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Police: Four gang members charged in Manassas-area shooting (Manassas, VA): Four members of a street gang known as “South Side” have been charged with pistol-whipping two teenagers, and shooting one of them, along a wooded path near Stonewall Jackson High School.
Source: Fauquier Times    Date: January 8, 2017

Former inmates get fresh start with tattoo removal service (Richmond, VA): Charles Greene got his first tattoo 20 years ago in jail. One of his fellow inmates melted the wax from a chess piece and then, using a needle, plucked at his skin so the ink could dye it. His first few jailhouse tattoos were out of sight, on his legs. Soon the black ink covered his arms, hands and neck.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: January 8, 2017

Gang Activity Suspected in Wednesday Shooting in Manassas: Police (Manassas, VA): Two suspected gang members who shot one juvenile and injured another Wednesday afternoon in the area of Rixlew Lane and Ashton Avenue were arrested a few hours later in the 7900 block of Community Drive, according to Prince William County Police.
Source: ManassasPatch    Date: January 5, 2017

El Salvadorian Immigrant Sentenced to 10 Years in Leesburg Attack (Leesburg, VA): The 21-year-old man who pleaded guilty in a November 2015 machete attack on a Leesburg man was sentenced today to serve 10 years in prison.
Source: Loudoun Now    Date: January 5, 2017

Homicide totals dropped significantly in 2016 in Portsmouth, and it's worth celebrating (Portsmouth, VA): Tonya Chapman, Portsmouth’s police chief, listed several reasons why homicides dropped and serious violence waned in the city last year: She started a violent crimes task force in April, a group of officers focusing several nights a week on certain areas. A street crimes unit began work in September, dedicated to drug enforcement and robberies.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: January 4, 2017

Petersburg gang shooting caught on video is emblematic of city's recurring gun violence (Petersburg, VA): An incident captured on video that shows Petersburg gang members firing guns with reckless disregard for their neighborhood surroundings is emblematic of the near daily shootings the city has endured.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: December 22, 2016

Gang leader sentenced in fellow member's stabbing, decapitation (Alexandria, VA): Gang leader Douglas Cerritos was sentenced to life in prison by a federal judge Friday for ordering the murder of a fellow gang member who was killed and ultimately decapitated for breaking gang rules.
Source: CBS News    Date: December 16, 2016

Last two defendants in Quick case sentenced (Roanoke, VA): The final two defendants in a high-profile federal case involving the gang-related killing of a reserve police captain each have been sentenced to more than a decade in prison.
Source: The Daily Progress    Date: December 12, 2016

Final members of gang that murder Kevin Quick will be sentenced Monday (Charlottesville, VA): The last two members of the gang convicted of killing police reservist Kevin Quick will be sentenced Monday. In Roanoke Federal Court, Halisi Uhuru and Anthony Stokes will be sentenced for their roles in the 99 Goonz Syndikates.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: December 11, 2016

Gang leader found guilty in 2009 Newport News slaying, other crimes (Newport News, VA): A federal jury on Monday convicted a 39-year-old Newport News man in a 2009 gang-related killing and several other violent crimes — and he's now expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Source: Daily Press    Date: December 8, 2016

Teens charged with gang recruitment at Osbourn Park High School (Manassas, VA): Three Manassas teens have been charged with gang recruitment at Osbourn Park High School. The investigation began last week after the school resource officer was tipped about recruitment activity involving the criminal street gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13.
Source: Prince William Times    Date: December 8, 2016

Danville superintendent pledges full support in effort to deter gun violence (Danville, VA): Danville Public Schools Superintendent Stanley Jones said the district will provide full support to the Danville Police Department as both organizations attempt to curb gun violence in the wake of a record 14 homicides in 2016.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 7, 2016

Gangs, arguments a factor in nine of 14 Danville homicides (Danville, VA): A gang task force, additional community policing activities and more programming for youth were focus areas established Tuesday by Danville City Council during a special work session in response to violent crime.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 6, 2016

Former Denbigh High School security officer and gangster convicted of racketeering and murder charges (Newport News, VA): A gangster was convicted Monday by a federal jury on charges of racketeering conspiracy, including acts of murder, attempted murder, robbery, obstruction of justice, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, and other charges.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: December 5, 2016

Danville Police seek juvenile on robbery, gang charges (Danville, VA): Melik Zydarius Smith, 17, is wanted by the Danville Police for robbery and gang participation charges. Police have warrants for Smith for two counts of robbery, two counts of criminal street gang participation, violation of probation and violation of conditions of release from detention, according to a Danville police news release.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: December 2, 2016

FCPD sex crimes squad seeking alleged gang-member-rapist (Fairfax County, VA): Detectives from the Fairfax County Police Major Crimes Division’s Sex Crimes Squad are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 18-year-old, Ronald Fabricio Herrera Contreras. Police say he is wanted for rape, abduction with the intent to defile, gang participation and assault and battery that occurred in July.
Source: The Fairfax County Times    Date: November 30, 2016

Drug, gang ties probed in slaying of Chesterfield man who lived in shed (Chesterfield County, VA): Four gang members from North Carolina drove to Virginia to buy marijuana and possibly rob a Chesterfield County man they are accused of killing after drawing the victim out of a storage shed where he was living, according to court papers filed in the case.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: November 28, 2016

4 Teens Accused of Spraying Gang-Related Graffiti Throughout Herndon (Herndon, VA): The Herndon Police Department has charged four teenagers accused of spraying gang-related graffiti in Herndon over the last three months.
Source: Herndon Patch    Date: November 22, 2016

The connection between teen gang members and social media, internet access (Danville, VA): There have been no arrests in two recent homicides in Danville. Police say the shootings do not appear to be related. The first happened Thursday night and left a 15-year-old dead. The next night, a 21-year-old died. Police attribute several shootings in Danville to gang violence.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: November 21, 2016

Police to increase officers on street after homicides; chief says gang, drug activity linked to killings (Danville, VA): Danville Police Chief Philip Broadfoot linked two homicides this week to a pattern of young men involved with drug and gang activity and said local police will increase their presence on the streets after recent shootings.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: November 19, 2016

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