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Do rising temperatures cause an increase in crime?

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26-year-old Sidney Reed is at MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition following a stabbing at this location on Milverton Avenue. 26-year-old Sidney Reed is at MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition following a stabbing at this location on Milverton Avenue.
A 22-year-old young man surrendered to police after firing his gun on Prosser Avenue. A 22-year-old young man surrendered to police after firing his gun on Prosser Avenue.
Three young men, aged 19 to 21-years-old, were hit with bullets at Sweetheart's Cafe on Superior Avenue. Three young men, aged 19 to 21-years-old, were hit with bullets at Sweetheart's Cafe on Superior Avenue.
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

As the temperature went up in Cleveland tempers flared and soon after the crime rate was climbing, too. Five people shot and one person was stabbed and that's just how this warm weekend began. Researchers from a well known think tank and several universities say it's in line with what they have found. 

"They had it all taped off, I guess looking for the knife," said Ron Burnett a Milverton Avenue resident.

Residents of that neighborhood, such as Burnett, attest their street is normally quiet. They saw tempers soar Friday. A fight in an apartment ended with the victim Sidney Reed in critical condition at Metrohealth Medical Center.

"Figured it was serious," commented Burnett.

Metro has been busy treating other victims of crime including a man shot in the leg in a store parking lot at East 131st and Harvard. He wasn't the only one shot in the leg, another was shot in the leg on East 156th.

Three others ended up in the Cleveland Clinic's ER, University Hospital's Emergency Room and the ER at St. Vincent Charity Hospital. All three were shot in the ankle in front of the Sweethearts Cafe on Superior.

Police don't know too much about the suspect. What they do know is surveillance cameras didn't deter him, neither did the signs saying there are cameras.

"When it gets warm, there's a lot of crime," said Adam Moss a Prosser Avenue resident.

Moss should know, he dodged a few bullets on the street where he lives. Police say his neighbor fired at him, his girlfriend and her daughter. S.W.A.T. was called in but it took hours to get the neighbor, Dionte Baker Sherman into custody Friday night. On Saturday morning with daylight Moss found more shell casings which investigators missed collecting evidence in the dark.

"I'm going to give it to police," Moss told our Bill Safos.

ABT Associates, a think tank whose research on climate and crime was cited in the Los Angeles Times and published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management says warmer temperatures from climate change will bring drastic increases in crime. Researchers at the University of California at Berkley and a professor of psychology at the Ohio State University agree. However in Cleveland since 2006, homicides, rape and other crimes have declined year after year but on hot days the numbers spike. With 22 homicides so far this year in Cleveland, police worry about the upcoming summer.

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