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Police Propose Partial Road Closure in Crisfield to Prevent Crime

CRISFIELD, Md.- Police Chief Michael Tabor is asking the Crisfield City Council to shut down part of Charlotte Avenue that has served as an escape route for criminals in the past.

Chief Tabor said it is a “crime prevention measure through environmental design.” Though crime is at its “lowest point ever” in Crisfield, the chief said the proposal is necessary to keep it that way.

Tabor issued a proposal that would seal the part of Charlotte Avenue that intersects with Woodson School Road.

Jolene White lives along the route, which leads to one entrance of the Crisfield Housing Authority and Carter Woodson Elementary School closeby. White is the mother of two children who attend the school.

"  A lot of times, I have to walk my kids back and forth to school. If an emergency happens, I go right through there because a lot of times, they keep the fence locked," White said.

It is the same case for Markey Thomas, who likes to visit his nieces and nephews.

" I use it quite a bit,” Thomas said. “Every time I come home, that's the road I like to travel."

While Charlotte Avenue is a popular road to travel, Chief Tabor said there is a need to shut down the shortcut.

“This is actually one reason why we want that road up there closed," said Tabor, who was holding what he said appeared to be an AK-47. “
Tabor said the gun was used inside the Housing Authority two years ago and was found along the route in a ravine.

" This gun was utilized to shoot up a house," he said.

Tabor said the criminals got away using the end of Charlotte Avenue. He said the route allows suspects to avoid police who respond from the opposite direction.
There are two alternative routes to get in or out of the Housing Authority, if the Woodson School Road section of the route is blocked. Tabor said the department has done their math, and that it would only take people two minutes out of their way.

White said it is not an issue for her.

  " Right now, I'm not working, so it wouldn't be too inconvenient for me," she said.

Thomas disagrees.

“For me to leave from my house over there and go around some other way, it is just time consuming; it's going to be more congested," he said.

The Crisfield City Council will review the proposal Wednesday at its monthly meeting. 

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