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Newark Records First Homicide-Free Month in More Than 40 Years
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Newark Records First Homicide-Free Month in More Than 40 Years

By James Queally
The Star-Ledger
April 01, 2010

NEWARK ? For the first time in more than 40 years, an entire calendar month has come and gone without a homicide in the state?s largest city.

It's been 32 days since a homicide took place in Newark, marking the first time there has been a slay-free calendar month in the city since 1966.

Police Director Garry McCarthy said he hopes to best a 43-day period from March to April of 2008, the longest span of time without a slaying in the city since 1961. Ten homicides have occurred in Newark since Jan. 1, and none have taken place in the South Ward, long believed to be Newark's most dangerous section.

The first-quarter homicide total is the same as last year's, and the second-lowest in Newark since 1941. There were only eight reported shootings in Newark in March, and aggravated assaults, robberies, carjackings and other major crime rates are all down for the first-quarter of 2010 compared to their 2009 totals.

The statistical quarter, which spans the first thirteen weeks of the year, officially ended on March 28th.

Posted on: 2010/4/1 11:58
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