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Murder Rates Climb In Dayton

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More people in the city of Dayton are dying from gun violence this year. The problem is particularly severe in the neighborhoods of West Dayton. City officials say the number of gun-crimes is also up -- despite an overall drop in violent crime since 2011. To learn more about the gun-related homicide rate, WYSO's Jerry Kenney spoke with Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl.
 
In the interview, Chief Biehl says the department is stepping up efforts to prevent gun crime and gun-related killings in high-crime areas of Dayton, but also points to an increased willingness of residents to step up and report possible leads or known facts of a particular case.

Jerry Kenney was introduced to WYSO by a friend and within a year of first tuning in became an avid listener and supporter. He began volunteering at the station in 1991 and began hosting Alpha Rhythms in February of 1992. Jerry joined the WYSO staff in 2007 as a host of All Things Considered and soon transitioned into hosting Morning Edition. In addition to now hosting All Things Considered, Jerry is the host and producer of WYSO Weekend, WYSO's weekly news and arts magazine. He has also produced several radio dramas for WYSO in collaboration with local theater companies. Jerry has won several Ohio AP awards as well as an award from PRINDI for his work with the WYSO news department. Jerry says that the best part of his job is being able to talk to people in the community and share their experiences with WYSO listeners.