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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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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

Bloods gang leader, wife get prison for drug-trafficking (Gulfport, MS): A leader of the Bloods street gang in Moss Point and his wife have been sentenced to prison and fined for trafficking marijuana in his hometown.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: April 4, 2016

Gang related: 4 charged in Meridian shooting (Meridian, MS): Three teenagers and a 23-year-old have been charged following what the Meridian Police Department is calling a gang related drive-by shooting in Wednesday afternoon.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: March 18, 2016

Four Charged in Gang-Related Shooting (Meridian, MS): Meridian police have put several people behind bars in connection with a recent gang-related shooting in the city. Daniel Reed, Antonio Clay, Toreno Griffin and Curtis Horton are all charged with multiple felonies after being arrested yesterday following a shooting where a home and a car in the 2100 block of 27th Avenue were hit.
Source: WTOK 11 News    Date: March 17, 2016

Man admits beating transgender teen to death in car in George County (George County, MS): A member of the Latin Kings street gang and a transgender teen who once considered him a boyfriend were in a car behind his father's home when he beat her to death with a hammer, according to an affidavit filed in the case.
Source: Sun Herald    Date: March 12, 2016

Gang bill dies untouched in committee (Courtland, MS): Quinton Tellis, accused in the burning death of Jessica Chambers, is a member of the Vice Lords street gang, according to his Facebook posts and Panola County authorities. So is Johnny Robinson Jr., the man accused of shooting Clarksdale Police Cpl. Derrick Couch in the face, police said.
Source: The Clarion-Ledger    Date: March 1, 2016

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