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House puts adults on hook for gang activity by minors (Mississippi): Individuals who influence children to participate in gang or gang-related activities could be found guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor if House Bill 240 becomes law.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 7, 2017

FBI: 8 more alleged gang members arrested on the coast (George County, MS): Just hours after six people in George County and one in Washington state were arrested, another eight members or associates of street gangs were picked up on federal drug charges on the coast.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 3, 2017

6 alleged gang members arrested in George County (George County, MS): Six people accused of being members or associates of the Black Gangster Disciple street gang were arrested on federal drug charges in Mississippi, and one in Washington early Thursday morning.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 2, 2017

Gang bill, deemed 'overly broad,' dies in committee again (Mississippi): A bill taking aim at criminal gangs and gang crime was tabled to death in a Mississippi Senate committee Tuesday. In spite of generally agreeing that the issue of gang violence needs to be addressed, the committee said they felt the bill was overly broad and needs to be made much more narrow in order to keep overzealous police and prosecutors from rounding up groups of people for arbitrary reasons.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: February 1, 2017

Tattoo removal offers new life to former gang members (Flowood, MS): When he was 10, Justin Tolbert lost his father to a drug overdose. Three years later, following in his late father’s footsteps, Tolbert joined a gang. A member of the Simon City Royals, Tolbert began selling drugs. Then, when he was 15, his best friend was shot and killed in front of him.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 31, 2017

Gang bill back on the table (Jackson, MS): In 2016, 42 members of the Aryan Brotherhood went to prison after a 2½-year investigation into a RICO case involving drugs, conspiracy and murder. Josh Vallum, 28, a Latin King, pleaded guilty to murder in the 2015 beating death of transgender 17-year-old Mercedes Williamson, of Theodore, Alabama, who once considered him a boyfriend.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: January 18, 2017

1st person charged with hate crime for killing transgender person pleads guilty (Gulfport, MS): Josh Vallum, a statewide officer of the Latin Kings street gang, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to the first federal hate crime charge filed in U.S. history against the killer of a transgender person.
Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Date: December 21, 2016

Interstates help human trafficking flourish in Miss. (Pearl, MS): In an early 2016 interview with The Clarion-Ledger, Gov. Phil Bryant addressed the gang connection to human trafficking as well. "I hope people will recognize the horrors that go on inside these gangs when a young girl that may be a runaway is all but kidnapped and used in the sex slave, human trafficking world. Now gangs say it’s easier and better than drugs because selling a young girl lasts a lifetime," Bryant said.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: September 28, 2016

7 suspected gang members indicted in St. Martin kidnapping, beating (Jackson County, MS): Seven alleged Simon City Royals street gang members accused of holding a woman at a drug house and beating her will face stiffer penalties if convicted of committing the crimes at the direction of or to benefit a criminal street gang organization.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: September 27, 2016

Gang member: ‘Her spirit is screaming for revenge’ (George County, MS): Murderer Josh Vallum was so haunted by the teen he killed that he tried to kill himself, a note found by George County jailers suggests. Just days after the Latin Kings gang member was arrested in the killing of transgender teen Mercedes Williamson, jail workers found him in his cell with a braided bedsheet wrapped around his neck.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: September 23, 2016

HPD arrest 10 in weekend gang roundup (Hattiesburg, MS): With rumors of gang violence circulating on social media this past weekend, several local law enforcement agencies calmed concerns by saying the threats were not credible. The Hattiesburg Police Department was one of those agencies, and they spent the weekend pushing proactive policing.
Source: WDAM 7 News    Date: July 20, 2016

HPD arrests 10 for gang, drug, weapons crimes (Hattiesburg, MS): Hattiesburg police arrested 10 people Saturday night on various charges including possession of a controlled substance and MDOC violations on active gang members to felony eluding.
Source: The Hattiesburg American    Date: July 18, 2016

HPD, LCSO address gang concerns (Hattiesburg, MS): Concerns of increased gang activity in The Hub City have been circulating on social media, and local law enforcement are weighing in. Online rumors claim more than 500 gang members are going to be present in Hattiesburg Saturday, and urge citizens to stay home.
Source: WDAM 7 News    Date: July 16, 2016

Cops: Gangs operate in Mississippi (Hattieburg, MS): Recent criminal cases seem to indicate Mississippi has a significant gang presence, and authorities — from local sheriffs to the governor — are pushing for more resources and focus to combat them.
Source: The Hattiesburg American    Date: July 13, 2016

Gang member admits killing transgender teen he had dated (George County, MS): Latin Kings street gang member Josh Vallum pleaded guilty to murder Tuesday in the stabbing and beating death of a transgender teen.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: July 12, 2016

Transgender teen, Latin Kings officer feared reprisal for sexual relationship (George County, MS): Transgender teen Mercedes Williamson talked openly about how she and Josh Vallum would face death if his fellow Latin Kings gang members found out about their intimate relationship, a roommate of the pair said in a pretrial hearing Thursday.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: June 23, 2016

Should gang testimony be kept secret in transgender teen's killing? (George County, MS): The district attorney wants to deny public access to testimony Latin Kings street gang members give Thursday about Josh Vallum’s membership and activities, as well as insight into his relationship with a transgender teen he is accused of killing in 2015.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: June 22, 2016

2nd arrest made in Hattiesburg robbery, kidnapping (Hattiesburg, MS): A second suspect allegedly involved in an armed robbery and kidnapping last week on the Longleaf Trace was arrested late Thursday night. Darrion Strickland, a juvenile who will be charged as an adult, was taken into custody, and will be booked into the Forrest County Jail on charges of kidnapping, armed robbery, armed carjacking and criminal street gang activity, Hattiesburg police spokesman Lt. Branden McLemore said.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: June 17, 2016

Gang member to serve 25 years for Jackson County armed robberies (Jackson County, MS): A man will serve 25 years in prison, day-for-day, after he pleaded guilty to four counts of armed robbery, possession of a weapon by convicted felon and possession of marijuana in Jackson County circuit court.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: May 23, 2016

Gang members could face enhanced sentencing (Corinth, MS): Gang members who commit criminal activity could serve extra time. The Corinth Police Department plans to pursue the sentencing enhancement available for criminal activity that can be tied to gang members.
Source: Daily Corinthian    Date: May 23, 2016

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