Violent crime increases by 34 percent in 2007

Wednesday, February 13, 2008 | 10:38 p.m. CST; updated 5:59 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

COLUMBIA — Last November, Columbia Police Chief Randy Boehm’s announcement that violent crime had increased 17 percent during the first 10 months of the year caused a strong reaction in the community. Public meetings were held, the City Council took up the issue and the police department formed the Violent Crime Task Force, which was disbanded after a month.