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Feds working with Warren police to calm community fears over crime

WARREN, Ohio - Federal authorities say they are taking part in an effort to calm community fears that have erupted in the city of Warren in the aftermath of two recent shootings.

At a Wednesday afternoon news conference in Warren, Assistant U.S. Attorney Steven Dettelbach said that federal authorities have been working with Mayor Doug Franklin and the police chief to address crime issues that have spurred threats on social media and spread other rumors in the city.

Congressman Tim Ryan says he called the U.S. Attorney's office on Friday after the Warren School board reacted to tension in the city by canceling the Harding Raiders final home game of the season.

Dettelbach would not elaborate on specific efforts by his office to ease tensions in the city, but pointed to past collaborations with Warren police such as "Operation Little D-Town" that he says resulted in getting 100 criminals, and hundreds of guns off the streets of the city.

Mayor Doug Franklin also did not want to get into specifics law enforcement's plans, but said that saturation patrols using a combination of law enforcement agencies in certain neighborhoods would be included in the effort.

Franklin also said that investigators are trying to track down the source of threats and rumors on social media, that has led to the current atmosphere of fear in Warren.

City officials say tensions in the community have been high since last month, when Warren resident Taemarr Walker was shot and killed by a Warren police officer during a confrontation last month.

During Wednesday's news conference, Mayor Franklin expressed hope that the investigation into that shooting would soon be completed, admitting that the results could help ease concerns in the city.

Walker's brother, Tashawn Walker, is charged with fatally shooting 24-year old Richard Rollison IV at a gas station on October 26. Walker was arrested in Texas and could be back in Warren on Thursday to face a murder charge in court.

Dettelbach said that citizens can play a big part in helping law enforcement by being "nosy neighbors", and reporting  suspicious activity to police.  His message to the community was, "If you see something. Say something."

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