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Issue 30 — February 23, 2017
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Police Say Suspect Harassed
Women From SUV
By Ken Baumel

PORT JERVIS — City Police Chief William Worden reported that the department is investigating a local man reported to have verbally harassed women who were walking alone in the street at night (in the First and Second Ward) as he cruised around in a black sports utility vehicle (SUV).

Worden said, "The man reportedly was following and driving slowly past women as they were walking on the street, asking the women to approach his vehicle. In one report, the individual reportedly yelled sexual comments to a woman as she was walking on the sidewalk."

One incident occurred around 7 p.m. and the other incident occurred at around 10 p.m., both on Feb. 14. After following up leads, officers identified the SUV and took the individual in for questioning, but made no arrest. The investigating is continuing.

According to Worden, two incidents occurred with the same vehicle. In one incident, in one ward, the suspect was the lone SUV occupant, but in the other incident, in another ward, another male accompanied the suspect.

Worden said that after the investigation concludes, detectives would evaluate if the department would press charges.

City Neighborhood Watch Hosts Seminar

PORT JERVIS — The Port Jervis Police Department and Port Jervis City-Wide Neighborhood Watch would like to invite the community to a seminar entitled "Abandoned Houses, Absentee Landlords and Code Enforcement" on Thursday, February 23 at 7 p.m. at the Drew United Methodist Church Hall, located at 49-51 Sussex Street in Port Jervis, New York.

Abandoned properties contribute to a self-perpetuating cycle of blight: tenants and building owners will not rehabilitate the property when fear exists due to graffiti, homeless encampments, and dangers of drugs and crime.

Most abandoned houses and buildings violate several different codes, fail fire inspections, and a number of other issues.

This informative event will bring together members of Port Jervis Police Department, Chief Bill Worden, Port Jervis Building Inspector David Rivera, Port Jervis Fire Inspector Michael Reilly, Port Jervis Mayor Kelly Decker, and representatives of Port Jervis Neighborhood City-Wide Watch to provide critical information to citizens on how to become more aware of the poorly maintained and abandoned houses and buildings within the city and the problems they attach to the community.

Topics covered at the seminar will include how citizens of the community can reduce the withering in neighborhoods.

This segment will include a presentation of an abandoned building as an example to demonstrate all the issues it carries. Additional topics will include how individuals can become more aware of their community and the community's resources being used by these buildings... for complete story, get this week's issue.


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