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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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