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A first look at 2017 crime stats

According to a Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law study, the crime rate in the United States is expected to go down by 1.8 percent in 2017. If this is true, it would represent the second-lowest rate of crime since 1990. New York residents may also be interested to know that the nation-wide violent crime rate is expected to drop by .6 percent in 2017.

Man charged in death of 16-year-old girl

A 27-year-old Waterbury man is facing murder charges in the death of a 16-year old girl who was found dead in a car on Dec. 4. According to the man, who has several children by the girl's aunt, he killed her after she threatened to inform his girlfriend about their relationship.

Twin brothers accused of murdering roommate

On Nov. 30, New York authorities said that two twin brothers were charged with the murder of a 35-year-old man. The man's body was found floating in the water near Brooklyn with a cinder block bound to his ankles. It appeared that the man had been beaten to death with a hammer.

Woman sentenced to 4 years for kayak death

On Nov. 11, it was reported that a woman who was accused of killing her husband during a New York kayaking trip was was sentenced to four years in prison. The woman had already been in custody for two years. Additionally, she was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines.

New York prosecutor claims psychiatrist was behind murder plot

A female psychiatrist has entered a not guilty plea in a Manhattan court. She also declared her innocence to media reporters outside the courthouse. The prosecution, however, paints a different picture that resulted in charges of second degree attempted murder and first degree attempted assault.

Student in fatal school knife attack charged with murder

An 18-year-old male student reportedly waited for New York law enforcement to arrive at the assistant principal's office of the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation after allegedly attacking two students with a switchblade knife. Between 15 and 20 students witnessed the knife attack that took place 15 minutes into their history class. Authorities have charged the student with murder, attempted murder and manslaughter after he apparently killed one boy, 15, and seriously wounded 16-year-old boy.

What violent crime statistics really mean for America

New data from the FBI says that violent crime increased for a second year in a row in the United States. However, New York residents shouldn't be worried about a nationwide epidemic when it comes to crime. This is partially because there isn't enough data to know if this increase is part of a larger trend or something that is confined to the present day.

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