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Prosecutor: East St. Louis Homicide Rate Plunges

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EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) – A southwestern Illinois prosecutor says a crackdown on violence-prone sites in East St. Louis have cut that city’s murder rate.

St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the homicide rate is down 30 percent from 2010. And he says that since prosecutors began focusing June 1 on East St. Louis locations linked to violent crime, the murder rate has plunged 85 percent during the same period two years ago.

The crackdown has centered on nightclubs, liquor stores, housing projects and abandoned buildings.

As of Tuesday, there were 14 homicides in East St. Louis this year. Kelly says that’s down from 20 in the same period in 2011 and 21 in 2010.

The two reported since June compared with 10 in the same period of 2011 and 13 in 2010.

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