Gang activity seems to have quieted over the weekend |

Gang activity seems to have quieted over the weekend

Elaine Goodman

The escalation of gang activity in the Bijou neighborhood of South Lake Tahoe will be discussed tonight during a meeting of the city’s Latino Affairs Commission.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Bijou Community School.

Gang activity has increased in recent weeks, with graffiti proliferating and a fight breaking out on Blackwood Road on Sept. 9 among 30 to 40 males, described as high-school aged or young adults, police said. The fight, which police called gang-related, was followed a few hours later by someone firing 13 shots at an apartment on Wildwood Avenue. Investigators said the two incidents appear to be linked.

The case has been a difficult one for investigators because no one involved wants to talk, said South Lake Tahoe Police Sgt. Jeff Reagan.

“We have no victims, no witnesses, no suspects,” Reagan said.

On Sept. 10, officers interviewed about 18 South Tahoe High School students, documenting those with gang ties, according to a newsletter on the school district’s Web site.

Over the weekend, police increased patrols of the Bijou area and, as of Sunday evening, no significant incidents were reported.

And they’re also working to get graffiti cleaned up quickly, with community service officers doing it themselves if the property owner isn’t able to.

Delicia Spees, executive director of the Family Resource Center, said she heard from many worried parents at a recent women’s support group meeting. The Family Resource Center works with many Latino families and is in the Bijou neighborhood.

Spees said the parents are anxious to know what they can do to help stem the problem.

“The parents are very eager to be told how to act,” Spees said.

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