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We continue our occasional series highlighting different responses to gang violence in Oregon with a look at a boxing program in Medford, part of a larger approach called Keep Encouraging Youth (KEY).
Dave Allen wants to help create a new, more robust music industry, and he thinks its possible through new streaming service Beats Music.
Vancouver, Washington and Caldwell, Idaho have a great many differences. One is an urban center north of densely populated Portland. The other a fairly small city in a relatively rural area. But in both places, people have been grappling with gang-related violence. In Caldwell, the sergeant in charge of street crimes says it couldn't have gotten much worse than in the summer of 2004 when he says there were 130 shootings in one month. He says some people were sleeping in their bathtubs because they were afraid of the drive-by shootings. Seven years later — with considerable help from the federal government — the problem has been contained, but he says he does not see a time when gangs will not be a problem. Vancouver has its share of gang activity — including one recent case that's still unsolved. And we'll also check in on how effective some of Portland's efforts have been in reducing gang violence.
Alexander English is a 23 year-old African American who lives in North Portland. According to witnesses he was on the porch of his home, arguing with some people in a dark blue sedan, when shots were fired from the car. English was hit multiple times. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition and is expected to survive. This was on Tuesday morning. It was the fourth third suspected gang-related shooting in less than a week in Portland. Police believe the four are not connected. Portland Mayor Sam Adams expressed his sadness over the shootings when he was on our show on Tuesday morning. He described the work of the gang task force in trying to prevent this kind of violence and said that people need to report suspected gang activity.
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The Portland Police Bureau is investigating two overnight shootings in Northeast Portland. No injuries were reported and no arrested have been made.
Young people gathered Friday at a Portland park to protest a recent rise in gang violence.
Portland police have responded to 52 violent crimes this year that were gang-related, sharply up from last year. Friday, dozens of young people protested the violence.
Community members and local law enforcement officials came together for an outreach event in Portland last night, to talk about gang violence.
Portland police initiated what they called a "cool down" operation in the city over the weekend, to tamp down gang violence.
In spite of recent reports of gang-related shootings in Portland, a new study suggests the problem was worse ten years ago.
A new study into gang activity in the Portland area suggests the problem has declined generally in recent years, but has increased in pockets of east Multnomah County.
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Top Stories: NBA Star Offers Reward In Gang Shooting; Wash. Retailers Must Clear Drug Paraphernalia From ViewAug. 19, 2014 3:30 p.m.
Headlines for Tuesday, Aug. 19: Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones is offering a $1,000 reward for information about the gunmen who killed a 21-year-old Portland woman in a gang-related shooting, Washington retailers must remove drug paraphernalia from easy view, and more.
The Portland Police Bureau will have extra officers patrolling the city this weekend. An increase in gang-related crime led the bureau to put more police on the streets.