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Citizens Police Academy focuses on gang unit (Myrtle Beach, SC): The third week of the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy focused on the department’s gang unit and the work being done to combat gangs and gang activity in city limits. Officer in the gang unit explained that gang association is no longer solely based on ethnicity. Gangs will offer a sense of belonging to anyone. But loyalty comes at a price often escalating in violence.
Source: WMBF News    Date: September 29, 2015

Lake City parents and teachers join fight against gang violence (Lake City, SC): Tuesday, parents and teachers at Lake City High School met with police to talk about gang activity in the area. School leaders say it was an opportunity for parents to hear from police first-hand the signs officers look for when spotting gangs.
Source: WBTW News 13    Date: September 23, 2015

Lake City officials discuss gang violence prevention in Florence Three (Lake City, SC): “There is gang activity present in almost every city and town in this country.” That statement was made by Lake City Police Chief Jody Cooper Thursday evening at Lake City High School, as he spoke to parents about identifying gang activity and preventing children from falling into that destructive lifestyle.
Source: SCNow    Date: September 22, 2015

New names could be linked to suspected gang killings in Lake Wylie (Lake Wylie, SC): A federal prosecutor said Monday that new suspects could face death-penalty charges in the suspected gang killings of Doug and Debbie London.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: September 21, 2015

Innocent bystander wounded in gang-related shooting, Columbia police say (Columbia, SC): An innocent bystander was injured Thursday evening in what police believe was a gang-related shooting. The Midlands Gang Task Force is reviewing surveillance video and searching for suspects in connection with the shooting that happened around 6 p.m. Thursday at the Gonzales Gardens Apartments in Columbia.
Source: The State    Date: September 11, 2015

Newly formed gang task force to target violence in Horry County (Horry County, SC): Horry County leaders report 14 murders so far in 2015 and say six of those this were in the Longs area and were all gang related. “We have had a terrible year in Horry County as far as murder, it’s been in certain pockets throughout the county and a lot of gang involvement, a bunch of that,” 15th Circuit Jimmy Richardson said.
Source: WBTW News 13    Date: September 2, 2015

Sheriff Lott is declaring war on gangs, ‘punks with guns’ and ‘street justice’ (Columbia, SC): Violent gang activity is on the rise in Richland County, Sheriff Leon Lott said Monday. “We’re declaring war on gangs,” Lott said. “We’re going to come after them." There are some 800 gang members in Richland County, and just about all of them either have guns or access to guns, Lott said.
Source: The State    Date: August 31, 2015

Can tattling help stop Richland County's gang troubles? Sheriff Leon Lott hopes so (Columbia, SC): Sheriff Leon Lott has been battling Richland County's well-known gang problem for several years now, but now the sheriff is going in a slightly different direction than what maybe you're used to seeing. His new tactic? Tattling.
Source: WIS 10 News    Date: August 31, 2015

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott shares concerns, ideas to combat gang violence (Columbia, SC): Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott on Monday expressed deep concerns about gang-related shootings in the Columbia area. Lott spoke to members of the media in the wake of a recent shooting that left one person dead and another person behind bars, possibly for the rest of his life.
Source:    Date: August 31, 2015

Accused Chester gang member gets 13 years prison for stealing safe from war veteran (Chester, SC): Since he was a teenager, police and prosecutors say Kiamma Sanders, a “documented gang member,” has stolen. The last time, Sanders stole a safe with heirloom $100 bills and more, totaling $10,000, from an aged war veteran who had hoped to give the mementos and the money to his grandchildren.
Source: The Herald    Date: August 25, 2015

Feds to gun criminals: ‘You’ll do real time’ (Greenville, SC): Felons caught with guns will face time in federal prison under a new plan to tackle Greenville’s gun violence. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Carolina — in conjunction with Greenville police, the Solicitor’s Office and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — has promised to prosecute more gun-carrying criminals under federal firearms statutes, which carry harsher penalties than those under state law.
Source: The Greenville News    Date: August 23, 2015

Gross on Patrol: Feds give lesson on street gangs, hostage rescues (Greenville, SC): Ever seen the letters “GKB” tagged on the side of a building? Or how about people posing in pictures with their hands forming a letter “B?” You may not be aware, or perhaps you try to block it out, but street gangs are quite prominent in South Carolina and the Upstate.
Source: The Herald-Journal    Date: August 22, 2015

Five Points trial offered rare glimpse into Bloods gang (Columbia, SC): Testimony like that from a Richland County Sheriff’s Department gang expert at the just-finished trial involving a Bloods gang member who shot a University of South Carolina student at Five Points is not often aired in state criminal trials.
Source: The State    Date: August 19, 2015

New Public Service Announcements Aim to End Gang Violence (Columbia, SC): Authorities in the Midlands are continuing their efforts to prevent the you from joining gangs. A realistic look into the future for any one considering joining or currently involved in a gang, that's how the Richland County Sheriff's Department is describing their new Anti-Gang public service announcements.
Source: WOLO ABC Columbia    Date: August 13, 2015

RCSD releases PSAs to deter youth from joining gangs (Richland County, SC): The Richland County Sheriff's Department has teamed up with the SC Film Institute to create several PSAs focusing on the consequences of taking part in gang activity.
Source: WACH FOX57 News    Date: August 10, 2015

Officers focus on gangs, in the country and city (Orangeburg, SC): Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell says most of the gang-related groups in the county are located in rural areas. “We have country gangs,” Ravenell said. “They are scattered about in the creeks and the woods.” He also said that many of the local gang members, like those throughout the nation, are high school dropouts.
Source: The Times and Democrat    Date: August 10, 2015

SC Gang Conference focused on ways to stop gang crime (Columbia, SC): Nearly 400 law enforcement officers from across South Carolina are meeting in Orangeburg for a three-day conference focused on stopping gang crime in the state. “I think that we still have a real problem with gangs in South Carolina,” says State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel.
Source: WCBD 2 News    Date: August 10, 2015

Gang-activity suspected in Thursday night shooting in Columbia (Columbia, SC): Four men standing on McDuffie Avenue, off Forest Drive, were shot Thursday night in what Columbia police believe was a gang-related attack.
Source: The State    Date: August 7, 2015

4 injured in gang-related shooting (Columbia, SC): Four people were injured in what police are calling a gang-related shooting Thursday at an apartment complex.
Source: WIS 10 News    Date: August 7, 2015

Richland County Sheriff’s Department Gang Task Force receives federal grant (Columbia, SC): Gang activity in Columbia remains a serious issue, according to Columbia Police Department officials, but efforts by local law enforcement agencies and community partners have shifted the public attitude from denial to awareness.
Source:    Date: July 16, 2015

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