By Ofc Peter Helzer NRT & Angela Wagnon ONI
Hello, Eliot! This is the first installation of what will hopefully become a regular feature of the Eliot News. I was the Eliot Neighborhood Liaison Officer for a number of years before I was deployed with my National Guard unit to Iraq. I am back, and have recently started with the Neighborhood Response Team. I have taken over in this position for OFC Amanda McMillan who has moved on to a new assignment. I look forward to working with everyone again.
Areas of Recent Concern:
– Transient Camp at N Wheeler Ave/N Wheeler Pl: This camp was started in late August by Barry Joe Stull, a local homeless advocate. After being warned that they were in violation of City Ordinance for Erecting Structures on a Public Right of Way, they abandoned the camp. We coordinated with the Bureau of Transportation to assist with the cleanup of remaining materials.
– Portland Pensione at 109 NE San Rafael: We are continuing to work with the owner, Alan Sanchez, to curtail the drug and prostitution related issues that have plagued the area for some time.
– Shootings at NE 7th Ave/NE Russell St: The two recent shootings at this location are related to a resident whose children are linked to gang activity. The Gang Enforcement Team is currently investigating these incidents as they appear to be related to other gang shootings in the precinct.
– September 25th: Graffiti Cleanup – This event will have taken place by the time this issue goes to print.
OFC Peter Helzer