- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - District of Columbia leaders are beefing up rewards for people who help police recover illegal guns as they seek to turn around a spike in violent crime.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier announced Wednesday that the city is now offering a $2,500 reward for people who provide information that leads to the recovery an illegal gun. The reward was previously $1,000.

Police are also offering a new reward of $10,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in a nonfatal shooting.

There have been 98 homicides in the District so far this year, a 35 percent increase over the same point last year.

Lanier says police have made four arrests in homicide cases in the past two days.

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