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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

Recent gun violence in Roanoke has no easy answers (Roanoke, VA): It’s a question with no easy answer. In a year already consumed by a fast-moving pandemic and an urgent reckoning on racial justice, cities nationwide are also grappling with another crisis: a surge in gun violence that experts say can’t be neatly ascribed to one simple explanation. “If someone says, here’s the sole cause and effect, I’d be very skeptical,” said Tod Burke, a retired criminal justice professor for Radford University.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: September 3, 2020

Bloods Gang still wreaking havoc on Shore (Accomack County, VA): The Bloods street gang, estimated six years ago to have 40 to 60 members on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, appears to still be wreaking havoc locally as two known members, previously acquitted of murder in separate incidents, were indicted by an Accomack grand jury earlier this month on violent offenses.
Source: Shore Daily News    Date: August 25, 2020

Roanoke PD adopts more aggressive policing approach with hope to reduce gang activity (Roanoke, VA): The city of Roanoke will be using a more aggressive policing approach to help get gang activity and violence under control in the area. Roanoke Police Chief Sam Roman said that aggravated assault cases have doubled since last year.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: August 24, 2020

Roanoke leaders discuss next steps as city sees violence ‘consistent with gang culture’ (Roanoke, VA): Recent violence in the Star City may be linked to “gang culture,” according to Roanoke City Police Chief Sam Roman. Two shootings have left two people dead and another hurt in just three days in Roanoke. Two cars were damaged Friday in a third shots fired incident, and a woman but hurt, but no one was hit by gunfire.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: August 21, 2020

Roanoke leaders asking Danville for advice on how to combat gang, drug problem (Roanoke, VA): A man has died and another is in the hospital after a shootout at the the McDonald's on Williamson Road in Roanoke Wednesday afternoon. The Mayor of Roanoke said the cause of the shooting is a drug deal that went wrong.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: August 20, 2020

Hampton police release crime stats as the number of homicides has already surpassed 2019′s total (Hampton, VA): As of August, Hampton logged 17 homicides, a higher number than in previous years — and the average age of both the victims and suspects is getting younger.
Source: Daily Press    Date: August 20, 2020

Alleged Members of Violent Gang Charged in Racketeering Conspiracy (Alexandria, VA): A federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging seven alleged members of the Reccless Tigers street gang with various crimes including racketeering conspiracy, murder, kidnapping, drug trafficking, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: August 20, 2020

Danville Police Department's new crime prevention specialist serves as liaison with community (Danville, VA): Ashtyn Foddrell grew up with a father who worked as a correctional officer, so she’s had her fair share of looks behind the badge to see the inner workings of the criminal justice system.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: August 19, 2020

Police: 17-year-old arrested, charged in 2016 Danville shooting death (Danville, VA): Authorities arrested a 17-year-old on first-degree murder and weapon charges related to a 2016 homicide, the Danville Police Department announced Wednesday afternoon. "The information we have leads us to believe it was gang-related," said police department spokesperson Lt. Richard Chivvis, noting the suspect was likely involved in gang activity and not the victim.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: August 19, 2020

Members of Roanoke’s task force to reduce gun violence look at Danville’s Policing Model (Roanoke, VA): Four years ago, Danville had the highest homicide rate per capita in Virginia. Now, the US Attorney’s office sings praises over the south side city. “We hold out Danville as a really important and good example of what can happen,” said Daniel Bubar, first assistant U.S Attorney for Virginia’s Western District.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: August 18, 2020

Task Force guest speaker says gang activity on the rise locally (Roanoke, VA): Roanoke City’s Gun Violence Task Force met again this morning via Zoom. Among the guest speakers was Dan Duvar with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Roanoke. He says his office is tracking gang activity in the region – including the recruitment of new members younger than high school age. Last Fall the Western District office assembled a task force that includes local law enforcement agencies and school system leaders. Duvar also says an anti-gang education program used elsewhere in elementary and middle schools has had success nationally and in parts of Virginia.
Source: WFIR News    Date: August 14, 2020

Roanoke gang activity may factor into city’s gun violence, according to federal prosecutor (Roanoke, VA): Gun violence is often the symptom of a much larger problem, including in Roanoke. First Assistant United States Attorney Dan Burbar believes the Star City’s root cause could be gangs. “We have certainly seen an increase in violent crime and gang-initiated violent crime, and it’s something we’re very serious about,” said Bubar, whose federal jurisdiction includes Roanoke.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: August 14, 2020

Man Sentenced For Gang-Related Shootout On Telegraph Road (Rose Hill, VA): A man was sentenced Wednesday for his role in a July 2019 gang-related shootout at a recording studio on Telegraph Road.
Source: Patch    Date: August 13, 2020

Man Sentenced for Gang-Related Shootout at Music Studio (Alexandria, VA): A previously convicted felon was sentenced yesterday to over four years in prison for his involvement in a gang-related shootout at a recording studio in Alexandria in July 2019.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: August 13, 2020

MS-13 Members and Associates Arrested for Sex Trafficking a Minor (Alexandria, VA): Eleven members or close associates of the MS-13 gang were arrested this week relating to the sexual exploitation and physical abuse of a minor in northern Virginia and Maryland. “Sex traffickers often prey upon the most vulnerable victims in our society, and when combined with the horrific abuses of a gang like MS-13, the effects can be devastating,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: August 5, 2020

Former gang leader sentenced for bribing Chesapeake deputy (Chesapeake, VA): An inmate convicted in 2015 of helping to lead a street gang was sentenced to over two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to paying a Chesapeake sheriff’s deputy to smuggle contraband, including cocaine and heroin, into jail.
Source: WVEC 13 News    Date: August 5, 2020

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