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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Last week, the Allen County Coroner announced that there have been 44 homicides in Allen County so far this year â€” tying the record set in 1997.
Whitley County, on the other hand, hasnâ€™t had a violent homicide since 2010 â€” and only two in the last four years.
While local law enforcement officials believe many factors play into the countyâ€™s recent crime trends, many agree that Whitley Countyâ€™s stiff judicial system thwarts crime.
â€śIf we arrest or pull over someone from out of town, theyâ€™re upset when they find out theyâ€™re in Whitley County,â€ť said Marc Gatton, chief deputy of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department. â€śPeople are afraid to commit crimes here with our prosecutor and judges.â€ť
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