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East Palestine residents unite to fight crime in city

Published: Sun, February 8, 2009 @ 2:44 p.m.

By Virginia Ross

EAST PALESTINE — About a dozen local residents and business people have agreed to take a stand against crime in the city.

The group gathered last week for the initial meeting of the city’s newly formed Crime Watch organization. Members said they are looking for community input, support and volunteers.

“Our local police already have so much to deal with,” said Kelly Miller, who is acting as group director. “They can’t be everywhere at once. We need to do what we can to help them and help each other.”

Last year, members of the East Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce, including Don Elzer, chamber president, started discussing working with the National Crime Prevention Council to establish a local crime watch group. Miller stepped forward and agreed to help the chamber get the group started.

People interested in participating in the effort are encouraged to attend one of the group’s upcoming meetings. Those meetings are planned for 7 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month at Bea’s Insurance at 31 N. Market St.

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