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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

Court upholds man’s conviction in 2008 Las Vegas slaying Carson City, NV): The Nevada Supreme Court today upheld the first-degree murder conviction of Christian D. Williams in a 2008 gang shooting in Las Vegas of a man considered a “snitch," according to court documents.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: October 20, 2016

Young people with guns contribute to Las Vegas Valley’s growing homicide rate (Las Vegas, NV): In the dark, predawn hours of April 23, an east valley recreation center erupted in gunfire. More than 50 rounds were unloaded into the air as knives were pulled and a large group slashed and shot at each other before 4 a.m. Once the shooting stopped and everyone bolted from the park, one person was found stabbed and four were found shot.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: September 4, 2016

Lombardo praises specialty Metro unit’s inroads against crime (Las Vegas, NV): Dozens of piled-up firearms covered almost every inch of a rectangular table in front of Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo as he touted a concentrated effort to curb violent crime that has plagued the Las Vegas Valley this year.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: July 7, 2016

Former gang members talk about the rise in crime in Las Vegas (Las Vegas, NV): Violent crimes are on the rise in the Las Vegas Valley and there are alarming new statistics that prove this fact. Murder, rape, and robberies all violent crimes are examples of a rising crime rate. While some blame the lack of cops on our streets, others blame the influx of gangs.
Source: KSNV MyNews3    Date: June 8, 2016

Tackling The Growth Of Gangs In Reno (Reno, NV): Gangs in Washoe County have multiplied, growing their ranks by 30 percent in a decade. Reno Public Radio's Rocio Hernandez explores what's being done to curb their influence.
Source: KUNR     Date: May 25, 2016

ICE arrests 87 foreign nationals in Nevada enforcement operation (Las Vegas, NV): Federal immigration officers apprehended 65 foreign nationals in and around Las Vegas last week, including convicted drug traffickers and known street gang members. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation yielded an additional 22 arrests in Reno, the agency said Monday.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: May 16, 2016

Metro asks for help to curb increasing violence (Las Vegas, NV): Las Vegas police Sgt. Jose Hernandez is feeling the pressure. He’s running out of time. He wants to engage east valley high school students about gangs. This year. During end-of-year testing. With all the bureaucracy involved in getting access to the students, Hernandez was slightly worried he wouldn’t get the program launched this year.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: April 30, 2016

Lombardo: Surge in violent Las Vegas crime ‘keeps me up at night’ (Las Vegas, NV): Metro Police officers arrived at a southwest valley construction site early Wednesday to find the body of a security guard who had earlier been reported missing by his employer.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: April 28, 2016

Expert blames Las Vegas crime increase on breakup of Metro’s gang unit (Las Vegas, NV): A California gang expert disputes claims by the valley’s top cops that this year’s spike in violent crimes was caused by an influx of gang members from Southern California. The problem is the decision by Las Vegas police to decentralize its gang enforcement unit, according to Wes McBride, a retired gang detective with decades of experience in Los Angeles and the executive director of the California Gang Investigators Association.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal     Date: April 19, 2016

Law enforcement holds gang conference (Reno, NV): The Carson City Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with surrounding counties, hosted a three day gang conference in Reno for Northern Nevada agencies to get together and discuss new gang trends and ideas.
Source: Nevada Appeal    Date: April 6, 2016

Las Vegas sees rise in violent crimes due to police shortage and California gangs (Las Vegas, NV): A 14-year-old girl fended off two home invaders last month in a shootout in a Vegas Valley suburb, picking up her stepfather’s pistol after they were both shot. On a recent Monday in Las Vegas, five separate armed robberies took place over a four-hour span. In one instance, a victim was pistol-whipped while he and his girlfriend were held hostage in their home.
Source: The Guardian    Date: March 31, 2016

Suspect arrested 3 years after apparent gang shooting (Las Vegas, NV): In November 2012, Edwin Clark and his girlfriend, then eight-months pregnant, were walking through an apartment complex on their way to buy a TV.
Source: Las Vegas Sun    Date: March 3, 2016

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