Multimillion Dollar Bonds Set for Murder Suspects

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WARREN, Ohio — A $2.5 million bond was set for each of the two Detroit men indicted on aggravated murder charges stemming from a fatal shooting in downtown Warren.

Dale Hatch, 25 and Derrick Peete, 21, were arraigned Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court. They will be back in court later this month for pretrial hearings.

Assistant Trumbull County Prosecutor Chris Becker says the two are accused of fatally shooting Marco Dukes, 32, and wounding Larry Smith, 29.

Officials say more than 50 shots were fired around 10:30 a.m. November 11 in the Elm Court area, which is near a church and a popular eatery, The Mocha House.

Both men have been arrested on drug charges in Detroit, and Peete was also convicted of drug charges in the Warren area.  The short staff police department has been trying to deal with what some say is a Detroit to Warren drug pipeline.

Police statistics for the first seven months of this year in Warren show 216 complaints of shots fired. That’s a 31 percent increase from the same time frame last year. Other gun incidents, such as arrests of felons possessing guns, are also up.

And the increase falls on the shoulders of what many say is an already understaffed police department. There are 63 officers now. In 2008, there were 81.

Warren City Councilman Eddie Colbert said he has been trying for months to get at least three officers hired so the police department can reinstate its drug unit. 

Officials have held several safety summits and a peace rally, but stated they do not have the funding to return the police department to its authorized strength.

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