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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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SPD addresses concerns over Seattle gangs (Seattle, WA): A Seattle police commander admits that gang violence is on the rise. “Seattle gang activity has changed over the past,” Lieutenant Marc Garth Green wrote on Reddit Wednesday. “We do not deal with the gangs of the ’80s or even the gangs of LA or New York.
Source:    Date: July 28, 2017

Murder charge dropped in 2016 Yakima drive-by shooting (Yakima, WA): Yakima County prosecutors have dropped the case against a 17-year-old gang member accused of gunning down a rival in a drive-by shooting in 2016 — for now.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: July 28, 2017

Gang prevention funding included in new state budget (King County, WA): With a rise in violent gang activity in South King County over the last year, state lawmakers sought and secured funding in the new state budget to help prevent street gangs, especially among young people.
Source: Kent Reporter    Date: July 20, 2017

'There's a gang war going on': Residents reeling after South Seattle shootings (Seattle, WA): Police in South Seattle are looking into two fatal shooting just days apart and in virtually same spot. Someone shot a man Friday night at a memorial service for his friend. His friend, a 32-year-old man, was shot several times and died Sunday at Harborview Medical Center.
Source: KOMO News    Date: July 15, 2017

Gang members plead guilty to August shooting (King City, WA): A pair of Sureno street gang members from King City have pleaded guilty to various charges stemming from a gang-related shooting last August that injured a 16-year-old girl.
Source: King City Rustler    Date: June 28, 2017

Task Force Targets South King County Gun Crimes (King County, WA): Kent Police and other members of a newly created South King County regional task force say they are reducing the skyrocketing number of gun crimes.
Source: Seattle Weekly    Date: June 27, 2017

26 arrested in ‘Operation Quiet Nights,’ targeting gun violence in South King County (Kent , WA): A collaborative law-enforcement effort targeting gun violence in South King County is showing promising trends. In the first four months of 2017, there were 16 gun-related homicides, and 48 shootings in which people were hit but survived.
Source: Q13 FOX News    Date: June 26, 2017

'We're going to catch you:' Task force cracking down on gun violence in South King County (Seattle, WA): Law enforcement agencies have seen an uptick in gun-related crimes in South King County during the first four months of 2017. Police said between January and April, there were 16 gun-related homicides and up to 300 "shots fired" calls in the area from South Seattle to the Pierce County line.
Source: KOMO News    Date: June 26, 2017

Gang presence growing, detectives say (Snohomish County, WA): Law enforcers are looking to step up their presence within the community to keep innocent bystanders safe as gang violence is becoming more visible.
Source: Snohomish County Tribune    Date: June 21, 2017

Fatal gang initiation stabbing lands fourth man in court (Pierce County, WA): A man accused of fatally stabbing a man as part of a gang initiation in Tacoma was in court Wednesday. Juan Jose Gaitan Vasquez, 26, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder at arraignment in Pierce County Superior Court. He recently was extradited from California.
Source: The News Tribune    Date: June 21, 2017

Everett Police: 4 teens arrested for gang-related shooting initially thought to be road rage incident (Everett, WA): Four teenagers were arrested Friday for a May 29 shooting on Beverly Boulevard that left a 16-year-old boy in critical condition and that police initially thought might be a road rage incident.
Source: Q13 FOX News    Date: June 16, 2017

Yakima police say emphasis patrols have helped decrease gang violence (Yakima, WA): Yakima police say decreased gang-related violence this month can partially be attributed to warrant roundups that have led to the arrest of 54 people with violent criminal backgrounds since May 30.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: June 15, 2017

South Snohomish gang problem gets worse (Everett, WA): Detectives say there's a gang problem in south Snohomish County, and it's getting worse. "These kids are off the hook. They’re just non-stop," said Snohomish County Det. Brad Walvatne, who presented at the County Council's law and justice committee hearing on Monday.
Source: KOMO News    Date: June 13, 2017

March in downtown Yakima is a response to gang violence (Yakima, WA): About 50 people marched in downtown Yakima during Friday’s lunch hour in a response to recent gang violence in the city. “This is a once-a-year event done in other cities to reach out to prostitutes. We’re doing it in Yakima in response to gang violence in the city,” said Pastor James Negron of Victory Outreach Church in Yakima.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: June 9, 2017

Gangs and rising Western Washington gun violence (King County, WA): While gangs are certainly a factor in the rise of gun violence across Western Washington, King County Sheriff John Urquhart says not all shootings can be blamed on gang activity.
Source:    Date: June 8, 2017

Rod's House is serving youth and keeping them off the streets (Yakima, WA): Recent gang violence has brought the community together to try and figure out ways to stop it. During city council forums the idea of having more resources like after school programs has been brought up.
Source: KIMA News    Date: June 8, 2017

Yakima City Council addresses gang prevention, license tab fees, pot zoning (Yakima, WA): The Yakima City Council took a step toward establishing a new program for gang prevention and intervention Tuesday. The council voted 6-1, with Councilman Bill Lover voting no, to begin the process of hosting a public forum to hear from the community on several questions, including an honest look at Yakima’s needs, what’s most important to the community, what challenges residents face and what they want to change.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: June 6, 2017

Grandview Police investigating fight involving gang members (Grandview, WA): Grandview Police are still investigating a gang fight from Saturday night. Officers responded to reports of a fight and shots fired outside the Westside Market on the 500 Block of Euclid St. just before 8:30 Saturday night.
Source: KNDO/KNDU News    Date: June 5, 2017

‘There’s going to be a lot of dead gangsters’: Inside King County’s surging gang war (King County, WA): Police attribute a troubling increase in gang-related shootings from Seattle to South King County to warring Hispanic gangs, including some that previously got along. “I’m very concerned about this heating up in the summer months,” says Federal Way’s mayor.
Source: The Seattle Times    Date: June 2, 2017

Yakima officials seek state funding to fight recent violence (Yakima, WA): Yakima city officials asked Friday for state funding to help fight a rash of armed robberies and gang-related homicides, but legislators said the request, coming so late in the budget process, faces an uphill battle.
Source: Yakima Herald-Republic    Date: June 2, 2017

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