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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

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

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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