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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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GREAT program teaches local students about making good choices (Spokane, WA): Each year, about one out of every 20 kids, ages 10 to 17, is arrested in Washington state. Spokane Public Schools, the city and law enforcement have partnered together to make sure local students are not part of that statistic. One way they are doing that is through the Gang Resistance Education and Training program.
Source: KREM 2 News    Date: November 14, 2017

Part 2: Gang Prevention (Yakima, WA): Police, city council and school leaders say the key to combating gangs in Yakima is keeping kids from joining in the first place. Federal data shows two out five gang members are under the age of 18 and that number increases in rural areas like Yakima.
Source: KIMA News    Date: November 7, 2017

Part 1: Yakima's Gang Problem (Yakima, WA): Yakima police say their efforts against gangs are working but many people say it doesn't feel like that in their neighborhoods. Out of the 12 homicides in the city this year, police said four of them were gang related and community members think gang activity is getting worse.
Source: KIMA News    Date: November 6, 2017

Tacoma crime story not as dire as you might think (Tacoma, WA): Crime is down in Tacoma. In the last decade, per-capita violent crime has gone down 9 percent, burglaries are down 14 percent and auto theft is down 26 percent.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: November 4, 2017

Tacoma leaders, community discusses gang prevention (Tacoma, WA): At Upper Level Barbershop in Tacoma, the chairs welcomed a conversation about how to keep a community focused. "I've seen firsthand some of my friends get shot. I've been involved with stuff like that and it's terrible," said Stanton Deon Hejra, a customer.
Source: KING 5 News    Date: November 1, 2017

Former gang member sentenced (Walla Walla, WA): A former gang member pleaded guilty and was sentenced in connection with a shooting that killed one person and injured another outside The Green Lantern tavern two years ago.
Source: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin    Date: October 29, 2017

State summit on gang prevention to be held in November (Tacoma, WA): On Wednesday, November 1, the Joint Summit on Gang Prevention and Intervention will be held in Tacoma, Washington. A release from the Governor's Office stated that gang activity is a problem in many cities. Because of this better communication is necessary between communities.
Source: KXLY News    Date: October 26, 2017

Yakima police arrest 2 suspects in boy's murder, release victim's name (Yakima, WA): Detectives have arrested two suspects in murder of a 17-year-old boy in Yakima, and a third has been identified.
Source: KAPP 35 News    Date: October 25, 2017

‘We can’t just keep doing what we’ve been doing’: King County tries risky alternative to youth jail (King County, WA): Every day, Jimmy Hung stands at the window of his fifth-floor office in Seattle’s Central District, staring into an enormous crater where bulldozers are preparing ground for a new, hotly debated youth detention center. If Hung has his way, many of its 112 beds will sit empty.
Source: The Seattle Times    Date: October 23, 2017

Gang member sentenced as an adult for first-degree assault (Everett, WA): The system isn’t set up to heal the wounds that 17-year-old Seth Friendly bears from childhood. He will go to prison and to survive he likely will adapt to that life, Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wilson said. “There are no good consequences in the future here,” he said.
Source: HeraldNet    Date: October 20, 2017

New Everett task force seeks solutions to gang violence (Everett, WA): Nina Martinez walks the Everett street where an innocent boy was gunned down just two weeks ago, another victim of gang violence "Children should not be killing children," she said. "Any youth being killed is not right, and as a community, we need to come together."
Source: KING 5 News    Date: October 19, 2017

Gang members’ credibility questioned in 2015 murder case (Walla Walla, WA): The prosecution continued its case Tuesday in Walla Walla County Superior Court by attempting to tie a man accused of killing two people to the scene of the shootings through testimony from former gang members and the forensics of bullet casings.
Source: Walla Walla Union-Bulletin    Date: October 18, 2017

Boy, 13, charged with murder in shooting of teen (Everett, WA): A 13-year-old boy has been charged with second-degree murder and unlawful gun possession in the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy.
Source: Tri-City Herald    Date: October 10, 2017

Onalaska Teen Held on $500,000 Bail in Stabbing at Chehalis Walmart (Centralia, WA): An 18-year-old Onalaska man who allegedly stabbed another teen in the chest Thursday night in the Chehalis Walmart parking lot after a disagreement over marijuana is being held on $500,000 bail following his first court appearance in the case Monday.
Source: The Chronicle    Date: October 9, 2017

Cops arrest 13-year-old boy in shooting death of Everett teen (Everett, WA): Police arrested a 13-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing another teenager Wednesday afternoon in Everett. He’s charged with second-degree murder. Because the suspect is a minor, Q13 News is not naming him at this time.
Source: Q13 FOX News    Date: October 5, 2017

Threats to kick woman in stomach until unborn baby dies follow gang prostitution charges (Pierce County, WA): The death threats started as soon as word got around that seven Lakewood gang members were charged in a prostitution ring that victimized at least 15 girls and women.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: October 5, 2017

2 more Lakewood gang members still wanted in connection with child sex-trafficking operation (Tacoma, WA): Prosecutors have charged nine gang members as part of child sexual-exploitation ring centered in Tacoma and Lakewood, the Pierce County prosecutor’s office said.
Source: Q13 FOX News    Date: October 4, 2017

Gang leader raped and prostituted 15, police say. Some girls were as young as 13 (Pierce County, WA): He raped and prostituted underage girls, threatened to kill mothers and their babies and trained little boys how to be gang members. At least, that’s what police say Matthew “Boo” Holt has been up to for the last few years he’s been in charge of a Lakewood gang.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: October 3, 2017

7 Pierce County gang members charged with trafficking minors for sex (Tacoma, WA): Seven members of a street gang have been charged with trafficking minors for sex. Five men have just been arrested and two more are being sought after a year-long investigation.
Source: KOMO News    Date: October 3, 2017

Gang Members in Everett Busted (Everett, WA): The gang members didn't see this one coming Thursday until it was too late. Before they knew what was happening, they were staring at a sea of blue and badges as multiple law enforcement agencies assisted the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Department with the service of a search warrant at several locations within the city of Everett.
Source: Sky Valley Chronicle    Date: September 15, 2017

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