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Judge calls missing grand jury transcripts ‘extraordinary development’ as federal gang trial hangs in limbo (Roanoke, VA): Federal prosecutors have cited Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman for missing witness transcripts that have disrupted a trial of alleged gang members.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: October 18, 2019

Gang trial grinds to halt after emotional opening statements; beginning of evidence delayed until Monday (Roanoke, VA): When the sound on the police body camera footage came on in the courtroom, the first words were haunting. “Killed my cousin,” an anguished voice said. “Killed him, dawg.” The video, which was being shown to jurors in a federal trial about alleged gang activity in Danville, then showed a young man lying on the steps of an apartment building.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 16, 2019

Peninsula gang members on trial for revenge murders, plots (Newport News, VA): A major federal trial involving violence between rival gangs on the Peninsula is getting underway in federal court in Norfolk. Seven members of the 36th Street Bang Squad face various charges involving revenge against the Walker Village Murder Gang.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: October 16, 2019

Danville gang prevention program earns state recognition (Danville, VA): A program to help reduce gang activity in Danville is being recognized. Project Imagine has won the Virginia Municipal League's top award for innovative solutions by a local government.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: October 15, 2019

Virginia Gov. Northam announces local law enforcement grants (Virginia): Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced nearly $8.8 million in grants for local law enforcement agencies and community-based criminal justice programs.
Source: The Center Square    Date: October 14, 2019

‘Mob 4 Life’ and ‘Ben Block’ gangs allegedly involved in spate of violence that left 6 injured in Fairfax County, according to search warrants (Fairfax County, VA): When six people were shot in Fairfax County in the span of three days over the summer, authorities touched off controversy when they linked the spate of violence to rival gangs they would not name and a recording studio popular with hip-hop acts.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 11, 2019

Trial for suspected Danville gang members underway (Danville, VA): A federal trial is underway for members of a suspected Crips gang in Danville. The case against the Rollin' 60s started Monday in Roanoke and is expected to last seven weeks.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: October 7, 2019

1st of 2 Danville gang racketeering cases launches Monday in Roanoke federal court (Danville, VA): For more than two years, the city of Danville had a homicide rate that was highest in Virginia, and higher than Chicago's and Washington, D.C.'s, too. Authorities blamed gang member who were "literally hunting each other." The first of two Danville gang racketeering cases comes to trial in federal court in Roanoke this week.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: October 5, 2019

As gang trial begins Monday in Roanoke, defense says appearance matters (Roanoke, VA): As defense attorney Aaron Cook stood in front of a federal judge, he turned and swept a hand toward the four deputy U.S. Marshals seated either directly behind or next to the row of defendants.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 2, 2019

Five charged in rival gang attack in Sterling (Sterling, VA): Five suspects have been arrested following a gang-related attack last week in Sterling, the Loudoun County Sheriff's office says. The assault occurred about 6:45 p.m. Sept. 19 in the 400 block of Williamsburg Road. The two victims told police they were sitting in a vehicle when several subjects approached them, pulled them out of the car and assaulted them. Both suffered minor injuries.
Source: Inside NoVa    Date: September 27, 2019

Gang violence seeped into Portsmouth neighborhoods. Here’s how police are fighting back. (Portsmouth, VA): This spring, Dorita Epps says she began to see an increase in crime in her neighborhood. A 29-year resident of Portsmouth’s Swanson Homes, Epps knows most of her neighbors. Those causing the trouble in her community didn’t live there, she said. Epps wasn’t the only one who took notice. So did police.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: September 26, 2019

Gang member charged in Stonewall Jackson HS assault (Manassas, VA): A 17-year-old gang member is facing criminal charges after he joined in an assault on a student at Stonewall Jackson High School in Manassas.
Source: FOX 5 DC    Date: September 25, 2019

Manassas teen arrested after student beaten during outside class at Stonewall Jackson H.S. (Manassas, VA): Police have arrested a Manassas teen after a Stonewall Jackson High School student was beaten while participating in a class on the school’s athletic field.
Source: Prince William Times    Date: September 23, 2019

Documents reveal new aspect of Danville's gang war (Danville, VA): An incident where shots were fired at a Virginia State trooper in Danville last year might have been the result of a gang war that continued even after some accused members were caught up in a series of federal racketeering and murder cases, court documents reveal.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: September 22, 2019

Asian-Run Northern Virginia Gang Ran Major Drug Operation, Prosecutors Say (Alexandria, VA): A little-known, Asian-run gang in Northern Virginia flooded the Washington, D.C., suburbs with drugs and recruited teenagers to sell them to avoid detection, prosecutors say.
Source: NBC4 Washington    Date: September 20, 2019

MS-13 Gang Member and Associate Sentenced for Violent Assault (Alexandria, VA): Two Falls Church men were sentenced today to a combined six years in prison for their roles and participation in a violent gang-related assault of a victim with multiple bats. “Barrera and Melendez both participated in a violent assault whose reasons were as senseless as the brutality of the crime itself,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: September 20, 2019

City of Danville wins award for innovation and excellence (Danville, VA): The City of Danville’s Project Imagine program has been named as one of the winners of the Virginia Municipal League’s annual awards for innovation and excellence in local government.
Source: Chatham Star-Tribune    Date: September 11, 2019

Roanoke gun violence task force says progress is being made (Roanoke, VA): The Task Force to Reduce Gun Violence in Roanoke said it is making good progress on their mission to stop the killing. The task force started in response to a particularly violent stretch of weeks earlier this year.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: September 10, 2019

Franklin gang member pleads guilty to gun charges (Norfolk, VA): A Franklin man pleaded guilty on September 4, to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a drug user in possession of a firearm.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3    Date: September 8, 2019

Drug Dealer Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges (Norfolk, VA): A Franklin man pleaded guilty today to possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime and being a drug user in possession of a firearm. According to information before the court, Edward Andre Leonard, Jr., 30, is an armed, drug-dealing Franklin gang member.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: September 4, 2019

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