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Kirkwood Residents Want Dover Elk Lodge Gone from Neighborhood

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DOVER, Del.- The 200 block of Kirkwood Street in Dover is having a problem.

Residents claim the Elks Lodge that sits adjacent to some of the homes creates crime in the area. They say there are shooting and fights constantly going on and many people loiter after the lodge closes at night. People who live in the neighborhood say the lodge rents out its space at night and closes at 12:30 a.m. on weekends. 

Some people who lives there started a neighborhood watch group with help from Dover City Councilman Roy Sudler. Sudler said he is working with the attorney general's office to take action against the lodge. Residents want the lodge gone from their neighborhood.

One woman who lives on the block showed WBOC bullet holes in the side of her home Thursday. She said they are from gunshots from people after an event at the lodge. 

WBOC knocked on multiple doors in the neighborhood, and no one wanted to speak on camera. Most said it was because they were afraid of retaliation. 

Sudler represents the district that includes Kirkwood Street, and said crime has been a problem for almost two decades. He told WBOC Thursday that residents are afraid to call the police, because a police car at their house would show that it was them that called.

WBOC knocked on the Elk Lodge's door Thursday afternoon for comment. No one was there, and the doors were locked. 

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