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Bruchey says crime unit is having impact

February 12, 1998

Bruchey says crime unit is having impact

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he has noticed a difference along North Jonathan Street since the city's new street crime unit hit the streets on Jan. 27.

"I think you guys are doing a fantastic job," Bruchey told Hagerstown Police Chief Dale Jones and two of his captains during a City Council work session on Tuesday.

"It's a lot calmer down there. I can tell when you guys are there," he said.

Capt. Robert Voytko said 41 arrests were made and $6,782 in funds confiscated in the crime unit's first two weeks in operation.

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One of those arrests was a juvenile who was arrested twice on the same night, Voytko said.

The boy was first charged with possession of marijuana in the 800 block of West Washington Street, Capt. Robert Hart said Wednesday.

He was released to his guardians and four hours later taken into custody again, police said.

The boy was charged with trying to sell fake crack cocaine in the 400 block of North Jonathan Street and sent to juvenile detention, Hart said.

Voytko said the council's decision to make some streets around North Jonathan Street one-way to vehicular traffic was paying off.

It channels suspects into certain areas, bringing them to police so police don't have to divide their forces as much as they used to, he said.

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