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DPD responds to gang activity, apprehends 1 following chase on foot (Dyesburg, TN): On Wednesday January 24, at approximately 3 p.m., Dyersburg Police received a complaint of several known gang members loitering in the 600 block of McLean Street, one of which was reportedly waving a rifle around in the group. DPD was advised that the suspect with the rifle was driving a silver 4-door Hyundai car.
Source: State Gazette    Date: January 25, 2018

Violence reduction resolution flops in City Council (Chattanooga, TN): A resolution that would help put disadvantaged youth in touch with mentors as part of the Chattanooga Police Department’s Violence Reduction Initiative flopped in City Council Tuesday night.
Source:    Date: January 24, 2018

'Governor' of TN Gangster Disciples sentenced to 30 years (Jackson, TN): The highest-ranking member of the Gangster Disciples in Tennessee was sentenced to 30 years plus five years of supervised release for conspiring to participate in a racketeering enterprise. Byron Montrail Purdy, aka "Lil B" or "Ghetto," 38, of Jackson, Tennessee, was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to participating in racketeering activity.
Source: WMC 5 News    Date: January 19, 2018

TN Supreme Court: It's the number of crimes, not the number of guns used, that counts (Knox County, TN): The Tennessee Supreme Court is shooting down a legally groundbreaking ruling by a lower court that armed criminals should only pay a single price for using a single gun, no matter how many crimes were committed with that weapon. The ruling comes in the case of admitted Bloods gang member Lajuan Harbison in the shooting of an innocent Vine Middle School student.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: January 18, 2018

Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative aims to add youth services (Chattanooga, TN): "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." That verse from Proverbs describes how Chattanooga's Violence Reduction Initiative hopes to expand its services to young people at risk of losing their futures to gangs.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: January 17, 2018

Looking back on a year of Chattanooga crime and violence (Chattanooga, TN): Chattanooga saw 34 homicides in 2017, a record number for recent years, but only half of those involved a known gang member — a downturn from 2016, when a bloody gang war erupted into a weeks-long conflict.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: January 12, 2018

A look at the gang connected to the Wolfchase Galleria shooting (Memphis, TN): Startling video showing a shoot-out near a popular Memphis mall is causing a lot of conversations about safety and youth violence in our city. Police identified some of the suspects arrested in the fight and shooting at Wolfchase Galleria as known gang members.
Source: WREG NewsChannel 3    Date: December 28, 2017

Defense attorneys protest addition of 2 men to Hamilton County gang list (Hamilton County, TN): Even as the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office prepares to argue for a permanent order keeping a group of 31 accused gang members apart, defense attorneys are protesting a move to add two more men to the list without giving them notice.
Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press    Date: December 18, 2017

Jury convicts three in death of Zaevion Dobson (Knox County, TN): A Knox County jury on Thursday convicted one young man as the primary culprit and two others as helpers in the fatal shooting of an innocent teenager.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: December 14, 2017

Young gang member pleads guilty to charges after shooting at Nashville police officers (Nashville, TN): A 19-year-old gang member has pleaded guilty on charges related to a shot being fired at two Metro Nashville Police Officers. Antonio Bender plead guilty on Tuesday to federal firearms charges and obstruction of justice.
Source: WZTV FOX 17    Date: December 5, 2017

Zaevion Dobson trial: Prosecutors cite gang rivalry, defense points to dispute over woman (Knox County, TN): Was it a battle over gang territory or a beef over a woman that led to the fatal shooting of an innocent 15-year-old boy later hailed as a hero, and does motive even matter?
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: December 5, 2017

Nashville gang member pleads guilty to federal crimes after shooting at metro police (Nashville, TN): Antonio L. Bender, 19, of Nashville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to federal firearms charges and obstruction of justice. The charges came from a March 27 incident, where Bender shot at two Metro Nashville Police Department officers who responded to a report of shots fired.
Source: The Lebanon Democrat    Date: December 5, 2017

2017 is Knox County's deadliest year since 1998 (Knox County, TN): Across the county, 37 people have been killed so far. That number including seven cases handled by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and 30 by the Knoxville Police Department.
Source: WBIR 10 News    Date: December 4, 2017

Zaevion Dobson murder trial, starting Monday, poses debate: Rap as art or evidence? (Knox County, TN): The December 2015 shooting death of Zaevion Dobson became a symbol for street violence and gun crime across the nation and, in Knoxville, an indictment of gang violence.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: December 3, 2017

Deputy: Downtown Memphis rampage suspect admitted gang affiliation (Memphis, TN): Downtown rampage suspect Justin Welch admitted to being a Vice Lord gang member, Shelby County Sheriff's deputy Ruben Ramirez testified Tuesday morning.
Source: The Commercial Appeal    Date: November 28, 2017

Gangs and cartels are teaming up to bring drugs into rural Tennessee, TBI director says (Nashville, TN): A Tennessee law enforcement leader says drug cartels are partnering with local gangs to distribute drugs, contributing to a spike in violent crime and highlighting the need for new agents to tackle the problem.
Source: The Tennessean    Date: November 22, 2017

Gangs, insufficient staffing plague troubled Tennessee private prison, state audit finds (Hartsville, TN): Staffing and vacancy data at the largest private prison in Tennessee cannot be trusted, according to a scathing state audit that raises new questions about oversight of a quarter-billion dollar contract.
Source: The Tennessean    Date: November 13, 2017

Death of a witness: A man saw his nephew killed but was murdered before he could testify (Memphis, TN): Robert Pollard Jr. was recently shot to death in South Memphis, and his grieving parents said it happened after an argument over stolen lawncare equipment escalated out of control.
Source: The Commercial Appeal    Date: November 5, 2017

Fourth gang member in 2013 East Knoxville homicide sentenced to life in prison (Knoxville, TN): A gang member involved in a 2013 East Knoxville homicide was sentenced to life in prison Friday. Quantavious Williams, a member of the Rollin 20s Crips street gang, was convicted for the first-degree murder of 52-year-old Jack Hutchins Jr., a father of eight and a local handyman.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel     Date: November 3, 2017

Gang member gets 25 years for murder (Memphis, TN): A 21-year-old man has plead guilty to the 2016 to the 2016 shooting death of a rival gang member following a dispute on a North Memphis street corner.
Source: WREG NewsChannel 3    Date: November 1, 2017

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