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Providence Council sees big flaws in law allowing longer prison terms for gang members who commit felonies (Providence, RI): Even though the governor had already signed it, the City Council approved a resolution Wednesday calling for the veto of a new state law that provides for lengthier prison sentences for those who are convicted of felonies and found to be members of a criminal gang.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: July 7, 2014

Providence police: Two gang members caught with drugs and gun (Providence, RI): Two alleged gang members were arrested after Providence police said they were riding around South Providence Monday with heroin and a handgun. The police gang unit had been watching the Colfax Street area because of an ongoing feud between the Throwback For Days street gang and the Trinitarios, who are connected with a house on that street, according to a police report.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: July 3, 2014

Despite veto calls, Chafee signs gang bill (Providence, RI): Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed legislation that provides for an extra sentence for those convicted of a gang-related felony, despite calls from community groups for him to veto it.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: July 1, 2014

Measure to deter racial profiling by Providence police draws criticism (Providence, RI): A proposed city ordinance that sponsors say would reduce racial discrimination in how the city is policed is being criticized as going too far, crippling the police department's ability to track suspects and investigate gang activity.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: June 30, 2014

Divided jury in R.I. murder trial agrees to fourth day of deliberation (Providence, RI): The jury in the murder trial of Harriet Street gang member Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez will return Tuesday for a fourth day of deliberations. The jury agreed to continue its deliberations late Monday after indicating earlier in the day that it was unable to reach a verdict on some of the 10 counts he faces.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: June 10, 2014

Prosecutors: Man's dance moves prove he could have prevented 2013 fatal shooting (Providence, RI): A gang member being charged in the 2013 shooting death of a preteen girl argued that he was too fat to stop a friend from firing into a crowd. But in closing arguments of the murder conspiracy trial, the prosecution showed a video that they hope proved otherwise.
Source: The Boston Globe    Date: June 5, 2014

Jury hears closing arguments in Providence gang member's murder trial (Providence, RI): The jury heard closing arguments Wednesday in the murder trial of Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez, a Harriet Street gang member accused of plotting to open fire on a graduation party in rival territory, killing a 12-year-old girl.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: June 4, 2014

Gang member on trial for murder says he didn’t realize the shooter was armed (Providence, RI): Harriet Street gang member Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez took the stand in his own defense Monday, telling jurors he didn’t realize the shooter had a gun until seconds before he jumped from the van and opened fire on a party, killing a 12-year-old girl and wounding three women.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: June 2, 2014

State rests in murder trial of gang member accused of 12-year-old's murder (Providence, RI): State prosecutors on Friday rested their case against Harriet Street gang member Luis “Fat Boy” Gonzalez with the medical examiner’s testimony about the injuries that killed a 12-year-old girl last June.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 30, 2014

Murder suspect's brother: Gonzalez urged shooter to 'do it right' (Providence, RI): Harriet Street gang members pulled posts from a porch to arm themselves against rivals they believed had smashed a window in a member's minivan the afternoon of June 15. Five Harriet Street, or H-Block, members headed to Broad Street in search of Hartford Soldiers, with whom they had been feuding for years. They didn't spot any.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 29, 2014

At Gonzalez trial, police officer testifies about stopping car with gang members inside (Providence, RI): The day before someone opened fire on a graduation party at Hartford Park housing project, killing a 12-year-old girl, the police stopped a car carrying Harriet Street gang members in enemy territory, very close to the shooting site.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 28, 2014

Police: Two men shot, stabbed at RI state park (Bristol, RI): Police say they have arrested a New Hampshire man following a shooting and stabbing involving gang members at a gathering at a Rhode Island state park.
Source: WHDH 7 News    Date: May 26, 2014

Fight among gang members at Colt State Park cookout leaves two hospitalized (Bristol, RI): A Manchester, N.H., man has been arrested in connection with a "violent altercation" at Colt State Park on Sunday that left him and another man hospitalized — one of them with gunshots to the abdomen, forearm and groin, and the other stabbed in the abdomen, the State Police said.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 26, 2014

Witness tells jury death of gang associate spurred 12-year-old's slaying (Providence, RI): Jurors hearing the murder trial of Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez were told Thursday about a city inhabited by gangs that speak in street code, use hand gestures and perpetuate long-festering feuds marked by shootouts, fights and stabbings.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 22, 2014

Prosecutor at trial of man accused in killing of 12-year-old girl: 'These two gangs had been feuding for years' (Providence, RI): A fire alarm at the Licht Judicial Complex interrupted opening statements Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of plotting with four other gang members to murder a 12-year-old girl and shoot three women during a party outside Hartford Park housing complex last June.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: May 21, 2014

Jury selection begins in gang member's murder trial (Providence, RI): Jury selection began Monday in Providence Superior Court in the only criminal trial stemming from the killing of a 12-year-old Providence girl.
Source: WJAR NBC10 News    Date: May 19, 2014

Suspected gang members arrested in botched drive-by shooting (Cranston, RI): Cranston Police make arrests in an attempted drive by shooting, which they say was gang retaliation fueled partly by online music videos. As we first reported earlier this month, gangs are using social media to taunt their rivals, but it's also becoming a tool for police.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: May 19, 2014

Social media fuels gang violence (Providence, RI): Local gangs are turning to social media to taunt their rivals. It's blatant, it's violent, and it's working. The messages from various Providence gangs are popping up all over YouTube. In the videos, gang members specifically target their rivals, threatening extreme violence.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: May 6, 2014

Providence gang member sentenced to life in prison for murder of Aynis Vargas, 12 (Providence, RI): Gang member Branden "Blaze" Castro didn’t appear too fazed Friday about spending the rest of his life in prison for killing 12-year-old Aynis Vargas and shooting three other women at a graduation party outside an apartment at the Hartford Park housing project last spring.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: April 25, 2014

Senate OKs longer sentences for gang-related crime (Providence, RI): The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill stiffening punishments for gang-related crimes. The legislation would add a term of up to 10 years for felonies committed in association with any criminal street gang
Source: San Francisco Chronicle    Date: April 20, 2014

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