Tuesday, 12 June 2018 23:44

Police, public team up to stop vandals in Brewer park Featured

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BREWER - Homeowners near Washington Street Park in Brewer are fed up with vandalism in the area.

Now, a note from Brewer Police is letting residents know they are too and they're dedicated to ending crime in the park.

"It's a very nice park as you can see, and we want to keep it that way," said Brewer resident Chuck Goodwin.

Most of the time, the Dougherty Rec Complex on Washington Street in Brewer is a draw for kids and their families.

But residents nearby say it also attracts a troublesome crowd.

"It's a beautiful park, and then you know you have a gang of kids that just doesn't respect the rules here," said Goodwin.

Goodwin says that lack of respect leads to destruction.

"We've seen them take bikes and throw them against fences and drop them from the walkway up there. We've seen people, like over-sized kids in baby swings trying to destroy them," Goodwin said.

Other residents we spoke to off-camera say they're aware that some kids were making the park less inviting.

And with school ending, locals say the problems could get worse.

"Kids have more free time so they're here a lot longer and more frequently," said Goodwin.

A few have called the cops to try and put an end to the trouble.

One recent call prompted the Brewer Police to investigate.

"We found that it caused quite a stir in the neighborhood, there had been other issues ongoing in the area that we did not know about yet," said Jason Moffitt, public safety director for Brewer Police.

As a result, officers handed out fliers asking residents to work with them to make the neighborhood safer.

The note advises homeowners to call police immediately if they see anything suspicious, dangerous or criminal taking place.

"That's encouraging to find out that... hopefully the police will take our calls a little more seriously and respond a little more quickly than in the past," said Goodwin.

Police say they've identified those responsible, charging a handful of juveniles with burglary and other crimes just last week.

Moffitt says now with the help of security cameras and tips from the public, police will aggressively prosecute anyone committing a crime in the area.

"This park belongs to the citizens of Brewer, they need to be able top enjoy it," said Moffitt. "Enjoy it with their kids and families and not be harassed by a relatively small group of individuals that are up to no good."

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!