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Oakridge residents fed up with crime meet with city, county leaders

A town hall held Wednesday night addressed this issue.

Posted: Nov 21, 2019 6:35 PM
Updated: Nov 22, 2019 9:48 AM

OAKRIDGE, Ore. -- Residents in Oakridge are demanding action on what they say is a growing crime problem in the community.

A town hall held Wednesday night addressed this issue. City and county leaders discussed what steps they can take and answered questions from community members.

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Mayor Kathy Holston said there were a lot of great ideas, but it all boils down to funding.

But she said she hears her community

"Sometimes we hear a lot of complaints and almost anger about what happened, but really what that comes down to is a feeling of helplessness, of what can I do to help?" Holston said.

Karren Abbott, who grew up in Oakridge, said crime has not always been this bad.

"We used to be able to walk around with our doors open. We never locked our doors. As a kid when I grew up, it wasn't a thing," Abbott said.

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Mike Wilson, who moved to Oakridge seven years ago, said because of the small police force, he exercises his second amendment right.

"I guess if the law enforcement isn't going to take care of us and the prosecutors aren't going to prosecute, unfortunately, it falls to us," Wilson said.

Holston said Wednesday's town hall meeting should serve as proof the city government is trying to do something.

"We have a city council that is very committed to learning about issues and doing the right thing," Holston said.

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