www.mozilla.com Weather Central
Voices
Headlines

Wichita school district won't take part in free meals program -7/31/2014, 1:45 PM

Wheels Up private flight club good for Wichita -7/31/2014, 12:42 PM

Lyle Lovett to present acoustic show at Orpheum Theatre -7/31/2014, 12:42 PM

Kansas Highway Patrol inspects First Student buses for Wichita schools -7/31/2014, 12:42 PM

DeWeese gets life sentence for murder -7/31/2014, 12:42 PM

Commercial aircraft sales help Bombardier increase profits -7/31/2014, 12:42 PM

myTown Calendar

SPOTLIGHT
[var top_story_head]

Wichita police seeing blurring gang memberships

Published on -7/9/2012, 10:29 AM

Printer-friendly version
E-Mail This Story

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- Wichita police say they are seeing changes in the way the city's gangs operate.

Police say members of what were once rival gangs are sometimes joining forces. In the past, gang members were usually severely punished if they associated with members of other gangs.

Police call them hybrid gangs.

Wichita detective Chad Beard says the hybrid gangs will sometimes form to accomplish a specific task, whether it's a crime or just going to movies together. Then they usually disband.

The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/LBZQLm) hybrid gangs have been around for a decade but they are becoming more common. And experts say they are more likely to form in smaller cities like Wichita than they are in larger cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

------

Information from: The Wichita Eagle, http://www.kansas.com

digg delicious facebook stumbleupon google Newsvine
More News and Photos

Associated Press Videos