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Last updated 5:43PM ET
September 18, 2018
WFCR Local Features
WFCR Local Features
Gangs on the Rise (2) - Street Outreach
(wfcr) - As summer sets in, Springfield is facing a severe problem with youth violence -- kids as young as 13 or 14 are getting pressured into joining gangs, dealing drugs, and carrying guns. And an ongoing feud between two major gangs in Springfield -- called the Ave and Sycamore Street -- means those guns are getting used more and more, to tragic ends. WFCR's Karen Brown reported yesterday on the police department's military-style effort to take back the streets from gangs and drug dealers. Today, she profiles a much different approach -- a community organization that dispatches street outreach workers to intervene before young people go down the wrong path. © Copyright 2018, wfcr