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Homicides down in Springfield amid national surge (Springfield, MO): Lt. Culley Wilson, who oversees the Springfield Police Department's violent crimes unit, said he's thrilled homicide numbers are down in Springfield.
Source: The Springfield News-Leader    Date: July 18, 2016

Police program empowers children to say no to gangs and violence (St. Louis, MO): A grade school student’s drawing has special meaning for St. Louis Police Lieutenant Perri Johnson. “He drew this picture of me, and I’m like 'Wow!'” said Johnson, “the badge, my radio, everything that’s on my uniform. For him to do that told me that I got through to him.”
Source: KSDK 5 News    Date: June 9, 2016

Gang-related graffiti is on the rise in Springfield (Springfield, MO): It's a gang problem that area leaders say is getting worst. Now you can see it. Volunteers with the Community Partnership of the Ozarks see walls covered in graffiti and gang signs. They work to clean it up but they say the job just got tougher.
Source: KSPR 33 News    Date: June 6, 2016

Local police officers turn students away from gangs through G.R.E.A.T. program (St. Louis, MO): The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department is actively trying to turn students away from joining gangs. The department teamed up with 23 St. Louis schools, both public and charter, through G.R.E.A.T. or gang resistance education and training.
Source: KTVI FOX 2 News    Date: May 25, 2016

Man sentenced for shoot-out with rival gang in Columbia (Columbia, MO): A U.S. District Judge sentenced a man Monday who was injured during a shoot-out with a rival gang in Columbia for illegally possessing a firearm.
Source: ABC 17 News    Date: May 16, 2016

FBI seeks boss of St. Louis drug gang (St. Louis, MO): The FBI on Wednesday appealed for the public's help in finding a man they say is the head of a violent St. Louis drug gang, as well as two of his alleged couriers.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Date: May 4, 2016

Violence in St. Louis traced to cheap heroin (St. Louis, MO): Clara Walker, a mother of nine and grandmother of eight, was peering out the window of her home three years ago after hearing what she initially thought were gunshots from a television crime show.
Source: The New York Times    Date: April 2, 2016

Targeting gangs, violence in Kansas City (Kansas City, MO): Prosecutors said an act of retaliation led to the death of 3-year-old Amorian Hale. During a news conference announcing new charges in the boy’s death, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said, “After his brother was struck in the neck by a bullet by a rival gang.”
Source: KSHB 41 News    Date: February 24, 2016

Police hope G.R.E.A.T. program will earn trust of children (St. Louis, MO): St. Louis police are attempting to create a better relationship with the community and it starts with gaining the trust of school children. The Gang Resistance Education and Training Program, or G.R.E.A.T., is the name of the program.
Source: KSDK 5 News    Date: February 11, 2016

Testimony: Kansas City gang ‘enforcer’ may have killed 23 (Kansas City, MO): A notorious Kansas City street gang member known as “an enforcer” may be responsible for 23 murders, according to court testimony Thursday. Rashawn L. Long, 35, once bragged about having killed that many, a federal agent testified.
Source: Kansas City Star    Date: February 11, 2016

Kansas City gang member sentenced to 30 years for drugs, gun (Kansas City, MO): A 35-year-old Crips street gang member has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for illegally possessing a controlled substance and firearms, but prosecutors say evidence indicates he's also responsible for killing five people.
Source: KSHB 41 News    Date: February 11, 2016

Wichita police say black teen shot by white officer a documented gang member (Kansas City, MO): Wichita police say a black 17-year-old who was shot by a white police officer as he ran with a gun toward a high school gymnasium was a documented gang member who was registered as a student at the school.
Source: The Hutchinson News    Date: December 5, 2015

Gang intervention innovator gives keynote address to group mentoring young black men (Kansas City, MO): The founder of the world’s largest gang intervention program visited Kansas City Tuesday night to share his experiences of working with young men in the Los Angeles ghetto. Father Greg Boyle was in town serving as the keynote speaker for the biggest fundraiser of the year for KC’s Higher Aspirations, a community group that aims to mentor young black men and teach them how to resist a life of crime.
Source: WDAF FOX 4 News    Date: November 17, 2015

Retired KCK police officer interprets gang graffiti to alert police, community to potential violence (Kansas City, MO): A retired police officer is spending his days deciphering graffiti gang codes in the Kansas City area, and teaching others how to do the same. To the untrained eye these are random letters, numbers, and symbols but when combined carries a dangerous message.
Source: WDAF FOX 4 News    Date: August 26, 2015

Man living gang life speaks out (St Louis, MO): He grew up around the gang life in the St. Louis area.​ “Waking up in the morning and going to the kitchen you see some people you don’t even know in the front room just doing drugs,” said a man we will call “Dave”.
Source: KTVI FOX 2 News    Date: July 29, 2015

Homicides are down, but assaults are up (Springfield, MO): The latest crime numbers from the Springfield Police Department are out, and they show that homicides are down. So are rapes and robberies. But, not all violent crime has decreased.
Source: KSPR 33 News    Date: July 21, 2015

Key to peace, justice is kinship, Jesuit priest tells fellow clergy (St. Louis, MO): The key to peace and justice is kinship, said a Jesuit priest who has worked with Los Angeles gangs for years. “If kinship were our goal, we wouldn’t be seeking justice, we’d be celebrating it!” Father Greg Boyle said June 29 in St. Louis at the assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.
Source: CatholicPhilly.com    Date: July 7, 2015

Activist Jesuit priest offers inspiration for St. Louis audience (St. Louis, MO): Searching for inspiration, hundreds of religious leaders joined community members, including some active in Ferguson, at the Marriott airport hotel Monday to listen to a Los Angeles-based Jesuit priest known nationally for his 30 years of work with former gang members.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Date: June 29, 2015

Law enforcement mum about local gangs for a reason (St. Joseph, MO): It’s difficult for local law enforcement agencies to talk about gangs in St. Joseph because that’s exactly what they want. Lt. Shawn Collie with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is well versed in organized criminal activity in the county and city. In his experience, he said there’s not a single area where gang activity takes place in this community. It’s more transient than most people realize
Source: St. Joseph News-Press    Date: June 14, 2015

Neighborhood gathers to promote peace (Columbia, MO): Ridgeway neighborhood residents gathered Saturday afternoon at the Restoration Outreach Christian Center on the corner of Grand and Forest avenues as a part of the church’s Promoting Positivity Through Spirituality campaign.
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune    Date: May 31, 2015

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