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April 12, 2017 
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CALIFORNIA Gangs in Berkeley: Police break silence

BERKLEY - This week, for the first time ever, Berkeley police officers were given carte blanche to speak without filters at a public meeting about gang activity in town and what can be done to help those who are drawn to it. Monday night, BPD gang experts Sgt. Patty Delaluna and Officer Matt McGee offered insight into the main gangs in Berkeley, the history of local gangs, dynamics that have sparked recent violence, and more...(Full Article)

GEORGIA Gang members targeted in probation compliance check

COWETA - Dozens of houses were visited by a team of law enforcement personnel and eight people arrested following a series of probation-parole compliance checks targeting local gang members and gang associates. The operation was part of a Gang Associate Probation Compliance Check  – the first of its kind to be conducted in the Coweta Circuit. The roundup occurred on March 30. The idea to conduct the check was developed in gang intelligence meetings...(Full Article)

TEXAS Indictment Reveals Tri-City Bombers Valley-Based Operations

MCALLEN - More than two dozen alleged gang members indicted on multiple federal charges have ties to the Rio Grande Valley. The alleged gang members face federal racketeering, drug distribution and money laundering charges, and are accused in a string of murders, attempted murders and robberies. A gang expert told CHANNEL 5 NEWS their arrests are leaving open doors for other Tri-City Bombers to move up in ranks. Gang expert MaryAnne Denner said the criminal organization started in the area of Pharr, San Juan and Alamo in the 80s. “The Tri-City Bombers started many years ago as – they were a football team actually....(Full Article)

HOUSTON - Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that his office will immediately reassign Texas special agents and establish a tactical center in Houston to curb an increase in crimes and killings by violent gangs in the city. The governor announced his plan to thwart violence during a morning news conference and spent the first few minutes reading a list of crimes allegedly committed by gangs in Houston since January.  Abbott concentrated in particular on MS-13 - a notorious El Salvadoran-based gang known for recruiting members as young as 13, many of them in the U.S. illegally...(Full Article)

SAN ANTONIO - Police are investigating after a fight broke out in the 3500 block of South Zarzamora Saturday night that sent one man to the hospital with serious injuries. It happened just after 11:30 p.m. -- police said two men were arguing over a woman in the parking lot of a bar. The men, who are alleged members of rival bike gangs, argued until one man stabbed the other in the back twice...(Full Article)

ILLINOIS How Kane prosecutors are using lawsuits to curb gangs

KANE - The first lawsuit Kane County State's Attorney Joe McMahon filed against the Latin Kings in Elgin in 2010 to stop gang members from associating with each other had 82 defendants. The fourth and most recent lawsuit against gangs had 16. Prosecutors are narrowing their approach to make the lives of gang members more difficult, uncomfortable and downright miserable. "What we're trying to do is identify the individuals who are the most active, the most entrenched in the gang structure," McMahon said this week. "It's not going to end gang recruitment and gang activity, but it's going to make it more difficult." McMahon's office has worked with Elgin and Aurora police to sue gangs under the 1993 Illinois Street Gang Terrorist Omnibus Prevention Act. People named as defendants can either admit they are active gang members or challenge it in court...(Full Article)

NORTH CAROLINA City leaders say legislation not enough to stop gang activity

SALISBURY - A bill making its way through the Capitol in Raleigh is aimed at deterring suspected gang members from committing crimes.

House Bill 138

Gangs have been a huge problem across the area and particularly in Rowan County. House Bill 138 aims to help law enforcement officers by getting tougher on gangs and their leaders, but some said it's not enough to stop the crimes. Woody Carter is fed up with the violence he feels has gotten out of control in Salisbury. "You can't even walk down the street no more without something going on,"...(Full Article)

WASHINGTON Alleged vandals arrested; seems related to gangs

KENNEWICK - Benton County Interim Sheriff Jerry Hatcher says two juveniles have been booked into the Benton/Franklin County Juvenile Justice Center in the incident that saw a sheriff’s patrol vehicle vandalized over the weekend at the road department in Prosser. Gang team detectives served a search warrant on the two, aged 16 and 17, and found evidence of the burglary of the road department and theft from the same location. Hatcher said the males, who have gang ties, have been charged with burglary, theft, and malicious mischief...(Full Article)

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