Virginia gang member admits to racketeering conspiracy (Norfolk, VA)::  Newport News gang member has pleaded guilty to participating in a racketeering conspiracy. Twenty-four-year-old Justin Brown entered the plea Wednesday in federal court in Norfolk.
Source: The Washington Post   Date: 12/29/2015
 Va. high school student was killed on orders from gang leaders in El Salvador (Loudoun County, VA):: A 17-year-old MS-13 gang member known as “the Enforcer” of Sterling, Virginia, shot and killed a high school student on orders handed down from gang leaders in El Salvador because the boy had left the gang and joined a rival group, according to testimony given Thursday by law enforcement officials investigating the homicide
Source: The Washington Times   Date: 12/7/2015
 Portsmouth police arrest nine believed to be gang members (Portsmouth, VA): : Nine suspected gang members have been indicted on drug charges, according to an email sent to the City Council. The email, sent to the council on Saturday by City Manager Lydia Pettis Patton, said the Portsmouth Police Department’s SWAT team, with the help of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Drug Enforcement Agency, served a high-risk search warrant.
Source: The Virginian-Pilot  Date: 12/7/2015
 Leader of Portsmouth gang sentenced to 16 years behind bars (Portsmouth, VA): The leader of Portsmouth’s Bloods Gang will spend the next 16 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to drugs and gun charges. Theodore M. Vann, who is also called “Flatline,” was considered the highest ranking member of the Gorilla Mafia Piru, a gang based in the city of Portsmouth.
Source: WTKR NewsChannel 3   Date: 12/7/2015
 Abduction Likely Gang Related (Manassas, VA):: Investigators believe the abduction of a Manassas teen last week was likely gang related
Source: ManassasPatch  Date: 12/7/2015
 Virginia Teen Was Shot by Reputed Gang Member, Police Say (Loudoun County, VA):: The 17-year-old boy accused of shooting and killing another teen at a school bus stop in Loudoun County, Virginia last month is a reputed gang member who believed he was killing a member of a rival gang, detectives said in court Thursday.
Source: NBC4 Washington   Date: 12/7/2015
 Task force, hotline aim to fight gang violence (Halifax, VA):: After hosting a successful awareness summit in October, Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp is spearheading a task force with other local law enforcement department heads that is charged with combatting local gangs
Source: The Daily Herald   Date: 12/29/2014
 Two teens sought in Manassas gang stabbing (Manassas, VA):: Police are searching for two teen-agers in a gang-related stabbing in the Manassas area this week.
Source: Inside NoVa   Date: 12/17/2014
 Third arrest made in Henrico gang crackdown (Henrico, VA)::  third man is under arrest in connection with a gang crackdown in Henrico County following several violent home invasions. 21-year-old Trevon Baker is charged with hazing, gang participation, and gang recruitment
Source: WWBT 12 News   Date: 12/17/2014
 Gang member gets 2 life terms for murdering teens (Newport News, VA):: A Newport News man, and member of a Peninsula street gang, was slapped with not one, but two life prison sentences for a double murder in 2008. Friday morning, Newport News Circuit Judge David Pugh imposed a jury recommended sentence on Marcus Williams. Beforehand, he referred to Williams’ crimes as “cold, calculating, heinous, and horrific.”
Source: Wavy TV 10  Date: 12/17/2014
 Gang activity in the valley more prominent than you think (Harrisonburg, VA): : Gangs have been around for decades but have recently made themselves known in the valley. But just how many gangs and gang members are here? The number of people linked to gang activity within the last five years is 1,063, according to the C.H.A.R.G.E. Unit of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County.
Source: WHSV 3 News   Date: 12/2/2013
 Waynesboro School Board considers updating gang policy (Waynesboro, VA): : The Waynesboro School Board is considering updating the policy governing gang activity in its schools. The school board established the policy after recognizing that gang activity is a problem in the community.
Source: WHSV 3 News   Date: 12/2/2013
 Fourth arrested in alleged murder-for-hire in Franklin: FRANKLIN—Franklin police have arrested a fourth suspect in an alleged 14-month-old murder-for-hire plot against two Franklin woman and their families.
Source: Tidewaternewsd.tcom  Date: 12/28/2011
 Safe Schools-Healthy Students Holds Gang Prevention Forum: Gangs continue to be a growing problem in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Wednesday night, schools and police joined forces to come up with some prevention tactics so fewer kids join gangs in the future.
Source: NBC29.Com  Date: 12/9/2011
 Eleven men arrested in investigation of drug and weapons ring: Authorities on Wednesday arrested 11 men, several of whom have ties to street gangs, on charges of cocaine and firearms trafficking in Northern Virginia, officials said.
Source: Washington Post  Date: 12/4/2011
 Outlaws leader, members convicted of violent crimes:  federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has convicted three members and the national president of a violent motorcycle gang known as the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) of running a highly organized criminal enterprise, participating in racketeering activities and conspiring to commit violence in aid of racketeering.
Source:  Date: 12/30/2010
 M-13 gang member sentenced to 10 years in 2008 drive-by shooting: A member of the street gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly known as MS-13, was sentenced Dec. 10 to 10 years in prison for his role in a 2008 drive-by shooting in Sterling, the Loudoun County commonwealth's attorney said in a statement.
Source: Washington Post  Date: 12/23/2010
 Outlaws Motorcycle Gang Members Found Guilty : December 21, 2010. The national president and three members of the American Outlaw Association (Outlaws) motorcycle gang have been found guilty of participating in a violent criminal organization by a federal jury in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Source: E News Park Forrest  Date: 12/22/2010
 3 Beach residents charged in murder-for-hire case: The men held the women overnight and threatened to kill them. After two men left the apartment later, one of the women was able to call police in the early afternoon.
Source:  Date: 12/18/2010
 Va. safety plans to be announced: Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker is expected to announce efforts to decrease violent crime, fight gangs and help prisoners re-enter society.
Source: Washington Times  Date: 12/17/2010
 Living expenses, gangs top worries among county residents : Loudoun residents believe they need the most help keeping a roof over their heads and gangs out of their neighborhoods, according to a new survey.
Source: Loudoun Times  Date: 12/9/2010
 MS-13 gang members convicted in murder conspiracy : McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Three leaders of the MS-13 street gang in Washington were convicted Wednesday of racketeering and conspiring to murder a member of a rival gang three years ago.
Source:  Date: 12/9/2010
 Va.'s Scott pushes anti-gang bill : NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) - Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott has the backing of more than half of his fellow House members for a $2 billion, five-year anti-gang bill.
Source: WTOP.Com  Date: 12/28/2009
 Anti-gang funds won't flood Montgomery, Pr. George's border: To local members of Congress, it was a big deal: More than $2 million secured this month to go after gangs that straddle the border between Montgomery and Prince George's counties.
Source: Washington Post  Date: 12/28/2009
 Sheriff: Graffiti spate is work of local gangs-Bobtown markings signs of national groups, 'Bloods': BOBTOWN -- Drivers along Route 178 between Bobtown and Pungoteague have noticed an upsurge in graffiti painted on signs and at least one building in the area over the last six weeksAccomack County Sheriff Larry Giddens said the graffiti is gang-related and began to appear on Halloween night.
Source: The Daily Times  Date: 12/19/2009
 Man gets 37 years for gang-related crimes: NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A U.S. District judge said a Virginia man with suspected gang ties will spend 37 years in prison for a variety of crimes.
Source: UPI.Com  Date: 12/4/2009
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