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Boyd wants meter revenue used to help prevent murders

WELLS-GOODFELLOW – Alderman Jeffrey Boyd says hundreds of thousands of dollars collected by city parking meters should be put toward programs aimed at stopping gun violence. He calls it a community cooperation crime fund.

In a release Friday, Boyd, who represents the 22nd ward in north St. Louis, called on city treasurer Tishaura Jones to earmark $1 million for a multi-pronged attack on the city’s violent crime. He wants $600,000 for what he calls focused deterrence programs such as Cure Violence, and an additional $400,000 to be put toward a reward fund to help catch killers.

Boyd’s release came out about the same time CrimeStoppers was announcing that an offer of $25,00o for information in the deaths of four children was being extended to Sept. 10. The original deadline was Sept. 1, but CrimeStoppers officials say they believe that there is more information out there and that extending the reward offer could make a difference.

Boyd and Jones had both been calling for the extension of that time period.

George Sells George Sells is an Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience in news. He has spent the last decade on the St. Louis media scene, working for KTVI Fox 2, HEC Media, and more recently as a host for KMOX Radio. His wife of twenty years, Julie, was born and raised in St. Louis. They have two kids and a dog.

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