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Chief, council members talk about response to surge in violent crime in Norfolk (Norfolk, VA): Police Chief Michael Goldsmith spent time Tuesday night discussing the recent and significant increase in violent crime in the city. The increase included shootings that left more than one dozen people hurt or dead.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: April 26, 2016

Crime down slightly across Fairfax in 2015 (Fairfax County, VA): Crime in Fairfax County saw a slight decrease in 2015, according to statistics disseminated recently by county police. The aggregate total of all crime categories amounted to 38,306 cases in 2015, down 0.66 percent from the 38,561 recorded in 2014. Rounding up, the county’s crime rate is 3,404 per 100,000 residents.
Source: Inside NoVa    Date: April 20, 2016

MS-13 gang member turned FBI informant describes life in the violent street gang (Fairfax County, VA): Christian Lemus Cerna, an MS-13 gang member, allegedly set out into a wooded park in Fairfax County in May 2014 to find a pair of graves. With him was a local MS-13 leader, known as Junior, who wanted to spook some new recruits by showing them where the bodies of two wayward members were buried.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: April 16, 2016

1 of 6 alleged gang suspects accepts plea deal in 2014 death of Culpeper teen (Culpeper, VA): One of the six suspected Fredericksburg-area gang members originally charged in the 2014 stabbing death of a Culpeper teen has accepted a plea deal, signifying an initial resolution in the 17-month-old case now in the hands of newly elected prosecutor Paul Walther.
Source: The Daily Progress    Date: April 12, 2016

Albemarle Co. PD Needs More Funds to Combat Rising Gang Activity (Albemarle County, VA) : Gang activity is on the rise in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. Albemarle County's police chief says the stats have jumped 12 percent in two years and with the county cutting his budget, it's only going to get worse. Since March 2014, police have identified 205 gang members in Albemarle County and Charlottesville. They are looking at an additional 700 suspected gang members.
Source: WVIR 29 News    Date: April 5, 2016

Nationwide ICE criminal gang bust nabs 13 in NOVA area (Fairfax County, VA): “Thirteen arrests took place in the northern Virginia/Washington, D.C. area,” said ICE spokesperson Carissa Cutrell. “Local arrestees were from Honduras, Mexico and El Salvador, and all were identified gang members of MS-13 or the 18th Street Gang. Locally, HSI received assistance from the ATF, the Fairfax County Police Department and the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office with this investigation.”
Source: The Fairfax County Times    Date: March 28, 2016

Third gang member sentenced for 2008 double-murder (Newport News, VA): Circuit Court Judge David Pugh handed down a 96-year sentence for a third gang member charged with the fatal shootings of two teenagers in 2008.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: March 25, 2016

Special Report: Inside the Life of a Gang Member (Hampton, VA): Donnie Walton was born into the Bloods in southern California. He grew up breaking into homes and businesses, and had his first illegal weapon by the time he was 14. He got accepted to Hampton University in 2008, but after just one year, he returned to life on the streets. After almost dying when someone stabbed him, he realize he deserved a better future.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: March 24, 2016

Accused gang member pleads no contest in Danville BB gun shootings (Danville, VA): An accused gang member pleaded no contest to charges of riding around the city shooting people and property with a BB gun Tuesday morning in Danville Circuit Court.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: March 22, 2016

Lynchburg man pleads guilty in connection to gang-related shootings (Lynchurg, VA): A Lynchburg man will spend 4 years behind bars for his part in a shooting. Orlando R. Oliver II,18, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including attempted malicious wounding and shooting into an occupied vehicle. He was 1 of 4 people arrested last August in connection to 7 shootings in a local neighborhood that police called gang-related.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: March 22, 2016

Preventing gang activity, one class at a time (Albemarle County, VA): Walking the halls of the Community Public Charter School with a steaming cup of coffee, Jason Marden tends to stand out in his uniform and shiny gold badge, as students rush past him. Marden is an Albemarle County police officer, but the students at the alternative middle school treat him like a buddy — and that’s exactly what he wants to be.
Source: The Daily Progress    Date: March 20, 2016

Portsmouth gang member set to plead guilty today to federal drug charges (Norfolk, VA): A Portsmouth gang member charged with dealing about 66 pounds of cocaine during the spring and summer of 2014 is scheduled to plead guilty this afternoon in U.S. District Court.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 17, 2016

Portsmouth gang members plead guilty to federal drug charges (Norfolk, VA): It took less than six months in 2014 for a Portsmouth gang member to deal about 66 pounds of cocaine, according to federal prosecutors.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 17, 2016

Leesburg MS-13 gang member to serve more than 2 years in prison (Leesburg, VA): A native of El Salvador and an admitted member of the MS-13 gang was sentenced Monday to more than two years in prison on drug and firearm charges.
Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror    Date: March 16, 2016

Newport News man sentenced to 34 years in prison for gang activity (Newport News, VA): A Newport News man was sentenced to 34 years in prison for a racketeering conspiracy by the Department of Justice on Tuesday.
Source: Daily Press    Date: March 15, 2016

Newport News man sentenced on gang-related crimes (Newport News, VA): A 29-year-old man was sentenced in federal court to a little more than 34 years in prison Monday for racketeering conspiracy linked to a gang.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 15, 2016

Richmond police arrest four gang members, confiscate gun, marijuana (Richmond, VA): Four Richmond men were arrested after a police patrol turned up a gun and large amounts of marijuana and cash last week, police said.
Source: Contra Costa Times    Date: March 8, 2016

Richmond police response to violence uptick leads to arrests of four alleged gang members (Richmond, VA): Four alleged gang members were arrested and two loaded guns seized as part of the Richmond Police Department’s response to recent violence in the city, including the broad-daylight killing of a 14-year-old Kennedy High student on Monday.
Source: Richmond Standard    Date: March 1, 2016

Gangs promoting, intimidating through social media (Norfolk, VA): The days of old school gangs and graffiti, spreading their message one block at a time, are over. The reach of gangs has grown much larger as many groups in Hampton Roads try to fight the problem. Attorney General Mark Herring is one of those people. The problem however, has taken a new and dangerous turn.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: March 1, 2016

Special Report: Stopping the growth of gangs in Hampton Roads (Hampton Roads, VA): Gangs are plaguing neighborhoods throughout Hampton Roads, and police say kids are the most vulnerable. 10 On Your Side checked in with every police department in the region and learned thousands of gang members are putting the public’s safety at risk. In Newport News, a six-person unit is tracking 44 gangs and between 1,000-1,200 gangs members.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: February 25, 2016

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