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Police chief: Recent gun crime mostly gang and drug-related (Columbia, MO): Police Chief Ken Burton said Wednesday that a recent spike in shootings and home invasions in Columbia can primarily be attributed to gang and drug activity.
Source: Columbia Daily Tribune    Date: December 13, 2017

How former gang members, experts say KC can keep youth away from crime (Kansas City, MO): Monday's announcement of the arrest of three alleged gang members, who may be involved in more than 10 homicides, shined a light on the issue of gangs in the metro. According to a former KCPD gang squad member who spoke to 41 Action News on Monday, the number of total gang members in the city was estimated to be more than 3,000 back in 2014.
Source: KSHB 41 News    Date: December 4, 2017

Springfield gangs get younger, homegrown, transnational, experts say (Springfield, MO): Authorities say a California man leaned out of a car window and shot a man to death at a mobile home park southwest of Springfield city limits. The man later told deputies he got "trigger happy" and emptied the magazine of his .380-caliber handgun during the Oct. 7 drive-by shooting.
Source: The Springfield News-Leader    Date: December 1, 2017

Drug gang leader headed to prison (St. Joseph, MO): A man identified by local and federal authorities as a drug kingpin is headed to prison for a long time. A federal judge sentenced Mario Alberto Yepez, whom federal authorities identified as the gang leader, to 300 months or 25 years in prison.
Source: News-Press Now    Date: November 15, 2017

Police charge 16-year-old alleged gang leader as an adult in four violent vehicle thefts (Kansas City, MO): A 16-year-old is being charged as an adult after police say they linked him to several vehicle thefts this past summer.
Source: WDAF FOX 4 News    Date: November 13, 2017

16-year-old leader of ‘Shmitty Street Gang’ is charged in series of carjackings, thefts (Jackson County, MO): A Kansas City teen has been charged with several car thefts and armed robberies involving vehicles that happened this summer in KC.
Source: KCTV 5 News    Date: November 3, 2017

Sheriff says Saturday's drive-by shooting was gang-related, more charges coming (Greene County, MO): Sheriff Jim Arnott said the drive-by shooting at a Greene County mobile home park Saturday afternoon is gang-related and appears to involve meth.
Source: The Springfield News-Leader    Date: October 10, 2017

Gangs in St. Louis may not be driving violence in the way you think (St. Louis, MO): Chester Goodson estimates he has been shot at 50 times or more in his life. He has seen countless others get shot or shot at. He’s seen some of them die. And he’s lost count of how many funerals he has attended.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Date: October 8, 2017

Murdered St. Louis woman was unintended target of gang violence, charges say (St. Louis, MO): A St. Louis gang member and suspected heroin dealer charged with murdering a woman in February told a witness she was not his intended target, according to charges filed Tuesday and other court documents.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Date: August 22, 2017

Neighbors say triple murder was gang-related (Kansas City, MO): The homicide rate in Kansas City is the highest it's been in five years. Three deaths overnight Tuesday have brought the count to 60. Kansas City police said there is nothing that indicates the most recent triple homicide is gang-related, but friends and family members told FOX 4 a different story.
Source: WDAF FOX 4 News    Date: June 7, 2017

Teen summer jobs program hopes to curb violence in St. Louis (St. Louis, MO): According to the latest numbers from St. Louis police, 74 people have been killed in the city in the first five months of the year. Lately, some of those victims have been younger, in their teens to mid 20's. Even a 7-year-old girl is fighting for her life after her parents were gunned down in front of her.
Source: KSDK 5 News    Date: June 7, 2017

15 Members of 'Cochran Crips' Busted; Gang Sold Crack, Terrorized Carr Square (St. Louis, MO): Fifteen members of a violent gang are facing federal drug charges, authorities say. The Cochran Crips warred with rivals and sold crack north of downtown in the Carr Square and Columbus Square neighborhoods, officials from the FBI and DEA said today at a news conference.
Source: Riverfront Times     Date: May 17, 2017

Gang charges draw response in St. Joseph (St. Joseph, MO): L.B. Newey was set to retire in just six weeks. He walked into his Sack-N-Save grocery store the morning of Sept. 28, 2012, and planned on cashing out $400 payroll checks. It was a Friday, one of the few times he had thousands of dollars in his store. That’s when a couple of people, now thought to be Victor Matias-Torres, 28, also known as “Papo,” and Luis Calderon-Oliveras, 26, walked into the old grocery store located at 4913 Lake Ave.
Source: News-Press Now    Date: January 19, 2017

Indictments Confirm Suspicions of Gang Activity (St. Joseph, MO): Friday's arrests of eight alleged Latin Kings gang members in St. Joseph confirm what many have believed for some time. Gang activity in St. Joseph has been talked about on and off for the past 20 years.
Source:    Date: January 13, 2017

Columbia police get federal grant for more officers (Columbia, MO): The federal government will help Columbia bring on four more police officers to combat growing gun violence in town. The Department of Justice awarded CPD with $500,000 to bring on four new officers. While the program only encourages departments hire post-September 11 military veterans, CPD says each one hired will be a veteran.
Source: KMIZ ABC 17 News    Date: December 20, 2016

3rd of 3 fugitives captured in St. Louis drug gang investigation (St. Louis, MO): The third of three people wanted in a federal investigation into a St. Louis drug gang was arrested late last month in Arizona, the FBI said Tuesday. Brian Knight, of Phoenix, was arrested by U.S. marshals there on Nov. 28. Federal authorities allege he was a drug courier for a violent St. Louis gang leader. Authorities said they caught up with Knight based on tips from the public.
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch    Date: December 6, 2016

North County Cooperative disrupting gang activity in Pagedale, Pine Lawn and Wellston (North St. Louis County, MO): After a homicide about a year ago, the North County Cooperative decided to dive into gang life in the area. Since then they have arrested over a dozen violent offenders.
Source: KTVI FOX 2 News    Date: October 31, 2016

Gangs in mid-Missouri prisons continue to be a growing problem (Callaway County, MO): Gangs in mid-Missouri prisons and across the state are continuing to be a growing problem. Earlier this week, ABC 17 News reported on Joseph Frasher after he was arrested for domestic assault, among other charges. According to court documents ABC 17 News obtained, Frasher has ties to a statewide gang called Family Values. According to the Anti-Defamation League, gangs and gangs with white supremacist leanings are a growing problem in Missouri prisons.
Source: KMIZ ABC 17 News    Date: October 19, 2016

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

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