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Gang member guilty of murder in slaying weeks after release from jail (Las Vegas, NV): A violent gang member was found guilty Friday of murder in a slaying that happened shortly after he was released from jail at the request of an FBI-led task force.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: September 15, 2017

Carson City sheriff talks regional efforts to combat gang activity (Carson City, NV): Carson City Sheriff Ken Furlong says his office and regional partners have made great strides in combating gangs over the last decade. But he also says they are at a critical point where that progress could be lost.
Source: KRNV News 4    Date: August 9, 2017

Las Vegas Valley homicides keep pace with 2016 numbers (Las Vegas, NV): The nights blend together in Las Vegas police officer Andrea Simon’s memory, but driving past a house can trigger a flashback to specific people or crimes.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: July 15, 2017

1 man dead in shooting at east Las Vegas apartment complex (Las Vegas, NV): A man in his late 20s was shot dead Tuesday night shortly after coming to an eastern valley apartment complex with a woman he was dating.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: July 11, 2017

Feds Charge Gang Stole Vehicles And Sold Them (Las Vegas, NV): An indictment unsealed this week in federal court in Las Vegas charges 16 alleged members of The Yung Money/Yung Gunz Bloods Street Gang with running an operation that rented vehicles, stole them, and then sold them. The gang allegedly operated in Nevada, California, Texas, Tennessee, Arizona, and Florida.
Source: Las Vegas Patch    Date: June 21, 2017

Gang culture is changing with leadership, social media and spike in youth violence (Las Vegas, NV): It’s 1:54 a.m. on July 30, 2006. The call to Metro Police dispatch is from the east valley, about a house party loud enough to rattle a neighbor’s windows. “I don’t know what they’re doing, but it’s trouble waiting to happen out here. The dogs are going crazy,” the caller says, guessing there could be 100 kids at the party. “Nobody in this house is sleeping, or on this block.”
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: June 5, 2017

Former gang members fighting violence with peace (Las Vegas, NV): A former gang member is fighting back against violence through peace. Jonny Galvan is one of the people organizing an event on the Strip Saturday night. They’ll be armed with candles and signs that display a message of non-violence.
Source: KLAS 8 News    Date: June 3, 2017

Advocacy groups ramp up efforts to end gang violence (Las Vegas, NV): The latest homicide in the valley has catapulted gang violence back in the spotlight. A 23-year-old man was gunned down Tuesday night near Eastern and Sahara in what police say might be a graffiti war.
Source: KLAS 8 News    Date: May 24, 2017

Gang operation brings 1,400 arrests, including 5 in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV): Federal agents arrested nearly 1,400 people across the country in what immigration officials are calling the “largest gang surge” in its investigative arm’s history, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan announced today.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: May 11, 2017

Nevada gang member convicted of fatal shooting in Sun Valley (Reno, NV): A 19-year-old Nevada gang member has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a teenager during a party at a residence north of Reno in October 2015.
Source: The Republic    Date: April 12, 2017

Metro Police bringing back Gang Unit this weekend (Las Vegas, NV): A year after Sheriff Joe Lombardo executed his decentralization plan, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is bringing back its gang unit this weekend.
Source: KLAS 8 News    Date: April 8, 2017

Nevada bill would make gang affiliation easier to fight in court (Carson City, NV): It may become easier in Nevada to dispute a gang member designation before sentencing. Assembly Bill 326 would allow those convicted in criminal cases to access the reports and documentation that pre-sentence investigators use to determine that they belong to a gang. Pre-sentence reports are reviewed by judges to help determine sentencing.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: April 6, 2017

Washoe County DA discusses difficulty in prosecuting juvenile gang members (Reno, NV): Charging a juvenile as an adult comes with roadblocks and challenges, especially if it's gang-related, said Washoe County District Attorney Christopher Hicks.
Source: KRNV News 4    Date: March 22, 2017

Steady spike in homicides brings new Metro focus on violent crime (Las Vegas, NV): The number of slayings Metro Police detectives have investigated since 2013 have increased on an average of about 20 each year, according to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo and department figures.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: February 24, 2017

Las Vegas police say teen recruited 2 others to help kill her mother (Las Vegas, NV): Brenda Garcia told her boyfriend in the fall of 2014 that to escape a gang she had to kill her mother, Las Vegas police records show. About a month later, the teenager, her boyfriend and her neighbor across the street strangled Julia Garcia, wrapped her body in trash bags, and abandoned it in a desert area between Lake Mead National Recreation Area and Las Vegas, Brenda Garcia’s arrest report said.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: February 21, 2017

Clark County sheriff creating a new, centralized gang crimes unit (Clark County, NV): Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo is creating a new, centralized gang crimes unit, Las Vegas police said Tuesday afternoon. The new gang unit will merge with the Police Department’s vice unit to tackle the “issues that appear to be behind most of the violent crime,” police said in a statement.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: February 21, 2017

Mother of Reno murder victim speaks about recent gang-related shootings (Reno, NV): Two teens were killed over the weekend in what police are calling gang-related shootings. The Reno and Sparks Police Departments are working together to investigate the two shootings, which they believe are connected.
Source: KRNV News 4    Date: January 25, 2017

Reno, Sparks police investigating deadly gang-related shootings; victims ID'd (Reno, NV): Police departments for the cities of Reno and Sparks held a join task force meeting on Tuesday as part of the investigation into two deadly gang-related shootings that occurred early Saturday morning.
Source: KRNV News 4    Date: January 24, 2017

Las Vegas police log 166 homicides in 2016, up from 139 in 2015 (Las Vegas, NV): Las Vegas police say the 166 homicide cases they handled in 2016 far outpaced 2015, and came in just under a 25-year high set 20 years ago. The previous high was 167 in 1996, and the department handled 139 homicides in 2015.
Source: KTNV 13 News    Date: January 6, 2017

Metro Police detective: Gang numbers are down because of moving, deaths (Las Vegas, NV): There are many possible reasons that the number of gangs and gang members in Las Vegas has slightly decreased since 2014, Metropolitan Police Department Detective Alex Cruz said at a community-safety forum. In 2014, Metro’s gang-crime bureau tracked 648 gangs and 16,543 gang members. In 2015, it tracked 629 gangs and 15,326 gang members. Cruz credits the decrease to gang members moving out of Las Vegas, going to prison or dying.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: December 13, 2016

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