CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The U.S. attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia is reporting a decrease in violent crime across northern West Virginia.

U.S. Attorney Bill Powell said Tuesday, in fitting within the national 3% decrease in violent crime, violent crimes were lower in the district. Violent crime rates fell by more than 30% in Bridgeport, Martinsburg and Wheeling.

Powell also noted a 50% increase in federal criminal defendants prosecuted since 2016.