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Virginia city addressing young teens in effort to slow crime (Portsmouth, VA): The police sergeant told the classroom of eighth-graders a story. It was real, he said, and it involved a gang that once operated from the Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth, the city where they live. About 14 years ago, a young man named Cam was going places. He scored a scholarship awarded by Jay-Z and began classes at North Carolina A&T State University.
Source: The Hour    Date: March 15, 2020

With gang members now as young as 13, Portsmouth is changing how it tries to prevent crime (Portsmouth, VA): The police sergeant told the classroom of eighth-graders a story. It was real, he said, and it involved a gang that once operated from the Cradock neighborhood of Portsmouth, the city where they live.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: March 7, 2020

Final defendant in Danville gang case avoids potential life sentence with plea deal (Roanoke, VA): The last defendant in a major Danville gang prosecution across two cases will serve less than 20 years in federal prison for his part in a multi-year gang war.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: March 6, 2020

MS-13 Members Plead Guilty to Violent 2018 Attack (Alexandria, VA): Two MS-13 members pleaded guilty today to their respective roles in a December 2018 shooting and stabbing that occurred in Four Mile Run Park on the border of Alexandria and Arlington. According to court documents, Juan Francisco Rivera-Pineda, 25, and Jefferson Noe Amaya, 24, both Alexandria residents, are members of the Pinos Locos Salvatrucha (PLS) clique of MS-13, which operates in the northern Virginia area of Arlington County and Alexandria City known as Chirilagua.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: February 26, 2020

Legislature OKs bills to combat human trafficking of minors (Richmond, VA): The General Assembly has passed two identical bills intended to help social workers in the fight against minor-involved human trafficking. The bills, introduced by House Majority Leader Charniele L. Herring, D-Alexandria, and Sen. Mark Obenshain, R-Rockingham, were recommended by the Virginia State Crime Commission.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: February 24, 2020

Time served for man charged in Valentine’s Day Norfolk mall shooting, gang charges set aside (Norfolk, VA): D’Quan Melvin, 22, pleaded guilty Monday morning to misdemeanor assault charges in the melee that happened Valentine’s Day 2019 at MacArthur Center.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: February 24, 2020

Healthy Culpeper hears horrors of human trafficking (Culpeper, VA): Human trafficking, which is making headlines more and more in the D.C. suburbs, isn't just a problem contained Culpeper's northern neighbors. The Just Ask Prevention program, which began in 2013 after police in Fairfax County learned that people who were victim of sex trafficking and getting into trouble were never asked the cause of why troubles were happening.
Source: Culpeper Times    Date: February 21, 2020

Local gang leader convicted of racketeering conspiracy in connection with 2014 murder (Norfolk, VA): A local leader of the Nine Trey Gangsters — a gang affiliated with the United Blood Nation — has been convicted on racketeering conspiracy charges in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old in 2014.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: February 20, 2020

Gang violence prevention coordinator gets benefits and salary grant in Danville (Danville, VA): Danville City Council passed a federal grant that will keep the gang violence prevention coordinator going and growing. The grant money will help maintain the gang prevention coordinator.. and help with the tools necessary for youth engagement.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: February 18, 2020

Alleged Nine Trey Bloods Gang Member Indicted for Drug-Related Murder (Newport News, VA): A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging an alleged Bloods gang member with January 2017 murder. According to the indictment, Dawhan Terrell Archible, 26, formerly of Newport News, and two unnamed co-conspirators, allegedly murdered Luke Patterson Dudley in January 2017, after Archible learned Dudley had cheated him during a previous drug transaction.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: February 13, 2020

Young gang member gets life sentence in Spotsylvania for rape and abduction (Spotsylvania, VA): An MS–13 gang member who raped a teenager and held her hostage in the Spotsylvania County basement last year was ordered Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison.
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: February 13, 2020

Danville leaders taking fight against gang violence to next level (Danville, VA): On Monday, Danville City leaders joined together in their fight against gang violence. City leaders attended a training session, led by representatives from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to teach them about the comprehensive gang intervention model program that the city adopted in 2017.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: February 10, 2020

Court hearings yield 3 guilty pleas in Danville gang case (Danville, VA): Three more defendants in a major Danville gang prosecution have plea-bargained potential life sentences for gang activity, including a murder, down to no more than 20 years behind bars.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: February 10, 2020

Gang member from Parksley arrested in Pocomoke City (Norfolk, VA): A multi-agency fugitive investigation spanning several states for a well-known Bloods gang leader from Parksley, Virginia, came to an end Saturday afternoon. Tyvon “Teddy” Lyncurtis Smith was arrested in Pocomoke City, Maryland after four weeks on the run.
Source: Shore Daily News    Date: February 9, 2020

Defendant in federal gang case takes new plea deal with reduced sentence (Roanoke, VA): Following a series of favorable plea deals in a related case, the suspected leader of a Danville gang also is set to see a reduced sentence.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: February 1, 2020

New bill aims to prevent youth and gang violence (Norfolk, VA): It's an unfortunate reality in cities across the U.S. Gun and gang violence happen every day and they often involve young people. A new bill aims to address the issue. House Bill 422 would help cities where youth violence is prevalent by awarding them grants to tackle the issue.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: January 31, 2020

27-year-old Danville woman sentenced to probation in federal gang case (Roanoke, VA): A federal judge advised a Danville woman to no longer associate with dangerous people as he sentenced her to a year of probation for lying to a grand jury investigating gang violence.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 30, 2020

Two Portsmouth men charged in Williamsburg car break ins, police say (Williamsburg, VA): Two Portsmouth men were charged and arrested after police say they broke into cars in the High Street area of Williamsburg.
Source: The Virginia Gazette    Date: January 23, 2020

Danville sees another drop in homicides in 2019 (Danville, VA): Last year, Danville experienced its lowest number of homicides since a gang war set off a trend of unusually high murder rates, shows an analysis by the Danville Register & Bee.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 21, 2020

Even behind bars, gang problems continue in Dan River Region and across the nation (Danville, VA): For street gangs, the battle doesn’t end with the arrest. Pittsylvania County Sheriff Mike Taylor has to remain vigilant in separating rival gang members from one another in the county jail. “If you put two rival gang members in the same cell block, you’re going to have trouble,” he said.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: January 19, 2020

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