Eric Veronikis of the Patriot has put together a 3 piece story about the increasing crime that Carlisle has seen in the past 2 years. He interviews local officials, residents and police. A few westsiders were interviewed for the piece including Curtis Woodbridge, Lissy Weirich, Charles Petty, Jim and Ginny Hertzler and Iris Martinez. They also spoke with Jim Washington from Hope Station.
The articles include a timeline of the recent incidents and video interivews with Carlisle Police Chief Stephen Margeson and Mayor-elect Tim Scott, Carlisle crime victim Charles Petty, and Carlisle residents Curtis Woodbridge and Jim Hertzler.
“I feel a little less safe. But [Carlisle] still has a lot of good, solid people who respect each other,” said Curtis Woodbridge, who lives near the Heberlig Palmer Tot Lot and is part of the improvement effort. “We’ve been fortunate with our police department. It’s frustrating for them, too. They keep arresting the same people.” – Curtis Woodbridge, West Side Resident
“You have to stop (crime) now. You can’t start something and forget about it,” he said. “We need to get the ball rolling and keep it rolling, instead of letting it drop off.” -Charles Petty, , West Side Resident
“I campaigned all year, and no one told me they felt unsafe in Carlisle,” he said. “I’m a proponent of community policing. So is the chief. I want to take it to another level. I can’t predict the future, but we must be prepared.” – Mayor Elect Tim Scott
They also posted an open comment forum asking if you feel safe in Carlisle. Feel free to comment to further this constructive dialog.