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Durham County commissioner wants more money to fight gang problems (Durham County, NC): A Durham County Commissioner wants the sheriff to have more money to fight the gang problem. The sheriff says Durham has more than 3000 confirmed gang members. County lawmakers are ready to buy new patrol cruisers and provide raises of nearly 9% for Durham deputies.
Source: WTVD 11 News    Date: June 14, 2004

Gang members arrested in thefts (Stoney Creek, NC): Guilford County sheriff's deputies arrested 13 alleged gang members this week following a rash of car thefts and vehicle break-ins throughout Forest Oaks and Pleasant Garden. Police believe the suspects belong to the TRG, short for Tiny Rascals Gang. The group targeted unlocked vehicles with keys in the ignition or valuables visible from outside, according to police.
Source: News & Record    Date: June 12, 2004

Gang finding brings harsher sentence (Durham, NC): A jury convicted a reputed gang member Monday of shooting a rival in the chest at point-blank range. The jury found Kenneth Roberson guilty of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, inflicting serious injury. Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones found that Roberson committed the crime as a member of a street gang and sentenced him to more than 10 years, twice what he would have received without the aggravating circumstance.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: May 25, 2004

Gang activity leaves big cities for rural areas (Dobson, NC): Hispanic gangs are moving out of North Carolina's big cities and targeting more rural areas where law enforcement is less likely to be aware of their activities, law enforcement officials say. Until this month, gang graffiti was the only sign Surry County's law enforcement officials had been aware of, interim Dobson Police Chief Sgt. Shaun Meyers said. That was before law officers diverted about 60 young men and children from a vacant lot behind Dobson's library May 14. Rival Latino gangs planned to meet there to battle over which would claim the library as their turf, Meyers said.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News    Date: May 24, 2004

Grant sought to curtail gangs (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte City Council tonight is expected to approve a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police application for a nearly $36,000 state grant to help fund a gang-prevention program begun in February. It would be the second significant expenditure related to gangs approved by city officials this month. About two weeks ago, the council approved more than $100,000 for new software police will begin using later this year to track and analyze gang activity.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: May 24, 2004

Gang members held in Durham slayings (Durham, NC): With one swoop Wednesday morning, police say they think they solved two homicides and snatched five of an estimated 300 confirmed gang members off Durham's streets. Investigators raided a home at 719 Holloway St. and found five "validated Crip" gang members connected with two homicides and four other shootings, a Durham police news release said. Police arrested Demario Fortune, 23, of 1012 Franklin St. and Philipe Parker, 18, of 1006 Worth St. in connection with the Jan. 24 shooting death of Carlos Clayton of North Elizabeth Street.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: May 20, 2004

Gang ties bring stiffer sentence (Durham, NC): Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones had just put a man in jail for 10 days when someone told the judge the defendant was a gang member. Jones brought Justin Sharpe, 21, back into court and sentenced him to 11 to 15 months in jail, a stiffer sentence than even prosecutors requested. Sharpe's attorney said Jones never should have done that, because the judge based his decision on the fact that Sharpe had bragged about his gang ties in a widely publicized, recent documentary film, "Welcome to Durham."
Source: The News & Observer    Date: May 18, 2004

Two killed, two injured in four shootings (Durham, NC): Two people were killed and two others wounded in four separate shootings Saturday. A woman sitting on an East Durham porch talking with friends was killed in an apparent drive-by shooting. That evening, three shootings occurred within an hour, leaving one man dead.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: May 16, 2004

Shelby police now tie some crimes to gangs (Shelby, NC): Police sent a 19-year-old man back to jail after revoking his bond for a curfew violation. The man, who has led the G Unit gang against its rival P Unit gang, faces a first-degree murder charge. According to police, the town of Shelby has seen an increase in gangs. Officials are now working in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's gang unit to learn how to fight the problem. In addition, they have met with officials from the Attorney General's Office to learn how some gang members could be charged with federal crimes that carry more strict sentences. In 2003, Shelby had five shootings, all fatal. So far this year, there have been five shootings, with three fatalities. It is unclear how many of those shootings are tied to the gangs because police are still trying to identify members. They estimate each gang has between 20 and 25 members, mostly teenagers, an officer said.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: April 23, 2004

Three teens struck by shotgun pellets (Durham, NC): In Durham, three teenagers were wounded by shotgun pellets in what police think was a gang-related shooting. The three victims were walking when two men in an approaching SUV opened fire, according to police. No arrests have been made.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: March 25, 2004

Police arrest three in gang-style city shootings (Greensboro, NC): Police arrested three teenagers, two 18-year-olds and a 17-year-old, in connection with a shooting on December 26 that they believe is part of a series of shootings between rivals, mostly Vietnamese gangs. All three were charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and shooting into an occupied property. Another 17-year-old is being sought in connection with the shooting. According to police, when the men drove to a house, two men got out of the car, and one of them fired seven shots into the house. Five people were home, but nobody was injured. The four suspects are believed to be members of a local gang called Boys in Style. Police say the shooting came in retaliation to a similar drive-by shooting at one of the suspects' home. In that shooting, witnesses saw three Asian men, believed to be members of the Tiny Raskal Gangsters, fire shots into a house. No one was injured in that incident. Police are still investigating the shooting, along with several other reports of shots fired around the suspects' neighborhood.
Source: News and Record    Date: March 25, 2004

Teens facing adult trial (Durham, NC): Two teenagers charged in a shooting incident will likely be tried as adults and could face punishment as lenient as probation or as strict as nearly four years in jail. The teens, who officials say are in rival gangs and are both nearing age 16, were arguing on a city bus about gang-related issues. As one teen exited, he fired shots back into the bus. The other teen inside the bus attempted to return fire, but his gun jammed. The teen who opened fire first is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and shooting into an occupied vehicle. The second teen is charged with assault with a deadly weapon and going armed to the terror of the public.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: January 17, 2004

Judges say Durham courthouse needs more security (Durham, NC): Recent gang fights in the Durham County courthouse have raised concerns about security measures. "It's scary," the Chief District Court Judge said of gang fights between such rivals as the Bloods and the Crips. "Incidents of violence are increasing here. We always needed more security. Now, the problem has pretty much hit us in the face because of increasing gang activity. Times have changed. Security hasn't kept up. It's a big problem." County officials agree but have not determined how to pay for the changes.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: December 29, 2003

Durham youth hurt in shooting (Durham, NC): A 17-year-old Durham teenager was shot in what police called a gang-related incident. Police believe the shooting involved rival Crips and Bloods gang members. A neighborhood resident said he, the victim, and others were hanging out on a porch when they were approached by three teenagers from the neighborhood. One of the teens was angry because someone had told his mother he had a gun. The three walked away, and the victim followed, apparently heading home. When they turned the corner of the street, the resident heard a shot. Durham police brought three people to the crime scene in handcuffs. It was unclear whether police thought they had caught the shooter.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: December 12, 2003

Two shot in gang confrontation (Durham, NC): According to police, two men, ages 22 and 29, were injured during a shooting between two rival gangs in Durham. The 29-year-old was in critical condition, and the 22-year-old suffered a non-life-threatening wound. A police spokesman said that he did not know which gangs were involved, but the department had confirmed the participants in the incident were members.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: December 2, 2003

Gunfire injures Durham youth (Durham, NC): Police are investigating a possible gang-related shooting that wounded a 16-year-old boy in Durham. According to reports, a group of five to seven boys, some of who are alleged Bloods members, were involved in the shooting. Police had five teenagers in custody for questioning.
Source: The News & Observer    Date: October 30, 2003

Gangs of Charlotte (Charlotte, NC): The Charlotte Observer ran a special series called "Gangs of Charlotte" in the beginning of October. Please visit the link below to access all of the articles. NOTE: Registration is required to read the articles, but there is no charge to sign up for an account.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: October 5, 2003

Police arrest another man in shooting (Winston-Salem, NC): Two men, ages 24 and 31, were arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting that left a 19-year-old man dead. Both men were charged with first-degree murder. Although the motive is still under investigation, police say drugs appeared to have played a role.
Source: Winston-Salem Journal    Date: September 25, 2003

Nine indicted in gang-related shooting in Pitt County (Greenville, NC): Nine people have been indicted on murder and assault charges in connection with a gang-related shooting that left a 16-year-old dead and a 20-year-old wounded. The suspects are part of the Real Life gang and were involved in a dispute with the 20-year-old victim prior to the shooting, investigators said. The other victim was believed to have been an innocent bystander.
Source: The Associated Press State & Local Wire    Date: September 23, 2003

Ninth suspect arrested in Pitt County shooting (Pitt County, NC): Pitt County investigators have arrested a ninth person in connection with a fatal, gang-related shooting last month. The 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, and filing a false report with a law enforcement agency. All nine suspects in the case are charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the August 12 drive-by shooting of a 16- and 20-year-old. The 16-year-old female victim, who is believed to have been an innocent bystander, died from her injuries.
Source: News & Record    Date: September 14, 2003

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