Springfield Deals with Gangs

1 decade 3 years 4 months ago Tuesday, August 08 2006 Aug 8, 2006 Tuesday, August 08, 2006 7:14:44 PM CDT August 08, 2006 in News
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Police said gangs are responsible for an increase of major violent and property crimes in the first half of 2006. The grand jury that was selected will help police build cases for prosecution. Springfield police say they have already confirmed the existence of two gangs, with a total of 42 members. A series of robberies in June and a string of property crimes and other violent crimes have been linked to one, if not both, of the groups. Investigators have run into difficulty solving the crimes because they say potential witnesses are afraid to talk to them. Sixty prospective jurors will be narrowed to 12, with at least four alternates. They will serve for six months, and two more months could be added. The jurors start work tomorrow.

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