LONGVIEW – Longview is reporting a drop in homicides in 2017. Ten homicides were recorded in Longview last year. That is five fewer homicides than reported in both 2015 and 2016. Before that, only 5 homicides were recorded in Longview in 2014 and 8 were reported 2013. Last year, the first four homicides were all recorded in February. The police department’s Kristie Brian tells the Longview News Journal they stepped up patrols in “problem areas” in town. And she says that will continue in 2018.