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The HBO series “The Wire” has received critical acclaim for its accurate and unglamorized portrayal of crime and law enforcement in the city of Baltimore. University of Cincinnati English and History professor Dr.

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A "no-snitch" mentality and witness intimidation make it difficult to prosecute known criminals for their crimes, especially shootings and homicides. Police may have a viable suspect in a case, but often cannot charge the individual because witnesses are unwilling to come forward. 

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A suspect is in custody following a shooting Thursday night in Deerfield Township and a subsequent manhunt that lasted seven hours.

Warren County authorities say 19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui shot a female sheriff's deputy who was responding to a domestic situation  at an apartment complex. Another man was also shot

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Many times media reports about crime include the number for Crime Stoppers, 352-3040. People call with tips that police use to identify suspects or find people who are evading arrest.  

In its 35 years, Greater Cincinnati Crime Stoppers has paid out more than $2 million in reward money and helped solve 16,000 crimes.  

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Cincinnati Police are analyzing crime data in Westwood to determine who and what are causing violent crime to spike and how the community can help stop it.

In a meeting Friday, Crime Analyst Joe Lorenz told new District 3 Captain Aaron Jones and the Vice President of the Westwood Civic Association Shawntee Stallworth Schramm the intersections of Boudinot and Harrison and Harrison and McHenry are some of the worst spots for drug and gang related crime.

So far this year there have been 35 shootings in Westwood, compared to 10 last year.

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Cincinnati's police chief told Council's Law and Public Safety Committee Monday about his plans to reassign 24 officers to patrol duties to combat an increase of shootings in the city.  

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said until recently shootings had decreased.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says the department's efforts to reduce violence are going well. He says most of the 90-day crime initiative announced earlier this summer is now in place.

Cincinnati's NAACP branch is joining the fight against violence in the city. The group is launching a “change in attitude about violence” campaign. It's called “STAND UP FOR PEACE”.  

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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell presented his 90-day crime reduction plan to City Manager Harry Black Monday afternoon during a meeting at city hall. 

Richard O. Jones was a longtime writer for The Hamilton Journal-News, but he has now embarked on a new career as true crime historian.

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Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell, along with his district commanders and assistant chiefs, will hold a series of community meetings Thursday and Friday with community members aimed at stemming a rising tide of gun violence in the city.

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A recent uptick in violence has Cincinnati leaders scrambling for short-term solutions. Now, community leaders across the city are coming forward with a long term-plan targeting crime at its roots.

  A possible death penalty sentence has become a central issue in the federal trial of accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Massachusetts, which abolished the death penalty in 1984, is one of 18 states that have ended capital punishment. But the federal death penalty is legal in all 50 states.

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  Cincinnati city officials reported today that crime in the city was down in 2014. Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell said crime in general is at a 10 year low. City Manager Harry Black credited targeted policing, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) program, and strong community partnerships for the decreases. WVXU Reporter Tana Weingartner joins us for a closer look at the lower crime numbers. 

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Cincinnati is celebrating. The city and police say crime was down in 2014.

City Manager Harry Black credits targeted policing, the Cincinnati Initiative to Reduce Violence (CIRV) program, and strong community partnerships for the decreases.

In Cincinnati, from 2013 to 2014:

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Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley promised a lot of action in his first State of the City address Thursday night - less gun violence, a greater emphasis on basic services to the neighborhoods and a reduction in the number of Cincinnati residents living in poverty, among other things.

And, Cranley promised, a city that is even more fun to live in than it is now. He went so far as to say he is appointing an unpaid, volunteer “Commissioner of Fun” for the city.

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Despite back-to-back shooting incidents downtown this week, shootings and violent crime remain down in Cincinnati compared to last year.

Chief Jeffrey Blackwell says police are stepping up patrols throughout the summer anyway to make sure people feel, and are, safe downtown.

"We're going to have a comprehensive incident command-based plan as we move forward to address every weekend event that we have from now through Labor Day and beyond even through Oktoberfest," says Blackwell.

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The numbers point to a safer Cincinnati, but the perception for many is that some neighborhoods still aren't. Just today District Three Police Captain Dan Gerard took members of the Board of Realtors on a tour of Price Hill, where crime is at its lowest in ten years.

 

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  What would you do if attacked in a dark parking garage or assaulted on a deserted city street? Most of us would probably freeze. But for more than 30 years, Mike and Debbie Gardner of the Survive Institute have been training people how to be aware of their surroundings, to avoid confrontations when possible, and to defend themselves when necessary. Defense experts and “Courage Coaches” Mike and Debbie Gardner join us to talk about what they term, “Self-defense with love.”

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Researchers at the University of Cincinnati say increasing the minimum wage won't lower crime rates.

When debating the idea of raising the minimum wage, proponents sometimes suggest doing so will cause a decrease in crime. But the team at UC says that's just not the case.

The researchers compared violent and property crime rates in the US from 1977 to 2012 to states that follow the federal minimum wage rate and states with a higher rate.

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Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says deputies who used a Taser early Tuesday morning to subdue a man resisting arrest appear to have followed department protocols.

59-year-old Gary Roell stopped breathing after the incident and was pronounced dead at Bethesda North Hospital.

"These are instances where you are justified in deploying a Taser: in protection of others, including yourself; and to meet the resistance of someone who is not complying, who is resisting arrest, to gain control of the situation," says Neil.

The police are looking for you. Not to worry though, they just want to hang out and have a good time.

Tuesday is National Night Out, an event aimed at raising crime prevention awareness and developing partnerships between neighborhoods and police officers. There are 8 mini block parties scheduled for around Cincinnati with free food and drinks.

Police and fire equipment will also be on hand for kids to see up close.

Nationwide, more than 37 million people are expected to participate.

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Hamilton County's prosecutor says he will not file any charges in the death of 46-year-old Patrick Mahaney. He's the man several teenagers attacked last year in the so-called 'boredom beating' death in North College Hill.

The announcement follows the County Coroner's ruling that Mahaney died of natural causes and not residual effects of the August 2012 beating.

Five boys pleaded guilty to felonious assault. A sixth is contesting the charges against him. At the time they reportedly said they decided to beat up Mahaney because they had nothing better to do.

  Internet attacks on nations, banks, universities and individuals have increased dramatically over the last few years. Dr. Richard J Harknett, head of the University of Cincinnati Department of Political Science, and UC Associate Professor of Information Technology Mark Stockman discuss cyber security and protecting your online information.

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Cincinnati police say homicides and violent crime were down overall last year compared to 2011.

Chief James Craig wants to see that trend continue this year.

"We've set for 2013 a very modest overall crime reduction goal of five percent. We had a five percent goal at the beginning of 2012 and we certainly exceeded that, ending the year with a ten percent reduction in overall crime," he says.

Over-the-Rhine, Avondale and Winton Hills saw the biggest drops in homicides. Walnut Hills and East Price Hill both saw increases.

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The University of Cincinnati is stepping up safety measures following several incidents in and around campus.