Known gangster surrenders for credit union shooting

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Eyewitness News | March 9th, 2011 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — A known gangster has surrendered to authorities for shooting a gun in the parking lot of a Bakersfield credit union. Irvin Briggs, 38, turned himself in Tuesday night at the Kern County Jail. He was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, reckless discharge […]

Gardena man shot dead, girlfriend critical in apparent gang-related attack

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Daily Breeze | March 08, 2011 Authorities today identified a Gardena man who was killed in an apparent gang shooting in Watts that critically wounded his female companion. The shooting occurred about 11:45 p.m. Sunday at 105th and Juniper streets. Jarrod Tyron Atkins, 29, died a the scene, coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter said. Atkins […]

Ex-gang leader earns accolades at Sundance, then sentenced for extortion

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Annie Sweeney (Chicago Tribune) | March 8, 2011 Less than 24 hours after a Hollywood studio awarded him a screenwriting contract, a former leader of a national gang that sprung from the hard-core punk scene was sentenced Tuesday to a year in prison by a federal judge in Chicago. The highs and lows provided a […]

Iraq vet turned Latin Kings leader pleads guilty

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Peter Hall (THE MORNING CALL) | March 07, 2011 PHILADELPHIA — An Iraq war veteran who became the second in command of Bethlehem’s Latin Kings gang pleaded guilty to plotting revenge on gang associates who “snitched” to police. From 2004 through 2008, Pedro “King P-Solo” Velasquez was involved in four separate attempts to kill or […]

Rep. Jerry McNerney introduces gang database bill

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Ross Farrow (Lodi News-Sentinel) | March 7, 2011 Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Pleasanton, reintroduced legislation on Thursday to create a national gang activity database to allow law enforcement officials nationwide to track and share information about gang members and their activities. “I sat down with members of the Tracy Police Department and local elected officials to […]

EXCLUSIVE: Police agencies may copy Ogden’s gang restraining orders

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Ben Winslow (Fox 13 News) | March 5, 2011 OGDEN — The Ogden Metro Gang Unit’s controversial plan to serve restraining orders on members of a street gang could soon by copied by other law enforcement agencies across Utah. “There is definite interest along the Wasatch Front and throughout the state in other agencies, saying […]

Santa Ana gang fight sends 3 to hospital


BRITTANY LEVINE (THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER) | March 5, 2011 SANTA ANA – Three males suffered knife wounds and were sent to a hospital following a gang fight in Santa Ana early Saturday morning, authorities said. More than a dozen officers responded to the fight just after midnight in the 700 block of West Central […]

Six people are wounded in a gang-related shooting in South Los Angeles

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Ruben Vives (Los Angeles Times) | March 5, 2011 A woman and five men were shot and wounded while attending a party in South Los Angeles, according to Officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department The shooting occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Central Avenue and 120th Street, Eisenman […]

Rival Gangs blamed for Mission district violence

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The Associated Press | March 04, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO—A San Francisco neighborhood known for its mix of Mexican taco shops and trendy cafes has seen a spurt of suspected gang violence over the past two weeks that has claimed one life and injured several other people.Police blame the recent shootings and stabbings in the Mission […]

Middle school student charged with extortion

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Gregg MacDonald (Fairfax Times) | March 4, 2011 Fairfax County police have charged a 13-year-old boy with extortion after he allegedly made threats to kill a member of another teenager’s family, and then offered the protection of an illegal street gang for money. Police said the Annandale teen was charged with extortion, gang recruitment and […]

Restaurant gives former gang members a second chance


Ashley Korslien (KRTV) | March 4, 2011 Several Great Falls residents are in Los Angeles this week to receive training and network with other community leaders to address crime prevention and other civic issues. One of the areas highlighted during the conference is how one program is giving former gang members a second chance. The […]

Police Use Facebook To Nab Gang Bangers


Ken Molestina (WUSA9) | March 3, 2011 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. — Social networking sites like Facebook have proven popular for talking to friends and meeting people. Now, police in Montgomery County say it’s also one of their newest tools in gaining crucial information on area gang activity. About the activity of gang members online, Sergeant Rob Musser […]