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March 28, 2011 | New York Observer

Domestic violence continues to plague far too many homes even as crime rates outside the home continue to decline. Worse, many of the perpetrators are repeat offenders who escape the harsh punishment they deserve.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance wants elected officials to give him and his colleagues the tools they need to crack down on...

March 21, 2011 | Daily News

Earlier this month, Officer Alain Schaberger responded to a report of a domestic dispute, as police do about 700 times every day in this city. His death at the scene in Brooklyn is a chilling reminder of how quickly these calls can turn deadly. Although street crime is down significantly across New York City, domestic violence is not - it remains a...

March 21, 2011 | New York Daily News

How's this for astonishing? Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance reports that his docket includes a repeat offender with more than 100 convictions, many for assaulting girlfriends.

He cites the case in calling for a new category of felony, aggravated domestic violence, to be applied against abusers convicted of two or more offenses...

March 17, 2011 | New York Daily News

Instead of baggy clothes and bandanas, gang members now use more subtle signs and symbols - with gun-toting members sporting rosary beads or little kids' colorful bracelets and recruiting young teens through Facebook and Twitter.

The crimes they are committing are growing and more violent, law enforcement officials warned Washington...

March 17, 2011 | Manhattan Times

Symbols are a staple of the fashions that our children wear. They appear innocently on baseball caps, basketball jerseys, even on beaded necklaces. But sometimes these symbols mean something more when they are worn on the streets of our community.

That was one of the lessons learned on Tue., March 15 when concerned parents, students, and teachers...

March 16, 2011 |

The Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has made it a mission to get out into the neighborhoods to get a real feel for what is going on and to get feedback from the people he serves.

He didn't need to go far to see the affects the recent rise in city crime.

Earlier this year Vance visited the Elmendorf Reform Church on East 123rd...

March 16, 2011 | Amsterdam News

Last month, the Manhattan district attorney's office announced the indictment of 14 members of a young street crew accused of selling crack cocaine and powerful automatic weapons around West 137th Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues – a neighborhood graced by churches, schools and community centers. But as we work to free our neighborhoods...

February 18, 2011 | Daily News

Residents of a troubled Harlem block where a street gang peddled drugs for years said Thursday the teens' dealing was no secret to them.

Many of the thugs of the "137th Street Crew" were welcomed to the block between Lenox Ave. and Adam Clayton Powell Blvd. by friends who let them into the apartment buildings that dot the tidy...

February 16, 2011 | The New York Times

All but one of the reputed gang members were born in the 1990s. The lone female among them was a student at Deerfield Academy, an elite Massachusetts prep school.

They were said to have hired young girls to carry their guns because the girls were less likely to be stopped and frisked by the police. And some of them allegedly continued to run their...

February 16, 2011 | NBC

Prosecutors announced they have taken down a violent street gang that has terrorized a swath of Harlem streets and even recruited children to commit crimes like shootings, robberies and transporting guns and drugs.