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He mentored youths and won a college scholarship. Then he joined a gang. (Alexandria, VA): Even by prosecutors’ account, Brien Hughes had seemingly beaten the odds. The son of a drug-addicted mother and absent father whose first brush with the law came at age 14 found an outlet in football and mentoring youths. He graduated from high school — he says with a 3.5 grade-point average — and won a college scholarship.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: August 7, 2015

How was $1.1M to tackle youth and gang violence in Newport News spent this year? (Newport News, VA): For the past few years, the city's budget has included $1.1 million for youth and gang violence prevention. Here's the breakdown of how the fund was spent this year, according to Assistant City Manager Alan Archer.
Source: Daily Press    Date: July 30, 2015

Leader of Imperial Gangsta Bloods pleads guilty to federal drug, gun charges (Norfolk, VA): The "godfather" of a violent gang based in Portsmouth pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges he distributed large quantities of heroin during the past two years while waging war with a rival crew.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: July 28, 2015

Gang member sentenced for killing two Newport News teens (Newport News, VA): A member of the “36 Street Bang Squad Bloods” in Newport News will serve an 83-year prison sentence for his role in a 2008 double murder.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: July 27, 2015

Enfield murder ‘gang-related’ (Enfield, VA): Following the arrest of another suspect in the June 22 shooting death of Enfield resident Jarshamel Jaleek Cambridge, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp told The Daily Herald on Friday the murder was gang-related.
Source: The Daily Herald    Date: July 19, 2015

Affidavit: Franklin man member of ‘Red Stone Rydahs’ gang (Franklin, VA): In Norfolk Federal Court Friday, a Franklin man was charged with distributing 100 grams or more of heroin, distribution of heroin, being a felon in possession of a firearm, and possession of a stolen firearm.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: July 17, 2015

Former gang members remove tattoos to break from past (Prince William County, VA): When he ran the streets of Manassas Park as a member of the Sur 13 gang, Mario Velasco wore the tattoo on his left hand with pride. He was 16 when he had a set of rosary beads etched into his skin — the beads, long part of the iconography of the Catholic faith, often have special meaning for members of Latin American street gangs.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: July 10, 2015

Portsmouth Bloods gang members plead guilty to heroin charges (Portsmouth, VA): Two Portsmouth men have pleaded guilty to federal charges related to distributing heroin in Norfolk. Prosecutors say 32-year-old Theodore M. Vann, aka Flatline, and 26-year-old Antwane L. Williams, aka Neno, entered their pleas in federal court on Thursday. Court records say Vann was the highest ranking member of the Bloods gang set Gorilla Mafia Piru. Williams was Vann’s second in command.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: June 26, 2015

Roanoke woman involved in gang-related sex trafficking to be arraigned (Roanoke County, VA): A Roanoke County woman faces charges related to child sex trafficking in northern Virginia and is set to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday in Alexandria. Yasmin Arely Vargas, also known as “Flaca,” is accused of helping her then boyfriend, Francisco Arturo Pineda-Torres, also know as “Cuervo,” in a sex trafficking organization in 2010.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: June 25, 2015

Duo guilty of gang offenses (Suffolk, VA): A Suffolk Circuit Court jury found two co-defendants guilty of gang-related offenses that occurred at King’s Fork High School and a private residence in January, according to Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney James Wiser.
Source: Suffolk News-Herald    Date: June 23, 2015

Newport News STEP program more than doubles in second year (Newport News, VA): The city's Summer Training and Enrichment Program, which provides employment opportunities for at-risk young people from the city's Southeast Community, is more than doubling in its second year.
Source: Daily Press    Date: June 19, 2015

Gang initiations alleged (Suffolk, VA): A 16-year-old arrested on gang-related charges has been certified to be tried as an adult, while a co-defendant who’s also a juvenile is cooperating with prosecutors in exchange for adjudication in the juvenile court, according to court documents.
Source: Suffolk News-Herald    Date: June 5, 2015

Records: Gang recruited in jail (Charlottesville, VA): The defendant who obtained a jury pool list triggering a mistrial for six suspects in the killing of a Waynesboro reserve police captain is a high-ranking gang member who recruited while behind bars awaiting trial, according to court records.
Source: The News Virginian    Date: May 15, 2015

Gang Activity Inside of Jail Factor in Kevin Quick Mistrial (Charlottesville, VA): Concern over gang activity inside of the jail where some of the defendants in the Kevin Quick murder trial are being held was a major concern of the court, and a factor leading to the judge's decision to grant mistrials for all six defendants in the case.
Source: The Charlottesville Newsplex    Date: May 13, 2015

Caroline Sheriff's Office tries to educate parents about gang prevention (Caroline County, VA): Caroline County Sheriff Tony Lippa says preventing and dealing with gangs is a community-wide effort. “It takes all of us working together to defeat this thing,” Lippa said Wednesday night at a meeting he called at Caroline High School. “Our door is open. We’re here for you, and we’re going to do everything we can.”
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: May 10, 2015

Dale City ‘Bloods’ gang member sentenced to 13 years in federal prison (Alexandria, VA): A Prince William County man was sentenced to 13 years in prison Friday on federal robbery, firearms and other charges committed as a member of the criminal street gang Bloods.
Source: Inside NoVa    Date: May 8, 2015

Caroline gang leader enters guilty plea (Caroline County, VA): A Caroline County man said to be the leader of a Bowling Green-based street gang called Mob 30 was convicted of gang participation and assault by mob in Caroline Circuit Court Wednesday.
Source: The Free Lance-Star    Date: May 6, 2015

Men, women kidnapped and killed police officer to get into Virginia gang, prosecutors argue (Charlottesville, VA): Members of a street gang accused of abducting and murdering a reserve Waynesboro police officer are scheduled to go to trial in a Charlottesville courtroom Monday. Jury selection for members of the “99 Goon Syndicate” begins at 9 a.m. in Western District Federal Court.
Source: WTVR CBS 6 News    Date: May 4, 2015

Jailed Gang Member's Bid for Freedom Falls Short (Richmond, VA): A gang member sentenced to 12 years in prison after he tried to sell a .357 magnum used in the shooting of three rivals will not be getting out any time soon, a federal judge ruled.
Source: Courthouse News Service    Date: May 4, 2015

5 indicted in fatal gang-related stabbing in Culpeper (Culpeper, VA): Five people face murder and gang-related charges stemming from a fatal stabbing at a Halloween party in Culpeper County.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: May 3, 2015

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