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Both sides in Arizona’s immigration debate use crime argument

Statistics show foreign-born residents commit fewer crimes, but backers of an illegal immigrant law say public safety is their key motivation. Nicholas Riccardi (Chicago Tribune) May 2, 2010 Phoenix – By many measures, Arizona has become safer since illegal immigrants began pouring into the state in the 1990s. Crime has dropped all across the country […]

16 in global child porn ‘club’ indicted

Nardine Saad (Los Angeles Times) December 15, 2010 Federal authorities Tuesday announced the indictments of 16 men who allegedly accessed a password-protected Internet forum on child pornography containing thousands of graphic images and videos of young boys. The two-year investigation into the “Lost Boy” Internet group found that members were encouraged to regularly post sexually […]

Looking for Bloods member in Lehigh robberies

Pamela Lehman (THE MORNING CALL) December 15, 2010 Bethlehem police are looking for a 21-year-old man they said is a member of the Bloods and involved in the rash of recent robberies and burglaries involving Lehigh University students. Darius Michael Newman, who lived in Bethlehem but now has no known address, is wanted on charges […]

Va. biker gang racketeering trial nears end

The Associated Press 12/15/2010 A federal prosecutor portrayed the national president of the Outlaws motorcycle gang as a crafty leader who manipulates members into committing crimes, but a defense attorney said Tuesday that her client never directed anybody to break the law. The statements came in closing arguments in the racketeering trial of Jack Rosga […]

Salinas police ID gang members in officer-involved shooting

KIMBER SOLANA December 14, 2010 The gunman who police say engaged two gang task force officers in the fierce gun battle Saturday evening was once charged with murder and attempted murder over a decade ago. But the charges filed on February 1998 against Nicholas Ruelas Martinez were dismissed two months later, according to the Monterey […]

Rapper Yo Gotti Wanted by Police For Nightclub Shooting in Memphis

By Chris Masi STREETGANGS.COM STAFF WRITER December 13, 2010 Police are after rapper Yo Gotti, who they suspect is in connection to a nightclub shooting that took place over Thanksgiving weekend. According to MyFox Memphis, an arrest warrant has been issued for the the Memphis native rapper. On November 29th, altercation broke out between Gotti […]

Woman dies after being shot in front of grandchildren at Inglewood park

Jason Felch (LA Times) December 13, 2010 Map shows location of Saturday’s shooting in purple, as well nearby homicides, in red, since January 2007. Click for more details on The Times’ interactive Homicide Report. Inglewood police are looking for a gunman who shot a 61-year-old woman in front of her grandchildren during a picnic at […]

Bell corruption: Judge rules not to delay state attorney general’s lawsuit

Andrew Blankstein (Los Angeles Times) December 13, 2010 A Los Angeles County Superior judge denied a request Monday by the state to delay its lawsuit against current and former Bell officials because it could interfere with L.A. County’s criminal cases against the troubled city’s current and former leaders. Judge Ralph Dau rebuffed efforts by lawyers […]

Alleged leader of gang accused of hijacking school bus and kidnapping kids shot dead

By Associated Press December 13, 2010 LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Police say a gang leader accused of kidnapping children from a school bus has been killed in southeastern Nigeria. Police spokesman Geoffrey Ogbonna told The Associated Press on Monday that a joint army and police team shot Obioma Nwankwo during an operation Sunday in Abia […]

Parents of Gang Members Sentenced to School

Meredith Carroll December 13th, 2010 A new law in California gives judges the option of sending parents back to school for training when their kids are convicted of gang-related crimes for the first time. However, a new report suggests the parents in question aren’t thrilled with the court ordered classes. Moms and dads in neighborhoods […]

Mistaken-ID slaying of boy, 14, leads to prison

Henry K. Lee (San Francisco Chronicle) December 11, 2010 Two gang members were sentenced Friday to decades in prison for murdering a 14-year-old Oakland boy they mistook for a rival gang member. The boy, Ricardo Cortes Jr., had nothing to do with gangs. Just before he was shot to death, he asked his killer, “Why […]

Student Stands Up Against Gangs in Walla Walla

John Collett Dec 9, 2010 Eighth grader John Martin and his fellow classmates are putting together a documentary highlighting the rise in gang violence in their city. Martin says he’s noticed a chance in his community over the years. “I’ve seen clips of people just walking down the street and getting jumped by gang members,” […]

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