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 Senators want US to target Chicago street gangs: CHICAGO — Illinois' two U.S. senators on Wednesday urged the nominee for U.S. attorney in Chicago to not only fight public corruption but to also redouble the battle against street gangs.Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Dick Durbin asked Zach Fardon to put pressure on one of Chicago's largest gangs, the Gangster Disciples.
Source: BND.com  Date: 5/30/2013
  
 Texas Judge Rules to Ban Bloods, Crips from Houston Neighborhood: ABC News
Source: Texas prosecutors say one Houston neighborhood that's been ravaged by drug dealing and violence will be a bit safer after a judge's ruling barred 16 members of the Bloods, Crips and Most Wanted gangs from entering the area. Prosecutors in Harris County, where Houston is located, decided to take a civil approach to the criminal problem under Texas's public nuisance laws. They had to prove to a judge that the individuals were in fact gang members who had criminal records showing that they were nuisances, according to the Harris County Attorney's office.   Date: 5/29/2013
  
 Schumer: Make witness intimidation federal crime: Sen. Charles Schumer called Tuesday for stronger laws against those who intimidate witnesses in criminal cases, and those who attempt to do so. "Some gang members make a profession of making sure that people don't come forth and help the police solve crime, making them have fear for their safety," Schumer (D-N.Y.) said at a news conference at Freeport Village Hall.
Source: Newsday.com  Date: 5/28/2013
  
 New Haven police engage gangs to stop violence: NEW HAVEN, Conn. - (AP) -- Fed up with gun violence, authorities in New Haven decided to try a radically different approach to the traditional crackdown. Reputed gang members were called in to a room in the basement of City Hall, where they met not only police but also clergy, social service providers and a mother of a murder victim. Authorities who conducted months of research showed them organization charts documenting their gang affiliation.
Source: Newsday.com  Date: 5/26/2013
  
 Salinan allegedly 'critical cog' to L.A. gang activity: An alleged Los Angeles gang member living in Salina but thought to be coordinating activities of gang members inside the Los Angeles County Jail was arrested without incident Wednesday in Salina.Dep. Francis Hardiman, one of three Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Salina on Wednesday, said Cecilia Virgen, also known as Cecilia DeLeon, was serving as a "critical cog in the wheel of the machinery of organized crime."
Source: Salina Journal, Salina, KS  Date: 5/22/2013
  
 Police say gang presence in Western Virginia is serious matter: RADFORD -- Gangs are a growing issue in Virginia that can only be tackled with awareness and information. That was the sentiment imparted Wednesday during an all-day gang training session held at Radford University. The training, first in a series of anti-gang sessions sponsored by the office of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, were open to law enforcement and the public. According to Jim Hope with the Albemarle Police Department, a roadblock to imparting information throughout the state is the impression that many residents have that most Virginia gang members are pretenders. Obviously, areas such as Southwest Virginia and Charlottesville are no South Central Los Angeles, he said, but the gang presence in Western Virginia should be taken seriously.
Source: Roanoke Times, Roanoke, VA  Date: 5/17/2012
  
 Law enforcement agencies join forces to create Anti-Gang Tactical Operations Center: Top officials have joined together to create a new Anti-Gang Tactical Operations Center to serve numerous Texas counties. Leaders in the project include Michael McDaniel, director of the Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area; Pat Lykos, Harris County district attorney; Duane Steen with the Texas Department of Public Safety; Thomas Hinojosa with the Drug Enforcement Administration; Assistant Chief John Trevion, Houston Police Department; Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carlos Barron, FBI; and Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Once completed, TAG will serve as a central headquarters for an estimated 75-100 of the regions' most knowledgeable and experienced federal, state and local anti-gang investigators, analysts and prosecutors.
Source: Cyprus Creek Mirror  Date: 5/16/2012
  
 Chattanooga City Council examines $500,000 request for gang task force: Chattanooga City Council members questioned the gang task force, police and fire pension board, and social service agency budgets on Tuesday. The proposed $209 million city budget, released earlier this month by Mayor Ron Littlefield, includes $499,878 for a gang task force created during this fiscal year, which ends June 30. The task force has applied for three separate federal grants, each worth up to $1.5 million for the federal fiscal year 2013, which begins Oct. 1. The task force already has received a $20,000 grant that's being applied to overtime for police officers updating the gang database, among other things, Patterson said.
Source: Times Free Press.com  Date: 5/16/2012
  
 KC to target violent criminals through new initiative: Kansas City leaders are promising the city's most violent criminals a long hot summer. James announced the plan, called the KC No Violence Alliance, or KC NoVA, along with Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker and Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forté at an afternoon press conference. And beyond the focus on taking the worst criminals off the streets, it also will contain a social service component that will help with things like job training, education and health care for those seeking a way out of the criminal lifestyle.
Source: Kansas City Star. Kansas City, MO  Date: 5/15/2012
  
 State of Texas Alleges That Gang-Ridden Southwest Houston Condo Complex Is a Public Nuisance : Claiming essentially that it is a wretched hive of scum and villainy, the State of Texas and Harris County are attempting to force a Southwest Houston condominium complex to clean up its act or shut down -- and each and every unit owner is listed as a defendant. According to the suit filed April 24 by Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan, Le Promenade condos at 7400 Bissonnet "are causing a common nuisance by habitually harboring criminal activity" and "causing a public nuisance by maintaining a place that is habitually used for engaging in gang activity. "Le Promenade is where some members of a notorious Houston gang, La Primera, live and where they recruit members from adjacent Sharpstown High School," the suit continues. "Le Promenade is where gang fights between La Primera and a rival gang, the Southwest Cholos, occur."
Source: Houston Press, Houston, TX  Date: 5/15/2012
  
 CBS4 Investigates: Gangs Move From Drugs To ID Theft: MIAMI (CBS4) – On the same night the Miami Dade Gang Task Force was out chasing gang members for the types of crimes what you would normally expect — dealing drugs, stealing cars, and carrying guns. Another operation was taking place. In a parking lot for Miami Dade College’s North Campus, an 18-year-old arrived with a stack of corporate and tax refund checks not realizing his night was about to come to a surprising end
Source: CBS4, Miami, FL  Date: 5/14/2012
  
 S.A. police chief, councilwoman pledge to clean up east-side crime: SAN ANTONIO -- Councilwoman Ivy Taylor and San Antonio police Chief William McManus on Wednesday spent a few hours touring an east side neighborhood that has seen a recent spike in gang-related crime. The tour focused on Corliss Street, near I-10 and Martin Luther King Drive. That's where McManus said four houses are believed to be the center of criminal activity related to drugs and gangs.
Source: KENS5, San Antonio, TX  Date: 5/12/2012
  
 NM task force eyes anti-gang plan as problems grow: ISLETA PUEBLO-Hundreds of community activists, social workers, tribal officials and police officers are slated to develop a plan aimed at attacking New Mexico's growing gang problem. New Mexico Gang Task Force officials hope the meeting Thursday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on the Isleta Pueblo will foster new ideas on gang prevention and eventually help gang members leave violent gangs.
Source: Las Cruces Sun- News, NM  Date: 5/10/2012
  
 Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Plans New Anti-Gang Violence Push: Next Wednesday, it'll be exactly one year since Rahm Emanuel took the oath of office as Mayor of Chicago. The surprising surge in shootings and killings has been a setback, but he said he will soon unveil a new gang strategy. And he said he's delivered progress on 91 percent of the goals set forth in his transition team's report; with a nod to Austin Powers, he said that's been good for Chicago's "mojo." No challenge has been tougher during Emanuel's first year than controlling the gang-related street violence afflicting almost one-third of the City of Chicago. Early each morning, he personally reviews the previous day's often-grim statistics and, when there's a clearly innocent young victim involved, he reaches out to the devastated family.
Source: MyFoxChicago, Chicago, IL  Date: 5/9/2012
  
 Wichita police work to slow gang violence: WICHITA, Kansas -- Like almost any city, Wichita has seen its fair share of gang violence. The recent passionate violence from gang members is part of high-tension feuds. They are mainly between four gangs: The Bloods versus the Crips and the Vato Loco Boys (VLBs) versus Sureños. There have been two gang related homicides so far this year compared to 10 total last year, and four in 2010.
Source: KSN3, Wichita, KS  Date: 5/8/2012
  
 Sacramento County hopes to become model for gang suppression: SACRAMENTO, CA - The numbers are much bigger than you might realize: Sacramento County has more than 12,000 validated gang members in 200 different gangs. Until the first of January, Sacramento County only had six detectives and a sergeant, while also helping communities nearby.That changed with the $11 million grant. The funds allowed gang suppression efforts to create a new team called IMPACT with 31 officers. There are three divisions: A youth unit focusing on reaching kids before they become entrenched in the gang life; a traditional suppression unit; and an intel unit that uses software to track gangs. Until now, that software had only been used for counter-terrorism.
Source: ABC10, Sacramento, CA  Date: 5/8/2012
  
  
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