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Jacqueline Bednarczyk was arrested after tying to infect fist responders with HIV. Operators at a Halfway house in Oakland Park called fire rescue when Bednarczyk appeared to be overdosing on drugs. When paramedics arrived Bednarczyk started spitting on them. She was also seen kicking, biting, cursing and hitting them. They tried giving her Narcan to counteract her overdose but she continued to assault them. Several of the firefighters say they got Bednarczyk’s spit in their eyes and mouths. Bednarczyk was taken to Broward Health Imperial Hospital where she told medical staff she was HIV positive. Bednarczyk also told staff that she hoped she had infected all of them. She has been arrested and charged with five counts of criminal transmission of HIV and five of battery on a law enforcement officer or firefighter. She has a bond of $10K.

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Which Florida City Made The List With Highest Murder Rates In U.S.

There’s lots to love about the Sunshine State, but we’re also notorious for the craziest crimes. One Florida city even ranked in the top 15 for highest murder rates in America. It’s not really a list we love to see Florida on, but we can’t say we’re not surprised with all the insane stuff that happens here.

Our friends at neighboorhoodscout.com ranked the top 30 cities in the country with the highest murder rates per 1,000 residents. They condensed their research by including cities with 25,000 or more people. They collected their data by the number of murders reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city. The city population data comes straight from the US Bureau of the Census at the time of each analysis. For instance, the 2022 list population uses 2020 population figures. The 2021 list uses 2019 figures, and so forth.

There were 14 new cities making the list this year. “The newcomer on this list with the highest murder rate is Saginaw, MI. The number of murders in Saginaw more than doubled from the previous year.” Thankfully (and surprisingly) only one Florida city was ranked in the research.

Here’s the top 15 cities with the highest murder rate. Click here to see the full list. 

 

  • #1. St. Louis, Missouri

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .87
    • 13.4X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders: 263

  • #2. Petersburg, Virginia

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .72
    • 11.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  24

  • #3. Flint, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .58
    • 8.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  47

  • #4. Saginaw, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .57
    • 8.7X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  25

  • #5. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .56
    • 8.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #6. New Orleans, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 8.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  201

  • #7. Detroit, Michigan

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .52
    • 7.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  330

  • #8. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.1X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  23

  • #9. Memphis, Tennessee

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .46
    • 7.0X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  289

  • #10. Wilmington, Delaware

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  32

  • #11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .45
    • 6.9X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  102

  • #12. Trenton, New Jersey

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .44
    • 6.8X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  40

  • #13. Cleveland, Ohio

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.6X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  160

  • #14. Riviera Beach, Florida

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .43
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  16

  • #15. Alexandria, Louisiana

    • Murder Rate (per 1,000 residents): .42
    • 6.5X U.S. Average
    • No. of Murders:  19