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Spokane County, City murder rates rise

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - According to statistics released by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) the murder rate in unincorporated Spokane County rose by 300 percent in 2008. The Spokane Police Department reported an 8.3 percent increase in the murder rate inside the City of Spokane.

The 300 percent increase represents a total of 4 murders in 2008 as opposed to the one murder in 2007.

The Spokane Police reported 13 murders in 2008, compared to a 2007 total of 12.

The number of rapes in Spokane County and the City of Spokane also increased in 2008. The City saw a 6.8 percent increase and the County reported a 28.6 percent increase in the crime.

Statewide, statistics revealed a 1 percent decrease in the Violent Crime Total (murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) for 2008.

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