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 Investigators arrest suspected gang members who allegedly kidnapped Juarez businessman: Chihuahua state investigators arrested members of kidnapping ring after an abducted Juarez businessman survived after being shot and left for dead, officials said. Authorities called the kidnapping ring "Los Doblados" because its members are allegedly part of the Artistas Asesinos gang, also known as the "Doble A," the double A.
Source: El Paso Times  Date: 1/28/2014
  
 Gangsters used tracking devices in plot to kidnap wealthy Metro Vancouver man, court hears: Gangsters used tracking devices in plot to kidnap wealthy Metro Vancouver man, court hears
Source: Vancouver Sun  Date: 1/27/2014
  
 Watch for signs of gang activity in your child: If you're worried your teenager is getting involved in gang activity, keep a lookout for a few specific warning signs, a York Regional Police expert said. From petty crimes such as theft or drug possession to problems at school, kids will reveal clues to attentive parents, guns and gangs prevention and enforcement unit Const. Anandvir Gill said.
Source: YorkRegion.com  Date: 1/27/2014
  
 Omahans come together after latest gun tragedy: Early in the anti-violence rally, its leader, Willie Barney, asked everyone in the audience — numbering about 300 — to hug someone they did not know. In the wake of the most recent slaying of an Omaha child by a stray bullet, two prominent anti-violence groups hosted a rally Saturday at North High School
Source: Omaha World Herald  Date: 1/25/2014
  
 Police bust 57 Manitoba Warriors : Winnipeg police have dealt a significant blow to what they call the city's most powerful street gang, punctuating a nine-month investigation with a major bust on Main Street late last week. Project Falling Star, initiated in April 2013, is being credited with a seizure that led to 57 arrests of Manitoba Warriors and associates, as well as the seizure of cocaine, guns, and thousands of dollars in cash.
Source: Winnipeg Sun  Date: 1/24/2014
  
 Is gang activity behind violence at Ky. prison housing Vt. inmates? :  BEATTYVILLE, Ky. - Some 205 Vermont inmates remain on lockdown in a Kentucky prison after violence in the facility. Now, Vermont's Corrections Commissioner is investigating if gang activity is to blame. Commissioner Andy Pallito says there have been four physical assaults between Vermont inmates at the Lee Adjustment Center in Kentucky since the summer. The facility is run by the Corrections Corporation of America. Pallito says prison officials there have come up with a plan to curb future violence. Still, the commissioner is sending a team from Vermont to Kentucky next week to inspect the facility and make sure the safety plan is being carried out.
Source: WCAX.com  Date: 1/23/2014
  
 Fresno Mayor Ashley Swearengin takes D.C. dais for talk on combating gang violence: WASHINGTON — Mayor Ashley Swearengin on Wednesday shared Fresno's hard-won knowledge about street gangs with an attentive national audience. For Swearengin, the hour-plus discussion at a high-profile mayors' conference was an opportunity to stress Fresno's successes amid its continuing challenges. For other mayors, it was a chance to learn from those who have been on the front lines.
Source: Fresno Bee  Date: 1/22/2014
  
 Gang Violence Crackdown : Law enforcement in central Alabama are cracking down on gang violence. The Houston County Sheriff's Office and Dothan Police Department are part of a "safe streets" task force with a number of other agencies.
Source: WTVY, Channel 4  Date: 1/10/2014
  
 14 Defendants Plead Not Guilty to Sex Trafficking: Fourteen people accused by federal prosecutors of involvement in a street gang's sprawling prostitution ring that spanned dozens of cities and states entered not guilty pleas Thursday. Authorities say members of a San Diego-based gang lured women and girls with promises of luxurious lifestyles. They say the dozens of victims, spread across 46 cities in 23 states, were instead branded with tattoos, passed from gang member to gang member and forced to sell themselves.
Source: ABC News  Date: 1/10/2014
  
 Watch: Concerns about Metro Vancouver gang activity: Two very public incidents of gun violence in Metro Vancouver are raising new concerns about public safety in public places. A man in his early 30′s was shot inside the Cactus Club restaurant on Kingsway opposite Metrotown Mall at around 12:45 p.m. this afternoon. Investigators say the victim was sitting at the restaurant in the company of several other men at the time of the shooting.
Source: Global News, Canada  Date: 1/9/2014
  
 Committee Clears Muñoz Bill Upgrading Penalties for Street Gang Recruitment on School Property : Anti-gang legislation sponsored by Assembly Republican Deputy Whip Nancy F. Muñoz that increases the penalties for individuals convicted of soliciting or recruiting others to join or actively participate in a criminal street gang while on school property today cleared the Assembly Budget Committee.
Source: www.politickernj.com  Date: 1/9/2014
  
 Portland police to ask city to restore school resource, gang enforcement and traffic cops in next budget: Despite Portland's mayor cautioning the city's bureau leaders that next fiscal year he intends to craft a "stabilization" budget, the Police Bureau plans to ask for millions in additional spending to restore school resource, gang enforcement and traffic officer positions chopped this year. The loss of those jobs this fiscal year has led to fewer traffic citations, a significant dip in the bureau's clearance rate for solving gang crimes and left a city high school without an assigned police officer, police officials said this week.
Source: www.oregonlive.com  Date: 1/9/2014
  
 Insane Clown Posse Defends Fans, With F.B.I. Lawsuit: The Michigan rap group Insane Clown Posse filed suit on Wednesday against the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, saying that the United States government had made the “unwarranted and unlawful decision” to classify fans of the band as criminal gang members, leading to their harassment by law enforcement and causing them “significant harm.”
Source: NY Times  Date: 1/8/2014
  
 Seattle area bank hold-ups linked to L.A. street gang: A string of carefully timed, precision takeover bank robberies in the Seattle area last year might have been the work of a sophisticated gang from Los Angeles. Agents with the FBI South Gang Task Force arrested five people Thursday, suspected members of a gang that investigators think has been using the same methods since the 1990s. The FBI thinks the robbers, members of an L.A. street gang called the "Four-Tre Crips," targeted banks without guards or teller barriers and used stolen cars and rental cars to make their getaways.
Source: MyNorthwest.com  Date: 1/31/2013
  
 Boston Reverend Successful in Efforts to Curb Gang Violence: LAS VEGAS -- Police have identified more than 300 gangs in Las Vegas. While it's a problem across the country, some cities are having success in reducing gang violence.Strategies were shared Wednesday at a gang forum held by Metro Police. One of the solutions that came up was having churches and police work together in a partnership to stop gang violence.
Source: KLAS-TV, LAs Vegas, NV  Date: 1/23/2013
  
 Newport News police aim at gang issue in middle schools: Middle school students are the focus of a new program by the Newport News Police Department designed to keep youth away from gangs and out of trouble. School resource officers are reaching out to eighth-graders in the city's eight middle schools in a classroom-based program aimed at educating students on the dangers of gangs. The prevention course is based on a state program titled Virginia Rules, which is sponsored by the state Attorney's General Office to educate students on the law and how it relates to teens.
Source: Daily Press, Hampton Roads, VA  Date: 1/23/2013
  
 Gang war led to killing: A cop cupped a stricken man’s guts in his hand, trying to stuff them back into the gaping hole in his abdomen. It was the night that Montreal’s gang war came to Ottawa.
Source: Ottawa Sun  Date: 1/22/2013
  
 American Indian gang trio face racketeering trial: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Three members of a violent American Indian gang known for terrorizing people from the Twin Cities to reservations in greater Minnesota, Wisconsin and beyond will go on trial Tuesday in what authorities call one of the largest gang cases to come out of Indian Country. Wakinyon Wakan McArthur, 34, — an alleged leader of the Native Mob — and two alleged Native Mob "soldiers," Anthony Francis Cree, 26, and William Earl Morris, 25, are accused of being part of a criminal enterprise that used intimidation and violence to keep the gang in power. They face multiple charges, including conspiracy to participate in racketeering and attempted murder in the aid of racketeering.
Source: USA Today  Date: 1/22/2013
  
 Arms at schools gang-related?: Gang activity is suspected in five of the six cases involving the discovery of students possessing weapons on Des Moines school grounds this year, but officials say violence is not on the rise.
Source: Des Moines Register  Date: 1/11/2013
  
 NYPD: Cop-impersonating gang members arrested: BRONX (WABC) -- Drug enforcement agents have busted a ring of thieves who allegedly passed themselves off as cops as they robbed drug dealers. The suspects, believed to be connected to the Latin Kings gang, reportedly had their own police car, with flashing lights and a James Bond-like switch for hiding the license plate.
Source: WABC, New York, New York  Date: 1/11/2013
  
 Gang Violence Down, But Police Still Fight Street Culture : Gangs bring drugs crime and violence to our neighborhoods. Its become a scary fact of life, and in some cities it's getting worse. You might expect this in Chicago and Los Angeles but gang violence is also on the rise in smaller areas like Chattanooga and Oklahoma City.Gang shootings and murders help analysts determine the direction a city is going. Local 12 News Reporter Deborah Dixon shows us how the numbers from last year indicate Cincinnati is going in the right direction.
Source: WKRC, Cincinnati, OH  Date: 1/10/2013
  
 U.S. Marshals Arrest Three Gang Members: JACKSON, Tenn.- U.S. Marshals have arrested three West Tennessee fugitives who they said are all confirmed members of the Vice Lords Street Gang.
Source: WBBJ-TV, Jackson, TN  Date: 1/10/2013
  
 Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee Holds Hearing on Gang Activity Bill, Augusta, MA: A new bill targets gang activity in Maine. The Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee held a public hearing on LD 1707, "An Act To Define, Prevent and Suppress Gang Activity in the State" at the State House on Friday.
Source: WABI TV5  Date: 1/31/2012
  
 Multijurisdictional task force prepares to mount aggressive war on Memphis' burgeoning gang problem, Memphis, TN: Following a string of violent crimes by teen and adult gang members, Memphis is gearing up to mount its largest war on gangs.
Source: The Commercial Appeal  Date: 1/31/2012
  
 In a Gang-Ridden City, New Efforts to Fight Crime While Cutting Costs, Salinas, CA: SALINAS, Calif. — People in California generally know two things about this agricultural city nestled among lettuce fields east of Monterey’s beaches and hotels: John Steinbeck was born here, and it has a big problem with gangs. Three years ago, the violence between warring Northern and Southern California gang members had become so bad that police and city officials decided to mount an all-out drive to tame it.
Source: NY Times  Date: 1/31/2012
  
 Investigation of West Bank drug ring nets a dozen indictments, New Orleans, LA: A dozen men have been indicted on federal racketeering charges linked to a West Bank drug trafficking ring called the "Harvey Hustlers" and its enforcement arm, the "Murder Squad," which allegedly committed kidnappings and at least one murder. A 22-count grand-jury indictment issued Friday lists 98 crimes dating to 2003 as the suspects allegedly distributed crack cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana in Harvey and defended their turf through threats and violence.
Source: The Times, Picayune  Date: 1/31/2012
  
 Criminal-assets money funds anti-gang program, Edmonton, Alberta: About $1 million raised from the sale of criminal assets is being made available to combat gang activity around Alberta, the province announced Monday.
Source: Edmonton Journal  Date: 1/31/2012
  
 Hundreds gather for sixth annual regional gang conference at LCC: Educators, law enforcement professionals, and others who work with youth across Eastern North Carolina gathered in the auditorium of LCC’s Waller Building on Monday for the sixth annual Eastern Carolina Gang Conference.
Source: Kingston.com  Date: 1/25/2012
  
 More young people are killed in Chicago than any other American city: Neighbors hold a candlelight vigil in rememberance of 18-year-old Albert Vaughn, who was known for playing basketball with the younger children in the neighborhood and trying to keep them out of trouble. "If he was guilty of anything, he was guilty of always protecting these kids," said Trualanda Fields, a neighborhood mother who was among the 50 people who gathered on South Throop Street to pay tribute to Vaughn. [Photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz]
Source: Chicago Reporter, Chicago, IL  Date: 1/25/2012
  
 Suffolk Cops to Redeploy Anti-gang Unit to Precincts: Suffolk County is redeploying the police department’s anti-gang investigators from a centralized unit back into the seven precincts to make it easier to gather intelligence and be more engaged with communities, County Executive Steve Bellone announced Tuesday in Huntington Station.
Source: Long Island Press, Long Island, NY  Date: 1/25/2012
  
 Chicago police unveil crime-fighting strategy for areas on South and West sides: Chicago police officers from several specialized units will focus on two districts where nearly a quarter of the city's murders and shootings took place last year under a new strategy laid out Monday by Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
Source: Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL  Date: 1/25/2012
  
 New gang officer in Hermiston: Gangs have proven to know no boundaries and show no signs of fading away. KEPR has told you about the spike in major crimes in Umatilla County. And now we've learned Police in Hermiston are stepping up to do something about it.
Source: KEPR TV, Seattle, WA  Date: 1/25/2012
  
 Cellphones, weapons and drugs flood Ohio prisons: COLUMBUS — Illegal drugs, weapons, tobacco and cellphones are flooding Ohio’s prisons, spurring a new wave of violence as rival gangs battle for control of the black market.
Source: Middletown Journal, Columbus, OH  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Former top cop sees alarming trends in gang murders: Chicago police are celebrating the lowest murder rate since 1965. But a former police superintendent said he sees some alarming trends in both murders and the gang members who frequently commit them.
Source: ABC7, Chicago, IL  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Posthumous US asylum bid highlights gang debate .: JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Josue Rafael Orellana Garcia fled his impoverished neighborhood in Honduras for the United States as a teenager, to escape what began as teasing over his disabilities and escalated into what his mother said were threats to kill him if he did not join a gang.
Source: Wall Street JOurnal, NY  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Feds, City Dismantle 'Violent' Street Gang: BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - 12 people have been arrested and one person is still at large following early morning raids throughout the city of Buffalo.
Source: WKBW, Buffalo, NY  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Canada looks to Chicago to reduce 'honour' crimes, Toronto, CA: At first glance, gang crime in a U.S. city would seem to have little in common with the family conflicts that led to the killing of several women in Canada in recent years.The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration in London, Ont. will announce Tuesday that it has a partnership with the renowned Chicago anti-violence group CeaseFire to develop the Family Honour Project, which its creators hope will soon spread to other communities
Source: The Globe and Mail  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Elgin gang lawsuit upheld against 4 who want to preach: A Kane County judge Friday declined to remove four men from a lawsuit by Elgin against some 81 members of the Latin Kings street gang, prohibiting members from congregating or associating with each other.
Source: Daily Herald, Chicago, IL  Date: 1/24/2012
  
 Gang members arrested after boasting of murders on Facebook, New York, NY: The 25 accused members of the Wave Gang and 18 accused members of rival Hoodstarz have been terrorizing streets in Brooklyn with shootouts that led to the killing of three people and wounding of several others, New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
Source: Reuters  Date: 1/20/2012
  
 Police Chief Responds To City's Fight Against Gangs: "We are doing everything we can to fight the gang problem." That's the message from Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd. He says the gang activity now is the worst he's ever seen.
Source: WTVC-TV NewsChannel 9, Chattanoga, TN  Date: 1/20/2012
  
 Toronto murders drop after Jamaica-based gang crackdown: Police in Toronto and Jamaica say gang-related homicides have significantly declined in the 20 months since the arrests of key leaders of the Shower Posse, a violent criminal organization involved in drug and arms trafficking that operates in several countries.
Source: CBC News, Canada  Date: 1/20/2012
  
 Dozens arrested in sweep, Authorities: Operation targeted gang activity: A multiagency effort led to the arrest of more than two dozen people throughout the region early Thursday morning.
Source: The Spokesman Review, Spokane, WA  Date: 1/20/2012
  
  
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