Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Terrorized' Officials Seek Ways to Curb Problem of Juvenile Delinquency in Heights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

`Terrorized' Officials Seek Ways to Curb Problem of Juvenile Delinquency in Heights

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Wentzville's aldermen, continuing to express frustration over juvenile delinquency in the Wentzville Heights subdivision, have directed Special Counsel Robert M. Wohler to investigate ways of curbing the problem.

Wohler indicated he may look at laws and regulations regarding occupancy permits and building codes in an effort to find a solution.

Alderman David Hoekel, 3rd Ward, said at an aldermanic meeting Wednesday that some residents of the Heights "are almost to the point of being terrorized."

Hoekel said he recently had discovered that subsidized housing exists in the Heights and apparently is on the increase. Hoekel linked the existence of subsidized housing with disturbances in the area and expressed concern that Wentzville was apparently powerless to block its spread.

"It's frustrating to think we can't do anything to control our own community," he said.

The subdivision has about 200 houses. It is located south of Pitman Avenue and east of U.S. Highway 61.

Wentzville Police Chief John DeWinters said 10 to 15 juveniles in the subdivision had been causing most of the trouble. But, DeWinters said, it is "a fallacy" that law enforcement could give residents total protection.

DeWinters said he was taking what measures he can to combat juvenile deliquency. He told the aldermen that he had increased police patrols in the area by about 20 percent and is organizing a "block watch" program in the Heights. …

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