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Leechburg residents warned to be vigilant

| Friday, Oct. 15, 2004

WEST LEECHBURG -- Mayor James Galucci reminds citizens to be vigilant after a rash of burglaries and home invasions in West Leechburg, Leechburg and Gilpin.

State police have been notified and are involved in the ongoing investigation, Galucci said Wednesday night's council meeting. He also said he is in contact with Crime Watch. The borough is confident the suspects will be apprehended, officials said.

Galucci listed a few things residents could do to help protect themselves:

  • Be wary. If you see anyone or anything suspicious, call the police.

  • Be careful.

  • Listen. The suspects are young and may brag to others about the burglaries.

  • Lock car doors and homes.

    In other business:

  • A $5,000 feasibility study is under way to determine the best way to remove the unused and drained West Leechburg Reservoir. The decision won't be made quickly, said borough Council President Gary Bell. The study will take at least two years. However, there are already suggestions from the residents on what could take the place of the reservoir.

    Rose Bond proposed a skate park or a bike trail because she said older children have no place to play except nearby Third Street. She'd like to see something go in where kids could work off steam and not bother neighbors. The council explained the feasibility study must be finished first.

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