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Posts Tagged ‘Gangs’

Inweekly 2009: The rise of gangs in Escambia County

Inweekly 2009: The rise of gangs in Escambia County

Since 2007, Inweekly has reported on the rise of gangs in Escambia County. In 2008, Florida changed its gang statute-Florida Statute 874.03-to include the characteristics of hybrid gangs so that they could be prosecuted on a higher criminal level for crimes committed by group members. The Florida [...]

Street Buzz: Is Pensacola Gang War about to go to another level of violence?

Street Buzz: Is Pensacola Gang War about to go to another level of violence?

On Martin Luther King Day, a white man pulls into the county park behind the Marie Young Community Center in the Wedgewood and Pinestead neighborhoods in north Pensacola---west of Car City. He has a trunk full of assault rifles. Within minutes people lined up to pay $300-$500 per gun. He was out [...]

Body of kidnap victim found. Does Pensacola have a neighborhood gang war brewing?

Body of kidnap victim found. Does Pensacola have a neighborhood gang war brewing?

The Pensacola Police report that the body of Torrance L. Hackworth, who was kidnapped from his residence early Monday morning, was yesterday afternoon found in a wooded lot in the 1600 block of North S Street. We are hearing the shootings on Christmas Day maybe related to Hackworth's kidnapping [...]

Sheriff’s Office rounds up Brownsville gangs

Sheriff’s Office rounds up Brownsville gangs

ECSO Release: Investigation Into Brownsville Gang Nets Ten Arrests: An almost four month investigation by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Gang Unit and Agents with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has culminated with charges being filed on eight known gang members and two [...]

Gang Forum

Gang Forum

Press Release: Sacred Heart Trauma Center, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office to Present Forum on Gangs in Our Community PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Sacred Heart Trauma Center and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Escambia County School District, will host a free [...]

Mexican mafia along Gulf Coast

Mexican mafia along Gulf Coast

BBC News reported over the weekend that a suspected senior member of one of Mexico's major drugs cartels, Carlos Beltran Leyva, was arrested in Culiacan, Mexico. Leyva of the Beltran Leyva drug cartel, is the brother of Arturo Beltran Leyva who was killed two weeks ago in a shoot-out with troops. [...]


The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office is looking for suspects wanted in connection with drive-by around 10 p.m. Sunday near New Mexico Drive in the Oakcrest area. No one was injured. We are hearing that the drive-by shootings are part of an gang initiation. No one has to be hit, but a gun has [...]

Meanwhile another shooting

Meanwhile another shooting

This time at the Red Roof Inn - in the Third World location formerly known as University Mall area. WEAR TV reports the shooting happened around noon on Sunday. The ECSO is searching for two men wanted for shooting a local hotel guest in the head.

“Bloods are here”

Sheriff David Morgan told a homeowners association on Saturday afternoon that the national gang founded in Los Angeles --The Bloods--- is in Escambia County. Bloods are are identified by the red color worn by their members. Over 50 members of the Lake Charlene Homeowners Association listened to [...]

Thugs battle on Pensacola Beach

We are hearing more complaints about thugs taking over Pensacola Beach - Casino Beach and the Boardwalk areas. WEAR TV reports there was a fight involving a pistol at Casino Beach over the weekend. Here's the script of the newscast: Escambia County Deputies say a man charged with assault [...]

Another shooting involving teen

Last night, another teen, age 14, was shot in the leg by a drive-by shooter on Hampton Rd. Both Superintendent of Schools Malcolm Thomas and Sheriff David Morgan should be concerned. It seems like every other week a teen is being shot or arrest with a gun. Both are faced with budget cuts - but I [...]

Teen violence continues to escalate

WEAR TV is reporting that a 15 year old has been shot in what may be a drive-by shooting. It happened Sunday near the intersection of Figland and Ensley Initial reports indicate the teen was shot twice--in the back and in the leg. The victim is alive and in a local hospital. Too early to tell if [...]

Panama City has gangs

News Herald reports on the gang known as "Crazy White Boys." The group's activities came to the attention of authorities while investigating the June 2004 murder of a Panama City Beach teenager. Five gang members were charged in the case. Ultimately, all but one, Stephen Fox, went free. Fox pleaded [...]

May have missed this

Two Escambia High School students were in a gun battle off campus on Friday. One was shot, after he couldn't get his gun out in time. The shooting happened at 1:45 p.m. at the Creek Apartments in Warrington. The 15-year-old was shot in the leg and taken to Sacred Heart Hospital. ECSO reports [...]

No gangs?

More teen on teen violence. Yet no one wants to call gang-related. WEAR TV reports: Pensacola Police say a 16 year old stabbed an 18 year old Wednesday evening. It happened near the corner of Hart and Fairfax. The 18 year old was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital with several stab [...]

Pssst….shooting at mall

It was gang-related. For some reason, authorities want you to think otherwise. There are gangs in Pensacola. So far they aren't tied to the national gangs like the Bloods or Crips, but there are gangs and they have guns. Cops on the streets, deputies on patrol and school resources officers will [...]

Pensacola gets gang task force

Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, is establishing seven task forces across the state to deal with gang activity. Pensacola will have one. Also: Tallahassee, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Fort Myers, and Miami. I have had McCollum several time on my radio show and he has repeatedly said [...]

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