CINCINNATI (AP) -- Residents of a Cincinnati neighborhood that's been making redevelopment progress are upset that the number of killings there in the first month of the year exceeds the total for the last two years combined.
Two of the five slayings in January occurred at one apartment complex in the Avondale neighborhood north of downtown, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer (http://cin.ci/1fpyvat ).
Ozie Davis, who heads a group that has been leading redevelopment efforts, commented: "Anytime you have five (fatal) shootings in a month, it's a step back."
Residents of the Colonial Village complex say drug dealers have gained a foothold by befriending female renters. Cincinnati police say they planned to meet with complex owners about unregistered tenants.
An Avondale community group plans to organize a residents' meeting.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer, http://www.enquirer.com