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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Coaches using sports to save Memphis kids from the streets (Memphis, TN): A Memphis youth football team is coached by former gang members. It’s not a script for a movie, although it could be. On a given night, you’ll find dozens of boys practicing football in a field near a North Memphis community center. More than 40% of the children in the neighborhood live in poverty.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: May 18, 2017

USPS mail carrier, 14 gang members arrested in drug trafficking sting (Memphis, TN): Memphis Police Department and Organized Crime Unit officials announced they arrested 13 accused gang members and a U.S. postal carrier on drug trafficking charges during a six-month sting. Police said the six-month investigation targeted the sell of heroin, fentanyl, cocaine, marijuana, and oxycodone pills in Memphis.
Source: WMC 5 News    Date: May 18, 2017

How local gangs are exploiting Facebook (Memphis, TN): Court records obtained by FOX13 show federal agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating several public and private Facebook accounts they say are owned by known gang members. The pages advertise the sale of cheap drugs and guns.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: May 17, 2017

Shooting Victim Who Refused To Testify Against Rival Gang Member Pleads Guilty To Federal Gun Charge (Chattanooga, TN): Marcell "Baby Watts" Christopher, who recently refused to testify against a rival gang member who shot him, pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge on Monday.
Source: The Chattanoogan    Date: May 8, 2017

FOX13 Investigates: Memphis gangs targeting local towns & suburbs (Memphis, TN): It is no secret that Memphis has had a gang problem for years. More recently, the problem has started to spread to communities surrounding the Bluff City. Gangs are creeping into smaller towns, and bringing with them guns, drugs and violence.
Source: WHBQ FOX13 News    Date: May 4, 2017

Gangs in Memphis: Members getting younger, reasons for violence getting smaller (Memphis, TN): Right now, there are nearly 200 documented gangs in the city of Memphis. That number’s been soaring recently and those gangs are spreading across the county, not just in the inner city as previously thought.
Source: WREG NewsChannel 3    Date: May 4, 2017

Attorneys say Chattanooga gang injunction unneeded since it's not being enforced (Chattanooga, TN): A defense attorney questioned Monday why a court order that allows police to arrest 31 alleged gang members for being seen together in East Lake Courts hasn't been enforced for the last four months.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: May 2, 2017

Neighbors want gang home declared public nuisance (Memphis, TN): Memphis police are investigating a video posted to Facebook that features children and numerous guns. Neighbors said it's only a sample of what is happening on their street. In Castalia Heights, neighbors were reluctant to talk on camera, and many of them said they were scared of retaliation from local gangs.
Source: WMC 5 News    Date: April 27, 2017

Former Vice Lord gang member turns to higher power (Morristown, TN): After years of prison stays and selling drugs, a former Vice Lord gang member changed his ways and is now helping others to stay out of the gang life. As Rob Mcgee of Morristown walks through the doors at Captive Free Ministries, he's greeted by everyone young and old. He's always been known in the community, but his reputation has now changed.
Source: WVLT 8 News    Date: April 22, 2017

Gangster Disciple sentenced, another indicted (Jackson, TN): One member of the violent “Gangster Disciples” street gang was sentenced as a felon in possession of a firearm, while another has been indicted on four counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering activity, as well as associated weapons charges. Lawrence J. Laurenzi, acting U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, announced the sentencing and indictment Thursday in a press release.
Source: The Jackson Sun    Date: April 21, 2017

School bans student from wearing boots with 'gang-related' images (Memphis, TN): Kanye Booker, a seventh-grader at Grandview Heights Middle School, got customized Timberland boots for his birthday last month. He wore them to school last week but was stopped by his assistant principal in the hallway.
Source: AOL News    Date: April 21, 2017

Alleged gang member indicted in Knoxville teen's murder (Knoxville, TN): An accused gang member has been indicted in the shooting death of a Knoxville teenager, according to court records. A Knox County Grand Jury in December returned a two-count indictment against Bryant Christopher Mitchell charging him with first degree murder in Caleb Arwood's death.
Source: WBIR 10 News    Date: April 17, 2017

Gang violence on the rise in Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN): Gang violence in Chattanooga has been a problem for quite some time. Recent upgrades in the Chattanooga Police Intelligence Unit, improvements to the crime analysis center and getting out into the streets have helped greatly.
Source: WDEF News 12    Date: April 13, 2017

Two officers still hospitalized after possible gang attack at Tennessee prison (Nashville, TN): One of the officers assaulted at a Tennessee prison Sunday has been released from the hospital, and the other two officers involved are in stable condition, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction. The department, with the help of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, continues to investigate the attack, which included one officer being taken hostage at a prison about 60 miles southwest of Nashville.
Source: The Tennessean    Date: April 10, 2017

Validated gang member dead after overnight shooting (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga Police say a validated gang member is dead after an early morning shooting on Spring Creek Road.
Source: WTVC NewsChannel 9    Date: April 9, 2017

Knox County gang member flees courthouse during sentencing hearing (Knoxville, TN): The Knox County district attorney’s office said police are looking for a career criminal that fled the courthouse during his sentencing hearing.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: April 5, 2017

Judge rules jury in Cortez Sims' trial can hear evidence of violent history, gang feud (Chattanooga, TN): A judge ruled Thursday jurors can hear evidence of a year-long feud between two street gangs that prosecutors believe explains a 2015 murder case that is going to trial next week.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: March 31, 2017

South Knoxville nightclub closed as public nuisance after shootings, gang activity (Knoxville, TN): A Knoxville lounge was closed under Tennessee state nuisance laws. Knox County District Attorney General Charme Allen’s office said Sunnight Lounge, located at 1045 Maryville Pike, was closed by Judge Steve Sword because of gang activity, shootings and extremely violent behavior at the club.
Source: WATE 6 News    Date: March 31, 2017

KPD: Gang violence declining in Knoxville (Knoxville, TN): More than a year after the Knoxville Police Department introduced its gang task force, the police chief says gang violence is declining. The program launched on Jan. 10, 2016, a few weeks after 15-year-old Zaevion Dobson died shielding his friends from gang-related gunfire.
Source: WBIR 10 News    Date: March 29, 2017

Lonsdale on edge after fatal gang-related shooting (Knoxville, TN): One man is dead after a firefight erupted on Saturday evening in Lonsdale Homes between members of the same gang, police said Monday.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: March 27, 2017

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