Residents are irked by vandals Citizens tell council crime is on the rise


Councilman Kenneth Green, sitting in for Mayor James C. Carlisle, who was on his way back from Florida, presided over last night's New Windsor Town Council meeting as residents complained about vandals.

The council, residents and the town's part-time state trooper agreed they are fed up with the increasing petty crimes and destruction of property.

Dr. John Goettee, a local dentist, spoke to the council about incidents on his property.

"I have been here 31 years and I have seen nothing in that time like I am seeing now," he said. "I've had two cars vandalized. They have turned on the spigots in my yard overnight, and it's getting worse."

Karen Jenkins, who owns Karen's Kuttery on Church Street, agreed.

"It's been things like throwing eggs and stones at windows, little things, but a lot of them," said Ms. Jenkins, who has been in town for 21 years.

Trooper Phil Henry said residents know who's committing the crimes and should come forward when they see or hear anything.

"Let's face it, we all know where the majority of the people doing this are coming from," said Trooper Henry. "The landlord, who shall remain nameless, is renting to people who let their children run and don't care where they are or what they are doing."

Councilman Ronnie Blacksten, who chairs the police committee, said he will contact the state police in Westminster to arrange for a presentation on how to organize a community watch.

The council members also discussed the proposed annexation of six properties on Green Valley Road.

They voted not to charge a $1,000 tapping fee to the property owners who would have to hook into the new water main that will service the new middle school.

However, the property owners would have to pay all other fees associated with moving their water lines to connect with the new main.

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