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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Loudoun Sheriff's Office holds forum on gang awareness (Loudon County, VA): Some gang members proudly boast their allegiance to their factions through the color of their clothes, doodles on their book bags and bold tattoos on their faces or hands. Others are more subtle, wearing gang symbols on concealed belt buckles and in codelike emblems on T-shirts.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: November 15, 2004

Shenandoah Valley authorities work to identify gang members (Harrisonburg, VA): After the body of a pregnant teenager was discovered on a Shenandoah County river bank last year, local authorities realized that violent street gangs were gaining a presence in rural areas of the state.
Source: WAVY-TV 10 News     Date: November 15, 2004

Taking anti-gang effort to community (Arlington, VA): Jose E. Hoyos, pastor of Holy Family Catholic Church in Dale City, was shopping at a Giant grocery store in Arlington about six months ago when a face from the past surfaced in the checkout line. "Remember me, Father?" the man asked. "Nope," Hoyos replied.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 31, 2004

Are gangs moving into the area? (Newport News, VA): A Newport News man shot in Denbigh might have been injured by a high school gang member. Newport News police say arrests have not been made in the Oct. 18 shooting of Gregory Terry, a 35-year-old man who lives on Old Courthouse Way.
Source: Daily Press    Date: October 28, 2004

Food fight leads to five arrests at Armstrong (Richmond, VA): A cafeteria food fight ended in arrests for five Armstrong High School students yesterday. The juveniles were charged with prohibited criminal street gang participation because they were representing two rival neighborhood groups, Mosby and Creighton courts.
Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch    Date: October 28, 2004

Teen suspected of threats to kill Arlington detective (Prince William County, VA): A 17-year-old Prince William County teenager whom police described as a reputed gang member is suspected of conspiring to kill an Arlington detective, according to court records.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 27, 2004

An effort to bridge a day-care gap (Fairfax County, VA): Amid rising concern about gangs, drug and alcohol use, and even obesity, Fairfax education officials have launched an effort to reach out to the county's 27,000 middle schoolers by offering them more after-school programs.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 21, 2004

Roanoke program aims to avert gangs (Roanoke, VA): The Roanoke Sheriff's Office and Boys and Girls Club of the Roanoke Valley on Tuesday announced a $25,000 initiative to prevent Roanoke area youth from becoming gang members.
Source: Roanoke Times & World News     Date: October 20, 2004

Teen gang member gets 15 years in machete attack (Fairfax County, VA) : The first of three teenage gang members who admitted attacking a member of a rival gang with machetes in May, mutilating the victim's hands, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 16, 2004

Harrisonburg, Rockingham communities discuss gang activity (Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, VA): Do you shop at the Big Lots in Harrisonburg? There was a gang-related robbery in the parking lot there just last week. How about the Roses? Gangs have been tagging buildings in the neighborhood around the store with graffiti for some time now.
Source: Augusta Free Press    Date: October 13, 2004

Va. to receive $3 million to align anti-gang efforts (Fairfax County, VA): Virginia's top officials gathered in Fairfax County yesterday to announce that the state will receive $3 million from Congress to coordinate its many anti-gang task forces.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 7, 2004

Committee on gangs considered (Crystal City, VA): The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments is considering establishing a regional anti-gang committee and a list of recommended spending priorities for jurisdictions fighting gang violence.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 7, 2004

FBI update: MS-13 gang is not N. Va's lone threat (Northern Virginia): MS-13 is an emerging gang problem in Northern Virginia. There are an estimated 1,500 to 2,000 MS-13 members, according to reports from local law enforcement. The FBI's Washington field office has identified approximately 22 cliques existing in Northern Virginia.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: October 7, 2004

Wolf proposes funding for state, local gang prevention (Virginia): U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) announced Wednesday that he has proposed $5.5 million in federal funding for various gang prevention efforts in Virginia. The funding will be included in the next Commerce-Justice-State appropriations bill, developed by a committee that Wolf chairs.
Source: Clarke Times Courier    Date: October 6, 2004

Gangs spread 'like a disease' (Virginia): For a long time, communities across Virginia have been hesitant to admit gangs could exist here. Street thugs, maybe. Disorganized groups of wannabe criminals, perhaps. But never gangs.
Source: Daily Press    Date: October 4, 2004

Manassas discards youth curfew (Manassas, VA): Manassas has abandoned its long-standing 10 p.m. juvenile curfew after a report found it vague, unconstitutional and unenforceable. Noting that other measures, including a statewide juvenile driving curfew, already are in place, City Council members directed city attorneys Monday to repeal the curfew, which is more than 25 years old.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: September 29, 2004

Leaders look for better regional approach to combatting gangs (Arlington, VA): Nearly two years ago the Washington region worked together to solve a deadly string of sniper shootings. Local leaders hope to use the same spirit to catch gang members and keep students from joining gangs.
Source: Daily Press    Date: September 29, 2004

Gang task force presents report to county executives (Maryland and Virginia): Seven months after its inception, the Joint County Gang Prevention Task Force presented its final report to both Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson and Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan Monday.
Source: Business Gazette    Date: September 23, 2004

Man pleads guilty in machete attack in Va. (Fairfax County, VA): A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang admitted yesterday to participating in a machete attack last May that mutilated the hands of an Alexandria teenager, a crime that heightened concerns about gangs in the Washington area.
Source: The Washington Post    Date: September 22, 2004

Task force calls for bi-county efforts to fight gang violence (Maryland and Virginia): Bi-county gang task force members announced a host of prevention and intervention strategies Monday, including the creation of a youth opportunity center in the Takoma Park/Langley Park area.
Source: Business Gazette    Date: September 22, 2004

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