GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - A murder Saturday night on Dickinson SE, marked Grand Rapids' 18th homicide of 2012, according to preliminary city police statistics.
The number tops 2011's 17 murders, which included a shooting rampage where seven people were killed in one day.
Overall, the numbers are not out of line extremely high compared to the last decade. But for two years -- 2009 and 2010 -- there were only nine murders each year.
2002 - 8 murders
2003 - 11 murders
2004 - 12 murders
2005 - 16 murders
2006 - 23 murders
2007 - 22 murders
2008 - 16 murders
2009 - 9 murders
2010 - 9 murders
2011 - 17 murders
2012 - 18* homicides
*Grand Rapids police warn these numbers are subject to change, not only because the year isn't over yet, but also because police leaders thoroughly examine the numbers before officially releasing them in mid-January. One case has not officially been ruled a murder.
However, violent crime statistics -- which include murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault -- have trended down in the past six full years.
Violent crime dropped 37% between 2006 and 2011.
Violent Crime Statistics
2006 - 1974
2007 - 2065
2008 - 1974
2009 - 1613
2010 - 1642
2011 - 1439
This year's violent crime is up about 10% from last year, but it's still expected to be less than five years ago.
The Norton Shores Police Department is reporting three reports of stolen snowblowers this week.
About a dozen people were displaced.
One person was arrested after a threatening comment resulted in a school district briefly locking down its schools Friday morning.