April 16, 2012
George Zimmerman was not properly doing his job as a volunteer neighborhood watch captain. He had no right to follow a person and make contact with the person. If you suspect something while performing that role, you call 911 give location and stand way back, and you should not carry a gun on watch, even with a permit. How do I know this? I lived in Florida for 18 years. I was in a gated community and pulled neighborhood watch duty many times. I also had a concealed gun permit for 17 years in Florida, which is not easy to get. You get a book of laws for when you can use it. I guess George Zimmerman did not understand the laws or just did not pay attention.
November 30, 2009
At 10 p.m. on a Monday in Northwest Baltimore, more than 20 Orthodox Jewish men are packed into a two-room apartment with a couch and maps of the nearby synagogues, eating kosher chili and discussing how to respond to the next neighborhood emergency. Those gathered here are members of Shomrim, Hebrew for "watchers," and they make up a round-the-clock citizens patrol, complete with matching jackets, radios and a hot-line number that area residents know as well as 911. Members have intervened in suicide attempts, divided the neighborhood into quadrants and fanned out to look for missing people, thwarted bicycle thefts and saturated areas hit by burglaries to report suspicious people to police.
April 13, 2007
On its own teen-horror terms, Disturbia has the cozy delectability of a flapjack flipped just right. When a disgruntled adolescent cracks open a missing-person case by training his binoculars on a neighbor, The Breakfast Club meets Rear Window. The result should satisfy dating crowds from high school to night school. The intriguingly named Kale Brecht (played by Shia LaBeouf) pops his Spanish teacher after the man asks what his father would make of his general misbehavior. Because his dad died in a car wreck - with Kale at the wheel - an understanding judge sentences him to house arrest, complete with ankle bracelet.
February 4, 2007
River Hill residents interested in participating in Neighborhood Watch are invited to attend a training session for block captains at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 at Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville. Howard County Police Officer Chris Krieger, community resource officer for the Police Department's Southern District, will explain the program and discuss how improved communication in a community can help to reduce crime. The program is designed for anyone interested in starting or helping to lead a neighborhood crime-prevention program.
January 28, 2007
A retired health economist and Eastport civic leader will square off against a former small-business owner involved in neighborhood watch efforts in the Ward 8 city council special election Tuesday. Both candidates are vying to replace Josh Cohen, a Democrat who was elected to the Anne Arundel County Council last fall. And although Ross Arnett, a Democrat, and Frank Bradley, a Republican, share the conviction that reducing crime is the most pressing issue for the Eastport residents they seek to represent, they don't agree precisely on how to reduce it. The community, across Spa Creek from downtown and often viewed by residents as separate from Annapolis, has 3,356 registered voters - including 1,576 Democrats, 1,125 Republicans and 630 independents.
September 10, 2006
Residents of River Hill are invited to attend an organizational meeting for a Neighborhood Watch crime prevention program at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Meeting Room, 6330 Trotter Road, adjacent to the outdoor pool. Representatives from the Police Department will explain the program and how improved communication in the community can reduce crime and vandalism. Residents interested in being block captains and block watchers are needed. Information: Susan Smith, 410-531-1749. Program offers tips to get rid of clutter Ellen Newman of ClutterRx will offer tips on getting organized in a program called "Simplify Your Life: Control the Clutter!"