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Despite latest 2 homicides, Yakima crime down

Associated Press - October 1, 2009 12:45 PM ET

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - 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% 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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