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Date: Jul 2013

Gang member sentenced to life.. - RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - An MS-13 gang member will serve life in prison for his role in a murder at Pony Pasture.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Michael Arevalo pleaded guilty to conspiracy to kill Osbin Hernandez-Gonzalez. Hernandez-Gonazles was found dead with several gunshots to the head at Pony Pasture back in 2011.

Police say Arevalo helped trick the murder victim to going to Pony Pasture. Two other gang members involved in this case were already sentenced

Discussing Violence Acts as 'a Stronger Bond Than Blood Ties' for Gang Members - Gang members trust one another more than their own family members if they have shared incriminating information about a violent act they are planning, says a new Oxford University study.

Researchers analysed phone conversations between gangs wiretapped by the police in the 1990s. They found that the more contact two members had over the phone, the higher the level of cooperation they had on future tasks.

Baltimore City Detention Center Making Improvements - Administrators promise improvements are underway at the Baltimore City Detention Center, the facility where 25 guards and alleged gang members are accused of peddling drugs and laundering money.

The alleged crime ring was discovered three months ago. On Thursday, 12 members of a commission charged with overseeing the facility took a tour of the Detention Center, led by Secretary Gary Maynard. Some lawmakers suggest the state should replace the century-old institution, a move that could cost $400 million.

But in the meantime some of the improvements which are already taking place include a new system of surveillance cameras, replacing a system where just half the cameras were found to be operational. In addition to this, all employees of the facility are now subject to daily, computerized, random searches.

City Police Arrest 'Public Enemy Number One' - Baltimore city police say they have caught up with the man dubbed the city's "public enemy number one."

Capone Chase, 19, was arrested this morning on the 15-hundred block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

He was taken into custody around 4 a.m. without incident, according to Det. Vernon Davis, with the city police department.   

He was wanted in connection with a murder in southeast Baltimore.   

Chase had been designated with the dubious distinction after the city police found Darryl Anderson, the alleged Black Guerilla Family Gang member, who had been accused of involvement in the recent spate of murders.

New charges of gang violence inside a Maryland prison - New charges of gang violence at a Maryland prison -- this time not in Baltimore City -- but in the Western part of the state.

North Branch Correctional Institution, in Alleghany County, has only been open a few years -- it is supposed to be the state’s most secure prison; it’s where the state’s most violent offenders have been kept ever since the House of Correction in Jessup closed in 2007.

But there have been five assaults on correctional officers at North Branch, just in the past three weeks.

“We're talking about the cell phones we're talking about drugs and we're talking about gangs,” said Del. John Cluster, a former sheriff who now represents a district in Baltimore County.

The union that represents correctional officers in Maryland says on July 8th -- three North Branch correctional officers were assaulted by inmates, who they say are gang members

North Jersey Gang Leader Sentenced For Drug Conspiracy - The leader of a northern New Jersey street gang has been sentenced to more than 27 years in prison for his involvement in a large-scale conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine.

Federal prosecutors say 28-year-old Mark Manasse of Irvington heads the Brick City Brims set of the Bloods. He was one of nearly a dozen suspects arrested following a joint investigation by federal, state and local officials that culminated in April 2011

Capone Chase identified as 'Public Enemy No. 1' in slaying - BALTIMORE —Baltimore City police identified the latest "Public Enemy No. 1" Monday as a man wanted in a July 13 slaying in Highlandtown. Capone Chase, 19, had been released from jail 48 hours before the killing after a plea bargain that knocked an armed robbery charge down to misdemeanor assault, WBAL-TV 11 News I-Team lead investigative reporter Jayne Miller said Monday.

Police said Chase lured Ramon Rodriguez, 21, to the 4600 block of Gough Street at Lehigh Street before shooting him in the head on a playground. "It was a very vicious attack, and the reason we are making him public enemy No. 1 is because it occurred here on the playground that was erected for our children to be able to come outside and be safe," Baltimore Police Maj. William Davis said.

Police said Chase is a member of the Black Guerrilla Family gang and that they consider him armed and dangerous.

Details Emerge in Prison Hunger Strike - We're learning more about the large hunger strike going on behind bars of several California prisons.
 State prison officials say the whole thing was orchestrated by prison gangs in order to sell drugs and make money.   
The LA Times reports two convicted murderers doing time at Pelican Bay have agreed to provide information about their gangs in return for being moved out of isolation. 

The report indicates that top tier members of the Black Guerilla Family, Nuestra Familia and the Aryan Brotherhood started the strike which encompassed dozens of lockups across the state.   

As of Sunday, corrections officials said more than 1,200 inmates remained on hunger strike.

Police chief issues 'zero tolerance policy' on gangs – S.C. Gang members are going to have to have their heads on a swivel from now on.

Interim Walterboro Public Safety Department Chief Ken Dasen earlier this week sent out a press statement announcing the city police and Colleton County Sheriff’s Office were adopting a policy of zero tolerance for the members of violent gangs.

Dasen said the city’s police and county’s deputies have been watching and keeping tabs on the members of the gangs in the county and making arrests when possible.

But, he added, “we have not been doing this; we have been targeting gangs, but now we are going to the approach of zero tolerance.”

West Point team builds tool to analyze gang connections - Violent street gangs are behind many crimes in cities and towns across the United States, and law enforcement agencies are constantly honing their intelligence gathering technologies to counter gang activity.

To aid police in dealing with street gangs, a team at the West Point Military Academy has released details of a software program that uses new techniques for crime-based social network analysis.

The program, called ORCA (Organization, Relationship, and Contact Analyzer), uses real-world data acquired from the arrests and questioning of suspected gang members to piece together a gang’s social network structure.  The software combines techniques based on logic programming, viral marketing and community detection in an application customized for police intelligence support.

Prison Gang Leader To Plead Guilty - A Maryland inmate who officials say impregnated multiple guards and ran a jailhouse gang has reached a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

Tavon White plans to plead guilty to a charge of racketeering conspiracy and faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

He was among about two dozen people charged in April in a vast drug-smuggling operation at the downtown Baltimore jail.

A signed copy of the plea agreement shows that White will admit to having been a commander of the Black Guerilla Family, a gang that operated on the streets and inside the jail.

Baltimore Police Make Arrest In Quadruple Shooting - BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Baltimore City police make an arrest in a shooting that sent four men to the hospital.

The man now faces charges of attempted murder and police confirm this shooting is connected to the Black Guerilla Family gang.

Twenty-nine-year-old Lamont Jones is facing several charges of attempted murder. Baltimore City police say he is the triggerman in a quadruple shooting in west Baltimore that sent four men to the hospital.

“This is the gentleman who took or tried to take the lives of our citizens, Lamont Jones, and we’ve brought him to justice,” said Commissioner Anthony Batts.

2 indicted in brothel robbery, rape, killing - BALTIMORE —A federal grand jury has indicted two gang members on accusations that they robbed a Hyattsville brothel in 2007, raped one of its employees and killed a person who showed up during the crime.

Ramon Miguel Cerros-Cruz, 23, of Silver Spring, and Alexsi Lopez, 25, of Hyattsville, were charged with conspiracy and robbery that resulted in rape and murder. Officials said Cerros-Cruz had already been charged, but the indictment returned Monday added Lopez as a defendant.

According to the documents, Cerros-Cruz and Lopez, who were both part of the MS-13 gang, familiarized themselves with the brothel and went inside armed with knives on Feb. 28, 2007.

Jul 2013