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Teens say earlier curfew would have little effect (Chester, SC): There are no movies, no mall, no fun managed activities for young people in Chester, kids say. And area teens say the lack of those things results in a problem of young people "just hanging out."
Source: The Herald    Date: January 10, 2005

School officials monitor students for gang activity (Orangeburg County, SC): School officials in Orangeburg County say they are watching and listening for indications of gang activity, as well as taking pre-emptive action to avert problems.
Source: The Times and Democrat    Date: January 2, 2005

State to use grand jury to probe gang drug activity (Columbia, SC): South Carolina’s top prosecutor said Wednesday he will start using the power of the state grand jury to combat gang-related drug activity statewide.
Source: The Charlotte Observer    Date: December 30, 2004

Some legislators want to get gang bill passed this year (Columbia, SC): At least one legislator is hopeful a bill that would make it illegal to intimidate someone into joining or leaving a gang will pass the Legislature this year. Sen. Jake Knotts, R-West Columbia, has tried for several years to persuade lawmakers to pass the bill, which also would define gangs and their activity.
Source: The State    Date: December 25, 2004

City sets new curfew for teenagers (Chester, SC): Chester officials hope a new curfew for young people will help curb gang violence. The City Council has given initial approval to a 10 p.m. curfew for people 17 and younger, said city administrator Mike Phillips.
Source: The State    Date: December 21, 2004

Gang concerns prompt Chester to tighten curfew (Chester, SC): Chester city officials have taken the first step in curbing youth gang violence by setting an earlier curfew for young people. Unexcused loitering and "hanging out" will not be tolerated, said City Administrator Mike Phillips.
Source: The Herald    Date: December 20, 2004

Columbia mayor to host statewide gang summit (Columbia, SC): Columbia Mayor Bob Coble plans to call a summit of community leaders from across the state next month to discuss ideas to curb gang and youth violence.
Source: The State    Date: December 15, 2004

Emphasis on prevention (Columbia, SC): Midlands police are tracking about 1,000 young people they say are associated with gangs. But only a fraction of those youths are involved in serious crimes like those that have left two Columbia teens and a 12-year-old dead since August, authorities said.
Source: The State    Date: December 6, 2004

Community called upon to stop gang violence (Chester, SC): A police sergeant is ready to end gang violence in town, but she says she needs the community's help. "This is a job I can't do by myself. It's going to take the police, parents and everyone to help," Sgt. Penny Baldwin of the city police department told a crowd of about 50 people gathered at Metropolitan AME Zion Church on Sunday.
Source: The Herald    Date: December 6, 2004

Governor won’t hold gang summit (Columbia, SC): Gov. Mark Sanford has declined a local leader’s request to call a statewide summit on gang and youth violence. In a Sept. 23 letter, Preston Winkler, executive director of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council asked Sanford to hold a statewide meeting on the matter.
Source: The State    Date: November 25, 2004

Gangs, violence become a growing S.C. problem (Charleston, SC): After years of downplaying the significance of gang violence in South Carolina, police agencies statewide have begun to look more closely at a connection between crime and gangs. State authorities have identified 84 groups in South Carolina that fit the general definition of a gang.
Source: The Sun News    Date: October 18, 2004

Teens say escort policy unfair (Columbia, SC): Restricting teens’ and preteens’ entrance to malls and the State Fair is a policy of last resort, according to area law enforcement. But an increasing number of businesses, both locally and nationally, say it’s the only way to make all their customers feel safe.
Source: The State    Date: October 18, 2004

Two beatings blamed on group of youths (York County, SC): A group of youths attacked two people in separate incidents in York County last weekend, and authorities believe members of a high school social club known as the Rebels were responsible.
Source: The Herald    Date: October 13, 2004

Officials announce gang initiative (Columbia, SC): Federal and local law enforcement leaders Thursday announced the formation of a gang activity task force. Its job will be to identify and prosecute persons who commit violent crimes as a result of gang activity in the Columbia area.
Source: The State    Date: September 23, 2004

City must band together to fight gangs, violence (Columbia, SC): Columbia Mayor Bob Coble called last week’s senseless shooting deaths of two children the "greatest tragedy" in his tenure as the city’s top official. It is a great tragedy in the life of this community. While it is devastating to lose any child, these two deaths are especially jarring.
Source: The State    Date: September 3, 2004

T-shirts sign of trouble (Rock Hill, SC): A white, pink and black T-shirt with no lettering doesn't seem as if it would incite much controversy. But it depends on what the shirt signifies and why it's being worn. Officials at Rock Hill High School noticed that several of the students involved in a recent brawl were wearing the three-tone T-shirts.
Source: The Herald    Date: September 2, 2004

Monitoring gang activity (York County, SC): Authorities in York County are keeping an eye on gang activity as it could be an imminent threat. Recently, a 16-year-old student at York Comprehensive High School was arrested after officials found a pistol and two boxes of ammunition in his car. The boy said he was a member of the "Cali Boys" and that the gun was protection against rivals in Rock Hill. Police, sheriff's office officials, and experts in gang activity say established gangs involved in organized crime have yet to penetrate York County, but loose-knit local groups have formed and could evolve into more cohesive and dangerous gangs. Police note that members of major out-of-state gangs have been arrested on criminal charges in the county. Gangs have already established themselves in Charlotte and in various parts of South Carolina. South Carolina is home to gangs that are offshoots of well-known gangs in California and New York. One full-time gang investigator with the Richland County Sheriff's Department estimates that there are about 50 gangs in Columbia alone.
Source: The Herald    Date: April 29, 2004

Four charged in drive-by shootings (Richland County, SC): Four people, ages 17, 18, 19, and 20, described as gang members by Richland County sheriff's officials, have been charged with five drive-by shootings within the past month in the Broad River Road area. Also during the investigation, deputies arrested two other reported gang members, ages 17 and 21, and charged them with robbing someone at gunpoint. It has not been determined if the shootings and robbery are related. The sheriff's department has identified more than 450 people with gang ties in the three years it has had a gang-investigation unit but considers fewer than 100 to be hard-core gang members.
Source: The State    Date: February 19, 2004

Street gang bill moves to Senate floor (Columbia, SC): A bill that defines a criminal street gang as a group of three or more people who go by a common name or use common identifying signs, symbols, or colors and engage in violent and nonviolent crimes is heading to the Senate for approval. The bill originally called for additional prison sentences and property forfeiture for people convicted of gang-related crimes. It also would have allowed for prosecution of people not involved in a crime if they were part of a criminal gang. Both additions were scrapped as black legislators threatened to block the bill during arguments about how a gang law may affect blacks more than whites.
Source: The Myrtle Beach Sun-News    Date: February 11, 2004

Woman injured in drive-by at restaurant (Columbia, SC): A woman standing in line at a restaurant was injured during a drive-by shooting. Two men were walking outside the restaurant when someone fired shots from a passing vehicle. A restaurant window was shattered, and two cars were struck by gunfire during the shooting. The injured woman was struck by an unknown object. The two intended targets fled after the shooting. No arrests have been made.
Source: The State    Date: February 7, 2004

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