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Portsmouth Police update city council on rising crime within the city (Portsmouth, VA): The Portsmouth Police Department talked about the city's growing crime issues at a city council meeting Tuesday night. From the start of the year, until November 19, 29 people have been killed in Portsmouth, a 93 percent increase compared to the same time period last year.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: November 24, 2020

Gun task force lays out steps for Roanoke to counter gang violence (Roanoke, VA): Acknowledging that gangs are mostly responsible for a surge in the city’s gun violence in recent years, the Roanoke City Council listened to recommendations to reduce shootings and curb gang membership among young people.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: November 16, 2020

2 Norfolk gang members sentenced to nearly 16 years for possessing firearms (Norfolk, VA): Two Norfolk men who are both alleged local gang members, were sentenced this week to nearly 16 years in prison combined for being felons in possession of firearms.
Source: WAVY    Date: November 14, 2020

Roanoke gun violence surpasses gun violence in 2018, 2019 (Roanoke, VA): The sight of yellow crime scene tape has become familiar in Roanoke in 2020, and where the violence is happening is being tracked.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: November 13, 2020

Roanoke police targeting gangs in push to reduce gun violence (Roanoke, VA): New numbers are shedding light on increased gun violence in the Star City. 78.4% of gun violence in Roanoke were confirmed or suspected to be gang-related. During its latest meeting Friday, the Roanoke Gun Violence Task Force discussed the role gangs are playing in the problem and what can be done to stop it.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: November 13, 2020

Roanoke Gun Violence Task Force addresses gang-related shooting incidents (Roanoke, VA): New details have emerged surrounding the high number of gun-related incidents in Roanoke in 2020.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: November 13, 2020

DOJ: 3 MS-13 gang members arrested, charged with violent crimes (Prince William County, VA): Information on MS-13 shows that the Justice Department is keeping close track of criminal activity by the gang in Virginia and has charged three associated members with crimes committed in the last few years.
Source: WUSA 9 News    Date: November 11, 2020

Three accused of MS-13 gang-related violence in Virginia (Charlottesville, VA): Three MS-13 gang members were involved in a slaying in Charlottesville three years ago and two attempted killings in Prince William County last year, according to federal prosecutors.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: November 10, 2020

Danville receives nearly $500,000 to combat violent crime through anti-gang youth programs (Danville, VA): Acting U.S. Attorney Daniel P. Bubar today announced more than $488,000 in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in the Western District of Virginia. Specifically, this grant has been awarded to the City of Danville as a part of its gang prevention, intervention and suppression efforts.
Source: Chatham Star-Tribune    Date: November 2, 2020

In case of murdered Danville teen Nitaya Adams, three years has left no suspects (Danville, VA): Early in the morning of Aug. 6. 2017, shots were fired into a crowd in the 700 block of Paxton Street in Danville. 16-year-old Nitaya Adams, a rising senior at George Washington High School, had been shot.
Source: Chatham Star-Tribune    Date: October 28, 2020

Indictment: Three more MS-13 members linked to arranging for Lynchburg teen's killing (Lynchburg, VA): Federal prosecutors announced Tuesday three more MS-13 gang members charged in a gang conspiracy case played a role in ordering the death of Lynchburg teen Raymond Wood back in March 2017.
Source: The News & Advance    Date: October 20, 2020

Norfolk shooter should serve 14 years for killing man who tried to break up a fight, jurors say (Norfolk, VA): A Norfolk man committed a gang-related murder when he accidentally shot and killed someone while trying to gun down another person, jurors decided. Patrick Barnes, 27, was convicted Friday of second-degree murder, abduction, and two counts of using a gun illegally.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: October 19, 2020

Prince William police charge 12 alleged MS-13 gang members in the 2019 shooting deaths of 4 men in Woodbridge (Prince William County, VA): Four Prince William County men killed by gunfire in 2019 were the random victims of a local “clique” of the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, who carried out the fatal shootings “to further their standing” within the gang, according to police.
Source: Prince William Times    Date: October 13, 2020

Task force nets 138 arrests in Roanoke cases (Roanoke, VA): A dragnet organized by a local and federal task force has resulted in 138 arrests in cases ranging from shootings to drug distribution, authorities announced Thursday.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: October 1, 2020

Fredericksburg man lied to ATF, purchased guns for street gang member (Fredericksburg, VA): A Fredericksburg man pleaded guilty today to lying on an ATF form in the course of straw-purchasing seven firearms for a convicted felon and criminal street gang member.
Source: Potomac Local News    Date: September 25, 2020

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced for Role in Armed Robbery (Alexandria, VA): An illegal alien and admitted MS-13 gang member was sentenced today to 28 months in prison for serving as a getaway driver for three men associated with MS-13 who had just committed an armed robbery. “This case is a prime example of our need for strong borders,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “After previously being deported, this admitted MS-13 gang member again illegally crossed our southern border to get back into the United States.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: September 22, 2020

Roanoke Gun Violence Task Force discusses Danville’s work to reduce gangs (Roanoke, VA): The Roanoke Gun Violence Prevention Task Force is working to reduce gang violence in the city by limiting the number of teens who get involved in gangs at a young age. The task force met Friday morning and discussed a previous meeting with Danville Youth Gang Prevention Coordinator Robert David.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: September 11, 2020

Gang Member Involved in Vehicle Shoot-Out Sentenced to Prison for Firearm Possession (Norfolk, VA): A Suffolk man was sentenced today to 70 months in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm. “This case shows the horrific violence that organized criminal gangs threaten our communities with,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “Depravity and violence follow gang activity.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: September 10, 2020

“I just wanted to teach them something that I knew.” Danville’s Project Imagine graduate hosts workshop (Danville, VA): Taking his passion for shoes and passing it on, Chaquan Wilson is hosting his first event at the Danville Library. It’s a workshop on customizing sneakers. “I just wanted to teach them something that I knew, something like if they want to start their own business doing it, they can make some money doing that too,” said Wilson.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: September 10, 2020

Police: 2 gang members charged with murder of woman who was trafficked (Chesterfield, VA): Police said they charged two gang members with the 2019 murder of a woman who was the victim of human trafficking.
Source: WWBT 12 News    Date: September 4, 2020

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