FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's attorney general has appointed a former commonwealth's attorney to fill a new position to assist in prosecuting cases involving violent crimes and capital offenses.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mothers who lost their sons to violence in New Mexico testified Monday that something has to be done to keep suspects accused of brutal crimes behind bars ahead of their trials — marking the official start of a legislative debate over a proposed change to the state's troubled pretrial detention system.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The highest-ranking Arab Muslim in Israel's police force has taken leave, the police said Monday, after video emerged showing him tripping over a stabbing victim as he left the scene of a crime in 2020.
MIAMI (AP) — A police sergeant chased and shot a 15-year-old who was running with a Glock handgun after crashing a car into a fence, police said. The teen remained in critical condition Monday as the shooting is investigated.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is aiming to put a wedge in the revolving door that many have blamed for persistent violent crime and record homicides in the state’s largest city.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Amid growing concern about violent crime in New Mexico's most populous city, Albuquerque police say detectives responded to three different shooting scenes in a 10-hour span to launch homicide investigations.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Two of the men arrested in connection with the killing of rapper Young Dolph had a history of violent crime, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Authorities also said that they have not yet identified a motive for the shooting.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Overall crime in North Carolina's largest city dropped by 5% in 2021, and police say there were declines in several major categories including violent crime and homicides.
The end-of-year crime statistics released Monday evening by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department say there were 7,554 violent crimes reported in Charlotte in 2021, compared to 8,090 in 2020.
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s new mayor says he picked Keechant Sewell as the city's first female police commissioner partly because of her poise in handling a mock crisis he threw at her in the interview process.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — City leaders in Minneapolis have a new crime fighting plan that includes hiring dozens of police officers to fortify a department that has lost hundreds of officers since 2020 when George Floyd was murdered.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Supreme Court unanimously ruled Monday that corrections officials need not consider earlier release for violent felons, even those whose primary offense is considered nonviolent under state law.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis this year recorded the highest number of homicides in over 20 years amid a nationwide spike in violent crime.
The city has reported 96 homicides this year — just one shy of a record set in 1995, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
NEWBERRY, S.C. (AP) — An argument over a dog led to a deadly South Carolina shooting on Sunday, officials said.
Errick E. Walker was shot in the chest in a mobile home park near Newberry, officials told The State of Columbia.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two one-time members of an Alabama police department were charged with sex crimes in an alleged assault on a woman, news outlets reported.
Former West Blocton Police Chief Brian Keith Whatley and Craig Baird Arnold, who served as a reserve officer with the West Blocton Police Department, were booked into the Tuscaloosa County Jail on Tuesday, police said.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A jury on Wednesday rejected civil rights violations alleged by a man who accused officers in Ohio's capital city of using improper force when they arrested him more than four years ago.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal civil rights trial is wrapping up in the case of a man who accused officers in Ohio's capital city of using improper force when they arrested him more than four years ago.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The mayor of San Francisco declared on Friday a state of emergency in the Tenderloin in an effort to bring down overdose deaths and violent crime in one of the city's poorest and most drug-infested neighborhoods.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Authorities on Thursday announced the takedown of a Southern California street gang that included 180 arrests and the seizure of illegal gambling machines, drugs and guns.
BOSTON (AP) — Boston's top prosecutor was narrowly confirmed Wednesday by the full U.S. Senate to be the next U.S. attorney for Massachusetts, making her the first Black woman to hold the position.
UMM AL-FAHM, Israel (AP) — Police on Friday shot and killed a man in an Arab town in northern Israel who had allegedly been involved in a car-ramming attack that wounded two officers, Israeli officials said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday passed a ban on “ghost guns" that police say represent an increasingly large share of the weapons used in violent crimes.
The council's unanimous vote prohibits the possession, sale, receipt or purchase of the virtually untraceable guns — which are made from build-it-yourself kits — or the parts to make them unless they are imprinted with serial numbers.
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Crime dropped during during the pandemic in 2020 in Maine, marking the ninth consecutive annual decline, officials said Monday.
Violent crime dropped 4.9% from 2019, while overall crime declined 6.1%, the Maine Department of Public Safety said.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A security guard for a television news crew was shot and wounded during an attempted robbery Wednesday near a store that was hit by a smash-and-grab crew of thieves days earlier, police said.
BALTIMORE (AP) — As part of an effort to address violent crime, Maryland’s governor has ordered a review of funding to Baltimore’s State’s Attorney’s Office and data on dismissed cases and plea deals.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man found to be in possession of drugs and two guns that he was barred from possessing because of a previous conviction for a violent crime has been sentenced to serve 14 years in prison, prosecutors said Monday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Officers acted properly in shooting a man who refused to pull over for a traffic stop and later stepped out of an apartment to confront them with a rifle, Tuscaloosa's police chief said.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rapper Young Dolph, widely admired in the hip-hop community for his authenticity and fierce independence, was shot and killed Wednesday inside a beloved local cookie shop in his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, authorities said.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday ordered several Cabinet departments to work together to combat human trafficking and crime on Native American lands, where violent crime rates are more than double the national average.
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Chicago street gang's reputed leader on charges alleging that he directed the gang in committing four killings and other violent crimes over the course of two decades.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge was ordered Wednesday to take another look at the case of a Detroit-area man who was told he could go home after more than 20 years in custody for murder and drug crimes.
ELLSWORTH, Maine (AP) — A fugitive wanted on charges related to violent crimes elsewhere in New England has been arrested in Maine, authorities said.
The U.S. Marshals Service and Maine state authorities said late Friday that Ramon Smith, 33, of Massachusetts, was arrested in Ellsworth after being sought by Connecticut for a warrant issued for homicide and by Massachusetts for another warrant issued for strangulation.
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia's governor said Thursday that he plans to use up to $110 million to help the state's courts recover from a slowdown that was caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The money for grants to courts and related agencies will come from the $4.8 billion in funds the state received under the American Rescue Plan Act to address negative economic impacts caused by the pandemic, Gov.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A prison transport driver convicted last year of sexually assaulting two female inmates was sentenced Thursday to life in prison plus five years.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police have charged a third person with capital murder in the killing of a 13-year-old boy who was hit by a bullet that entered his bedroom as he played on an iPad.
Jaden Zaire Jenkins, 19, was arrested Monday in the death of Kei'lan Allen.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two men have been arrested and police are looking for others in the drive-by shooting that killed a 13-year-old Alabama boy who was playing with his iPad in his bedroom, an investigator said Monday
KONGSBERG, Norway (AP) — The bow-and-arrow rampage by a man who killed five people in a small town near Norway's capital appeared to be a terrorist act, authorities said Thursday, a bizarre and shocking attack in a Scandinavian country where violent crime is rare.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California Attorney General Rob Bonta is joining a lawsuit targeting three online sellers of “ghost guns,” the untraceable firearms made from build-it-yourself kits that he said can be assembled in minutes and are increasingly being used in violent crimes.
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — A 19-year-old from Ellensburg, Washington, has been arrested in Hawaii and is accused of selling the drugs that killed an Ellensburg man.
Police say the man was arrested Tuesday for the death of 21-year-old Sage Francois, KOMO-TV reported.
ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — The teenagers were arrested so many times that Deputy Chief Kurt Whisenand knew them by name. Accused of shootings, carjackings and armed robberies, they had become some of the most violent young offenders in Rockford, Illinois — a city with no shortage of them.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors acquitted a man on a federal charge in the slaying of an Alabama police officer in 2019 but convicted him on two lesser weapons charges.
Marco Perez, who still faces a state capital murder charge in the killing of Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder, was found not guilty of obstructing justice by killing a witness.
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A man in a standoff with police shot and injured a police dog who bit him as officers tried to take him into custody, investigators said.
The standoff at a Greenville home continued for a few more hours before Anthony Shay Hawthorne was arrested, Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis said in a statement Thursday.
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas City, Kansas, man has been sentenced 15 years in prison for attacking an undercover federal agent during a transaction involving a firearm, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Kansas announced Wednesday.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A four-month police operation targeting gang activity in Omaha and surrounding communities led to more than 230 arrests and the seizure of dozens of guns and more than $800,000 worth of illegal narcotics, according to the U.S.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 60-day law enforcement operation aimed at reducing violent crime resulted in more than 1,000 arrests and the confiscation of numerous weapons and drugs, the U.S. Marshals Service said Wednesday.
ABU SNAN, Israel (AP) — Arab citizens of Israel are seeking to raise awareness about the spiraling rate of violent crime in their communities under the hashtag “Arab lives matter,” but unlike a similar campaign in the United States, they are calling for more policing, not less.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Homicides in the U.S. in 2020 increased nearly 30% over the previous year, the largest one-year jump since the FBI began keeping records, according to figures released Monday by the agency.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — For Winnie Evans, the spate of gun violence that has swept Pittsburgh in recent months struck close to home and shattered a generation of her family.
The 79-year-old woman lost two great-grandsons, both 18, within one day of each other to shootings — one of the attacks just down the street from her Northview Heights high-rise.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man is in custody, accused of shooting and killing his parents.
Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies Friday arrested Kevin Jackson Westberry, 27, of Columbia, on two counts of murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to arrest warrants.
SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A man is in custody after Salina police said a man's body was found earlier this week in rural Saline County.
The case began on Friday, when Manuel Medina-Castro and some family members reported to Saline County authorities that a car that he had borrowed appeared to have a substantial amount of blood in it, along with a spent shell casing, police said.