Norristown, Pa., Police Chief Russell Bono has sent officers to one row house 78 times this year. Calls to one place more than twice a week is a drain on resources, Bono said. “It’s almost unbelievable,” he told the Philadelphia Inquirer. “Any time we have to respond to a property where there’s nuisance behavior, that means that officer is not patrolling some place else.”
The calls run the gamut from loitering and noise to armed persons and fights. About 2 p.m. Sunday, police made their 78th visit to 620 Cherry St. for a report of disruptive juveniles. Donald Weldon, who lives in the house, was issued a citation for disorderly conduct; his children allegedly were throwing rocks at a neighbor’s house. “If one person on a block is wreaking havoc, it’s difficult for a neighborhood to move forward,” said Aretha Swift, Weed and Seed coordinator in Norristown. “We want everyone working together.”
About a month ago, residents jammed Borough Hall to complain about landlords and their tenants. Bono told his officers to issue more citations – and fewer warnings – to disruptive tenants.