crime

St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Criminologist: Homicide Increase Not Related To ‘Ferguson Effect’

Homicides reported in the city of St. Louis, according to Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, by year, as of Oct. 27, 2014. On Dec. 9, the 2014 total hit 148. There were 120 homicides in 2013, 113 in 2012, 114 in 2011 and 144 in 2010.
Credit Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics / FBI

In 2013, the city of St. Louis recorded 120 homicides. The city’s 148th homicide of 2014 occurred Tuesday night.

That’s nearly a 25 percent year-over-year increase, and is a problem that needs to be investigated, said Richard “Rick” Rosenfeld, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and former president of the American Society of Criminology.

Rosenfeld doesn’t buy into the “Ferguson effect” — the notion that crime increased after the August shooting death of an 18-year-old man by a police officer in Ferguson, at least not in homicide numbers.

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Sylvester Caldwell
1:18 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Pine Lawn Mayor Faces Federal Extortion Charges

Pine Lawn mayor Sylvester Caldwell
Credit City of Pine Lawn website

Updated with a copy of the indictment and additional information.

The mayor of a small North County municipality has been arrested on federal extortion charges.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation took Sylvester Caldwell into custody on Thursday. He'll be arraigned on a single count of interference with commerce by extortion on Monday. 

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Illinois Constitutional Amendment
6:19 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Illinois Voters To Consider Constitutional Amendment On Crime Victims' Rights

A proposed amendment to the Illinois state Constitution would protect crime victims' rights, but some say it's not necessary.
Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

Illinois voters will consider this November whether to amend the state constitution over rights for crime victims.

Victims already have certain rights, including: to be told about court dates, to attend trials and to give impact statements.

But some advocates believe a constitutional amendment is needed to better protect these rights.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Dotson: Overall Crime Down, Hot-Spot Policing Working

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Like many cities around the country, St. Louis is dealing with the ongoing problem of urban crime. Just over half-way through the year, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson says overall crime is down over 11 percent, and violent crime is down almost 6 percent. Overall crime in the city is down almost 50 percent since 2006.

“We have many fewer crimes now than we did just five years ago,” Dotson said Wednesday. With one noticeable exception.

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Crime Report
9:29 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

'Concern' And 'Alarm' Over Uptick In Homicides In St. Louis

Police chief Sam Dotson and Ald. Sharon Tyus speak after a particularly contentious meeting of the Public Safety committee.
Credit (Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated on April 29th to clarify that the data released by the circuit court dealt only with the speed of getting gun possession cases to final disposition.

St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson says a big uptick in homicides in 2014 is "concerning and alarming."

The chief spoke to the Board of Aldermen's public safety committee on Thursday to discuss the latest crime statistics. There have been 44 murders since the beginning of the year. That compares to 30 people by this time in 2013. 

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Neighborhood Watch
3:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

Neighborhood Watch Programs Could Get State Funding Under Proposed Bill

Communities in high crime areas could receive state money to match local and private funding.
(St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri Legislature is considering a proposal to provide state funds for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.

Rep. Michael Butler, D-St. Louis, sponsored the bill, which would create a state fund to match money for neighborhood watch programs in high crime areas around the state.

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Crime
10:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

It’s been my experience that people are normally murdered for one of two reasons: money or sex. When I share that observation, somebody will invariably suggest that I add narcotics to my short list of prime motives for slaughter. That idea seems reasonable at first but upon further review, it turns out to be redundant.

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Crime
7:20 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Commentary: Echoes Of Gunfire -- A Man Dead, FBI To Investigate Police

Credit (St. Louis Public Radio)

Let’s begin by acknowledging that the words “legal” and “wise” are not synonyms. It would be legal, for instance, to install aluminum siding on my brick home but that would probably not be a wise course of action. Just because there is no legal barrier to doing something, it does not necessarily follow that it’s a good idea to do so.

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County Crime
4:37 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Crime In Parts Of St. Louis County The Lowest In 44 Years

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Crime in the parts of St. Louis County covered by the county’s police department dropped 7.4 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to numbers released by the department today.

This is the fifth straight year for a decrease - something St. Louis County Chief of Police Tim Fitch called a "great accomplishment."  The latest figures bring the total level of crime to its lowest point since 1969.

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Crime Statistics
5:59 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Some Aldermen Take Critical View Of Rosy Crime Report From Police Chief

Crime in St. Louis seems to be going down, but city alderman say people still don't feel safe.
(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Pelkonen)

Check out your neighborhood's crime stats with the interactive map below.

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department presented their crime statistics to the city's public safety committee today.  And even though the raw numbers show overall crime was down in 2013 compared to 2012, some aldermen say their residents don't care about the numbers if they don't feel safe.

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