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12/19/2014 9:53:56 PM
 Winnipeg police say they have arrested 9 of 10 members of the Mad Cow gang: WINNIPEG - Winnipeg police say they have arrested almost all of the members of a gang known on the streets as Mad Cow. Nine of the gang's 10 primary members are now in custody facing charges that include trafficking cocaine and failing to comply with previous court orders
Source: Brandon Sun, Manitoba  Date: 4/30/2013
 Deconstructing art: Cleanup crews tackle District’s graffiti epidemic: 
Source: Washington Times  Date: 4/30/2013
 North Oakland "domestic terrorists" found guilty of three murders: OAKLAND -- Four North Oakland gang members labeled "domestic terrorists" by a prosecutor were found guilty Monday of killing three people in a string of events sparked by a revenge murder of a gang rival's brother. Deputy district attorney Steve Dal Porto asked the jury to find all four men responsible for the three killings because, he argued, they worked together in an attempt to seek vengeance against a rival gang that killed one of their members.
Source: Oakland Tribune  Date: 4/29/2013
 Surrey's Mayor supports RCMP plan to release names of known gang members : Surrey's mayor is in full support of the RCMP's new plan to release a list of known gang members in her city. Dianne Watts says people need to know that gang members live in their communities and shop at the same stores.
Source: CKNW- TV  Date: 4/28/2013
 Gangs exact bloody toll on Toledo: When he was 8 years old he wanted to belong. The jump-in lasted 30 minutes. Six boys, about his age, jumped him. Hit him, kicked him. Then two “older homies” — boys about 15 — had their turn. The boy ended up inside a trash can.
Source: The Toledo Blade  Date: 4/28/2013
 Marley Gang members indicted on murder and robbery charges : Three members of an eastern New Orleans gang were charged Thursday in a sprawling indictment that chronicles a spree of violent armed robberies, including one that left a UNO student dead and another that gravely injured an Uptown man. It is the first time authorities have linked the half-dozen incidents directly to one crime ring. The Marley Gang, based in the east, is a group of teens and young adults, tied to a wave of recent violent crime that spans the city, police have said.
Source: Times-Picayune, New Orleans  Date: 4/26/2013
 New Bill Targets Gang Recruiters : ROCKFORD - The goal is to send a message to gangs who recruit, by saying if you're caught soliciting you could face up to 15 years in prison under a new bill that's gaining support in Springfield. bill that passed through the Illinois House of Representatives Wednesday targets gang recruiters
Source: MyStateline.com  Date: 4/10/2013
 Court docs: High-ranking prison gang member among three arrested in 2012 San Jose slaying: SAN JOSE -- Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of three men believed to be responsible for a gang-related shooting last summer -- including a high-ranking member of a prison gang who was already in custody on federal racketeering charges, according to court documents.
Source: MercuryNews.com  Date: 4/10/2013
 Police tap layman-friendly analytics to track gang activity: Law enforcement and security teams increasingly want to track crime trends, patterns and correlations without having to manipulate the data itself. They also want tools to zero in more quickly on critical data, uncovering patterns within both structured fields and unstructured data embedded within documents, reports, e-mails, blogs and text messages. Three years ago, the Alexandria, Va., Police Department’s Crime Analysis Unit wanted a way to track drug and gang activity by pulling information from police case reports and other sources found in disparate files and data sets. The unit has an in-house database linked to the department’s records management system, but the database has search limitations and is not very intuitive, said Matt Smith, supervisor of the police department’s crime analysis unit
Source: GCN  Date: 4/10/2013
 Council divided on answer to violence:  Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig told City Council Monday night that, if it is serious about reducing violent crime, and particularly black-on-black violence, he suggests investment in youth programs and re-entry programs that help ex-offenders get and keep jobs. Craig, during the two-hour meeting, said that any money spent on violence prevention is money saved. He said a great deal is being done in the city in these areas, “but we have to do better.”
Source: Cincinatti.com, Cincinnati, OH  Date: 4/26/2012
 Feds Nab 29 Gang Members In Chicago Area, As Part Of National Crackdown: CHICAGO (CBS) – Federal immigration agents and police have arrested 29 reputed street gang members in the Chicago area, all but one of them foreign nationals. The big focus nationally was Honduran gangs involved in human smuggling and trafficking, but U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chicago Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Hartwig said the local focus was different — drug gangs, Hartwig said only one of the 29 is a U.S. citizen
Source: CBS2, Chicago, IL  Date: 4/25/2012
 Feds Nab 2 Dozen Gang Members in NM Meth Ring: Federal agents arrested 28 suspected gang members and associates in New Mexico as part of a national roundup of gang members linked to drug and human trafficking. Officials with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations announced Wednesday that members and associates affiliated with two gangs in Albuquerque, southern New Mexico and the Four Corner’s region were in federal custody. Authorities also seized drugs with a street value of close to $300,000.
Source: ABQ Journal, Albuqurque, NM  Date: 4/25/2012
 Rockford Police Doubling Size of Gang Unit : The 2012 crime statistics for the city of Rockford come with good and bad news: the murder numbers are half of what they were this time last year. However, police are seeing a disturbing trend in weapons violence and with the recent spree of gang related activity, the department is taking action. The size of the Rockford Police Department's gang unit will be doubled, moving from 3 to 6 members. According to the latest statistics, weapon violence is up 39 percent compared to last year. The new additions to the gang division hope to knock down those numbers and reduce the recent spree of gang related emergency calls, a plan that anti-violence groups say is a step in the right direction
Source: WIFR23, Rockford, IL  Date: 4/23/2012
 Federal funding for anti-gang efforts drying up: Concerted efforts to eradicate street gangs in Northern Virginia and suburban Maryland have succeeded in reducing gang activity and crime since 2003, but those programs are now threatened by a loss of federal funding. The Northern Virginia Regional Gang Task Force alone spends about $30,000 a month on gang prevention -- initiatives that target kids who haven't yet joined gangs and at-risk students who already have -- and reduced gang activity by 34 percent. But that program, like others in the region, has been getting most of its federal funding under a congressional earmark, a funding mechanism that allows local congressmen to skirt funding competitions within federal agencies. Denounced as wasteful pork-barrel spending, earmarks have been abolished by Congress. Mayberry-esque jurisdictions like Arlington and Fairfax County will now have to compete for funding against large cities with much more serious crime problems like Baltimore and Chicago.
Source: Washington Examiner, Washington, DC  Date: 4/21/2012
 City works to offset gang activity following rise in gun violence : With gun violence in Columbia rising to nearly record levels, the Columbia Police Department and local organizations are working to offset gang violence and get local youth on the right track. In January and February of this year, CPD responded to the highest concentration of shots fired in Columbia since the 1990s. At a February press conference, CPD Chief Ken Burton confirmed at least seven of the 11 incidents were connected to each other and linked to gang activity. Less than a month later, CPD identified four new shots fired incidents as gang-related.
Source: The Maneater, Columbia, MO  Date: 4/20/2012
 Proposed cut to Anti-Gang program, sparks backlash: BOSTON — A 64 percent cut to an anti-gang program in a House committee's proposed state budget caught some lawmakers off-guard and has set off a flurry of efforts to restore funding. The House Ways and Means Committee budget released last week recommends funding the so-called Sen. Charles E. Shannon Community Safety Initiative at $2 million, its lowest level since the start of the recent recession, and down from $5.5 million this fiscal year. The Ways and Means budget also wipes out a separate $10 million program, backed by the governor, aimed at combating youth violence.
Source: Eagle Tribune, MA  Date: 4/20/2012
 Police fear Winnipeg summer gang war: Winnipeg police want to avoid a second summer of gang-related fire-bombings and assaults in the city, so they have started taking action now. The Winnipeg Police Service and federal prosecutors have taken the unusual step of applying in court for peace bonds for nine known biker gang members. Wiretap information connect the nine men to a turf war that erupted last summer between two motorcycle gangs: the Rock Machine and the Redlined Support Crew, a Hells Angels puppet group.
Source: CBC News, Manitoba  Date: 4/19/2012
 Quebec prison to be closed is home to high profile organized crime figures: QUEBEC — The medium-security Leclerc Institution in Laval, Que., is home to many rival gang members and organized crime figures and relocating them is a "recipe for disaster," says the prison guards union. The federal government decision to close down the facility and the Kingston Penitentiary in Ontario will lead to significant disruptions and create security nightmares, the union warned Thursday. He said Leclerc is considered a "high medium-security" facility where many high-profile organized crime figures, including Hells Angels bikers, are serving their sentences.
Source: Canada.com  Date: 4/19/2012
 Arlington battles to keep kids out of MS-13: Since notorious street gang MS-13 put down roots in the D.C. area, officials in tiny Arlington County have worked to establish one of the most extensive gang prevention programs in the region, focusing on keeping children out of gangs and helping current gang members get out. Arlington documented 10 active street gangs in 2011, and 237 gang members came into contact with police in the same year. But the county has more prevention programs than any of the surrounding jurisdictions. And officials say its efforts are part of the reason Northern Virginia has seen a 34 percent decrease in gang activity since 2003.
Source: Washington Examiner  Date: 4/18/2012
 The Myth of Suburban Gangs: A Changing Demographic: For more than two decades, the geographic location and demographic make up of gangs in American has been shifting. When most people think of gangs and the criminal activity often associated with them problems of the inner-city may come to mind -– issues that are far from their manicured suburban lawns, something that could never touch their lives directly. But the demographic makeup and geographic location of gangs are changing, according to Rebecca Petersen, author of Understanding Contemporary Gangs in America and a Criminal Justice Professor at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta*.
Source: Youth Today, Atlanta, GA  Date: 4/18/2012
 Councilman Reagan Dunn proposes anti-gang measures: Reagan Dunn, a local representative on the King County Council, outlined additional tools April 9 to combat gang violence. The proposed legislation calls for establishing anti-criminal street gang emphasis areas and allow judges to prohibit people convicted of gang-related crimes from entering areas of high gang activity.
Source: Issaquah Press, WA  Date: 4/18/2012
 Jury Backs Millard Schools For Suspending Students : A federal jury has found that Millard Public Schools acted legally when it suspended students for wearing T-shirts and other items in memory of a student who was shot to death in June 2008.
Source: WOWT, Omaha, NE  Date: 4/16/2012
 Tacoma’s gang problem focus of assessment: The City of Tacoma has published an assessment of the city’s gang problem and programs available for youths. The assessment looked at how many gang members live in the city, the crimes they commit, the programs that might get them out of gangs and the attractions of the lifestyle.
Source: The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA  Date: 4/16/2012
 Kansas City community leaders seek answers to surge in homicides: The quiet of a residential street on Kansas City’s east side is disturbed by several rapid-fire popping sounds. A car speeds away as someone calls 911. Police arrive and find a 20-year-old black male dead on the sidewalk, bleeding from the head. Kansas City’s 35 homicides so far in 2012 are 10 more than the city had recorded at the same time in 2011 — the worst year for homicides since 2008.
Source: Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO  Date: 4/16/2012
 Toledo police to announce crime-reduction strategy: There cannot be a summer like the last -- violent and deadly -- officials plan to announce this week, alongside a new crime-reduction strategy."There's a new way that we will deal with gang violence in this community and it's going to be continuous," police Chief Derrick Diggs said of the Toledo Community Initiative to Reduce Violence. "The No. 1 thing is the violence will stop."The program, which aims to reduce gun-related crimes, is to be announced during a news conference Tuesday.
Source: The Toledo Blade, Toledo, OH  Date: 4/16/2012
 130 guns, gang suspects being rounded up by joint police taskforce: 
Source: WCPO9, Cincinnatti, OH  Date: 4/16/2012
 Zetas cartel -Mara Salvatruchas alliance in Mexico unites brutal gangs: An alliance between the Zetas cartel and Mara Salvatruchas street gang will pose a major challenge for law officers who are battling the Mexican drug cartels, experts say."It's not good for anyone. It would be 'the mother of all mergers' involving two of the most violent gangs we know of," said Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center. "The Zetas are definitely extending south, but the $64,000 question is why south instead of north where the money is?
Source: The El PAso Times, El Paso, TX  Date: 4/15/2012
 Racketeering complaints target 30 suspected Oklahoma City gang members : Police filed an affidavit Thursday detailing the history of the gang, also known as the Grand Barrio Locos, and allegations of its criminal activity in Oklahoma City. The 90-plus-page affidavit details specific crimes and the methods gang members used to coordinate their activities in southwest and northwest Oklahoma City.
Source: The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, OK  Date: 4/13/2012
 Roswell police still faces officer shortage despite gang violence, federal help: ROSWELL, N.M. — The city's police department is still short more than a dozen officers as the city faces high rates of gang violence, officials said.
Source: Associated Press  Date: 4/12/2012
 Kingston Police recruits National Guard for quantum leap in gang crackdown : KINGSTON – Kingston Police have called in the troops for technical assistance in “Operation Clean Sweep,” the largest gang crackdown in Ulster County history.The New York National Guard Counter Drug Task Force team arrived Thursday morning to deploy specialized high-tech equipment in the parking lot of Kingston police headquarters. Their truck-sized device scanned impounded automobiles seized during a citywide bust made two weeks ago.
Source: Mid-Hudson News Network  Date: 4/12/2012
 Police: Gang activity high in Larimer County: LARIMER COUNTY - The Larimer County Sheriff's Office released information on large gang activity for the first quarter report of the year. The statistics showed there were 306 bookings of 149 different gang members into the Larimer County Jail. This accounted for about 12 percent of the total bookings for the jail. There were also reports on planned gang fights and assaults.
Source: 9News, Fort Collins, CO  Date: 4/11/2012
 Website shines spotlight on sought-after gang members: Houston law agencies Wednesday upgraded a website that allows citizens to anonymously turn in gang members, adding a Top 10 gallery of the most wanted gang members.The anti-gang website, called StopHoustonGangs.org, hit cyberspace in September 2010. Since then, 244 arrests have been made, based on 803 tips forwarded to law enforcement agencies via the site, according to statistics provided by the FBI. The most recent tip, an FBI spokesman said, came Wednesday, hours after photos of a fugitive gang member were posted on the Houston Chronicle website.
Source: Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX  Date: 4/11/2012
 Mayor Villaraigosa defends L.A. anti-gang program: WASHINGTON -- Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa took issue Monday with a study that said there was no evidence a multimillion-dollar anti-gang program had reduced crime, telling a youth violence summit in Washington that Los Angeles is safer than any time since the 1950s.
Source: LA Times  Date: 4/3/2012
 Police: Beating of boy in Hopkinsville, Ky., was gang initiation: HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Police in Hopkinsville have arrested eight middle school students accused of beating a boy.WTVF-TV in Nashville, Tenn., quoted Hopkinsville Police Officer Paul Ray, who said detectives found the beating was part of a youth gang initiation. The 15-year-old victim was not part of the gang.
Source: The Gleaner.com, Henderon, KY  Date: 4/3/2012
 Felony lane gang’ linked to crimes in the KC area: Swarming north from Florida in small groups, criminals known collectively as the “felony lane gang” are preying on unsuspecting women across much of the country.
Source: Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO  Date: 4/2/2012
 Lawmakers Promise Crackdown on Gangs: State lawmakers are vowing to crack down on gangs and gang-related crime in northeastern Pennsylvania.State Senator John Yudichak announced Monday morning he and others are pushing for new laws in Harrisburg to combat gang activity and give law enforcement the tools they need to get gangs off the streets.
Source: WNEP TV, PA  Date: 4/2/2012
 MPD chief announces new initiatives to reduce crime: Monroe's police chief expects to launch three programs and has already launched one initiative aimed at reducing gang activity in the city and building a better relationship between the police department and the community.Speaking at the first of a series of Mayor-Council Spring 2012 district meetings at the Marbles Recreation Center on Monday, Monroe Police Chief Quentin Holmes said the Junior Leadership Academy, Senior Leadership Academy, Citizen Police Academy and "See Something, Say Something" initiative will help boost morale and build a network of people in Monroe who understand law enforcement.
Source: the Newsstar.com, Monroe, LA  Date: 4/2/2012
 Prosecution takes stand on 'no snitching' philosophy in Grand Rapids gun cases, puts reluctant witnesses in jail: GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Law enforcement hoping to put the brakes on neighborhood shootings has led to Grand Rapids District Court being inundated by cases that have a number of young men looking at life sentences.But the mother of a pair of men in the Kent County Jail says it is unfair that these men are forced to either put themselves or their families in danger of retaliation or sit behind bars.
Source: MLive.com  Date: 4/1/2012
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