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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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True stories: Grandmothers hear from former gang members (Cape Cod, MA): "Gangs are made up of neighborhood friends you grew up with. They've got your back and you've got theirs. But a lot of kids I grew up with are dead now. I don't want to die. I want to live." The speaker was a former Boston street gang member named Ray-Ray.
Source: Falmouth Bulletin    Date: April 3, 2014

New Bedford police say they are making dents into gang activity (New Bedford, MA): The commanding officer of the Police Department's gang unit says police have put a dent in the two city gangs who claim ties to national gangs.
Source: The Standard-Times    Date: March 26, 2014

Holyoke police crack down on gun violence after gang-related shooting (Holyoke, MA): Police in Holyoke sent a strong message to residents Wednesday: If you have an illegal gun, they are coming after you. "Osvaldo Vargas and Damien Alvarado, both these two suspects that were arrested by us are members of the La Familia gang, they are well known to us," Neiswanger said.
Source: WSHM CBS 3 Springfield    Date: March 26, 2014

Haverhill police turn to software to battle crime (Haverhill, MA): Call it the police department's crystal ball. Police in Haverhill have started using a relatively new cloud-based crime prediction program that forecasts when and where crimes are likely to occur. Called Predictive Policing, or "PredPol," is just getting its start in Haverhill, though the software is already in use in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: March 24, 2014

19-year-old gang member owned stun gun (Haverhill, MA): The violent history of one of the four men accused of trying unsuccessfully to shoot a person in the Mount Washington neighborhood was brought to light yesterday in Haverhill District Court.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: March 21, 2014

Profit-driven, gangs move off the local street corners (Boston, MA): On the streets, Jeron Reddick became J-ROC and was known for never turning down a fight as a member of the Bloods. Francisco Paulino became Cisco, and developed a reputation as an enforcer for the Crips. They fought over territory; they fought if someone looked at them the wrong way; they fought because they didn't think they would live past 21.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 16, 2014

Alleged gang member facing gun charges — for the fifth time, Suffolk DA says (Dorchester, MA): An alleged street gang member is facing illegal gun charges for the fifth time following his arrest by Boston police, who spotted him sitting in an illegally parked car, smoking marijuana with two other alleged gang members, prosecutors said.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: March 4, 2014

DA: 'Gang' word should not be used in murder retrial (Woburn, MA): Prosecutors are trying to prevent convicted killer Eric Murray's lawyer from using the word "gang" during Murray's retrial for the 2003 murder of Joseph McDaniel.
Source: The MetroWest Daily News    Date: February 26, 2014

Police, community groups meet on violence (Boston, MA): Gang members spark tensions with rivals by posting pictures of themselves in each other's neighborhoods on social media; fights between members break out over romantic entanglements; young men come out of prison with no jobs, no prospects, and no connection to the church save for their attendance at funerals.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: February 14, 2014

Public safety, justice discussed at legislative hearing at Monty Tech (Fitchburg, MA): Legislators at a local field hearing were told proposed new spending next year would expand state programs to reduce criminal recidivism and youth violence, and allow the state to begin increasing the use of drug and mental health specialty courts.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: February 11, 2014

Clergy urge congregants to work to end violence (Roxbury, MA): Clergy and residents in Roxbury and Dorchester called Sunday for renewed efforts to oppose gang violence in the aftermath of a deadly start to the year.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: February 3, 2014

Cops: Women carry guns for gangs (Boston, MA): The city's gang members are using women to hold their guns for them in case they are frisked, Boston police told clergy members in a closed-door meeting during which cops asked for the community's help in stopping a spike in gang-related homicides.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: January 30, 2014

Four dead after violent weekend of alleged gang warfare (Dorchester, MA): Four people were killed in a flurry of gunfire over the weekend in Dorchester and Mattapan that has sparked renewed concerned about the potential for subsequent retaliatory strikes between warring street gangs.
Source: Dorchester Reporter     Date: January 30, 2014

Fear gripping neighborhoods after fatal shootings (Boston, MA): Grief and fear gripped residents and community leaders after a spate of apparently gang-related shootings took the lives of four people in Mattapan, Ashmont, and Dorchester between Friday and Monday.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 29, 2014

Evans seeks ideas from clergy to get guns off Boston streets (Boston, MA): Flanked by clergy members, Boston Police Superintendent in Chief William Gross declared police and religious leaders a "united front" in the fight against gang violence, and said Wednesday that the city is mulling a gun buyback program in response to this month’s spike in homicides.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 29, 2014

In less than 24 hours, three are killed, one wounded in suspected gang violence in Boston (Boston, MA): Three shooting deaths within six hours late Sunday and early Monday brought the total number of homicides in Boston so far this year to nine, a dramatic spike that pushes the January death toll higher than any time in the last several years.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 28, 2014

Three dead in Dorchester, Mattapan shootings (Boston, MA): A man and a woman were shot to death in Mattapan early this morning, Boston police said, just hours after another man was killed in Dorchester in a spate of gang-related bloodshed.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: January 27, 2014

Springfield police charge two men with ties to street gangs with spraying gunfire at McKnight apartments (Springfield, MA): Two Springfield men that police say have ties to a local street gang were charged with spraying several houses at St. James Avenue and Bowdoin Street with gunfire Wednesday afternoon.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 23, 2014

Graffiti wars continue in Worcester (Worcester, MA): In light of a recent rash of graffiti being plastered over large sections of the city, residents, business owners and public officials Thursday tried to strike a balance between ensuring the vandalism doesn't linger and cutting victims some slack.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 17, 2014

Fall River receives $455,000 grant to combat youth violence (Fall River, MA): Officials announced today that Fall River has received a $455,950 state-funded Shannon grant to pay for intervention programs intended to reduce gang-related crime and youth violence.
Source: The Herald News    Date: January 15, 2014

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