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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

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

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