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Suffolk News-Herald: James Christopher Watson, Jr. Charged in G-Bloods Case

Gang member charged with hazing

By Staff Report | Suffolk News-Herald

Published Monday, June 1, 2009

A self-proclaimed member of Suffolk’s G-Shine Bloods street gang has been arrested on gang-related charges following an investigation by members of the city’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team.

James Christopher Watson Jr., 21, of Autumn Circle has been charged with gang participation and hazing following a search of his home on Friday, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

The city’s NET team served a search warrant at the residence seeking gang paraphernalia and documents, George said in a press release on Monday. They found documents referring to gang activity in the city and within the prison system.

The hazing charge stems from a 2008 incident in which Watson and a second gang member “beat in” a subject as part of the initiation into the G-Bloods street gang, the release stated.

Watson is being held at the regional jail without bond.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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