The first half of 2012 ends this weekend, which means it’s a fine time to look at crime trends. Homicide Watch reports a 19 percent drop in city murders compared to 2011, putting the city on a pace to record a mere 88 homicides on the year. For other crimes, the news is less positive. Violent crimes have risen about 8 percent, driven by a 21 percent jump in gun robberies. The number of property crimes remains essentially unchanged in the aggregate, with burglaries and stolen autos down but nonviolent thefts up.
In other news:
Michael Brown’s campaign could be missing $50,000 or more (Post)
But it’s not necessarily over for his campaign (Loose Lips)
Pepco isn’t getting its rate hike without a fight (Post)
A must-read: The Fred Davis courtroom transcripts (Washingtonian)
We love you, too, Bryce (Post)