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Residents complain of lotering, drugs

July 25, 2000

Residents complain of lotering, drugs



Five people who live or work in the area around the corner of East Franklin and North Mulberry streets in Hagerstown complained to the Mayor and City Council Tuesday that there is too much illegal activity going on in their neighborhood.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said he's seen problems in that area "intensify lately."

Bruchey and Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the problems were probably caused by successful police efforts in other parts of the city.

The mayor said Police Chief Arthur R. Smith "knows the problem that exists there."

Bruchey encouraged the residents to join their community Neighborhoods 1st group. He said the group probably would meet with the chief to discuss the problem.

The complaints came during the citizen comments portion of the Tuesday Mayor and City Council meeting.

One man complained about people making too much noise.

A woman said people frequently loiter on her porch and the police don't do enough to stop it.

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Another man said he can see drug dealers in front of his business on the 100 block of East Franklin Street.

One woman who lives on the first block of North Mulberry Street complained that when the police respond to her complaints most officers don't get out of their squad cars. She said only police Sgt. Curtis Wood gets out of his car.

Bruchey said he too wonders why some officers don't get out of their cars.

- Dan Kulin

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