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Reports of violent crime rise in Ashland

Number of serious property crimes falls
 Posted: 2:00 AM May 06, 2013

Reports of violent crime increased in Ashland in 2012 compared to 2011, while the number of serious property crimes fell, according to an annual police report to be presented to the Ashland City Council on Tuesday night.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

There were 35 reports of violent crime in 2012 compared to 25 reports in 2011, according to a memo from Police Chief Terry Holderness to councilors.

Those reports involve "part one" crimes that are reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation annually.

Part one violent crime is defined as homicide, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

Despite the increase in reports of violent crime, Ashland's total crime rate that is reported to the FBI fell by 8.9 percent.

That's because the Ashland Police Department received 645 total reports of homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, auto theft and larceny in 2012, down from 714 reports of such crimes in 2011.

Councilors will hear more details about crime in Ashland on Tuesday night.

For a complete list of agenda items for the council meeting, and for details on each item, visit

Staff reporter Vickie Aldous can be reached at 541-479-8199 or

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