US cable: Mayor of Jamaica’s capital collaborated with alleged drug boss to reduce crime

Bruce Golding

DAVID McFADDEN (Associated Press) | December 22, 2010 KINGSTON, Jamaica — A U.S. diplomatic cable leaked Wednesday says the mayor of Jamaica’s biggest city acknowledged forging an alliance of convenience with an alleged drug baron to reduce crime in a sprawling patchwork of gritty slums. The September 2009 cable says that Kingston Mayor Desmond McKenzie […]

Outlaws biker gang national president, 3 others convicted of racketeering, other counts in Va.

Jack Rosga

LARRY O’DELL (Associated Press) | December 21, 2010 RICHMOND, Va. — A jury has convicted the national president of the Outlaws motorcycle gang and three members of racketeering and other charges. Outlaws president Jack Rosga of Milwaukee showed no reaction when the jury’s verdict was read Tuesday in federal court in Richmond, Va. Also convicted […]

Manchester Parents Seek Answers About High School Security


JESSE LEAVENWORTH (The Hartford Courant) | December 20, 2010 MANCHESTER — Parents crowded into Manchester High School’s cafeteria Monday night to hear about increased security after a hallway brawl last week and to express their frustration with school officials. Among other questions, the crowd of about 250 people wanted to know whether administrators were warned […]

Federal government wants gun dealers to report info on multiple sales of high-powered rifles


ALICIA A. CALDWELL (Associated Press) | December 20, 2010 WASHINGTON — Moving to crack down on gun smugglers, the federal agency that monitors weapons sales is asking the White House for emergency authority to require that dealers near the Mexican border report multiple purchases of high powered rifles. According to a notice published Friday in […]

Grant builds Gang Unit

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SCOTT BRODEN (Tennessean) | December 20, 2010 Using a $1.2 million federal grant, the Murfreesboro Police Department will soon launch a four-member Gang Unit and educational initiative to prevent children from joining gangs. Police Chief Glenn Chrisman said the money will allow the police department to add four sworn officer positions for three years to […]

Nighttime basketball at San Jose community center provides alternative to gang life

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Mark Gomez (Mercury News) | December 19, 2010 The pickup basketball game in South San Jose was starting to heat up, and soon tension between rival players boiled over. Words were exchanged. Two young men got face-to-face. On the streets of San Jose’s Edenvale neighborhood, this confrontation might have turned physical. But inside the new […]

Guatemalan military: ‘State of siege’ declared in province controlled by Mexican traffickers

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JUAN CARLOS LLORCA (Associated Press) | December 19, 2010 COBAN, Guatemala — The Guatemalan military declared a state of siege Sunday in a northern province that authorities say has been overtaken by Mexican drug traffickers. The government initiated the monthlong measure in the Alta Verapaz province to reclaim cities that have been taken over by […]

A party where pain is the main guest

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Mike Anton (Los Angeles Times) | December 19, 2010 It was a party sponsored by an organization you pray you should never need, a party where the sign-in sheet was full of names of the dead. Frank, shot dead by a drug dealer over a debt that wasn’t his. Jamiel, shot dead while talking on […]

New strategy seeks to stem gang crime in Kansas City

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MARK MORRIS (The Kansas City Star) | December 18, 2010 Even before last week’s shootout at a Kansas City church, authorities were devising new ways to stem the surging drug crime and violence associated with street gangs. They include a new partnership between federal prosecutors and Jackson County that could help define the gang threat […]

Nearly 150 Inmates Escape from Mexico Border Prison

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The Associated Press | December 18, 2010 MEXICO CITY — Nearly 150 inmates escaped Friday from a state prison in the northern Mexico border city of Nuevo Laredo, and authorities said the breakout was probably helped by prison employees. The public safety department of Tamaulipas state, where the prison is located near the border with […]

City gets creative to combat gangs

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Lori Culbert (Postmedia News) | December 17, 2010 Vancouver police announced new anti-gang measures Thursday, including a gang “quick-response” team that will be visible in places like bars. Vancouver police Deputy Chief Warren Lemcke said they are drawing a surveillance net even closer on street gangs. “If you are a gangster coming into Vancouver, we’re […]

Trial over permanent gang injunction in W. Sacramento wraps up


Hudson Sangree | December 16, 2010 Lawyers on Wednesday concluded a five-month trial to decide if a permanent injunction is needed in West Sacramento to combat the alleged criminal street gang known as the Broderick Boys. The civil trial, which took place before Yolo Superior Court Judge Kathleen White in a Woodland courtroom, involved dozens […]