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Legislation on gang activity faces fervent backlash (Providence, RI): When Gov. Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 P’17 signed gang sentencing enhancement legislation into law on July 1, he did so amidst widespread community opposition. Under the legislation, known as “criminal street gang enhancement,” prosecutors can seek an additional 10-year sentence for “any person who is convicted of any felony that is knowingly committed for the benefit, at the direction of, or in association with any criminal street gang or criminal street gang member.”
Source: The Brown Daily Herald    Date: October 7, 2014

Recent Violence in Providence Raises New Safety Questions (Providence, RI): Recent shootings in Providence related to gang violence in the Mt. Hope neighborhood on the East Side over the weekend, and a shoot-out that lead to a lock down Asa Messer elementary school on Tuesday, have led to questions about how crimes are being accounted for - and counted -- in the Providence community.
Source: GoLocalProv    Date: October 1, 2014

Providence licensing board orders temporary closure of Fête in Olneyville following weekend gang-related disturbance (Providence, RI): Citing the responsiveness and good record of ownership, the city’s Board of Licenses dealt a 14-day closure to an Olneyville establishment on Wednesday, penalizing Fête for a gang-related weekend disturbance, but allowing the venue to punctuate the shutdown by temporarily reopening on Oct. 6.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: October 1, 2014

Police: Gun violence in Providence gang-related (Providence, RI): Providence police say weekend gun violence appears to have been gang-related. Five shootings that injured two people were reported between early Sunday morning and Sunday night.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: September 30, 2014

Taunton man, reputed Fall River gang leader, gets two additional years added to 22-year prison sentence (Providence, RI): A Massachusetts man previously sentenced to nearly 22 years on federal drug and gun charges has gotten two additional years for possessing a makeshift weapon.
Source: Taunton Daily Gazette    Date: August 8, 2014

Call for gang members to be prosecuted like mobsters (Providence, RI): The recent increase in suspected or confirmed gang violence in Providence, is prompting a new call for a crackdown. Republican State Senator Dawson Hodgson - who is running for Attorney General - wants the state's racketeering law - used for busting up organized crime, to now be used against gangs, too. As with the mob, a judge could declare a gang a criminal enterprise.
Source: WLNE-TV 6 News    Date: July 28, 2014

Jail mate of Providence triple-homicide defendant testifies against him at trial (Providence, RI): A star witness in the murder trial of Harriet Street gang member Luis "Fat Boy" Gonzalez took the stand Monday in the trial of a jail mate accused of killing three people in a robbery gone bad.
Source: The Providence Journal    Date: July 22, 2014

Overnight shooting could be gang-related (Providence, RI): Providence police say they believe Tuesday night’s shooting was targeted. Five people were injured, one seriously during the overnight shooting.
Source: Rhode Island Public Radio    Date: July 9, 2014

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

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