyer says (Boston, MA): The two men implicated in the shooting of a Boston police officer Saturday belonged to a dangerous Mattapan gang known for wielding guns and dealing cocaine, according to court documents and law enforcement officials familiar with the group.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: December 9, 2013

Two Boston men get life sentences in killing of teen (Boston, MA): Two Boston men convicted of killing a 16-year-old boy to send a message to a rival gang have been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: December 3, 2013

Gang members face conspiracy charges (Worchester, MA): A group of men, some who police say are known members of a Kilby Street gang faction, were arraigned Monday on charges they posted or disseminated sealed court records on social media to intimidate a victim in a shooting case.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: November 25, 2013

Two convicted of murder in fatal 2011 Dorchester shooting (Dorchester, MA): As the jury foreman said "guilty," convicting two men for the killing of 16-year-old Jaivon Blake on a Dorchester street, two thoughts consumed the mind of the murdered boy's mother.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: November 22, 2013

Former gang member turns life around (Springfield, MA): On a picturesque fall day in Springfield, Nasir Islam calmly sips a cup of coffee, reflecting on his past. Not too long ago, this sort of thing might have seemed entirely too farfetched. "I was 14 when I first joined a gang. I was very self-destructive; I was selling drugs, very ignorant. Some of the things were very violent; assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, a lot of ugly stuff that I'm not proud of today," Islam recalled.
Source: WGGB News    Date: November 21, 2013

State ties 2011 killing to Dorchester gang feud (Dorchester, MA): The question seemed innocuous: "Where are you from?" Sheldon Mattis had just bought the 14-year-old rolling papers at Walgreen's so that when Mattis asked where he lived, the youth answered. "Everton Street," he said.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: November 12, 2013

Springfield's Street Crime Unit arrests two drug suspects (Springfield, MA): The city's Street Crime Unit is being credited for the arrest of two alleged drug dealers. Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney says that last night, members of the department's Street Crime Unit were on patrol in the area of Cambridge and Burr Streets, "targeting known gang and drug sectors in the city."
Source: WGGB News    Date: October 24, 2013

Boston officials fear end to crime-fighting effort (Boston, MA): Safe Street teams, the community policing program that has been credited with reducing crime in Boston over the last several years, could cease to exist if the City Council accepts an arbitrator’s award that would give police a sizable pay hike and make other changes to department policy, city officials say.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: October 21, 2013

Gang members school John Connolly on violence in Boston (Boston, MA): Councilor at Large John R. Connolly leaned back in his chair Friday and looked across the table at the gang members who had gathered at the Roxbury YMCA to meet him. In a soft voice, the mayoral candidate asked them if they had ever been shot, if their friends had been killed, if they felt safe in Boston.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: October 19, 2013

Fall River police chief hails efforts of gang task force to get illegal guns off the streets (Fall River, MA): Police have confiscated 30 illegal handguns from the streets of Fall River this year, including four firearms so far in October.
Source: The Herald News    Date: October 16, 2013

New approach urged on gang violence at Lowell summit (Lowell, MA): The face of gangs in Lowell is changing. It is now "rare" to see 14- or 15-year-old violent gang members, with access to weapons, acting out mostly around turf issues and the color of clothing..." Acting Lowell Police Superintendent Deborah Friedl said at conference on Lowell's gangs Thursday.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: October 11, 2013

Gangs spreading into Brockton's suburbs (Bridgewater, MA): Gangs are moving into the suburbs, bringing their violence with them. The latest evidence, police say: A brutal stabbing in Bridgewater on Sunday and the SWAT team arrest of a suspect last week in Easton.
Source: Enterprise News    Date: October 9, 2013

Meas appeals 2006 murder conviction (Lowell, MA): A Lowell man -- once one of the city's most notorious gang members -- serving life in prison for the 2006 murder of Bonla Dy in a convenience-store parking lot is asking the state's highest court to overturn his conviction, saying the police "show-up" procedure that identified him was flawed.
Source: The Lowell Sun    Date: October 7, 2013

Gang members arrested in Easton (Easton, MA): On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Easton Police were notified by a Massachusetts State Parole Board officer that he had an arrest warrant for a parole violator, Jeremiah Cowart, age 22 of 17 Sherwood Drive Apt 6 Taunton.
Source: EastonPatch    Date: October 7, 2013

Bridgewater stabbing looks 'gang related' (Bridgewater, MA): Three Brockton men were arrested in what police say appears to be a gang-related stabbing outside a Bridgewater bar that left one victim with multiple wounds to his neck, abdomen and back.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: October 6, 2013

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