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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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Killing at N.Va. party may be tied to gang (Manassas, VA): A 22-year-old Manassas Park man was fatally shot at a party Wednesday night in a slaying that appears to be linked to Northern Virginia's most dominant street gang, MS-13, police said yesterday.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: August 13, 2004

Va. man guilty of gang activity (Fairfax County, VA): There was no plan for the two Latino street gangs to face off in a hotel parking lot in Fairfax County early one Sunday in April. They simply bumped into each other while holding separate parties, sparks flew and then fists.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: August 12, 2004

Local gang tied to two violent hits (Leesburg, VA): A home-grown gang implicated in two violent attacks in Leesburg within five days is getting a fresh look from police. Leesburg police said the gang known as "434" is not to be confused with the powerful and violent Hispanic gang MS-13, whose presence in Northern Virginia has ignited a far-reaching effort to control such groups.
Source: Loudoun Times-Mirror    Date: August 10, 2004

Va. teenager pleads guilty in machete attack (Fairfax County, VA): The machete attack that mutilated the hands of an Alexandria youth in May started with an exchange of harsh words between rival street gangs and ended with three machete-swinging teenagers slashing at the victim, a Fairfax County prosecutor said yesterday.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: August 4, 2004

Five convicted on drug charges as members of Petersburg gang (Petersburg, VA): Five men were convicted yesterday on conspiracy and racketeering charges for being members of a Petersburg gang and dealing crack cocaine.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: August 4, 2004

Clean slate (Grafton, VA): The tiny pitchfork tattoo on Amy Russell's left hand is part of what she considers a former life. So is a much larger black drawing on her right shoulder that reads, "Got Weed?" Back when Russell got the tattoos - one a gang symbol and the other a nod to her drug abuse - she was making mistakes that landed her in juvenile detention and later prison.
Source: Daily Press    Date: August 4, 2004

Va.'s gang task forces overlap (Virginia): A recent infusion of money and task forces to combat the growing gang problem has resulted in redundant prevention efforts, turf battles and no new officers on the street in Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: August 2, 2004

Newsletter exploring gang issues goes to press (Burke, VA): As a result of earlier meetings addressing gang activity in the Braddock District, Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) and a newly established Outreach Material Committee are going one step further and producing an informational newsletter addressing the issue.
Source: Burke Connection    Date: July 28, 2004

Alleged gang fight ends with gunfire (Sterling, VA): Shots were fired Monday morning on North Sycamore Road in Sterling in what sheriff’s office investigators believe might be a gang-related incident.
Source: Leesburg Today    Date: July 28, 2004

Wolf uses his clout against gangs' fury (Northern Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf has traveled the world for two decades trying to stop human atrocities, including attacks by machete-wielding rebels in Sierra Leone who would cut off arms and legs. Now he is trying to stop machete-wielding gang members in his own back yard of Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: July 22, 2004

Kilgore blocks release of gang study (Richmond, VA): A report on gang activity compiled by a coalition of Virginia gang investigators that Virginia Attorney General Jerry Kilgore (R) referred to during a press conference this week in Richmond will not be made public until law enforcement agencies review the contents.
Source: Leesburg Today    Date: July 20, 2004

Gangs: Criminal from the get-go (Northern Virginia): Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) and state Attorney General Jerry Kilgore (R) each has created a task force to crack down on gang activity. Wolf now is pressing Congress for $10 million for a national gang-intelligence center.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: July 18, 2004

Anti-gang program guides children (Fairfax County, VA): Fairfax County fourth- and fifth-graders are taking part in a three-week program that will teach them to say "no" to gangs. The "Get Real About Violence" program at Annandale Terrace Elementary School is the first of its kind in Northern Virginia, where gangs have grown into one of law enforcement's top problems in the past few years.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: July 14, 2004

Fairfax creates anti-gang panel (Fairfax County, VA) : The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors established a gang prevention council yesterday - the fifth group to take aim at one of the region's fastest-growing public safety threats. The council will join two state-funded anti-gang groups, a Northern Virginia task force and the county police department's 11-member gang unit in combating what Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly (D) described as the "one cloud on the horizon" in Fairfax.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: July 13, 2004

New laws to fight gang violence that's spreading across Virginia (Richmond, VA): For years law enforcement and community leaders have been reluctant to acknowledge that Virginia has a gang problem, but growing violence and turf battles have made it harder to deny. "There is definitely a growing gang problem," said Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore.
Source: Daily Press    Date: July 4, 2004

Authorites: Cocaine ring linked to gang broken up (Radford, VA): Authorities announced Monday they had broken up a drug ring connected to the Bloods street gang that allegedly controlled crack cocaine distribution in the New River Valley. Federal and local law enforcement officers on Monday arrested 12 of the 14 people indicted on 47 counts and executed federal search warrants to seize drugs, firearms and other evidence, said U.S. Attorney John Brownlee.
Source: Newsday    Date: June 28, 2004

Four men indicted in 2003 slaying (Alexandria, VA): A federal grand jury indicted four members of a Hispanic gang yesterday in the July 2003 slaying of a 17-year-old pregnant federal informant from Fairfax. The men could receive the death penalty. The indictment, handed up in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, charges that the four men, who are members of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, or MS-13, conspired to kill Brenda Paz.
Source: The Washington Times    Date: June 25, 2004

Another suspect nabbed in machete attack (Fairfax, VA): A third suspect was under arrest Friday in the machete attack that left a teen with mutilated hands, Fairfax County Police said. Jose Cruz, 19, of Annandale, was taken into custody late Thursday. Cruz was being held without bond on charges of aggravated malicious wounding and participating in gang activity.
Source: Daily Press    Date: June 18, 2004

Growing Hispanic gang presence prompts police, church response (Arlington County ,VA): Arlington County currently has more than 35,000 Hispanic residents. According to the Arlington County Police Gang Unit, less than 1 percent of those Hispanics are gang members. "The Hispanic gang members do not represent the Hispanic community at all," Sgt. John Rizik of the gang unit said. "The majority of the Hispanic population are honest, hardworking citizens."
Source: Arlington Catholic Herald    Date: June 17, 2004

Machete case defendant in court on earlier charge (Fairfax County, VA): An 18-year-old Fairfax County man charged in a gang-related machete attack last month faced another accusation of malicious wounding in court yesterday, stemming from the beating and slashing of a former gang member one month earlier.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: June 17, 2004

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