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City council wants crackdown on crime

Published: Wed, September 29, 2010 @ 4:54 p.m.

After two recent random murders, some members of city council say a major crackdown to curb violence is needed.

While Police Chief Jimmy Hughes agrees, and says his department is already going the extra mile, there are legal limits to what his department can do.

“Rather than the criminals keeping us on edge, we need to keep them on edge,” said Councilwoman Annie Gillam, D-1st and chairwoman of council’s safety committee. “We need to start pounding on [criminals]. These people are out of control. They feel they don’t need to follow the law and listen.”

In response, Hughes said, “We pound within the limits of the law. I’d like to check every car for guns, but we can’t do that legally.”

Council’s safety committee met with Hughes today, four days after two men murdered Thomas Repchic and wounded his wife, Jacqueline, near the intersection of Philadelphia Avenue and Southern Boulevard after they left St. Dominic Church.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


1Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

“We need to start pounding on [criminals]. These people are out of control. They feel they don’t need to follow the law and listen.”


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2mrblue(1033 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

WOW! Youngstown wants a crackdown on crime. Thats a novel idea. Bring back laid off police officers and layoff your friends. Call in the National Guard, the OSP but do something because if you don't, the killing will continue. The criminals do not fear the administration and the courts. You have to change that! You need a mayor and police chief who have guts. Don't worry about a criminals' rights-------this is war.

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3Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Remember all these things take money . And money means TAXES . And which one of you go get them guys are willing to pay more taxes to have more policeman on the street . I bet most are part of the no new tax group . What good is to it round them up and some high paid lawyer gets them out????. All they get is a free meal on the taxpayer .

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4captainpeewee(74 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Mr Bill has a point, fight fire with fire, drop 10 lbs of crack in the youngstown system, laced with arsenic, then pick up the bodies '

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5Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"In response, Hughes said, “We pound within the limits of the law. I’d like to check every car for guns, but we can’t do that legally.”

Yep another USELESS comment from our police chief. And btw chief you don't pound the trash in the warzone on the southside.
You and Mayor Williams (fric and frac) and the other useless leaders need to grow some and not be so scared of these cockroaches.

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6cnapattie(2 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

I agree. It is pointless to give these so called "cockroaches " a free meal and a bed for the night. We need to have stiffer laws and politicians that are not afraid to inforce them.We need to improve this community and bring in more jobs and families. Instead all we are accomplishing is pushing people away and forcing them to sell their homes. Stiffer penalties for these minors that are causing alot of destruction.If the law will not punish the minors the parents should be held accountable.

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7VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

Everyone knows where the crime comes from, but no one wants to do anything about it because it turns into a racial matter which is protected by federal law. Any attempt to resolve our issues with social miscreates must include ownership by the black community, which I have not seen. Silence speaks volumes during these difficult times in our neighborhoods and I see this as dividing our neighborhoods even further. I truely wish there was an easy solution to uniting our neighborhoods. We all would like to be "One Nation Under God", but violence is further dividing us, much to the shock and anger of friends and neighbors who have lost their loved ones by senseless violence. My heart bleeds for those who have lost loved ones, but it also bleeds for what is happening in our cities all across our once great nation because no one wants to take ownership for fixing it.

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8retiredcop(2 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

YPD has a great department. Anyone can purchase a scanner and see how busy YPD is. Back in the late 70's very early 80's the city charter called for approx 315 police officers. Every year since with the population going down so has the budget. In the mid 80's city council and the Mayor reduced the number of officers on the department. However what they failed to understand back then is that even though the population dropped, crime went up. So these politicians need to get the guts to bring the Departments strength back to where it needs to be. YPD has been e recitative department and not a proactive department. And that is due to the fault of the past politicians. These guy's go from call to call with very little back up or rest. Give Chief Hughes and the officers what they truly need to help stop the increase in crime. MORE OFFICERS!!!!

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9ghc2988(2 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

"After two recent random murders, some members of city council say a major crackdown to curb violence is needed."

I would hope ALL council members think a crackdown to curb violence is needed.

Thanks YPD!!! Great Job!!! I appreciate what you officers do for us!

If a Youngstown tax increase is what it will take for more police and Jail space, then do it. Remember being taught Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs in school or college. People’s safety being the second most important need after food, water, shelter, etc. I believe the majority of Youngstown resident’s would vote yes for a tax increase for their security. But only and ONLY if the tax increase is specific: Tax increase is ONLY USED to add more YPD officers patrolling the streets. More drug/gang enforcement agents. More available jail spaces to put the criminals.

I believe there is a levy this November, the 5 year request to raise $7,427,231 a year for the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. If we had a safety tax levy on the ballot like I mentioned above, which one do you think people would be more willing to vote for. As far as the the law goes, use your imagination. I can think of many laws that are allready on the books you can use aginst the criminals and be proactive. If not then add some laws that will help are crime fighters.

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10USMC0331(150 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

The problem is there was a tax passed back in nov of 2002. It was specifically for safety forces. Some how and some way that money is being used in the general fund not for it's intended purpose. An audit of the cities finances needs to be done. I believe there is corruption in the powers that be. Retiredcop hit it right on the head! Beautifully put!!

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11Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

When nothing changes then nothing changes . When the next mayor is elected at that time things have a chance of changing .Neither Williams nor Hughes desire to change things . This upset in their complacency will go back to nomal and life on the streets will go on as usual .

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12USMC0331(150 comments)posted 4 years, 1 month ago

They should call the mayor when they've waited that long for a call! Absolutely!! Or how about the city finace director. Oh wait he lives in boardman that's right! And I hear there is some question about where the mayor himself has been residing! Hmm? There is 150% no doubt that there are mismanagement of funds. An audit by an outside source would be the greatest thing since sliced bread!

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