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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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Witnesses discuss Renfro's 'gang-related' behavior (Palmer, AK): Evidence in Bradley Renfro’s trial for the murder of David Grunwald shows the suspect engaging in alleged “gang-related” activity. Erick Almandinger was the first person convicted of shooting and killing 16-year-old Grunwald in November 2016. Dominic Johnson was also found guilty of the same crimes.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: September 10, 2019

Judge stands by ruling to allow gang photos in Johnson trial (Anchorage, AK): The judge in Dominic Johnson's murder trial ruled last month that evidence of his "gang-related activity" can be presented at trial. On Thursday, he stood by that decision as the defense objected to almost every reference of gang lifestyle.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: November 29, 2018

'Gang-related' pictures allowed as evidence in Dominic Johnson murder trial (Anchorage, AK): The trial of the second suspect in 16-year-old David Grunwald’s murder is expected to started next week in Palmer. But Dominic Johnson’s defense attorney is still pushing for a change of venue.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: October 25, 2018

Former mob boss talks about the transformative power of religion in Anchorage (Anchorage, AK): Once a notorious member of the Colombo crime family in New York, Michael Franzese spoke at the Anchorage Baptist Temple on Sunday as part of a mission to inspire people to stay away from gangs and similar activity.
Source: KTUU 2 News    Date: October 21, 2018

Anchorage gangs often not affiliated with larger national gangs, police say (Anchorage, AK): The teen suspect accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy in Mountain View Friday evening told police he was a member of the Bloods street gang, and thought the victim, Raynaldo Khotesouvan, was affiliated with the rival Crips.
Source: KTUU 2 News    Date: July 23, 2018

Charges: Suspect shot Mountain View teen over gang rivalry (Anchorage, AK): A 16-year-old suspect accused of shooting a 15-year-old to death Friday night in Mountain View claimed that a gang-related dispute led to the deadly encounter, according to charging documents.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: July 21, 2018

'Gang-related' photos allowed in Almandinger trial (Palmer, AK): Pictures depicting murder suspect Erick Almandinger doing “gang-related” activity will be shown to jurors during his trial. Almandinger, now 18, is accused of shooting and killing 16-year-old David Grunwald in November 2016.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: May 3, 2018

Almandinger’s parents called in to testify (Palmer, AK): Erick Almandinger sat through the third day of evidentiary hearing on Monday, Feb. 12 for his role in the killing of David Grunwald back in November of 2016. Almandinger’s parents, Rodney Almandinger and Chrystal Carlson took turns testifying on the witness stand.
Source: Frontiersman    Date: February 14, 2018

Gang graffiti grows in east Anchorage, former APD officer weighs in on solutions (Anchorage, AK): An east Anchorage neighborhood near Russian Jack Springs Park is plagued with gang-related graffiti. Spray-painted symbols and words related to the Crips, Bloods and other gangs line a number of fences near the intersection of Reka Drive and Bragaw Street.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: March 29, 2017

34 homicides and no clear solution in Anchorage (Anchorage, AK): It’s been a deadly year in Alaska’s largest city, with 34 homicide victims so far — more than in any previous year on record. It comes on the heels of 2015, which also saw an exceptionally high number of violent deaths. But without any single factor responsible for the surge in homicides, there’s no clear solution to the problem.
Source: Alaska Public Media    Date: December 29, 2016

12 members of Anchorage gang with Lower 48 ties sentenced for crimes (Anchorage, AK): Twelve members of a Fairview gang, with ties to a larger California street gang, have been sentenced in federal court for drugs, weapons and money laundering charges, which were filed against them more than a year ago.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: December 29, 2016

FBI notes increase in gang violence in Anchorage (Anchorage, AK): The FBI said it’s seeing an uptick in gang activity in Anchorage and a lot of it seems to center around drugs. Special Agent Mike Watson — a member of the Safe Streets Task Force, an interagency group that works to stop gang violence — said gangs have been active in Anchorage for years, but authorities haven’t always acknowledged it.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: December 14, 2016

Gang activity to blame? Experts weigh in on Grunwald murder. (Anchorage, AK): Alaska State Troopers confirm Tuesday afternoon that the body discovered last Friday was in fact 16-year-old David Grunwald and the manner of death was homicide. Many questions remain as the investigation continues, including whether Grunwald’s death was gang related.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: December 6, 2016

Anchorage is on track to break the record for most homicides in one year. What's going on? (Anchorage, AK): The turning point seemed to come last Sunday morning, when Anchorage awoke to the news of two bodies found at a well-loved, much-used park in the heart of the city.
Source: Alaska Dispatch News    Date: September 4, 2016

'There is a problem.' Former head of gang unit joins Tosi to talk gangs (Anchorage, AK): A retired police officer and a community activist took to social media on Friday to heighten public awareness about gang activity in Anchorage. Ma'o Tosi, a former NFL player and Polynesian community leader who manages the Northway Mall, joined Scott Lofthouse, who used to head the gang unit at Anchorage Police Department (APD,) on Facebook live.
Source: KTUU 2 News    Date: August 26, 2016

Retired APD officer explains gang investigations in Alaska (Anchorage, AK): The victim of a recent kidnapping has claimed that her abductors have gang affiliations and may even have been involved in a handful of Anchorage homicides this summer. The Anchorage Police Department has stated they have not been able to prove any of the homicides are connected or are related to gang activity.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: August 24, 2016

Charging documents reveal possible gang affiliations in recent kidnapping case (Anchorage, AK): When the third suspect in a kidnapping and assault case was arraigned Tuesday afternoon, the charging documents against him and other suspects were unsealed and made public. Within the pages, the victim says her alleged kidnappers have gang affiliations and may be involved in recent Anchorage homicides.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: August 23, 2016

12 accused of operating Anchorage 'Bloods' gang; shooting rival (Anchorage, AK): A grand jury has indicted 12 people accused of operating a drug-dealing Anchorage gang affiliated with Compton, Calif., Bloods. The Nov. 17 indictment is the subject of an FBI and multi-agency news conference today in Anchorage and alleges the dozen defendants conspired to sell heroin, crack and cocaine powder across the city.
Source: KTUU 2 News    Date: December 10, 2015

APD eliminates gang intelligence officer's position (Anchorage, AK): The Anchorage Police Department recently decided to eliminate a staff position that had been specifically created to monitor the criminal activity of 20 to 35 gangs in the city.
Source: KTUU 2 News    Date: July 16, 2014

Former gang member speaks out about the life he left (Anchorage, AK): With 74 validated gangs in town, Anchorage police have their hands full trying to stop criminal activities that begins when gang members are young.
Source: KTVA 11 News    Date: July 7, 2011

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