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Six alleged members of Mafia Insane Vice Lords charged with racketeering (Knoxville, TN): Six alleged members of the Mafia Insane Vice Lords street gang have been indicted in a heroin conspiracy in what prosecutors say is the first use in Knox County of the state's racketeering law.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: July 22, 2016

Former leader of Memphis gang gets 10-year prison sentence (Memphis, TN): Federal prosecutors say the former leader of a Memphis street gang has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The U.S. attorney's office says 28-year-old James Earl McCracken was sentenced this month by U.S. District Judge John T. Fowlkes Jr. McCracken pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy in December.
Source: WRCB 3 News    Date: July 21, 2016

Judge appoints attorney to man charged with murdering rival gang member (Chattanooga, TN): The 21-year-old man charged with murder in a fatal August drive-by shooting now has an attorney. Attorney Jay Perry was appointed Thursday to represent Christopher Walton in Hamilton County Criminal Court.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: July 15, 2016

Retrial in Knoxville gang initiation slaying case set for October (Knoxville, TN): A Knox County jury deadlocked Thursday on whether a gang recruit whose initiation led to a fatal shooting of an innocent man should be held accountable for crimes committed by others.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: July 14, 2016

Knox jurors to begin deliberations in murder case against alleged gang recruit (Knoxville, TN): If these 12 Knox Countians walked into a courtroom with the notion that gang violence amounts to nothing more than criminals victimizing criminals, a trial this week has disabused them of it.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: July 13, 2016

Admitted Gang Member Says He's Working To Make Memphis Better (Memphis, TN): Rival gangs in Memphis are uniting for the greater good. That's according to gang members who are joining protests for change. Wednesday, Local 24’s Tish Clark Spoke with admitted gang member Frank Gottie.
Source: localmemphis.com    Date: July 13, 2016

Teen charged with murder failed to make the cut as a Crip in fatal gang initiation (Knoxville, TN): An innocent man died, and the teenager whose gang initiation prosecutors say led to the killing didn't even make the Crips cut. "I wanted to get down, but they wouldn't put me down," Quantavious Williams said, describing the Rolling 20s Crips gang he sought to join when Jack Hutchins wound up dead in a crime spree required for membership. "I'm a (expletive). I froze up. They said, 'He ain't 20 material.' "
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: July 12, 2016

Trial underway for alleged Chattanooga gang members who allegedly killed man in Knoxville during initiation (Chattanooga, TN): A crew of alleged gang members did not just steal the Rev. Larry J. Mathis' car, keys and wallet at gunpoint. They threatened his faith. "Most things I do, I do on faith," Mathis explained to a Knox County Criminal Court jury Monday. "The first thing I thought of was why did this happen to me? We've never had any trouble with these guys, never. It almost changed my whole idea of the world."
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: July 11, 2016

Gang Member Who Took Part In City's First Violence Reduction Initiative "Call-In" Caught In Chattanooga With Same Type Rifle Used To Kill Dallas Police Officers (Chattanooga, TN): A member of the Rollin Crips street gang who took part in the city's first Violence Reduction Initiative "call-in" has been arrested on federal charges. Aveus Bailey, 24, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm after he was found with an SKS rifle - the same type gun used in the killing of five Dallas police officers and the wounding of several others. He was also found with a handgun.
Source: The Chattanoogan    Date: July 10, 2016

Chattanooga Police in the right place at the right time (Chattanooga, TN): The Chattanooga police department is removing illegal guns off the street at a rapid rate. Earlier this week, a violent crime happened and two officers were in the right place at the right time. Good police work and solid gang intelligence stopped any other violence from happening.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: July 8, 2016

District attorney considers instituting 'safety zones' in fight against Chattanooga's gang violence (Chattanooga, TN): Hamilton County officials soon may use a legal process to ban gang members from gathering, loitering and taking part in prohibited activities within particular neighborhoods. Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston said Wednesday he is considering using orders from judges to try to clamp down on gang activity.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: July 7, 2016

Legal Challenges Filed Against “Injunctions and Safety Zones” to Control Gang Activity (Hamilton County, TN): On Wednesday we told you about “gang injunctions”–a new tactic to target troublemakers and create “safety zones” in some neighborhoods. It’s a system already being used by numerous large cities, who are meeting, and generally defeating legal challenges.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: July 7, 2016

Two killed, three shot in two separate incidents police call 'gang-related' (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga Police say that 5 people were shot over the course of Monday night and early Tuesday morning. Two of the shooting victims died from their injuries.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: July 5, 2016

City approves $230 million operations budget (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga's city council has unanimously approved a $230 million operations budget for 2017. Berke hopes to buy new tools to combat the rising tide of gang violence, which the city has failed to curb despite Berke's high-profile Violence Reduction Initiative.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: June 28, 2016

Knoxville gang member convicted of attempted murder in 2013 shooting (Knoxville, TN): A man the Knox County District Attorney General’s office says is a member of the Bloods street gang was convicted Friday of several charges including attempted first degree murder.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: June 24, 2016

DA: Club Dejavu to be permanently closed (Knoxville, TN): The owners of an oft-troubled South Knoxville nightclub have agreed to sign a permanent injunction that will close the business, according to the Knox County District Attorney's Office.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 22, 2016

School is out, and gang recruitment is in full force (Memphis, TN): School is out, which means young kids are in the streets with nothing to do. That makes them the perfect target for gangs looking to add new members. "You have youth that have absolutely nothing to do and that's breeding ground for gangs and gang activity,” SCSO Lt. Commander Mike Collins told FOX13.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: June 21, 2016

Summer Night Lights offers positives for Clarksville's at-risk youth (Clarksville, TN): The theme is Bridging the Gap, and the hope is to give kids in lower income neighborhoods something fun to do and a chance to build relationships with Clarksville Police Department officers. “The SNL mission is to provide purposeful, positive and popular activities for at-risk youth,” said TaKeisha Ivery of Clarksville's Parks & Recreation Department. “We want to reduce and prevent criminal activities or gang activity in all communities in the City of Clarksville.”
Source: The Leaf-Chronicle    Date: June 21, 2016

Alton Park community bands together to fight back against violence (Chattanooga, TN): Faced with growing violence in their communities and a police force they say has not met their needs, some Chattanooga residents have launched a homegrown effort to wrest control of the streets from criminals.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: June 20, 2016

Alleged gang member charged with attempted murder in Lonsdale robbery (Knoxville, TN): A 19-year-old Knoxville man on probation for a 2013 gang-related murder now is charged with attempted first-degree murder in connection with a Lonsdale-area robbery and shooting last month, police said.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: June 20, 2016

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