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Special enforcement team disrupts Detroit gang’s efforts to set up heroin operation (Kalamazoo, MI):
Acting on tips, the Kalamazoo Valley Enforcement Team have arrested several people in an apparent attempt by Detroit gang members to distribute heroin in Kalamazoo.
Source: WXMI FOX 17 News
Date: October 14, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court won't review Michigan cases of gang-murder, towing ball (Muskegon, MI):
The gang-murder trial of Maurtice Poole-Knight is likely to proceed after the U.S. Supreme Court denied his lawyer's bid to have the case stopped. Poole-Knight's attorney, Shirley Burgoyne, had sought to have the country's highest court review her pretrial appeal, but her application was denied the week of Oct 10.
Date: October 13, 2016
Police seize AK-47, 2 handguns while investigating suspected gang activity (Flint, MI):
Police seized three guns, including an AK-47, and arrested a Flint man after an investigation at an eastside home for suspected in gang activity.
Date: September 28, 2016
Gang member admits he used job at cancer center to scare witnesses (Detroit, MI):
In a move that offered an inside look at the retaliatory world of gangs, a Detroit gang member pleaded guilty today to using his job at the prestigious Karmanos Cancer Institute to help others try to find and silence a mother and her two sons hospitalized with gunshot wounds suffered during an attack at their home.
Source: Detroit Free Press
Date: September 27, 2016
'The Prince,' a leader of notorious street gang, locked up for heroin (Grand Rapids, MI):
The Michigan leader of a Chicago-based street gang has been sentenced to 12 years, seven months in prison for running a heroin distribution operation in Lansing. As "The Prince," Kenton Taylor is the highest-ranking member of Black P Stone Nation gang in the state, assistant U.S. attorneys Joel Fauson and Mark Courtade said in court documents.
Date: September 3, 2016
Escape Ministries makes case for community contributions (Holland, MI):
Kyle Young’s life has changed because of Escape Ministries. He was never a bad kid, but he had made bad decisions. Young stood up and told his story during a community forum held at Escape Ministries to address the nonprofit’s funding crisis Tuesday, Aug. 16. “I can’t tell you how much mad respect I have for that man … that’s my dad,” Young said, pointing at co-founder and executive director the Rev. Willie Watt.
Source: The Holland Sentinel
Date: August 17, 2016
Man who has avoided trial on two murder cases now faces fed gun charge (Flint, MI):
A man prosecutors have tried multiple times to convict for two area shooting deaths is now facing up to a decade in prison after being indicted on a federal gun charge.
Date: August 4, 2016
Vice Lords Leader Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Gang-Related Shooting (Detroit, MI):
A leader of the Vice Lords street gang was sentenced today to 20 years in prison for attempted murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the May 7, 2015, shooting of a family of four with an AK-47 in Detroit.
Source: eNews Park Forest
Date: August 4, 2016
Jackson Police address public concern amid recent violence in the city (Jackson, MI):
Gang violence is real and can be problematic and right now, it’s the reality facing the city of Jackson. That’s why officials from the Jackson Police Dept. hosted a community discussion Wednesday night to answer questions about incidents that have happened within the last couple of weeks.
Source: WLNS 6 News
Date: July 20, 2016
Inside the fight against gang violence in Detroit (Detroit, MI):
In the heart of the Motor City, gangs are committing the kinds of crimes that strike fear into the community. Vicious carjackings, shootings and other violence crimes. They open fire on their rivals, along with innocent victims. "Most of us have been outraged by how many young people have been caught in the crossfire of gang violence," U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade said. "So many kids, so many young people."
Source: WXYZ Channel 7 News
Date: July 15, 2016
Jackson Police Chief asks for community involvement amid gang-related violence in city (Jackson, MI):
Within the last 24 hours, there was a string of shootings in Jackson that created a lot of public concern; in fact many people took to social media where rumors started circulating.
Source: WLNS 6 News
Date: July 13, 2016
2 Gang Members Indicted in Double Murder (Dearborn, MI):
Two members of Detroit’s 6 Mile Chedda Grove street gang have been indicted and arrested on multiple charges in connection with the December 2015 shooting that killed the 21-year-old driver of a vehicle and a 13-year-old passenger, and seriously injured two other children, authorities said
Source: Dearborn Patch
Date: June 29, 2016
Tattoo removal lets old associations be forgotten (Detroit, MI):
Tapping his foot nervously in a rhythmic pattern, Kris Knox clenched his jaw as Dr. Nichelle Arnold used a small laser to remove the tiny crosses tattooed across his fingers at the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation on Trumbull.
Source: The Detroit News
Date: June 13, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court last hope for defense to block gang-murder retrial (Muskegon, MI):
The gang-murder retrial of Maurtice Poole-Knight won't happen next week as scheduled because his lawyer hopes to have the U.S. Supreme Court kill the case before trial.
Date: June 13, 2016
After another violent weekend, Detroit chief promises crackdown (Detroit, MI):
In total, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said there were a total of 21 non-fatal shootings, five fatal, and one fatal stabbing. He said several of them are gang-related. "We know that three to possibly four of the shooting incidents may be related to gang activity," Craig said. "It just brings it home that our work continues."
Source: FOX 2 Detroit
Date: May 23, 2016
Ypsilanti community 'Interrupters' seek volunteers to get ahead of youth violence (Ypsilanti, MI):
Officials hope to stop potential youth violence in the Ypsilanti area before it starts this summer and are seeking help from the public. The Interrupters, a group working to curb youth violence, will walk door to door this weekend with packets of information on how to stop violence in area neighborhoods, according to a release from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office.
Date: May 13, 2016
Gang rivals' Facebook taunts lead to shooting, ATF agent says (Grand Rapids, MI):
Facebook taunts of a gang rival led to shots being fired at an apartment on Kalamazoo's East Side, a federal investigator said. No one was injured but a potential target had to rush her children from a playground and get them on the floor as bullets were fired through her front window.
Date: May 12, 2016
Galesburg teen forced to remove bandana, school cites possible gang relation (Galesburg, MI):
A local mother is upset after she says her daughter was forced to remove a harmless hair accessory, because it might be related to a gang. Renea Baird's 13-year-old daughter Jaleeah goes to Galesburg-Augusta Middle School.
Source: WWMT Channel 3 News
Date: May 10, 2016
'I didn't kill nobody' convicted gang murderer says at sentencing (Muskegon County, MI):
Maintaining his innocence and vowing an appeal of his murder conviction, Isiah Amoz Spears was sentenced Tuesday for the gang-related shooting death of Kentae Jones.
Date: April 26, 2016
Man authorities say led violent Detroit gang gets 30 years (Detroit, MI):
A man who authorities say was the leader of a violent Detroit street gang has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. The U.S. attorney's office says 27-year-old Ramiah Jefferson, also known as "Nightmare," and who led the Bounty Hunter Bloods, learned his punishment on Tuesday. Jefferson was convicted in August of racketeering conspiracy and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Source: Click On Detroit
Date: April 20, 2016