Gang-Related News Articles

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Welcome to the Gang-Related News Articles page. This page provides a list of articles pertaining to gangs and gang-related activities from various U.S. and Canadian news sources. A link to the source of each article is provided. The list of articles can be refined and filtered by date and limited to a specific state or Canadian province or territory.

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Defense makes its case in federal gang trial; jurors break for Thanksgiving (Newport News, VA): One morning in February 2017, Darrell Pittman was shot in the head while standing in a parking lot at the Aqueduct Apartments in Denbigh.
Source: Daily Press    Date: November 23, 2019

MS-13 Gang Member Sentenced for Role in Gang-Related Assault (Alexandria, VA): An MS-13 gang member was sentenced today to 38 months in prison for his role and participation in a violent gang-related assault of a victim with multiple bats.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: November 22, 2019

18th Street Gang Member Sentenced for Illegally Reentering the U.S. (Alexandria, VA): A Manassas man was sentenced today to 14 months in prison for illegal reentering the United States following removal after a felony conviction.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: November 22, 2019

Gang member given 24 years in string of armed robberies at grocery stores (Norfolk, VA): A member of the Bloods street gang has been sentenced to 24 years in prison for acting as the gunman in several armed robberies at Hampton Roads grocery stores.
Source: WAVY 10 News    Date: November 12, 2019

Convicted Danville gang member faces two life sentences (Danville, VA): A Danville gang member faces two life sentences after being convicted by a grand jury. Marcus Davis was found guilty of Rico conspiracy, the attempted murder of Christopher Montley from 2016 and two other counts of firearm use by a grand jury on Tuesday, November 12.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: November 12, 2019

Federal trial details rash of Newport News gang violence; Facebook post helped trigger reprisals (Newport News, VA): Two rival street gangs — the 36th Street Bang Squad and the Walker Village Murder Gang — clashed for years in Southeast Newport News, complete with animosity and killings.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot    Date: November 9, 2019

Bloods Gang Member Sentenced for Robbery Spree that Ended with the Shooting of a Harris Teeter Manager (Norfolk, VA): A Virginia Beach man was sentenced late yesterday to 24 years in prison for his role as a gunman at multiple armed robberies of local grocery stores. According to court documents, Darrius Heuser-Whitaker, 20, a member of a Virginia Beach-based “line” of the Bloods street gang, was one of two masked gunmen who robbed a Virginia Beach Food Lion grocery store and attempted to rob a Harris Teeter grocery store, also in Virginia Beach.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: November 8, 2019

Judge dismisses count that carried mandatory minimum life sentence in federal gang trial (Danville, VA): After federal prosecutors and the defense team rested their cases Friday, a judge dismissed one count against the lone defendant in a federal racketeering trial that took a mandatory minimum life sentence off the table.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: November 8, 2019

Grand jury turbulence continuing to escalate in federal gang trial (Danville, VA): Judge and attorney discussions that took place away from the jury’s ears, at the start of court and in between witness testimony, in an ongoing federal gang trial revealed Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman’s multi-jurisdictional grand jury into violent activity throughout the region continued into this year.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: November 6, 2019

Gang life, leadership focus of testimony in federal case (Roanoke, VA): Stevie Johnson only was in 10th grade when he became involved with the Rollin 60s Crips. He was told by his cousin, a Blood, not to get involved in the gang lifestyle.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: November 1, 2019

Founder of “Closed Mouth Gang” Sentenced to Prison (Richmond, VA): A Richmond man was sentenced today to eight years in prison for possession of a firearm while being a convicted felon. According to court documents, in February, Richmond Police encountered Gary Garrison, 25, trespassing in the Creighton Court area of Richmond. Officers were aware that Garrison was a felon and member of the “Closed Mouth Gang” (CMG), a gang based in Creighton Court.
Source: The United States Department of Justice    Date: November 1, 2019

LPD Chief addresses gangs after recent school violence (Lynchburg, VA): Lynchburg parents are raising concerns about student safety after a series of school fights and threats. "We want to know what happened," said one parent at an impromptu school meeting Tuesday night. "I've heard that it's been a large gang activity in these schools, and it's not being talked about," added another mother.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: October 31, 2019

Roanoke leaders invoke public health model to contain 'epidemic' of gun violence (Roanoke, VA): When a shooting happens in Roanoke, a trained civilian team will go into action: heading to the scene of bloodshed, comforting family members at the hospital, coaxing a victim’s ally not to retaliate.
Source: The Roanoke Times    Date: October 30, 2019

Another bombshell drops in Danville gang case as new grand jury testimony found (Danville, VA): Danville Commonwealth's Attorney Michael Newman sat in U.S. District Court clutching a manila envelope when a trial resumed Tuesday morning against the last remaining defendant in the city's ongoing federal case involving the Rollin' 60s Crips.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 29, 2019

After a year on the job, Danville's gang violence prevention coordinator says he's seeing an impact — and officials agree (Danville, VA): Robert David has captured statewide attention since he stepped into the role of Danville’s youth and gang violence prevention coordinator slightly more than a year ago. A program he created to provide a future off the streets for youth involved with gangs won the President’s Award from the Virginia Municipal League earlier this month.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 27, 2019

It was another case that sparked drama in Danville's federal gang trial (Roanoke, VA): In a case with hundreds of exhibits and more than a thousand court filings, it was a filing in a different court drama that turned the trial on its head.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 26, 2019

Cutting down on violent and gang-related crime is goal of Roanoke initiative (Roanoke, VA): Leaders from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Virginia State Police, City of Roanoke Police Department, and Roanoke City Public Schools, joined United States Attorney Thomas T. Cullen Thursday in announcing the formation of Roanoke C.A.R.E.
Source: WDBJ 7 News    Date: October 24, 2019

Local law enforcement, leaders announce effort to reduce gang participation, gun violence (Roanoke, VA): Officials say Roanoke is ranked #4 in the Commonwealth for violent crimes and that's something they want to change.
Source: WSET 13 News    Date: October 24, 2019

Police working to prevent gang activity, identify nearly 700 members in Lynchburg (Lynchburg, VA): Lynchburg is also working to fight gang activity, numbers are showing gang participation is on the rise. Around this time last year we reported there were 630 identified gang members in Lynchburg.
Source: WSLS 10 News    Date: October 24, 2019

Down to one lone defendant, federal gang trial moving to Danville (Roanoke, VA): When jurors return to their box in a gang-related trial Monday, their surroundings will have changed dramatically. Last time they took their seats, it was in the Ted Dalton Ceremonial Courthouse in Roanoke. The Danville-area jurors were seated across from eight co-defendants and Danville Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Newman was alongside federal attorneys at the prosecution table.
Source: Danville Register & Bee    Date: October 24, 2019

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