Gangs

Local News
5:21 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Chester, South Carolina: A Small Town With A Big Gang Problem

Chester city seal
Credit City of Chester, SC

Chester, South Carolina has a population around 5,500. It is in many ways a classic small Southern city. Chartered in 1840, the town has plenty of history, from farming and textiles to railroads and the Civil War.

Chester also has a 21st century gang problem. On November 4th, Chester City Councilman Odell Williams was killed in a drive-by shooting. Authorities say all five suspects now charged in the killing have ties to a gang called “Roundtree Circle.”And, this is just the latest gang violence to hit the town of Chester – a teenager was killed earlier this year.  

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Youth Gang Prevention

Credit chiesADIbeinasco / flickr

In 2011 the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department began exploring ways to merge several youth involvement organizations into a more cohesive, effective strategy of engaging at risk kids in our region. The result is the Youth Engagement Unit. About that same time the Hidden Valley Neighborhood was remaking itself from a bastion of perhaps the worst gang activity in the area to a stronger, safer place to live. We’ll look at how Hidden Valley came back from the brink and how CMPD and others are engaging youth to prevent juvenile criminal activity from occurring in the first place.

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Public Safety
4:59 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Court Rules Hidden Valley Kings Gang Members Can't Mingle

Wendell McCain's father holds up court papers and says his son, a defendant in the case (in red), is not part of the Hidden Valley Kings and was never part of the gang. To the right of McCain is Cordell Blair, another named defendant in the case.
Credit Tasnim Shamma

Mecklenburg County is the first in North Carolina to invoke a new law that allows police departments to prevent gang members from associating with each other in public or being near someone who is carrying drugs or guns.

A judge Thursday morning granted CMPD's request for a civil injunction against a north Charlotte gang called the Hidden Valley Kings.


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