Florida Gulf Coast island faces massive cleanup
A revived Hurricane Ian pounded coastal South Carolina on Friday, ripping apart piers and flooding streets after the ferocious storm caused catastrophic damage in Florida, trapping thousands in their homes and leaving at least 17 people dead. (Sept. 30)news.yahoo.com
New DOJ initiative targets Houston’s most violent criminals
A violent crime initiative announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Justice will bring a new focus on prosecuting Houston’s most disruptive criminals and targeting gang members, who law enforcement leaders say are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime in the city.
Alleged gang member brings gun into jail, arresting officer claims he missed it during pat down due to man’s large size, docs show
An alleged gang member who was arrested Tuesday managed to bring a gun into a Harris County Jail facility because an arresting officer failed to find it during a body search, according to an affidavit.
‘Eight Trey Gangster Crips’ member with lengthy criminal history sentenced to fed time for weapons violation: DOJ
Brandon Deshun Hawkins, 36, pleaded guilty on Sep. 29, 2021, to being a felon in possession of a firearm. For that offense, he was sentenced Wednesday to serve to 37 months in federal prison.
US, Haiti seek release of 17 missionaries snatched by gang
U.S. officials are working with Haitian authorities to try to secure the release of 12 adults and five children with a U.S.-based missionary group who were abducted by a gang notorious for killings, kidnappings and extortionwashingtonpost.com
Days into 2021, Chicago carjacking numbers not slowing: Search our map to see where incidents took place
“The gangs are using these vehicles because they feel they can’t be traced,” South Chicago District Capt. Michael Murphy told the Tribune in early January. Murphy’s patrol district saw carjackings jump in 2020 to 97 from 36 the year before. “They can do their crimes, whether it be shootings or whatever it is, and then dump the car.”chicagotribune.com
Officials seek public help in locating known gang member wanted in 2 Harris County shooting incidents
HOUSTON Houston Police Department is searching for Samantha Molina, a confirmed gang member. Molina, 20, is accused of aggravated robbery and aggravated assault in two separate shooting incidents in Harris County. On May 19, police say Molina had a confrontation with a complainant at a Houston apartment complex located in the 3100 block of Crestdale Drive. When they arrived at the gas station, Molina is accused of holding the man at gunpoint and demanding money from him. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477) or submitted online on the Houston Crime Stoppers website.
Judge weighs whether to charge girl as adult in 2018 slaying of Lamar High School student
HOUSTON – A judge will decide whether a teenage girl will be tried as an adult in connection with the slaying of Lamar High School student DeLindsey Mack, according to investigators. The teenage girl now charged in his death told Mack and the other girl that she had to leave, investigators said. Along with the Lamar High Schol student and Johnson, Dave’on Thomas is also a suspect charged in connection with the case. They mentioned that the juvenile female suspect was smart, more mature than the average person in detention and manipulative. KPRC 2 will not make the identity of the teenage girl charged in Mack’s death public unless she is charged as an adult.
El Salvadorans seek refuge from gangs at local shelter
El Salvadorans seek refuge from gangs at local shelter There are almost 10 murders on the streets of El Salvador every day. Gangs have made survival a daily battle. But amidst the violence, a youth center serves as a shelter from a brutal world outside its gates. Manuel Bojorquez reports.cbsnews.com