Bill would increase penalties for gang-related crimes

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- The Gang and Violent Crimes Unit at the Burlington Police Department investigates gang members and the violent crimes they usually commit.

Sgt. Drew Gerringer, with the unit, says there has been somewhat of an increase in those violent crimes over the past year.

“A lot of the violent crimes that are committed right now are committed by gang members,” Burlington police Assistant Chief Chris Verdeck said.

A new bill proposed by Randolph County RepAllen McNeill...

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