Overall crime decreased in Youngstown in 2012, but violent crime went up


Overall crime decreased in Youngstown in 2012, but violent crime went up

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Overall crime in the city dropped by 7 percent between 2011 and 2012, but there was an increase in violent crime, and police Chief Rod Foley said the department has programs in place to help curb the violence.

Crime statistics for the first 11 months of 2012 have been released, but the figures for December have not yet been computed.

During the first 11 months of 2011, the city recorded 4,349 total crimes compared with 4,042 for the first 11 months last year.

Violent crimes are categorized as murders, rapes and robberies. Property crimes are burglaries, thefts, motor vehicle thefts and arsons.

The city recorded its first murder in 2011 on the first day of the year when 30-year-old Randy Cappelli was found lying next to a burning automobile on Shady Run Road on the South Side. There were 23 murders in the city that year.

The first murder of 2012 came on the seventh day of the year when 18-year-old Tre-Von Kimbrough was shot and killed behind a vacant business on Market Street, also on the South Side. The city recorded 25 murders last year.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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