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Crime Rate on the Rise in Seattle: Statistics released by the Seattle Police Department show that crime is on the rise, prompting the city to increase the number of police officers patrolling the streets.  Tom Yazwinski of Fox 13 reports that compared to 2013, crime is up 13% across the city of Seattle, including a 21% increase in homicides and a 44% increase in motor vehicle thefts.  Authorities haven't revealed a possible explanation for the uptick in crime, but are hopeful that an increase in police presence will yield a positive result.

Jury Recommends Death Penalty for Convicted Killer: An Ohio jury has recommended that David Martin, who was convicted of capital murder last week, be sentenced to death for his crime.  Sade Hurst of WKBN News reports that Martin was found guilty of robbing, kidnapping, and killing 21-year-old Jeremy Cole and shooting a 25-year-old woman in her home in 2012.  The judge presiding over the case has the final say on sentencing, and is expected to announce his decision next week.

Couple Convicted of Craigslist Murder Sentenced to Life: A newlywed couple who admitted to murdering a man they met through Craigslist 'because they felt like it' has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  John Beauge of Penn Live reports that the young couple agreed to plead guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for avoiding a possible death sentence.  In addition to the murder charge, the pair also plead guilty to charges of aggravated assault, robbery, and possession of an instrument of crime.

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