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Apartment Complex Hot Spot for Trouble, Action Letters Delivered
AVONDALE, Ohio (Deb Dixon) -- It used to be some officers working Avondale didn't even know where Irving Street was because it was so quiet.
Now even a couple of men from Kentucky knew it was the place to buy heroin. On Monday on Irving Street one of them was shot to death. It was Martin Luther King Day. Residents of Colonial Village were home.
Captain Mike Neville of the Cincinnati Police Chief said, "Someone believes they are that much in charge they feel like they can get away with this in the middle of everybody. Because this is a belief that somebody thinks they're in charge we're reaching out to every resident to say no you're not."
They are reaching out with a letter. Officer Seay says the letter is just the beginning.
"The partnership we're creating is going to be invaluable. Hopefully they'll get on board and not be intimidated any longer."
The problem with this community is it is so secluded. There is only one way in and one way out. When bad things happen, once the cops come thugs have run into the woods or apartments."
They've been running into one the back door of one apartment a lot. Look at the runs to this area just since may, for everything from gun fire to drug and domestic violence investigations. SWAT has been here twice in a month.
Wednesday the resident who let people just come and go was evicted. Residents hope this is the beginning of getting the neighborhood back to the way it used to be.
The owner of the complex who lives in Chicago has been asked to come to Cincinnati to talk with police.