New Port St. Lucie mayor accused of faking gang statistics


Alexi Howk (TCPalm) | November 22, 2010 PORT ST. LUCIE —Newly elected Mayor JoAnn Faiella falsified gang member data when she was a crime intelligence analyst at the Police Department, according to her former supervisor. Faiella said she was told to increase the overall number of gang members in Port St. Lucie so the Police […]

Former gang leader says he hopes to give at-risk youth ‘a fighting chance’


Megan Craig (TribLocal) | November 22, 2010 By the time he was 14, C.J. Sistrunk had been in more than 100 fights. Sistrunk was on the verge of being kicked out of school when a friend suggested he attend a Friday evening session with a man named Ricky. It’s been a year since Sistrunk began […]

Violence Erupts In Salinas; 1 Killed

police_SUV November 22, 2010 SALINAS, Calif. — A violent Sunday night in Salinas left one person dead and a teenager with gunshot wounds to the leg, police said. Salinas police said they responded to reports of gunshots and a victim down in a parking lot at 1568 Falcon Drive at about 8 p.m. Sunday, where […]

Fatal stabbing may be linked to gang feuds, police say


Josh White (Washington Post) Monday, November 22, 2010 Targeted stabbings in Manassas on Friday and Saturday – one fatal – appear to be linked to disputes between two rival Hispanic gangs, violence that has spurred investigations by local police and the Northern Virginia Gang Task Force. Manassas police said the first stabbing happened on Friday […]

7 arrested in South Monterey County gang sweep


GRISELDA D. RAMIREZ (The November 22, 2010 The latest gang sweep in south Monterey County — the fifth suppression operation in three months — netted seven arrests over the weekend. Officers from four police departments conducted probation and parole searches on Saturday in Soledad, King City, Greenfield and Gonzales. Soledad police Lt. Jaime Fernandez […]

Fatal shooting of boy in Long Beach could be gang-related, police say


Sam Allen (LA Times) November 18, 2010 Police said Thursday they are investigating the shooting death of a 14-year-old boy inside a Long Beach home as possibly gang-related. Although investigators believe the victim had no ties to gangs, one of his male family members does, said Sgt. Dina Zapalski, a spokeswoman for the Long Beach […]

Nine-Trey Headbustas member admits helping to kill street gang leader


Tom Haydon (The Star-Ledger) November 22, 2010 NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — When members of the Nine Trey Headbustas Bloods street gang didn’t like how their set was operating in New Brunswick, they decided to get rid of the leader. One gang member, Davon Parker, 22, of Edison, admitted in court Friday to helping the two […]

Arrests weaken West Dallas’ infamous Gator Boyz gang, police say


SELWYN CRAWFORD (The Dallas Morning News) November 21, 2010 For 10 years, police say, the West Side Gator Boyz were one of Dallas’ most notorious street gangs. Born from the surprising merger of Crips and Bloods – the Hatfields and McCoys of modern-day street gangs – the Gator Boyz dominated the drug trade in West […]

New California law enforcement team targets paroled sex offenders after high-profile lapses


DON THOMPSON (Associated Press) | November 19, 2010 SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Michael Harden problems were just beginning when agents rolled up to his cluttered trailer to arrest him for letting the battery in his GPS ankle bracelet run low, making it difficult to track the movements of the paroled child molester. Then the agents found […]

DA Martin to seek re-election


Kevin Amerman (THE MORNING CALL) | November 18, 2010 Citing a 98 percent conviction rate over the past two years, Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin announced Thursday he’s seeking — and deserves — a fourth elected term. While touting his past, Martin also announced initiatives for the near future that he says would improve […]

No Murders Planned For Long Island Mall


Rob Hoell (WPIX) | November 18, 2010 HICKSVILLE, NY — Police say there is no credibility to a barrage of emails circulating in Nassau County of an impending MS-13 gang initiation where an innocent victim would be randomly singled out to be murdered at the Broadway Mall in Hicksville. “I actually work in the mall […]

$75,000 reward offered in Glassell Park double murder


Stephen Ceasar (Los Angeles Times) | November 17, 2010 A $75,000 reward is being offered in a gang-related double murder in Glassell Park, Los Angeles police said Wednesday. Brothers Jose Martinez, 24, and Samuel Martinez, 20, were killed at about 12:50 a.m. Sept. 25 in the 2900 block of Division Street, near San Fernando Road. […]