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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Community leaders, residents to address county’s crime issues

(Posted 2 Mar 2006)
  • Community leaders, residents to address county’s crime issues.
  • Prince George’s business and religious leaders on Saturday will join residents, who want to make sure fighting crime remains a top priority, in crafting a list of short-term objectives to present to county elected officials.
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    The meeting on Saturday, which will be held at Riverdale Baptist Church from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., will feature professional facilitators who will make sure the two-hour meeting produces a substantive list of suggestions, Estepp said.
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    Estepp said that Saturday’s meeting won’t be like the one in January. For starters, elected officials are not invited. And residents will be broken down into groups and asked to develop solutions to the problems facing the county, especially crime. The county set a record in 2005 with 173 homicides.

    Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz (D) said that a victim’s memorial, which has been on display in front of Riverdale Baptist Church since Jan. 31, has gone a long way toward opening people’s eyes to the destruction caused by the county’s record number of homicides.

    The memorial, which consists of three large banners with a white dove statue in the middle, was organized by Steppin’ Up, a community outreach organization headed by Ortiz. He said the memorial will be moved to a new location in the county in the next couple of weeks.


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