08/22/2007

Juvenile violent crime higher than '06; steady with recent years

By Joel Currier and Tim O'Neil
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Decades ago, James Earl Tartt didn't fear sitting on his front stoop, watching the neighborhood kids scurry up and down his block.

These days, however, Tartt says he shutters himself inside his Semple Avenue house after dark because he's grown frightened of youngsters whose games increasingly include guns and drugs.

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