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November 7, 2013

Crime takes a heavy toll on city neighborhoods

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

I am writing in regard to the recent shooting that occurred on East Hillcrest Avenue.

My family once lived in the home next to where the shooting occurred. We no longer physically live at 319 E. Hillcrest Ave. in large part because of what has transpired in that neighborhood over the past few years.

This so called “quiet neighborhood” was the reason my family left New Castle. In the time I lived in the city, I witnessed property values plummet, neighborhoods turned into endless late-night police calls, general rowdiness and disregard for homeowner rights and property.

This shooting incident should not have been a surprise to police. Countless times we have called the police about late-night noise, people coming and going all hours of the night as well as pit bulls and cats from that house running wild throughout the neighborhood.

This was not a nice, quiet neighborhood as indicated in the news report.

It once was, but it has turned into something different. I have been trying to sell my home for more than two years, and whenever we get a potential buyer, all they have to do is see or read about the chaos.

The police have known for years about the problems that emanate from the home where the shooting occurred. My question is when will they take action to do something?

If people tell you property values have not plummeted because of this blind eye that has been taken by the city of New Castle, feel free to ask me about it. My family will be taking a huge financial loss on our grand experiment of living in New Castle.

There are wonderful, hard-working, honest people in New Castle. However, those same people are coming under attack from rentals and Section 8 housing.

Michael Saraka

Millersville, Pa.

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