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Despite latest 2 homicides, Yakima crime down

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17-year-old Yobane Ortiz, an admitted gang member, was killed Tuesday 17-year-old Yobane Ortiz, an admitted gang member, was killed Tuesday

YAKIMA, Wash. - The same day as officers responded to a deadly gang drive-by shooting and a fatal stabbing Yakima police said a crime crackdown was working.

The city said in a news release Wednesday that major crimes declined nearly 50 percent in the late summer months when compared with the same period last year, from July through Sept. 18.

The city council in July authorized $80,000 worth of overtime to put extra officers on patrol following a wave of shootings. Police Chief Sam Granato says the extra effort is paying off.

Also on Wednesday, police said the shooting of a 17-year-old was gang related and detectives accused a woman of stabbing her husband in the 16th homicide of the year in the county.

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