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Tri-Town Community Crime Watch established

| Wednesday, March 20, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The first Tri-Town Community Crime Watch took place on Monday with an established committee as well as an established presence on social media.

The group of concerned citizens first gathered in November to begin a neighborhood watch for the Tri-Town area.

During its second meeting, the organization named committee members and decided which part of the organization's coverage area they represent.

Terry Newell was named president and represented the Dawson area. Cheryl Elwell was named a vice president and represented the Liberty area. Jolene Brower was named a vice president and represented the Dickerson Run Hill area. Tiffany Gray was named a vice president and represented the Vanderbilt area.

Heather Bryner was named secretary. Carol Lowther was named assistant secretary. A treasurer has not yet been appointed.

Elwell read the organization's mission statement, which includes protecting the neighborhood and strengthening neighborhood ties by establishing a “front porch” mentality — meaning neighbors should keep an eye out for other neighbors and be aware of their surroundings.

“Increase personal safety and security for the Tri-Town residents,” Elwell continued reading. “... Provide effective communication related to crime between the residents of Tri-Town and law enforcement agencies.”

One tool for improving communication is a recently established Facebook page, “TriTown Crime Watch.” It already has 51 members that post things suspicious in nature and get the word out to other members.

The group's next meeting will be 7 p.m. June 17 in the Dawson Volunteer Fire Hall. Guest speaker is scheduled to be a dog warden.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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