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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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Judge won't dismiss murder charges against 3 teens in fatal Springfield shooting (Springfield, MA): Hampden Superior Court Judge Daniel A. Ford has rejected the arguments of defense lawyers and ruled three city men should still face murder charges in the 2014 fatal shooting of Caleb Worrell.
Source: The Republican    Date: April 21, 2015

Offering ex-convicts a hand up after prison (Billerica, MA): On a cold March day, Angel Garcia stood in a snowy parking lot outside the Middlesex County Jail wearing only a sweatshirt and shorts that were still stained with grass from his arrest in August.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: April 19, 2015

Haverhill to apply pressure on gangs (Haverhill, MA): Police officials hope that a rash of violent gang-related incidents Tuesday night will not be a sign of things to come as the weather warms up this spring.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: April 16, 2015

72 Arrested in NH Sweep Targeting Sex Offenders, Gang Members, Drugs (Bedford, MA): Authorities said they arrested 72 dangerous fugitives in a recent sweep targeting sex offenders, gang members, and drug activity.
Source: Bedford Patch    Date: April 16, 2015

Police: Rival gangs responsible for rise in Brockton gunfire incidents (Brockton, MA): Rival gangs, retaliations and a refusal to cooperate with police may all be leading to the spate of gunfire Brockton has seen in recent weeks, police said.
Source: The Enterprise     Date: April 14, 2015

Kidnapping Crew Targeted Criminal Community (Lawrence, MA): The Dominican street gang in Lawrence, Massachusetts must have thought they had the perfect illegal enterprise: kidnap drug dealers, bookmakers, and money launderers, steal their cash and drugs, and then hold them for ransom—knowing that since the victims were themselves criminals, they and their families would likely never report the abductions.
Source:    Date: April 10, 2015

Springfield police charge man with killing teenager, say shooting was gang-related (Springfield, MA): Springfield police have charged a man with murdering a city teenager last week. Officers say they executed a search warrant at an apartment Thursday evening and arrested four people after finding two loaded handguns, 16 grams of cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Police charged one of the suspects, 22-year-old Lee Manuel Rios, with murdering 18-year-old Kenneth Lopez on March 25.
Source: Daily Journal    Date: April 3, 2015

New Bedford gang member acquitted of 2006 murder (Fall River, MA): A New Bedford gang member, serving a federal prison sentence for drug and gun convictions, was acquitted today in Superior Court for the 2006 slaying of a 35-year-old man on Route 18 in New Bedford.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: March 26, 2015

More Springfield Neighborhoods To See Innovative Anti-Crime Initiative (Springfield, MA): Authorities in Springfield, Massachusetts are set to expand an innovative community policing program that has garnered national attention. The anti-crime initiative called C-3 Policing will be brought to three city neighborhoods nearly six years after it was introduced in Springfield’s North End where it is credited with dramatically reducing gang related crime and violence.
Source: WAMC Northeast Public Radio    Date: March 23, 2015

Police arrest two local gang members in cemetery after shots fired; vehicle pursuit (Springfield, MA): Two local gang members were arrested by Springfield police overnight when officers heard several gun shots fired and witnessed vehicles speeding past them on State Street.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: March 21, 2015

Pittsfield anti-youth violence program advocates hope Shannon Grant cuts can be offset (Pittsfield, MA): Advocates for the Pittsfield Community Connection program to combat youth violence and gang influences hope the final fiscal 2016 state budget plan will offset a $1.25 million reduction in the level of Shannon grant funding in Gov. Charlie Baker's spending proposal.
Source: The Berkshire Eagle    Date: March 18, 2015

2 held in Worcester shooting; gang rivalry suspected (Worcester, MA): A 15-year-old boy shot several times Saturday morning was chased through a hotel hallway before crashing through a glass door, court records show.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: March 17, 2015

Murder charged in fatal gunplay (Boston, MA): Early on a Saturday morning last August, people were already gathering on Blue Hill Avenue for the annual Caribbean festival. But inside a corner store, two groups of rival gang members had crossed paths, authorities say, and both sides were armed.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 16, 2015

Police recover gun allegedly meant for gang feud retaliation (Boston, MA): A Boston man is facing charges that he possessed drugs and an illegal gun that he had bought to get revenge in a gang feud, police said. Anderson Vargas, 19, of Roslindale, was arrested around 4:30 a.m. Thursday in the area of Lesher Street in West Roxbury, Boston police said in a statement.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 6, 2015

Lynn gang leader sentenced to 25 years for murder plot (Salem, MA): A Lynn man and Latin Kings gang leader was sentenced to 24 to 25 years in state prison after being convicted of plotting to murder two “renegade” gang members, Attorney General Maura Healey said Wednesday.
Source: The Daily Item     Date: March 5, 2015

5 Investigates traces trail of heroin in Massachusetts (Boston, MA): The face of heroin is changing every day in Massachusetts. More and more families are now seeing the horrors, but don't know how it's getting here. Kelly Johnson was 17 years old when she first tried heroin in December 2013. "When Kelly made that choice to first use, I'm sure she had no idea what was ahead of her," said her mother, Gail Johnson.
Source: WCVB 5 News    Date: February 24, 2015

Gang leaders plead guilty to federal gun, drug charges (Boston, MA): The US Attorney's office in Boston reports the leaders of the Hendry Street and Woodward Avenue gangs pleaded guilty Friday to a variety of drug and gun charges that will see them hustled off to a federal penitentiary for at least ten years.
Source: Dorchester Reporter    Date: February 18, 2015

Most Wanted: Two self-proclaimed gang members on the run after massive raid (Springfield, MA) : It looked like a stash of weapons from a movie scene, a pile of handguns, rifles, ammunition and drugs but Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney says a 22 caliber handgun, 22 caliber long rifle, another rifle, a 40 caliber handgun and hundreds of rounds of ammunition and drugs were all pulled from a Wilmont Street home on Friday the 13th.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: February 17, 2015

State reduces New Bedford's anti-gang grant (New Bedford, MA): City Councilors are concerned that a $49,000 cut to the Shannon grant could hurt an anti-gang program in the city. The Baker administration has cut the program as part of its effort to address a $768 million state budget deficit.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: February 12, 2015

Shootings in Worcester reach record high in 2014 (Worcester, MA): As 2014 came to a close in Worcester, it marked a new record for the city. The number of shootings jumped for the third time in as many years, reaching a new record high of 38.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 11, 2015

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