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Chicago anti-gang efforts tame street violence

CHICAGO | The low point so far in Chicago's closely watched battle with street gangs may have been the day that Michelle Obama came home for the funeral of a teenage honor student.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

E.C. police chief describes frustration in fight against gang violence

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker said conflicts among gangs, and between gangs and police boil down to one thing: frustration.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
Gang members on path of 'assumed destiny' — dying by age 20

Gang members on path of 'assumed destiny' — dying by age 20

I retired from the Gary Police Department after 23 years as the deputy chief of police.

February 05, 2014 12:00 am Related
A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

A different kind of war: Life and death, endless retribution

By late 2008, Javier Solis Jr. was tired of living the gangster lifestyle.

February 03, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

A different kind of war: Limited choices, a driftless future

Julius Solis and his older brother had been hanging out with Imperial Gangsters since before they could walk.

February 02, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

Former member: Gangs are terrorist organizations

We need to quit looking at gangs as just some neighborhood nuisance. They are a terrorist organization looking to make your child a domestic terrorist.

February 02, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Man wanted in brutal Gary shooting arrested in Arizona

PHOENIX | A gang member accused in a brutal shooting in Gary has been captured in Phoenix, federal authorities said.

February 01, 2014 1:42 pm
Giffith Police Chief Greg Mance

Giffith Police Chief Greg Mance

Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance

January 20, 2014 12:00 am

Two alleged gang members accept plea agreements

HAMMOND | Two defendants of the sweeping federal racketeering case against the Imperial Gangsters street gang have accepted plea agreements, according to court records.

January 08, 2014 8:11 pm

E.C. man receives prison term for gang activity

HAMMOND | An East Chicago man was sentenced to more than a decade in prison on Friday for engaging in racketeering activity with the Imperial Gangster street gang.

December 20, 2013 8:45 pm

E.C. man killed, girlfriend wounded in shooting

EAST CHICAGO | A 23-year-old man was killed and his pregnant girlfriend wounded in an early morning shooting when someone leaned in through a window and shot them in their sleep, police said.

November 30, 2013 6:30 pm
Advised on signs of trouble

Advised on signs of trouble

Seventh- and eighth-graders at Edison Junior/Senior High School hear Tom Branson, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department,  talk about gangs at the school in Lake Station.

November 27, 2013 2:29 pm
Advised on signs of trouble

Advised on signs of trouble

Tom Branson, of the Lake County Sheriff's Department, speaks to Edison Junior /Senior High School seventh- and eighth-graders Wednesday about gangs at the school in Lake Station.

November 27, 2013 2:29 pm

Texas Latin King leader sentenced to 262 months in prison

HAMMOND | Federal prosecutors closed the book on the Texas leader of the Latin Kings street gang Thursday in U.S. District Court in Hammond.

September 19, 2013 8:03 pm

Kirk still seeking solutions to gang violence

CHICAGO | U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Monday he continues to push for congressional money and other potential solutions to combat street gang violence, and he even went on a ride-along with police through gang-plagued parts of Chicago.

August 19, 2013 4:20 pm
Lake Co. cops seize guns, drugs in Gary raids

Lake Co. cops seize guns, drugs in Gary raids

CROWN POINT | Lake County Sheriff John Buncich on Friday showcased evidence seized in two drug raids in Gary in an effort to curb gang violence in the city.

August 16, 2013 2:25 pm Photos

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Gary residents urged to get involved, report crime

GARY | “Everybody has to get involved. If we don’t, we’re going to lose our battle.”

August 14, 2013 9:30 pm

New gang culture blamed for uptick in local violent crime

The surge in gun violence in northern Lake County is the result of small, young, self-proclaimed gangs operating without structure, local officials said.

July 28, 2013 8:00 pm

E.C. man enters guilty plea in Imperial Gangsters case

EAST CHICAGO | An alleged member of the Imperial Gangsters street gang pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiring with other gang members to commit racketeering offenses, court records show.

May 21, 2013 6:30 pm
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