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Worcester Gets $500,000 Grant for Gang Prevention (Worcester, MA): City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. announced this week Worcester Police Department will receive a Shannon Community Safety Initiative award in the amount of $506,992 to reduce citywide gang violence and youth crime.
Source: Worcester Patch    Date: February 5, 2016

Eastie Gang Members Are Target of Giant Federal Sweep (Boston, MA): One third of a violent street gang, allegedly responsible for the murders of three teens in Eastie since September, a number of shootings and other violent acts were apprehended during a federal sweep here and surrounding communities last Friday dubbed “Operation Mean Streets.”
Source: East Boston Times-Free Press    Date: February 4, 2016

Major Arrests by Feds,State Hit MS-13 in Chelsea, Elsewhere (Chelsea, MA): As Chief Brian Kyes stood at the podium in Boston’s Federal Court last Friday after an historic roundup, four years in the making, of key MS-13 gang members in Chelsea, Eastie, Everett and Somerville, he thought of one innocent single mother who had simply looked out the window of a battered women’s shelter when she heard fighting.
Source: Chelsea Record    Date: February 4, 2016

Three more MS-13 gang suspects swept up by feds (Boston, MA): Three more reputed MS-13 gang members have been hunted down after a bombshell federal indictment last week targeting dozens of suspects with the bloodthirsty group of suspected murderers and drug traffickers, the FBI said yesterday.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: February 3, 2016

Worcester Police Department, with Clark support, receives $500,000 to combat youth violence (Worcester, MA): The Worcester Police Department was awarded more than half a million dollars to reduce citywide gang violence and crime, Gov. Charlie Baker and City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. announced separately today. Clark University also went home with nearly $60,000.
Source: Worcester Magazine    Date: February 3, 2016

Springfield, Holyoke, Pittsfield get $1.3 million in state gang prevention grants (Springfield, MA): Springfield, Holyoke and Pittsfield have received $1.3 million in state grants for combatting gang violence.
Source: MassLive.Com    Date: February 3, 2016

Police: MS-13 gang not active in Cambridge (Cambridge, MA): Although two Cambridge residents have been arrested in a massive MS-13 gang bust, local police officials say the individuals had no prior criminal history in the city, and there is no indication of nationally affiliated gang activity in the city or its schools.
Source: Wicked Local    Date: February 3, 2016

Prosecutor: Everett teen murder suspects tied to MS-13 (Malden, MA): Two 17-year-olds charged in the execution-style killing of an Everett teen last month are affiliated with the violent global gang MS-13, according to prosecutors, who say a third suspect remains at large in the slaying.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: February 1, 2016

MS-13 targeting Hub high schools for recruitment (Boston, MA): The bloodthirsty Central American gang MS-13 is recruiting students at Hub-area schools, including East Boston High, to join their ranks as murderers and drug dealers in a horrifying conspiracy that federal officials warn has kids as young as 14 fearing for their lives.
Source: Boston Herald    Date: January 30, 2016

Ex-Boston detective sentenced in gang case (Boston, MA): A former Boston police detective who conspired with a fellow officer to obstruct an FBI inquiry into the Academy Homes Street Gang was sentenced in federal court Friday to one year of probation and a fine of $5,000, according to prosecutors.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 30, 2016

Officials announce indictments after morning raids (Boston, MA): Hundreds of federal, state, and local law enforcement officers arrested members of the MS-13 gang on Friday morning in the Boston area, federal prosecutors said. The operation involved more than 400 officers. Arrests were made in a variety of communities, including East Boston, Chelsea, Everett, Lynn, Revere, and Somerville, the US attorney’s office said in a statement.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 29, 2016

Gang Member in 'Female Body Inspector' T-Shirt Recaptured (Boston, MA): The cops caught him before the fashion police did. A member of the MS 13 gang wearing a blue T-shirt that reads "FBI: Female Body Inspector" was nabbed around noon Friday six hours after he escaped a Homeland Security sweep outside of Boston, according to NBC affiliate WHDH in Boston.
Source: NBC News    Date: January 29, 2016

How violent street gang MS-13 operates in Massachusetts (Boston, MA): “Mata, viola, controla”—kill, rape, control—is their motto. Above all else, members of violent gang MS-13 are expected to protect the name, reputation and status of their gang from rivals or others—by any means necessary.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 29, 2016

$323K helps city fight gangs, drugs (Haverhill, MA): Police will increase patrols in neighborhoods plagued with gang and drug problems. Haverhill will receive a state grant of $323,612 to allow the Police Department to boost patrols. Mayor James Fiorentini said the city will use the money not to hire more officers, but instead to increase overtime hours available to the 85 officers currently on the force.
Source: Eagle-Tribune    Date: January 28, 2016

First defendant convicted in 2011 gang-related shooting (Worcester, MA): The first of five people charged in connection with the 2011 gangland murder of a 34-year-old Worcester man outside his home has been found guilty of second-degree murder.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: January 26, 2016

Springfield teen arrested with assault rifle held on $50,000 bail (Springfield, MA): Reputed gang member Devonne A. Haines wanted to deliver a message – and he used a .22 caliber assault rifle to do it, police said.
Source: The Republican    Date: January 26, 2016

Shots fired into Worcester building (Worcester, MA): Shots were fired into a building on Water Street early Sunday morning, according to a news release from police, marking the second reported incident of shots fired in the city this year.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 25, 2016

T shooting victim was a known gang member, police investigating possible feud between rival gangs (Boston, MA): Police are investigating whether the shooting at the Maverick T station that injured two people may be related to a feud between two rival Latin American gangs.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: January 20, 2016

Trial starts for first suspect in 2011 Worcester shooting death (Worcester, MA): A jury will be asked to decide whether Rafael J. Rivera played a role in the 2011 fatal shooting of Juan Melendez on Rodney Street, as a prosecutor alleged in his opening statement Tuesday, or was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, as Mr. Rivera's lawyer suggested to the jurors.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 19, 2016

Worcester gang-related slaying trial starts Tuesday (Worcester, MA): Testimony is scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of one of five men charged with murder and firearm offenses in a 2011 gang-related fatal shooting on Rodney Street.
Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Date: January 17, 2016

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